The guys behind a popular fashion blog dish on Fashion Week, their fave celeb dressers and how they have to watch what they wear themselves.
Are Tom Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez a couple or a brand? Both.
Over the past seven years, the Philadelphia-based duo, better known as TomAndLorenzo.com, have built their celebrity fashion-critiquing blog into a go-to website for celebrity-style snark. Wittier and more wicked than the usual red-carpet cutout commentators, “T Lo” offer the ideal daily fix for fashion followers who prefer a heavy dose of humor along with their label whoring.
The two will be at Mall of America on Sunday to promote their new book, “Everybody Wants to Be Me or Do Me.” The book — an amusing but odd advice tome — may disappoint fans expecting a “Best of T and L” collection of celeb photos paired with their snappy repartee. But the chance to see the guys up close and personal should please their local troop of “Bitter Kittens,” as they call their regular commenters.
We recently caught up with them between shows at New York Fashion Week.
Q: What’s the most absurd sartorial statement you’ve observed so far?
Tom: A lot of what we call clown costumes, especially with fur. Outrageous floor-length coats, mink turbans, old-style muffs.
Q: Best sightings?
Lorenzo: Katie Holmes and Hugh Jackman at Donna Karan. Meeting the stylist for one of the most iconic women in the world right now, Beyoncé.
Q: Give us some quick assessments of some of your favorite stars with style.
Both: Kiernan Shipka always dresses with sophistication but appropriately for her age, yet takes risks, too. Most male celebrities don’t give a crap, but Idris Elba always gets it right, wears the right colors and those gorgeous Burberry coats. Lupita Nyong’o [Oscar nominee for “12 Years a Slave”] is so chic, dressed for high impact, never generically, to maximize her own physicality. But she’s still learning. She doesn’t know how to accessorize and her shoes aren’t quite right. Tilda Swinton is a creature from another world. Even when she gets it wrong, you can’t take your eyes off her.
Q: I’m surprised we don’t see you doing red-carpet commentary on TV. Have you been asked?
Tom: It’s a small pool of people doing that and they’re pretty locked into their roles. Who could take over for Joan Rivers? She invented it. Actually, we have been approached, but we like to keep our distance because if we got friendly with these people we’d have to rein ourselves in and not be as honest in our criticism.
Q: You’ve been writing a lot about women’s winter coats lately. What should guide us in buying one?