Hustling for Naomi… err, Haiti

I kinda hate Naomi Campbell. People who conduct their lives with an air of supreme entitlement bug me. I want to knock them off their high freakin’ horses, it’s just my nature. Having said that, I grudgingly admit the chick pulls together some high-minded, idealistic fundraiser events that send resources to places and people who need it, and that’s where Rachel Zoe comes in for this week’s episode.

The Fashion for Relief Haiti runway show couldn’t have been more inconveniently scheduled with only 3 days to organize and produce, and hitting smack dab in the middle of February’s Fall Fashion Week. And then there’s the U.K. version of the Haiti Relief runway show, scheduled on the same weekend as a trans-Atlantic event, which is grand in concept but fails in practice, due to the shows having to compete with each other for designers’ donated looks, as mentioned. Why? Why schedule them this way, if no other reason than to show off? Let’s not forget Mother Nature’s influence during this event as well, since the blizzard certainly complicated matters considerably.

But with Naomi Campbell, like most divas, it’s not so much how it gets done, it’s just the fact that it will get done, and done exactly when and how they demand it. So, as they say in our house, poop rolls downhill. Naomi gets pissed at Rachel. Rachel dumps the blame on Brad.

Result? Brad dumps on his friends in one of the most contrived and unnatural scenes in the entire episode. After seating himself around a group of anonymous people that we the viewers don’t know and don’t care about, Brad opens a conversation to himself in the guise of sharing his woes. He is met with the unsympathetic sound of crickets chirping, which causes him to burst into spontaneous soliloquy. Simply the most painful and useless 2 minutes which do nothing to advance the plot, and slows down the entire show’s momentum. 

The death of Lee Alexander McQueen is mentioned, and the five McQueen commemorative looks as an homage at the end of the runway show were quite a moving tribute (did you see the tears in the models’ eyes?) but hearing Rachel discuss her grief while looking at one of his stilettos? Superfluous.

In other news, Gwen Stefani’s brief appearance seemed strained, a bit unnatural in front of the RZP cameras, which is shocking considering her megastardom. I would have liked more of her and of L.A.M.B. Other notable cameos include Diane von Furstenberg, walking the fund raiser’s runway. Wasn’t she adorable? Love her.

Best thing about this week’s episode… no one discussed “the Taylor situation.” Since 2 months have passed since Taylor’s leaving and the filming during Fashion Week, let’s hope they’ve dropped it for the rest of the season in favor of building baby anticipation.

P.S. Did you die over Rachel’s Chanel? Because I did.

Published in: on August 18, 2010 at 10:14 am  Leave a Comment  
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No Project Runway? Whaaaa?

Imagine my dismay when I came home last night after ballet class, settled down with my tea and my knitting nearby if I had any energy left, picked up my remote, started last night’s episode of Project Runway… and after 2 minutes, the program shut off.

“Whaaa?” I cry out in dismay. My husband mumbles something about a rain storm that could have knocked out our satellite while slaying minions on his computer game. A hurried search shows the episode isn’t set to repeat until late next week.

This is me, heaving a heavy sigh. It’s just not fair, I tell ya.

Published in: on August 6, 2010 at 4:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

Changes in the Zoe Camp, RZP S8 premiere

Well, kudos to the producers for stacking the episode with a ton of content! Immediately we get right to the heart of the Taylor Jacobson matter, who was summarily dismissed from the company after Rodger’s accusations of financial misdealings. Rachel’s word was “betrayal,” and Brad Goreski was promoted immediately within the Zoe hierarchy. And he rejoiced. Rachel wore her Hermes cuff and waved it around often, and I rejoiced.

Then they interviewed for the new intern position, which montages quickly, thank goodness. Suffice to say, many of her applicants seemed woefully inept. Oh, to have a 23 year old clone of myself to send off and live an alternate life.

Demi Moore’s Harper photo shoot was full of red and glittery Louboutins, white mice and Chanel, and Alexander McQueen’s armadillo shoes on a spiral staircase to nowhere on an empty beach… with a giraffe. Of course. I enjoyed Demi’s presence on camera as herself, she came off as unpretentious, unlike Rachel who was carried down the hill due to her impractical 6 inch heels for a beach shoot. But it was Brad who tripped over himself to do a good job with Demi, running around and pulling zillions of pieces for all of her looks. Sigh… to paw through such racks!

I could have done without the scenes of vitriolic displays of anger whenever Taylor’s name continued to be discussed, although I forgive the producers for exploiting Rachel’s emotional pain. This isn’t over yet, but I kinda wish we could forget about it, as the viewer, and move on.

The Chanel scene? I have no words. How much those items cost? I can only imagine. Gorgeous? Beyond measure. Let’s not forget why I watch this show.

And how cute was it that they’re teasing us with future scenes of Rodger and Rachel discussing pregnancy and making a baby? Awwwww! I would love to see Rachel have a family, but realistically, I can only imagine what her schedule is like. But, I bet you she could do it… what with the nanny for work hours, and such. Think they’re gonna spin a future season of RZP with a Bethenny’s Getting Married? pregnancy theme?

Published in: on August 5, 2010 at 1:22 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Project Runway: the pole dancer in Dubai?

It’s been crazy busy, but I had to take a moment to write about the Project Runway premiere. Where to even start?

I didn’t mind watching the designers battle it out in their final “audition” and certainly the 5 hour deadline was a bit extreme and created a great deal of conflict to drive the plot.

It’s always hard to get a feel for the individuals’ personalities early on, but right away Casanova takes the eccentricity award. How sad was it to watch his Dolce & Gabbana pants getting destroyed for this challenge? However his “pole dancer in Dubai” outfit was beyond “beach chic.” I agreed with Tim, it was vulgar. And he gets an F for time management skills — not having your model dressed when everyone’s lining up to walk? Seriously not okay. I half expected him to be voted auf.

As a knitter, I was excited to hear about Michael’s work and am hoping we might see him work more knitwear into his looks. Time constraints aside, it was surprising to see the gamut of entries from this season’s contestants.

I fully expected the bowler-hatted Jason to be sent home, if for no reason beyond the fact that he sent a dress with staples down the catwalk. It’s not like Michael Kors didn’t notice, he mentioned what he thought were pins, and yet they still gave this guy the green light? And how original is it to just turn a kimono backwards anyhow?

However, the lack of originality award would have to go to Ivy for making a pair of pants out of a pair of pants. I disagreed (as usual) with the judges about her top though, I liked the shredded and deconstucted look. However, interrupting Nina Garcia and backtalking Michael Kors is never a good idea. But I don’t mean deconstructed like April’s hideous inside-out nightmare, which I REALLY expected to be sent home.

Gretchen’s win blew me off my chair because I thought her look was very matronly and not exciting in the least. My choice for the win would have been Kristin’s look, the kilt that became a collar. I’m probably betraying my own style, but I dig cowls and thought her look was modern, chic and extremely wearable. I liked Peach’s dress too, but thought it looked like 1000 other dresses I’ve seen on the hundreds of racks for the past 10 years.

And who got auffed? McKell? And that’s it, no one else?? Yes, the fuchsia tote was a horrible styling choice, but I didn’t think her dress was that bad. I do think the metal epaulettes would have added a design element that the dress needed. Tim talked her out of using them, but I actually liked the way it pulled the metallic in the skirt’s fabric up into the top half of the dress.

So, what did we learn today? The girl with the weirdest hairstyle in any reality competition (almost) never wins.

p.s. Rachel Zoe starts tomorrow! Hooray, hooray happy fashion TV day!

Published in: on August 2, 2010 at 2:05 pm  Comments (1)  

The Zoe is coming, and PR starts this week!

After a long dry spell here on the blog, at last my favorite tv season returns… beginning with The Rachel Zoe Project’s Season 3. Hooray!

In an interview with InStyle magazine, Rachel lets out the fact that Taylor’s leaving was “a betrayal,” and by the series’ premiere, we the viewers will be able to watch and decide for ourselves. I expect Brad has comfortably stepped into Taylor’s absent spot to take a larger role in the company. Also, it will be interesting to see how Rodger has adjusted to actively working within the company as well.

Not to be forgotten is the imminent return of Project Runway, which starts on Lifetime this week and has been expanded from 60 minutes to 90 (I hope that means more camera time for everyone’s favorite mentor, Tim Gunn). I see Heidi has a new haircut to show off as well. Looks cute on her but resembles the Hilary Clinton Helmet Head too much for my taste.

Published in: on July 27, 2010 at 4:45 pm  Comments (2)  
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Behind the Label on Ovation

I don’t watch Ovation frequently enough to know if this series is on regularly, but I have it set to record this week and thought to share the tip for others who might miss the current promotional week.

“Behind the Label” is a series of 30-minute episodes focusing on designers. Anna Sui, Cynthia Rowley, Monique Lhuillier, Heatherette, Diane von Furstenberg, Stuart Weitzman… that’s just a handful of the names that I’ve captured on my DVR thus far.

The quality of the filming is a bit grainy, but lends an authenticity to the documentary style pieces that doesn’t bother me. And the one-on-one interviews are edited to predominant the episode’s alloted time, which really gives the viewer a sense of closeness to the subject, which I’m enjoying. It takes the show from biography to autobiography, and that always makes for an interesting twist.

Grab the remote and stack them up for viewing at later convenience, a lot of the shows are on at odd hours.

Published in: on May 5, 2010 at 1:54 pm  Comments (1)  

Project Runway… Seth Aaron sweeps it

Well, I was glad to see my favorite contestant won. But honestly, none of the final collections really blew me away. They were all very commercial, and even (dare I say it) pedestrian — Emilio, I’m looking at you.

…And Seth Aaron’s hair was really weirding me out. The combed down over the ears thing?

I do think Seth Aaron has a niche to carve for himself in the fashion business, but I think I’m PR jaded. I just keep expecting “the next Christian” to come along — someone with talent, personality, a strong fashion viewpoint, and snarky sound bytes till the cows come home — but there’s only one Christian.

Sigh. There’s always next season… I guess.

I wish Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style would come back. Gretta Monahan I can do without, but it would be nice to see Tim getting more air time once again.

Published in: on April 28, 2010 at 7:47 am  Leave a Comment  

Project Runway finale season 7

The PR finale is this week… I’ve been watching, despite my ennui, have you? Let’s check out who’s showing at the tents.

Up first for Bryant Park: Emilio Sosa, a.k.a. Ego Boy. Here’s the deal… I think his work is usually quite amazing, but his attitude sucketh. And his “graffiti” print? I agree with Mila, it was a Louis Vuitton/Stephen Sprouse ripoff. But for some reason, the judges gave it the thumbs-up anyhow. Let’s not forget, he’s had some failures this season too… Malibu Bolts and Washers Barbie, for example. If Emilio wins, at least he’ll have the ego it takes to succeed in the fashion industry.

And let’s look at Monochrome Mila Hermanovski, since she landed in the finale as the Wild Card. Her black and white palette is classic (cough Chanel cough), but she’s worried about the lack of color in her final collection. For me, her silhouettes are a bit space-agey for my tastes, but her work is often impeccably done.

And then there’s Seth Aaron Henderson, whose designs I love. His style is edgy but beautiful, and appeals to women in their 20s as well as women in their 40s. I especially like the pops of color (vibrant red, sunshine yellow) he includes in his pieces, and his use of plaids. Hands down, Seth Aaron is my favorite.

Looking forward to seeing the full collections on the runway this week. Go Seth Aaron!!!

Published in: on April 19, 2010 at 9:38 am  Comments (1)  

Christian Siriano: having a moment

Project Runway’s Golden Child, Christian Siriano is grabbing some Bravo air time once again.

His one-hour, one-off show hangs its plot line on a behind-the-scenes look at Siriano putting together his Spring 2010 show, while launching his book, last Fall. Maybe a part of me wanted to be over the whole Siriano thing, but whenever he’s on camera, he’s naturally engaging. And I can’t help but find his story compelling.

Not to mention, his collections speak for themselves. Which is to say, his talent speaks for itself.

The obligatory Tori Spelling sighting, complete with her side boobs, is included. And, we get a peak at Fashion’s Night Out, from Siriano’s insanely-busy-schedule point of view.

The climax is the chaos of watching the backstage drama play out before the models hit the runway. Kinda sad to watch the Payless shoes breaking so badly right at runway time. Split zippers, broken bits and sewing models into their shoes 1 minute before hitting the catwalk? I guess I’m not so sorry I missed out on grabbing a pair after all.

But the show itself was so cohesive and his point of view as a designer is already so prevalent in his collections. It makes me excited to see where he will continue to grow.

Published in: on April 6, 2010 at 11:31 am  Comments (2)  

Kell on Earth finale, or Kelly’s final curtain?

I started this show with the declaration, “I heart Kelly Cutrone.” But, my enthusiasm has cooled, I must admit. I was so very excited when the series began, but after watching every episode and seeing the office staff verbally abused every week by Emily, Robyn and Kelly? I’m feeling pretty over it.

Not even the lovable, Type-A Stephanie Skinner and her best gay, the glam goth Andrew Mukamal (and his insane Versace chair) are enough to keep me feeling entertained. And that *is* the purpose behind watching TV, right? To be entertained? Because at this point, I’m not.

IF this show is picked up for a second season, I beg the producers to:

— find another place to film besides the sorry little dingy office space, with the air conditioner that’s circa 1977 and probably so loud when it’s on that they have to keep it turned off on filming days. I already understand that “fashion isn’t all champagne and kleig lights, it’s hard work,” so let’s move forward, m’kay?

— focus on editing the episodes with WAY more backstage scenes from fashion shows and shoots, and less on shots with staff on the telephone or poking on their Blackberries

— develop the characters more, so that we can gain a sense of emotional attachment to these people (and therefore, give a flying ^&*! about what happens to them)

— and, focus less on the dysfunctionality of the People’s Revolution office schedule and how it ruins the staffers lives, because that just makes me sad.

…Well, at least we have “Christian Siriano: Having a Moment” to look forward to. Hell yeah, let’s bring back the Project Runway Golden Child. At least he knows how to work a sound byte.

Published in: on March 30, 2010 at 9:56 am  Leave a Comment  
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