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Everything's coming up rosettes for Angela

Pamela Sitt
The Seattle Times

Angela Keslar of Bravo\'s \"Project Runway.\"

I had come to explore Angela Keslar's curious relationship with rosettes, the decorative silk flowers that became her amusing, if slightly perplexing, trademark as a contestant on the third season of Bravo's "Project Runway."

We were in the third-floor green room at the downtown Seattle Macy's, prior to a packed and enthusiastic fashion show hosted by Keslar and "Project Runway's" dapper design mentor, Tim Gunn. In order to give us some privacy, Gunn had graciously herded several publicists/handlers to a table 10 feet away: "Let's just go over here and have a caucus."

In person, Keslar is softer, prettier and, at 5-foot-10, taller than she appeared on the show, on which she was frequently shown looking tense and squabbling with Jeffrey or Vincent.

She agreeably stood to show me her skirt, which was a poufy, magenta-colored silk taffeta number with an asymmetrical hem. It was embellished with sparkly rhinestone brooches, and to no one's surprise, was of her own design.

"I actually have rosettes on the inside of the skirt," she explained without prompting, thus providing the perfect opportunity for my inquiry.

So, I began tactfully, do you think Bravo exaggerated your affinity for rosettes, seemingly for comic effect?

"They did not. I love, love, love rosettes," she responded with enough force to make me believe her. "When I love something, I just repeat it. I'm like a kid watching 'Sesame Street' _ they want to watch it five times in a row."

In fact, the designer's whimsical and colorful designs are perhaps best suited to little girls, for whom she designs pieces like the "buttercup frock" and "grape silk twirly skirt" she sells on her Web site ($25-$65, www.angelakeslar.com). In the grown-up world of New York design, however, her unapologetic obsession with rosettes might have cost her her victory in "Project Runway's" Macy's INC design challenge _ had teammate Michael Knight not physically restrained her from sewing rosettes all over an otherwise pleasing, and eventually winning, outfit.

"He's such a gentleman, and he's so cool and composed," Keslar said of Knight, a fan favorite. "And he came to my rescue on so many occasions."

Despite her sometimes trying experience on "Project Runway" _ she was "heartbroken" and depressed for a week after viewing the second episode, in which fellow designer Vincent called working with her "the nightmare of my life" _ Keslar says she would absolutely do it again: "There's a part of me that always wanted to be famous."

Speaking of people who want their 15 minutes:

"America's Next Top Model"

The models shoot a "Cover Girl in Space" ad while wearing spacesuits and flying around in a simulated sky-diving tank. So now everyone knows what it feels like to be weightless, as opposed to just those super-skinny twins. (8 p.m. Wednesdays, CW)

"Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders: Making the Team"

The squad is cut from 38 hopefuls to 36. Natalie: "Clearly, I'm the 38th most beautiful girl in Texas, because I didn't make it to 36. But it's OK, I think I'm gonna go eat a big hamburger ... maybe three of them. With cheese." To paraphrase Ivana Trump: Don't get mad. Get fat. (9 p.m. Fridays, CMT)

"The Amazing Race"

A week after Kentucky coal miner David is eliminated, the teams must ride a bicycle into a mine. The male models are wearing miner helmets. Is anyone else having a "Zoolander" flashback? Meantime, we learn that when Rob descends into the underground, he turns into Jack Nicholson from "The Shining." (8 p.m. Sundays, CBS)

"Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County"

The girls discuss their dates to prom. Ice queen Lexie expresses ambivalence about her date with Derek: "I didn't even know I was going with him. I'm not going to hook up with him. I don't even like him. ... It kind of sucks if your date likes you, because then you feel kind of awkward." So would that be more or less awkward than if your date actually doesn't like you? Discuss. (10 p.m. Wednesdays, MTV)

"Dancing with the Stars"

I'm sure Joey Lawrence is a little bit heartbroken from getting booted from the show, but it could have been worse: Britney Spears reportedly dumped hubby Kevin Federline via text message. It's unclear whether America voted, but I'm pretty sure that sound you hear is the world cheering: "PopoZao! PopoZao!" (8 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, ABC)

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TV Addict is a weekly roundup of television news and gossip, along with recaps of a constantly shifting lineup of (mostly) reality TV shows by Pamela Sitt, pop culture writer for The Seattle Times. Contact Sitt at psitt(AT)seattletimes.com



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