Male Box. Seeing Double

January 13, 2009 • Male Box


Joseph Ungoco for Second City Style Magazine

With the Golden Globes here and the Oscars right around the
corner, Hollywood’s Red Carpet season is looming large in the minds of
fashionable female celebrities
. Add to that the DC Inaugural Balls
and local inauguration parties all over the country and the fashion
stakes are high at all levels of American society. Everyone from movie
stars to politicians to politician’s wives is fretting about what to
wear, how to look spectacular, and, most importantly, how NOT to look
like anyone else.

Nothing is more embarrassing than being seen in the same dress at an
event – or worse, being seen in a dress that someone else was already
photographed wearing. Remember the scandal caused when Reese
Witherspoon showed up at the 2006 Golden Globes wearing the exact same
adorable Chanel dress that Kirsten Dunst had worn to the Golden Globes
3 years earlier?
Reese’s publicist had trusted Chanel’s claim that
the dress was “vintage”, but clearly someone was asleep at the wheel.
Movie stars, of course, are much too busy to think about these things
and so must trust the hopefully capable hands of their publicists and

In America, fashionable female politicians and political wives must
make their wardrobe choices very carefully. They cannot appear to be
elitist by only wearing couture, American or otherwise. Neither can
they be taken seriously by being too democratic and wearing something
akin to a uniform for an officer in Mao’s army. American political
types tend to rely heavily on Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, and
Bill Blass for their special event dressing needs.
even our First Lady is not immune to the embarrassment of showing up to
an event wearing the same dress as not only one other guest but 3 other
guests. Mrs. Bush was obliged to change her dress at the 2006
Kennedy Center Honors event because not one but three other women were
wearing the exact same $8,500 Oscar de la Renta evening ensemble.

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