Last week, as I confessed why I don’t give a shit about award show fashion, a scandal surrounded the beautiful and talented Hayden Panettiere just because she purchased and wore her own Tom Ford dress at the Golden Globes. The stupidity of the judgment that Panettiere endured only proves my point: red carpet fashion is over stylized and disingenuous.
Apparently Ford (whom I ADORE, by the way), chooses to dress one star per award show event, and the lucky woman for this year’s Golden Globes was the glamorous Naomi Watts. When Panettiere was asked what she was wearing, she told the truth. But because the gown wasn’t borrowed and she wasn’t dressed by Ford himself, Tinseltown went into a bitchy frenzy, as if she created some sort of fashion faux pas. She didn’t.
I think an actor (or any celebrity) using her own hard-earned money to purchase a frock she loves (this one was at least $10,000) is much more of a compliment to a designer, label or brand than one who merely borrows a dress. Now, I’m not judging Watts for wearing a loaned Ford gown. I mean, if Ford offered to dress me, I certainly wouldn’t say no, either. And to Ford’s credit, he graciously sent Panettiere roses and thanked her for saying wonderful things about his designs (can you see why ADORE this man?). Rather, I’m judging the idiocy of those who judged Panettiere for buying her own damn clothes. I mean, what does that say about the rest of us? So, if a designer gives you fashion, you’re special. But if you have to buy your own clothes (as we all do), then you’re not worthy? I call bullshit on that.
I find inspiration in celebrity fashion when that celebrity is wearing something that she loves so much that she spends her own money buying. That’s why I get excited to see actors, musicians and other stars wearing something from H&M or Target or some other place where I shop. Celebrities wearing things that they don’t own themselves just seems so phony.
This is why I say that Hayden Panettiere is doing it right. She’s taking the time to select, buy and wear what she loves. Good for her. I only wish the rest of Hollywood had her authenticity, and I wish that they find the inspiration to follow her lead.