“Single Ladies” Fashion Round-Up With Stacey Dash & Anthony L. Williams

Well the season came to a dramatic and startling end Monday night and I for one am tipping my hat to Queen Latifah, Stacy A. Littlejohn, and the cast for a job well done.  The two-hour “Single Ladies” movie and subsequent 10 episodes left us hungry for more each week up until the very end.  Honey, scripted TV hasn’t been this good since “Sex and the City” years back!

I think I speak for myself and many of you as well when I say that the highlight of this season was following the fashion of Stacey Dash’s character “Val,” who was styled to perfection each week by Anthony L. Williams.  I hope he returns for Season 2, as his chemistry with Stacey is on fire and he hit the fashion nail on the head every week with looks that ranged from sexy to demure.

To celebrate the end of an amazing first season I thought I’d close out the week with a little fashion breakdown of a few of my fav looks from “Val.”

In the season finale of “Single Ladies” Stacey stepped out in a nude ostrich feather organza dress with black applique and elaborate beading.  Anthony souped up this vintage find by pinning it in some areas and tailoring it to fit her frame.  He paired her dress with black Christian Louboutin pumps, noting that a black shoe is always sexy with a nude dress.  Anthony also decided to pull Stacey’s hair back in the scene, and reminded us that it’s important to create balance when wearing something as daring as feathers (i.e., you don’t want to have too much movement of the hair as well as the dress and feathers).

This fun, yellow mini dress is an Anthony L. Williams original.  In this scene Anthony states that he wanted Stacey to be able to move comfortably through the event while setting the precedent for how canary yellow should be featured on the body.  The body of the dress is silk jersey and the waves silk organza.

In Episode 1 Stacy wore a pretty  2-piece suit.  Anthony felt that the exaggerated shoulder made her come across as a strong woman while also showing her femininity – and I agree with him! It’s a balance of who “Val” is in her life: feminine, a hopeless romantic, but also strong.  The cream blazer is shorter in front, longer in back, and includes a lot of draping.

Anthony proudly calls this one his “Look for Less.” I call it “Sexy Schoolmarm.” He took a $5.00 blouse from a thrift store and altered it, replacing the buttons and adding a sweet bow. The bustier beneath really gave a vintage vibe.  Says Anthony, “You can’t go wrong with a sweetheart bustier when it fits.”

We all remember when Stacey donned this beautiful white vintage Thierry Mugler dress and electric blue Christian Louboutin Open Lips suede pumps as she headed to brunch.  This dress is a “one of a kind” design, so unfortunately we won’t be finding one exactly like it.  Great pick, Anthony!

Anthony found this black Calvin Klein sheath at T.J. Maxx.  He removed the sleeves and added the shoulder detail. In this scene he wanted Stacey to appear sexy through the fit, strong throughout the shoulders, and a bit vulnerable in the mere fact that she was in a dress. I love this LBD – simple, sexy, sassy!!

Aaah, the famous pink and green color block outfit!  This outfit from Episode 7 was a personal favorite of mine.  Anthony bought the fuschia Jill Sander top at Jeffrey’s in Atlanta and made the green skirt with bow belt himself. He describes it as “simplicity in design balanced by the boldness of the color.” In the scene Stacey is confronting her ex-boyfriend and so Anthony wanted to give  her a fit and a silhouette that would make her look feminine and strong, but also allow her to be functional.

This pretty pink wedding gown, from the Christian Dior 2004 collection, is another fabulous vintage find.  Notes Anthony, the classic, vintage look is what inspired him to add the white gloves. The gown was a size 8 and he had it cut down to Stacey’s size 0.

This gorgeous, chevron metallic dress from Episode 3 was yet another vintage find.  Anthony partnered the maxi dress with a nude Louboutin heel because he liked the way the shoe picked up the metallic in the dress without looking over done.  Stacey’s hair was pinned to one side and he gave her hoop earrings.  He states that, with a sparkly dress, you don’t always want to put on sparkly accessories. Tone it down, pick up the gold or silver in the dress, and remember that less is more.

We all remember when Stacey sparkled in a pink Aidan Mattox Sequined Mesh Sheath Dress in Episode 8.  When Anthony initially found the dress it was shapeless and hung a bit too long.  He saw the potential, however, and ultimately pulled the lining out, deepened the V’cut in the back, shortened the length, and contoured the dress to fit Stacey’s body.  Following the episode I blogged about this dress and linked to the Nordstrom website where it could be found, and the dress sold out in a matter of days.  Hope you got yours early!

I just loved this white fishtail mini dress that Stacey wore with black leggings. Style Me Prissy reader Diana suggested that we get the look by altering the hem of this White Tulip Dress from Zara to create the fishtail finish. Thanks Diana!

Stacey was adorbs in this figure hugging, ruffled grey bandage dress in Episode 1.  The cap sleeve mini dress features a peplum on the hips and it is Hervé Léger by Max Azria from Fall/Winter 2010. We loved this dress on Stacey, and apparently others did as well as it was spotted on several celebs shortly after the episode aired.

This sexy LBD is another Anthony L. Williams original. This design was completely beaded and features a sheer bodice with exaggerated cap sleeves – perfect for a night out on the town with the girls!

Which of your favorite “Val” looks did I miss?  Leave it in the comments and I’ll update the post. Wishing Anthony Williams the very best in his various other fashion endeavors, and I sure hope to see him styling Stacey in Season 2!