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May 2, 2011

Sister Act: Pippa Middleton emerges as an international celebrity

“Truth be told, sister and maid of honor Pippa provided the only wow fashion moment. And I mean WOW, as in she completely upstaged the bride!” Tom Kolovos

Read the Johnny- come-lately crowd below:

Royal wedding: the rise and rise of Pippa Middleton

Pippa Middleton a star at sister’s wedding


Royal wedding’s hidden star? Pippa Middleton

Royal Wedding 2011: Did Pippa Middleton Outshine Kate Middleton?

Pippa Middleton steals the show at sister Kate Middleton’s wedding at Westminster Abbey

Her Royal Hotness: How Kate’s foxy sister Pippa stole the show

Will you ever doubt me again? I dare you!

Yes, I said it. Yes, I said it first. Yes, I meant it. And yes, I’m here to represent it.

Just come back here for more astute fashion commentary and advice. Set a spell, Take your shoes off. Y’all come back now, y’hear?.


Tom Kolovos is Editor In Chief of aControlledSubstance.



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April 30, 2011

Read my lips (and between the lines). The royal fashion reviews are in.

TheIndependent.com


Prince William: You look beautiful.

Eric Wilson: The gown was well received not merely because it was pretty — or flawless, actually. This was also a significant fashion moment because the design of the dress, the selection of its designer and even the secrecy that surrounded its preparation seemed remarkably well calculated to project a specific image about Miss Middleton. That is, she represents a new breed of the British monarchy, one that is respectful of its boundaries and traditions, but is not stuffy and off-putting to the general populace.

Hamish Bowles: I think it’s magnificent. Entirely lived up to and exceeds anyone’s expectations. It’s a traditional style, but it’s been tweaked in a nuanced way. It has great body and stiffness and architectural drama, but it’s very light and airy. … It’s perfect and highly sophisticated. A triumph.

Leila Rose: I think the dress is perfectly beautiful but somewhat uninspired. … Knowing it’s coming from Sarah Burton — and she is so enormously talented — I expected a little bit more of pushing the envelope.

Robin Givhan: In the end, the McQueen gown, designed by the house’s creative director,  Sarah Burton, and hand-sewn by the atelier, did not change Western  fashion as the world knows it. It did not alter everything that defines  modern femininity. And it did not force a reassessment of what it means  to be elegant, sophisticated or sexy. But it was a gasp-inducing,  slightly sexy gown worn by a beaming bride. It put a giddy smile on the young prince’s face and caused him to seemingly murmur: You look  fabulous. And really, what more can one expect or hope for a wedding  dress to do?

 Annabel Tollman It’s McQueen doing royal wedding. It’s not runway. But can you imagine if it had [been]? It would not have been a great start. The fashion industry would love it, but…this is not the Grand Palais. It’s Royalty. You don’t really want her turning up in look 12.

Julia Panciroli: With McQueen designing, I was wondering if there would be feathers on it, or edgier materials and embellishment. Although I didn’t like the style of Princess Diana’s gown, it was more sensational than Kate’s.

Lily Samii: The gown was nice and clean, but I wanted it to have more style. It was blah; it didn’t wow me.

Mark Badgley:  It’s the kind of gown that will stand the test of time. Not all gowns do. Any bride across the world will want to wear it. It’s got a touch of vintage, a classic 1950s ball gown, so timeless that her daughter would look gorgeous in this gown 30 years from now.

 James Mischka: She’s not taking a lot of chances with this dress, but in the best possible way.

Hubert de Givenchy: It’s a lovely thought, a nice tribute[to McQueen].

Oscar de la Renta:  She had a perfect dress, a very traditional dress for a very traditional wedding. What I liked about it was, it was not ostentatious. There was not 50 meters of train, and it was not overembroidered. It was just a very traditional dress for a ravishing girl who doesn’t need a lot.

Vera Wang: Diana’s dress had a sense of innocence, whimsy, almost storybook romance. In contrast Catherine’s gown was about way more than simply the dress. Sarah Burton channeled a new take on classicism for a modern-day bride who will one day be queen.

Tom Kolovos: A tasteful, understated and conservative dress may indeed serve as both economic and political spin. On a personal level for Catherine, a commoner, a reverential dress can signal that she intends to straddle the  fine line of ascending to the ranks of royalty without betraying her commoner lineage. We have already heard how she intends to live with Prince William without the help of any staff and even do her own cooking and laundry. The savvy Duchess of Cambridge may share more than a couturier and a milliner with Lady Gaga. She may be humming to herself  “don’t be a drag, just be a Queen,” just loud enough to drown out the noise of the spin cycle.

Karl Lagerfeld: The dress is classic and goes very well in the Westminster decor. It almost reminds me of (Queen) Elizabeth’s wedding, the royal weddings in the (19)50s. The proportion of the train is good. The lace is very pretty. I like the veil a lot.



April 11, 2011

Calculating Geometry

Op Art inspires me. Let me count the ways.

Josef Albers, Homage to the Square, 1951. albersfoundation.org

Raf Simon’s 5th anniversary collection Spring 2011 for Jil Sander.

April 10, 2011

Never work with children, animals or Cher

“I’ve been 40 and I’ve been 50. 40 is better.”

You don’t seem any smarter than the last time that I saw you.”

What I love about Cher is that she’s part of a rare breed of celebrity who is authentic; she tells it like it is and always has.  Whether she’s discussing fame and wealth, love and sex, body image and aging, mental health or politics one thing is perfectly clear: Cher shoots from the hip. She is thankfully unaffected by a chromosomal abnormality I like to call “Up Syndrome.”

Watch this 2008 interview, especially between minute 5 and 6. Think very carefully when you think to yourself that she’s wrong. She’s not!

I have often quoted from this piece which I saw when it originally aired.  I found it today on YouTube. I bet you start quoting some of what you hear too.

April 9, 2011

It’s my birthday today and I want a clown at my party

I just read my horoscope for the year in The Chicago Tribune and in part is reads as follows:

Aries Love and Romance 2011

With both giant Jupiter and exciting Uranus in your sign this year, you may be more self-absorbed than usual. Uranus stirs up your desire for freedom and independence.

Oh, my.

April 6, 2011

The Fashion Vampiress claims yet another victim: Christophe Decarnin at Balmain

Franco Moschino had a term for the havoc the  business of fashion can wreak on the  creative soul.

He called the entire industry the fashion vampiress. “Not only did his clothes question what became known as the fashion system – the ludicrous cost, ubiquitous ‘styling’, and 15-minute relevance – but his very advertising underscored his anarchic scepticism. Flicking through glossy magazines your eye would suddenly be arrested by Moschino’s black humour. A full-page advertisement depicted a vampire admonishing you, ‘Stop The Fashion System,” read in part his obituary in 1994 in The Independent.

The 15 minute relevance was Moschino’s way of describing the pressure that designers feel to produce something new and relevant every 6 months in a new collection. It is   this intense pressure, which has surely heightened since the 80’s when giant conglomerates had not yet begun to dabble in the fashion business,  that is the now  at the center of the recent infamous dismissal of John Galliano from Dior and perhaps also yesterday of Christophe Decarnin  at Balmain. Writing in The International Herald Tribune, Suzy Menkes, its chief fashion critic, noted recently

“While the vile statements seen coming from Mr. Galliano’s drunken lips on the Internet video deserved the nearly-universal condemnation they were receiving, there is pathos in the vision of one of the world’s most famous — and best paid — designers alone, clutching a glass in a bar. The pressure from fast fashion and from the instant Internet age to create new things constantly has worn down other famous names. Marc Jacobs, design director of Louis Vuitton, ended a wild streak in rehab. Calvin Klein famously rambled across a sports pitch and admitted to substance abuse. And the late Yves Saint Laurent spent a lifetime fighting his demons.”

Mr. Decarnin, who in a very short time established the once irrelevant Balmain into one of the world’s most coveted labels, seems to be the vampiress’ latest high profile victim. Cathy Horyn writes today in The New York Times that:

“Despite, or perhaps because of, a phenomenal run at Balmain, where he made ripped jeans and $5,000 motorcycle jackets seem the coolest thing since, well, Bardot and Brando, Mr. Decarnin hit some kind of personal impasse and lost control of the label.”

Surely, the entire story for Mr. Galliano and Mr. Decarnin (or Mr. McQueen for that matter) has yet to emerge. But it sure does look as if the fashion vampiress is on a feeding frenzy. Stay tuned.

Related Post: “J’adore Dior?”

April 3, 2011

Strange bedfellows

Did you know that having affairs and unprotected sex is patriotic?

It is if you are potential Republican presidential canditates Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum.

When asked to reflect on how the fact that he had cheated on both his first and second wives might affect his chances with conservative voters if he chose to run for president in 2012,  the now thrice married Gingrich responded:

“There is no question that at times in my life partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard, and that things happened in my life that were not appropriate.”

Gingrich was working hard having one of those affairs while he was spearheading fellow patriot Bill Clinton’s impeachment. This would mean that at the time Monica Lewinsky was running around her condo screaming “Out, out damn spot,” Newt was running around on his wife by hitting his girlfriend’s G spot.

This brings us to Mr. Santorum, who this week blamed “abortion culture” for the problems with funding Social Security. You never thought of that? Well, Rick, whose first name is often misspelled because the P is silent, did.

And so did Randall K. O’Bannon, director of education and research for the National Right to Life, who supported Santorum’s connection between abortions and Social Security payments. The Los Angeles Times reports:

“The loss of 53 million innocent lives is tragedy enough,” O’Bannon said, referring to the number of abortions since 1973. “But in allowing this to happen, we have also brought serious social and economic consequences on ourselves, not only depriving ourselves of the energy, the industry, and the ideas of those we have aborted, but also eliminating a significant portion of the tax base that funds government programs like Social Security and Medicare. You can’t lose 53 million lives and not expect it to have a serious economic impact.”

Not to mention how much tax revenue has been lost because Maury Povich could have been charging much higher ad rates to personal injury attorneys and trade schools. No wonder the Bible forbids a man from spilling his own seed. No wonder the Pope disapproves of birth control. No wonder Kim Kardashian is trying to get nailed by more guys than drywall. It’s about the economy stupid.

Well, Mr. Reagan, you almost had it right.

It’s moaning in America.

March 18, 2011

Tom Kolovos picks Oscar’s best and worst dressed on “NBC5 News Today”

Click here for video

(start about 55 seconds in)

Related posts: The Best (and Worst) Dressed List: The 2011 Academy Awards

The Best Dressed List: The Men of the 2011 Academy Awards

Carpet Diem: Lessons from the red carpet

March 1, 2011

Carpet Diem: Lessons from the red carpet for building your own wardrobe

On Wednesday, March 2nd, I will be  following in the auspicious footsteps of such luminaries as Rosalyn Carter, Cokie Robers, Ogden Nash, Michael Frayn, Barbara Bush, Diane von Furstenburg and style icon Nan Kemper, giving a talk at The Women’s Athletic Club entitled “Carpet Diem: Lessons from the red carpet for building your own wardrobe.”

Here are some lessons illustrated by examples from the recent Academy Awards.

The dress should dictate every other detail.

You can start with an absolutely stunning dress like this L’Wren Scott beaded column but if you don’t understand how to accessorize a minimalist dress with a high neckline or how to wear your hair with such a dress so that you maximize its impact, you wind up with this Amy Adams mistake .

Don’t add a necklace on top of a high neckline of a dazzling colored beaded gown. The color and the beading do all the work for you.

The dress creates a long lean line, so her hair should emphasize that–not fight with the neckline and jewelry. Lose the necklace. Wear the hair up in a sleek updo. Add some emerald studs. Done!

What always matters is not how much something costs but the impact it has!

This Channel Haute Couture gown is basically a t shirt dress. It’s exquisitely made but without bold lips and some sort of stunning accessories, it gets completely overlooked on Michelle Williams. My suggestion:  a coral or red lip, yellow diamond studs, a yellow diamond ring and a slightly golden/metallic clutch.

There comes an age when messy hair is not an option. Fifty is well past that age.

There comes an age when trying to look like a princess comes off as looking like Miss Havisham.

You may not be wearing the most original dress, but if the color suits you beautifully and the cut is classic, you will always belong on the red carpet.

The wrong shoes can ruin any outfit. (Even an ugly one.)

If it is your event, your spouse has the responsibility to bring up bring the level of their game. Couples should always look as if they are attending the same event. Always. Not negotiable. It should be in your prenup.

Yes, Mrs Jackman, I’m talking about you.

Who says dressing your age means you can’t look spectacular?

Susan Bridges makes it look effortless.

March 14, 2010

Oscar Fashion Rewind

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Just in case you missed my Oscar fashion review on NBC5  (or as I like to call it “Monday morning fashion quarterback”) here’s your chance to catch up.

You might want to start the clip at about 1 minute in but make sure you watch to the very end. Keep in mind I had to follow a story about a pregnant woman who tweeted during her entire 19 hours of labor, including her epidural.

I’ve  rounded up all 3 separate blog posts for you below.

The best dressed women

The best dressed men

The rest