Leslie Jones, co-star of the new Ghostbusters film and Saturday Night Live cast member, took to Twitter a couple of weeks ago to talk about the difficult time she was having finding a designer to dress her for the movie’s premiere in Los Angeles.
According to this Slate.com article, Jones and her team spent months trying to find a designer to dress her for the July event.
Jones received many tweets suggesting designers and making offers to help the comedienne. Designer & Project Runway’s season 4 winner, Christian Siriano came up frequently in the comments. Did he respond? Yes, he did!
Stylists quoted in this Hollywood Reporter article felt that designers should not be blamed for the “fashion emergency” because Jones is not a “sample size” and she should have given designers 4-5 months notice to put something together for her.
Many have applauded Siriano and claimed he came to Jones’ rescue, but the designer does not want kudos for what he believes was the right thing to do.
Two days after Jones’ tweet, she met with Siriano in his studio.
Musician Brad Walsh, Siriano’s soon-to-be husband at the time, spoke out about the controversy that occurred following the Jones tweet.
On the evening of the Ghostbusters premiere, Leslie Jones shut down the carpet and the Internet in her red off the shoulder Christian Siriano gown!
Many feel that Jones will never again have trouble finding a designer to dress her for any event (they most likely have her stylist on speed dial now). It will be interesting to see if any of the issues raised about the fashion industry will be changed or if it will continue to be business as usual.
Matt’s take: It’s going to be hard for other designers to ignore this story, because Siriano proved that you don’t need a lot of extra time to design for someone who isn’t a size zero — which is pretty much everyone — you just need to be a good designer. Now that celebrities know there’s someone who’s willing and more than able to design for them regardless of their body type, the industry’s excuse that “she’s not a ‘sample’ size” isn’t going to fly much longer.
The same night Leslie Jones was walking down the red carpet, her designer, Christian Siriano, was walking down the aisle with his longtime boyfriend, musician Brad Walsh. The couple were married at their vacation house in Danbury, Connecticut, and the grooms put their own twist on traditional wedding fashion by dressing in all black, while their twelve bridesmaids wore white gowns designed by Christian himself.
That’s right. They had twelve bridesmaids in their wedding party. Sounds like Siriano and Walsh were taking their cues from Kieron and Carl’s wedding! See this article from Brides.com for exclusive pictures from the Siriano/Walsh wedding!
The guests, also asked to wear white, included Kelly Osborne, Alicia Silverstone, “Mad Men” star Christina Hendricks, and “3rd Rock from the Sun” star Kristen Johnston, who also officiated the ceremony. The next day, pictures of the wedding flooded Instagram, with Siriano posting, “We did it! We are married! It was such a magical evening with all the people I love!” His husband was a bit more restrained, simply writing, “Today I woke up hungover and married”.
Now, don’t get me wrong, the wedding looked absolutely amazing — chic and stylish, with white linens and huge white hydrangea centerpieces — but what’s wrong with a little color here and there? I’m not saying it has to be a Katy Perry concert, but it doesn’t have to be a Downton Abbey funeral either.
Kat’s Take: As Billy Idol said, “it’s a nice day for a white wedding”! First, congratulations are in order for Christian (my all-time favorite Project Runway contestant) and Brad. For me, I loved the white theme as well as the pop of blue on the tables. Did you look at those drinking glasses? Gorgeous! I also thought of Kieron and Carl’s wedding when I saw the photos of the 12 bridesmaids. I think it’s safe to say Kieron and Carl have started a trend.
That’s it for this week! Stay tuned for more buzz from Kat and Matt!