PREACH IT! Leave Blake Lively and her megashirts alone!
By now you've probably seen this photo of Blake Lively, in which she pairs a gigantic tech-support guy, button-down shirt with a belt stolen from a Banana Republic store circa 1987, possibly posing right after reaching up under the hem of her sparkly miniskirt and giving those shirttails a nice firm tug for fit's sake.
Lively caught heck for that get-up. But she's bound to catch even more in weeks to come, no matter what she wears. Why? Lively has revealed what the fashion media considers an almost mortal sin: She has no wardrobe stylist.
Everybody who's anybody in this town is supposed to have a stylist -- somebody to help a star put together looks, mostly for red carpet events and other public brouhahas. Yes, celebrities receive thousands of dollars of free clothes a month anyway, via starry-eyed designers hoping to curry favor. But a paid stylist helps elevate an actress to the next level, providing a connection to couture clothes, vintage pieces, archived gowns -- the rare pieces of wearable art that reflect true star clout.
(For the record, Lively is not alone in shunning stylists, who can charge thousands of dollars a day. But then again, Angelina Jolie does have a stylist, and that is the only fact that matters on this earth.)
But is it fair to criticize a top actress like Lively for forgoing her own wardrobe elf?
Consider: Dozens of stars have appeared in terrible outfits over the years -- despite having a stylist in tow. Despite a reputation for almost limitless power, stylists can only suggest outfits. They can't enforce them.
Don't believe us? Here's some proof: Beyonce. She's not exactly known for her good taste on the red carpet. And she has a stylist too.
-- Leslie Gornstein
Photo: Blake Lively attends the Realm Boutique opening celebration in Soho on Nov. 4, 2010, in New York. Credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press