Project Wonder Woman

Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Two great tastes that go great together. And, one of my favorite guilty pleasures.

Project Runway
, another of my favorite guilty pleasures, just kicked off its latest season. Hosted by supermodel and Elmer Fudd distant cousin Heidi Kluhm, a group of fashion designers are given a challenge each week to come up with the best look. The loser naturally gets kicked off the show. Because, as we all know, "In the world of fashion, one week you're in, the next week you're out." Fashion guru and unintentionally hilarious queen Tim Gunn plays mentor to the would-be fashion stars competing for half a million dollars worth of prizes. The winner is decided after the three remaining contestants show their collections at the coveted annual New York Fashion Week (a priceless prize in itself) at the end of the season. Each week the designers show their creations to a panel of judges that include Heidi, Marie Claire Magazine's acerbically dour Nina Garcia, and adorable fashion designer Zac Posen, who falls a little short on the acid-tongued critiques once spewed forth from Michael Kors.

This week's guest judge was Kate Bosworth. Surely you remember her coma-inducing portrayal of Lois Lane in Bryan Singer's ill-fated Superman Returns? Oh, looky! Finally a comic book connection! Which leads me to my other guilty pleasure, Wonder Woman. And, what does the daughter of Zeus have to do with fashion? Quite a bit, actually. Every time DC changes her costume it creates quite an uproar. So much so, that they nixed the much-lamented pants for the launch of the New 52. I always loved how they would give her different outfits for different occasions on the Lynda Carter television series. The most notable has to be the scuba outfit she wore. It doesn't get much fiercer than that!

It is my number one fantasy to draw an issue of Wonder Woman. It is my number 8 fantasy to be a fashion designer. (Fantasies two thru seven will take more than a little fluoride to get it out of me.) So, I thought I would take advantage of the latest season of Project Runway to live out a couple of my fantasies by redesigning Wonder Woman's costume each week based on the challenge presented to the contestants on the show. Brilliant, no? This week's challenge was the "Unconventional Challenge," where designers were asked to make a design using specified unconventional materials. The unconventional material being parachutes. Granted, I have the advantage of not having to actually create the garment. Unfortunately, I have the disadvantage of not having an Ice Golem's chance in Hades of winning half a million smackers either, such is life.

With parachute material as my guide, I decided to go for a sort of an aviator's look. The drop crotch pants are, unfortunately, on trend right now. They remind me of those sad "Hammer Pants" of yesteryear. I don't think anyone was clamoring for a mash-up of parachute/genie pants, but hey, I think it was wise considering what I had to work with. And, they look reminiscent of aviator pants. I also have the advantage of not having to face the wrath of the evil judging panel week after week, but feel free to email me your comments and perhaps I'll include some in future blogs. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

So, there you have it. Wonder Woman and Project Runway - two guilty pleasures that taste great together! Can't wait to see what the challenge for next week will be! Aviator glasses and boots provided by The Haus of Troy accessories wall. Project Runway is on Thursdays on Lifetime. Wonder Woman is available monthly from DC Comics.

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ABOUT MICHAEL FITZGERALD TROY:


Michael Troy is a deeply superficial person. Born in the midwest in the '70s, Michael came to Los Angeles to pursue his bi-polar career path as an actor and artist. 2005 saw the release of Michael's first published book, Homo-Hero's Big Book of Fun and Adventure (www.greencandypress.com). Michael has contributed to the Lady Gaga comic book from Bluewater Productions and has his hand in various other upcoming projects. Michael has performed stand-up comedy at all of the major comedy clubs in Los Angeles and is making his triumphant return to the main stage of The Comedy Store in September. Michael offers an off-beat sense of humor as the star of such youtube cult classics As The Gays on Film (www.youtube.com/fullfrontaltv), A Minute With Margot, a loving tribute to Superman legend Margot Kidder (http://www.youtube.com/user/rktcommander), and currently hosts a vlog style series Lethally Blonde over at www.monsterburg.com. Sitting alongside industry heavyweight Phil Jimenez at the "Divas and Lassoes" panel for the 2010 San Diego comic-con, Michael maintains and cherishes his "underground" status. A staunch believer in Blonde Ambition, Michael hopes his new comic about shallow blonde super heroes in Los Angeles, The Blonde Squad, will set the world on fire (or at least brighten it a bit). Check out Michael Troy and Lethally Blonde updates here!!!

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