Monday, October 20, 2008

Mr. Blackwell Dies

heeky fashion critic, Mr. Blackwell, suffered from an intestinal infection and has passed at the age of 86. Known for his annual worst-dressed list, Mr. Blackwell taunted some of Hollywood's best for their questionable taste in clothes. This guy called Madonna "The Bare-Bottomed Bore of Babylon".

"I merely said out loud what others were whispering. It's not my intention to hurt the feelings of these people. It's to put down the clothing they're wearing," said Mr. Blackwell in a past interview.

Mr. Blackwell, born Richard Sylvan Selzer, issued his first celebrity fashion critique in 1960 and continued until his death. His grandest moments also included hosting his own show Mr. Blackwell Presents in 1968 and designing his own clothing line. Mr. Blackwell was a fun and gregarious addition to the industry and will always be remembered.


Here are some of his famous quips

  • Barbra Streisand: "She looks like a masculine Bride of Frankenstein."
  • Christina Aguilera: "A dazzling singer who puts good taste through the wardrobe wringer."
  • Meryl Streep: "She looks like a gypsy abandoned by a caravan."
  • Sharon Stone: "An over-the-hill Cruella DeVille."
  • Lindsay Lohan: "From adorable to deplorable."
  • Patti Davis: "Packs all the glamour of an old, worn-out sneaker."
  • Ann Margret: "A Hells Angel escapee who invaded the Ziegfeld Follies on a rainy night."
  • Camilla Parker-Bowles: "The Duchess of Dowdy."
  • Bjork: "She dances in the dark -- and dresses there, too."
  • Spears: "Her bra-topped collection of Madonna rejects are pure fashion overkill."
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