Is Hollywood really declining in glamour or are those that we put on a pedestal really not that glamorous to begin with? The stylishly challenged (names have been withheld to protect the innocent) are viewed as role models, muses, even inspiration. Today’s generation is so impressionable, but can we blame them? Some may say yes, because of the access they have to the top designers and stylists. Some may say no, because a lot of Hollywood’s starlets come from meager beginnings and are still learning the ropes and they have room for improvement. Take a tip from Halle Berry. She in no way, shape or form started out being a darling amongst stylists and the media when it came to red carpet style. Through the years though, Berry evolved into a true arbiter of style.
Hollywood glamour truly takes a back seat when even a multi-millionaire fashion designer to the stars, Valentino, turns down the chance to design one of America’s top socialites and personalities’ (in terms of publicity) wedding dress – Paris Hilton’s. Valentino was recently quoted in New York Post’s Page Sixas saying, “No, I don’t like her. She is marrying the son of a friend of mine. They have billions. She is vulgar, and she is not even pretty.” After pausing for a moment to gather his breath, Valentino concluded, “The Hiltons, they have nothing.” SCANDALOUS!!!
Good for you, Valentino! I applaud him for being a person with such a considerable amount of influence in the fashion industry, and not being lured into the jaws of the “Paris Hilton” public relations machine.
Enough words on Miss Hilton; she already has enough people writing about her every move thanks to “Page Six” and other celebrity tabloids. I just wonder why Hollywood seems to only do the “glamorous” thing when on the red carpet. And even then, they barely do it. I’m not saying that our starlets should resort to dressing how Jackie O., Audrey Hepburn, Lena Horne, etc., did in their day; when you are constantly in the spotlight though, are Ugg boots a really good choice to wear with everything? Nicole Richie seems to be taking the cue in dressing with more class, but she’s one of several stars who seem to be nearly killing themselves with crazy diets to do it. On the other hand, Mary Kate Olsen’s idea of red carpet wear looks like anything from your local Salvation Army’s bargain bin. I’m sure they can muster up some outfit that doesn’t (1) make them look like poster children for I-am-so-skinny.com, or (2) make them look as if they stink.
What Hollywood society fails to realize is that with the decline in “Hollywood Glamour” comes the decline in being stylish role models. The Hollywood starlet of yesteryear wouldn’t be caught in public without that glamour look. Granted, what you wear and how you wear should not play a part in how well of a role model you come across as being, but impressions are key in Hollywood. Maybe a lot these un-glam clones are trying to make a statement with how they dress. I’m dumbfounded as to what that statement may be.
However, should the blame be based on only those who have “face time” in Hollywood? I say no. Why not slap the hands of Uggs, Kitson, Fred Segal, Heatherette and other kitchy boutiques of the LA and NYC scene? There are only so many mini, distressed jean skirts, gigantic, slouchy hobo bags or skinny jeans that one can wear. But, then again, maybe Hollywood is trying to create a new type of glamour … ”Clone Chic.”
Lindsey Lohan photo courtesy of www.purseblog.com/
Paris Hilton photo courtesy of www.chadmuska.org
Ashlee Simpson photo courtesy of www.purseblog.com/