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The top ten biggest offenders from AOTL with Joe Zee, season one

Article: The top ten biggest offenders from AOTL with Joe Zee, season one

With everyone in a serious tizzy over the Friday night premiere of season two of All on the Line with Joe Zee, I realize that some readers may not have caught the epic dose of reality that was season one. Luckily, you can watch the entire season on iTunes for $20.What else are you going to do this week in between bouts of turkey-induced stupor? And watching Joe dole out tough love to struggling designers is as addictive as tryptophan is soporific. I got a sneak peek of season two last week and I’m dying to see the rest of the designers that get sent under the gauntlet…

KARA JANX – REALITY STAR, REDISCOVERED – Tonight at 10p EST!

Article: KARA JANX – REALITY STAR, REDISCOVERED – Tonight at 10p EST!

I could lie and say there were many abstract reasons that led me to wanting to work with Kara Janx but I will be upfront and honest with you. I wanted to meet this Season 2 Project Runway alum, one who had no problem speaking her mind or dealing with confrontation. I wanted to meet the woman who infamously said “she would snip off a contestant’s pee-pee if he got in her way”. Ouch! She is, in short, the one designer I worked with this season, whom I would not want to encounter in a dark alley with those castrating scissors. But of course, I did also want to work with Kara because I realized her true potential while watching her on Project Runway.

The Transformation Begins – Radenroro: Tonight at 10p EST!

Article: The Transformation Begins – Radenroro: Tonight at 10p EST!

Most weeks, the mail arrives at my office in large foam cartons, usually filled with lookbooks of every variety: large and spiral-bound; small and stapled, or even loose pictures in an envelope. You can only imagine how many collections I see each year.

Most of these are designers I’ve never heard of, but are begging to be discovered. That could be said of a certain lookbook I saw, one day at my desk, from the label, Radenroro. I was intrigued by – yes, the name – but more the art direction and image of the lookbook and some of the clothes in it, but most of it just looked unmemorable to me. In fact, I remember remarking to Keith Pollock, a good friend and the Editorial Director of Elle.com, that I could see girls shopping and wanting SOME of these clothes but not most of it.

Luxury gas cans

Article: Luxury gas cans

Death Spray Custom designed gas cans for the label whore arsonist who has everything. [Via]

Gifts to Paul Smith from his secret fan

Article: Gifts to Paul Smith from his secret fan

I find this slightly creepy and completely fascinating: For the past 20 or so years, an anonymous person from the United States has been sending designer Paul Smith various whimsical and slightly vintage bric-a-brac. S/he doesn’t package it in a box. Instead the requisite number of postage stamps are stuck to the item and mailed…

Chris Rubino for Ace Hotel

Article: Chris Rubino for Ace Hotel

Ace Hotel x Chris Rubino from Jim Helton on Vimeo. Artist and illustrator Chris Rubino (whose resume is as diverse as it is impressive) recently finished a series of four canvases commissioned by the newly opened Ace Hotel in NY. A video directed by Jim Helton documents the month-long process with music by Big Blood. Whether…

Rock solid

Article: Rock solid

Can’t manage a designer overhaul on your wardrobe this season? How about just one piece that will add spark to even the simplest of ensembles? Cue Christine J. Brandt, whose creations are more wearable art than they are jewelry. Brandt’s necklaces, rings, and cuffs have been featured in more than sixty magazines and were chosen…