Stephen M. Silverman
January 08, 2003 01:00 PM

Hollywood’s sardonic fashion designer Mr. Blackwell has announced his 43rd annual list of the Worst-Dressed Women of the Year, and 2002’s top pick is former Playboy pinup — now E! TV star and merry widow — Anna Nicole Smith.

“Anna’s fashion follies are the worst of the year,” said Richard Blackwell, 80, in a statement released Tuesday. (He is reportedly recovering from throat surgery.)

The effete Blackwell, born Richard Seltzer in Brooklyn, may have retired from designing, but not from proclaiming who needs to restock her closets.

“Don’t bother with a new designer Anna, ” he insists, “just hire a structural engineer.”

Smith, 35, was followed, in order, by the following:

Kelly Osbourne (“A fright-wigged Baby Doll, stuck in a goth prom gown”); Shakira (“Somebody should tell her those are probably Madonna’s old clothes”); Cameron Diaz (“Dressed by a color-blind circus clown”); Princess Anne (“Dreary, drab and dour”); “Interview with the Vampire” author Anne Rice (“A cross between Queen Victoria and the Vampire Lestat”); Donatella Versace (“Time to toss the peroxide once and for all”); Meg Ryan (“A total fashion wreck”); Christina Aguilera (“Let’s just call her the ‘Worst Undressed’ and leave it at that”); and Pink (“I’m seeing red”).

On the positive side, Blackwell saluted Reese Witherspoon, Debra Messing, Halle Berry, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Oprah Winfrey, Jordan’s Princess Firyal, Renee Zellweger, Kate Winslet, Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Aniston for their senses of style, referring to them as his “Fabulous Fashion Independents” for 2002.

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