Friday, August 21, 2009

Photos from inside the 2009 CFDA Awards


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More Amazing Vintage for Tracey

These would totally suit Tracey as well! Especially the Gold!

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You will definitely be the golden girl in this lustrous changeable silk evening gown from the 1950's made by the Fashion Workroom, New York. The intricate construction has a scoop neckline with a V shaped opening and a criss-cross panel above a wide fitted cummerbund style waistline. The full skirt is flat at the center front with wide inverted pleats starting over the hips and continuing around the back to the metal center back zipper. The petticoat has horsehair panels over the hips for shaping as well as several ruffles at the back for fullness.

Norman Norell was an American master of design, sophisticated and elegant, never overdone or over embellished, always chic and flattering.

This elegant sleeveless black wool dress is a perfect example of his classic style. Vintage dresses that don't look dated, his designs are just as relevant today as they were in the 1960's. This dress has a bateau neckline, it is sleeveless with a dropped waistline and a belt at the natural waist. This appears to be a decorative element with two large black buttons, but in fact the belt "disappears" inside the dress, where it closes with hooks and eyes at the center back, just under the zipper.

Spare and simple lines, uncluttered design, gorgeous color in a substantial silk, with just three flat bows for ornamentation, Marc Bohan for Christian Dior Couture proves without a doubt that less really is more in this stunning evening turnout from 1973. The two piece dress is beautiful in its simplicity. The boned bodice is fitted with two darts, and the shoulder straps are accented by flat bows. There is a metal center back zipper and a lining of silk organza. The gently gathered skirt has a wide cummerbund style waistband enhanced by a narrow belt with a flat bow at the center front. The skirt has a center back zipper as well, and it is also lined in red silk organza. Comes with a Cape

Sleeveless dresses are all the rage right now thanks in part to Michele Obama, a true fashion original. Pauline Trigere, another iconic fashion original designed this sleeveless wool crepe dress in the 1960's. Perfect for drinks or dinner, this sleeveless dress has a high collar with V shaped seaming mimicking the V shaped seams at the bustline. The armholes are cut square, the skirt is a full A-line with pockets concealed in the side seams. The only ornamentation is a fabric covered belt held in place by four belt loops covered with prong set rhinestones. The belt buckles in the center back. There are two buttons and loops on the collar and a zipper which starts just above the belt, allowing for a glimpse of skin at the center back.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

If I were Tracey's Personal Stylist( I wish!)

I have been going back to this AMAZING site where the owner showcases vintage clothing. She had sold a black Claire McCardell dress to Tracey when she contacted the owner Angie a while back when she needed a dress for the CFDA Awards.

Thanks to Angie for allowing me to use her photos!

Here is the site:

I have been looking at many dresses, because I like vintage clothing and have pictured Tracey in them. I think that they would really suit her, because Tracey loves Vintage, especially Claire McCardell!

Here are some dresses that I really like, and think Tracey would look amazing in. I know I keep saying amazing, but the site is, and the dresses!

New old stock 60s dress of red chiffon with shadow rose print. Over red acetate, neckline drapes over bare skin. Lower in back. Piped at waist with tiny bows atop hips. Original store tags, by JONATHAN LOGAN. Flawless, never worn! Full skirt can be worn as shown or over a small crinoline. The perfect party dress!!

a stunning black taffeta bias cut 30s gown with wide ruffled collar and demure pink bows on sleeves.

Smashing black crepe 40s cocktail dress with swirling golden beaded details. Top has angled piece wrapping across to left shoulder, mimicked in a sarong wrap effect on skirt.

Violet pink and grey flecked rayon 50s dress with ruching at side bust and angled V neckline. Full skirt. Side metal zip, no label, no flaws.

Black crepe backed, matte silk satin 60s dress with button front bodice and off set waist bow. Snaps behind waist seam and slit to mid hips. No label, expertly made and flawless!

Hollyberry red taffeta 50s gown with bustle back and rhinestone studded insert at neckline. Pleats and folds envelop inset at neckline accented with various shapes of rhinestones, wide straps, nipped waist. Back has dramatic bustled effect at top of skirt. Side metal zipper, no labels. A handful of storage spots around hemline too faint to photograph, dress could be worn as is or made ballet length.

Lemon yellow 60s cress in crepe rayon with wide sash and rhinestone button detail. Military inspired angled placket on bodice accented with rhinestone buttons. Wide sash at waist, back metal zipper. One small spot toward end of sash, very faint.

Two piece 60s dress of chiffon and lace. Nearly sleeveless shell style blouse makes the top half of this dress with sheer chiffon shoulders, black lace to waist, buttons at back of neck and down lace panel. Full skirt of black chiffon over acetate taffeta. Wear together as a dress or use separately as parts of other ensembles....the black chiffon skirt alone is a fantastic basic to work with! No flaws.

50's silk chiffon dress in bold stripes of red, pink, black and purple. A hot color combo for summer! Fully lined, metal zip up back, by Sa 'Bett. No flaws.

A bronze taffeta 50s party dress with velvet ribbon and soutache detail, by MINX MODES. Velvet ribbon underbust and down to hemline....vertical band accents a button down closure. Scoop neckline, angled sleeves. Beautiful color sets off black details perfectly! My Favorite!!

Sweet candy pink cotton 50s summer dress with piped "shelf bust" bodice. Full skirt. Back metal zipper, no label. Small darker pink dot towards hemline, no other issues.

70s channels 30s in this dreamy sundrop yellow chiffon gown with sheer overjacket bringing to mind the ethereal dancing gowns of Ginger Rogers. By "Lillie Rubin". Deep V neckline front and back, back metal zipper. Skirt is full and has rolled hemline to create a structured, floating-above-the-floor effect. Sheer jacket has hook and eye at throat and wide scarves to tie in a bow, leave open or in a loose knot. Cuffs have gold and rhinestone buttons. The jacket would look great worn over a cami and leggings! A fantastic, flawless set.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Trending Topic on Twitter(what a mouthful!)

Ok. If you are a twitter user, people try and get celebrities etc, as a "trending topic" by saying for example #traceyullman..I'm trying to get her as a trending topic, because alot of people tweet about her! Thre is already one on Meryl Streep ( #merylonconan) yay! Hopefully people reply and get her as a trending topic!!

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

DVD Review: Tracey Ullman - Tracey Takes On...

Author: Richard Marcus — Published: Jul 21, 2009 at 4:58 pm

Something that's always mystified me about movies is how the term "character actor" signifies a lower class of performer. You see I was always under the impression it is an actor's job to re-create the character that either the playwright or script writer had created. Silly me; people don't want to pay money to see Tom Cruise trying to be someone else, they want to see Tom Cruise fighting Martians War Of The Worlds or being a brave German army officer trying to kill Hitler Valkyrie. In fact, if the character's name isn't in the title of a film, I'd bet most audiences would only know his character as "the guy Tom Cruise played".

Nothing personal against Tom Cruise, you could replace his name in the previous paragraph with that of almost any other current or former movie star and it would be that same story. I say almost because there are some actors out there today who do create characters to play on screen, and aren't content to only play a variation of themselves. However, even when you do get someone creating a character for a movie, you often get more of a caricature than a real person. Most of the time what you'll see is a something along the lines of a few emotions passed off as a person: this is my character angry, sad, happy, and horny. Or even worse, what you see on screen is a mish-mash of stereotypes that identify a type but bear little or no relationship to a human being.

It's been years since I've seen any of Tracey Ullman's television work, so I had forgotten her skill at creating characters and bringing them to life. However, after watching the new release from Eagle Rock Entertainment, Tracey Takes On, her talent is indelibly etched into my brain. The release is a triple-disc DVD set of the third and fourth seasons of her HBO show of the same name, What makes her work so memorable is the fact her characters are multi-dimensional, and the more you see and get to know them, the more human they become.

Each segment of Tracey Takes On features Ullman's characters acting out what everything from "Obsession" to "Hollywood" means to them. Ullman introduces each collection of vignettes by citing an example or two of her own experiences and then we immediately segue to the first of her characters with something to say on the subject. Now I haven't seen any episodes from the first two seasons, but I have to assume that the collection of characters we meet over the course of these three DVDs have appeared throughout the history of the show, so some of you might already be familiar with names like Ruby Romaine the make-up artist; "Chic" Middle Eastern taxi driver; Trevor the gay airline steward; Sydney Cross the loud mouthed attorney; Chris and her lover Midge, a pro on the LPGA tour; Fern Rosenthal a Jewish retiree from Long Island living in Florida; Linda Granger ex star of the television show VIP Lounge; and the rest of Ullman's.

While her characters cross all boundaries of sex, race, religion, and age not once do they come across like stereotypes. Of course in some people's minds Ullman wearing black face in order to play an African American airport security officer named Sheneesha Turner, or her portrayal of Mrs. Non Nang Ning, the ancient Asian donut shop owner, is probably horribly politically incorrect. However as she's not holding back from skewering anyone or anything, I think these characters have to be taken within the context they are presented, some of the best social satire you'll ever see on television.

It's not just the way in which she tackles each of the subjects being "taken on" in each segment, it's the fact that the opinions being expressed are by characters, who border on being stereotypes, make each scene's sharp edges even keener. For as we watch the characters over the course of the three discs we get to know them far better than we would normally know any character on television. Ullman tricks us on occasion by sliding in something that's not funny, or is very gentle in its humour, which creates a bond between the audience and the particular character by showing them to be more then we had previously thought them to be.

Of course there are some characters for whom you're not going to feel any affection like Birdie Godsen, who has annual book barbecues in her gated community for her fellow Devout Christians living on Dan Quail Drive, or Erin McColl the earthy folk singer who you end up wanting to plant under six feet of earth for being so annoying. However, for the most part something of what can only be described as the characters' humanity shines through, allowing us to identify with their situation. It also turns the tables on us as it changes them from being objects of ridicule whom we've been laughing at into people whose feelings we can identify with, leaving you feeling just a little wrong-footed.

It would have been nice if there had been some liner notes with the package, breaking down who appears in which episode alongside Tracy Ullman, or something supplying a little bit more information about the show aside from the blurb on the back cover. True, there is a link to the show's web site where you can find detailed information about each episode, but that's not the same thing as having something you can refer to while watching the show. The special features on the other hand are great as they feature in-depth looks at two Ullman characters we met in this package and one we didn't meet at all. While one skit is a repeat, the rest is all new material and as funny and pointed as anything else in the collection.

It's rare for film and television actors these days who are willing to subordinate themselves to the character they're playing and even rarer to find one capable of creating a character with more depth than a cartoon cut out. Not only has Tracey Ullman created a very pointed, and sometimes poignant, look at modern life with her series Tracey Ullman Takes On, she does so by creating characters who are both funny and very real. As this was a cable television show originally, it comes with the requisite warnings about drug use, nudity, and some language. However it fails to give you two very important warnings that you'd be wise to heed before watching any of the material on this three disc set: Do not attempt to drink while watching this show because of the danger of choking and spitting, and ensure that you have emptied your bladder in advance in order to minimize the risks of pissing yourself laughing.

Kate Takes On...Tracey Ullman Characters

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Tracey Arrives At The Showtime Summer Press Tour!

Actress Tracey Ullman arrives looking lovely in Gold at the CBS CW Showtime Summer press tour party in San Marino, Calif. on Monday, Aug. 3, 2009.