Here's the Scoop: November 16, 2011

Clashing on the carpet
It’s difficult to guess how many times I (and many of you, I’m sure) have clicked on your Home Page recently only to be assaulted with the stunningly dreadful news that two actresses have shown up at an event wearing the same dress.

Making matters worse, the folks who report this information feel obligated to go into details about “who wore it better.” Ouch.

In the grand scheme of things, I shouldn’t care about any of this stuff. And, really, I don’t. But I keep seeing it in front of me every couple of days, so it’s kind of hard to ignore.
I don’t have any solid numbers about how often these famous folks show up at Red Carpet events donning identical frocks, but the figure seems to be getting pretty darn high.

In a way, the problem is understandable. Many actresses at these premieres get skewered in the press for their bad taste in gowns. So, the ones who want to play it safe often choose something a bit traditional, it seems. But, they fail to realize that others have exactly the same idea. A fashion fiasco follows.

Keep that free press coming
Naturally, this nightmare is just the opposite for the fashion designers. Their names are attached to these dueling outfits and it’s great exposure. The cynical part of me wonders if the designers didn’t somehow encourage these duplicate dresses to ramp up some publicity. No, that would never happen.

All of this makes me especially glad I live in the country. Around these here parts, everybody pretty much dresses the same — you either wear a suit and tie to work or jeans or Carhartts. It’s not complicated. Of course, if we had to attend a bunch of Red Carpet premieres, things could change in a hurry.

For instance, if that I sell the book that I’m currently working on, will it only be a matter of time before I’m walking a Red Carpet under the harsh scrutiny of the media hounds?

Just in case that happens, I guess I should start giving some thought to my outfit. I have only three suit jackets and they have a lot of miles on them (closet miles, anyhow). So, I think something new would be appropriate for a movie premiere based on my best-selling novel. I’ll just have to make sure that the actors starring in the film adaptation of my book don’t wear the same outfits as me. Or, at least, I should hope they don’t wear their suits better than I do — that wouldn’t make a good impression on my Home Page. And those critics can give you a good dressing down. — Brian Sweeney