The MTV Video Music Awards is an award that is presented to the best music videos on the cable channel MTV. The event has the ability to draw the attention of the younger set, so sometimes it is called the “Oscars of the Youth”. In the winner’s category, such musical stars as The Cars, Van Halen, Christina Aguilera, Jay-Z, and Rihanna have walked away with the coveted award for “Video of the Year.” Along with some memorable moments like when Taylor Swift’s acceptance was rudely interrupted by Kanye West, there have been some fashion “yays and nays” over the years.
While I was watching the Tonight Show one evening, I happen to see the Irish actor Colin Farrell take a seat next to Jay Leno. The 36 year old Farrell has been in many TV shows and movies since 1998, most recently the comedy “Horrible Bosses” and “Total Recall”. What caught my attention was his overall look. Colin Farrell’s closely trimmed beard and moustache, along with his spikey dark hair and double hoop earrings made him look modern, instead of scruffy. He had on a light grey button-down shirt that showed his shape, without being too tight. Colin had the cuffs turned back to highlight the leather bracelets on both wrists and his silver-tone Claddagh pinky ring. He kept the rest of his look monochromatic with his dark slim-fit jeans and black cowboy boots.
When I was thinking about fashion disasters this week, I thought that I would see what I could find from other countries, as well as the USA. Bad fashion has a language all its own and speaks crystal clear, without saying a word.
I’m starting off in Italy, where beautiful design is as part of their heritage as is delicious food and find wine. However, this man does not fit the bill. I can understand the crisp white trousers with matching shirt, blue plaid jacket and solid necktie, but they lose me at the accessories. He might have been able to get away with the bright green Nikes, but having some silver wafers strung together to make a shawl doesn’t do a thing for me at all.
The Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is equivalent to the NYC Celebrity Fashion Ball. It is a star studded event, in which all the prominent clothing designers are showcasing their talent. Just like any other profession, there are some hits and some misses. Let’s start with a few of the hits.
One guy that is used to being in the spotlight is Tom Brady. Whether the public is looking at his passing ability on the football field or his model wife, there is always a buzz about some part of his life. Aside from the Quarterback gig, Brady has appeared in commercials, magazines, and has graced the front pages of the tabloids more than once. He arrived at the Met Gala in a style that we expect from him. His navy, velvet-looking jacket by Tom Ford was paired with a crisp white shirt, black bow tie and a lighter black trouser. It was an A+, in a sea of ordinary tuxedos. However, Tom Brady did receive just as much press for his unusual hair-do at the Gala, as he did for his style. It was kind of “GQ meets the Little Rascals”. Tom, “Definitely keep the outfit, but fire the hair stylist!”
Many years ago, whenever you turned on the TV, you would find that the comedians of the time had a stage presence that reflected the era. For example, George Burns delivered his jokes dressed in the classic style of a tailored suit with a crisp white shirt, matching tie, and his iconic lit cigar. No matter where or when his monologue took place, he was never caught dressed down.
Another comedian who was a classic dresser was Bob Hope. His tweed suits, ties, and pocket squares was a reflection of the glamour of Hollywood. From his network show to entertaining the troops, he always managed to look good. Even Groucho Marx with his goofy expressions, bushy eyebrows, massive mustache, and smoldering cigar was on stage in suited fashion.