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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 31

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Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday. Nov. 17. 1968 C7 When His Tongue Wags, Even Celebrated Fall By CINDY ADAMS NEW YORK (WNS) - "Frankly, my dear, I think the number-one fashion frump of all time is Mme De Gaulle which is particularly awful considering her husband figures his country is the fashion center of the world." So spake Richard Blackwell, a once-upon-time movie actor who was one of the original on dos and better nots such as "Fat women should avoid sheaths, the high-belted Empire look and definitely she must avoid cut waistlines. "If you have a large bosom, disguise it as I do with Jane Russell's off-stage clothes. I keep her in legitimate colors such as black, bone, coffee. I build a high neckline up to her face or I put the interest on a jewelled sleeve. Anything to distract the attention. "I also dress Irene Ryan who plays Granny in 'The Beverly Hillbillies.' Off-screen she's very elegant but she has a problem. I must be careful of her arm. It's soft. That is, the upper part is loose so I always select styles with some tiny sleeve or cap shoulder or at least a chiffon stole. Flabby arms should never go uncovered." hair skinned back with a rubber band and bow. That's good for a scullery maid to keep her wisps of the scrub pail but not for a chic lady." Blackwell, as chums call him, was wearing more Jewelry than his customers. After patting his bejewelled medallion with his bejewelled hand, he forged onward. "And speaking of society Jet Setters and bows in the hair, how about Jackie Onassis? How about that bow in her hair, my dear? I mean, how jeune fille can you get? With the short hemline and that kid bow it almost looked like she deliberately tried to come off as Onassis' teenage daughter. There was no dignity. "And can you imagine a former First Lady of the United States putting down Seventh Avenue and New York and her own country to choose an Italian designer for her wedding dress? Unbelievable!" Between knifings Blackwell offered pointers Dead End Kids back in the Stone Age and is now a Hollywood-based favorite in the needle trade. Known professionally as "Mister Blackwell" (that's his firm name) by ladies who can pay from $100 to $400 for a "little nothing," he's also known personally for an acid tongue. In our interview in his New York salon he stuck it out at Paris in general, Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis in particular, society women, Zsa Zsa and on up the line. First, his burp at Paris: "Paris today is a joke. A put-on. First it was belts around the behind and now it's belts under the bosom. They're designing cop-outb. They cop out because they're totally inadequate to design for the American woman, so anything goes to justify their own inadequacy. Paris doesn't know our American woman's needs, why she wears what she wears, what her day is like, what her figure problems are. "Look at their stupid see-through gambit. Paris hails this as the new trend. It's not the trend. It's only for call girls and prostitutes. And even they are in trouble because if they show too much the prospective buyer might lose interest. "I condemn the empty Jet-Set society girls for popularizing this trash. You go to elegant functions and see women who instead of displaying breeding and nobility and good taste, are degenerating into sideshow attractions. Their skirts are above bony knees or creeping up fat thighs. They've lost all dignity. These are women who have enough money to buy good taste even if they don't have it themselves. "Society's Jet Setters are empty, jaded and decadent. And today they're not only faddish but faceless. They all look alike. Now they wear the THIS TEAR WE NAVE OKE OF THE FINEST SELECTIONS OF CHRISTMAS BOX CARDS By HALLMARK GIBSON M)KCKOSS FREE IMPRINTING BUY NOW AND GET . 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