It’s a ‘Very Good Thing’!:

Speaking about just how mainstream and celebrity obsessed fashion has become… I was asked to comment on the choice of Martha Stewart’s court appearance outfit by Newsday. I echoed what the others who were quoted said: that with her tone on tone, neutral colored decidedly menswear inspired pantsuit and chic tan balmacan, (not to mention her natural pigskin Hermes Birkin bag) she looked conservative, appropriate, as always, and she looked like well, Martha Stewart.

Quite frankly, I had to chuckle when I was asked to comment on the matter, since I don’t think anybody has ever thought of this woman as a style icon, nor has anybody looked to see what she was wearing to an event, up until now. But then again, she is a woman, and women are always subjected to wardrobe scrutiny. And off course, high profile celebrity trials always cause such speculation. When Sean Puffy Combs went to trial, this flamboyant style setter was constantly being scrutinized for his wardrobe choices (he wisely went very conservative, steering away from furs, glitz, gold, diamonds, and over the top statements). When Winona Ryder showed up in court in California, all the newspapers, including WWD focused on her chic Marc Jacobs outfits. At this moment, the next speculation is how she will decorate her jail cell so that it, like everything else around her, is “a very good thing.”

Marilyn Kirschner

I am a long time fashion editor with 40+ years of experience. As senior market of Harper's Bazaar for 21 years I met and worked with every major fashion designer in the world and covered all of the collections in Paris, London, Milan and New York. I was responsible for overall content, finding and pulling in the best clothes out there, and for formulating ideas and stories.

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