Published: Sunday March 2, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Sunday March 2, 2014 MYT 9:44:33 AM

No holds barred for Fashion Police folks

Looking fine? Or should be fined? The hosts of the popular show Fashion Police are ready to dish the dirt.

Football fanatics have the World Cup, tennis fans have the Wimbledon Championships while those into fast cars have the Grand Prix. For fashionistas around the world, there’s the Academy Awards.

The Oscars, an annual award ceremony honouring those in filmmaking, is quite a spectator sport. Chances are, most of us can probably recall the Dior dress Jennifer Lawrence wore – and tripped over while walking to the stage – to last year’s Oscars more than the recipient of the Best Supporting Actress award.

And the fact that we can remember the breathtaking sheer Elie Saab gown Halle Berry wore the year she won the Best Actress more than her winning speech is proof of the pudding.

Ultimately, when it comes to the Oscars, what celebrities wear to the event is as important as who takes home the golden statue. Simply because, the very next day (and the weeks and months that follow), as much publicity is given to Oscar winners as it is to the best dressed celebrities for the night.

Also, you don’t want to end up on the Worst Dressed list ... or worse, as Joan Rivers’ target on the popular show Fashion Police on E!.

Rivers, together with her co-hosts Kelly Osbourne, George Kotsiopoulos and Giuliana Rancic, have been evaluating celebrities’ fashion sense on the red carpet for events such as Golden Globes, Emmys as well as the Oscars for the last three years.

The most sarcastic of the lot, Rivers, is not afraid to shoot from the hip ... and she’s not worried that she makes enemies along the way.

“We are here to entertain an audience, not to make friends with the stars,” the 80-year-old comedienne tells a gathering of international media at E!’s head office in Los Angeles, California.

“I am telling the truth to people who are watching out there, which is why we are No.1 on the network. And if (the celebrities) don’t like it, I am terribly sorry. I don’t a** kiss everybody. (My career has) lasted 40-odd years because I tell the truth. You make enemies, but they are still watching.”

She’s right!

Fashion Police is one of the most watched shows on E!. Viewers love the witty and catty remarks from the hosts as well as the banter between them.

Celebrities have confessed to loving the guilty pleasures the show offers as well.

“The cool ones, like Jessica Chastain, is a fan of the show and she feels honoured when she’s ripped by Joan on the show. Who wouldn’t want that?” offers Kotsiopoulos, who also works as a stylist to the stars.

Well, at least one celebrity didn’t want to be made fun of – Cameron Diaz.

“She’s not a huge fan of the show,” says executive producer (and daughter of Joan) Melissa Rivers. “A number of us on this panel have had tense moments with her.”

For celebrities like Diaz, Osbourne has something to say: “If they can’t take a joke about themselves, they are in the wrong business. It’s Hollywood!”

Top notch designers like Tom Ford, Zac Posen, Michael Kors, Valentino and Karl Lagerfeld are also fans of the show, although some of their creations might have landed on the wrong side of the panel.

At the end of the day, good and bad publicity is publicity nonetheless.

“Their PR people love it! I mean, we are the only show that talks about current fashion,” says Kotsiopoulos.

Adds Rancic: “Designers know better. They know that even if we don’t like one of their gowns, it is OK. Because chances are, the next week, we will probably love one of their other gowns. Overall, they just appreciate that there is a show on the air like ours.”

Fashion Police began its broadcast on E! back in 2010. From a half-hour programme, the show expanded to its current one-hour format due to its popularity.

When it first aired, the demographic for Fashion Police was, according to Rivers, women, teenage girls who take fashion seriously and gay men. But now, it is a different case.

“(Straight) guys come up to me everywhere and say, ‘I love Fashion Police!’ and I am like, ‘What?’,” offers Kotsiopoulos.

Rivers reasons: “They watch for A) the humour and B) the boobs and asses. They are perfectly happy to sit there and watch all that and the insane jokes.”

Melissa adds: “The truth is, they usually start watching because of their wives or girlfriends, and then they stay for the humour.”

If you think humour at the expense of a celebrity is cruel, Rivers has the perfect rebuttal: “Everybody we talk about (on the show) makes US$20mil (RM66mil) a movie, so, it is not like we are hitting some poor pathetic person that is going to go home and cry.”

That’s a small price to pay for being in the public eye. Plus, it’s a hoot to be ripped apart by Joan Rivers!

> Fashion Police airs every Monday at 9pm on E! (Astro Ch 712). A special episode of Fashion Police: The 2014 Academy Awards, airs on March 5 at 7.30pm.

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