Farewell, Mr. Blackwell

Fashion critic Richard Blackwell has died at age 86. Known as Mr. Blackwell, he was best known for his lists of the worst-dressed celebrities.

Blackwell, presumably with help from his editors, was the master of the sartorial insult as well as the list format. His well-worded zingers included pop culture references, alliteration and internal rhyme. Here are a few examples:

  • Camilla Parker-Bowles: “The Duchess of Dowdy.”
  • Sharon Stone: “An over-the-hill Cruella DeVille.”
  • Lindsay Lohan: “From adorable to deplorable.”

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