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Dear Auntie Fashion:

Perhaps I’ve been watching “Harper’s Island” too much, but the idea that the killer is using secret tunnels to move around the island unnoticed has made me paranoid.  Moose Jaw also sits above a network of secret tunnels.  Are you trying to get the crème de la crème of the fashion world to descend upon my hometown for Moose Jaw Fashion Week 2012 so that you can murder them all?

Suspicious in Saskatchewan

Dear Suspicious;

Dear Zob in Heaven, no!  Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to send off this handwritten invitation to Marc Jacobs.

Love and kisses,

Auntie Fashion

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July 6, 2009 at 5:11 pm

Why Moose Jaw is the New Paris

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Christian Audigier

Christian Audigier

My boyfriend Mike Rosenthal told me that he thought he heard Tyra Banks say that “Moose Jaw is the new Paris.”  I already had an inkling that this would be true by the time that Moose Jaw Fashion Week 2012 arrived, but now I’m even more confident in the veracity of the statement.

Christian Audigier is going to show in Paris!  There goes the neighborhood . . .

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July 4, 2009 at 4:06 pm

Good News and Bad News

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First, the good news.  The Ontario Public Service Employees Union has temporarily averted a strike by it’s Liquor Control Board of Ontario workers, delaying a walkout until either a settlement has been reached or one of the parties walks away from the bargaining table.

That’s great news!  If Toronto is going to stink like garbage all summer long, I’d like to be drunk while it happens!

Actually, I’m not going to be in Toronto much this summer.  I hope to be spending most of my free time in Moose Jaw, where I’ll be on a fact-finding mission/location-scouting trip with Moose Jaw Fashion Week 2012 muse Marjie Withajay.

Speaking of Marjie, last week I got a surprise visit from her sister, the one and only Tatie-Pie Susko, wife of legendary west coast donut magnate Rojando.  Tatie-Pie had abandoned her children for a few days, leaving little Éclair, Bismarck and Timbit in the somewhat capable hands of their Auntie Marjie.  Sadly, she informed me that Mother Withajay is in very poor health.  That’s the bad news.

I suppose that my mission to Moose Jaw might be jeopardized as a result of this tragedy, but I have plenty of time to visit Canada’s Glamour Capital.  Hopefully, the booze will be flowing freely in Moose Jaw.  I know their economy is still booming, and the garbage men are still picking up the trash.  No offense, Toronto, but the more I think about it, the more glamorous it sounds.  Maybe I should be thinking about moving instead.

Hmmm . . .

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June 24, 2009 at 4:10 pm

The Jessica Biffi Interview

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Jessica Biffi

Jessica Biffi

It’s no secret that I wanted Jessica Biffi to win Project Runway Canada Season 2.  Like a lot of her fans, I saw the type of creativity in her work that made me want to see more!  I was thrilled to see her earn a place in the finals and — even though she didn’t win — I was happy that she was beaten by someone as talented as Sunny Fong.

I decided to catch up with Jessica this week to ask her a few questions.  We met at the Metro Toronto YMCA where Jessica was busting out her best moves in a hip hop class.  Girlfriend is so, so def.  It was almost embarrassing dancing beside her in the class because she made the rest of us look like rank amateurs, or — as they call us in the hood — white girls.

Anyway, in between a little crunk and some poppin’ and lockin’, Jessica graciously took the time to answer a few of the hard-hitting questions this crack journalist is always ready to ask.

Auntie Fashion: I hate to do this to you, but I was so eager to promote the first-ever Wear a Gown to Work Day on May 29 that I forget to find something to wear.  Can you whip me up a gown?  Or better yet, can you make us matching outfits?  I think I can safely say that we’d both look lovely in slippery, lime-green taffeta.

Jessica Biffi: What is this?  An off air challenge?  Have you been talking to Kim?  Slippery, lime-green . . . taffeta?  Things I make out of taffeta do not look like puke!  Although a lime-green with a little chain might be hot!

Auntie Fashion: I agree!  And I adore taffeta — it’s my signature fabric.  I like anything that can make a really puffy leg-o-mutton sleeve.  Anyhow, there’s a rumor going around town that you’re trying to parlay your success on Project Runway Canada into another reality TV gig.  So how did your audition for So You Think You Can Dance Canada go, anyway?

Jessica Biffi: Well I shouldn’t say, but they totally loved my victory dance moves on PRC and asked me to go right on to Toronto Week without even having to audition.  I know its not fair, but excited kicks and dancing on the spot get you far in life, and I’m gonna ride that dance train.  Don’t hate the player, hate the game.  But seriously, I love So You Think You Can Dance!

Auntie Fashion: I was also thrilled to discover that you’ve connected with the lovely Vicki BlackNasty from the casting site for RuPaul’s Drag Race.  She tells me that you’re soul sisters now.  If Vicki gets cast on the show, is there any advice that you could give her as someone who has made it to the finals of a reality show?

Jessica Biffi: Girl!  I love that show!  And I watched Miss BlackNasty’s auditions and I think she is A-Mazing!  A fly girl can go a long way!  You gotta do you, that’s my advice.  Keep your head on right (and in Vicki’s case, head, wig and face) and you can “Chante, you stay” all the way!  Bring you to the table on every challenge, and you will be all sprite!

Auntie Fashion: I know that you’re contractually obliged to shut your trap about PRC, but what can you tell me about Rita Silvan?  Every other fashion magazine editor in Canada adores me, but Rita won’t even return my calls.  I guess that I shouldn’t have compared the staff at Elle Canada to the girls on the Rock of Love Bus, but I meant it in the nicest possible way.  Do you think Rita will ever forgive me?

Jessica Biffi: You know, Rita is a very classic type of woman.  She likes her fashion but she is definitely more on the conservative side, and I think that might be why she didn’t like the Love Bus comment.  I don’t really know Rita on a personal level, but if we ever get there, I’ll put in a good word for you.

Auntie Fashion: Thanks!  As my favorite contestant on your season of PRC, I was thrilled to see you show at LG Toronto Fashion Week.  I could tell it was the highlight of your career so far.  Do you believe that you’ll be just as excited to show at Moose Jaw Fashion Week 2012?

Jessica Biffi: Awww . . . thanks for the love!  I was super excited, and the biggest thrill for me as a designer are the shows!  I’m thinking LG for 2012, but I’m really really excited for the Nunavut Spring/Summer shows!

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May 22, 2009 at 3:05 am

Surprisingly Unexpected!

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Moose Jaw

Moose Jaw’s City Council has been busy!  They’ve recently rebranded the Saskatchewan megalopolis in an attempt to draw more visitors to what was formerly known as “The Friendly City.”  The new catchphrase is “Surprisingly Unexpected!

While I do have to admit that I like the antler/exclamation point logo, I also have to ask why the councillors were compelled to hire an advertising agency to rebrand a city that I’ve already rebranded for them?

Haven’t they heard that Moose Jaw has been named “Canada’s Glamour Capital,” and that “Self-Portrait with Moose Antlers” by Danielle Meder has been selected as the official logo of Moose Jaw Fashion Week 2012?  These things are on the tip of the tongue of every fashionista worth her weight in Louboutins, so why isn’t the City Council of Moose Jaw talking about them?

I suppose that my nemesis Marc Jacobs has already got to them.  I can’t think of anything else that could explain why there’s someone named “Regina” on council (suspicious, huh?), or why mystery Councillor Brian Swanson has no profile on the City of Moose Jaw homepage.  Are they working to thwart what promises to be the most glamorous single event in the history of civilization?

Fortunately, I’ve already planned a fact-finding mission to Moose Jaw this summer with Moose Jaw Fashion Week muse Marjie Withajay.  I swear, as Zob is my witness, we’re going to get to the bottom of this!

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April 14, 2009 at 3:46 pm

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

Project Runway Canada Redux

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Kim Cathers

So I was reading The Subadult Years, a fun blog I added to my links, where I discovered that Kim Cathers of Project Runway Canada Season 2 and Season 1’s winner Evan Biddell have a connection.  I guess they used to be married or something — I can’t remember.

Anyway, both Kim and Evan have responded to the post in the comments section.  A click there led me to Kim’s blog where I read an interesting passage:

I loved my “your gonna die” comment. I was sitting amongst many friends and everyone was screaming and laughing at the TV when i was up there. I didn’t even remember I said that, which makes me nervous for what else might have come out of my mouth during my time there!

Except for the dress that she created in the last challenge, I now forgive Kim for being sort of rotten on the last episode.  She has the capacity for self-reflection that a lot of reality show contestants lack, and I admire her for that.  I also believe she’s better than the work that she’s shown so far.

On the other hand, I’ve decided that I want to slug Sunny Fong in the chops.  I was rooting for him until he made an inane comment about being a “size zero dress designer.”   Kim’s occasionally childish comments seem to be made when she’s stressed out, and I understand that.  But I don’t understand jerks who get into fashion to perpetuate a culture of exclusion where the gorgeous Behati Prinsloo gets called a “fat pig” by a casting agent.  Almost everyone in the business points their fingers at everyone else when anyone asks them who’s to blame for skeletal models, yet they all work hard to maintain the status quo.  It makes me wonder if Sunny Fong’s previous foray into the business of fashion was unsuccessful because of his focus.  How many size zero dress designers does the world need?

So I’m not a Sunny fan anymore.  I guess I’ll root for Adejoké because she makes me laugh.  She’s also from Calgary, so I might be able to get her to show at Moose Jaw Fashion Week 2012.  On that note, I wonder what Biddell is doing this summer?  Perhaps I can get him to join me on my location scouting trip to Saskatchewan.  I’m sure he already knows all the hotspots!

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February 28, 2009 at 6:00 pm

How I spent my summer vacation . . .

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Moose Jaw Fashion Week muse Marjie Withajay dropped over to my house for a few minutes last night.  She was in town to see some friends and to visit her favorite hair salon before flying back to the west coast where she toils away like a modern-day Cinderella in the scullery of her evil sister, Tatie-Pie Susko.

While we were watching Project Runway Canada, I had a great idea.  I proposed that the two of us could travel to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan on a location-scouting trip for Moose Jaw Fashion Week 2012.  Marjie was delighted by the idea and began planning our junket almost immediately.  She’s such an eager beaver!

I really do need to do a little more research on Canada’s Glamour Capital, and there’s no better way to do that than to visit the city itself.  We’re planning to go sometime in July or August (when the mosquitos are the size of pterodactyls), and I’ll be sure to take a zillion photos of our vacation.  I also plan to interview several locals to ask them how being a part of the world’s most-prestigious fashion event will change their exceptionally dull, glamour-deprived lives.

They say that there’s already so much buzz in the air about MJFW that you can hear it from outer space.  Or maybe that’s just the mosquitos . . .

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February 25, 2009 at 5:51 pm

Happy Birthday, Nancy O’Dell

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Nancy O’Dell

Happy birthday, Nancy O’Dell.  I can’t wait to see you on Dancing with the Stars!  Also, happy birthday to Moose Jaw Fashion Week’s muse, Marjie Withajay.  I would have included your photo as well, but you look just like Nancy O’Dell.

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February 25, 2009 at 3:50 pm

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Motorhome of Style

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Avril Lavigne

About four years ago, my friend’s daughter was obsessed with Hilary Duff.  One day I mentioned to him that I thought that the young starlet made a poor role model to a twelve-year-old girl because she wore as much makeup as a forty-something porn star who was trying to look twenty again.  My friend really didn’t understand my concern.  C’est la vie.

Since that time, the aforementioned daughter has started to dress in a style that appears to emulate Avril Lavigne rather than Hilary Duff.  I couldn’t be more pleased!  Lavigne might wear a lot of makeup, too, but she wears makeup that makes her look like a kid who is having fun with fashion.  It’s rebellious and ridiculous and I love it.

For that reason, I’ve decided to invite Avril Lavigne onto the Moose Jaw Motorhome of Style.  Avril, darling, you’ve influenced a generation of young girls to dress like young girls instead of old sluts, and for that I’m eternally grateful.  This prestigious award not only includes a front row seat at Moose Jaw Fashion Week but also my love and adoration.  That alone is worth Hilary Duff’s weight in Grammy Awards, don’t you think?

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February 8, 2009 at 4:27 pm