Archive: October 2009 (1-8 of 8)

'Project Runway Talk': Epperson dishes on dubious judging ... and Lindsay Lohan!

Glug, glug, glug. Yep, I’m still trying to drink my pain away over last night’s stupid evil moronic maddening ouster of Epperson on Project Runway. Luckily, Dalton Ross was game for a little imbibing as well. So this morning, we threw our very own Oktoberfest in his office. And just as we were filling our beer steins to the brim, who should pop by but the classy, gentlemanly, and (who knew?) funny Epperson. Check out what the terrifically talented designer had to say about his elimination, this season’s ridonkulous judging, and how he might have brought more of the catty, had he known that’s how Runway rolls. Prost!

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'Survivor Talk': Yasmin dishes on her blow-up with Ben

You know that anyone who dares to play Survivor in high heels is a very special lady indeed. And Yasmin Giles is that lady. The outspoken hairstylist shows off her gift of gab in the latest edition of Survivor Talk. Special guest Stephen Fishbach (runner-up of Survivor: Tocantins) joins Josh Wolk and me as we grill Yasmin all about her absurdly bizarre motivational speech to the Foa Foa tribe, her curious strategy of doing absolutely nothing around camp, and, of course, her big post-challenge blow-up with Ben. Has she forgiven the outspoken bartender? And what was her time like with Ben in the Survivor: Samoa contestant quarters they were both sent to after being kicked out of the game? (One word — AWKWARD!) Click on the two-part video below to get the full scoop straight from the source.

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'Glee' yellow dresses: Costume designer Lou Eyrich tells all


After EW‘s Style Hunter received more emails than we could count about the yellow dresses from this week’s episode of Glee, we thought we’d go straight to the source, Glee‘s costume designer, Lou Eyrich, for the answer. Eyrich talked to us about the outfits for the “Halo”/”Walking on Sunshine” mash up, her go-to shops for the show, and who her favorite character is to dress.

(By the way, to answer the many questions we got about Rachel and Quinn’s dresses: Rachel’s is by Shoshanna and Quinn’s is by Calvin Klein, but sadly, neither is available anymore.)

What was the style inspiration for the yellow dresses?

Rachel starts out with a line about wanting to contrast with the boys singing a song about the dark times. She wants sunshine and “Halo,” so that’s why we chose yellow. Our goal was to find ones that were flattering, easy to move in since they had kicks and jumps, and sweet, youthful, and happy. We could’ve just made them and had them all the same, but we liked that they each had their own character in their dress. Quinn’s was sweet and angelic, and Rachel’s was fun and youthful, and a little more prim. We actually added cap sleeves to Rachel’s dress to make it more youthful. Tina’s was Betsey Johnson but it was white, so we dyed it yellow. For Mercedes, we made hers because she looks really good in a halter and we couldn’t find what we wanted in the perfect yellow. Brittany’s was Kimchi Blue and Santana’s was BCBG Max Azria. This is the first time you’ve seen Santana not wearing her cheerleader uniform.

Which stores do you like to shop at for the show?

We shop at Urban Outfitters and Anthropolgie a lot!

Do you have favorite brands for each actor?

It’s more about where each character would shop. Quinn is very proper and sweet. Even though she’s a popular cheerleader, we’re playing it up like she has all the money and wears all the latest trends. We shop at Anthropolgie for her a lot because they have that cute, slightly vintage look.

Rachel has such a unique style. What’s the inspiration behind her look?

Originally, it was Tracy Flick from Election — very buttoned-down, preppy, obnoxious, squeaky clean, nerdy. But she’s got at least 12 costume changes each episode. That same look all the time just gets boring for the screen and for the actress to wear, so we spread it out a lot. We try to have her buttoned-up or wearing a nerdy sweater over a cute dress, like she doesn’t quite get it right. Or she takes that sweater and tucks it into the skirt and pairs it with knee highs and flats. She makes it her way, which is more quirky. The popular girls find a way to make it look cool, but Rachel makes it look nerdy. But it’s not old-school nerdy with thick glasses and pocket protectors. She thinks she’s taking a trend and making it cool, but she wears it wrong.

Do you have a favorite character to dress?

I was going to say Emma is the most fun, but that’s only because I personally love that style of clothing. (Check PopWatch next week for more with Eyrich on Emma’s fashion.) So, not really a favorite. It’s really fun and a challenge to keep each character separate in their own look. Tina is so much fun to dress. I love finding different goth-geek stuff without making her too cool since she is in the glee club.

Is there a character who’s difficult to dress?

It’s a little difficult with the jock look because there’s such little variety. I try to keep it really simple: Abercrombie, Gap, J. Crew, Urban Outfitters. They’re jocks and they’re not driven by fashion the way girls can be. They don’t really care how they look. Half the time they wear whatever they can get off the floor. Typical boys! We try to make it look real and not too catalogue or made for TV.

What’s your favorite episode so far?

“Preggers”! The whole thing just cracks me up.

Photo: Michael Yarish/Fox

Rachel Zoe (officially) debuts her QVC line

I never thought I’d find myself watching QVC (except when Joel McHale pokes fun at it on The Soup), but there I was watching the shopping channel intently this afternoon to see Rachel Zoe, Hollwood stylist and star of Bravo’s The Rachel Zoe Project, unveil her accessories line.

Not surprisingly, the line is filled with signature RZ fabrics and styles — faux fur, faux leather, sequins, and plenty of statement jewelry.

Photos of some of the items leaked in early September, but seeing those pics was nothing compared to watching Zoe on TV just “dying” over everything. If it were anyone else hawking their products, I would’ve been turned off by the gushing, but Zoe is a proven fashion lover, so it seems more genuine.

Of all her creations, Zoe was most bananas over the jewelry. Some of the pieces are fun, but overall, it’s a lot of yellow gold and clinking that’s not really my thing. Though I have to say, I totally want the sequined knit beret in black — like the one she wears on the show, but much cheaper at $26! I once saw Zoe standing outside the Waverly Inn in New York City, wearing said beret, and it was fab-u-lous.

As for the rest of the line, which includes a lot of coats and scarves, I can only think of a few people who can pull off a faux-fur toggle coat with a wing collar, but clearly demand is beating supply, because many of the items have already sold out.

What do you guys think of the line? Did anyone else find themselves “stumbling” upon QVC to watch RZ?

Photo (top): Evans Vestal Ward/Bravo

ABC's '20/20': My Saturday-morning DVR obsession. Seriously. What's yours?

20-20_lSaturday mornings are one of the few times of the week where, usually, I don’t have to be anywhere. I often find myself unwilling to leave my bed and catching up on television. Over the past few years, I’ve used the time to delve into trashy Friday-night TV. In the past it was NBC’s Lipstick Jungle or ABC’s Women’s Murder Club. (I know, I know—laugh all you want. I don’t care!) And now, inexplicably, it’s ABC’s long-running and now often Barbara Walters-less (boo!) newsmagazine 20/20. Random, right? 20/20, really? But seriously, it’s so good this season. Let me explain. READ FULL STORY

'Fellowship of the Ring' at Radio City Music Hall: High-class geekery

lord-of-the-rings_l1Last night, NYC’s Radio City Music Hall played host to a screening of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring. Which would’ve been awesome enough by itself, given that Radio City is a fantastic place to see a film, and I haven’t seen Fellowship on a big screen since its initial 2001 release. But what made it super special was that Howard Shore’s score was performed, live, by a 300-person orchestra, along with a massive choir. READ FULL STORY

'Réalité' (in two parts): 'Top Model' goes Ninja; 'DWTS' brings sexy back; 'SYTYCD' crushes dreams; 'Runway' gets stupid

I failed to properly celebrate National Poetry Day earlier this week, because I was too busy watching reality television. But hey, in a certain sense, this week’s Réalité is a love poem: To Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s meticulously groomed chest and Natalie Coughlin’s rippling back on Dancing With the Stars. To Tyra Banks, Mr. Jay, and a giant rainbow snail on America’s Next Top Model (please use bunky French accent when saying show title). To the Other Brother of So You Think You Can Dance. To Logan’s unfortunate pant cuffs on Project Runway. And to Samantha Harris, for making everything just a little more beautifully uncomfortable. This one goes out to you.

Press play below to enjoy, be sure to stick around for part 2 (which will play automatically after part 1), and hit me up on Twitter @EWMichaelSlezak to weigh in on what other reality series we should be covering. I think I smell some Top Chef action cooking up in the next week or two, and we won’t be working with any inscrutable prawns.

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The women of 'Nine' don't look like they've been eating four-hour dinners...

Vogue-Cover-Nine-Novmeber_lCheck out some of the lovely ladies of Nine — Nicole Kidman, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz and Kate Hudson — on the cover of VogueVogue also has Annie Leibovitz’s shot on the set — also with Judi Dench, Fergie and Sophia Loren. The film, directed by Chicago’s Rob Marshall, also stars Daniel Day-Lewis as a famous film director dealing with all these various women in his life. The film is based on the 1982 Broadway musical that was loosely based on Fellini’s 8 ½. Cotillard tells Vogue: “It’s been my dream to do an American musical. When I was a child, Annie was my favorite. I just never thought I would get to do it.” Hudson also sounds especially up for the challenge: “I spent most of my childhood singing and dancing and just never had the chance to do it professionally. So when I got the chance to work with Rob, I was so excited, I was out of my mind.” And Cruz reveals she and Hudson had some four-hour dinners living in the same apartment building during the shoot: “We are exercising so much we don’t feel guilty at all.”

If you think they look good here, just wait for the film – Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood tells Vogue that she made 350 costumes for the principals. As EW reported this week, Nine will now open in December. Think it will be worth the wait? Which of these actresses will steal the show?

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