Tuesday, August 31, 2010

“Dressed” for the occasion

The publicity boys and girls were out in full force Sunday night and yesterday morning emailing images of the stars who were photographed on the red carpet for the Emmys Sunday night in Los Angeles. A couple of thoughts crossed my mind looking at the ladies “dressed” for the occasion. First thought was our “No Holds Barred” columnist Blair Sabol who recently wrote about the influence of stylists on the fashions worn by actresses who otherwise don’t have a clue.

Actresses are famous, generally speaking, for their unremarkable fashion choices. In Blair’s opinion, the stylists’ sensibility is mainly about promoting – the designer, the makeup artist, the hairstylist – and less about the persona of the women they are dressing. In the days when stars were under contract to the Studios, actresses attending public events like premieres or awards ceremonies were dressed with full hair and makeup by the studio’s designers whose influence – because of the movies – moved fashion across America.
I was also thinking how the New York is still the town where the women know how. Ironically, the culture of Southern California where most of these actresses live, has had the moset profound influence on fashion as lifestyle throughout the world. Yet when it comes to the business of dressing up, however, the cutting edge remains New York.

Photographs by PatrickMcMullan.com (NY) & Getty Images (Emmys).
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