Well the season came to a dramatic and startling end Monday night and I for one am tipping my hat to Queen Latifah, Stacy A. Littlejohn, and the cast for a job well done. The two-hour “Single Ladies” movie and subsequent 10 episodes left us hungry for more each week up until the very end. Honey, scripted TV hasn’t been this good since “Sex and the City” years back!
I think I speak for myself and many of you as well when I say that the highlight of this season was following the fashion of Stacey Dash’s character “Val,” who was styled to perfection each week by Anthony L. Williams. I hope he returns for Season 2, as his chemistry with Stacey is on fire and he hit the fashion nail on the head every week with looks that ranged from sexy to demure.
To celebrate the end of an amazing first season I thought I’d close out the week with a little fashion breakdown of a few of my fav looks from “Val.”
In the season finale of “Single Ladies” Stacey stepped out in a nude ostrich feather organza dress with black applique and elaborate beading. Anthony souped up this vintage find by pinning it in some areas and tailoring it to fit her frame. He paired her dress with black Christian Louboutin pumps, noting that a black shoe is always sexy with a nude dress. Anthony also decided to pull Stacey’s hair back in the scene, and reminded us that it’s important to create balance when wearing something as daring as feathers (i.e., you don’t want to have too much movement of the hair as well as the dress and feathers).
Anthony proudly calls this one his “Look for Less.” I call it “Sexy Schoolmarm.” He took a $5.00 blouse from a thrift store and altered it, replacing the buttons and adding a sweet bow. The bustier beneath really gave a vintage vibe. Says Anthony, “You can’t go wrong with a sweetheart bustier when it fits.”
We all remember when Stacey donned this beautiful white vintage Thierry Mugler dress and electric blue Christian Louboutin Open Lips suede pumps as she headed to brunch. This dress is a “one of a kind” design, so unfortunately we won’t be finding one exactly like it. Great pick, Anthony!
Anthony found this black Calvin Klein sheath at T.J. Maxx. He removed the sleeves and added the shoulder detail. In this scene he wanted Stacey to appear sexy through the fit, strong throughout the shoulders, and a bit vulnerable in the mere fact that she was in a dress. I love this LBD – simple, sexy, sassy!!
Aaah, the famous pink and green color block outfit! This outfit from Episode 7 was a personal favorite of mine. Anthony bought the fuschia Jill Sander top at Jeffrey’s in Atlanta and made the green skirt with bow belt himself. He describes it as “simplicity in design balanced by the boldness of the color.” In the scene Stacey is confronting her ex-boyfriend and so Anthony wanted to give her a fit and a silhouette that would make her look feminine and strong, but also allow her to be functional.
This pretty pink wedding gown, from the Christian Dior 2004 collection, is another fabulous vintage find. Notes Anthony, the classic, vintage look is what inspired him to add the white gloves. The gown was a size 8 and he had it cut down to Stacey’s size 0.
This sexy LBD is another Anthony L. Williams original. This design was completely beaded and features a sheer bodice with exaggerated cap sleeves – perfect for a night out on the town with the girls!
Which of your favorite “Val” looks did I miss? Leave it in the comments and I’ll update the post. Wishing Anthony Williams the very best in his various other fashion endeavors, and I sure hope to see him styling Stacey in Season 2!