We’re not quite sure what to make of two design-related, minor celebrity-attached items, so we’re just going to tell you about them and force you to do the heavy brain lifting. First is the announcement that the company HoodieBuddie, which makes sweaters with earbud headphones doubling as the drawstrings, has formed a licensing partnership with actress Betty White. The company has made four hoodies, each with a different pop-culture parody featuring Ms. White front and center (Warhol, a Sex Pistols’ album cover, a nod to Miami Vice with the “White Heat” model). The last is what got us thinking: it’s a take-off of Shepard Fairey‘s second most familiar piece: the Andre the Giant “Obey” image. Of course this time, it’s Betty White and the type underneath says “Betty.” Even as a parody, it’s a distant relative to cleverness and originality, as you’ve likely seen a million take-offs of the particular Fairey work. Although he, now seeming a bit short sided, complained a bit about copycats during the 2008 election, it made us feel a little more sympathy for Fairey, having to see his piece (even if the original was a rip-off itself) lazily taken, again and again, almost to the level of the “Got Milk?” campaign. This also makes this writer think that all this ironic Betty White hoopla might finally over.
Our second rant after the jump.
We’ll keep this short because the first batch of babbling took so long. We’ve gotten word that the next episode of HGTV‘s Design Star, airing this Sunday, is set to guest star Donald Trump Jr. No, not Donald Trump; it’s the son of Donald Trump. We’ll put this in the form of a question, so it doesn’t sound as mean: at the point when you’re booking Donald Trump Jr., doesn’t it make sense just to go guest-less for an episode? While you ponder your ruthless, horrible answer to that question, here’s the official word on the upcoming episode:
This week, the designers work for their biggest client yet, the Trump Organization. The remaining 7 designers split into two teams to create two model apartments at Trump Plaza Residences Jersey City, including bathroom, bedroom, living and dining spaces. As an added twist, the designers must each repurpose New York City souvenirs, and incorporate them into the apartments. When the design begins, one designer feels overpowered by teammates, while another seizes an opportunity to shine. As the spaces come together, one team falls apart facing disastrous consequences. In the end, Donald Trump Jr. visits both teams’ spaces, and the judges surprise everyone with an unexpected decision.