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Well we know the importance of the statement shoulder in fashion right now, but who’d have thought Tracy Grimshaw would be among the first to champion the look on Australian mainstream television? The anchor of the Nine Network’s tabloid current affairs program A Current Affair has recently taken to sporting a series of strong-shouldered jackets. Instead of being applauded for her sartorial bravura however, Grimshaw has been slammed by that insta-barometer of public opinion, social media. Although apparently it is not the first time Grimshaw has worn the look on-air, tonight’s jacket did not go down well with Twitter's fashion police.
Noted Luke Carter:
“Is tracey grimshaw trying out for NFL or what?”
“Tracey Grimshaw looks RIDICULOUS!!!!!”
“WTF, Tracy Grimshaw doing the big shoulder on A Current Affair tonight, there's an age limit to fashion forwardedness, buzz cut is needed TG”
“Is it just me or does Tracy Grimshaw look like she has just come from the Star Trek set tonight?”
“Jesus Tracy Grimshaw ditch the shoulder pads already”
While ziz wondered:
“wonder what gordon ramsey would make of tracey grimshaw's shoulder pads tonight”
With only tinaintassie offering some words of support:
“Let Tracey Grimshaw know she looks great tonight. Love the big shoulders coming back”
Frockwriter is still attempting to ID the brand behind tonight’s two-tone cream and black affair with epaulettes - a Covers '80s redux is apparently one possibility. Update 11.16pm: Since ID'd by a reader as Australian designer Carla Zampatti.
Meanwhile, we did manage to track down one Australian television industry source - who didn't seem particularly fond of the look either.
“Clearly Tracy is embracing the new shoulder pad big time” said the source.
“The shoulder pad on a bigger woman, you put them on tv, it’s huge. She’s tall – she’d easily be 5’10” in bare feet - and she’s got big shoulders. She can look bigger than she really is and she’s someone who probably doesn’t need a shoulder pad like that. They can look very modern on a young, little thing but once you get to a certain age, it can look a little dangerous”.
The source added: “Noone can change that woman. It’s the bane of the network’s life, her not wanting to take advice. She’s dressing herself”.