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Western Canada Fashion Week?

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Western Canada Fashion Week

In a thinly-veiled attempt to capitialize upon the inevitable success of Moose Jaw Fashion Week 2012, the event formerly known as Edmonton Fashion Week has been renamed Western Canada Fashion Week.

While it’s nearly impossible to comprehend anything dulling the luster of Moose Jaw Fashion Week, I guess I can’t blame the organizers of this event for trying to catch a ride on my coattails.  I’m Auntie Fashion, after all.  If Karl Lagerfeld knocked up Anna Wintour, the baby wouldn’t have a fraction of my je ne sais quois.  And although Edmonton is undeniably Canada’s second-most glamorous city, no one has ever called it Canada’s Glamour Capital.  That distinction belongs to Moose Jaw alone.

I suppose that other prairie cities will be trying to get a piece of the action as 2012 draws nearer and nearer.  It won’t surprise me if Flin Flon tries to get in on the action next season.  Flin Flon, as everyone in-the-know already knows, is the birthplace of street style and all urban trends.  While a Flin Flon Fashion Week would provide an interesting counterpoint to Moose Jaw Fashion Week, it would always be the homely little sister of the premiere event, trying too hard to be edgy and alternative just to spite it’s big sister — sort of like Ashlee Simpson-Wentz.

But I digress!  The organizers of Western Canada Fashion Week have scored a coup by coaxing Joeffer Caoc to show in Edmonton.  I suppose there was some blackmail involved, or perhaps Caoc just grew weary of Robin Kay calling him “Joeffer Fresh” backstage.  At any rate, it’s exciting to see an established Canadian designer showing in a city other than Montreal or Toronto.  I’ve even extended an invitation to Joeffer to be interviewed by me in order to lend some credence to the event.  I can’t imagine that he’ll pass up this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but I do occasionally face rejection from people who are intimidated by my legendary status and blinding glamour.  I’ll guess I’ll have to wait and see if he responds.

EDITED TO ADD: Someone from Joeffer Caoc’s headquarters emailed me this morning to let me know that the designer is not showing his F/W 2010 collection in Edmonton.  Although he might include a few sneak peeks of upcoming looks, the runway presentation is not intended to highlight the designer’s upcoming collection, as implied in the promotional material printed in The Edmonton Journal.


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March 28, 2010 at 9:02 pm

Happy Birthday, Kate Gosselin

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Kate Gosselin

Happy birthday, Kate Gosselin.  Until you joined the cast of “Dancing with the Stars,” I didn’t like you at all.  Now I only want you kicked off in tenth place, not last place.  I guess that’s a move in the right direction.

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March 28, 2010 at 3:17 pm

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Summer 1994

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Cover: Summer 1994

Context: Nelson Mandela is inaugurated as the first black president of South Africa on May 10.  Ice hockey becomes Canada’s official winter sport on May 12.  Jacqueline Kenneday Onassis dies on May 19.  On June 12, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman are found murdered outside Simpson’s LA home.  The subsequent trial and acquittal of O.J. Simpson will become one of the most newsworthy scandals in history.  From July 15 to July 21, twenty-one fragments of Comet Shoemaker-Levy crash into Jupiter.

Points of Interest: The cover look is a dress by Giorgio Armani Le Callezioni, and not a delicious, fancy version of the calzone from Pizza Hut.  The typo in the credits could have some readers confused.

What Tyra Would Say: “What I like about this photo is that even after her fourth margarita, Chantall is modeling through her drunkeness.”

What Auntie Fashion Says: With only one headline and a dozen words, I’m still intrigued by the copy on the front of this magazine.  Contrast that with this month’s issue.  Yes, less is more . . .

Grade: B+.

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March 27, 2010 at 4:02 pm

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Happy Birthday, Caroline Winberg

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Caroline Winberg

Happy birthday, Caroline Winberg.  “Vogue” is right!  You do have a sexy otono.

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March 27, 2010 at 3:21 pm

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Where can I get one of these?

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I’m in the market for a flesh-toned jumpsuit-cum-foundation garment to wear on my upcoming space voyage.  Does anyone know where I can get one?

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March 26, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Happy Birthday, Suvi Koponen

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Suvi Koponen

Happy birthday, Suvi Koponen.  I hope you have a lovely day, sitting in your sauna eating lutefisk.  That’s what you Finns do, right?

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March 26, 2010 at 1:18 pm

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Strike a Pose

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Last night’s episode of “America’s Next Top Model” was memorable for many reasons, but the one thing that I’ll never be able to forget is Angelea posing for the agents at a casting call.  In fourteen seasons of the show, I don’t believe I’ve ever had such a delightful time watching such a miserable performance.  I’m not the kind of person who watches the “American Idol” auditions to see people that can’t sing get the wind knocked out their sails.  I get really uncomfortable seeing anyone embarrass themselves in public.  But when Angelea posed like Popeye the Sailor Man for the casting agents, I was grinning from ear-to-ear.

That wasn’t the only time I was surprised and/or delighted during the show.  In scene-after-scene, I was amazed by how pretty and telegenic many of these girls are.  The fan forums at “Television Without Pity” are predictably riddled with comments describing how this group of contestants is the worst ever, but I don’t believe that’s the case at all.  Fans of ANTM tend to idealize previous cycles of this show, spouting the same garbage on online forums season after season.  It’s tiresome.  Every time I read a comment about the great Elyse Sewell, I want to punch my computer screen.  I don’t understand why people who don’t like the show watch it, but what’s worse than that is how people who don’t like the show feel compelled to spend their time on fan sites criticizing everything about the show.  Waste your time much?

This episode was filled with many other memorable moments.  After appearing in relatively nonchalant panel outfits for the first two episodes, Tyra showed up at judging in a nude one-piece number that will live on infamy.  Alasia wore a skanky silver swimsuit to panel.  Ren virtually gave up.  Anslee spent the entire time at panel laughing at Brenda’s negative critique, as if no one was watching.  It was all terrifically entertaining.

I was also entertained by the blog (click the link above) that details challenge-winner Simone’s photo shoot where the aspriring model nearly passed out.  The drama this cycle extends well-beyond the walls of the ANTM house.

Unlike those fans who watch the show just to disparage it, I can’t wait until next week to see what happens.  It just gets better and better with every episode.

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March 25, 2010 at 4:59 pm

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