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Cactus à la mode

July 31, 2011

My favorite reality TV guilty pleasure, Project Runway, began its 9th season this past Thursday. After viewing the first episode, I can tell this season will bring with it all my fave elements: tearful backstories, bad hair and outfits and catty runway backstabbing … and, don’t get me started on the girl contestants! So, to honor the fashion spirit, here’s a trio of fashion items featuring succulents, specifically cactus.


Click to view; Fendi A/W11; Set: Fred Butler; Photo: Kristin Vicari


How do you sex-up the rounded toe, single-strapped footware favored by both schoolgirl heroine, Madeline, and spinster schoolteachers? Well, you take the heel and raise it to sky-high levels, ditch the usual black patent leather in favor of acid-tinged hues and photograph the eccentric result in the presence of banal grocery store florist potted cacti. Fred Butler, the mastermind behind this creation, calls it “Peyote tutti-fruiti cutie … and if you think she arrived at this photo solution lightly you’re mistaken. Read the interview here, and marvel at her creative process.


Model: Naomi Campbell; photo: Alessandro Lucioni


I wonder if anyone sitting in the front row of the Hermes Spring/Summer ’09 runway presentation asked themselves this question: Quíen es mas prickly — Rage-y assistant basher, Naomi Campbell, or a barrel cactus? Jean-Paul Gaultier, the collection’s designer, had models sashay down a runway covered in a dune’s worth of sand and dotted with handsome barrels and uprights, all the while dressed in cowgirl drag. I know it’s unspeakably past season, but view the collection slideshow here.


Fashion victim


Literally embodying the phrase “hot mess”, Lady Gaga graces the steamy Arizona desert in sight-gag shoes, a pointless dress, bleached beehive and three blind mice sunglasses. As prickly pears and yucca’s strain to take in the attention-at-all-costs pop star, she took the time out to tweet the following to her fans, her Little Monsters:

“Days off in the AZ Desert: Cactus fashion + Tequila. Can’t make me take off my leather, I would rather faint and die of glamour.”

I like the Lady; she’s never afraid to take a fashion risk. I just wish she’d had the foresight wear her infamous meat dress (click here) to AZ. Fajitas go great with tequila.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 31, 2011 2:47 am

    I love Project Runway! I was amazed how some of them made such beautiful things out of sleep wear and sheets. Looks like a fascinating group of contestants this season.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      July 31, 2011 2:56 am

      I agree! This season looks pretty good, just as long as a wicked Gretchen doesn’t emerge this time around!

  2. July 31, 2011 3:30 am

    I’ve missed the series, glad it is finally back after all those housewives. At least the designers actually do something, not just drink and fight with each other.

    I think I like the shoe picture the best; the colors are so interesting. A knocked-over pot would have been an interesting addition–at least that is the first thing I think of when I see a foot too close to a little potted plant–gardener thing.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      July 31, 2011 3:40 am

      LOL @ the knocked-over pot … and as a RHONY addict, I’m happy for the break and chance to hang out with Nina, Michael Kors and Tim Gunn

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