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MTV's 'House of Style' revival: Haute or haute mess?

Model Bar Rafaeli arrives at the Grand Opening of

Model Bar Rafaeli arrives at the Grand Opening of

MTV’s House of Style returned to the network this weekend with a new look (and a new host), and boy, was I let down. Bar Rafaeli, whom you all know as Leo Dicaprio’s girlfriend and Sports Illustrated’sSwimsuit cover girl, hosted along with fellow model Chanel Iman, and while they are certainly pretty to look at, they were also utterly boring to watch (neither had the verve of the original run’s host, Cindy Crawford). Plus a majority of the segments – including, how to make friendship bracelets, a lesson about shopping your own closet with model Jessica Stam, and a list of the season’s “hottest” trends – felt rushed and incomplete. One of those sequences alone could have provided enough fodder for one 30-minute episode, so why cram so much information in all at once?

There was one segment, however, that does deserve to be given a high five: backstage with Justin Timberlake for his William Rast clothing line’s debut at fashion week (click play below to view the whole clip). You could just tell how giddy he was for the show by the nervous smile on his face and his I-can’t-believe-I’m-here wide eyes. “My mom just said to me this morning,” Timberlake told Rafaeli (pictured) in an interview, “that I never thought, when you were one year old and we were taking you to the dollar store and buying matching tank tops for you, I never thought you’d be at Fashion Week in New York at the tents.” See, it’s that kind of inside look that really makes you feel like you’re (almost!) one with the fashion world.

PopWatchers, did any of you happen to catch the premiere of House of Style over the weekend? What were your favorite and least favorite parts? Do you think MTV was right for bringing it back? Or, are you still scratching your head wondering what the heck House of Style was in the first place?

Originally posted March 23 2009 — 3:00 PM EDT

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