J.Lo episode kicks off 'Style' series
Jennifer Lopez. (AFP PHOTO / FRANCESCO DEGASPERI)
Sixty episodes of Celebrity Style Story have been ordered. That's right, 60.
Who do they think they are, Anger Management? Charlie Sheen isn't even on this show.
Then again, it's likely the massive episode count merely reflects how obsessed a certain segment of society is with anything that combines the words "celebrity" and "style." The "story" part might come off as a bit book-ish, but don't be put off by that.
Celebrity Style Story is a new series on E! that debuts Sunday on Canada Day. Coincidentally, Celebrity Style Story is the first original series commissioned by the current Canadian branch of E!
In each episode, a celebrity's sense of style is examined through the years, or, depending upon their age, through the decades. Vintage clips are used and experts are quoted as they identify trends, patterns, issues, progression and regression, and hits and misses.
Among the celebs on tap for the Celebrity Style Story treatment are Beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Madonna, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cameron Diaz, Julia Roberts, Kim Cattrall, Demi Moore, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, and -- presumably just to avoid some sort of sexual-discrimination lawsuit -- Ryan Gosling and Justin Bieber.
First up in the debut episode, however, is Jennifer Lopez.
According to Celebrity Style Story, it was at the Grammys in 2000 that J-Lo changed her fashion image forever. That was the night she wore a Versace jungle dress, cut way down below her navel, that fashion-industry folks still talk about today.
Non-fashion people such as myself remember it as the time J-Lo was virtually naked.
"No one in this world ever saw her the same way again," says Joe Zee, creative director of Elle magazine.
Not all of Lopez's fashion choices have been so well received, though, and Celebrity Style Story points out a number of those, all in a quick and slick manner.
If there's one thing the first episode of Celebrity Style Story was lacking was a fairly recent interview with Lopez, talking about her style choices. A number of interview clips with Lopez are shown, but most of them date back quite a few years.
But hey, with 60 episodes, there's plenty of time to fine-tune the format.