KoreAm ‘Project Runway’ Designer: In or Out?

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LADYTRON PLAYS MOD AMONG FETISHISTS

The crowd gathered, breath bated, at the 12th Street stage for Ladytron’s exclusive DJ set at the 2007 Folsom Street Fair, but many leather fetishists in the crowd were let down by Reuben Wu, Mira Aroyo and Daniel Hunt’s rather somber and visibly latex-free outfits. “I was really hoping they’d play in see-through panties or something,” said one partygoer with a spiked lip and custom-made leather corset. “I had heard they were commissioning designers just for this event, but I’m sad to see they look completely normal at such a crazy festival!”

THE NEXT CHLOE DAO OR SANTINO?

I know Project Runway’s Victorya Hong won’t appreciate being likened to everyone’s favorite Viet-Texan boutique entrepreneur and winner of season two, but host Tim Gunn thinks her skin is thicker than cayman alligator boots. “She’s dogged, determined, tenacious,” the Elizabeth Claiborne executive said of the Seoul, Korean-born designer. Perhaps Tim just meant to say that Victorya is more Santino than Chloe. The 34-year-old former journalist has a penchant for patent leather and tights, which makes me think she’d be a better fit in San Francisco than Winchester, Virginia, where she grew up.  

TV GOES STRAIGHT TO THE BIG SCREEN

TV Carpio suffered through a horrible Law & Order premiere playing “Laundry Lady” — and what Asian American actress in Hollywood hasn’t played some sort of hand servant on TV? But this year, TV rose victorious with an homage to The Beatles in the film Across the Universe, which was directed by Julie Taymor — the creative whiz behind the Broadway production of The Lion King and Anthony Hopkins’ epic retelling of Titus Andronicus, Titus. The Broadway and TV actress sang “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “Prudence” and “Because,” and enjoyed some major networking with U2’s Bono at the gala premiere in London at the end of September.

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