Archive for July 2010
Two years and four months ago, I posted this article on my blog, stating “Cats Are the New Dogs.” Now it seems as if my prophetic words are finally coming true. Both The Cut and style.com have declared cats to be in style.
Of course, this probably all comes back to me and my tremendous influence on fashion and popular culture. It just takes everyone else a while to come around to what I’ve been saying all along. I can oraculate all day long, but until someone has become a devoted disciple of mine, I can understand why they would be reluctant to take my advice. Nevertheless, they should take my advice. You should take my advice.
As this episode proves, I’m waaaaaaaay ahead of my time.
A little bird wrote me the other day to point out that “Project Runway Canada” would not be coming back to Global. I already knew that, having read the TV Guide article linked above back in May. However, three weeks before that article ran, Shaw Communications Inc. announced that they were purchasing CanWest Global’s television assets.
This week, an Ontario judge approved the sale. Following some hearings set to begin in September, it looks as if the Canadian television industry is going to have a new kid on the block.
What does this mean for Canadian TV? Hopefully it means that someone with a little creativity and vision is entering the market. Global has had a stranglehold on many of my favorite reality television programs. Those programs have national versions in countries where rabbit-eared televisions are probably run on electrity provided by burros walking on treadmills connected to makeshift generators. Yet we have almost nothing.
CanWest Global has shamed all of Canada with its lack of creative content. Satisfied to sit on a pile of money that their father left them, the Asper family barely capitalized on the reality show trend at all. I’m sure they cited “budgetary considerations,” but reality TV has reshaped the television landscape and created media empires that actually make money. Simon Cowell, Nigel Lythgoe and Mark Burnett were virtual nobodies just a decade ago. Now they could buy and sell the Aspers a dozen times over.
Where was Canada’s version of “Big Brother” during the Asper’s reign? Where was “Survivor“? “The Apprentice“? What about original content? I remember a two-bit station in Edmonton in 1979 that was producing episodes of “SCTV,” a show that would go on to win Emmy Awards. What happened to that station? Well, it stopped producing creative content when it became part of the Asper’s empire.
In my opinion, the Aspers singlehandedly ruined the Canadian television industry. Hopefully, Shaw can bring it back to life. And if they do, there may be hope for another season of “Project Runway Canada.” Don’t count it out just yet.
Cover: April 1997
Context: “Anaconda” starring Jennifer Lopez premieres on April 11. On April 27, Andrew Cunanan begins a killing spree which would culminate in July with the murder of Gianni Versace. “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down” by Puff Daddy featuring Mase spends the entire month atop the Billboard Hot 100. On April 30, Ellen Degeneres’ character comes out of the closet on her sitcom “Ellen” with an audience of 42 million viewers.
Points of Interest: Cover model Leanne Spencer was Ford’s Supermodel of the World in 1996. Previous winners had included Monika Schnarre and Tricia Helfer.
What Tyra Would Say: “Leanne’s eyebrown arch reminds me a lot of Christy Turlington, who probably learned her signature move from watching me.”
What Auntie Fashion Says: A supermodel of the world, Tom Ford for Gucci, an economically-designed, arresting cover — what’s not to love? I’ll put this one in my top five “FASHION” covers of all time.
Happy birthday, Dean Cain. I’ve decided to launch my own spandex unitard line, and I’m looking for a celebrity spokesman. Can I count you in?
Happy birthday, Hilary Swank. I like to spend my birthday with a rich friend, too, walking down the street and laughing at the poor people.
I watched “Network” last night for the umpteenth time. It’s one of my favorite movies and it never gets old. In fact, it gets more relevant every day.
What I noticed last night that I’ve never really noticed before is what a breath of fresh air Faye Dunaway’s wardrobe is. For the last decade or so, fashion has been influenced mostly by Milan and Paris. Dolce & Gabbana, Roberto Cavalli and DSquared’s over-the-top dresses on Brazilian bombshells defined the first half of the past decade, while the forced French chic of Lanvin, Louis Vuitton and YSL has defined the second half.
While the excess of the previous decade has many editor-types praising the sort of minimalism being presented on the runway by Phoebe Philo at Chloé, I’m not completely buying into her vision of the future. Yet there were notes in her recent resort collection that had me singing her tune. Was she getting her head out of Paris and coming back to New York for inspiration?
Perhaps she was. New York in the late 70s was the place to be. There was not only Faye Dunaway, but also Diane Keaton in “Annie Hall.” Everyone seems to return to Studio 54 for 70s inspiration while the classic sportswear of the time gets passed over. But there was a lot more to New York in the 70s than Bianca Jagger in Halston, including easy proportions and 24/7 wearability that provides a perfect counterpoint to all the idiotic cocktail dresses that have defined the past few years in fashion.
I’m ready for the return of simpler, occasion-appropriate clothes, even though I don’t want to see anything resembling 90s minimalism. 70s-style sportswear, on the other hand, would be wonderfully refreshing — like that first breath of air when you get off the plane in New York City. Okay, maybe that’s not the best example.