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Friday, October 17, 2008

sequined speedos?

I've been watching the first season of Project Catwalk, the UK version of Project Runway. One of the judges was particularly nasty: Julien McDonald (pictured here with the finalists). The man described as 'Britain's top designer' was a right bastard pretty much all the way through. Some of his insults include:

It's probably one of the most horrendous things I've ever seen in my life...It's terribly made, it's ugly, it's unflattering to the female figure...

It does nothing for your model. It looks like a...sausage really.

I hate this dress. You look frumpy in it.

This, it's so boring. It's bland. It looks like a white sack. It's really, really bad.

It looks like your model has eaten a couture gown and then been sick all over it.

Put this jacket where it belongs - in the bin - and focus on things that you're good at.

Now after listening to this top designer grind the contestants into dust on the catwalk, I was pretty excited to learn that in the last episode we would get to see part of his London fashion week show. He must be brilliant, right?

Wrong. This is a screenshot from the show. Not everything in the show was horrible, but there were some truly ugly pieces, and the collection as a whole was not very coherant. I liked the final collection from every one of the three finalists (Deb, Matthew, Kirsty) better than Julien's collection.

You're thinking those speedos are pretty colourful, yeah? Well check out the back of them. If that was a costume for Sydney Mardi Gras I'd be nodding in agreement, but no, it was a 'fashion' piece. I mean the fact that he was making a fashion piece of a pair of budgie smugglers says it all really.

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