Maximum Vangsness

There’s only so much fashion advice up with which Lynn will put, and to prove it, she invokes the name of someone who might scare the Rigidly Tasteful among us:

To be honest, a character I greatly admire for her fashion choices is Penelope Garcia on Criminal Minds. I guess her flamboyant style is supposed to be a joke but I actually think some of her outfits look really good but mostly I like that she wears what she likes and doesn’t try to be proper or fashionable.

Asked about the character’s flamboyance, Kirsten Vangsness, who plays Garcia, responded thusly: “I think Garcia is a fashion genius. I think I’m a fashion… eccentric… I dress like a 7 year old pirate from space.”

Kirsten Vangsness as Penelope GarciaSo apparently the style is no joke: “We both like to express ourselves with clothes, we both like to let our freak flag fly, we both have a healthy shopping addiction, we both are obsessed with Nanette Lepore, we both love color.”

For the sake of completeness, I took a look at some recent Nanette Lepore collections, and to me at least, there’s at least something resembling justification for such an obsession. I actually gave out with a Wow. The spring stuff is, of necessity, jazzier than the fall offerings, but still: wow.

Here’s that interview, complete with lotsa photos, including the one you see to the left, which I had to throw in here simply because it looks to me like she had an enormous amount of fun with this outfit — okay, it’s not Nanette Lepore, but what the hell — and I persist in thinking that if you look like you’re having fun, by definition you look better.



  1. McGehee »

    17 June 2011 · 1:58 pm

    I think the creators of CM borrowed the idea of a quirky female technician from NCIS, but Ms. V makes it her own.

  2. nightfly »

    17 June 2011 · 2:29 pm

    Ms. Vangness’ character reminds me something of a coworker I once had many years ago, in a good way.

  3. GradualDazzle »

    17 June 2011 · 3:50 pm

    The LePore stuff is TO. DIE. FOR. I can’t say this for every designer I like, but I don’t know that there was a single outfit in any of her collections that I *wouldn’t* wear proudly and feel pretty in. Pure awesomeness.

  4. Nicole »

    17 June 2011 · 6:51 pm

    A designer that has clothes I could conceivably see people wearing out in public. That’s rare. And I love that she uses lots of color!

  5. Tatyana »

    17 June 2011 · 9:04 pm

    I will repeat the WOW, looking through Nanette Lepore’ Fall’11 collection. Color sense, textures play, shape contrasts….impressive. Oh, wouldn’t be good to have money…

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