Monday, December 19, 2005

Character

You would have to believe that the producers of Project Runway will be looking for a designer with CHARACTER this time. They must be disappointed that Jay McCarroll "turned down" his mentorship with Banana Republic. There must be something pretty wild going on behind the scenes if Jay didn't even receive his $100,000 cash. Furthermore, he seems to offend every professional he comes in contact with. He rarely completes a sentence that doesn't have to be bleeped. Even in an interview where he has time to think about it he STIll swears. His attitude seems to be "Okay thanks Bravo, but I don't need you or your bleeping mentorship..."

I know everyone loves Jay. But if you examine his background and his habits, it was clear from the beginning that Jay was not exactly a "gentleman." He never pretended to be. He was perfectly honest from the start that he had worked in porn. This didn't seem to be a problem for the producers - they included it prominently in his bio and interviews. Also his smoking habit was featured in every episode. But all of these things speak to his character. {I haven't noticed any mention of cigarette smoking this season, have you? Maybe when the designers go out to party we'll see them smoking.) Anyway...

I'm not saying they were wrong to choose Jay - his designs at Fashion Week were completely fabulous. I'm just predicting that they will look closely at the character of the designers this season. I don't think they want to be humiliated again. We'll see....

3 comments:

tonedef said...

i'm not sure that having worked in porn or smoking are aspects of one's character that the producers would be as concerned with as, say, how one disparages the work of others (santino) or shows shows absolutely no gratitude (santino) or mocks the emotions of others (santino).

basically, where i'm going with this, is that if they producers are counting on character, santino will make it to fashion week, but won't go any further.

Laura K said...

I totally agree.

Anonymous said...

he went to my school (philadelphia University) and is fairly universally adored by the professors (for the good name he gives our fashion program) and hated by the students (because he's mean).

That being said, a girl in my program is very good friend with him, designed his website and says he is starting slow because he wants to do things right.