Of Elizabeth Taylor, Mr Blackwell wrote that her "plump" figure and revealing clothes reminded him of "the rebirth of the zeppelin".
Of Elizabeth Taylor, Mr Blackwell wrote that her "plump" figure and revealing clothes reminded him of "the rebirth of the zeppelin".

Fashion critic Mr Blackwell dies aged 86

Richard Selzer, a US fashion critic famed for an annual international "worst dressed" list which he penned as "Mr Blackwell," has died at the age of 86. Media reports said Mr Blackwell, who had been in poor health, died yesterday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after complications from an intestinal infection. He was known for skewering celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor and, more recently, Britney Spears, Paris Hilton and Victoria Beckham for their fashion mistakes.

Of Elizabeth Taylor, Mr Blackwell wrote that her "plump" figure and revealing clothes reminded him of "the rebirth of the zeppelin". Sophia Loren, he said, dressed like "the Italian shop girls she portrays in movies." His sharp tongue did not spare even Queen Elizabeth of England, of whom he wrote: "From her majesty to her travesty." Mr Blackwell's list and comments were published annually in the American Weekly, a syndicated Sunday supplement magazine.

Mr Blackwell was born on Aug 29 1922 in Brooklyn, New York. He was the younger of two sons of impoverished parents. He started working in Hollywood in the late 1930s, but his acting career did not last long. He later went into the fashion business but abandoned it in the mid-1970s, focusing instead on being a fashion critic. *AFP


July 5, 1994: Jeff Bezos founds Cadabra Inc, which would later be renamed to Amazon.com, because his lawyer misheard the name as 'cadaver'. In its earliest days, the bookstore operated out of a rented garage in Bellevue, Washington

July 16, 1995: Amazon formally opens as an online bookseller. Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought becomes the first item sold on Amazon

1997: Amazon goes public at $18 a share, which has grown about 1,000 per cent at present. Its highest closing price was $197.85 on June 27, 2024

1998: Amazon acquires IMDb, its first major acquisition. It also starts selling CDs and DVDs

2000: Amazon Marketplace opens, allowing people to sell items on the website

2002: Amazon forms what would become Amazon Web Services, opening the Amazon.com platform to all developers. The cloud unit would follow in 2006

2003: Amazon turns in an annual profit of $75 million, the first time it ended a year in the black

2005: Amazon Prime is introduced, its first-ever subscription service that offered US customers free two-day shipping for $79 a year

2006: Amazon Unbox is unveiled, the company's video service that would later morph into Amazon Instant Video and, ultimately, Amazon Video

2007: Amazon's first hardware product, the Kindle e-reader, is introduced; the Fire TV and Fire Phone would come in 2014. Grocery service Amazon Fresh is also started

2009: Amazon introduces Amazon Basics, its in-house label for a variety of products

2010: The foundations for Amazon Studios were laid. Its first original streaming content debuted in 2013

2011: The Amazon Appstore for Google's Android is launched. It is still unavailable on Apple's iOS

2014: The Amazon Echo is launched, a speaker that acts as a personal digital assistant powered by Alexa

2017: Amazon acquires Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, its biggest acquisition

2018: Amazon's market cap briefly crosses the $1 trillion mark, making it, at the time, only the third company to achieve that milestone

The biog

Favourite pet: cats. She has two: Eva and Bito

Favourite city: Cape Town, South Africa

Hobby: Running. "I like to think I’m artsy but I’m not".

Favourite move: Romantic comedies, specifically Return to me. "I cry every time".

Favourite spot in Abu Dhabi: Saadiyat beach

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Company name: Yeepeey

Started: Soft launch in November, 2020

Founders: Sagar Chandiramani, Jatin Sharma and Monish Chandiramani

Based: Dubai

Industry: E-grocery

Initial investment: $150,000

Future plan: Raise $1.5m and enter Saudi Arabia next year