Licensed to Frill

Few dispute the familiar adage that a person who acts as her own lawyer has a fool for a client -- but is the same true of a person who dresses herself? 

If that were the case, I suspect there would be a lot of fools pulling hangers out of closets every morning.  As extreme as it sounds, though, that's the opinion of style critic Robert Verdi, whom the New York Observer quoted in an article on stars who eschew stylists:

Robert_Verdi.jpgI think people who have worked with stylists believe they have learned enough that they can step out on their own....But it's like having some legal issue pending and going to court and defending yourself because you took a few legal classes versus going with a lawyer.  Which one do you think will have a better outcome?
Perhaps Verdi's just vamping.  After all, the bio on his website notes that his parents wanted him to be a doctor or a lawyer.  (Sound familiar?)  Then again, maybe he's got a point; analyzing red carpet wrecks has become a cottage industry. 

But what's next -- a bar exam for stylists?  Penalties for promoting a look without a license?  Pro bono assistance for those arrested by the fashion police and cited for crimes of fashion?  (Actually, that last one might not be a bad idea....)