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Fashion's Mr. Blackwell regains consciousness

Acid-tongued fashion critic Mr. Blackwell has been hospitalized with a serious illness, but regained consciousness Thursday and seemed to recognize his partner.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Acid-tongued fashion critic Mr. Blackwell regained consciousness in a hospital Thursday as he battled a serious infection, his publicist said.

Richard Blackwell, 85, collapsed at his home and was unconscious when he was brought to the hospital on Tuesday, publicist Harlan Boll said. Blackwell was given antibiotics to treat the unspecified infection.

“He appears to be cognizant of his surrounding and acknowledged his partner, Spencer,” Boll said.

Blackwell was a noted fashion designer in the 1950s and 1960s who dressed the likes of Jane Russell and Dorothy Lamour.

However, he is best-known for his annual list of worst-dressed women. First issued in 1960, it has skewered the style sense of Hollywood celebrities, politicians and other celebs with tongue-in-cheek cruelty.

Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham topped this year’s list: “In one skinny-mini monstrosity after another, pouty Posh can really wreck-em,” Blackwell snipped.

Singer Amy Winehouse and actress Mary-Kate Olsen were listed second and third.