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The Mike Rosenthal Interview

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Mike Rosenthal

It’s no wonder that photographer Mike Rosenthal doesn’t sit on the judge’s panel of America’s Next Top Model too often.  He’s a strapping hulk of a man, and I imagine that his continued presence might make Nigel Barker begin to feel woefully inadequate.  In a way, he reminded me of a young Dolph Lundgren as He-Man in Masters of the Universe.  I then reminded him that it was inappropriate to wear a studded leather codpiece to Dairy Queen in the middle of the afternoon, but he told me that he was too famous to care.  I smiled coyly at the comment because I implicitly knew what he meant, and it was at that exact moment when I could see in his eyes that he loved me as much as I loved him.

Anyway, before things got too hot between us, I was able to ask Mike a few questions to share with you.

Auntie Fashion: With so many cycles of America’s Next Top Model under your belt, you must be getting jaded.  What does it take to keep you awake on the set?

Mike Rosenthal: I usually start with some fresh juice in the morning.  By the afternoon/evening I’ve usually eased myself into sugar and crack.  Beyond that, I rely on Sutan to keep me laughing.

Auntie Fashion: Now that Tyra is taking on photographer duties on ANTM and Jay Manuel is appearing as the host on Canada’s Next Top Model, it seems as if you’re the only cast member who isn’t multitasking.  Have you considered learning runway coaching or Aswirl training to expand your repetoire?

Mike Rosenthal: My high-heel walk isn’t what it should be.  I have strong ankles, but I can’t get that level of finesse that comes naturally to Miss Jay.  Aswirl seems a bit overwhelming, so I’m trying to see what’s next — possibly interpretive dance.

Auntie Fashion: ANTM fans can be quite obsessive — I should know!  I’ve been practicing writing out my name as “Prunella Rosenthal” since the first time I laid eyes on you.  What’s keeping you from popping the question, anyway?

Mike Rosenthal: It’s all about timing.  I wouldn’t want us to burn out too quickly.

Auntie Fashion: As the mortal representation of Zob, do you believe that a mere photograph could ever do justice to my incomprehensible gorgeousness?

Mike Rosenthal: I honestly don’t think that a camera could capture the splendor, neither film nor digital.  It’s just impossible.

Auntie Fashion: I’m in the middle of planning Moose Jaw Fashion Week 2012.  Could you put in a good word for me with Tyra so that she’ll make Moose Jaw the international destination for an upcoming cycle of ANTM?

Mike Rosenthal: Yeah she’s been talking about it, so I’ll definitely give an extra push.  I remember her saying something about Moose Jaw being the new Paris.


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March 18, 2009 at 5:32 pm

The Christian Francis Roth Interview

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Model Jotasha Turnbull & Christian Francis Roth

I have to admit that I’m always a little suspicious of child prodigies. People who achieve a great deal of success at an early age sort of give me the creeps.

For that reason, I was both surprised and delighted to become acquainted with Christian Francis Roth. I met up with him quite inadvertantly at a Manhattan YMCA. He was admiring my genuine Jackie Stallone headband while I was ogling the way he filled out his Dolfin shorts. A few spots on the bench press later, and we each realized who the other one was. It was as if destiny had brought us together!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with his work, click on the link above from Paper Magazine to read more. Otherwise, just treat yourself to this delightful conversation I had with fashion’s latest comeback kid. He’s a regular Mickey Rourke!

Auntie Fashion: So, what have you been up to for the last fifteen years or so?  You can tell me if you were in jail.  Auntie Fashion doesn’t judge.

Christian Francis Roth: After I closed my business in the late 1990s, I was so weary of losing money I decided to go work for some big, painfully boring corporations and see how they managed to be profitable.  You can certainly liken my years in corporate fashion to time in jail, but like any savvy prisoner, I got a great education while I was away.  Now I’m like, you know, Brand Master Flash and shit.

Auntie Fashion: Your Gangs of New York show to launch Francis (Roth’s new label) was a lot of fun.  I’m constantly harping about the lack of personality on today’s runways, but I saw something in your presentation that gave me hope for a more entertaining future in fashion.  What do you have planned for the upcoming F/W 2009 season?

CFR: We had a blast putting that collection together. I basically became obsessed with the 70s movie “The Warriors“.  Today’s cliques are so much like those gangs.  Man, if I were running marketing at The Gap, I’d do a whole campaign around it.

For F/W, we’re not doing a show, just a great, super-fun collection.  I’ll likely show again in September, but with the economy the way it is, I want to see how my spring selling goes before I commit to the expense.  That is, until more people answer my male escort ad and I don’t have to worry about money anymore.  I’m expensive but well worth it.  Just go to

Auntie Fashion: Wow, you still look pretty big to me!  We’re getting off-topic, though.  How has Zob influenced your career as a designer?  Can we expect to see an entire collection inspired by the glory of Zob?

CFR: I actually tried to book Zob to walk my Spring show but Marc had a first option on her, that bitch!

Auntie Fashion: That’s only partly true.  Marc Jacobs tried to book Zob in an attempt to lure her into his secret lair, but Simon Doonan got wind of the designer’s evil master plan and saved the day, as he always does.  He’s a regular Boy Wonder.

Anyway, back to you.  I find you far more attractive on the cusp of your fortieth birthday than I did when you were just a skinny kid making headlines in the early 90s.  Do you have any beauty secrets that you would like to share with my readers?

CFR: Dog kisses apparently keep my skin pretty clear.  Corgi spit must have some secret enzyme in it.  Or maybe it’s all the fat in the Häagen Dazs Vanilla ice cream I eat before bed three times a week.  No way to know for sure.  When I figure it out, I’ll bottle that shit and you can go buy it at Holt Renfrew for $1500 an ounce.

Auntie Fashion: I’m currently planning Moose Jaw Fashion Week 2012, which will undoubtedly become the premiere event of the fashion calender.  Unfortunately, the accommodations in Moose Jaw are quite limited.  Is it okay if we share a hotel room?

CFR: NOT if you snore…I need my beauty sleep!

Auntie Fashion: Obviously you have me confused with Jeanne Beker.  Don’t let it happen again.

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January 15, 2009 at 10:07 pm

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The Kenley Collins Interview

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Kenley Collins

I don’t blog much about the US version of Project Runway because it airs on Canadian television about a month after it appears on the American channels.  Neverthess, I’m a huge fan.

This past season I was rooting for Kenley Collins to win.  I admired her for her creativity and for her talent at making women look good (don’t get me started about designers who don’t know their way around a woman’s body).  Kenley made it to the finale at Bryant Park, but in the end she was beaten by Leanne, whose penchant for adorning the hips with numerous flaps didn’t impress this old bird.

I was able to meet up with Kenley to ask her a few questions.  She was eager to make my acquaintance because I told her that I invented a new cocktail named the Kenley Collins.  It’s just like a Tom Collins, only with ten cherries instead of one.  We drank so many that my tongue was still stained red a week later.  And not only is Kenley crafty when it comes to hand-painting fabric, but she also can macrame you a friendship bracelet made of cherry stems using just her tongue.  Say what you will about the girl, but don’t ever say she can’t handle her liquor!

Auntie Fashion: Project Runway Canada Season 2, hosted by Iman, premieres on January 27.  Who do you think would win in a cage fight: Iman or Heidi Klum?

Kenley Collins: Heidi.  She seems pretty aggressive and competitive.

Auntie Fashion: Blayne’s “Pooping Fabric” dress stands out in my mind as the worst creation in five seasons of Project Runway.  Do you have a least-favorite design (other than your own) from the season?  What about a favorite?

Kenley Collins: Keith’s car challenge ensemble was pretty bad.  I loved Daniel’s cup dress for the grocery challenge.  He should’ve won that challenge.

Auntie Fashion: I have a theory that I’d like you to consider.  I believe that the three other girls in the final with you (Leanne, Korto and Jerell) were not only envious of your design skills but also jealous of your appearance because you were the prettiest finalist.  Care to comment?

Kenley Collins: Aaahahah!  I don’t know what their problem was.

Auntie Fashion: I’m currently developing Moose Jaw Fashion Week 2012, which will undoubtedly become the premiere event of the fashion calendar.  Would you consider showing your S/S 2013 collection there?

Kenley Collins: If I’m able to put one together, I will.

Auntie Fashion: How has the magnificence of Zob influenced your work? Do you plan on using Zob as the inspiration for all of your future collections, or just some of them?

Kenley Collins: Zob is fabulous!  She always has an influence on my work.

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January 5, 2009 at 5:25 am

The Lisa Tant Interview

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Lisa Tant

Lisa Tant is the editor-in-chief of Flare Magazine.  I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Lisa for a one-on-one interview.  Expecting Lisa to be cut from the same cloth as Ceri Marsh, I was genuinely surprised when she suggested that we meet at Swiss Chalet instead of the bar I had recommended.  Spending her day off dressed in pigtails and gingham, she’s unnervingly wholesome for a fashion editor.

Anyway, like the crack reporter I am, I gave Lisa the full Barbara Walters-treatment.  In between the laughter, the tears and the Chalet sauce, here’s what she told me.

Auntie Fashion: Your relationship with FASHION Magazine editor-in-chief Ceri Marsh has been compared to the rivalry between Krystle and Alexis on Dynasty.  In which character do you see more of your own personality?

Lisa Tant: I am definitely more like Alexis, but Ceri and I don’t have that kind of relationship at all.  We’re more likely to hug and gossip non-stop when we see each other — no hair pulling or scratching ever.  I think we’re more like Monica and Rachel on Friends.

Auntie Fashion: If Flare was able to secure an exclusive Zob cover, do you imagine that all other fashion magazines would immediately shut down operations?

Lisa Tant: They’d have to.  Who could ever imagine following up that?!  We’d have to shut down until the spawn of Zob was available.  Let’s hope she’d mature in dog years so we could have another blockbuster cover.

Auntie Fashion: With all the extra revenue Flare could generate from a combination Zob cover/thirty-six page layout, the magazine could afford to become the official sponsor of Moose Jaw Fashion Week 2012.  Should I send over the contracts now?

Lisa Tant: Sure. Send us Kalamazoo too.

Auntie Fashion: Elle Canada was featured prominently on Project Runway Canada and FASHION Magazine awarded the winner of Canada’s Next Top Model an editorial spread.  It seems as if Flare has missed the reality show bandwagon.  For that reason, would you consider auditioning for Rock of Love 3?  I’ve heard it’s casting.

Lisa Tant: Those shows are all “faux” reality.  At Flare, we’re only interested in the real-life drama behind the stiletto-bashing fashion scenes.  The real thing is FAR more interesting.  The only reality show I’d agree to being part of at this point is an exposé called the Life of Zob.  I would be happy to be her handmaiden.

Auntie Fashion: I’ve made fashion illustrator Danielle Meder my protege, but I’m getting an All About Eve vibe from her.  Do you worry that  your underlings at Flare might rise up one day and usurp your position?  Should I trust Danielle?

Lisa Tant: Darling, trust her. No one will ever be as fabulous as you . . . ever.

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November 5, 2008 at 6:06 pm

The Ceri Marsh Interview

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Ceri Marsh

Ceri Marsh

Ceri Marsh is the editor in chief of FASHION magazine.  I guess you could say that she’s Canada’s answer to Anna Wintour, only no one has written a scathing roman à clef about her . . . yet!

Ceri graciously submitted to an interview with Auntie Fashion earlier today.  In between margaritas and martinis (we were drinking our way through the alphabet, as is the custom when we go out) I asked Ceri the tough questions that no other reporter has been bold enough to ask.

Auntie Fashion: How is Zob currently influencing the editorial direction of FASHION magazine?

Ceri Marsh: As you can imagine, the team at FASHION considers Zob in everything they do. I can’t tell you how many editorial discussions end with, “Yeah, it’s fabulous, but would Zob like it?” In fact, some of the younger editors congratulate each other on a job well done by exclaiming, “That is so Zob!”

Auntie Fashion: Since I was the last mortal vessel that Zob chose to inhabit, would you consider putting me on the cover of an upcoming issue?

Ceri Marsh: Zob on a cover? Done. My only concern is that FASHION couldn’t afford the kind of international crew a celeb like Zob typically demands. I’ve heard that she’ll only shoot with Craig McDean and demands Pat McGrath and Sam McNight as her makeup and hair team. Come on, we’re the best-read magazine in Canada but we are a Canadian title with modest Canadian budgets…. Mind you, the news stand sales we could expect with a Zob cover would probably compensate for the Zob price tag.

Auntie Fashion: If you had to choose between a weekend in Paris with Jean Paul Gaultier, or a bus trip to Moose Jaw Fashion Week 2012, which would you choose?

Ceri Marsh: A what trip? I only take taxis and I’m afraid of the woods so it would have to be Paris for me. Bounjour, Jean Paul!

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May 10, 2008 at 12:26 am

The Simon Doonan Interview

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Simon Doonan

I had the pleasure of interviewing Simon Doonan about his book “Eccentric Glamour: Creating an Insanely More Fabulous You.”  Rather than giving that book the glowing review it so richly deserves here on my blog, I’ve decided to sell my review to a newspaper syndicate.  Auntie Fashion needs a new pair of shoes, and she’s been shopping at Bottega Veneta again.

Nevertheless, I felt terrible leaving my faithful readers out of the loop, so I urged Simon to answer a few questions for my blog, as well.  He graciously consented to my demands, but only after I promised to bear his children.  Men — they’re all the same!

Auntie Fashion: How and when did you first meet Prunella Crudsworth, aka Zob?

Simon Doonan: I first met her right after she was discovered.  She was smoldering with arrogance and self confidence.  “You look great!” I said, wanting her to like me.  “What makes you think I give a flying f**k what you think, you horrible gnome!”  Being insulted by Zob was like being air-kissed by Naomi or Linda. I was high on it for weeks.

Auntie Fashion: Did you immediately know that she was possessed by the spirit of Zob: The essence of fashion itself?

Simon Doonan: Everything about her screamed couture — even when she was huffing glue.

Auntie Fashion: How has knowing Zob changed your life?

Simon Doonan: Knowing Zob has taught me that some people are just more fabulous than others.  Zob is more fabulous than everyone.  Next to her I felt like a creepy weasel turd.

Auntie Fashion: In your book “Eccentric Glamour” you describe three types of eccentrics: The Gypsy, The Socialite and the Existentialist.  Did it blow your mind to see all three types embodied in one fabulous woman at the same time?

Simon Doonan: Totally!  Zob is not a supermodel, she is a giga-model.

Auntie Fashion: With the Zobpocalypse looming, do you have any advice for the style-challenged so that they don’t end up spending the rest of eternity getting spray-on tans, fake boobs and cheap, acrylic hair extensions?

Simon Doonan: Zob may be an egomaniac, and a bitch, but she would never doing anything fake.  Keep it real girls!  Zob it!

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April 16, 2008 at 5:51 am

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