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Mr. Blackwell's Worst-Dressed Women of 2007
Yesterday, famed and veteran Los Angeles fashion designer, Mr. Blackwell, talked up his worst-dressed women list, just released this morning, with LAist. He began the annual list 48 years ago. "I was sick of the ugly clothes that were being presented in the fashion industry and as dress designer I wanted to express my opinion. I never expected it to be this big."
This year's list (which is after the jump) left Britney Spears alone, but not without an endearing comment: "For those of you who were expecting to see Britney's name adorn the 2007 list, I felt that it was in appropriate [sic] at this time to make comment, when her personal life is in such upheaval. I hope 2008 is a better year for her."
As for Mary Kate Olsen, there was no need to be sensitive. "YIKES! In layers of cut-rate kitsch, Mary Kate's look is hard to explain…she resembles a tattered toothpick-trapped in a hurricane!"
"This past year stands out as one of the most disastrous fashion years in recent memory-as well as being a particularly eye-popping moment in Tinsel-Town where several worst-dressed repeat offenders suffered collective meltdowns," Blackwell said in a press release in lieu of his appearance on TV this morning due to being under the weather. "From pop Princesses to movie stars to “It” girls on their way “Out,” this catastrophic crop of couture clowns are truly tragic in the design department. Let it be said, however, that my criticisms are based purely on their fashion flaws-I'm sure they're all wonderful people beneath the deluge of dreck they drape themselves in."
MR. BLACKWELL'S 48TH ANNUAL WORST-DRESSED WOMEN LIST
or, Ten Titans of Taste-Free Terrors
10.) Alison Arngrim: Little Nellie of the prairie, looks like a 1940's fashion editor for the Farmers Almanac.
9.) Lindsay Lohan: Lindsay the fashion frenzy strikes again! Lohan takes fashion to a new low -
8.) Jessica Simpson: Forget the Cowboys. In prom queen screams, can it get any worse? She's a global fashion curse!
7.) Avril Lavigne: Gothic make-up courtesy the mad spatula-Fashions provided by...The house of Dracula!
6.) Eva Green: Stuck in neon nightmares not fit for the sane. Fashion this loud could give Bond a migraine! A profusion of confusion from toes to nose!
5.) Kelly Clarkson: Her heavenly voice soars above the rest...but those belly-baring bombs are hellish at best! She may be the queen of "Pro-Active" - but that wardrobe looks downright radioactive!
4.) Fergie: Another style-free "Fergie" in fashion's hall of shame? Yes, when it comes to couture chaos, guess it's all in a name!
3.) Mary Kate Olsen: YIKES! In layers of cut-rate kitsch, Mary Kate's look is hard to explain...she resembles a tattered toothpick-trapped in a hurricane!
2.) Amy Winehouse: Exploding beehives above...tacky polka-dots below...she's part 50's car-hop horror.
1.) Victoria Beckham: Forget the fashion spice - wearing a skirt would suffice! In one skinny-mini monstrosity after another, pouty posh can really wreck-em.
Fabulous Fashion Independents for 2007:
Reese Witherspoon, Jemima Khan, Beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Helen Mirren, Nicole Kidman, Katie Holmes, Kate Middleton, Katherine Heigl and Cate Blanchett.
Here's hoping for a beautiful 2008...and remember: dressing well really IS the best revenge!
Note About Images: Mr. Blackwell releases the list with images for reference, but not permission to use, since he does not own copyright on them.
Blackwell image courtesy Blackwell / Florence