August 29, 2008

grocery redux

Same old story: Make an outfit out of crazy materials (provided by a PR sponsor). Think outside the box. Be innovative. This time it was all about car interiors (think seat belts and pleather seats). A recap in adjectives -- match the design with its designer:
  • dramatic, hot, sexy, wearable, chic
  • not flattering
  • interesting, chic, crafted beautifully, flawless
  • a little random
  • not well made
  • chic, elegant, edited, beautiful

Answers: Jerell, Blayne, Leanne (winning design), Keith, Stella, Katto. Surprises? Zero.

That's all.

August 26, 2008

"No way, no how, no McCain"

Finally, material for a good negative slogan at the DNC. Presented by the formidable Hillary Rodham Clinton. If her bright orange pant suit is any indication, she came to electrify the audience.

I think she did good.

And this: If you hear the dogs, keep going. (Harriet Tubman)

"I think she did good"

I can't say I really liked Michelle Obama's speech at the DNC in Denver. Too calculated (express patriotism -- check, praise Hillary Clinton -- check, present Obama as a regular guy - check), too wifey. She wasn't talking to me, though, and she probably did well with regard to her target audience. The Obamas' daughters are, of course, adorable, and when Obama asked little Sasha how she thought her mother had done, it was very cute when she answered with a, strictly speaking, ungrammatical sentence. It made it sound a little less rehearsed. Sasha, I hope you'll get your dog!

August 24, 2008

misplaced apostrophes under protection

If you see a misplaced apostrophe, don't get our sharpie out right away. You may be sentenced to one year of probation. Oh, and don't bother to tell those people at Lands' End that they've got their name wrong. They already know.

August 20, 2008

Comeon, Schatz, let's go!

At last: an original challenge! Make an outfit for a drag queen. Go sparkle! (If only this season's designers were a sparklier group -- can you imagine how much fun the guys of season 2 would have had with this challenge?) The word drag, in the meaning "feminine attire worn by a man has been around for a while. The OED gives an example from 1870 ("We shall come in drag").

In good PR tradition, the guy who made the pink pant outfit won, and the guy who said he "doesn't worry at all" about Tim's critique, Daniel, he of the impeccable taste, is out. The word "impeccable" comes from Latin "im-" ("un-") and "peccare" ("to sin"). Something that is impeccable is something that does not have the quality to sin.

And in between? Keith produced a "sad chicken" (MK) outfit in black and white. It looked as if an ostrich had gotten into a shredder. Katto's "look of fire" (right) was deemed creative and innovative and flattering, although, personally, I didn't care too much for its unibreast, nor did I think the "flames" on the left shoulder were all that fiery. Blayne aimed at "draglicous" but only achieved "barflicious" (bravo, Leanne), and Terri's "Super Samurai" impressed all of the judges (even if the strongest components of the look were the makeup and the boots).

August 13, 2008

"I'm dubious"

Tim Gunn is dubious and rightly so. Bravo seems to be set on making this a season of watered-down been-there-done-thats. Another team challenge with all its inherent flaws. Another day-to-night dress. Another celebrity in need of publicity. Last season I wondered how fabulous it would have been if the challenge that involved Sarah Jessica Parker had been to design a dress for Carrie Bradshaw (the movie wasn't out yet then). Instead, it turned out to be a lame piece for her lame line in a chain that faces liquidation. And now: Brooke Shields and "Lipstick Jungle". Let's just skip this one.

August 09, 2008

"I don't think it's bad. I'm just inquiring." (Tim Gunn)

Well, I did think it was bad. Which part of "Outfit for the opening ceremony of the Olympic games 2008" is so hard to understand? Criticism of the outfits went from polite ("the color is very saturated") to blunt ("meshugge"*) to sarcastic ("republic of cocktailland").

Can you imagine an athlete like Dara Torres (above) in this?
I rest my case.

*meshugge (also meshuga) is Yiddish for mad or crazy.

to youtube

If you're a word, how do you measure success?
“The Olympics to me is a benchmark for how fast we’ve gone with technology,” Brad Adgate, the senior vice president for research at Horizon Media, a media buying firm in New York, said. “Thirty months ago, no one was talking about YouTube. Now, it’s a verb.”