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Pamella Roland
must be the most down-to-earth A-list designer (credit her Michigan roots?). So far this awards season, you've seen her dresses on Emily Blunt and Jenna Fischer at the SAGs; and Amy Poehler and Jessica Carpenter at the Golden Globes. And you found out about it at the same time she did. Roland tells me she never knows whether star is wearing her dress until she seems them on the red carpet. Usually, their stylists pull dresses at the very last minute (actresses love the drama) and sometimes, without even informing the designer. Unless they need custom – like Queen Latifah. "She can't really jump into a sample size," says Roland, who has done a number of dresses for the rapper/actress.
"I hate to admit it, but it really does translate into sales," Roland told me on "Shop Girls." She's flattered when her dresses get knocked off.
So far this season, she thought Emily Blunt (pictured) looked "amazing." And Angelina Jolie, who she has dressed in the past, "very boring" in her drapey numbers. "I don't think she cares that much," Roland says. The star to dress at the moment: Kate Winslet.
But first, Roland has to get her son to hockey practice.

Zellweger’s co-star defends that dress

Monday, January 26th, 2009

When the fashion police lambasted Renee Zellweger’s odd see-through dress over corset at the Golden Globes, her co-star Siobhan Fallon from “New in Town” (out on Friday) called and said “The cream rises to the top.” Zellweger’s reply: “I love you.”
“It’s got to hurt her feelings,” said Fallon, who plays a New Ulm, Minn. secretary in the upcoming release. Fallon, who remains fairly anonymous despite her long list of film and TV credits, was able to shop with me at Mall of America this evening. Aliandsiobhanfallon
She’s a great reminder that not everyone in Hollywood is consumed by designer fashions ("I've got this black dress that I wear to a lot of things," she says). She caught just a few moments of the SAG awards in her Minneapolis hotel room Sunday night and says she thought they all looked good – especially her friend Tina Fey, who is not exactly a fashion critic's favorite for her safe, dark dress choices. “She’s a New Yorker,” Fallon says. “Black is what we wear.”
Find out what Fallon wears, and where she shops in my “Shopping With…” column Sunday, Feb. 1 in the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Celeb connection

Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

Behold: The power of the almighty pre-awards show gift suite. The promise of pictures featuring celebrities holding your product makes entrepreneurs do crazy things, like pay money to give their goods away to people quite able to pay. Removed as we are in Minnesota from such goings-on, many a Twin Cities business owner has ventured to Hollywood to get in on this career-making opportunity. I wrote in the Pioneer Press on Sunday (Jan. 14, 2007) about Ramsey-based Simply Ella infant car seat covers and clothing line, given away last week at a pre-Golden Globes party to Angie Harmon and dozens of semi-stars.

Meanwhile, Minnesota-based fashion designer Joy Teiken of Joynoelle set up her own Golden Globes suite in L.A. with smashing results. Marcia Gay Harden fell in love with the line and might want something for an upcoming premiere. Alicia Keys is also interested, as is Shaun Robinson of Access Hollywood. Won’t be long before Joynoelle is all over the red carpet. But all that sucking up to celebrities and their demanding stylists does take its toll on a down-to-earth designer. “Lots of drama,” Joy said of the trip. “People not showing up for appointments or being two hours late. Thank goodness I have a fabulous assistant.”

Sbgbrooke_2 Another native Minnesotan who has learned to play the celebrity game with enviable finesse is jewelry designer Sara Goldfine of SBG Designs, who grew up in Golden Valley and now lives in L.A. (She returns to the Twin Cities for trunk shows at least a couple of times a year.) Last week, Sara participated in a Golden Globes gift suite and got her necklaces and bracelets on Brooke Shields, Paris Hilton and Josh Henderson (who plays the new two-timing teen hunk on “Desperate Housewives”) — to name a few. But her favorite celeb encounter was Ethan Embry (“Can’t Hardly Wait”). Says Sara, “He hung around to chat with my sister and me for what felt like a half an hour….told us all about his up and coming projects and how he is going to have to gain a lot of weight for a new film he’ll be working on.”

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