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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Failing Abercrombie's Backfiring Attempt to Bribe The Situation Not to Wear Their Clothes

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 9:34 AM

As mentioned yesterday, it truly is a monumental accomplishment in the field of douchebaggery to be offered a princely sum by Abercrombie & Fitch in exchange for not wearing their clothing in public. But according to this report, that is exactly what The Situation (and his Jersey Shore cohorts) have managed to achieve:

Abercrombie & Fitch, the clothing company, is offering “substantial payment” to Mike (The Situation) Sorrentino, of the show Jersey Shore, if he will stop wearing A&F attire on the air. “We are deeply concerned that Mr. Sorrentino’s association with our brand could cause significant damage to our image. … We have also extended this offer to other members of the cast.”

Their mothers must be so proud.

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However, when the reports came out regarding A&C's plummeting shares, The Situation snapped back, tweeting, “Looks like Abercrombie got themself into a Situation!” As for Paul “DJ Pauly D” Delvecchio, he pointed out the clothing company's sudden change of heart, having earlier come out with t-shirst emblazoned with the Shore catchphrase GTL (gym, tan, and laundry): “Hmmm if They Don’t Want Us To Wear Those Clothes Why Make GTL Shirts #yourPRsux,” he wrote, Tweeting to a picture of an Abercrombie & Fitch T-shirt with “GTL” stamped on it above the word “Fitch.”

Hmmm, good point Pauly D. Good point.


UPDATE: Oh shit, now the Taiwanese CG recreation people are on it. Okay, that's a bit much. Hit the jump to see it.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

How Offensive Is This Lingerie Line for Girls Aged 4-12?

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Wed, Aug 17, 2011 at 4:04 PM

Kiddie fashion has replaced skinny models as the Most Popular Ethical Concern Regarding the Fashion Industry of the day. The latest to kick up a fuss is Jours Après Lunes, a French "loungerie" line for 4-12-year-old girls. The gear itself is pretty innocuous (minus the questionable necessity of bras during the younger end of that spectrum), but the lookbook shots have got the 'nets in a tizzy. Much like the now-notorious Vogue Paris shoot, many of the photos are styled to look like the girls are playing dress up, horsing around jumping on a bed, or mugging cutely (I would not say lustily) for the camera—all things healthy girls of that age really do. I tend to think that raising the pedophile alarm in these cases is a bit hysterical. Pervs are going to perv on whatever they like to perv on with or without anyone's help. There's as much skin in these shots as there is at the community pool, and little girls have always worn panties. The only shot that creeps me out is the one of an older girl ("12," presumably) pictured with a big teddy bear. Without the bear you wouldn't know her underwear wasn't intended for grown women, and she's lusting all over that camera. I already said my piece on how these things tend read to me, but by all means, decide for yourself.

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Project Runway Wrap Up!

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Fri, Aug 12, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Last night's Project Runway challenge was the stilt walker challenge many had already glimpsed on the 'nets after photos of the runway—which, in a first-time-ever move, took place in the public eye, at Battery Park (along with the almost completely contribution-less Kim Kardashian as guest judge). Heidi broke it to the designers by walking out in front of them on stilts herself (is there anything she can't do?). About half the designers took a costume-y route, while the other half just did an extend-o version of ready to wear. Guess who came out on top.


This was the group's first team challenge, and I'm sorry to say that the above ensemble is the work of my beloved Joshua and Julie, who is, as Michael Kors pointed out, a "Colorado mountain woman," which makes for an odd pairing with theatrical, flamboyant, urbane Joshua, who at one point play-bitchily scolded after she poked him to emphasis her point, "God, you're such a rough chick!" This actually started out looking promising in the workroom, but as you can see the proportions are hilarious and the weird cape/jacket is just... oof. The stated matador reference was more matador meets pirate meets clown. Still, it's not the worst of the worst.

As for Portland contestants Bryce and Becky, things are looking up for one, and down for the other. Find out which after the cut.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

OH in The Condé Nast Elevator

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 11:59 AM

At over 57 thousand followers it's hardly a secret, but today I was introduced to the Conde Elevator twitter feed, which is exactly what it sounds like: Tweets of things overheard in the Condé Nast elevators. A few examples:

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I could go on...

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Friday, August 5, 2011

Project Runway Wrap Up!

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Fri, Aug 5, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Well, that was kind of a shit show. Firstly, my love for Bert Keeter? Somewhat diminished. After winning over everyone, including the judges, in the first challenge, Bert self-admittedly phoned this one in. He didn't even pretend to be trying, and just rested on his laurels. (NOTE: This is exactly the opposite of what Leanne Marshall did when she was in the same position, knocking it out of the park despite her immunity. But what does she know? She just WON is all.) Luckily the judges called him out on it pretty harshly. Shape up, Bert! All the other designers have turned on you! Anyway, that's ok, because I found another favorite: the hilarious Joshua.

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He may not have won any challenges yet (though if the top he created was any indication, he will), but he definitely has the best quips, and I hope that he sticks around just for the entertainment value he brings. Dude made a skirt with a mirror attached so the wearer could hold it up for her parrot to look at itself.

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Project Runway Wrap Up!

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Despite a timing snafu thanks to hosting bar Brix Tavern's DirecTV being on East Coast time (we had to wait until 10 pm for the season premiere to air for its second time), the Portland Monthly's Project Runway viewing party was well attended last night, with both Portland's prospects, Bryce Black and Becky Ross, in attendance. Things are a little different this season. Twenty designers were selected for the show, but the opening scenes had all of them re-auditioning for Heidi, Tim, and Nina, who cut five from the pack before they had even made it to the Parsons sweatshop. I have no idea what the point of that was, but it did allow for the thrill of seeing Heidi hop up and do a mock runway lap wearing Black's dramatic feather coat. Once back on the familiar track, the designers' first challenge began with a rude 5 am awakening, and marching orders to create a look using only the pajamas on their backs and one bed sheet—a good old fashioned materials-based challenge. I should say also that I've been kind of dragging my feet about the show this season. I'm tired of the same old drill and wary of the ambiguous opportunity it affords regional talents. It reminds me of a kidnapper luring hungry kids to a van with fancy candy. But the crop of designers they've got this time are pretty damn likable. Nobody jumped out as especially obnoxious or stuck up or prone to bullshitty drama (we'll see if that changes after the sleep deprivation kicks in). What's more, Tim, Heidi, and Nina all seem kinda feisty and goofy this season, as opposed to the last, which got to a point where I feel like they were always pissed off and exasperated and making weird, inconsistent calls. Maybe they got raises. Anyway, while I will always put the Portland talent first, I gotta say, I adore Bert Keeter.

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A 57-year-old (who lies and says he's 52) recovering alcoholic with a pedigreed design background working for firms like Bill Blass who turned to drink after several of his loved ones fell victim to AIDS, yet still has a great attitude and gently self-deprecating sense of humor? Keeter is going to drive a hard bargain in the popularity department. It doesn't hurt that he's got mad skills too.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Meet the Contestants: Bryce Black, Becky Ross (and Miss Trinidad-and-Tobago)

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 2:14 PM

I'm steeling myself in preparation for the debut this week of two more Portland contestants on the next season of Project Runway, a show many claim to have sworn off after Gretchen Jones (another Portland export) took home her controversial win. The producers, at least, can't seem to stay away from the local talent pool, though the two they've chosen, Bryce Black and Becky Ross, as recent Art Institute grads, are less ingrained in the Portland scene than the names we're used to seeing plucked. We'll start to know what to make of it on Thursday, when the first episode airs (9 pm on Lifetime). How inarguable is it that the show has jumped the shark? Have they chosen less experienced designers in order to crush the Portland winning streak? These are the questions I ask myself, and will continue to ask every Thursday night (if you'd like to spare yourself, I'll be recapping the episodes here). In the meantime, here's some homework. Watch the intro "home visits" to Ross and Bryce to get to know them a bit better, and—just as a bonus—check out one of their more interesting competitors, Anya Ayoung-Chee, a former Miss Universe Contestant (Miss Trinidad-and-Tobago) who scandalized the pageant community with a girl-boy-girl threesome sex tape. Oh my.

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Your Chances of Owning an Original Helmut Lang Just Got Even Smaller

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Fri, Jul 15, 2011 at 11:14 AM

Clearly I'm not speaking of the modern iteration of Helmut Lang here, but of the original, the man himself, who quit a successful run in the fashion world back in 2005, much to the chagrin of minimalist dressers everywhere. Now it's being reported that Lang is going to use the last of his remaining collection (after giving many of the pieces to designers and museums who aren't going to let you wear them anyway) as materials for a series of 12 stalactite sculptures in "Make It Hard," his upcoming solo show at The Fireplace Project in East Hampton (you can pay your respects from July 22 to August 8th). Wampwamp.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Portland Makes GQ's List of America's Worst-Dressed Cities

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Thu, Jul 14, 2011 at 2:44 PM

We're #36 out of "40." Not that bad if number one is supposed to be the worst of the worst, but it's hard to tell since it stops at #6 (Philadelphia). It's also a remarkably inclusive list, littered with plenty of wildly creative justifications, and its suggestion that "It may be time to plan that move you've been thinking about," doesn't leave many places to move to since everyplace besides Manhattan and Los Angeles appears to be on it unless they too are somewhere below/above Philly (Seattle is #34, Detroit is #31, San Diego is #27, San Francisco is #20, Austin is #18, Atlanta is #17, New Orleans is #12, Brooklyn is #11, Miami is #9, friggin' Maui is #7). So yeah, obviously it's highly flawed. And GQ. Still I appreciated the accompanying explanation next to Portland's listing, which I assumed would just trot out the same outdated "observations."

For the average Portlander in the city's pre-modern era—the 1980s and '90s—social convention dictated what could be worn: outdoor gear with lots of zippers; floppy sandals and thick wool socks; plaid flannel; maybe a Stetson. Anyone who tried to affect an urban look was branded a "Californian." But now, Portland, like, say, China, is no longer a traditional society and its immemorial fashions are being displaced and re-imagined as it's sucked into the vortex of style modernity. The old and the new mix freely; confused, and unencumbered by the rigid aesthetic diktats of village life (shorts + Tevas + raincoat, regardless of weather), they mate promiscuously. The result is an embarrassment of bewildering sartorial neologisms, only to be found in Portland. Under the rain and grey skies, let a thousand style follies bloom. The global and the local have spawned the Portland douche bag: True Religion jeans and rhinestone-laden shirt set off by Oregon staples—cowboy boots and a fleece. At one of the city's most New Yorkian bars, in the Ace Hotel, amid the ranks of identically plaid-shirted and black-framed hipsters, one might glimpse a fully gothed-out, red-headed woman, resplendent in a purple velvet cape and vintage Victorian dress, sitting alone eating French fries—the incongruous, the absurd—is Portland's normal.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Like I Said, But Now It's Official: Two Portland Designers Are on The Next Project Runway

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 3:14 PM

In news we knew weeks ago, and reported here and here, the lineup of the next season of Project Runway (the premiere episode of which airs July 28 on Lifetime) has been officially announced, and it still includes the same two Portland designers we already said it did: Bryce Black and Becky Ross. I said it before and I'll say it again:

It will be interesting to see how Black and Ross fare. Previous competitors from Portland had already dug into their careers and were well known within the local scene. By contrast, Black and Ross' most high-profile appearance was at the recent Art Institute graduate show (although Black's clothing has also been used in Portland Monthly editorials).

I'd tell you to tune in, but I know most of you probably aren't going to, especially after Gretchen Jones (our most recent local winner) "ruined it" last year for so many of the show's (bitter, jealous) fans. But, you don't have to, because I'll be grudgingly devoting my lovely late-summer Thursday nights to watching it for you and returning here to provide weekly recaps full of punch-drunk opinions, extra footage, and probably a fair number of expletives. Smile for the camera:
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In the meantime, check out videos introducing all the designers here.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The 2012 Portland Fashion & Style Awards

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Tue, Jul 5, 2011 at 4:42 PM

Over the weekend a Facebook page appeared for something called the 2012 Portland Fashion & Style Awards, prompting a whole lotta "WTF?" from my friends and associates in the local industry. Upon inspection of the website, it's revealed to be a Semper Fashion production, which let's just say does not inspire a ton of confidence, nor does the fact that the HQ address is in Vancouver. This is apparently happening in January, and until then, you can, if so inclined, vote on a number of categories listed on the web site, including "best designer," "salon," "event," "lifetime achievement," etc. We'll see how this shakes out, but we're watching you PFSA... we're watching you. Behold the mission statement:

We are Portland. We are Fashion & Style. From the City of Roses, the most sustainable city in the nation, home of fashion giants Nike, Jantzen Swinwear, Pendleton Woolen Mills and 3 Project Runway Winners, comes an event who's time has come, The First Annual Portland Fashion and Style Awards. Recognizing the fashion designers, boutiques, salons, models, photographers, make up artists and stylists of the Portland Metro Area and celebrating an industry which reflects our city's artistic and entrepreneurial spirit. Join us in honoring those who help to make Portland beautiful.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Fashion Week's Biggest Bummer

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 1:20 PM

I'm very sorry to say that the subject of this post is Christian Dior designer John Galliano, who is being accused of antisemitism after an incident in a Paris restaurant. He denies it, and is countering with a defamation charge, but a newly discovered video in which he says he loves Hitler, and that "people like you would be dead. Your mothers, your forefathers, would all be fucking gassed." Which is going to make his denial a little bit of a tougher argument to make. Here's what's being claimed:

According to police reports, Mr Galliano told Paris University-educated Ms Bloch: ‘Dirty Jew face, you should be dead’, adding ‘shut your mouth, dirty bitch, I can’t stand your dirty whore voice.’ He then turned his anger on Mr Virgitti, who was himself protesting furiously by this time, and screamed: ‘Fucking Asian bastard, I’ll kill you!’

All of which made things a little uncomfortable for Nicole Kidman and Sharon Stone, who both wore Christian Dior to last night's Oscars. It's also bad timing for Natalie Portman, who is the spokesmodel for the line's new frangrance. She wore Rodarte last night, and there is some speculation that it was a last-minute switch due to the controversy. Oh and one more thing: The people Galliano is alleged to have insulted are not even Jewish.

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Until things get sorted out, Christian Dior has suspended him.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Today in Fashion: Good News and Bad News

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Thu, Jan 13, 2011 at 10:13 AM

First the good news: I was just introduced to the music of nine-year-old Lyrikkal, and in particular her tribute to the flyest colors for princesses of the playground, which are pinkandpurplepinkandpurplepinkandpurple, obviously:

The "bad" news is that the old battle cry against American Apparel ads has been raised again. Judge away for yourself: It's NSFW and after the cut.

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Friday, December 3, 2010

What Models Make

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Fri, Dec 3, 2010 at 10:08 AM

If you've ever fantasized that if you just had the right bone structure you could be living in a luxury loft and jetting around the world on a near-constant basis, well... you're right, you can. But the recent lawsuit filed by Polish supermodel Anna Jagodzinska against her agency, Next (the details of which you can read here) involves the disclosure of some outstanding payments from everyone from Vogue to H&M. And perhaps it's not entirely surprising given the whole "state of the print industry," but jesus Vogue is cheap. FRENCH Vogue, even. (Everything is fancier and more expensive in France, FYI.) $125? That they still haven't paid since April? Shit. Anna Wintour makes $2 million. On the flip, H&M "pays" (albeit with nine- (and counting) month delay), $60k!

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Monday, November 15, 2010

be .Portland

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 10:03 AM

Looks like Portland retail is getting organized:

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3418 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
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2400 East Burnside Street
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I just "liked" them on Facebook. I'm looking forward to seeing what comes of it.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Fashion F*** Ups and Child Reenactments of Project Runway

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Wed, Oct 13, 2010 at 11:25 AM

Looks like fashion woke up on the good humored side of the bed this morning, with two videos going viral (via buzzfeed). In ascending order of amusement, first here's Lauren Conrad tellin' it like it is about "fashion f*** ups" like kitten heels and men in denim cutoffs:

Now for the adorable (and completely accurate) child-reenactment of a Project Runway episode (apologies in advance for the annoying ninja intro):

Monday, October 11, 2010

Karl Lagerfeld's Main Squeeze Baptiste Giabiconi

Posted by Marissa Sullivan on Mon, Oct 11, 2010 at 12:30 PM

Holy hotness, why must the best looking men be gay??? Oh well, I guess it doesn't matter he's WAY out of my league. And honestly the song isn't horrible, sounds like Gaga to me. I wonder if we'll start hearing it here in the States?

Thursday, October 7, 2010

New Gap Logo to World: Stop Making Fun of Me!

Posted by Wm.™ Steven Humphrey on Thu, Oct 7, 2010 at 3:24 PM

As David mentioned yesterday, the new Gap logo is boring and stupid and dumb and stupid.

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The rest of the internet unanimously agreed, causing Gap to furiously backpedal on their Facebook page.

Thanks for everyone’s input on the new logo! We’ve had the same logo for 20+ years, and this is just one of the things we’re changing. We know this logo created a lot of buzz and we’re thrilled to see passionate debates unfolding! So much so we’re asking you to share your designs. We love our version, but we’d like to see other ideas. Stay tuned for details in the next few days on this crowd sourcing project.

You know, this kind of sounds like the Gap is embarrassed they paid a lot of money for a shitty design, and now they want another one… from us… for FREE. But hey, I'm all for "crowd sourcing," so here's my design.

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That'll be $20 million, please. (Hat tips to the Crap Logo Yourself generator!)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Seth Aaron's Solar Paneled LBD

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Wed, Sep 8, 2010 at 2:26 PM

The first look from Seth Aaron's SolarWorld collection for Portland Fashion Week:

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Well?

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

What Courtney Wore Today

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Thu, Jul 15, 2010 at 3:41 PM

I'm not ashamed to admit the degree to which the riot grrrl look influenced my style, beginning in junior high but rippling well beyond. To this day I still have a weak spot for mary janes, for example, though it's been year's since I've been enthusiastic about a run in my stockings. She may not have originated it (Kat Bjelland is said to have beat her to it, though it's a look riddled with references), but I don't think anyone can really argue that she didn't nail the ripped lace/crooked/tiara/red lips/baby barrette thing better than anyone. And though it's been since The People vs. Larry Flynt since I've paid her artistic output any mind, I can't help look at a blog like What Courtney Wore Today. At first glance it looks like something she cooked up herself (the writing is way too uninteresting for that to be the case, though), but she does cooperate with the site, sending them in photos of her daily wardrobe changes. Her new all-designer, all-the-time looks are less groundbreaking than the tatters of yore, but troubles aside I have to admit I still agree with many of her selection choices, particularly in comparison to your average cookie-cut celeb.

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Portland Designer Gretchen Jones to Star on the Next Project Runway?!

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Thu, Jul 15, 2010 at 2:09 PM

Unconfirmed rumors are flying around town (including readers who've written in to ask if we know, not to mention local industry people speculating from the bar stool) that Gretchen Jones of MothLove is one of the competing designers on the upcoming season of Project Runway, debuting Thursday July 29 on Lifetime. That makes the fourth apparel designer to grace the runway patrolled by Heidi Klum and her merry band of fashion insiders. AND it means another upcoming series of Project Runway wrap-ups here on Blogtown!

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Friday, May 7, 2010

The Met Ball

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Fri, May 7, 2010 at 9:22 AM

Hopefully you've all seen the illuminating and surprisingly amusing The September Issue. The maker of that film, RJ Cutler, has posted another two-part doc on Facebook, documenting preparations for the Paul Poiret tribute event of 2007. Oh the joys of event planning. it's worth a watch. Part one here, part two there.

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Project Runway, Wrapped Up!

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Fri, Apr 23, 2010 at 12:08 PM

Last night marked the finale of this season of Project Runway, with our adopted homeboy Seth Aaron competing as one of the three finalists as they presented their final collections at New York Fashion Week. It was splashed all around the internets at the time it was filmed, but it's worth taking a gander at the complete video:

Find out what happened (if you don't already know), here.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Garance Dore's Plus Size Snafu

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Like many, many people who keep an eye on the fashion world, I regularly check in with Garance Doré. The blogger (queen to street fashion blog king The Sartorialist, as ridiculously perfect as that is) is fun to follow because of her access and her photos, but her writing routinely irks me as especially silly, shallow, and flip. Maybe something's lost in the translation, but somehow I doubt it. For some reason I think my breaking point was a February post titled "Blown Away," in which she had just gotten "the Brazilian Blow Out," but when I went back to re-read it and pick out a quote to use as an example I found that it didn't really bother me at all... So anyway, what I mean is that I'm no Garance defender, but I was skeptical about the flack she's getting for her recent comments on the plus sized model presence in the mainstream fashion world. "Fashion Blogger Garance Dore Attacks Plus-Size Trend as Unhealthy, Unflattering" runs the inflammatory headline on StyleList , fashion clothes, but what she actually said first was, "It should not be such a big deal to show women with different bodies, but sometimes it's treated like a bit of joke, or for shock, like the plus-size models on the runway in the UK fashion week."

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She may have had a point, if you look at this image is from a Gaultier show in 2006, though she was taken to be referring to Mark Fast, who embedded larger models within his show without making nearly as much to-do about it:

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And then she had to go and say that, ""It's not such a good thing to show plus-size because it's not really physically healthy and not always flattering to fashion." Oh dear lord. Wasn't she paying attention during Round 1: The Size Zero Model debates?

Friday, April 16, 2010

Project Runway Wrap Up

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Fri, Apr 16, 2010 at 12:47 PM

And then there were three.

Last night's episode of Project Runway was the Tim Gunn house-call episode, in which our neighbor to the north, Seth Aaron, welcomed him to his Vancouver home by way of trampoline. You may need to watch this video twice. Once just to take in that especially alarming hairdo, and then again to concentrate on what he says:

Yeah yeah yeah, he's doing fine. The real nitty gritty was the standoff between Jay and Mila, who had to show three looks each from their Fashion Week collections, and one of them got the boot. See who said goodbye after the break.

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