1.31: Designer Spotlight

Broadcast: Sunday 20 January 2041ce
Network: Portland Three on EntertaiNet

[Commercial Ending in Three… Two… One…]
[Newsroom Live.]

David Rodmillovich
Welcome back.

The last few months, award-winning film and stage wardrobe designer Wanda Hertz had been frequenting certain haunts in Francisco. While enjoying much of New Sin City’s many pleasures, it was known that they were working on a project of some sort, but unlike her London studio, Miss Hertz would only allow visitors in certain public areas of her Francisco studio.

There were even rumors, thus far unconfirmed, that members of her inner-circle, those friends normally granted full access to her works-in-progress, were left outside, guessing and wondering like everyone else.

And then, two weeks ago, she announced the studio closing and returned to London. Tight lipped, the entirety of her design staff has remained silent regarding anything that occurred at the satellite studio.

So it was with some surprise that Nancy Olien, in New York covering the festivities that begin a week before the Tony Awards, found Miss Hertz among the early arrivals.

[Play Video: Wonda Hertz Interview Intro.]

Nancy Olien (Voice Over)
New York City, fashion capital of North America. And one of Broadway’s most respected faces is in town.

She sat down with me to discuss her latest project. But… There was a catch.

Wanda Hertz
Well, the military had me sign a non-disclosure agreement.

Nancy Olien
The… The military?

Wanda Hertz
I think I was the first official civilian contractor for the Federal Army of the Coalition States of North America… I think. I may be wrong, but the contract was signed on January second.

Nancy Olien (Voice Over)
Wanda danced around it for a few moments, playing with my curiosity. But before long…

[Cut to Clip Three.]

Nancy Olien
Reno Command announced this morning that a new… Did they say ‘generation of uniform’ this morning?

Wanda Hertz
There it is!

Nancy Olien (Voice Over)
Wanda’s non-disclosure held her silent on several things.

Some of those restriction, however, ended with the announcement.

Nancy Olien
So there’s still things you can’t say yet?

Wanda Hertz
More than that… Everything that was put together in my workshop, which the Federal Army put together for me outside of Francisco, is still under lock and key.

Nancy Olien
They kept it?

Wanda Hertz
(Laughs) Yes, but I get it all when they unveil the uniforms in three weeks.

[Cut to Clip Seven]

Nancy Olien
So what can you tell us?

Wanda Hertz
Well, the person in charge was non-other than General Hitchens himself.

Nancy Olien
One of the West’s greatest heroes.

Wanda Hertz
We met twice… First and last days, actually. He wasn’t very interested in the process. But he did lay down what he wanted from me.

Nancy Olien
And that was?

Wanda Hertz
A bold step forward.

Nancy Olien
In camouflage?

Wanda Hertz
(Laughs)

[Cut to Clip Eight]

Wanda Hertz
Field greens will always be what they are, I’d imagine. Utilitarian, general protection, warmth.

No, this was about the dress and office uniforms. About symbolizing our species coming into a new age, leaving behind our adolescence.

Nancy Olien
Our ‘adolescence’?

Wanda Hertz
The traditional style of uniform, beautiful as some of them were, was born out of thousands of years of human nations fighting human nations. No doubt that they were worn in honor, but also worn in readiness to fight against other humans.

The Invaders changed our perception in a way that, many feel, is akin to a person growing up… Only on a species-level rather than individual. Anyone younger than thirty, in fact, has no memory of a world without aliens. There are only a few places left where people experience bigotry for any reason. The effort to educate every child, with the awareness of our universe that comes from that knowledge…

Because of this, every branch of the Coalition military has a mission that is unlike any military before the Invasion began. The troopers, sailors and pilots pursuing that mission are unlike any who have lived before. This is the new reality, and the time had come for the military uniforms to reflect it.

[Cut to Clip Eleven]

Nancy Olien
So, without violating the NDA… Describe them for us.

Wonda Hertz
Oh… Bold. Brilliance. (Laughs) Uniformity yet versatility. Lots of colors, visual identifiers. A post-Invasion system of internal heraldry that definitively states, ‘We are still here, and we are stronger.’”

Nancy Olien (Voice Over)
Despite the military’s desire to keep us all in suspense, Miss Hertz was able to share some more tantalizing details.

[Cut to Clip Fourteen.]

Wanda Hertz
Well, we’ve seen these post-Invasion materials… All the new metal alloys, new forms of concrete, non-fossil plastics and such. Well, there are some new, rather unusual fabrics that are about to hit the scene.

It was incredible to work with and is probably the biggest reason my stuff’s under lock and key.

[Cut to Clip Nineteen.]

Nancy Olien
What was the most difficult part of this project.

Wonda Hertz
Oh, clearly the secrecy and security. We were seen around town; Our nights were our own, after all. But my staff and I are used to working with a constant flow of people. Clients and critics and fans, other designers, producers and directors… We were in near seclusion during working hours for nearly two weeks. Was harsh on everyone. But the team pulled through, we couldn’t be happier with the results.

[Cut to Clip Twenty-Two]

Nancy Olien
And what or who would you say was your biggest inspiration going in?

Wonder Hertz
Oh, most certainly the work of Kogawa and Kitazume.

Nancy Olien (Voice Over)
Miss Hertz never disclosed who Kogawa and Kitazume are, and to the upset of many, I’ve found nothing on the network that could identify them easily.

But I’ll keep searching.

[Newsroom Live.]

David Rodmillovich
Thanks Nancy.

Reno Command has confirmed that the new uniforms will be distributed to our service members as they are transitioned into the new structure outlined in the Military Charter. Additionally, basic training and officer training graduates will receive the new uniforms, transferring directly into the new chain of command.

Over the phone, Reno Command Press Secretary Rick Hill confirmed Miss Hertz to have been the third civilian contractor to sign a DoD contract. The first two were defense contractors Terran Global and Gordan Chemicals.

You can see Nancy’s full interview with Wanda Hertz on the Designer Spotlight tier on Portland Three’s NewsNet server.

[Roll Video: Retro Kids at Swing Party.]

David Rodmillovich (Voice Over)
The Retro Scene has become smitten with swing dance. The next fad taking the What’s-Old-Is-New crowd by storm, when we return.

[Cut to Commercial Set Two.]

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