Robin Givhan Takes Tennis Star Serena Williams to Task for Her Outfits

Washington Post fashion editor Robin Givhan in her August 30th article A Tight Squeeze At the U.S. Open said the tennis champ had a “propensity to select fashions more appropriate for a working girl of a different sort” and “The afternoon of (Serena) Williams’s bejeweling at the company’s Fifth Avenue showroom, she wore an orange crochet hussy dress modeled after something that Wilma Flintstone might choose. The low-cut dress, with its embroidered bodice, had a hemline that looked like it had been gnawed by Dino.”

Robin has been getting some grief over her criticism of Williams but as far as we are concerned, her point is well taken! Read the entire article here and make up your own mind.

Coming Up in September on Lookonline:

Our Editor-in Chief Marilyn Kirschner (who along with lookonline was just featured on a segment of Full Frontal Fashion TV) will be attending the New York Spring 2003 collections, and she will have both a video report and a major market report on the shows for our members with all original photos from the shows by photographer Randy Brooke. Our contributing editor Bernadine Morris, the former senior fashion writer of the New York Times will have a special profile of a major fashion personality also for members only. Diane Clehane, our contributing entertainment editor who writes for both TV Guide and People Magazine is preparing an exclusive report on celebrity style and finally our art critic Sarah Valdez who is an associate editor at Artnews Magazine will have a review for us of the upcoming Richard Avedon exhibition – see press release below – this month at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richard Avedon: Portraits

September 26, 2002–January 5, 2003

Special Exhibition Galleries, The Tisch Galleries, 2nd floor

From The Metropolitan of Art Press Release: “Although Richard Avedon first earned his reputation as a fashion photographer, his greatest achievement has been his stunning reinvention of the genre of photographic portraiture. Featuring approximately 180 works, this exhibition will span the artist’s entire career, from his earliest portraits in the late 1940s through his most recent work. At the core of the installation will be a powerful group of portraits of many of the key artistic, intellectual, and political figures from the late 1950s through the early 1970s, including several large murals, perhaps the grandest photographic portraits ever staged. Also featured will be boldly scaled photographs from the ambitious series “In the American West” and a poignant sequence of portraits of the artist’s father taken shortly before his death. Avedon’s portraits of artists and intellectuals of the last 20 years, including John Cheever, Roy Lichtenstein, and Harold Bloom, complete this artist’s collection of individuals who have shaped our world.”



Ernest Schmatolla is publisher of Lookonline since 1994. It is the longest running fashion site on the Internet.

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