24 Hour Catwalk: Quick n’ Dirty

Posted on February 03, 2012

Every week, we say, “THIS will be the week we get around to blogging the It’s Just JustRaymona Show!” and every week, we get behind on Project Runway and all the haute couture and menswear collections, not to mention awards season and the upcoming NYFW, which means every week it gets pushed aside until Thursday rolls around and one of us says to the other “24Hour Catwalk is tonight. Do you want to blog the last episode before then?” To which the response is almost always “I can’t remember one thing about the last episode.”

This show is an enjoyable bit of junk food, but when you get right down to it, there’s no opportunity for the viewer to get engaged for anything longer than the 60 minutes it’s on the air. No one progresses to another episode. It’s quick n’ dirty fashion, and then they’re shoved out the door for the next group to come in. That’s not (much of) a complaint, but it does make it difficult for us to blog the show. It’s the same reason we don’t blog Tabatha Takes Over, even though we adore her and she’s one of our favorite people we’ve met through this blog. “Done in one”-style reality shows don’t give bitchy bloggers like us a lot to work with and when we try to write about them, we find ourselves being nastier to a bunch of strangers than we feel comfortable being. Or we wind up writing bland, polite reviews (See: Mad Fashion). We can be bitchy if we get an idea week in and week out of who you are, but if we only have 42 minutes and you’re playing to the camera for all its worth because it’s you’re only shot, then it leaves us with not much, in terms of blogging material.

So here are the contestants: Black Guy, Hippy Chick, Flamboyant Queen, Southern Belle. Forget names, darlings. Everyone’s playing a type to the hilt and that’s all you need to remember. The challenge: take an ugly old chenille bathrobe and make a red carpet look.

That’s one of the things we really love about the show: the insanely impractical and ridiculous challenges.


Flamboyant Queen

He mentioned he designs for drag queens. It shows. He’s out.


Southern Belle

It’s pretty amazing, considering she had two hours. The chenille solution wasn’t bad in theory, but it’s too heavy so close to the face like that. That detail would have looked better closer to the middle or bottom of the dress. But she’s in.


Hippy Chick

She had two hours and no dryer, so the silly girl decided to hand-dye a chenille bathrobe. The result is piss-poor, but we have to admit our agreement with the judges. It was bold and the final product, while awkward and a little ugly, definitely had something to it.


Black Guy

He tripped himself up (like a lot of people do on this show) by trying for perfect execution in this challenge. He wound up making a surprisingly well-tailored gown, but didn’t have enough time to figure out how to use the chenille in a way that wasn’t Amazonian in its breast-baring qualities. He’s out too.

So that leaves Southern Belle and Hippy Chick to make a mini-collection in 24 hours based on a tote bag, scarf, and Covergirl makeup products. Hippy Chick gets JustRaymona on her team and that practically guarantees her the win, even though she kept wandering off to dye things and needed JustRaymona to shake her by the shoulders and tell her to focus.

Can you tell we love JustRaymona? She really does need her own show.

Meanwhile, Southern Belle is getting a mite too imperious with her team and there’s a lot of in-fighting and confessionals about how someone’s grandma might wear her clothes.

So of course, Hippy Chick won. Is JustRaymona getting a kickback from all the designers she’s ushered to their win? She should.


Hippy Chick

Basic, but cute. We really liked the sheer strip around the waist, although it guarantees that 98% of the female population wouldn’t even consider trying the dress on. The top’s just a little too big and blouson.

Totally sloppy, but there was a kind of modern chicness to it, even if it’s not executed all that well.


Her best look. That coat is great and we love the color story here. Using the scarf as a sash almost ruined it. Why not make the camisole out of the scarf?


Southern Belle

Very nice, but a dress we’ve seen dozens of times before and having her wear a big printed scarf over it, Julia Sugarbaker-style, took it from current to 20 years ago, almost instantly.

She tried to be edgy, bless her. The skirt’s great, but everything north of her waist is awful.

We give her a a lot of credit for attempting it, and while a jumpsuit’s pretty on trend right now, rendering it in an autumnal gold silk charmeuse only made it look like Cougar-wear. She makes pretty clothes but Southern Belle isn’t the kind of dressmaker that’s going to get that panel of judges excited. Out she goes.


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