28 August, 2006
Oh no you didn't
It's all in the detail - and I have lost count of the numbers of celebs who made a great outfit turn gruesome with the careless addition of baubles, bag or shoes. Annette Bening, who is growing old gracefully, so nearly pulled it off on Emmy night. Suave sex symbol husband? Check. Choppy youthful hair? Check. Pillarbox red lips? Check. Understated yet glamorous cocktail dress, showing off yoga trim body? Check. Simple shoes and bag? Check. Ugly grey throw that looks like my old primary school sweater after the dog chewed it? Unfortunately, check.
And yes, I know grey is the hot colour for AW 2006. And Sandra Oh wears it well: her thin frame can carry off the extra material on the dress. She hits a number of fashion goals with this dress - grey, ruffles, draping, and full length. But then you look upwards. The delicate ruffles of the neckline are drowned by beads, chains, gilt, pearls and more decoration than Jack Sparrow.