Artist Lisa Hanawalt did us a solid with her set of sketches and quirky observations about this season of “The Bachelor.” Unlike me, she turned her deep shame about watching the show into art. And the result is far more entertaining than the show could ever have aspired to be. Ugh. Ben was such a turd. But, turns out, his hair is inspiring. Click through to see a few of my favorite pages from Lisa’s “Bachelor” sketchbook. All words and images by Lisa Hanawalt. I may even buy myself a print. She’s selling them on her website! [NY Mag.com]
I wasn’t really planning to watch “Fashion Star,” NBC’s new fashion design competition, but I just moved into a new apartment and turned on the TV to keep me company while I was unpacking boxes of books last night. “Fashion Star” happened to be on, and daaaaaaaaamn did I get sucked in. By the end of the hour, I was cheering and gasping and yelling “No deal!” even though that catchphrase has nothing to do with this show. After the jump, check out my list of the good, the bad, and the WTF of the “Fashion Star” premiere… Keep reading »
As a fan of reality TV competition shows, I always, without fail, root for the villain. The villain is usually the smartest and most strategic, attributes that entertain and impress me far more than physical strength or niceness. Stick me in front of an episode of any reality TV show and I will be cheering for the Richard Hatch of the group, the person 10 steps ahead of the others who are too busy braiding each other’s hair to notice.
That’s why I am such a big fan of Courtney, the mean-spirited model on this season of “The Bachelor.” Because even though she ‘s fond of using dated catchphrases like “Winning!”, Courtney is the only one who seems to recognize that after 16 seasons (plus an additional eight of “The Bachelorette”) of final roses, failed engagements and broken hearts, “The Bachelor” is a competition and that winning very rarely results in finding true, lasting love. As a result, Courtney has played “The Bachelor” game with very little regard for the actual “prize” in the end, and watching her has been a master class in manipulating a man. Here’s how she’s done it. Keep reading »
Stylist-to-the-stars June Ambrose debuts her new reality show, “Styled By June,” on VH1 on March 19, and she seems considerably less awful than Rachel Zoe. In the past, she’s styled muckety-mucks like Jay-Z, but I’m not sure why we’re supposed to care about her “star clients” Mischa Barton, Da Brat, Shanna Moakler, and Jaleel White (aka Urkel). Rachel Zoe had A-listers like Anne Hathaway and Demi Moore on her show, just saying. But at least, unlike Rachel, who just hammers that boho-chic thing over and over and over again, June Ambrose is super-quirky. She wears both a bowler hat and a top hat in this one trailer.
It’s probably basically the same show, though. Whatever, I’ll watch this. [Essence]
Bristol Palin will not go gently into that good night: the country’s most famous teenage mom will be starring on a Lifetime reality show set to air later this year. “Life’s A Tripp” — as in Tripp, her toddler son with baby daddy Levi Johnston — is not the same reality show for the BIO network that Bristol filmed in Los Angeles during 2011 with her “Dancing With The Stars” co-star, Kyle Massey. That show, according to a BIO press release, would have “follow[ed] Bristol Palin’s move from Alaska to Los Angeles with her son, Tripp, to work at a small charity in need while living with her good friends Chris and Kyle Massey.” Lifetime’s 10-episode “Life’s A Tripp” stars Bristol in Alaska and will focus on her life, her siblings and (duh) her famous mama. Keep reading »
I’m not saying Rihanna’s got bad style, but she’s certainly had her fair share of total, uh, fashion mistakes. So it’s interesting that she’s decided to enter the realm of reality fashion television with a new British design competition show. Then again, the new, as-yet-unnamed show is focused on creating outlandish and extreme outfits for pop stars and celebrities. And considering how much Rihanna likes touching her crotch, and wearing practically nothing (or skimpy outfits seemingly made of fake nails and Chicklets), she probably knows a thing or two about designing wild clothes.
Sadly, Rihanna won’t be hosting the show, but she is set to play a heavy role in casting and producing, and will make several appearances throughout the season. Brit singer Nicola Roberts of the band Girls Aloud is set to host. And the contest winner? Well, they get to design an outfit for Ms. Rihanna herself to wear during a Hyde Park concert in London next summer. [NYMag.com]