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I’m verklempt

Image courtesy of Lifetime

Image courtesy of Lifetime

 

The long-awaited, much-anticipated sixth season of Project Runway finally has a release date.  The premier will air on August 20 on the show’s new home – Lifetime.  (I just died a little on the inside.  I’ve managed to go my entire life without ever watching Lifetime.  Now, at 32, my streak is over.)  

 

Now, you’ll have to excuse me.  I’ve only got 41 days to figure out which channel Lifetime is.

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Good morning, Upper East Siders

The Cut has a first look at Anna Sui’s “Gossip Girl inspired” collection for Target.  Sigh.  I’m…underwhelmed.  I feel like it all looks really cheap.  And unflattering.

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And before someone jumps in with the whole “Well, it’s Target.  It is cheap.” argument, I know these designer-discount collaborations can be done well (see: Thakoon for Target).  But if this stuff is flipping your switch, the collection hits stores on September 13.

P.S.  Sorry about yesterday’s glitch.  And special thanks to The Mister for taking time out of his work day to post my absentee message.

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The Fashion Show

Last night, I finally got around to watching my recorded episode of Bravo’s attempt at replacing Project Runway – The Fashion Show.  As any of you who’ve ever read my personal blog know, I generally have some fairly strong opinions about these types of things.  And I’m not afraid to share them.

Photo Credit: Mitchell Haaseth

Photo Credit: Mitchell Haaseth

First of all, I’m not sure why Kelly Rowland (of Destiny’s Child) thinks she has any business whatsoever judging someone else’s sartorial aesthetic.  Unfortunately, my retinas have been unable to forget some of the most hideous “fashions” (I use that term very very loosely…) ever created being worn by all members of Destiny’s Child.  As an aside – Ms. Tina Knowles?  You, madam, are no fashion designer.

Also, it seems like the casting team was trying to find every possible stereotype (and former Project Runway contestant) when they chose the fifteen contestants.  There’s the pint-sized, flamboyant, bitchy, campy gay guy, a la Christian Siriano.  We’ve got our chubby gay guy just like Chris March.  There’s the hot, manly gay guy like Rami Kashou from season four.  We even have a token straight guy to fill Kevin Christiana’s shoes. One of last night’s bottom two was cute, quirky, sweet and her general style bore a shocking resemblance to one Kit Pistol’s.  And though he was eliminated last night, we also had an (also straight) edgy rocker-ish type similar to Jeffrey Sebelia (yep, straight), winner of season three. 

Not to mention I’m 100% certain that, with their selection of Isaac Mizrahi as host, Bravo was trying to recapture the snarky-gay-designer-judge vibe that Michael Kors always brought to Runway.  Unfortunately, no one can quite match the Kors brand of bitchy humor that we came to know and love.  (One of my favorite MK one-liners was “It looks like she’s pooping fabric!”)  And, quite simply, what’s a fashion design competition with out Nina Garcia’s venomous vitriol?  

But, you know what the hardest part is?  Do you know what I missed the most of all?  Do you know which character void they will never, ever, ever be able to fill?  Why, Tim Gunn, of course.  There will always be a special place in my heart for Tim Gunn and his wise words.  I still hear “Designers, gather round.” in my sleep.  The words “This worries me.” will never be the same now that The Gunn made them his own.  I long for him to tell me to “Carry on!” in that chipper way that only he can.

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Running in Hell

The Style network reality show, Running in Heels is now three episodes in and I think it’s high time I hauled out my incredibly witty observations (read: snarktastic bitchery).  But first, if you’re unfamiliar, Running in Heels is the latest in a deluge of reality shows (The Fashionista Diaries, Stylista) based on girls trying to make it in the fashion publishing industry.  Fresh off the raging success of The Devil Wears Prada, it seems documenting real girls in Dolce & Gabbana dresses and Louboutin heels taking a beating from mysogynistic superiors is the new black.

Let’s meet the interns.  Of the three, two make me want to stab forks in my eyes and one is tolerable.  (In case you missed it, that was a compliment.)

First up is Talita:

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Where do I even begin with Talita?  She has a tiny purse dog named Chanel.  That pretty much sums her up, in my opinion.  She’s exactly the kind of girl you would imagine when you think of the kind of girl who carries a tiny dog named after a designer.  Plus, she’s so young yet she already appears to have had a gallon of fillers injected into her top lip.  She has that super-enviable duck bill effect.  Honey, no.  Just…no.  And her voice.  Gah.  Her voice.  I can’t write anything that would adequately prepare you for how obnoxious her voice is.  You’ll just have to tune in for yourself.  Fork, meet eye.

Next is Ashley:

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So far, it seems Ashley’s MO is to constantly whine about not getting any good assignments and to focus the rest of her energy on finding ways to undermine the other two interns – either by bogarting extra fashion show tickets that come her way or devising complex plans to blow the cover off Talita using the art department to create her spread for their trend assignment.  (An assignment that Ashley procrastinated almost to the point of no return, by the way.  A little tip:  If the Editor-in-Chief of the very successful national magazine at which you are interning personally calls you and your fellow interns into her office and gives you an assignment, perhaps you should, oh I don’t know…TAKE IT SERIOUSLY.)  At this point, the best way to describe Ashley is “wet blanket”.  I think she comes with her own “whah-whah-whahhhhh” Debbie Downer style sound effect.  Not to mention, she’s almost always late.  Oh my GOD, girl!  Get it together!  Prontissimo!  Fork, meet other eye.

Last is Samantha:

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I don’t really have anything bad to say about Samantha.  She seems like a truly normal girl who sincerely wants to do well.  She’s enthusiastic about her assignments and appears to work very hard.  However, she tends to get a tad overwhelmed.  She’s cried on the job a couple of times already.  Now, I admit that I, too, am a cryer and that’s ok.  Everyone handles stress and disappointment differently and crying is a totally acceptable way to do so.  But if you must cry at work, please excuse yourself and step into the ladies room or something.  So perhaps she needs to grow some thicker skin if she’s going to remain in this industry, but other than that, I can’t really complain.  Fork, you get a well-deserved break. 

Tune into Running in Heels Sunday nights at 8:00 on Style.  Have forks at the ready.

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