Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Project Runway Korea

One of my favorite reality shows is "Project Runway." Can anything beat Heidi Klum saying "Auf Wiedersehen" in that sweet and slightly nasal voice?

How about a Project Runway in Korea?

Let's be honest. The original Project Runway's most ... shall we say ... competitive contestant was Victorya Hong, a Korean woman. She was total passive aggressive, condescending, and belittling. I loved her. Okay, so I loved her purely for the fact that I always love my people, no matter how (absolutely insanely) unreasonable I find their actions and choices.

With that single contestant, season 4 of Project Runway was stiffly competitive and rather combative (I think more so than other seasons). Imagine all of the contestants being like Victorya! I think that's what a Korean Project Runway would be.

I wish I could watch, because I think the show will be epic. And fierce, of course.

I don't know what it is with Koreans and competitiveness, but it's quite alive and kicking in us (most of us). We strive to always win first place and generally aren't afraid of resorting to hair-pulling if necessary. We tend to get louder and higher-pitched as games go on, and become more and more invested in winning. Must. Win!

On a side note, Victorya Hong's collection is called Na-Be, which is the Korean word for butterfly. It's also my nickname that I've had since I was a toddler, and I don't appreciate the sour-faced Ms. Hong snatching it away like that. I didn't appreciate Mariah Carey blaspheming butterflies by pasting them all over the place, either. It made them less special to me to see them everywhere- she should have stuck with something more mystical, like unicorns or fairies.

I checked out the Na-Be collection. It seems like the designs are stiffly coherent and very much adhering to a single aesthetic in the first few collections, which I appreciated, and then she loses it in the latest collection (Spring 2009), which droops in an over-abundance of sadly limp ruffles. Sadly limp ruffles occasionally accented with lace, which is criminal.

I love me some ruffles (I have a white leather coat with a ruffled lapel- yes, that's right. White. Leather. Ruffles!), but I am not a fan of sad ruffles. Ms. Hong, represent the romantic Korean fashion sense and brighten up those ruffles! If nothing else, Korean women appreciate ruffles and lace and (sometimes) know how to work 'em.

I am going to figure out how I'll watch Project Runway Korea, because I think it's going to be drama-riffic and fantastic. The clothes they'll make--! Can't wait.


william February 5, 2009 at 12:18 AM  

i completely disagree with your take on victorya's role in season 4 of project runway. i thought she was such a downer, and so insanely passive aggressive. if she was season 4's villain...eww, what an underwhelming villain. and i didn't even like her stuff that much.

they're showing ads for project runway korea left and right. they're pretty in your face, watch, bitch. it looks baaaaaaaad.

jeanny February 5, 2009 at 10:24 AM  

Isn't that why she was a villain, though?? Because of her crazy?

You know, I worried about the show when I saw that the prize was only ₩50,000,000... not all that much, in the scheme of things.

It was such a nice idea in theory. *sigh*

william February 9, 2009 at 12:23 AM  

saw about 30 minutes of the new project runway korea. it is ATROCIOUS. just letting you know.

jeanny February 9, 2009 at 11:29 AM  

ARGH that pisses me off!!

Why can't it be good so I can get my Project Runway fix while the U.S. versions figures out what network it's going to air on?!


Thanks for the head's up, though. Glad I have an investigative journalist all the way in Korea to let me know of such disastrous happenings.