At about the same time each year, 10 women in Hollywood are recognized by Mr. Blackwell, a former designer/self-appointed critic whose principal accomplishment in the world of fashion has been to make a name for himself by slamming celebs for fashion faux pas committed over the course of the previous 12 months. Blackwell's 46th annual "Worst Dressed" list — riddled with big names and unrestrained, stinging, and often rhyming barbs — anoints Britney Spears 2005's queen of fashion don'ts.
According to The Associated Press, Blackwell blasted Britney's style, calling it "over-the-hill Lolita," and stating that "[w]hen it comes to Couture Chaos, this Tacky Terror should take a bow."
Others to receive Blackwell's seal of disapproval included Mary-Kate Olsen, who Blackwell said dresses in "bag lady rags" and looks "depressingly decayed;" Jessica Simpson, who he said "resembles a cut-rate Rapunzel — slingin' hash in a Vegas diner;" and Paris Hilton — a repeat offender who's made the list three years running — who he said "still looks like yesterday's cheesecake ... with a side of kitsch" (see "Lindsay, Ashlee Hit The Big Time: The Top 10 Worst-Dressed Women").
Blackwell set his sights on Lindsay Lohan ("The Teen Scream defines fashion fright," he wrote. "Looks like she's aged 30 years overnight"), Mariah Carey ("The world applauds your musical emancipation — but please leave that body to our imagination"), Anna Nicole Smith (or in Blackwell's words, "Queen Kong"), Eva Longoria ("Gorgeous face, garish taste. ... What a waste"), Renée Zellweger ("She looks like a painted pumpkin on a pogo stick") and Shakira ("Coiffure by Medusa, clothes by the Marquis De Sade").
|Blackwell's 46th Annual Best & Worst Dressed List
But Blackwell's game isn't all about the hate. He had kinder words for some of Hollywood's best-clad ladies. Natalie Portman, Reese Witherspoon, Kate Moss, Kirsten Dunst, Kathy Hilton, Nicole Kidman and Scarlett Johansson are among those dubbed the "Fabulous Fashion Independents of 2005" by Blackwell.