Archive for June 2010
I just finished watching Fantasia Barrino’s new video for the song “Bittersweet.” Fantasia is today’s birthday girl, and an interesting case-study of Cancer style.
I’ve claimed that Cancer women are susceptible to “helmet head,” and Fantasia is no exception. At times her hairstyle is just way too hard. However, there are times in this video when I said to myself that the singer has never looked better, with the soft curls and the deep side part of the 1930s–inspired style. I kept waiting for her hair to move, though, but it didn’t.
I’ve learned to expect Fantasia’s hair too look too hard, so it was a nice change to see her soften up her appearance. Still, I believe she just needs to take her transformation one step further. She’s on the right track!
Watching performer Nicole Scherzinger win the mirror ball trophy on “Dancing with the Stars” made me take a second look at the style of the Cancer native.
I don’t associate the sign of Cancer with cinematic glamour, but I do know that they tend have a sense of nostaligia. Seeing Nicole on the show dolled-up like a musical star of the 1940s made me believe that I may have been too eager to warn Cancer women about the dangers of idealizing the past when I wrote my book on astrological style.
I do tell Cancer women to stick to the classics, and many women equate that advice with dressing in boring clothes. But there hasn’t really been anything boring about fashion since the 1920s. We just get tired of looking at things we’ve seen too many times before. While the best-dressed Cancer don’t necessarily bring back tired trends, they do have a knack for stealing looks from the cinematic archive and pulling them off with aplomb.
On “Dancing with the Stars,” Nicole frequently looked as if she had just walked off the set of a classical Hollywood musical. I don’t associate any negative connotations to the word “classic” when it’s used to describe the movies, so why should I believe that “classic” clothing has to be boring. It doesn’t when it’s on a beautiful, stylish woman like Nicole Scherzinger.
Now her wardrobe as a Pussycat Doll is another story . . .
The best-dressed Cancer women don’t stray too far from looks that are considered to be “classics.” Kellie Pickler, for instance, seems to have a sense of style that is anything but avant garde, yet she doesn’t appear in public looking like a fashion victim, either.
As a Cancer, today’s birthday girl is likely quite sensitive regarding criticism of her wardrobe. She’s learned to play it safe in quite classic dresses that evoke comparisons with old Hollywood rather than with Paris or Milan. Nevertheless, it works for her. She manages to stay off the worst-dressed lists, and that probably pleases her more than being called the best-dressed girl in show biz.
I’m find Vera Wang very intriguing. I didn’t really take her seriously as a designer when she first started out because I hate wedding dresses almost as much as a hate weddings. Yet as her brand developed beyond just a special occasion label, I got to know a little more about the woman herself. She’s quite fascinating!
But since she’s today’s birthday girl, I should be discussing her in terms of her zodiac sign: Cancer. Wang does dress like a Cancer, but does she design like one?
Yeah, sort of. The wedding dress is actually a Libra garment. Libra, with its association with the seventh house, rules over partnerships like weddings. Brides themselves, however, are associated with Cancer, as are any fertile, nubile women. In my book, I advise Cancer women to avoid dressing as if their raison d’être is to mate with the first man they can get their hands on. I also tell them that they should avoid dressing in a matronly manner, because many Cancer women overreact to their innate sexuality by creating a persona that is decidely unsexy.
Wang exhibits both of these characteristics. As a wedding dress designer, she works with bodices and corsetry to craft garments that appeal to the most basic notions of what a sexually attractive, nubile woman should look like. As a ready-to-wear designer and a former fashion editor she occasionally treads into the territory of conceptual fashion: Possibly the least-sexually attractive style known to mankind. Women who work at fashion magazines might adore the editorial edge of conceptual fashion, but it can be rather repellant to the opposite sex.
Cancer women need to find the middle ground between these two styles. With every season, Vera Wang’s label is getting closer to reinventing this ideal. She’s not exactly designing for Pamela Anderson, but she’s not designing for herself, either. I don’t believe she’s a master of the genre when I compare her to her fellow Cancer, Giorgio Armani, but she’s getting better with every collection she sends down the runway.
There was a partial lunar eclipse a few hours ago. Eclipses are supposed to make full moons even more powerful, especially if the degree of the eclipse is somehow personalized on your natal chart.
For the rest of us, however, the full moon in Capricorn can shed light on difficulties with coworkers and the overall work environment. Patience is the key when dealing with problems over the next couple of weeks. Patience will be rewarded. Capricorn is probably the least-reactive sign in the zodiac, and Capricorn natives can be all-business in the face of a crisis. Try to learn from their example.
On a more personal note, Capricorn is associated with the knees and the bones. The same dietary issues that affect bone health also impact the skin, hair and nails. Double check your diet to ensure you’re getting enough calcium and vitamin D. Spend a little time stretching this weekend, too. And, as with any full moon, be sure to drink plenty of water while your “juices” are flowing so freely. Your kidneys will thank you for it.
If you’re shopping this weekend, avoid purchasing status-conscious items, or anything emblazoned with a logo, for that matter. Poor impulse control — especially today — could see you dressed like a shill for someone else’s benefit.
I find it intriguing that singer Chris Isaak is a Cancer. Cancer is the sign of nostalgia, and Isaak’s stage wardrobe could have been pulled right off the set of “Classic Country,” the television show I mentioned a few posts back when I discussed June Carter Cash.
I don’t advise most Cancers to run out to the thrift store to buy their wardrobes. Dressing in a retro style is an art form best left to Scorpios (who can make what’s old new again), and Capricorns (who know exactly when a trend is ready to make a comeback). Cancers, on the other hand, tend to look back at the past with rose-colored glasses. They wear retro clothing because of a mood or a feeling they associate with a particular style.
Chris Isaak is a performer, so he can get away with that. He probably watched the same TV shows I did as a kid, and it’s likely that his style of dress onstage is an emotional tribute to the performers he idolized. I’m not sure if he would get away with his signature style if he wasn’t a performer, but I don’t believe that he would want to. Cancers are also on the sensitive side, and they take negative criticism of their appearance quite poorly. It’s lucky for Chris Issak that he looks great doing what he’s doing. He doesn’t need to change a thing.
I often discourage Cancer individuals from following the trends. Cancers have a reserved nature that is rooted in their desire to protect themselves from harm. Sometimes that can translate into a conservative wardrobe. When it doesn’t, Cancers just want to wear what everyone else is wearing. That would be fine if they weren’t so moody, but being moody can result in some odd fashion choices.
Cancer natives who dress according to their moods can appear to be bipolar. There’s just no consistency to their wardrobes as they swing wildly from style to style. When today’s birthday boy, George Michael, first found success with Wham! in the early 80s, his sense of style was all over the place. As a result, looking through photos of his early career offers more laughs than style tips.
Almost everyone looks terrible through the eyes of the subsequent generation; I understand that. But every once in a while the pendulum swings back to where it was and someone who has been around for a long time (like George Michael) becomes a fashion icon as the new generation embraces the old. However, I don’t believe that’s going to happen with George Michael because there was no particular style to his wardrobe to define his early career.
Eventually he figured it out. He looks good nowadays. A little conservative, perhaps, but good, nonetheless.