Is anyone watching the ABC Family series "Jane by Design"? More importantly, did anyone know ABC Family was a television channel? The show's season one series finale airs tonight and its set design must be addressed.
"Jane by Design" stars Andie MacDowell in somewhat familiar territory. The 1980s model-turned-wooden actress plays an "Anna Wintour-like" exec (improbably coiffed like "Seinfeld"'s Elaine Benes) who runs Donovan Decker, a "hip fashion house." A high school student hired as an intern is mistaken for an adult and hilarity ensues.
The show's creator April Blair gave set decorator Richard C. Walker a simple brief: "Make it look like Domino." The man who created one of the worst-looking domiciles ever to grace the small screen delivered to Blair "interiors [that] are an eyeful: orange mohair-topped footstools, Moroccan lamps, bright lacquered armoires, zebra print chairs and elegant wall treatments." Oh my.
Let's see what Walker came up with...
Sweet Baby Jesus on hot buttered toast. Has Walker ever even read an issue of Domino?!
Let's check out the real-life offices of some well-known fashion designers...
William Waldron for Elle Decor.
Wunderkind Jason Wu.
Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal.
Jet set chic maestro Michael Kors.
T-shirt impresario Alexander Wang.
And Anna Wintour's Vogue office as seen in the documentary "The September Issue"...
Nope, not one of these looks to be furnished from the scratch-and-dent aisle of HomeGoods. So what gives? Is the set of "Jane by Design" Middle America's idea of "hip" and "eclectic"? Do sitcom set decorators think the flyover states can't handle truly good design? Does the tween audience whose fashion sense has been weened on Bratz Dolls and Skank-It-Up Barbie believe fine design is defined by gerbera daisies and shiny poly fabrics?
Dumplings, what do you think is going on here?
All "Jane by Design" photos courtesy of ABC Family.
Jane by Design [ABC Family]
Set decoration: the fashionable world of 'Jane by Design' [LA Times Home blog]