Monday, May 26, 2008

What the Fug Girls said.

The New ‘90210’ Commits the Ultimate Sin: Bad Fashion, New York Magazine. Emphases mine.

The recently leaked promotional reel for 90210 — the CW's quasi-spinoff of Aaron Spelling's awesomely bad-good nineties teen drama, arguably our all-time favorite soapy drama — pierced us to our rotted cores. We hoped the teen-friendly network might do justice to the glory of Spelling's cheesy, preachy pastiche of love triangles and after-school special issues. Alas, the uninspiring montage felt dull, predictable, and worst of all, unfashionable.

How do we know after watching only two minutes of young, nubile actors frolicking in American Apparel jumpsuits? For starters, reread that last sentence. While Brenda's neckties and Kelly's bodysuits are terrifying today, at the time they felt ahead of the curve and therefore weirdly fascinating. Conversely, the new 90210’s wardrobe already feels desperate and stale: The “hot jock” sports Chloë Sevigny's infamous white-rimmed Ray Bans, while the "quirky" girl almost exclusively wears things tied around her forehead — be they Bret Michaels's scarves, or shoelace headbands in the style of Arden Wohl and Mary-Kate (and, come to think of it, the homeless guy who hangs out near our favorite bar). It's like the show is straining to be Unique and Edgy, when in fact this style has been done, done a lot, and done better, by other people. Including that homeless dude . . .

. . . Clearly, the CW is aching to capitalize on Gossip Girl's buzz, but if the promo plays like a lazy stab at grafting that sex and glitz onto the West Coast — with no hook but a familiar Zip Code — then what hope is there for the actual show?

Below is the video referenced in the article. However, I don't think any episode of the new 90210 will measure up to "Donna Martin graduates". Also, what Best Week Ever said.



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