Rachel Zoe returns for Season 2

The LA Times announced today that The Rachel Zoe Project will be returning for a second season.

The LA Times says:

Production has not yet begun, but expect new episodes of “Rachel Zoe,” produced by Original Media, to air in mid-2009.

No word yet on whether on-and-off-again rivals Brad and Taylor will be back, but as of October, when I last spoke to Zoe, both were still happily employed.

As much as it pained me to watch the show, I’d rather see Rachel Zoe return than a show like Stylista get renewed. Too bad they’re on competing networks and are both likely to come back in 2009. Maybe this season Rachel will actually use her knowledge for good and take some of those tips she offers on Piperlime and incorporate them into her show.

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December 4, 2008 at 10:18 am 3 comments

Another sign of the (New York) Times

American auto makers aren’t the only one’s being slammed by the economy. The luxury market is feeling the pain of the recession too– big time. In the New York Times today was yet another article detailing deep discounts at luxury stores like Bergdorf’s and Sak’s. 

The article prompts fashionistas to think critically about their purchases– and, the cost of fashion.

What seems inevitable is that the pain will worsen as the price reductions provoke questions among consumers of how stratospheric profits must have been when the economy was riding high. How great, really, was the surcharge to consumers for participating in fashion fantasy?

Sure, anyone who’s willing to shell out $1,200 for a Marc Jacobs handbag knows that they’re paying for the name and bragging rights, but the New York Times has a valid point: how much is too much? Believe me, I’m the last person to say the recession is good for the economy– in the next week, I’m likely to become a statistic myself as I’ll probably be laid off from my job, but perhaps the recession is good for sanity. 

As much as it pains me to say it (mostly because I’ve had my eye on the Marc Jacob’s Blake bag and a Hermes Birkin bag for god knows how long), but maybe we don’t all need couture handbags and accessories. 

Ha, who am I kidding. We never needed them. We all just wanted them. The recession will just keep our wants in check, ensuring they remain dreams and fantasies instead of expensive realities. 

In the meantime, if you happen to have endless pockets, be sure to hit up some of your local luxury stores– there are some pretty excellent sales going on, and from the looks of it, now is the time to grab that pair of Louboutin’s before you really can’t afford them.

December 3, 2008 at 8:38 pm 2 comments

The economy & shopping

red_hermes_birkin_handbagWith the economy in a downward spiral, it’s hard to not want to (or have to) reel in your spending just a bit. However, an article in the Guardian about “stealth shopping” caught me by surprise– luxury goods shoppers aren’t hitting retail stores the way they used to. That part isn’t the shocker. What is, is the fact that luxury purveyors are doing more of their shopping online, and sites like Net-a-Porter are catering to their fiscal “modesty” by shipping in brown paper instead of flashy boxes.

This comes in contrast to New York Magazine’s article last week about “It” bags becoming “embarrassing” and investors projecting a decrease in the consumption and purchase of luxury goods like handbags. To that, I say pish-posh.

I agree it may become taboo to spend ridiculous amounts of money on frivolous items (and yes, to some, handbags are frivolous items), but in all honesty, people who could legitimately afford a Birkin bag pre-recession probably don’t have to worry too much about cutting back on “staples” like classic leather goods and shoes. Sure, flashy Louis Vuitton bags or the latest Gucci Tattoo Heart collection is likely to suffer, but classics like the Birkin? Probably not.

If you have the cash to shell out for a Birkin or a Kelly in the first place, you’re not likely to let it go now that you’ve already waited for the bag and shelled out the dough.

December 2, 2008 at 6:18 pm 1 comment

Models, Stylists, catch-up, oh-my!

So it’s been a while since I’ve posted here, and I apologize. Life has been a trifle bit hectic and I just realized I never even posted about the season finale of America’s Next Top Model. So, let’s dive right in.

ANTM: Sigh, big surprise, it came down to McKey and someone else. Even bigger surprise? McKey won. (Can you sense the sarcasm?) Yes, I get that she has a unique look, and yes, I get that she’s the only one who has been fairly consistent throughout the show, but I can’t help but want someone else to win. Anyone else to win. Ok, maybe not anyone else– but you get the idea.

I think the part of the show that really irked me was the fact that at the end, they threw in the fact that she’s been modeling for years. I suppose it’s my own naivety to think that all of these girls are relative rookies and have little to no formal training as models (I prefer to think of all “reality TV” contestants as “raw” as opposed to what they really are– pseudo-actors), but I felt especially duped to find out about McKey’s training in the final moments of the FINAL episode of the season. Way to try to sway your audience, ANTM.

As far as I’m concerned, unless next season’s models are complete and utter trainwrecks, or Janice Dickinson comes back, ANTM won’t have a place in my TiVo. Farewell, Tyra. Your insane antics were fun… sorta.

danielle_1Stylista: I caught another episode of Stylista this past week and can’t help but cheer for Danielle, the girl who got the boot. For those of you vaguely familiar with the show, she was the “visual merchandiser” who brought up her weight all throughout the episode, “It’s All About Who You Know.” I’m all for rockin’ what you’ve got, but IMO, Danielle’s “freak out” when she was forced to pick something from the Elle closet to wear to the party was completely self-inflicted. If you’re unhappy with how you look, or feel uncomfortable, or other people are making you feel uncomfortable, go with the easy alternative– handbags and shoes. Grab and go, and get on with your life. Besides, who doesn’t love a great pair of shoes? 🙂

Weight issues and unnecessary drama aside, if I was Anne, I don’t think I’d hire any of these kids. Well, maybe Johanna. None of them seem to know their way around a layout, let alone a fashion house and it just seems like a death wish. Honestly, when I was in junior high in journalism/yearbook I could pull together a better looking page layout than what these kids are doing, and they supposedly have an “eye for design.”

Give me a break. Stylista just seems like yet another television scam adept at mocking fashion and publishing. Maybe one day someone will come up with a show that actually features smart people who know their shit. Oh wait, that wouldn’t be any fun to watch, and, would be called the real world. Sigh.

Demarchelier/ Glamour Magazine

Demarchelier/ Glamour Magazine

Britney Spears: Britney Spears has returned. I’m not going to pretend that I don’t adore her, but yay! I’m so happy that Britney at least looks healthy, though in MTV’s recent Brit documentary I couldn’t help but think that there was a special kind of sadness tucked away behind her eyes.

Britney’s team has been on a mad don’t-call-it-a-comeback media-blitz– hitting European media outlets, news magazines, Rolling Stone, and today on her 27th birthday, Britney performed on Good Morning America.

If you didn’t see her “Circus” acts on Good Morning America this morning she’s looking much better, but I hope the high-waisted hot-pants that she’s wearing as a part of her ringleader gettup doesn’t become a trend. Katy Perry already tried, and so did Madonna and thankfully neither of their influences have stretched further than the “costume” category, but Britney tends to have (or had) mass appeal… let’s hope fans opt for the super chic look of Brit Brit on this month’s Glamour instead of the three ring approach.

December 2, 2008 at 5:48 pm Leave a comment

ANTM: “Good Times & Windmills”

antm-final-3Sigh. Marjorie is gone.

Though I’m saddened by our loss, I’m comforted by the fact that she was totally and completely off her rocker in this last episode, drunk, disorderly, and awkwardly cocky.

What on earth happened to the sheepish and modest girl who we all loved and adored? Clearly all of our positive thoughts, urging her to “come out of her shell” were just a touch too strong and caused her to hit the bottle (and the bath tub with the boys), a bit hard.  

So now we’re down to the final three: McKey, Analeigh, and Samantha (the girl who I literally have to pause to remember the name of). 

I’d be willing to put money on it that the final two will be McKey and Analeigh– Samantha is just too blah to be what Tyra’s looking for, even if she does have the “perfect mouth.” Even when she’s done up, I can’t help but see “soccer mom” and Colgate ad. Whereas Analeigh and McKey just seem so much more versatile. 

Hands down I’m rooting for Analeigh, but I’d also be willing to bet that McKey is going to come out on top. Something just tells me that Tyra and the rest of the judges have a soft spot for the boxer gone model.

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what next week and the pink runways have to bring.

November 12, 2008 at 11:08 pm Leave a comment

ANTM: “The Final Five”

Since we’re down to the final five, I figured it’s only fitting to break down each of the remaining models, based on their personality and performance. Each of these assessments are independent of tonight’s episode.

Let’s start with my least favorite: Elina.

America's Next Top ModelElina, Elina, Elina. Oh, how you remind me of a pseudo Megan Fox or Angelina Jolie. I’m so over your tired antics, your tattooed arms and body, and your cocky ways. If you actually tried, you not only have the potential to be good, BUT, you also might be a little more tolerable. Instead, you mope around and blame your obnoxious tendencies on being European, or a rebel, or expressing yourself, or whatever it is that’s your excuse du jour, and coast through. You should have been gone weeks ago.

America's Next Top ModelBut don’t, worry, Elina, i’s not just you that I dislike. I’m also quite over you, McKey, but am much more willing to let your “antics” slide because you have more talent than Elina and are typically less obnoxious. Yes, sometimes your mouth confuses me. It’s just so wide and prominent, and when they slap on red or wine lipstick on you, with your pale skin and your black hair, I just become captivated. And no, in this case, that’s NOT a good thing

America's Next Top ModelAnd then there’s Samantha, the girl I forget exists. You’re so completely commercial that it’s almost delightful. If the show was based solely on the ability to sell Crest White Strips and jeans, you’d have it in the bag. Sadly for you, it’s not. Most days you sneak by completely unnoticed, and I have a feeling the judges feel the same way I do. Occasionally, you take a kickass photo and that resonates long enough in the viewer or panel member’s mind to keep you around for a phase or two, and you coast by on your mediocre photos and in your mom outfits. But Samantha, my dear, step it up. This might cut it if you wanted to be homecoming queen or if you were pledging a sorority, but you’ve got to find some spunk if you want to pull it out and win.

America's Next Top ModelAhh, Marjorie. For so long, you were my favorite. You, and your awkward, hunchback ways. Your mousy demeanor was endearing and I was certain we’d get to witness you evolve as a human and as a model. By the end of the season I imagined a glorious, more confident model who had spunk and confidence, and did it with pride. And then there’s reality. In all honesty, Marjorie may have progressed as a model, but it’s only because she learned to embrace her humped back and timid stance. As a person? She’s in the exact same boat as she was week 1 when Mr and Ms J(ay) donned their silver space suits and scared the bejesuses out of all of the models. Marjorie, when you find your confidence, come find fashion, and you’ll go far.

America's Next Top ModelWhich leaves us with Analeigh— the girl-next-door beauty who can photograph amazingly well. Sure, she’s had some crappy photos, but the girl can take a critique well. From day one, the team thought that she’d be a sure bet with her ice skating background, but as we learned in last week’s episode, Analeigh said that this typically brings her down. No matter how she finds her stride (no pun intended), I’m glad she does because the girl has spunk. She’s dedicated and cute, and can work it– from both a commercial and a couture perspective. If I was on the panel, she’d be my bet.

And now for the results…

Shocking moment of the night? Elina is 18. The only time the girl has looked 18 is when she screamed.

Kudos of the night are definitely owed to Samantha, who’s photo looked exactly like a Calvin Klein ad campaign. Nicely done.

I’m so glad Elina got the boot… it’s about time. I just hope that Marjorie actually listens to Tyra’s advice, because she was right– she needs to be more confident if she’s ever going to make it in the modeling world.

November 5, 2008 at 9:35 pm Leave a comment

Obama Wins– Michelle’s Dress Loses

What a historic night. Obama wins the election and for the first time in a long while, things seem a little bit brighter. Maybe it’s because of the politics, or maybe, it’s because of the lime-y chartreuse outfit Jill Biden wore.

No matter what you think, it’s hard to not agree that in the world of fashion, both Jill and Michelle took risks last night with their outfits. Let’s start with Michelle’s dress, which clearly just had tooObamas much going on. The dress itself was designed by Narciso Rodriguez, who typically makes women look gorgeous. Last night? Not so much. The mix between the super shiny satin and silk created an interesting contrast in lustre on the dress, which would have been great, if it wasn’t also joined by what looked like a huge, red paint splatter across her midsection.

The red might have been fine had it stopped at the empire waist and not continued downward. It’s the speckled mess towards Michelle’s knees that just screams “no!” Whoever did dress Michelle, Barack, and the kids was definitely going for a “cohesive” approach, as the four coordinated well in red and black. Too bad the stylist didn’t pick something better for the future first lady.

Michelle Obama and Jill BidenMoving onto Jill, her ensemble was fine, but bold. Together, Michelle and Jill reminded me vaguely of rotten ketchup and mustard, prancing out on a stage. Perhaps they both should have gone for a more subdued look that caused them to compliment rather than contrast.

Across the aisle, Sarah Palin and Cindy McCain were a different story. SarahPalin Mccain looked fantastic in a silk blend sash-tie suit in a royal blue, and Cindy in a gold suit that complimented her hair. However, I have a feeling that up close and personal, the gold clashed a bit with her fair skin tone, but regardless, from afar, she photographed well in it.

No matter what your political preference is, it’s easy to see that the next four years will bring plenty to talk about– whether it’s about the policy itself, or about the fashion, there’s bound to be a discussion brewing.

Fashion Obamas Outfits

Update: here’s Narciso Rodriguez’s runway version of Michelle Obama’s dress. The dress, which works on the pencil thin model, looks drastically different on the curvy and natural Michelle Obama. Additionally, in the runway version, the red splatter starts higher up on the torso, and ends at the hip, instead of the midpoint of the thigh, creating a more defined, pencil shaped figure.

Want to see what other people are saying? Check out some of the comments on Yahoo!’s OMG!



November 5, 2008 at 1:54 pm Leave a comment

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