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Martin Margiela

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Maison Martin Margiela

On this episode of Celebrity Project Runway, the judges evaluate a look from the S/S 2009 collection of Martin Margiela.  Special guest Paris Hilton joins the panel.

Heidi Klum: “The designers were asked to design a red carpet look for Paris Hilton.  How do we think Martin did?”

Nina Garcia: “I can’t put my finger on exactly what I like about this look, but I really like it.”

Michael Kors: “You’ve achieved the impossible by showing us a red carpet dress that we would all be happy to see Paris Hilton wearing.  Bravo!”

Paris Hilton: “Hey!  I’m right here.”

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September 30, 2008 at 3:56 pm

Happy Birthday, Danielle Meder

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Danielle Meder

Happy birthday to my protege, confidante, Moose Jaw Fashion Week co-producer and sometime square-dancing coach Danielle Meder.  If I’m the Anne Murray of Canadian fashion blogging, you’re the Avril Lavigne.

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September 30, 2008 at 2:54 pm

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I adore Kim Noorda . . .

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Kim Noorda at Balmain

The only thing more fickle than fashion itself is my choice of favorite model of the moment.  Right now it’s Kim Noorda.  I’ve always thought that she was beautiful, but just lately I’ve been sighing every time her photo pops up while I’m watching the season’s runway shows.

There’s something so refreshing about seeing such a classically beautiful girl on the catwalks.  I just want to pinch her cheeks and tell that she’s gorgeous.

On another note, Balmain is getting some good reviews.  Now they need to work on getting their licenses back.  A quick web search reveals that even the outlet sells Balmain’s poly-cotton men’s dress shirts for the low, low price of $4.94.  I’m not sure if the label possesses the cachet it used to have.

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September 29, 2008 at 6:37 pm

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Dolce & Gabbana

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Dolce & Gabbana

On this episode of Celebrity Project RunwayNBC Universal president and CEO, Jeff Zucker, joins the panel as they judge an outfit from the Dolce & Gabbana S/S 2009 catwalk.

Heidi Klum: “I’m not sure if Stefano and Domenico understood this challenge.”

Michael Kors: “It looks as if someone with an air gun and a bag of marshmallows has been using this dress for target practice.”

Nina Garcia: “I just can’t get over how unflattering the proportions are.  Who is going to want to wear this dress?”

Jeff Zucker: “Stop!  STOP!  Haven’t you heard?  I won!  You’re going back to Bravo and there’s nothing you can do about it!  Except for Heroes and Sunday Night Football, this is all I’ve got.  I mean, how much longer can Howie Mandel and David Hasselhoff carry the network?  You don’t know how much this means to me . . .”

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September 29, 2008 at 6:09 pm

To all those fallen supermodels . . .

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Greg’s Bracelet

Earlier this morning I received an email from my friend Greg.  It appears that he’s designed this fabulous new bracelet to help raise awareness for an issue that is near and dear to my heart: Fallen supermodels.

SInce I’m all about caring and sharing, I’ve decided to help Greg in his quest to promote ankle safety.  According to The Cut, too many supermodels are falling head over heels on the catwalks of the world, and both Greg and I agree that the designers of the world need to stop putting helpless models in danger.  Sure, a girl who is five-foot-eleven and a hundred-and-fifteen pounds doesn’t really fall too hard, but that’s beside the point.  What about her feelings?  WHAT ABOUT HER FEELINGS?

I may be preternaturally gorgeous and virtually superhuman, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t want to crawl into a hole and die if I fell on my ass in front of a crowd of onlookers and photographers.  Frankly, I’d probably be scarred for life if it happened to me.  Fortunately, I have an adequate therapist who would be able to help me if I was ever put in such a difficult situation.

Many supermodels, on the other hand, have limited resources and an insufficient support network.  By offering Greg’s Bracelet for sale, the two of use will be able to create a fund that these poor creatures may be able access in the event that they take a tumble on the runway.

To order Greg’s Bracelet, contact me via the comments section above.  Each handcrafted bracelet sells for the low, low price of $19.99.  Orders of 500 or more receive free shipping.

Show the models how much you care.  Show them that they’re more than just clothes hangers.  With your help, we can put an end to sprained ankles and gutwrenching humiliation.

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September 29, 2008 at 5:17 pm

Spring 1981

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Cover: Spring 1981

Context: US President Ronald Reagan is shot in the chest by John Hinckley, Jr. in an assassination attempt.  Another assassination attempt almost kills Pope John Paul II at the Vatican.  The space shuttle Columbia launches.  Sheena Easton reaches the top of the charts with “Morning Train.”  Ceri Marsh invents the braided headband.

Points of Interest: Gianfranco Ferré, credited for designing the jacket in the photo, preceded John Galliano as head designer at Christian Dior.

What Tyra Would Say: “All I get from this shot is catalogue.  What this girl needs is a high-fashion ass-whoopin’.”

What Auntie Fashion Says: The hair, the lips, the lashes, the blouse — I’d forgotten how plump everything was in 1981.

Grade: C+.

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September 29, 2008 at 4:01 pm

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Happy Birthday, Anita Ekberg

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Anita Ekberg

Happy birthday, Anita Ekberg.  I’m baking you la dolce torta.

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September 29, 2008 at 3:37 pm

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Happy Birthday, Dita Von Teese

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Dita Von Teese

Happy birthday, Heather Sweet aka Dita Von Teese.  Your taste in clothing is exceptional.  Your taste in men — now that’s another story.

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September 28, 2008 at 7:01 am

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A look from the Versace S/S 2009 show is scrutinized by the panel on this episode of Celebrity Project Runway.  Special guest Clay Aiken joins the judges.

Heidi Klum: “We gave the designers a few yards of muslin, a package of felt-tipped markers and two-hours to complete their looks.  I’m amazed by what Donatella came up with.”

Michael Kors: “It’s so beautiful and so chic.  I’m in awe of your talent.”

Nina Garcia: “It could have been tacky, but there’s nothing tacky about it.  It’s perfect.”

Clay Aiken: “What some of you might not know is that they call this garment a ‘dress’.”

Michael Kors: “Wow.  You’re just full of surprising revelations this week, aren’t you?”

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September 27, 2008 at 4:56 pm

Another reason to love Bottega Veneta

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Jourdan Dunn at Prada

Just a few posts back, I mentioned that the broad range of styles at the Bottega Veneta show would have been better presented on a broad range of models.  Now I feel like a heel because The Shophound is reporting that Bottega Veneta was the only show in Milan with a genuinely diverse runway.

My concern was that the label was showing several garments that would have been presented beautifully on more ample and more mature models.  Make no mistake — eighteen-year-olds are not the label’s target demographic.  Still, something is better than nothing.  Not only did BV present six looks on five non-white models, they gave they plum opening spot to relative newcomer Arlenis Sosa (who, in my opinion, stole the show in this hot number).

Prada, on the other hand, had Jourdan Dunn alone.  Giorgio Armani had an all-white cast.

I guess it just goes to show you that the Internet gives us all a venue where we can bitch and complain incessantly without giving credit where credit is due.  Honestly, I try very hard to avoid being just another know-it-all when I compose this blog.  Sure, I can be catty, but that’s my schtick.  Nevertheless, I’m human (well, I’m human now, but that’s a story for another post).  Sometimes I can’t see the big, beautiful forest for all the skinny, modelesque trees, and I apologize to Bottega Veneta for expressing my disappointment with their casting process when I should have been praising them for putting on a truly inclusive show.

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September 27, 2008 at 4:14 pm