Saturday, January 1, 2011

Where's Elsa!?

Elsa Klensch that is. I must say that I've been so completely caught up in today's "fashion world," that I had completely forgotten about this stylish lady whom I watched every Saturday morning, as she presented "Style With Elsa Klensch." Now I think to myself, 'how could I have forgotten about Elsa'? She was a "fashion staple" from the early 80s until 2001. She appeared absolutely classic, with her signature pageboy and crisp accented voiced as she spoke directly to designers and reported on the styles of the day. I ran across as interesting article which details her television start, and what she's doing today.

Style with Elsa Klensch was a half hour long program that aired every Saturday and featured interviews with every icon of of the fashion world, behind the scenes treatments of fashion shows and, of course, an endless parade of mostly unattractive models looking bored while wearing the most hideous clothing ever designed to sell to gullible rich folk. Style with Elsa Klensch was very popular with women, but also drew some fairly huge male viewers and not just those of them who were gay. Style with Elsa Klensch was also notable, it must be added, for bringing nudity to Saturday morning television. No matter how see-through the material, and no matter the bounce quotient of the material inside that fashion, Style would air. Klensch was chosen as host because of her contacts within the fashion industry as a result of her long career as an editor at such Ugly Betty bibles as Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. Style with Elsa Klensch ran from the inception of CNN in 1980 until 2001 when the coronation of Dumbya by the Scalia Court abruptly put an end to all appreciation of style in America.

Actually, it was apparently Elsa Klensch herself who decided to move on. After all, isn't twenty-one years of asking the very same questions and hearing the very same answers from grown men who make a living ripping
off highly impressionable young women enough? Not to mention the usually hysterically funny interviews with supermodels trying to sound intelligent. (Although other stories indicate that it may have been the only tech company in the world that is a bigger joke than Microsoft that actually led to her departure; the Time Warner merger with AOL remains a test case for bad business ideas.) The sad thing was that anyone who spent just five minutes watching Style with Elsa Klensch realized that the most interesting person in the world of fashion wasn't the big names answering questions, it was the woman asking them. Ready for yet another career change, Elsa Klensch said goodbye to viewers, went home to her study, and became a popular writer of mysteries set in the world of fashion. Klensch is the author of three mystery novels featuring his Sonya Iverson as the TV producer equivalent of Jessica Fletcher. Murder she wore!


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