Fashion critic Mr. Blackwell lists his picks for 1989
Friday, January 12, 1990
LOS ANGELES – Fashion critic Mr.’ Blackwell, who has ripped into the wardrobes of celebrities for three decades, putÂ LaToya Jackson atop his worst-dressed roll this week because he considers her more freak than chic.
“In leather and chains, she’s Cher for the 1990s,” said the outspoken oracle of style. “If I had her face and body I’d stay in bed all day.”
The acid-tongued critic also flung 1989 fashion darts at Roseanne Barr, Demi Moore, Kim Basinger, Princess Anne, Emily Lloyd, Cher, Daryl Hannah and Paula Abdul and, in a tie for 10th, Madonna and Sandra Bernhard.
“The finalists were a parade of terrors that make The Joker in ‘Batman’ look positively conservative by comparison,”
said Blackwell, a designer. “Ninety-nine percent of these people could be mistaken for a bag lady,” The year’s uncontested fashion frump, however, was singer Grace Jones: “Darth Vader-sS&M fantasy in a Martian bird cage.”
His Top 10 list of Fabulous Fashion Independents included first lady Barbara Bush, actress Oeena Davis, Ivan* Trump,
actress Angela Lansbury, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, entertainer Liza Minnelli, television personality Barbara Walters, Vanity Fair editor Tina Brown, Princess Diana and Jacqueline Onassis.
“We don’t have any star-status people anymoreâ€”the Elizabeth Taylors,” he saw. “Poor Bette Midler, she’s helpless. Why bother? And Barbra Streisand, she’s on some kick for visual self-deitruction.”
“1 don’t know how she has a mirror in the house.”