I’ve watched pretty much every season of Project Runway — including the current season of Project Runway All Stars — and there is one area of fashion that the show rarely addresses:
The designers’ personal clothing.
The designers famously arrive at their digs in New York (or Los Angeles) pulling a single wheelie bag. Then they proceed to drape themselves in all manner of crazy outfit week after week.
Me thinks they are getting some help from the costume department…and the highly advertised QVC accessory wall.
That’s a conversation I’d like to see addressed during the post-season round-up, between play-by-play of all the infighting, of course.
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I have arrived in Tokyo.
It only took a 14-hour flight and a 1-hour car trip from the Narita Airport to arrive at my hotel near Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo where I will be speaking on Friday morning.
That’s just hours away. I lost a day when I crossed the International Date Line.
(I’ll get it back on the way home.)
Although I have walked to a nearby bank to exchange dollars for yen, and a small market to grab waters for my mini-frig, I haven’t had time to sight-see just yet. But here are a couple of fun facts about my trip so far:
1. On my flight, I sat next to the lighting designer for the play War Horse, which is doing a month of shows in Tokyo.
It was his third touring production to visit Japan, and when it wraps, he’s headed back to the States to prep Cinderella for its national tour.
Needless to say, we chatted quit a bit about Broadway shows…until we both fell asleep.
2. I knew I was staying in Tokyo’s Jimbocho neighborhood during the business portion of my trip, but I didn’t realize it is a center for book publishing and used book stores.
As we drove down a major thoroughfare, there was storefront after storefront filled-to-bursting with books.
I just hope some of them are in English!
3. The TV in my room has limited cable channels and very little English programming, but I’ll admit I stopped and watched this show, even though I couldn’t understand a word.
It’s a very small world.
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File this under “TV shows I should be starring in based on scripts I should have written inspired by books I should have penned…”
“Sellevision,” a half-hour sitcom based on the book by Augusten Burroughs (of Running with Scissors fame) is in the works at NBC.
(That’s right — NBC! They’re working on a scripted comedy for a change. Good network. Good boy.)
First of all, I’m not sure how this book got written without me. It’s about home shopping, a concept that I discovered in its infancy in the mid-8o’s. I was one of the early predictors of its success back when the show hosts were ridiculous, the products laughable, and the sets trailer park chic.
I still remember the first day I saw CVN (now QVC) on television. I was stuck at home with the flu, running a 103 degree temperature, and this woman was trying to sell these jacuzzi jets that you put into your bathtub to make it bubble. (I thought my fever was causing hallucinations.)
But I could still see the potential through the haze of my humidifier. With the right products — I mean, now QVC is partnering with major brands — and solid marketing and salesmanship, home shopping is now a multi-billion dollar industry. Heck, QVC’s website alone drives millions of dollars in sales each year. They are practically printing money in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
But alas, I didn’t write a book.
Augusten Burroughs did. He wrote “Sellevision” while he was getting sober. He didn’t let sickness stop him. He said it was the first thing to make him laugh in a long time. Now he has a novel and a sitcom deal, and he’s laughing all the way to the bank.
Me? I have my health….and a membership in good standing with QVC.