WWD doesn’t just cover the bold and the beautiful. Consider “The Slob Squad” story from Jan. 18, 1990. “Whether the motivation is the new social conscience of the Nineties or just sheer laziness, the slouchy, sloppy look is the dernier cri in terminally hip Hollywood,” the paper wrote. “The Celebrity Slob historical antecedents began with ‘Annie Hall,’ and Annie’s originator, Diane Keaton, is still enshrined in the Frump Hall of Fame, along with sisters-beneath-the-sweatshirts like Jessica Lange and Sally Kellerman. Barbra Streisand deserves her own special award for more than 20 years of slobdom….Roseanne Barr is a big new CS influence, wearing the same schmattas in reel and real life.” Other style violators included Justine Bateman, Marlee Matlin (“Marlee, lose that motorcycle jacket”), Sean Young, Rosanna Arquette and Holly Hunter, “who, perhaps taking her hideous ‘Miss Firecracker’ costumes to heart, has forsaken those button-down ‘Broadcast News’ suits and is flaunting the oh-so-current nouveau-bag lady look.”

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Even the men were not left unscathed. “With all those blockbusters,” the paper continued, “you’d think [Steven Spielberg] could do better than that same baseball cap and circa 1955 striped T-shirt he’s been wearing since the filming of ‘Jaws.’ ”

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