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Condom Couture

Last week I was lucky enough to be asked to judge a charity event fashion show that featured some very talented, young designers. There was only one small catch…. Each Columbus College of Art and Design student was asked to create a couture ensemble using 800 condoms. Think Project Runway meets, well, lots and lots of condoms! This idea could only come out of the creative minds of Planned Parenthood.

Needless to say, I stepped up to the plate and took on this very interesting task. As you all know I love fashion, but the chance to see it combined with sex was almost too much for me! I had a stage, a microphone and the opportunity to say whatever I wanted! This was not the type of thing a gal like me passes up. I got to use my fashion knowledge for good and combine it with my undying need to be a stand-up comedian. It is hard not to be at least a little bit funny when you look at the world through “dirty” eyes and are offered an opportunity like this.

Rachel Kaplan was the night’s big winner, thanks to me and my two fellow judges. She was awarded a grand prize of $1000 big ones. I just fell in love immediately with her completely wearable creation. The fit was perfection, each separate piece could easily be sold in any department store and the overall styling was fantastic. All three judges agreed overwhelmingly that this truly was a great ensemble from all frontiers. Not to mention that her model Ashley Curl look totally fierce in it. It always helps when your model works out:)

The leggings were the most inventive and creative part of the look. Rachel sewed together material to create a basic legging and then started adding condoms. She cut off the tip of each condom so it looked like a square and then the rubber glue came out. This all sounds very sexual, but I swear we are talking about making leggings right now. She individually rubber glued the square condoms to the leggings to give it an almost deconstructed look. Genius.

The top was also completely fabulous. You must click on the image to see all of the fantasticness (new word) up close. The asymmetric line was super trendy and at the same time, high fashion. As Rachel let the audience know, she examined Jill Stuart’s line to find inspiration. Somehow she managed to make a condom shirt not tacky. Move over Jill Stuart, Rachel has a line of condom couture pieces that are going to knock your line out of the park….

The second place winner was created by Michele Watson. F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S. It was not over the top, it was not crazy, it was just great. The intricate details that went into this simple and sexy black cocktail dress were amazing. I don’t think my brain has ever contemplated using condoms in the many different ways that Michele used them. The front of the dress alone had condoms rolled, twisted and turned, all creating a completely different texture. A surprise that only made me love this LBD even more, was that the back was made of yellow condoms. Good coming in and even better going out. Love it.

Third place went to Shirley Weng. I fell in love with the inspiration of her dress, 80’s prom night. Talk about a dress that not only looks good, but your friends will thank you for wearing it as well. Safe sex and style apparently do go hand in hand. Shirley was the only participant to use the condoms as rosettes on the dress. It was like a condom flower, she was in full bloom:) The combination of tough sex appeal through the stretched black condoms, mixed with the pretty pink flowers is almost like egging on your parents. “Hey Mom. I am a budding young female who is like an innocent flower, but you better watch out because come prom night my flowers are going to begin to wilt….” Ok, maybe I am looking into it a bit too much, but I like my storyline for this dress….

Overall the designs were pretty incredible and definitely put a smile on my face. Any evening that can combine an open bar with fashion and condoms is bound to be a good night. Thanks so much Planned Parenthood for letting me be a part of it!

Filming "One Hour Photo"

  • by Amy Salinger
  • October 1st, 2009
  • My Style

I have never tried to hide the fact that my true goal in life is to spread fashion goodness across this great and vast universe. My Sass N Style episodes are certainly a good start, but I am looking for the grand television vehicle to bring me to the masses. Doesn’t everyone deserve a little Amy Salinger in their lives? A little funny fashion knowledge to get them through their otherwise monochromatic day? Not that there is anything wrong with monochromatic, but we all need a little flashy every now and then!

People have joked with me my whole life that I was born with a spotlight on me…. Unfortunately, sometimes I am the only one who sees it:) Well fashionably challenged people of the world, I invite you to watch my one woman show!

Last Friday I spent the entire day filming a teaser for a new show called, “One Hour Photo”. Pretty much it is a makeover on crack. Here is the concept: 2 stylists are pitted against each other in a “mall makeover” that must get done in only one hour. Are they serious? Apparently so:) Each of us ambush an unlikely candidate for a quickie pick-me-up look that will have them looking and feeling fabulous. We have one hour to pick out an amazing ensemble, get them into hair and makeup and take a few snappy and sassy photos of their new looks. It is then up to the mall audience to decide, after looking at the before and after photos of each participant, who has the better transformation. And voila, one of the people is crowned with a prize and I or my fellow stylist receive bragging rights for our “quickie” talents.

So what do you think of my participants makeover? It is obviously hard to make this lovely lady look bad, since she is hot, but I still think I did a good job getting her “date ready”. Alright, truthfully because this is a teaser and we are pitching the show, not actually ambushing anyone, this is an actress. Her name is Kiki and she was a great sport. We made her up to be a mother of 3 who has no time for herself and doesn’t feel comfortable with her post-mother body. She hides behind her clothing and never takes any time for herself.

Post Amy, Kiki was ready for a night on the town with her hubby to show the world that she still has a sexy, curvy and womanly body! I even made sure to bring out her “cougar side” with the animal print pencil skirt. She is classy and still says Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!! The oversized necklace was a great statement piece that made her look trendy and still age appropriate. I had the hairdresser sweep her hair back to show off her fab cheek bones and keep the look extremely sophisticated. Too bad we forgot to take her before picture so she had to take it all off and go back to doubty mom for the shot on the left! Oops.

My stylist counterpart, Kathy, had the lovely job of making over a model. I always love people who look good no matter how much you try to make them look bad! Unfortunately I don’t have a before shot of the “college student who doesn’t care” look, but I do have this fabulous “night on the town” ensemble created by Kathy. Fun, funky and completely age appropriate. I really wish I had a full body shot because the shoes were to die for. Guess you will just have to imagine her silver booty black lace tie up’s by Moschino. So pretty!

So that was my big day of filming! I do enjoy those days where other people can see the spotlight…. I will let you know how it goes and if networks are fighting over the show! Keep the Sass N Style word out there and be a part of spreading Amy Salinger’s funny fashion knowledge to the universe!!!!!!!