So House of Style is coming back to MTV. Whoop-De-Doo. As a fashion fan who watched pretty much every episode growing up, we found the retrospective clip below, about how “important” and “ground-breaking” it was somewhat comical. Cyndi Crawford for one, always felt like the wrong person to be hosting. She was neither relatable nor interesting and she dressed really boring off the runway. When she did try to look “edgy,” she looked awkward. We’ve got nothing against models, super or otherwise. Naomi Campbell, now she had personality. We still remember the episode she was in, shown here for a sec when she’s washing her face and talking about her “zits.” In one part, Naomi shows off her designer-couture crammed-closet and then presents viewers with her very favorite piece of all: a hot pink and purple vintage 70′s mini-dress, the kind Jet Rag here in LA used to sell for about $20, probably shortened from the ubiquitious maxi dresses of the era. (We have several just like it). We’d have thought she was being disingenuous but for how amazing – and comfortable -she looked in it. The segment ended with her jumping on her bed, her straight long weave flying in the air. Telling that it’s one of the only segments we remember…
Later H.O.S hosts seemed chosen for their bikini bods, not their bold fashion flair. Molly Sims, Rebecca Romijn… please. The Todd Oldham segment was always fun, and we can think of a few designers who could fill that segment now. As for the “street” segments mentioned in the clip, well let’s hope street fashion isn’t ghetto-ized into a whole separate part of the show, but intergrated into everything they do on fashion trends. It starts in the street after all, and MTV’s demo is the kids in the street and in the clubs, not the ladies who lunch and wear Chanel. What MTV didn’t get back then is, it never was.
The new host will be announced before the Video Music Awards in the Fall. MTV, if you want a fashion lover and gal about town with moxie and street style (and more of a mono-kini bod) we are available. An L.A. correspondent gig will do as well.
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