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The maybe good?, crazy, and plain ugly of the red carpet dresses …
Red carpet events in Hollywood a big deal, such a big deal that designers are continually competing for the valuable publicity brought by those events in the “what were they wearing” headlines the following day. Who can blame them? Top celebrities turn high fashion model as they begin modeling designer clothes on the red carpet fashion runway.
Every designer loves the top actress seal of approval as she talks about her gown to the reporters, however, sometimes things do not go as planned and the designers may be sorry their name was even associated or mentioned.
Who can forget this fashion disaster, this was Sarah Jessica Parker looking, ahhh… ridiculous on the red carpet in this not-very-lovely plaid red gown. Now I really don’t have anything against plaid, however, it may be a pattern that should be left for fuzzy pj’s and lumberjack shirts.
The Swan worn by music artist Bjork. What was she thinking when she got dressed and hopefully looked in the mirror..or not. That stuffed swan dress was most likely the worst red carpet dress I have ever seen, probably, the worst red carpet dress anyone has ever seen.
For the time period, that may have been outrageous. This is Cher at the Oscars many decades back. I gotta say she got the result she wanted, that dress is unforgettable and most likely made both the “well dressed” and the “what was she thinking” lists.
The Bob Mackie dress that Cher wore at the Oscars is modeled below for an event. Wow, that dress is more like a string bikini with a bit of netting on top. Oddly enough, the dress looks expensive enough to become sexy rather than sleazy. Calling it sexy, is a stretch though because not much is left that you can’t see and even though it should be in the stripper sleaze costume category, somehow, it overcomes that.
J-Lo, please do not bend over or the twins may fall out. Now, some people liked this dress and others thought it was ridiculous, but just like Cher above, the dress gave the ladies modeling it the attention they wanted and the fashion headlines the following day. If nothing else, it was daring and is still talked about years later.
Salma Hayek looked like a giant pink feather duster. I love the top of the dress, but the bottom is a bit over the top. After salma Hayak passed by, I would imagine the red carpet was cleaned and dusted behind her. Any minute I was expecting a giant maid to snatch her up, flip her over and begin dusting.
So do you? here is an article I found about becoming a successful fashion model and the physical requirements needed to get the job.
Now remember, the following are guidelines for fashion and runway modeling. There are many other types of modeling such as promotional modeling, parts modeling, hair and makeup modeling and commercial modeling. The height requirement does not always apply to those. Also, check out the casting calls modeling sections.
Either way and regardless of height and body type, if you want to be a model of any kind you should probably be in the best possible shape you can.
But here is a short checklist I found for fashion modeling.
Virtual physical exam for models
Once you begin to see yourself as a successful model you’ll start doing the things to make it happen. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Well, it does require work but so does working a 9-5 job.
So, now that you’re visualizing yourself as a successful model, let’s get to some basics you must know …
The Physical Requirements of Modeling
If you plan to model, especially as a high fashion or runway model, you need the following physical attributes …
a) You need to be at least 5’8″ tall or taller
b) Your body weight and proportions need to flatter your height
c) You need to have a good skin complexion without lots of pimples or blemishes
d) Your hair should be in good shape (no excessive split-ends or over-dying damage)
e) Your teeth should be well taken care of, straight and white (a dynamite smile)
Look closely in the mirror and be honest with yourself. We all have limitations. Some of these things listed above you can work to improve and some (like height) you were born with.
Even if you don’t have all these model attributes. There are other opportunities in modeling not mentioned in this article by Bob Pardue (www.bobpardue.com). So Don’t Give up Hope!
While on the topic of gray haired fashion models (previous post), I gotta add this…. sorry Kristen. This is a 2008 Givenchy fashion show that includes Kristen McMenamy finishing off the line of fashion models strutting down the catwalk. The poor woman slips and falls right at the end and is helped up by another model then they scurry away very quickly… talk about an embarrassing moment.
Naomi Campbell falling on the runway in Paris from an old David Letterman interview
The interview is from around 1995 and plays footage of what must be, Naomi Campbell’s most embarrassing moments on the fashion runway.
The video shows her wearing a long scarf, tripping on her high heels and falling on her behind. After the runway spill, Naomi just sits there laughing as the crowd whistles and cheers.
Model Kamilia Wawrzynia falls on the runway.
This video is just too funny, I can’t help but laugh at this poor runway model who falls not once… but twice during the fashion show. Now, the model is carrying a large flower watering can. Or, thats what the thing looks like, and is wearing very high heels. The combination of the two may have been too much for her balance.
This poor girl struggles to get out gracefully of her first runway spill, takes a few steps, wobbles on the high heels, and falls flat on her butt. I feel for her, that must be what modeling nightmares are made of !
OK, it was funny, Carmen Electra or Elektra(I always forget) takes a dive on the runway in a fashion show. Video of Carmen Elektra falling on her butt walking down the runway. Is it wrong to find this funny?
I love the shoes. The prints are a bit to wild for my taste but some of the solid colored summer dresses are great. The orange dress would be hot without the funky army hat. Actually, all these styles would be better minus the crazy hats the models are wearing.
More things I love from DKNY, these are pics from the fall collection… I believe. I really like the mix of classic fabrics with some hip inspiration. the opaque leggings on the models are also really fun.
I really, really, love the shoes on this models feet, however, the rest of the getup I can live without. Not sure why the combo of leather/pleather/vinyl or whatever and the knit little cap just turn me off
Check out the shoes, these are some of the ones I really love from DKNY. I love the shoe, but walking in that may be a bit tough.
Not DKNY, but I love the bright green straps