Underwhelmed

January 27, 2009 at 11:14 am (Angelina Jolie, Deep V, Maxi-dress) (, , , , , , , )

Lately I’ve been underwhelmed by a former favorite, Angelina Jolie. Don’t get me wrong, I like minimalist dressing. A lot. And she’s normally top notch.

But she is crossing the line from minimalist simplicity to blandly boring.

The body form is key to minimalist dressing. To me, a blousy silhouette de-emphasizes the linear body form that she starves herself to achieve. This Max Azria dress looks more Palm Springs pool cover-up (dahling) and less New York gallery opening.

Another key to simple dressing is hair. Nothing ruins a sleek look like a fussy 50s hairdo. Comb it straight back into a bun or chignon and you’re done. No wavy bangs. No wispy tendrils. No bouffant crown. Ever.

I hope she can turn this ship around in time for the Oscars.

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Spitballs

January 26, 2009 at 5:52 pm (Clutch, Marcia Cross, Strapless) (, , , , , , , )

I don’t think I’m feeling the Carolina Herrera love this season. I *hated* Renee Zellweger’s Golden Globes dress, and I ain’t too crazy about Marcia Cross’ dress either.

It looks like she started with a prom-like iridescent blue/purple dress, and then the crowd blew black spitballs at her while she walked down the red carpet. Or like she was attacked by a sinister flock of black origami cranes.

And doesn’t the angular nature of the black ‘things’ only accentuate the unattractive angularness of her shoulders?

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Why the fuss?

January 26, 2009 at 2:10 pm (Beaded, Clutch, Draped, Eva Longoria, Necklace, Pastels, Ruffles, Sheer) (, , , , , , , )

Eva Longoria Parker went from her Golden Globes fashion high to this SAG awards lowest of lows. Her red Golden Globes dress was simple, sleek and streamlined. This look….aaah…umm…isn’t.

Eva, why all the fuss? You are 5’2″ tall. I say avoid the flounce and flourish when you are that height.  And, unless you are literally performing a triple lutz that minute on ice, there is no reason for a built-in-necklace-with-sheer-overlay.

The whole look is giving me an orange sherbet push-up brain freeze.

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