Bad Pants, Good Cause

CultureMap is bad! We win top prize in Bad Pants Fashion Show — with help from animal crackers

CultureMap is bad! We win top prize in Bad Pants Fashion Show — with help from animal crackers

We've always known that CultureMap likes to have fun in bad ways, but now there's proof. We'll do just about anything for a good cause, so when organizers of the Bad Pants Fashion Show asked us to take part for the third straight year, of course we said yes.

This year's show, which serves as a kickoff for the Bad Pants Open Golf Tournament, to be held at The Clubs of Kingwood on Oct. 10, paired talented Houston Community College fashion design students with media personalities, including Channel 11's Chita Johnson, FOX 26's Melissa Wilson, Channel 13's Tom Koch and me.

 HCC design student Carolyn Gotcher asked herself, "How can I make something really ugly but still looks good at the same time?"

 At first the designers were a little taken aback about being asked to make an outfit that's meant to look bad. Upon being asked to participate HCC design student Carolyn Gotcher asked herself, "How can I make something really ugly but still looks good at the same time?"

She reminded herself that she was involved with a charity event for a children's hospital — the Bad Pants Open Golf has raised more than $2 million for the Newborn Center at Texas Children's Hospital — "so why not have some fun," she recalled.

Then she got to work.

She created a '70s'-inspired outfit — pants, vest and hat — dotted with animal crackers, eyeballs and a silver spike here and there for me to wear. It wowed the crowd and the judges — fashion designer Chloe Dao, fashion columnist Sydney Dao, Chic Sheet fashion blogger Roz Pactor and Texas Children's Hospital NICU nurse manager Rebecca Schiff.

Michael Kors, eat your heart out!

But it was a tough choice as each outfit was so "bad" it was good. Koch wowed the crowd in a Mad Hatter golf outfit designed by HCC student Patricia Dunn while Wilson channeled I Dream of Jeannie in a gold harem pants designed by HCC instructor Jose Saucedo that M.C. Hammer would kill for. If an award were made for working the crowd, Wilson would have won hands down.

Judges told me later that it was hard to choose between my outfit and Johnson's multi-colored Alice in Wonderland slacks, designed by Houston Community College fashion design students Claire Ferran and Julio Sanchez, which had a fashion-forward flair.

But the playful animal crackers dotting my outfit was the determining factor in victory, and I was thrilled to accept the honor.

But winning presents its own set of problems. Now, I worry, where do I store the outfit to protect it from an invasion of ants? Perhaps I should donate it to the Bad Pants Hall of Fame.

Bad Pants Fashion Show, Clifford Pugh, Texas Children's Hospital, 2012
Clifford Pugh models his prize-winning bad pants outfit designed by HCC fashion student Carolyn Gotcher. Photo by Allen S. Kramer/Texas Children’s Hospital
Bad Pants, Leila Whitlock, Melissa Wilson, Texas Children's Hospital, 2012
FOX 26's Melissa Wilson channels I Dream of Jeannie in gold harem pants designed by HCC instructor Jose Saucedo. Photo by Allen S. Kramer/Texas Children’s Hospital
Bad Pants, Tom Koch, Texas Children's Hospital, 2012
Channel 13's Tom Koch's mad hatter golfer outfit was designed by HCC design student Patricia Dunn. Photo by Allen S. Kramer/Texas Children’s Hospital
Bad Pants Fashion Show, Nalah Best, Jill Bendixen, Texas Children's Hospital, 2012
3-year-old Nalah Best walks the runway with Texas Children's Hospital Neonatl Intensive Care Unit nurse Jill Bendixen. Photo by Allen S. Kramer/Texas Children’s Hospital
Bad Pants Fashion Show, Chita Johnson, Texas Children's Hospital, August 2012
Channel 11's Chita Johnson looks fashion forward in a wild pair of pants designed by HCC students Claire Ferran and Julio Sanchez. Photo by Allen S. Kramer/Texas Children’s Hospital
Bad Pants Fashion Show, Ned Hibberd, Alexander Hibberd, Michael Hibbard, Texas Children's Hospital, 2012
FOX 26's Ned Hibberd with 3-year-old twin sons Alexander and Michael. The twins were born premature at Texas Children's Hospital; Ned spent 22 days at the hospital with them. Photo by Allen S. Kramer/Texas Children’s Hospital
Bad Pants Fashion Show, Texas Children's Hospital, Aiden Questell, Alexa Questell, Evelyn Questell,
4-year-old triplets Aidan, Alexa and Evelyn Questell look good in bad pants. Photo by Allen S. Kramer/Texas Children’s Hospital
Bad Pants Fashion Show, Texas Children's Hospital,Stephen Welty, Moose Rosenfeld, Les Fox, Bob Frank, Bill Spillman.
From left, Dr. Stephen Welty, chief of neonatology at Texas Children’s Hospital, with Bad Pants Open committee members Moose Rosenfeld, Les Fox, Bob Frank and Bill Spillman. The golf tournament is Oct. 10 at The Clubs of Kingwood. Photo by Allen S. Kramer/Texas Children’s Hospital
Bad Pants Fashion Show, Chita Johnson, Ned Hibberd, Jorge Vargas, Melissa Wilson, Mia Gradney, Texas Children's Hospital, 2012
What a bad group of media personalities: From left, Chita Johnson, Ned Hibberd, Melissa Wilson, Jorge Vargas and Mia Gradney Photo by Allen S. Kramer/Texas Children’s Hospital
 Ashlee Haefs, James Haefs, Madilynn Haefs, Bad Pants Fashion Show, Texas Children's Hospital
Ashlee and James Haefs with daughter Madilynn are seeing red. Photo by Allen S. Kramer/Texas Children’s Hospital
Levi Goode, Kelley Goode, Reese Goode, Mason Goode, Vivian Goode, Texas Children's Hospital, Bad Pants Fashion Show
Levi and Kelley Goode with children Reese, Mason and Vivian. Photo by Allen S. Kramer/Texas Children’s Hospital
Bad Pants Fashion Show, Syndey Dao, Carolyn Gotcher, Clifford Pugh, Chloe Dao, Texas Children's Hospital, 2012
Judges Sydney Dao, left, and Chloe Dao, right, pose with Bad Pants winner Clifford Pugh and designer Carolyn Gotcher. Photo by Allen S. Kramer/Texas Children’s Hospital
Bad Pants Fashion Show, Clifford Pugh, Texas Children's Hospital, 2012
Bad Pants, Leila Whitlock, Melissa Wilson, Texas Children's Hospital, 2012
Bad Pants, Tom Koch, Texas Children's Hospital, 2012
Bad Pants Fashion Show, Nalah Best, Jill Bendixen, Texas Children's Hospital, 2012
Bad Pants Fashion Show, Chita Johnson, Texas Children's Hospital, August 2012
Bad Pants Fashion Show, Ned Hibberd, Alexander Hibberd, Michael Hibbard, Texas Children's Hospital, 2012
Bad Pants Fashion Show, Texas Children's Hospital, Aiden Questell, Alexa Questell, Evelyn Questell,
Bad Pants Fashion Show, Texas Children's Hospital,Stephen Welty, Moose Rosenfeld, Les Fox, Bob Frank, Bill Spillman.
Bad Pants Fashion Show, Chita Johnson, Ned Hibberd, Jorge Vargas, Melissa Wilson, Mia Gradney, Texas Children's Hospital, 2012
 Ashlee Haefs, James Haefs, Madilynn Haefs, Bad Pants Fashion Show, Texas Children's Hospital
Levi Goode, Kelley Goode, Reese Goode, Mason Goode, Vivian Goode, Texas Children's Hospital, Bad Pants Fashion Show
Bad Pants Fashion Show, Syndey Dao, Carolyn Gotcher, Clifford Pugh, Chloe Dao, Texas Children's Hospital, 2012