Friday, June 22, 2007

What not to wear...or what she's not wearing.

The female star of Live With Regis and Kelly—who, let me be clear right off, is not the woman shown at left—isn't normally a fount of great wisdom, either. But every now and then she does get off a priceless line. Such was the case this morning, when she said she wants to write a book, "How to Spend a Fortune on Clothes While Still Looking Perfectly Cheap." And I gotta give Kelly props; it may be remembered as the most succinct and insightful comment, ever, on trends in contemporary women's "fashion."

Now, as to the photo of actress Rose McGowan's, um, dress, it is neither a put-on nor some tacky paparazzi spy shot. She actually wore this get-up to the 1998 Video Music Awards, during her "Mrs. Marilyn Manson" (to her left) period. Believe it or not, the front is worse. FYI, Ms. McGowan later had a long-term relationship with my former Rodale colleague and Men's Health celebrity-editor/playboy, David Zinczenko. The (sexist) joke among some members of the MH set used to be, "Now that's what we call self-help, Dave...."

Check back later. I'll have the next story up.

11 comments:

moi said...

I can think of a good party in new Orleans during Mardi Gras time where that dress would be appropriate. The Decadence ball also comes to mind. Perhaps she should relocate.

Two Write Hands said...

This is one of those times I wish my feed reader didn't load images. Yikes.

Steve Salerno said...

Yanno, Two Write, I gave a lot of thought to whether I should use that photo, b/c I know many would find it not just imbecilic, but offensive. And yet sometimes you have to show the thing in order to capture the true nature of the thing. It's like, say, war: We could talk a blue streak about "collateral damage," but I don't think the effect is the same as seeing a bombed-out children's hospital with those tiny little corpses lying around....

a/good/lysstener said...

Steve, I look at this and I want to scream. Why don't you at least be honest and admit that you LIKE looking at women who look like this? I mean really. I guess I can understand the point but sometimes I think you make it with a little bit too much glee? Is that not at least a little bit true?

Steve Salerno said...

Alyssa, see previous answer. And calm down, you'll live longer. Sheesh.

moi said...

You know, I am not really scandalized by that dress. I guess being born and raised in the big easy where the puritan ethic did not exactly reign has desensitized me. However, I don't think I would choose to don that particular masquerade costume even on Bourbon street.

Cosmic Connie said...

It's really all a matter of context. I wore a dress that was basically just a bunch of beads lightly strung together to a Naughty Christmas Ball that Ron and I attended a few years ago. Nobody seemed to be particularly offended. :-)

RevRon's Rants said...

Alyssa, I would generally just ignore comments like yours, but I feel compelled to say this once, bluntly, for your own sake. Whenever Steve pays any kind of attention to an attractive woman, you either add some catty response or, as in this case, go ballistic. Perhaps you don't know how transparent such responses are, but you may rest assured that others can see through it. Might want to consider lightening up.

And for myself, I admit to being somewhat gleeful when I see a hottie in various stages of suggestive dress/undress. It's how I'm wired... me & Jimmy Carter!

Steve Salerno said...

Connie, thank you for forcing me to make a distinction that badly needs making. In no way did I intend this as a blanket indictment of ALL sexy outfits worn at ANY occasion. Lord knows we've all participated in events that require one to err on the more libertine/Bohemian side. And hey, I concede that there's even such a thing as personal style, and that Joan's personal style may be a bit flashier than Joanna's. So be it.

What I'm really attacking here is the supposed high-fashion movement that essentially tries to mainstream what I think most of us would consider "costume attire"; it does this by driving home the relentless message that fashion = sluttiness (or, at the very least, garishness). Not only that, but they want to condition you to the idea of paying through the teeth for it!

It amazes me that often, the less of it there is, the more they expect you to fork over...

Steve Salerno said...

Oh, and Ron, I'll leave the first part of your remarks unembellished--what you say speaks for itself--but I wonder how many people got the "lust in my heart" allusion? Or are you and I just a lot older than we think?

S.H.A.M. Scam Sam said...

I like how Alyssa keeps insisting she's got men pegged: good looking girl? You MUST be moved to like her. Like men don't know words like "slut" or "tramp" or , for that matter, don't have standards at all. We're just an open book, waiting for her to paint inside the stereotypicle lines she's sure are there. It's not only tired but, when it comes to respectable men, just plain wrong. Sure, there's a time and place for everything, but this ain't either one:

If it was, Steve wouldn't have wrote about it.