Top Chef ’s Stephanie Izard ‘Flashdances’ Her Ice Bucket Challenge

08/21/2014 at 11:58 AM ET

Stephanie Izard Ice Bucket Challenge
Joe Laedtke

After viewing Top Chef champ Stephanie Izard‘s recreation of the iconic water scene from Flashdance for her ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, we wouldn’t quite say — sing with us — “She’s a maniac, maniac, on the floor.”

What we would say is that she’s a good sport with a generous heart.

Calling it “an opportunity to recreate on of my favorite movies,” the chef proceeded to do a PG-rated version of the steamy dance-and-grind scene from the 1983 movie. She put on long socks, ran in place and, at the end of her performance, pulled a whisk — good one, Steph! — seemingly out of thin air to activate a bucket filled with ice water that drenched her body.

While the chef is no Jennifer Beals — “Not as sexy as in the movie!” someone helpfully says off-camera — Izard’s moves were equal parts clumsy and charming, and we give her a large buttered popcorn and pack of Twizzlers for her effort.

But she took things a step further. Last Sunday, the day she shot the video, Izard pledged to make a $10 donation to ALS for every brunch guest at Little Goat Diner, her Chicago restaurant, who also does the ice bucket challenge.

—Nancy Mattia

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Anonymous on

What a breath of fresh air she is…..

K.B. on

She is awesome! And her food is to die for. Go, Stephanie!

George Bush on

She’s a Moo-niac

KingKing on

This was sooooo fun!!!

Anon on

This was really painful to watch. ugh.

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