Bravo, Sui and Wii: Cable Network Honors Designer, Gaming Console

As for the relevant winners of last night’s cringe-inducing Bravo A-List Awards, the always gracious Anna Sui was named A-List fashion designer, while Nintendo’s Wii Fit earned some sort of design innovation award sponsored by Chrysler.

Presenting the fashion design award was model Jessica Stam, who described the four nominees in a drowsy, Olsen twin-like cadence. Zac Posen was lauded for his “aggressive boldness” and the Proenza Schouler boys were noted for their “calculated bravado.” OK, but how to explain the descriptions penned for the female nominees, Tory Burch and Sui? “Subtle timelessness” was a poor fit for characterizing Burch’s bold, David Hicks-influenced designs, while Stam was teleprompted to say that Sui’s signature is her “unwavering austerity.” Rock n’ roll-inspired, bohemian, and folkloric, Sui’s designs are the opposite of austere. Someone should have recruited Project Runway‘s Tim Gunn or presenter and writer Simon Doonan to proof the show’s script.

Meanwhile, the Wii Fit’s award was quickly dispatched with the help of the delightful Doonan, a taped segment featuring Top Design judge and Elle Decor editor Margaret Russell, and a guy with a skateboard. Doonan succeeding in summing up the entire evening when, after struggling with the apparently unadjustable microphone, he swiftly read his lines before giving the audience an exasperated glance and saying, “TAPE!” Cue the below video to see for yourself.

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