Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Fashion Faux Pas


"I know nothing about football except it's the one time on television that spandex is acceptable." - Steven
"Does he like hot pants?" - Chris

Despite the fact that my idea of "designer" brands basically ranges from Old Navy to Gap, I love me some Project Runway. Now in it's fourth season, the deliciously snippy (pun intended!) reality show rounds out my relatively short list of must-see TV, which includes Lost (I miss you, please come back!), Pushing Daisies, The Office and 30 Rock...And I'm particularly grateful to have it around now that it appears the writers strike will stamp an early season ending on all of our favorite shows.

Anyhoo, I missed last week's episode but finally caught the re-run this weekend - and it was fantastic. No, the designers did not have to create a couture gown out of shrubs or recycled newspaper and aluminum. And on paper, the plot actually sounded boring. Basically, our motley crew of contestants had to work round-the-clock to create an on-air outfit for uber-hottie Tiki Barber, the former New York Giants running back turned Today Show correspondent. However, just the idea of creating menswear stirred fear among these folks. And based on some of the designs I saw later, I'd say they were right to feel very, very afraid. Despite Tim Gunn's advice, many of them just weren't able to "make it work" - and panic, chaos and hilariousness ensued.

I nearly busted a gut watching some of the judges' reactions during the runway show, which featured a level of fugly never before encountered on the show. First off, Ricky's train wreck of an outfit was literally held together with safety pins, while in addition to creating horribly ill-fitting pants, Carmen tried to hide her model's lack of a shirt by draping a piece of blue fabric around his neck. And then there was Sweet P, who crafted a shirt so horrendous, that all I could think was "Gordon Gartrelle." Anyone else know what I'm talking about? During an infamous Cosby Show episode way back in the first season, Denise tried to make a copy of a designer "Gordon Gartrelle" shirt for Theo to wear out on a date. Of course, it turns out to be a hot mess and Theo is humiliated... until his date raves about it, finding it completely original. They just don't make 'em like they used to!

I'll be back later this week with more sugar-free diet tips.

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