Long blog posting behind the cut with info on what stars were planning to wear and how designers are handling the situation. Celeb parts bolded for those with ONTD related ADD.
By Cathy Horyn
I’ve just returned from the living room with a copy of “Happy Times,” the photo collection of gods and goddesses by Jerome Zerbe and Brendan Gill. I wanted to see, or to imagine, what the Golden Globes will look like without television cameras, scripted gags and, perhaps, the red-carpet parade of dresses. In other words, if the Globes are to go on as a closed event, without a telecast (which could well be the only alternative at this stage), will the atmosphere resemble the days when Hollywood seemed spectacularly intimate, its gods and goddesses even more remote and unearthly?
Perhaps so. Will Keira Knightley, the star of “Atonement,” who has requested a dress from Chanel, look even more glamorous if she wears something simple to the Globes ceremony and then changes for a private party? How will the actresses feel if they are dressing for a few and not a multitude, not for Joan Rivers and the pages of the “Star”? Or will there be a red-carpet waltz after all?
NBC plans to air the Globes on Jan. 13, and the Writers Guild has said it will picket the ceremony. Actors and actresses aren’t going to cross the picket line—that’s clear. The other option being discussed is for the guild to agree not to picket the event, thus allowing the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (and Dick Clark Productions) to go on with its presentation. A well-connected movie producer told me today that’s going to be the scenario, with media coverage of the red carpet. But how weird: The actresses will get dressed up, arrive in their limos, and presumably talk to print journalists and foreign broadcasters, and then disappear into the Hilton. Whatever the scenario—and things are still in flux—the mood is certain to affect how actors and actresses will dress.
I checked in with a few houses—Dior, Chanel and Armani—and they say, for now, everything is on hold. “We’re still having fittings next week,” a Dior spokesman in Paris said, adding that houses which have relationships with actresses and stylists can’t exactly hedge their bets about the Globes and consider their publicity pay-off. Fashion houses get tons of free publicity from shows like the Globes and Oscars; the year that Julia Roberts wore a vintage Valentino dress to the Oscars, the Roman house estimated that the media coverage for all its red-carpet stars that night was worth $25 million. “Of course we’re dressing celebrities for the editorial coverage,” the Dior spokesman said, “but we’re also dressing the celebrities for themselves.” Well, they can’t go naked into the night.
“I’ve worked in this business 20 years and it’s the first time we’ve had a closet full of hold tags,” Wanda McDaniel told me yesterday. McDaniel works in Los Angeles for Giorgio Armani. She said, “It’s not ‘business as usual,’ that’s for sure. We have dresses going out and it’s all a maybe.” Armani has made a custom dress for nominee Cate Blanchett, who is pregnant.
McDaniel’s opinion is that the strike has been so devastating to people in the industry (and to those with related businesses) that even if there is a closed awards show and no strike line, celebrities won’t be inclined to dress up. “It’s not a time to put on the pailletes,” she said.
Actresses are typically choosy about their dresses, leaving designers in the dark until the last minute. There may be a lot of extra scrambling next week. “We’re just going ahead as usual,” said Georgina Chapman, who with Keren Craig designs Marchesa, adding that dresses have been sent out to stylists and their clients. “We don’t know what peoples’ reactions are going to be until the day of the event.”
Let there be no mistake that frou-frou is big business. But I found it particularly interesting when a publicist friend of mine in Hollywood said that writers she knows are concerned that a prolonged strike will cause viewers to lose interest in some television shows and that it may be difficult to get them back. With peoples’ attention grabbed by so many forms of entertainment, this is also an issue for the fashion world. Why do you think designers bang the drum so hard these days?
source: On The Runway, Cathy Horyn's NY Times Fashion Blog