Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Deluge of Dreck

He always said his list was not meant to hurt, saying: "The list has whimsy. It's camp.

"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."

And in his 1995 biography, From Rags to Bitches, he admitted his main goal was: "To become my most unforgettable creation: king of the caustic quote, arbiter of good taste and bad, the ultimate mix of madness, marketing and media attention."
Some famous examples from that notoriously bitchy fashion commentator Mr Blackwell's annual Worst Dressed Women list:
  • Barbra Streisand: "She looks like a masculine Bride of Frankenstein."
  • Meryl Streep: "A gypsy abandoned by a caravan."
  • Sophia Loren: “Dresses like the Italian shop girls she portrays in movies.”
  • Camilla Parker Bowles: "The Duchess of Dowdy."
  • Ivana Trump: "A psychedelic scarecrow! Looks like a cross between Brigitte Bardot and Lassie!"
  • Brigitte Bardot: "A buxom milkmaid reminiscent of a cow wearing a girdle, and both have the same amount of acting talent."
  • Madonna: "The bare-bottomed Bore of Babylon."
  • Sarah, Duchess of York: "Looks like an unemployed barmaid”
  • Sharon Stone: "An over-the-hill Cruella DeVille."
  • Elizabeth Taylor: "Looks like two small boys fighting under a mink blanket."
  • Victoria Beckham: “A skinny-mini monstrosity.”
  • Jennifer Aniston: "Brad Pitt looks better in a dress than she does!"
How shocking.

Mr Blackwell (Richard Sylvan Selzer), 29th August 1922 - 19th October 2008.

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