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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 1989
Now that we have once again heard from the "high guru of fashion," Richard Blackwell, I must take exception to one of his remarks (Newsmakers, Part I, Jan. 12). As a retired librarian whose career does not date back to 1940, but whose age most certainly does, I must contend his odious comparison in reference to a "1940 unemployed librarian." Anyone unemployed in 1940 would have been hard-pressed to dress according to Blackwell's so-called standards. Blackwell shows a lack of sensitivity in singling out for stereotyping a profession that has contributed much to the education, literacy and culture of many people and it should be viewed with dignity and respect.
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BUSINESS
October 22, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
The estate of Richard Blackwell, a former designer and fashion critic known for his often-controversial worst-dressed lists, and his partner, Robert Spencer, has sold in Windsor Square for $1.8 million. Built in 1920, the Mediterranean-style house sits on a quarter of an acre with a guesthouse, a swimming pool and a pool house. Features include a parquet floor entry, stained-glass windows and a music room. There are four bedrooms, 31/2 bathrooms and about 3,600 square feet of living space.
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NEWS
December 23, 1988 | Associated Press
The Daily Mirror and other British tabloids have risen to the defense of the Duchess of York, criticizing American designer Richard Blackwell for having "the barefaced cheek" to put her on his worst-dressed list. The Mirror said Tuesday that Blackwell was "so sensitive about his own precious looks that he's had them rearranged four times."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 2004 | Booth Moore
Mr. Blackwell, L.A.'s chronicler of wardrobe wrecks, unveiled his 44th annual worst dressed list Tuesday. As usual, it was written in verse. Melanie Griffith, No. 8 of 10, was described as a "fatal fashion folly -- a Botox'd cockatoo in a painting by Dali." He aimed his sharp tongue at Celine Dion, No. 6, "a half-sequined scarecrow, half-gaudy acrobat. Is it Abe Lincoln in drag? And I'll leave it at that." Shania Twain, No. 3, "what can I say?
NEWS
January 29, 1991 | NANCY WRIDE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He has called Roseanne Barr "a bowling ball in search of an alley" and New York socialite Ivana Trump "a cross between Brigitte Bardot and Lassie." And most of the time, Mr. Blackwell, the machete-tongued fashion designer, gets away with it. A strange thing, considering that the man best known for his biting worst-dressed list stopped designing three years ago and no longer has celebrity clients. His dresses aren't even available in stores any more.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2003 | Booth Moore
Mr. Blackwell, L.A.'s octogenarian style arbiter, released his 43rd Worst Dressed List on Tuesday. Included in the crop of "couture casualties," as he calls them, are Donatella Versace, Christina Aguilera, Cameron Diaz, Meg Ryan and Shakira. As famous for his rhyming couplets as for his acid tongue, Blackwell said of Versace, "Time to toss the peroxide once and for all / She resembles a flash-fried Venus stuck in a Miami strip mall." Aguilera didn't escape his rapier wit, either.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 2004 | Booth Moore
Mr. Blackwell, L.A.'s chronicler of wardrobe wrecks, unveiled his 44th annual worst dressed list Tuesday. As usual, it was written in verse. Melanie Griffith, No. 8 of 10, was described as a "fatal fashion folly -- a Botox'd cockatoo in a painting by Dali." He aimed his sharp tongue at Celine Dion, No. 6, "a half-sequined scarecrow, half-gaudy acrobat. Is it Abe Lincoln in drag? And I'll leave it at that." Shania Twain, No. 3, "what can I say?
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 1993
Madonna emerged atop Mr. Blackwell's 33rd annual Worst-Dressed list Tuesday and was scolded for luring today's youth toward overexposure. Blackwell said this year's list was the most difficult, because fashion has fallen to a new low. "What looks terrible . . . has become fashionable," he said. Following Madonna were Geena Davis (described as "Big Bird in heels"), Glenn Close ("Dracula's Daughter") and Delta Burke ("Earthquake at the OK Corral").
BUSINESS
October 22, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
The estate of Richard Blackwell, a former designer and fashion critic known for his often-controversial worst-dressed lists, and his partner, Robert Spencer, has sold in Windsor Square for $1.8 million. Built in 1920, the Mediterranean-style house sits on a quarter of an acre with a guesthouse, a swimming pool and a pool house. Features include a parquet floor entry, stained-glass windows and a music room. There are four bedrooms, 31/2 bathrooms and about 3,600 square feet of living space.
MAGAZINE
January 12, 1992 | MAUREEN SAJBEL
When the invitation says black tie, Angelenos do dress up. But the tie might not be black, or, just as likely, there might not be any tie at all. Evening dressing here is a creative affair, with only a few essentials: lots of great jewelry (both real and costume) and plenty of designer names worn with individual flair. At the AmFAR benefit in Beverly Hills last month, for example, a red Gianni Versace suit was topped with layers of new and antique necklaces--by a man.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2003 | Booth Moore
Mr. Blackwell, L.A.'s octogenarian style arbiter, released his 43rd Worst Dressed List on Tuesday. Included in the crop of "couture casualties," as he calls them, are Donatella Versace, Christina Aguilera, Cameron Diaz, Meg Ryan and Shakira. As famous for his rhyming couplets as for his acid tongue, Blackwell said of Versace, "Time to toss the peroxide once and for all / She resembles a flash-fried Venus stuck in a Miami strip mall." Aguilera didn't escape his rapier wit, either.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 1993
Madonna emerged atop Mr. Blackwell's 33rd annual Worst-Dressed list Tuesday and was scolded for luring today's youth toward overexposure. Blackwell said this year's list was the most difficult, because fashion has fallen to a new low. "What looks terrible . . . has become fashionable," he said. Following Madonna were Geena Davis (described as "Big Bird in heels"), Glenn Close ("Dracula's Daughter") and Delta Burke ("Earthquake at the OK Corral").
NEWS
January 29, 1991 | NANCY WRIDE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He has called Roseanne Barr "a bowling ball in search of an alley" and New York socialite Ivana Trump "a cross between Brigitte Bardot and Lassie." And most of the time, Mr. Blackwell, the machete-tongued fashion designer, gets away with it. A strange thing, considering that the man best known for his biting worst-dressed list stopped designing three years ago and no longer has celebrity clients. His dresses aren't even available in stores any more.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 1989
Now that we have once again heard from the "high guru of fashion," Richard Blackwell, I must take exception to one of his remarks (Newsmakers, Part I, Jan. 12). As a retired librarian whose career does not date back to 1940, but whose age most certainly does, I must contend his odious comparison in reference to a "1940 unemployed librarian." Anyone unemployed in 1940 would have been hard-pressed to dress according to Blackwell's so-called standards. Blackwell shows a lack of sensitivity in singling out for stereotyping a profession that has contributed much to the education, literacy and culture of many people and it should be viewed with dignity and respect.
NEWS
December 23, 1988 | Associated Press
The Daily Mirror and other British tabloids have risen to the defense of the Duchess of York, criticizing American designer Richard Blackwell for having "the barefaced cheek" to put her on his worst-dressed list. The Mirror said Tuesday that Blackwell was "so sensitive about his own precious looks that he's had them rearranged four times."
NEWS
March 15, 1985
Rock 'n' roll entrepreneur Robert (Bumps) Blackwell, who said all Little Richard owned when he discovered him "was a shirt, pants and a pair of shoes," has died of pneumonia complications, it was learned Monday. Blackwell, 66, died Saturday night at Whittier Hospital Medical Center, a nursing supervisor said. She said the veteran producer of such acclaimed hits as Sam Cooke's "You Send Me" in 1957, had been admitted earlier that day and suffered cardiac arrest.
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