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Tuesday, January 11, 2005
Williams courts disaster with Mr. Blackwell

Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Tennis star Serena Williams won't be pleased with this ranking.

Serena Williams
Mr. Blackwell has determined that Serena is not in the same league as the "fabulous fashion independents" of our time.

Williams was listed at No. 6 on Mr. Blackwell's annual top 10 list of worst-dressed women.

"Courting disaster with every style-free serve, black leather at the Open takes a lot of nerve!" he wrote about Williams in a statement released Tuesday. "From the Queen of Tennis to Fatal Fashion Menace -- non-stop!"

Nicollette Sheridan of TV's "Desperate Housewives" is the worst of the worst when it comes to wardrobe, according to Mr. Blackwell.

"In barely-there bombs, she's a taste-free pain. Let's crown her the Tacky Temptress of Wisteria Lane," Blackwell wrote.

Sheridan and Philadelphia Eagles receiver Terrell Owens took part in a Monday Night Football intro before the Eagles-Cowboys game two months ago. She tossed away her shower towel and appeared to be nude in the locker room.

Other fashion losers include Lindsay Lohan, Courtney Love, Serena Williams, Britney Spears, Paula Abdul, Meryl Streep and Anna Nicole Smith.

Sisters Jessica and Ashlee Simpson tied for third place. "These two prove that bad taste is positively genetic!" Blackwell said.

Last year's worst-dressed star, hotel heiress Paris Hilton, dropped to No. 5. Blackwell called the starlet "over-hyped and under-dressed."

However, Blackwell gave kudos to "fabulous fashion independents" Nicole Kidman, Natalie Portman, Barbara Walters, Kate Winslet, Annette Bening, Oprah Winfrey, Scarlett Johansson, Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Garner and Sheridan's on-screen nemesis Teri Hatcher.

This is the 45th year that Blackwell, a former fashion designer, has offered his best- and worst-dressed women lists.