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Joan Rivers on Deathbed. Horrible Comments Online

As I’m sure you all know by now, Joan Rivers, 81, is on life support at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.  The comic had gone in for surgery on her vocal chords when she stopped breathing.  She was rushed to the hospital where her heart stopped beating.  Doctors where able to bring her back but she is now only alive due to the machines. Although her daughter Melissa states her mother is resting comfortably,  it doesn’t look good for Joan. While Joan is fighting for her life and quite frankly near death, the Internet has been set ablaze with horrible comments about the woman.

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Some responses on the TMZ website are such that TMZ should actually remove them. 

WhoDatTrueDat states:
“Oh just die already you mean bitch.”

Yuliflor says:
“Let’s be real here… she was a hateful woman. People will remember her as a bully that only talked trash about people to continue being relevant.  Karma.”

DefenderOfIsrael says:
“Does plastic decompose?”

TMZ,  you should be ashamed of yourself for allowing those types of remarks to stay on your site.  Joan Rivers, though disliked by many for her humor, is in fact a person. She was a comic. Many comedians make jokes and poke fun of other races and cultures.  It’s called HUMOR. You don’t like it, don’t listen to it. Her daughter is going through hell right now. Show some respect.  What if it was your mother? I’m sure you’d be highly upset.  I have no respect for those that have no heart and speak about people in such hurtful ways. They say Karma is a Bitch. Hmm….

Courteney Cox – still looking good – at “An Evening of Environmental Excellence”

Courteney Cox, with boyfriend Johnny McDaid, at “An Evening of Environmental Excellence” presented by the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability in Beverly Hills, California on March 21, 2014.

She still looks just fine to me.

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Premiere of “Divergent” in Los Angeles

Premiere of Divergent at the Regency Bruin Theatre in Los Angeles, California on March 18, 2014.

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Glee 100th Episode Celebration

‘Glee’ 100th episode celebration at Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, California on March 18, 2014.

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Dream Builders project’s ‘A Brighter Future For Children’ benefit

Dream Builders project’s ‘A Brighter Future For Children’ benefit at H.O.M.E.  in Beverly Hills, California on March 15, 2014.

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“Rocky” (the musical) opens on Broadway

“Rocky” the musical opened on Broadway at the Wintergarden Theater on Marh 13, 2014. I haven’t seen it, but I was wondering how it would be received by the public and by critics. When I heard that there was a “Rocky” musical in the works, I immediately thought, “Ba idea.” After all, Rocky has become a film icon – the personification of the perennial underdog who never gives up, who finds a way to win – and teaches us that sometimes there are different definitions of “winning.”

Why do a musical? Could the writers and producers and cast do any better than the original? I wouldn’t imagine so. Could they tell us any more about the characters and their backgrounds than we already know? Very doubtful. The question remains, then: why do it? The cynical answer would be, “Money.” That would be the same reason for doing a sequel. As it happens, “Rocky II” was one of those rare sequels that did justice to the original, but the remaining sequels are perhaps best left unmentioned. There was simply not much good material there, except for “III.”

This brings us to the current effort. For those of us who have only seen the original “Rocky” and “Rocky II” movies and not the the brand-new musical – which would of necessity be virtually everyone who has seen either movie – I ask the question, “Could you imagine Rocky or Adrian or Pauley or Apollo singing or dancing?” It’s tough for me to picture that, let alone hear it in my mind.

From what I’ve seen, the reviews have been mostly very good. The production, according to Variety.com, includes a full-sized boxing ring and tons of very-well-done high technology. At the start of the second act, the people sitting in the first few rows of the theater are escorted onstage, to sit in the set’s bleacher seats. I suppose that word-of-mouth will be enough to sell more tickets – it’s a novel idea, but I wonder if it’s too gimmicky. The reviews mention the thrilling fight scenes, but Variety mentions a couple of sleep-inducing ballads, and The New York Post said, “If you could win a Tony based on just 20 minutes, “Rocky” would be a shoo-in. Problem is, that finale is preceded by an hour and a half of less thrilling moments.”

This is almost exactly the same thing that many critics said of the movie “Titanic.” I remember very well the first review I ever heard for “Titanic.” It went something like this: “In ‘Titanic,’ director James Cameron gives us 20 minutes of the most thrilling, nail-biting, edge-of your-seat adventure ever seen in a movie. Unfortunately, it comes on the tail end of three hours of the most bland, chemistry-less drama that Hollywood has ever produced.”

Is there a flaw in my contention that the musical version was a bad idea?  Yes – and that is that there are at least a couple of generations who very likely have never seen the original Rocky or any of the sequels, and have no idea who Rocky and Adrian and Pauley and Mickey are, so the characters would be fresh and without any preconceptions.  The problem is, a lot more people can and will see a movie, and in any case, with a top price of $143.00 per ticket for the play, how many kids and teenagers are going to see it?

Here are some pictures of Katrina Bowden as she attends the opening night after-party at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City.

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Laura Prepon at Paleyfest 2014 Honoring “Orange Is The New Black”

The Paley Center For Media’s PaleyFest 2014 Honoring ‘Orange Is The New Black’ at Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 14, 2014.

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Selena Gomez performing at the 2014 BorderFest concert in Texas

Selena Gomez performing at the 2014 BorderFest concert at the Hidalgo State Farm Arena in Texas on March 8, 2014,  Whatever other troubles she may be having, I’m glad she shows a bit of restraint in choosing her stage costumes.

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Kristen Bell (& friends) at the premiere of “Veronica Mars” in Autsin, Texas

Tina Majorino, Kristen Bell, Krysten Ritter and Amanda Noret in the green room at the premiere of Veronica Mars during the 2014 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas on March 8, 2014.

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2014 Mirror Ball in support of Forever Manchester

Normally I’d feature American events, but the 2014 Mirror Ball in support of Forever Manchester drew the kind of celebrity crowd that makes me and so many others very happy.  Of course, I really mean what the celebrities were wearing makes me very happy.  Here are some examples.

Helen Flanagan, who has become very dependable for this sort of outfit, did not disappoint.  I can’t say I remember seeing much of her Rosie Webster in Coronation Street but I sure know who she is now.

I’ve only recently come to find out who Catherine Tyldesley is, and I’m glad to have become aware of her.  Now in Coronation Street – which we don/t see much in America, she was previously in Lilies, which I had never heard of before.She wears a red, slinky, spangly dress very nicely, I’m sure you’ll agree.

I’d never heard of Nadine Merabi before either; now I see that she is a celebrity designer.  Ok, maybe she isn’t a celebrity in the way I’d normally expect, but what the heck – she looks very good, and wears a dress like the one she’s wearing here – I’ll be happy to post pictures of her any time.

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Best of fashion at the 2014 Academy Awards – at the after-parties – the “Wow!” factor

Many of the dresses worn by celebrities for their red carpet visits are high-fashion, custom-designed and tailored and very expensive statements – efforts to impress, created by the most famous and prestigious designers.  That’s fine for us, the viewers, who are the happy benefactors of their efforts and expense.  After the big awards show, there are the after-parties – big, important ones such as the Governor’s Ball and the Vanity Fair after-party. Here are some pictures that should get your attention.  They sure got mine.

Let’s hear it for Reese Witherspoon, who lately, much like Heidi Klum, has been dressing on the “Holy moley!” side of the fence, and all I can say is, “THANK YOU!” Of course, there’s Halle Berry, who almost always turns me to Jell-O, and Joanna Krupa, because when you think “Academy Awards” you automatically think “Joanna Krupa,” and Kate Hudson – oh baby! Let’s not forget Miranda Kerr and Irina Shayk, who always seem to find their way into these parties – and well they should! I can’t imagine any halfway-respectable party organizer leaving their names off the list!

And by the way – Jenna Elfman can come to my party any time.

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Worst of fashion at the 2014 Academy Awards – at the parties

Since there are plenty of celebrities – especially those who otherwise wouldn’t be part of the arrival scene or who might not quite be part of Hollywood’s A-list, and since so many of the A-listers change outfits for the after-parties, I thought they deserved a topic of their own – so here they are.

You can usually count on Diane Kruger to have a certain class when dressing for big events, so this outfit is a disappointment – this dress takes a couple of steps down in class.  It’s as if she’s simply trying to grab attention.  That may be understandable, considering the people she’s mixing with – or attempting to mix with – but she could have made a better impression by dressing the part.

Put simply, Paulina Rubio just looks like she’s a mess.  I can’t imagine what she was thinking.  I wonder if she thought that this is the way to gain prestige.  For me, this isn’t the way.

Is Nikki Reed wearing very nice pajamas or a casual kimono?  Is Olivia Munn wearing a bondage-accented toga?  Did Karolina Kurkova take fashion advice from the same consultant that advised Olivia Munn?  These questions – and more – pop into mind when looking at their dresses.  I wonder if celebrities in these kinds of spots even consider that such get-ups do their careers or reputations more harm than good.

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The best of fashion at the 2014 Academy Awards – Part II

Here are a few more of the best-looking dresses from the 2014 Academy Awards.  So far all of the photos have been from the show arrivals, and these are, as well.  I’ll show the after-party gowns separately, since so many of the attendees change to a different outfit for the parties.

Charlize, Jennifer Lawrence and Jennifer Garner are all beautiful, and Kristen Bell isn’t too bad-looking, either, but I think Charlize is simply breathtaking.

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The best of fashion at the 2014 Academy Awards

The 2014 Academy Awards, held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

These are my candidates for the best dresses of the night, so far.  I’ll update it as more pictures become available.

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Today’s daily candids – sexy or trashy?

Elisabeth Rohm – 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards – Santa Monica Beach, California – March 1, 2014

Lately Elisabeth has been out and about at a lot of public events, and has been dressing a lot more provocatively than I I can remember.  This makes me very happy – and I find this dress to be sexy – daring, yes, but no more out of line than we often see at awards shows and movie premieres.

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Rihanna – Jean Paul Gaultier ready-to-wear fall/winter 2014-2015 show – Paris – March 1, 2014

This brings us to the trashy portion of our program.  I think Rihanna is a beautiful woman, and Heaven knows she’s got a fantastic figure – look, even Victoria’s Secret voted her as having the best bikini body of 2013 – but this is just plain trashy.  She has for some time been in the same unfortunate group as Madonna, Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus – women who have had to resort to wearing more and more outrageous or scandalous or mystifying outfits just to get, and to stay, noticed.  They really should learn that you can be sexy and still have at least a shred of class.  I think that Rihanna – like Miley – needs some real guidance, and she needs it right away.

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Younger Lupita Nyong’o prayed to be light-skinned

Lupita Nyong’o, Ava DuVernay, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, and more were honored at this year’s seventh annual Essence Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon that took place at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Thursday, February 27th. Oprah Winfrey, Kerry Washington, Spike Lee, Sidney Poitier and others were in attendance at this year’s celebration, which carried an emotional impact, as those being honored spoke of struggling with finding their place in the world.

With the advent of 12 Years A Slave, Nyong’o burst onto the Hollywood scene as a stylishly-dressed favorite of fashion critics, commentators and the public alike.  There was a time, however, she she didn’t have quite the same persona.

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Arrival at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards

“I remember a time when I too felt unbeautiful,” Nyong’o related.  “I put on the TV and only saw pale white skin.  I was teased and taunted about my nightshaded skin, and my one prayer was that I would wake up light-skinned.”

That is revealing, and damning, and sad.  It’s revealing because it shows a side of a current celebrity that we did know about before – and it takes strength to make a public admission like that.  It’s tough to admit feeling insecurity.  It’s tough because some may interpret such an admission as a sign of weakness when the perceived weakness no longer exists.

It’s damning because anyone should be made to dream about having a different skin color.  I can;t imagine that ever happens because of positive influences.  It’s sad for the same reasons – but there’s hope.  There’s hope because Nyong’o is seen as one of the best recent personifications of style, in the same way, perhaps, as Audrey Hepburn was seen for so long, and the way in which Sarah Jessica Parker has been seen, rightly or wrongly, since the rise to prominence of “Sex and the City.”  There’s hope, then, that as a society, we have experienced some little degree of enlightenment, when we can recognize the Lupita Nyong’os of the world as desirable, fashionable women – not desirable, fashionable black women.

In her speech, Cheryl Boone Isaacs – the first black woman to be elected President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – noted that when Hattie McDaniel became the first African-American to win a Best Supporting Actress Oscar, she had been seated at the back of the auditorium.  On Sunday, the night of this year’s Academy Awards, Isaacs will be seated right up front.  Again, progress, and perhaps another glimmer of hope.

Random event candids

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Michaela Conlin at the Annie Leibovitz book launch at Chateau Marmont – February 26, 2014

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Malin Akerman – Global Green USA’s 11th annual pre-Oscar party at Avalon – February 26, 2014

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Olivia Munn – BVLGARI Decades of Glamour Oscar Party at Soho House, West Hollywood – Feb. 25, 2014

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Today’s event fashion galleries

The 45th NAACP Image Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 22, 2014 in Pasadena, California

Archie in particular looked elegant, and very together.  Bellamy was certainly going to grab her share of attention and slack-jawed gaping, but maybe most surprising of all was Lupita.  She she sprang onto the scene, she has been ordained a fashion star, but I don’t think this dress was a major triumph – and I don’t think the hairdo helped her much at all.

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The Elle Style Awards 2014 at One Embankment in London, England on February 18, 2014

 

I like Olga Kurylenko and I’m normally very happy when she appears at an event, but I’m not convinced about this dress.  I know – what am I complaining about?  She’s beautiful, she’s wearing a short dress, she’s got fine legs – so what’s not to like?  I can’t explain it, but something here doesn’t work.  Maybe the funky offset pigtail? Of course it could be my common sense.

Katy, Katy, Katy – you always bring a smile to my face and to all the rest of me, too, but this outfit was not terribly well-advised.  If you were 10 years older but still had the same great figure, and you were trying to cling to your sexy, ingenue-like self, you might rightly choose a dress like this.  But you are still young and looking great and have a big personality – so why this dress?  I always expect better from Katy.

Then there’s Karolina.  About all  can say is – SCORE!

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The BRIT Awards 2014 at the 02 Arena on February 19, 2014 in London, England

What can I say?  I wonder how many women can wear a dress the way Rosie Huntington-Whitely is wearing this short little red number.  Wow.  Stunning.

For Lily Allen and Jessie J, I guess it’s a case of Lily being Lily and Jessie being Jessie.  Lily’s dress is sexy in several ways – skin-hugging, spangly and at least partly see-through – it’s not subtle but I like it.  Unfortunately, Jessie J seems to make a habit of being outlandish because:

  • That’s just what she likes to wear in public
  • She thinks it’s appropriate
  • She thinks that’s what the public is expecting or deserves
  • Everything else was in the wash
  • She doesn’t know any better
  • Some or all or of the above

Dannii and Kylie Minogue are a little more difficult to figure out.  I’ve seen plenty of pictures of Dannii at various events over the years, as well as candid photos, and many times, I’ve thought she looks smoking hot.  Not here, though.  I wonder if I’m the only one who thinks she looks almost frumpy here.  Maybe not, but it’s way more conservative that I would have expected.  Kylie looks ok, but she has, many times over the years, looked better.  Neither sisters’ outfit looks – what’s the word? – harmonious?  There are plenty of component details, but when you assemble the finished product, the pieces don’t all fit together as seamlessly as they could.

In contrast, there’s no mistaking Rita Ora’s appearance.  She is obviously blessed with physical gifts, and she knows it, and has no qualms about displaying them, over and over.  I admit, this rarely if ever does not make me happy.  I have to wonder, however, if the event organizers send her a description of their wardrobe requirements along with their official invitation.

I can’t argue too much against Nicole Scherzinger’s outfit.  It’s what I expect from her.  It’s revealing, it’s got leather, it’s almost too casual for the event, it’s very sexy, and it’s not trashy enough so that she should be scolded for her lack of judgment.  It’s what I expect from her and it doesn’t surprise or disappoint me.  To be honest, I’m wondering – is she an A-List celebrity?  Interesting.  I’d say, probably not in America but perhaps in Europe.  In any case, she makes my eyes happy so I’ll be satisfied with that.

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Fashion review: the 2014 Grammy Awards

The 2014 Grammy Awards have come and gone, and in their wake are a trail of fashion hits and misses typical of the annual event.  There were some very curious choices that make your head spin.  There were some very nice outfits that had flair but were really quite reasonable, and, of course, there cleavage galore.  There were also a few pleasant surprises, perhaps none more welcome than Katy Perry’s gown – it was a more mature look but still made a statement.

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Katy Perrry arriving at the 2014 Grammy Awards – dress of the night

Strange or even bad

I have to comment on Kelly Osbourne first.  This is someone who makes a living through no real talent or ability of her own – no, she makes a living commenting on the clothing worn by some people who have actual talent and recognized achievement.  With that in mind, this is the outfit she came up with?  When she and her cohorts unleash the so-called “fashion police” on the vile miscreants at the events who had the colossal nerve not to live up to their so-called expertise and refined taste, she damn well should put herself near the top of the “Just exactly what on God’s green Earth were you thinking?” list.   Is she supposed to be a Power Ranger?  Does she really believe that the lavender hair lends her an air of class?  I can answer with an emphatic “No!”  If she were an artist you might be able to claim that she was exhibiting an artist’s eccentricity but by no measure is she an artist.  She is, however, very lucky to have a lucrative career living off the accomplishments and talents of others.

Cyndi Lauper was a successful artist, and she’s known for being quirky, and getting away with rather harmless, eccentric acts with a nod and a wink – but is that how you explain her outfit?  War that left out of the original Rocky Horror Picture Show movie?  I don’t know.  I just don’t know.

Sara Bareilles’s gown has all the earmarks of a “What the heck!  Let’s go for it!” decision-making process.  Almost anything but feathers, Sara.  Channeling Björk or Cher is rarely the way to go.

Look at Paula Patton’s dress and just try to think anything except a zebra.  Go ahead.  Try.  You can’t.  I keep thinking of Steve Martin in The Jerk when he first discovers “easy listening” music on the radio.  At last he finds his rhythm and can snap his fingers in time to the music.  “I’ve found my special purpose in life!  This music speaks to me!”  I’ll just bet Paula went to the dress shop or zoo gift shop, took one look at this garment and said, “This dress speaks to me!”  All I can say is, “Paula, learn a different language!”

Cindy Lauper at the 2014 Grammy Awards arrivals

Cindy Lauper at the 2014 Grammy Awards arrivals

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Kelly Osbourne at the 2014 Grammy Awards arrivals

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Paula Patton at the 2014 Grammy Awards arrivals

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Taylor Swift looked so together in a silver, shimmery, body-hugging dress, and her look was completed by an artfully-done hairstyle.  All in all, there’s not much room for criticism here.

Zendaya Coleman looked sweet and sophisticated in a dress that featured bold color, a flash of leg, and her nicely-done hairstyle completed a well-coordinated look.

Martina McBride’s simple black dress could have ended up looking too simple, but luckily for her, it did not.  It was detailed enough not to come anywhere near an expensive potato sack – no, it had class and

Some viewers may have felt that Ariana Grande’s dress looked too much like a prom dress, but not me.  It has a bold floral print that stood out very nicely on a black background – very nice.

Colbie Caillat’s dress could have gone over the top but it didn’t.  The feathery accents were a risk, to be sure, but the dressmaker showed wisdom in using them simply as an accent, leaving the exposed diagonal stripe across as just enough of a wow factor.  A bold red, a judicious level of accent, just enough dazzle – this was another very nice effort.

Colbie Caillat at the 201g Grammy Awards arrivals

Colbie Caillat at the 201g Grammy Awards arrivals

Ariana Grande at the 201g Grammy Awards arrivals

Ariana Grande at the 201g Grammy Awards arrivals

Martina McBride at the 201g Grammy Awards arrivals

Martina McBride at the 201g Grammy Awards arrivals

Taylor Swift at the 201g Grammy Awards arrivals

Taylor Swift at the 201g Grammy Awards arrivals

Zendaya Coleman at the 201g Grammy Awards arrivals

Zendaya Coleman at the 201g Grammy Awards arrivals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holey moley (or, for some, shameless)

What would a major awards show be without cleavage?  Last year, as you may remember, the Grammy producers thought they were being very clever by circulating a “no side-boob” mandate to the attendees.  We know how that worked out, don’t we?  Let’s remember, for example, Katy Perry’s wide front dress cutout.  It didn’t show side-boob – it showed plenty of inner-boob.  I am, of course, not complaining – that’s just an intro to the following fine dressmaking displays.

Lately, Chrissy Teigen seems to be on a mission to establish a red carpet “golden gloves” reputation – and gain a following – that expects this kind of show, just as we (or is that I?) expect from Salma and Sofia and Halle and, lately, Heidi.  This is definitely the kind of dress that on first sight, makes you say, “Holy moley!” or perhaps something slightly more colorful or graphical.  In any case, this dress certainly qualifies.

Miranda Lambert is justifiably proud of her recent weight loss and re-sculpted body, and she seems to display just how proud of it.  Is she looking to make up for lost time?  I don’t know, but I’m certainly happy about it.

Anna Faris grabbed her fair (and well-deserved) share of attention in a bold and elegant blue gown that could make many men and doubtless any number of women stop in their tracks.  The thing is, there’s an element of class to the dress.  Make no mistake, it’s revealing, but it’s hardly tasteless, and it has at least a degree of restraint.  In contrast, there is Paris Hilton.  Here’s the difference – Paris grabbed attention, but mainly because the dress came so close to leaving nothing to the imagination.  This is another person who is famous for no discernible reason, aside from the fact that the fate of fortunate birth gained her a life of privilege that she has parlayed into even more wealth, mainly from the pocketbooks of endless throngs of gullible people who should know better.  I’m showing two pictures of Paris not because I’m drooling over the dress and I think you will to, but as an example of someone blessed with good looks, lots of money and no definable talent or skill who engages in endless self-promotion in order to keep her fabulous train ride going just as damn long as possible.

Anna Faris at the 201g Grammy Awards arrivals

Anna Faris at the 201g Grammy Awards arrivals

Miranda Lambert at the 201g Grammy Awards arrivals

Miranda Lambert at the 201g Grammy Awards arrivals

Chrissy Teigen at the 201g Grammy Awards arrivals

Chrissy Teigen at the 201g Grammy Awards arrivals

Paris Hilton at the 201g Grammy Awards arrivals

Paris Hilton at the 201g Grammy Awards arrivals

Paris Hilton at the 201g Grammy Awards arrivals

Paris Hilton at the 201g Grammy Awards arrivals

Fashions at the 2014 Clive Davis pre-Grammy Awards Gala

Event information: 2014 Hyundai / Clive Davis pre-Grammy Gala Activation + Equus Fleet Arrivals

Venue:  The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California

Date:  January 25, 2014

As we all know by now, the fashions worn at the various Hollywood and music industry events vary  according to the nature and status of the particular event.  While the Academy Awards show typically denotes drama and glamor, the Grammy Awards signal “almost anything goes.”  While this can have mixed results – such as Björk wearing a swan tutu, more frequently it points to the two outfits I’ll feature here.

But first, let’s take a fond look back at a few of the more renowned skimpy or revealing dresses seen on the Grammy red carpet.

2000 saw one of the most-talked-about dresses ever seen at the Grammy Awards – Jennifer Lopez’s almost-there Versace gown.  Maybe “gown” is the wrong word – and I’ve never been a fan of hers – but this is some nice number!  In 2001, Christina Aguilera and Toni Braxton seemed determined to grab a slice of fashion notoriety – and since we’re still talking about them, they succeeded.  Christina may also have been aiming at the “worst hairstyle” award – or, if you will, the “Sweet Lord, what was I thinking?” award.  You be the judge.

Christina Aguilera at the 2001 Grammy Awards

Christina Aguilera at the 2001 Grammy Awards

Toni Braxton at the 2001 Grammy Awards

Toni Braxton at the 2001 Grammy Awards

Jennifer Lopez in a Versace gown at the 2000 Grammy Awards

Jennifer Lopez in a Versace gown at the 2000 Grammy Awards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ah, such nice memories.  Now let’s look at a couple of candidates from the event in question – the Clive Davis 2014 pre-Grammy Gala.

Model ChrissyTeigen let her cleavage do the talking.  Fortunately for me, and for so many of us, I understand that dialect.  She speaks the lingo very, very well.

Chrissy Teigen at the 2014 Clive Davis pre-Grammy Gala

Chrissy Teigen at the 2014 Clive Davis pre-Grammy Gala

Chrissy Teigen at the 2014 Clive Davis pre-Grammy Gala

Chrissy Teigen at the 2014 Clive Davis pre-Grammy Gala

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perhaps not to be outdone, Paula Patton was speaking the same language.  Thank you, Paula, for being so considerate and thinking of us.  We appreciate it.

Paula Patton at the 2014 Clive Davis pre-Grammy Gala

Paula Patton at the 2014 Clive Davis pre-Grammy Gala

Paula Patton at the 2014 Clive Davis pre-Grammy Gala

Paula Patton at the 2014 Clive Davis pre-Grammy Gala

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thankfully, Paula also let her legs get into the conversation.  What a sweet thing to do!