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RIP: Mr. Blackwell

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by ifilus, Oct 20, 2008.

  1. ifilus

    ifilus Active Member

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mr. Blackwell, the acerbic designer whose annual worst-dressed list skewered the fashion felonies of celebrities from Zsa Zsa Gabor to Britney Spears, has died. He was 86.

    Publicist Harlan Boll says Blackwell died Sunday of complications from an intestinal infection.

    Blackwell, whose first name was Richard, was a little-known dress designer when he issued his first tongue-in-cheek criticism of Hollywood fashion disasters for 1960—long before Joan Rivers and others turned such ridicule into a daily affair.

    Year after year, he would take Hollywood's reigning stars and other celebrities to task for failing to dress in what he thought was the way they should.


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  2. sportschick

    sportschick Active Member

    Noooooooooo!!!!!! Man, I loved him, even if he only put celebs who were safe in their clothing choices on his best dressed list.
  3. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    moves right to the top in the race for worst-dressed corpse of 2008.

    (too soon?)
  4. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Forget the the worst dressed list - I think his worst claim to fame is spawning a quasi-industry of uninformed, snarky fashion criticism from Coju to Joan Rivers et. al.
    RIP dude.
  5. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    A girl at work told me this tonight and I said "NOOOOOOOOO! I loved Mr. Blackwell!" And the only guy left on desk didn't know who he was.
  6. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    When Stewie grows up, he's got a 70% chance to be Mr. Blackwell.
  7. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Now he will be analyzing the angels' robes and wings.
  8. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    Perhaps one of the first examples of a media-created celebrity, someone who was famous for pretty much no reason whatsoever other than someone once thought he was entertaining.
  9. Corky Ramirez up on 94th St.

    Corky Ramirez up on 94th St. Well-Known Member

    Phew. For a moment, I thought we'd lost one of the great mustaches of the early 1980s.

  10. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    Holy crap. What a get.
  11. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

    If there's justice, etc. ...

    "A dignified black suit in a casket with light blue upholstery and pinkish rouge on the death mask?

    All wrong!

    Do not pass go, head straight to fashion hell, Mr. Blackwell! That $10 suit is so bad, worms won't eat it."

    RIP to a man who launched a cottage industry of vapidity.
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