Don't Republicans watch "Dancing with the Stars?"
Plump lipped dancer and reinvigorated TV personality Lisa Rinna hosted a fashion show for Republican women at Mall of America today (Rinna is no Elizabeth Hasselbeck - it was simply a paid gig), but few showed up and those who did saw average women wearing average clothes from chain stores like Banana Republic and Chico's. (The elderly woman seated next to me, who had read about the free show in the newspaper, came expecting to see fashions inspired by First Ladies Nancy Regan and Laura Bush. The closest was floral print number from White House/Black Market, where Michelle Obama likes to shop.) A good natured Rinna did her best to keep the show going, but comments like "You can't go wrong with a cute little wrap dress. I will thank Diane von Furstenberg for that" fell flat. More words of wisdom from Rinna, who now hosts red carpet pre-shows on the TV Guide channel and owns two L.A. stores called Belle Gray:
"I love me some leopard print. You have to have fun with fashion."
"Purple is the color of the season. I never think to wear purple, but I think we're going to have to now."
"I never heard of a soy cardigan." (the organic fabric is used by MOA retailer Martin + Osa) "I like it. Just don't eat it."
I had a nice chat with Rinna before the show. She's quick to credit "Dancing with the Stars" for her career revival and says she urges every washed up celeb to go on the show. She's coached at least a dozen, but the only one who listened: Kim Kardashian's mom, Kris Jenner. Who should have taken her advice? Rinna said: "It wouldn't hurt Denise Richards, would it?"
Read more of my conversation with Rinna in the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Wednesday, Sept. 3 or online at www.twincities.com.