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Monday, September 15, 2008

Uh...no

I think I'll be saving my $17 and skipping this issue. The cover features fashion designer hack Cynthia Rowley's townhouse. If you're feeling masochistic, here's the link to the slideshow. Does Rowley have some dirt on Elle Decor editor Margaret Russell?

On edit: I should clarify the "hack" reference. I've never been sure why people make such a fuss over her clothing, it's upscale department store. I tried the line in my shop and it bombed big time, looking like the bland girl next to all of the Tracy Reese, Nanette Lepore, and Trina Turk pieces.

11 comments:

PutzFrau said...

Cynthia's place is not as bad as I thought it would be.

Margaret Russell freaks me out. She's like some kind of fragile life size paper mache doll with a huge head.

karly / design crisis said...

That's hilarious!! I just made the same judgement call yesterday at the bookstore over ELLE Decor UK and Vogue Living Australia... usually they are my FAVES but they were BOTH a couple of months behind the blog world. I haven't looked at the US Elle yet, but I am mad that it hit the newsstands before my mailbox.

Raina said...

I'm all for irony and sass in decorating but the hale bale wrapped in plastic and the horseshoe coffee table in her living room are throwing me.

Also the whole place seems brittle. All shiny, no warmth.

Raina said...

Putzy, you crack me up!

Raina said...

"Hay" bale, I mean.

Suzy said...

I have to say, I was rather disappointed with this months cover too...it just looks cheap and tacky. Not up to par with past issues at all!

Raina said...

Hi Suzy! Great to see you back.

Kate said...

I dont rate her clothing at all, I think its really ordinary department store and it just proves what a bit of money behind you will do.
In fact, i think there's a lot of department stores out there that do better clothing ranges.
I think you get that I dont like her clothes.......

Robin said...

I'm not sure if you get HGTV's Design Star down there in NZ -- it's horrible but you have to watch at least one episode to hear Cynthia's lame and directionless comments, and see her wearing pigtails. Pigtails! On a 50 year old woman! I know Betsey Johnson dresses crazy and and wears crazy hair, but with her at least it is her whole aesthetic. On CR its just a little pathetic.

Camilla @ Designalogue said...

I have an issue with someone who calls their daughter "Gigi" - its just wrong!! I don't know her clothes, but her apartment leaves me cold. Just goes to show money & gorgeous products does not always equal yum!

Raina said...

Agreed Camilla. "Coco" is my other pet peeve name.