Carol’s Column: Dress Me, Kate?

By Carol (my mother)

On Monday, The New York Times Business section ran a front page article called “Selling a Celebrity Look.” Above the title were two photos, one of the movie star Kate Winslet, the other, also of a Kate, who, though attractive, was simply an ordinary citizen. Both were wearing similar, non-descript outfits. As I read on, I learned that whole internet industries have sprouted, in order to “monetize” the penchant of average mortals to imitate the clothing choices of the rich and famous.

Far be it from me, particularly in this economy, to decry ways in which enterprising people can make a buck, legitimately, with no harm done. But I gotta say, looking at the two photos I can only scratch my head and say, “Whuhhh?” I mean, I really like Kate Winslet, she is one of my favorite young actresses and a huge talent, but a fashion maven? I don’t think so. (And I suspect she would agree.)

Schlubbily attired in a loose, dark shift and blah white cardigan, she looked okay, but truly nothing special. Yet the other Kate couldn’t wait to “recreate” the look.

I mean, I could understand taking Kate Moss as a style icon. That gal’s got it innately. And while we’re on the Kate continuum, there’s always Kate Hudson, to say nothing of such non-Kate stars as Sharon Stone, Reese Witherspoon and Angelina Jolie and many more who invariably look fabulous.

So, click away, celebrity devotees, and purchase those duds, if you will, but please, please discriminate.


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1 Comment Carol’s Column: Dress Me, Kate?

  1. Tamron Lohan

    Carol, I COULDN’T agree more. Choose your celeb role models, but CHOOSE WISELY. A potato sack does NOT a celeb look make. Thank you for illuminating us thusly, Carol!


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