After a Fashion
One of the family passed on this week. The Style Avatar's sister remembers the Houston Chronicle's Maxine Mesinger.
-- reported by AAF's field reporter, Margaret Moser
LA-LA LIZ Let's be frank about this -- I love Liz Taylor. So much so, that I was deeply embarrassed for her at her appearance on the Golden Globes. She certainly seemed to be in some altered state of consciousness, bungling her assignment, and this was a crime for a woman who has epitomized awards-show glamour over the decades. I have heard her appearance graciously referred to as "untutored" by her friends, but what kind of friends would let Liz go on stage in her seeming condition? But, the biggest crime was in the hands of her stylists who made one of the most beautiful women of all time look like a clown with dreadful makeup, hideous hair, and a really ugly dress. She was ripping through the envelope as the audience prompted her to read the list of nominees for Best Film, and generally seemed completely disoriented. Fortunately, Dick Clark was there to gracefully lead her out of camera range and any further embarrassment. Until she managed to make it back in front of the camera blithering her goodbyes. And how did she thank Mr. Clark for his chivalry? By presenting him with a bill for $6,000 for hair and makeup. Presumably, Liz herself was mortified, and should be.
BLACK VELVET REDUX Right on the heels of Cindy Crowe's fabulous painted black velvet collection (available at Therapy), veteran designer extraordinaire Sharon Ely reveals her passion for painted black velvet, with the intriguingly titled "The Starlight Theater Presents the New World Tango at the End of the World: A Painted Black Velvet Fashion, Music, and Dinner Extravaganza!" Written by Jo Carol Pierce and Tommi Jan Nabors, it showcases Ely's black velvet fashions painted by celebrity artists and featuring contributions of musical performances and appearances by artists and models from Bowie High School, Guy Juke, Terry Allen, Gene King, Mike Etie, Gordon Fowler, Jic Club, Mickey Mayfield, Joe Sears, Joe Ely, Kimmie Rhodes, Kevin Connor, C.K. McFarland, Dee McCandless, Mark Edwards, and many others. A benefit for the Bowie High School Drama Dept., the event takes place Friday, Feb. 9, 7pm at the Salt Lick Pavilion (next to the main restaurant on Camp Ben McCulloch Rd.). $25 (includes Salt Lick BBQ dinner, music, and fashion show). Proceeds go to benefit Bowie High School Starlight Theater. For more information and tickets call 482-4140.
EXCELLENT SERVICE REPORT (ESR) Major awards go to the Tax Assessors Office where their help with handicapped placards and my car registration were accommodating and informative -- especially helpful was a clerk named Kitten who handles her job more like a jungle cat and cut through all the B.S. Also awarded excellent marks for friendly and expedient service was Jennifer at Stanley Insurance (2207 S. Congress) who was a lot nicer than she had to be. Even the IRS was nice. Must be something in the water supply this week.