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Million-buck Chuck

Taking a break from the serious business of fashion for today to bring you one of my favorite new distractions…  My good friend and fellow Chuck Bass worshiper, Beth, sent me this link several weeks ago and I’ve been slowly catching up on the older posts in my downtime.  

If you, too, are a fan of The Bass’s rampant and often over-the-top use of purple, popped collars, prints and pocket squares, then you’ll love the hilarious commentary at What Chuck Wore

Image courtesy of What Chuck Wore

Image courtesy of What Chuck Wore

Full disclosure:  I think we’re all aware of the sort of shenanigans Mr. Bass & Co. get up to so I doubt it comes as a surprise that the photos and commentary, clever though they may be, might not be totally safe for office viewing in some cases.  So tread carefully…unless your boss is a Gossip Girl fan.

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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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Stop! Fashion Police!

Ok, so I know that this technically doesn’t qualify as fashion editorial fodder but I came across this Fashion Citation pad ($5.99) on Organize.com over the weekend and couldn’t resist.  

Image courtesy of Organize.com

Image courtesy of Organize.com

Personally, I think I could go through all 50 sheets in a single afternoon at the local mall.  Those of you who are familiar with my personal blog know that I took the women of London to task several times for crimes against fashion.  A small part of me already thinks I might be the third coming of Trinny and Susanna (Stacy and Clinton being the second coming, of course) so being the owner of an actual Fashion Citation pad could be the very nudge I need to really get me going.

Look out, Raleigh.

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Fashionomics – Anna Wintour surprises

I was fairly surprised shocked to the core to read last week that Anna Wintour (or A-Dubs,  as she’s known to those of us who follow fashion news like it’s election day coverage) doesn’t loathe the concept of discount designer in the form of collaborations with stores like Target.

I am sure that the checks from Target, and the exposure, are very helpful. I don’t agree that [they lost ground to cheap-chic retailers]. If it’s the right fit, [I encourage it] absolutely. One of the collaborations we do through the Fashion Fund is with the Gap [wherein the winners design their own twist on the classic white shirt]. Gap takes the designers all over the world, and photographs them with young models wearing the shirts. And the shirts are fabulous.

So while I doubt she’s shopping the Viktor & Rolf rack at H&M or anything, it’s nice to know we have her blessing and that the Voguettes aren’t being dispatched out to area Target stores to set fire to the McQ displays.

Read the article here at The Cut.

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