I didn't watch much of the royal wedding last month, but every newsreel of the event featured a number of shots of those hats worn by many wedding guests. You know the ones I am talking about -- Fergie's daughters wore two of the most outrageous styles. They are small, extreme over-the-top things wore jauntily on the front of the head.
Those designs were the work of Philip Treacy, who is supposed to be one of the hottest names in fashion today, millinerly-wise, at least. I remember watching a "Project Runway" competition and the contestants had to design outfits to compliment one of his hats. The judges, Michael Kors, Nina Garcia and Heidi Klum fell over themselves praising these creations and made it seem like they were the most important advancement to couture since the zipper. Any contestant who did not appreciate or gush over these hats enough were made to feel uneducated and fashion-backward. Really Heidi? That was high fashion?
Now that the entire world has seen and laughed at these Treacy styles, I think it may be realizing that while the Emperor may still have his clothes, he definitely has no hat. They looked ridiculous and the people wearing them looked like characters out of "Alice in Wonderland." Seriously, would any normal person chose to appear wearing one of those things willingly? They were like train wrecks; you just couldn't look away.
If SNL does a parody of the wedding, they will have every character, from William on down, wearing those stupid hats. Mark my words.
I honestly can't imagine that wedding did anything positive for Treacy's career. He can't continue to show those hats on fashion runways and expect the experts to view them with straight faces. There is no such thing as bad publicity? Not in this case. I hope Treacy has another career to fall back on.
We need some exotic head wear for the ballet scene in "The King and I," but I don't think we will be giving Philip Treacy a call anytime soon.
Many SNL alums have made the jump to the big screen with fantastic success and I believe Kristen Wiig will regularly be joining them soon. This talented comedienne is starring in a new comedy (that she also co-wrote) that is clever, fully-developed and laugh out-loud funny.
"Bridesmaids" is the tale of two best friends, played by Wiig (Annie) and Maya Rudolph (Lillian.) Annie's life is in a definite downward spiral -- she loses her bakery, her love life is reduced to "friends with benefits" status and she discourages all the customers she waits on in her new job as a jewelry salesperson. Lillian, on the other hand, is newly engaged and finds her life radically changed as she encounters the more lavish world of her fiance's boss. When Annie agrees to be Lillian's maid of honor, she is thrown in with a group of bridesmaids quite different from her. She struggles to make the best of it and tries to arrange the bridal shower and batchelorette party, but things just don't seem to work out the way she planned. The results are alternately harried, hilarious and heart-wrenching.
This could be branded a "chick flick" by some, but that is not quite the case. My husband laughed as much as I did. Plus, there is a real story here, not just a piece of fluff. No one's life is perfect and as these women get to know each other, each one reveals their secrets and sorrows. Also, on a real sad note, this is the last movie made by Jill Clayburgh, playing Annie's mom, a woman who sponsors AA members, even though she herself has never had a drink. Nice cameo for a great actress.
This movie is set in Chicago and - wait for it - Milwaukee. Wow, how exciting is that? Truthfully, it is not exciting at all. The movie has to be set somewhere. I have not watched the local news but I am sure that some broadcaster has led his or her segment with some moronic teaser such as:"Milwaukee is the star in a new hit movie" simply because this film is partially set in Milwaukee and they love to make a big deal about the lamest things. Sure this movie does mention Milwaukee a few times and has some stock photos of Milwaukee iconic landmarks -- the lakefront featuring the Art Museum, downtown with the Usinger's building, a few expressway shots with signs pointing to well-known Milwaukee-area destinations and a four-family apartment building located on South KK -- but that is the extent of the city's involvement. The film's other footage is obviously shot elsewhere. There is no real local flavor and no local actors anywhere. So yeah, technically, some of these people are said to live in Milwaukee, but it could be Anytown, USA. Seriously, that other movie could have been "Sleepless in Sarasota." Milwaukee here is just a place.
So forget the Milwaukee kinda sorta connection and go to see this film because it is worth the price of admission (even if I had to cover my eyes at the throwing-up scene.) But keep the kiddies at home. It is rated "R" for adult situations.
IN OTHER NEWS: The West Allis Players has just cast a group of talented individuals for "The King and I." I am directing and Steve Makovec, my partner in this blog, will serve as Assistant Director. This promisies to be one sweet ride -- we will keep you posted. The show opens July 15.