“She’s not an anorexic bitch, she has tits and an ass...Blake is in her 20s and has a hot body, she’s a teen icon of high fashion and we haven’t really seen something like it, she’s like the Jackie O of her time." --Costume designer Eric Daman on Gossip Girl's Blake Lively. Thank you, Hollywood Life.
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Stars Sans Stylists: What It Really Means
Lately, the cool thing, if you're famous, is to claim that you don't have a stylist. (Cough, Blake Lively, cough cough.) Sometimes, that's true. But most of the time, chances are someone is likely helping the starlet make clothing decisions, even if it's not a Rachel Zoe/Nicole Richie-type relationship. There are some stylists who make celebrities look like they've done it themselves. Leslie Fremar, who styles Julianne Moore, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jennifer Connelly, and several other perfect specimens, makes her clients feel so comfortable on the red carpet that for years I fully believed Gyllenhaal did it solo. But alas, what celebrity has time to go it alone, especially when it's a big event like the Oscars? As one publicist told me, "I don't think they have time to find PR contacts, you know?" Even Chloe Sevigny, whose style is innately her own--probably more than any other celebrity--uses a stylist for big events. Ezra Woods, her sometimes-stylist, also works with Michelle Williams, who looks as effortless on the street as she does on the red carpet. (And there's no way Woods is picking out her outfits every morning.) Perfect person Gwyneth Paltrow even started using someone after her too loose Ralph Lauren dress at the 1999 Oscars. (Although I loved it regardless.) So what about Blake? And Diane? And January? What's truth and what's fiction? Here are the real stories behind these stars without stylists:
Eric Daman, Gossip Girl's One Redeeming Quality, Solves Your Dating Dillemas
While the quality of Gossip Girl’s plot lines may be diminishing (Dan has a baby? Really?), the quality of the show's wardrobe is definitely stable. With the tour de force that was Serena and Blair’s summer in Paris, it might even be getting better. This is all thanks to Eric Daman, who might have the best job in the world. I mean, he gets to dress Chuck Bass. Following two of Gossip Girl’s strongest episodes to date (fashion-wise), we spoke to Eric about his amazing day job, Taylor Momsen, the only show he went to during fashion week, and his latest gig with Match.com providing first date outfit advice, some of which he was nice enough to share with us. (And FYI--if you want a free 7-day Match.com trial, click here) What qualifies Daman for such a job? He draws an interesting comparison: “Like TV, most of your date will be from the waist up.” (He recommends “something sparkly” like a necklace or earrings to decorate the oh so important above-the-waist area.) Whether or not your first date involves run-ins with Lou Doillon and balls with French dignitaries, there is no one better suited than Eric to dole out sartorial advice. His first words of wisdom? “Guys love shoes as much as girls do,” Eric insists, citing a poll that suggests a majority of men prefer that their date wear heels. However, he doesn’t necessarily want all girls to dress like Blair Waldorf on the first date. Being yourself, and reflecting that with your attire, is more important. “I think women don’t know to listen to themselves enough. Their inner voice is their best friend. I think its best to always be firm about who you are, because that's who you want to project and who you want the person across the table to fall in love with.” Still, we want to know, what would Blair wear on a first date?
Quote of the Day: Design VS. Fashion
"I used to get embarrassed about the fact I liked fashion. I still get a bit cringy. I'd sit at dinner parties and people would say to me, 'So what do you do?' and I'd be like, oh design! When I fill passport forms I put 'design.' I don't say fashion. But don't get me wrong, I love my job!" Stella McCartney, on her chosen occupation, in the UK's Observer.
A Farewell Tribute to Serena van der Woodsen's Cleavage, the Real Star of Gossip Girl
Gossip Girl comes to its sure-to-be-super-dramatic conclusion tonight (*sob*), but we couldn't let the magic end without paying tribute to the breakout star of the show: Serena van der Woodsen's cleavage.