Tea Time VI

All over the place today. Like probably all of you Miss Things.

But there were a couple of things on the Queen’s mind that need musing on.

Project Runway All Stars: Gretchen can now leave the Witness Protection Program

So, instead of a Fierce Black Queen, we have a Fierce Latino Queen winning Project Runway All Stars. This FBQ can definitely live with that. Continue reading


The FBQ of Project Runway All Stars: The Clear Winner of Episode 2…

…was Anthony L. Williams.

No Miss Things, not for the dress. I mean, it was absolutely lovely. But we’ve seen it before. Can you say Jessica Alba?

He nabbed an even BIGGER win. But more of that in a second.

I understand why Austin won. And I THINK I understand why Mondo’s wasn’t up for the win–even though I gave a gay gasp when I saw his garment. Mondo is the real deal: a true Designer. I agreed with Mila’s assessment of Austin’s gown: “basic.” And even though I loved the clean lines of Mr. Scarlett’s creation, I wasn’t too crazy about his choice of textiles. It seemed to be tissue lame as opposed to, say, pearl. And unfortunately, I think it looked a little cheap and wrinkled. I’ll have to pay closer attention when I watch the episode again (as a side note: it is such a pleasure to actually WANT to watch an episode of PR again. If anyone ever desires to extract government secrets from me, they need only strap me in a room and force me to watch the last season of PR. I’d sing like a canary).

No. Miss Williams was the clear winner for a much more important reason:

Now of course, we can never truly know what that whole exchange was all about (*cough*little bitch*cough*). However, it’s been my experience that a FBQ NEVER lets someone touch their Jheri Curled head unless they’ve gotten REALLY close (*cough*dark and lovely little vixen*cough*). Even if it is just a close friendship, I have to applaud Lady A for stepping up his game (*cough*fierce little bitch*cough*).

Forget the damn gowns. Wrap me up in some Kashou, and send ME off to the Opera.

The FBQ of Project Runway All Stars

I can’t quite see doing a weekly post on Project Runway. There are more than enough wonderful blogs and sites that do a fabulous job in recapping and reviewing the show. However I will of course be watching, and—as is usually the case in reality shows—be inexorably drawn to the FBQ of the cast. So I will probably give my take on them from time to time throughout the run, if you REALLY care to know.

In regards to the show itself: I will say that after the last season of PR, the first episode of PRAS was like a sweet, refreshing and cleansing gulp of fruit juice after having vomited in your mouth.

But, before I run down the two FBQ of the group…

…’Cause he’s fine.

Rami Kashou. Ooooh. I done give myself the vapors *sips his sweet tea*. Now onto my Brother-Sistahs.

Anthony Williams

Aside from the fact that physically we resemble each other enough for him to be my baby brother; Anthony Williams is that burst of sunshine that flashes through your curtains first thing in the morning, and jump-starts your day. Earthy and effusive, the man captured my heart and funny bone immediately and never let go. Like a lot of FBQ he is smart and self-aware. He drew on his strengths during his season and almost rode them to the finals.I will be the first to admit that I wasn’t a fan of his aesthetic. I felt his pieces were somewhat one-dimensional and repetitive. It was often pointed out that he was more referential than fashion-forward. But none of US have Heidi Klum and Jessica Alba wearing OUR clothes, so what I think of his work and $4.50 will get me a Caramel Frappuccino at Starbucks. My hope is that he sheds the naive country boy schtick (which I’m sure is genuine–but sometimes we black queens use it to keep from scaring all the white folk), and shows the group his fierce creative and competitive side (which I also believe is there).

By the way…did I mention that Rami Kashou is HOT?!!!

photo by Brent Dundore

Jerell Scott

Though I don’t always understand this FBQ’s Point of View, I very clearly understand that he has a strong one. In terms of the black cultural aesthetic of “More Is More”, I found his take on that design theory to be the most successful from all the seasons. And while I don’t share his personal style, I am in awe of any artist who makes such bold garment choices. The man has flair and panache. And he is all ready in his mantle to take his place as a New Millennium Apostle when Jesus comes back.

I wish these two FBQ MUCH success in the new season.

…but I’m still rooting for Mondo.

And I can’t remember if I mentioned the fact that…