`Weakest Link' host Anne Robinson tops Mr. Blackwell's 2001 `Worst Dressed Women' list

Tuesday, January 8th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Who is several accessories short of an ensemble?

Anne Robinson is, according to Mr. Blackwell, who put the ``Weakest Link'' host at the top of his worst-dressed women list for 2001.

The acid-tongued critic and former fashion designer described Robinson on Tuesday as ``fashion's weakest link. Looks like Harry Potter in drag. A Hogwarts horror!''

Britney Spears was No. 2 on his 42nd annual worst list for outfits he called ``belly-baring bombs.'' Actress Juliette Binoche, whom he termed ``a haute couture catastrophe,'' was third. All three members of Destiny's Child shared fourth place for ``off-pitch kitsch.''

Singer Bjork, Monaco's Princess Stephanie, Kate Hudson, Camilla Parker Bowles, Cameron Diaz and Gillian Anderson also made the list.

On the high end of his spectrum, Julia Roberts leads Blackwell's ``Fabulous Fashion Independents for 2001,'' followed by Oprah Winfrey and Diane Sawyer. He also complimented opera singer Renee Fleming, Nicole Kidman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Joan Allen, Penelope Cruz, Renee Zellweger and Katie Couric.

Blackwell's pronouncement of those he considers the worst- and best-dressed almost didn't happen. He had considered taking a year off because of ``the horrific events'' of Sept. 11.

But Blackwell said in a statement, ``after some thought, I felt some traditions (however frivolous) should continue. ... It may be good for a laugh!''

He was unable to deliver his usual standup put-downs at a news conference because of recent throat surgery, a spokesman said.