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Oscars fashion: The growth

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Marc Anthony: we know you try to keep J. Lo on a short leash, but hiding under her dress? Come on, it's a bit much, even for you.
Smashing – if you could just remove that thing from her hip.

Oscars fashion: Edgy, or eh?

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Best actress nominee Carey Mulligan is the name that kept surfacing as I talked to fashion insiders this week about who to watch on the carpet. She's already emerging as a fashionista and has gained respect for interesting and daring fashion choices throughout the awards season. I'm just waiting for the critics on tomorrow's fashion wraps to educate us on how this is High Fashion. This is genius. This is PRADA. But that won't make me like it any better. Just not so crazy about the look. I wanted her to look softer. And didn't find the shorter length in front especially flattering – certainly not on those stairs.

Oscars fashion: Getting grabby

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Charlize, we know you're single now. Play the field, knock 'em dead, it's all good. But for future reference, don't let any Mr. Grabby get gropey with flour (frosting? yogurt?) on his hands before you hit the red.

Oscars fashion: Red on red

Sunday, March 7th, 2010


It may have been the trendy choice (as predicted) but a red dress on the red carpet is tough to pull off. Penelope, you are a master of The Gown. But I wasn't a big fan of this hue. Are you?

Good to be Leo on Earth Day

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Jrwatkins It's good to be green when you're an A-list celeb. Don't spoil the surprise, but "eco-advocates" including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jake Gyllenhall, Justin Timberlake, Tobey Maguire, Ellen DeGeneres, Tina Fey and Sting can look forward to receiving hand-delivered gift baskets on Earth Day next week. The baskets will be filled with green consumer goods including lotions, lip balms and salves from Winona-based J.R. Watkins Natural Apothecary (available at Target). This isn't the first celebrity kiss-up for Watkins – the company showered stars with its products at the 2008 Academy Awards as well. FYI: just because they drive the  Prius doesn't mean they can't afford soap.

Red carpet observations

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

Wshew. Just gave tomorrow's Oscars fashion page a final read for the St. Paul Pioneer Press (it's got to start printing if it is to arrive on your doorstep – in color! – by dawn). First impressions are always most telling, but with a bit of time to look beyond the shimmer, it's worth noting that while most shoulders were bare, there was very little in the way of cleavage on the red carpet – in all, a very elegant, lady-like showing. Of course, as I have now had a couple of hours to mull some of the dresses, I can plainly say that my dislike for Miley Cyrus' dress has grown to horror. I want to pull that stupid knit cap of Philip Seymore Hoffman's head. I am still marveling at Meryl Streep, proud of Kate Winslet, charmed by Taraji Henson, bored with Sarah Jessica and I think I'd understand if my husband left me for Natalie Portman. Just forward my mail to Hugh Jackman's place.

On the red carpet

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

I'm wearing diamonds, because TV Guide Network's Lawrence Zarian told me to sparkle if I'm going judge the stars who grace the red carpet at tonight's Academy Awards. And I do intend to judge. By all means, join me. I'm updating on Facebook, I'm tweeting (, I'm writing for the Pioneer Press. I'm exhausted already, and I'm not even wearing heels.

Oscars fashion review

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

Whsew. Time flies when you’re judging red carpet fashions from the Academy Awards. My deadline for the St. Paul Pioneer Press has long since passed – the report will be in Monday’s paper. But I couldn’t let all the great comments from local boutique owner Stephanie Morrissey go to waste. It’s no surprise that her shop, Stephanie’s, has a fab dress section – Morrissey is a red carpet devotee. Here are the awards she handed out for the evening:
Best Supportive Dress: Kristen Chenoweth
Best Visual Effects: John Travolta’s hair stylist
Best Animated Short: Ryan Seacrest
Most Unusual Handbag:  Amy Adams
Best Jewelry: Jennifer Garner
Best Dress: Anne Hathaway
Worst Dress: Tied – Diablo Cody (in a frock borrowed from Betty Rubble) and Marion Cotillard (impersonating a mermaid)

Other random thoughts: Why does Cameron Diaz keep getting invited? Refreshingly real to see a pregnant actress in flats – Cate Blanchett, but what an unfortunate neckline. Jennifer Hudson’s boobs speak for themselves – a dress outlining them is a bit much. Nicole Kidman looked like she was wearing a chandelier around her neck. Wow, motherhood agrees with Keri Russell, and the layers of necklaces looked great with that pale strapless bodice. Nice to see Amy Adam’s red hair long and glamorous, after all of those messy updos and the green dress was a good choice for her, but she took evening bags to a whole new level of pointlessness, carrying a gold mesh adornment with nothing in it! Not even a lipstick! | Mpls.St.Paul Magazine © 2008 MSP Communications, Inc. All rights reserved