F Murray Abraham richly deserves kudos as an excellent actor..but..!
Thursday, March 27, 2014
F Murray Abraham was the first actor I ever costumed. It was my first "costuming" job--and it was for a Salada Tea commercial for one of the A-list commercial companies at the time. I swathed him in Indian silk as I imagined would befit a traditional east Indian. Thankfully this led to 550 (at least) other commissions in the field. F Murray went soon after to win an Oscar for his amazing portrayal of Salieri in Amadeus. Recently he has enjoyed a resurgence of great acting parts.So I was not surprised to see him recently on the Today Show talking about Wes Anderson (who has terrific personal style) and his role in The Grand Budapest Hotel. However (with a capital H) I was really put aback by his attire. For this interview Murray (his real name) decided on a yellow/blue stripe rugby shirt with a black sport coat. He paired this with baggy chinos and Rockport type black oxfords. Jeez, he's still young in his early 70s. Does man live by talent alone? Perhaps...perhaps many men do.
I LOVED the way Ellen DeGeneres dressed in a variety of tuxedo styles, that stayed true to her masculine side but were so complimentary to her looks as a woman. I love her sense of humor--so special-- and hope she continues to host. Her humor partially allayed my disappointment that "American Hustle" received no awards. To me Christian Bale is one of the all time acting greats, as is the beauty, Amy Adams (who must get rid of her hairdresser). Other handsome tuxes were sported by another great talent Leonardo DiCaprio (LOVE navy as the new black!) and the already much lauded Daniel Day Lewis, in perfectly fitted versions. Kudos to them for paying attention to the correct slim fit of their slacks that should never pull or pool at the shoe. Pharrell Williams, who has his very original style (which I love) solved the problem, and stays "Happy":)-- by donning shorts.
My vote for best hair and make-up goes to the lovely Naomi Watts.She shone!
Penelope Cruz, looked amazing, as did Jessica Biel, Cate Blanchett, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lawrence, and the stunningly gorgeous Charlize Theron amongst other beauties. If you caught the Jimmy Kimmel short skit, I hope you laughed as much as I did. A big nod to "Walmart People", the sculptures of Duane Hanson, and what I see at airports and malls (..Yipes! ..so those are the folks that tweet "fashion commentary"?)
Sadly Kim Novak only met ridicule in the media and Twitter (few kind remarks) thanks to her terrible plastic surgery and poor style. When will these older stars see there is beauty in old age--its own appropriate beauty--especially when you look natural.? Kim was dressed by the studios in the Golden Days --and her personal taste thankfully was not evident. Today older stars still make the mistake of trying to compete with their own youthful image as well as the young beauties who now have the public's admiration and yes, alas, the public's scrutiny.
Let me preface this that by saying-- I try to always maintain a good sense of humor. But Bazaar asks me to accept p498 to p503 of the current issue as a "family that doesn't take itself too seriously".This is expected of me, as I view Stephanie Seymour in various stages of sexy (her thing ) undress posed suggestively with both her sons carressing and dressing/undressing her. Are they kidding? Are there no boundaries for mother/sons "fashion spreads? I can only come to some distasteful conclusions about Ms Seymour, and unfortunately the sons she raised (along with Peter Brandt, her former husband)--and BAZAAR .Please don't rush to by this March Issue with Lady Gaga on its cover (I subscribe so therein lies my only excuse). The media needs a reality/responsibility soul search. Don't buy it! See if you agree. Sad for me to say sinse I recommended BAZAAR in my books, as a generally great high end and inspiration filled magazine for women of all ages, but especially boomers.
..Is the title of a NY Times article (Jan12th)...which I wholeheartedly agree with. In gathering the real people who bravely posed for my books --it was so obvious that they cannot be lumped together. Not within the boomer age range or with those older. The word I dislike--"Senior "--has been defined loosely. It is particularly true of the attitude toward style, and the realities of style (or the lack of). This article illuminates the cultural differences, that are so interesting. But I suspect that in my line of work, I best look at each person uniquely. I've met people over 80 that have more sense of real style than 20 year olds.So it has less to do with age than the more important-- exposure (geography, family, friends, job), curiosity and interest. And then your true ace is -- (drumroll please!)--how you absorb the information of what you see.
The Golden Globes are attended by very talented and hopefully well-dressed people. My "winner" amongst the ladies is Cate Blanchett dressed in a gorgeous black lace Armani, that she carried beautifully. I loved Julia Robert's in her Dolce and Gabbana "shirt" style dress (her hair also was exquisitely done)..as I loved Diane Keaton's tuxedo look. But you too may have noted that Diane who bravely has not indulged in plastic surgery (and even sported her natural hair color) was followed by an obviously retouched L'Oreal commercial. Not a good thing for L'Oreal. Lupita Nyong'o looked truly lovely in her stunning Ralph Lauren red dress. Jacqueline Bisset is still a beauty at 69, although perhaps her hair would have been better pulled back, not dyed so dark (a common mistake), and her dress less gaudy. It was great to see Jon Voight --a contemporary-- look up to her with an admiring gleam in his eyes. The beautiful Robin Wright needs to change hairdressers and her stylist should hve secured her dress so that the pasties at her breasts were not exposed (Yipes! how does this happen?) as she moved. Several male actors looked great-- as maybe more men realize that maybe Cary Grant had it right. Deserving mention are Bradley Cooper and Colin Farrell (who cleans up nicely!).
..is the title of a an article in this Sunday's Styles NYTimes. Do I agree? Not if an interested potential client understands how small an investment--perhaps a few hours--can instantly change their personal style for the better. With the right stylist (real taste, real experience)--wonders can be achieved in relatively little time.
No excuses for foot comfort over great style this year!
Monday, September 9, 2013
Many of my clients have shoe "issues". Sometimes I see genetic bunions appear early on, some must deal with super wide or narrow shaped feet, squared toes (cannot fit into pointed shoes), poor arches/high arches..and some troubles come as a result of bad shoes worn in younger years.But this year brings "CHOICE" (in capital letters!) to the table --with lots of flats and oxfords with support. These shoes are great with dark navy slim jeans and a white shirt for beginners...and tons more options to add on. My philosophy is that shoes are key to an outfit--therefore can also make or ruin it. Spend the most you can afford on your shoes. Try to think of a variety of looks you can wear with your new purchase, before you buy. Here are some options (I bought the white ones for a funky pointy toe twist on a classic--and LOVE them!).
Lori asked: "Hi Sherrie, I wanted to write to say how much I love your books, blog and images on Pinterest. I've been a fan for a long time.
I am 40-years old and discovered your books through my mother.
What are your favorite warm weather clothes? What kind of looks do you like for hot climates? I live in Florida and am always looking for new ideas. I can get stuck in a rut with capri pants, cropped pants, and t-shirts from JCrew and similar stores. I exercise on a regular basis and lift weights; however, I don't wear sleeveless tops -- I'm not thrilled with my upper arms. Any ideas or comments on looking stylish in warm climates is much appreciated."
Lori, I "walk the walk" because I too live in a hot climate. My favorite clothes are classic and easy to care for, washables. I believe in lots of white..all white ensembles ...and often adding color with a great bag, a scarf/shawl, an jewelry item perhaps or shoes. A staple are Lacoste shirts and Ralph Lauren 3/4 sleeve polo shirts ("create your own" ). I love navy, royal blue and white as well as bright orange as key colors. I also love their lightweight white RLX cotton cargoes http://www.ralphlauren.com/shop/index.jsp?categoryId=15755496&ab=global_women_rlx&view=99 (sorry-I am not a fan cropped pants). RLX is a great source for stylish tops and nylon jackets.True- JCrew is an excellent resource for t-shirts and a favorite of mine has been their sailor- stripe 3/4 length sleeved ones, and also white "Toothpick" jeans (slim silhouette) and "city" shorts that go to the top of the knee and fit slim on the thigh. "Ethnic" tops that are loose and airy go well with the Toothpick jeans-- or those made by AG jeans, sold at Calypso. Long airy skirts such as the bright orange one Ann Taylor recently had --are also cool and comfortable. These clothes can all be mixed easily. Most work with sneakers (I like Nike brand), flip-flops, and the Tods driving moccasins that I love. I like the maxi skirts with flats or platforms.
The “Great Gatsby” has my nomination for best costumes ...
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Baz Luhrmann's 2013 rendition is very much a visual feast. Catherine Martin, the film's costume designer should be applauded for a masterful accomplishment. As I have encouraged folks in the past--it sometimes is worthwhile to see a movie for the aesthetic nspiration it provides. The 20s and 30s I believe was the most beautiful period of the 20th century.
..are you saddened? My take? I never felt the show lived up to the subject's potential. Although some good advice was verbalized--somehow the resulting makeovers were never particularly good.Perhaps I expect too much in a world where "Less" has indeed become "More". And possibly the public does no longer knows the difference?