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TV Preview: Project Runway Threads S1.Ep.8 (finale)

The season finale of the latest Project Runway spin-off Threads airs Thursday, December 18 at 10 pm. The show features teenage designers. This week: Zoe; Christopher; Mady.

Each episode features a challenge and a “surprise door twist” which involves creating a second design. The second designs adds pressure these teens don’t need. There’s already not enough time for one design. During the opening “show us your style” challenge, the winner receives some sort of advantage in the main challenge. It’s varied each episode as if they don’t know what works and what doesn’t as if they’re making things up as the show goes on and maybe they are. Some advantages: stopping your competitors; stealing your competitor’s assistant; a half-hour jump-start. this week the winner receives a consultation with designer Christian Siriano, one of the show’s judges. Host Vanessa Simmons still seems uncomfortable.

Has this show been renewed yet? It must be hanging by a thread.

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TV review: Project Runway: Threads

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A fashion design competition for teens and tweens. Good idea. Airing it at 10:30pm on a Thursday night. Bad idea. Most people do DVR these days but shows like Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder and even Project Runway get a lot of mileage out of tweeting and social media. I’m not sure if tweeting is big among teens and tweens but I’m sure Facebook is and why have them all watch the show later and then discuss later. Not many teens and tweens can stay up until 10:30 to watch television when they have to get up for school the next day.

Cambria designs a look with her Dad as assistant

Cambria designs a look with her Dad as assistant

Each week, three fashion protegees/designers compete for a $250,000 prize package. Each child has an adult assistant. In the first episode, the designers had to create a red carpet look that shows off their style. Then they’re given a “surprise door twist” and have to create a second street style design. It’s a lot for these youngsters. The designers are Bradford, 13, from Birmingham, Ala; Cambria, 12, from Calif.; and Kenzie, 12, from Portland, Ore. Kenzie says she travels to “exotic” places two times a year and loves Europeans cities like Paris and London. A month before coming to the completion, savvy Cambria taught her dad to sew so he could be her helper. Bradford’s mom doesn’t sew.

designs by Bradford

designs by Bradford

designs by Cambria

designs by Cambria

designs by Kenzie

designs by Kenzie

The first episode’s a bit rough and hopefully everything will smooth out in future episodes. Vanessa Simmons– daughter to Reverend Joseph Simmons [Run DMC], niece to mogul Russell Simmons and the founder of a fashion and shoe line– hosts. Is she a fashion designer because she likes clothes and her parents bankrolled her start? She has zero fashion school education or college education. She’s listed as a model/actress and worth millions due to her famous father. She’s not great. She’s very stiff.

host Vanessa Simmons

host Vanessa Simmons

One judge is Christian Siriano, the youngest winner of Project Runway and a successful designer. He’s not as charming as Zac Posen or some other Project Runway designers. In 2014, it’s fast and loose how to become an expert or be labeled an expert at something, so in that vein, another judge is YouTube “style guru” [she has 2.5 million subscribers!] Ingrid Nilsen. If you can become popular on YouTube you’re an expert. Seventeen Fashion Division and Accessories editor Jasmine Snow will be on the judging panel. Seventeen magazine Fashion Director Gina Kelly is another judge when Snow isn’t there. There’ll also be rotating celebrity judges and for the first episode it’s Jaime King.

Threads judges

Threads judges

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book review: Fierce Style

Fierce Style

Title: Fierce Style: How to Be Your Most Fabulous Self
Author: Christian Siriano
ISBN: 978-0446546010
Pages: 256 (hardcover)
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (October 5, 2009)
Category: beauty and fashion
Review source: Hatchette Book Group
Rating: 2.5/5

Because that, my divas, is what it means to have fierce style—inside and out. It’s feeling fabulous about yourself, feeling strong, independent, and confident in what you do (all while looking totally ferosh, of course!) It’s about making things happen and tackling one challenge after the next. My hope is that you will find something in the following pages, whether it’s about clothes or something else, something that inspires you to be fierce yourself. Big or small, silly or serious, I hope you take away some inspiration.

On Season 8 of Project Runway, the zebra snapping, skinny jean and vest clad tiny bundle of energy Christian Siriano became the youngest winner. The designer spent tons of time [and hairspray!] on his updated Flock of Seagulls-style hair, always had something to say about everyone and everything on the show and exuded oodles of confidence. Christian knew his fashion and loved every minute of it: that was evident from the first show. He overused the word fierce [ I began to question Tyra Banks’s trademark rights to the word but it never came up on the shows or outside in any media discussions). Now Christian dresses such celebs as Victoria Beckham, Heidi Klum, Whoopi Goldberg and sells his clothing line at Bluefly.com.

Lucky for his fans [and maybe a few people who lack mirrors or haven’t progressed beyond their high school looks], Christian has decided that the world needs to know the inside dish on what he thinks is fabulous and how every woman can look fierce. Most of the items in Fierce Style read like Elle or Marie Claire articles [stop me if you’ve read this one before] or the manual for TLC’s What Not to Wear or Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style. Or even going all the way back to Queer Eye for the Straight Guy [oh sometimes I truly miss those men and that show!].

In the Fierce Style introduction, Project Runway mentor Tim Gunn writes glowingly of Christian: From the onset of his time on Runway, it was nothing but “wow” moments. It was the ambitiousness of his ideas and his deft ability to execute them. I would see his sketches and think, “How is this going to happen?” And shortly I learned, well, it is going to happen. And it’s going to happen consistently. There’s exuberance in his designs—nothing is ever a basic silhouette. It’s all about the details. And he takes enormous risks. What I love about risk taking is that it is how great work comes about—greatness doesn’t come from playing it safe.

That’s why to me, Christian epitomizes a fashion designer as opposed to a clothing designer.

Scattered throughout the book is the Fearless Tip. [Fierce Style also list’s Fearless Celebrity Tips and we know that they are in touch with real people.]

Here are a few:

–Thinking back on your interests as a kid can be a great starting place for developing your look today.

–It’s important to look to the present. Pop culture and your current interests can impact your fashion sense today.

-It’s better to have one amazing real piece that will last forever than a thousand fakes, no matter how authentic they may look. [Every Today Show fashion segment guest states this.]

–Remember—style isn’t always about being eccentric or crazy.

–Take your focus away from the negative and focus on what’s positive and what’s fabulous. The more you do that, the more fierce you will feel!

Other fierce and ferosh tips that Christian describes in the book:

10 things not to wear if you want to be fabulous

  1. wire frame glasses
  2. UGG boots [I don’t care, I like mine]
  3. flip-flops [kudos on calling out THIS HUGE fashion faux pas]
  4. shapeless jeans
  5. sweatpants
  6. hoodies
  7. big logos
  8. baseball hats [agreed!]
  9. fabric band watches
  10. polyester fabrics

Christian’s Daily Bag Must-Haves [did Nina Garcia approve this?]

–cell phone [oh, really?]

–wallet [come on, Christian]

–oversized planner [no we just use our iPhone or Blackberry or Palm Pilot for that]

–A can of hair spray [a can? Good-bye Ozone]

–Bronzer [yuk]

Top 10 Dream Pieces [Christian’s editor must have reminded him that the U.S. is in a recession and has an unemployment rate of 10% because he goes on to talk about Nine West, Target, Payless and a few other “bargain” places]

  1. Burberry trench coat
  2. A big, fun Marc Jacobs bag
  3. A classic black leather bag by Yves Saint Laurent
  4. A Marni accessory [don’t know who that is]
  5. Edgy heels by Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Marni, or Proenza Schouler]
  6. Classic stiletto heels by Louboutin, Manolo, or Jimmy Choo
  7. Chloe boots
  8. A Prada suitcase
  9. A pair of classic black Wolford tights
  10. A Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress-preferably a print

My Fierce Favorite [writer’s note: I chose what stood out for me]

Food—Subway, Yodels, Frozen veggie burgers

Music—Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Rihanna

Movies—Glitter, The Devil Wears Prada, The Bourne Series [someone has a crush on Matt Damon!]

TV Shows– Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Full House, Saved by the Bell

Although Christian throws in some interesting biographical information– He started worked at an Orange Julius at age 13 [is that legal?] in Annapolis, Maryland and moved on to Bubbles, a beauty salon. He interned in London then for Vivienne Westwood and after her, Alexander McQueen [no wonder he had so much confidence on the show. He may have been young but he had plenty of real-world experience]– Fierce Style is all over the map and rather tired. You know how magazines recycle the same story ideas? Most seem to be in this book. It would have been better as solely a  unique style manual or as a fun book on Christian’s rise to fame. Fierce Style is a beautiful looking, coffee-table kind of book. I wanted it to be fun and rich with fresh and special ideas. Unfortunately, Christian failed to reveal any new tips in these pages.

 

 

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