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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Beware the Panty Christ

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Tue, May 12, 2009 at 12:17 PM

Hey, I didn't come up with the nickname, he did. He's Andrew Christian, one of the contestants on the new Bravo show they've installed to make up for the loss of Project Runway, impotently titled The Fashion Show. The first episode aired on Thursday to a resounding "meh," and while I can't muster the effort to actually watch the premier, I've been listening to it over my headphones as I multi-task three-to-five other things in the meantime, from which I've gathered 1) that host/judge Isaac Mizrahi is no Tim Gunn; 2) a long-in-coming recollection of who host/judge Kelly Rowland even is; and 3) there's a much-discussed assertion that harem pants are a "must-have". It's mostly just aping PR, but you already knew that. A light comb through the internets for anyone who cares a poop about this show led me to this succinct paragraph in the NYT's review:

Isaac Mizrahi is the host and lead judge instead of Heidi Klum, which is a little like giving the Grace Kelly role in “To Catch a Thief” to Rosie O’Donnell. There is no avuncular Tim Gunn acting as mentor to the 15 designers; instead Mr. Mizrahi and his co-host, Kelly Rowland, formerly of Destiny’s Child, inspect the workroom where the designers are frantically cutting and basting. They don’t hand out helpful tips or encouraging words; mainly they exchange eye rolls and dismissive comments. (Mr. Gunn’s exhortation, “Make it work,” became famous; Mr. Mizrahi leaves the room with a less inspiring motto, “Keep pluggin’.”)

Anyway, I wouldn't bring this up at all, except that A) we're in Project Runway limbo, which means some fiends will be taking this TV methadone as a desperate substitute for the real thing, and B) Andrew "the Panty Christ" Christian is making a personal appearance this Saturday at the downtown location of Under U for Men (which carries his skivvies), which by my calculations means that someone who reads this will care. Unless, you know, you watch this and realize that no. No, you don't care. I'll leave it to your discretion.

Still care? Okay, then you need to stop by either the downtown or Bridgeport Village store prior to Saturday for a free wristband (limit four per person) that will get you into the meet 'n' greet (they are keeping the time loosey-goosey, but "no later than 3 pm" is the word), plus a mysterious fashion show event to follow, on which I am awaiting details. Please contain yourself until I am able to update with that information.

UPDATE! The fashion show is 9 pm at Boxxes (1035 SW Stark). Expect to see many hot men in their underwear...

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