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Designer Crack Goes to the Prom

Haven't watched this past week's yet, but I was already two posts behind...

So, prom dresses. This was one of those challenges that I think is cool on the face of it, but kinda wonder about the practical applications. How often are you going to get commissioned for a one-off designer gown for a teenage girl's prom, seriously? And the question is relevant, since the appropriateness of the designs for that purpose did (purportedly, at least) figure into the judging.

Sweet P should have walked away with this one. Full stop.

Nicole loved it, her mother loved it, the kid looks STUNNING. Double-sided tape will be her Very Best Friend on prom night, mind you, but as trends currently stand she won't be the only one there by any stretch. Sweet P actually did a pretty good job of drawing the line on Nicole's request for low-cut everything, and gave it enormous class.

And we got a nifty window into the work process, with Nicole asking for "ivory" and Sweet P worrying about it being unflattering and/or looking more appropriate to a wedding. Going with the "champagne" was smart, and didn't even really necessitate the soul-searching, because a designer's sense of color and a client's sense of color aren't always the same thing. I'll bet you good money if Nicole saw it hanging on a rack and tried to describe the color to someone on the phone, she'd say "ivory." It was a matter of giving the client what she wanted even if it wasn't necessarily what she was saying she wanted.

Victorya: Nope. Sorry. Judges? You are on the bad, bad crack.

I'm glad Jessica likes it, since she's the one who'd be shopping for another dress if she didn't. But there's very little I don't hate about this dress. The color is great, but other than that... Chiffon bubble skirt? Bubble skirt with an empire waist? Close halter neck of eeeevil? Why does it look like her breasts are bound? And the bling does not, in spite of Victorya's intent, say "young and fun." It says "vending machine full of plastic jewelry for little kids."

How many small animals did Victorya offer up to some dark god for this to win??

Chris should have been the other one in the neck-and-neck with Sweet P.

Sometimes I wonder about the things he's not so good at, but one thing he definitely is: Spotting a very unexpected color and recognizing that it would make this girl glow. And oh, my stars and garters, the drape and the shape! And the unexpected-but-unobtrusive detail of the O-ring anchoring it all in the front there.

I was about to say Chris needs to let go of this idea he has that "everyone expects" him to only be able to do the wacky OTT stuff that's in his portfolio, because sweetie, we know better based on what you've been doing from the start of this show. But maybe he needs that notion to give himself license to defy the expectation?

Also loved Krista and her mom enthusing over the wacky costume stuff in his portfolio, and the look on the mom's face when he said the particular picture he was talking about was of him! He was having so much fun. If nothing else, he'll come away from this show with a slew of business waiting for him from people who have seen how laid-back and down-to-earth he is in the process.

Kevin. Ouch. And auf wiedersehen!

Poorly conceived. Poorly fitted. Bad color on her. (Red on Filipino skin? Sure. This red? Oh, hell no.) Terrible length. And the hem issue is something that should have occurred to him when he bought the fabric. Mind you, it would probably have been considerably alleviated by making it a more appropriate length. Above her knee, there was no way it was going to be missed.

And a narrow rolled hem would have been the solution anyway. What he was afraid of was interrupting the drape, but he did that anyway by putting the single line of stitching in without folding over. A nice finished rolled hem would have looked on purpose and given it a little bit of flip, which would actually work at this length. The drape needed to flow if it was longer; a full skirt above the knee needs to be a little kicky.

Jillian: Pretty, pretty, pretty.

Love the piecing of different shades in the bodice. And I'm a big sucker for shaped hems -- graceful on anyone.

And then we have Christian, who is steadily losing future business by his on-camera behavior with clients.

Yes, Maddie was opinionated. Guess what? Maddie is seventeen, and it's her PROM. What on earth do you expect??

And together you butted heads and made an unholy mess. Congratulations. *eyeroll* I still agree with Kevin being the one to go, but it's a mighty close call.

Kit: Nice. Different, unexpected, but not way out there.

I'm not convinced the main blue isn't a couple shades too dark, but overall, it says "Kit" without screaming it. She seems to have a good knack for that.

Ricky: Good thoughts, poor execution.

Soft pink for a young girl, especially one who seems to be pretty quiet? Good thinking. This, however, is not that pink. The ultra-thin spaghetti straps are poorly proportioned for both dress and girl, and the jeweled band looks cheesy. And another bubble skirt with an empire waist. WUWT? Two already-iffy tastes that do NOT taste great together.

Rami: This a nice dress. It is not a prom dress.

Also, it's basically the same dress he's made two or three times before. Not wise. The waistline (or that's what I'm calling the point where the horizontal wrap/drape happens) is unfortunate and needs to be three or four inches lower to avoid making a very fit teenage girl look weirdly wide in the middle.

May or may not catch up by the end of the day; we'll see what I'm in the mood for. Ditto for comments on the BT season finale, which I think I'll actually rewatch first.


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Jan. 27th, 2008 06:48 pm (UTC)
It says "vending machine full of plastic jewelry for little kids."

Yeah, totally agree. It was like that's what the judges thought teens wanted to look like. When I went to the prom, I did not want to look like a teenager, I wanted to look as adult as possible. Totally agree with you on Sweet P's dress. Pretty sure teen!me would have much preferred that dress too.
Jan. 27th, 2008 06:48 pm (UTC)
I agree - I love the first dress.

The bubble skirts - just eeeeeew!

Victorya: I'm sorry, but is she trying to make the girl look like she's preggers?

Christian's design - you lose the girl in it! It's like where does the dress end & the girl begin...

Ricky - needs to study colors better. :-p The girl looks almost washed out in the dress.

Kevin - same as above. Not that shade of red on that girl.

Jillian - pretty design, pretty colors - nice execution.

Chris - love the dress. The shade's not one I'd go for, but it works for this girl. :)
Jan. 27th, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
It was a pleasure to see your review post pop up!

>"Victorya: Nope. Sorry. Judges? You are on the bad, bad crack."

Do I understand correctly that this thing won? Oh, no no no! What on earth could they have been thinking -- group flashback to the seventies, perhaps? Because the long, straight hair, the empire waist and colorful plastic all together say "seventies" (or rather "late sixties") even while the empire waist with the bubble skirt says "not intended for humans."

I notice that we have three less-thin girls in this challenge, and that not one of them gets a dress that serves her very well. And it's not like they're outside normal parameters -- these are all healthy-looking kids who need not fear to go sleeveless in public. But they got three of the four worst dresses of the round (the other being the winner).
Jan. 27th, 2008 06:50 pm (UTC)
Do I understand correctly that this thing won?

You do. *shudder* I do not understand.
Jan. 27th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
YAY! I take a fifteen minute break from cleaning, and there's designer crack!

I so agree about SweetP. That was an amazing job. But I don't know what they were thinking to pick Victorya's dress. The fakey gems made it look like something you'd find in a princess dress-up kit.

When I saw the color Chris had picked out, I was worried about it, but it looks good on her. It's not a good color for about 90% of the women out there, but it was perfect for her.

Kevin's dress. Yuck. He managed to make a 17-year-old look like she has saggy breasts, and cut off the hem at the least flattering spot on her legs.

Jillian's was pretty, but not my style. Kit's was pretty, but more of a cocktail dress.

I'm still wondering how much different that color will look on Ricky's teen when she's done tanning for the prom. It's too light for her now, but doesn't everyone tan for prom?

I want Rami's dress. In a color of green I can wear. It's fitted the places my body can stand fitted, shows off skin where I have nice skin to show, and is drape-y right over my saggy bits. Had they been designing for women in their 30s, that dress would have been perfect.

When they played the clip of Christian saying he doesn't 'do' prom, I knew he was going to end up with the most opinionated of the girls to work with. She did not disappoint. If Christian intends to continue a design career in the Annapolis area, he's going to need to learn to fit and tailor clothing to figures that look like Maddie's. That's the demographic around here.
Jan. 27th, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)
>"but doesn't everyone tan for prom?"

Goodness, I hope not! The rich cheerleaders went to tanning salons when I was a kid in the frozen north -- we nerds did not -- but surely everyone knows better than that by now?
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Jan. 27th, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
And while I'm thinking about it: Standard rant on all fancy dresses being the next thing to topless! Some of us must wear bras with serious architecture in public. And others may not bare shoulders or arms in public. We deserve fancy dresses, too -- wearing a mother-of-the-bride dress to your prom is not fun.
Jan. 27th, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)
Ditto and what you said about Sweet P's dress. It should have won hands down. The only thing I really like about Victorya's outfit are the shoes she picked out.

Ricky is fast becoming the Sanjaya of the show, but then again this is nothing new (Robert P...Season 1 anyone?)

Overall I'd have to say that this season is pretty "meh" so far.

And I'm having trouble watching the BT season finale again AKA "cruelest season finale ever."
Jan. 27th, 2008 07:21 pm (UTC)
AKA "cruelest season finale ever."

*chuckle* Not to be unsympathetic, but after the buildup I was relieved it wasn't much, much more cruel...
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Jan. 27th, 2008 07:54 pm (UTC)
The funny thing is that I loved Victorya's dress on the show - it looked very vibrant and fresh and young on the girl. But in this still photo, it just looks tacky. And its flaws are very apparant. Either way, I think Sweet P should have won both because the result is gorgeous and tasteful, and because she successful gave the client what she wanted and what she needed. She showed excellent judgement. I think Chris' dress was underrated and he deserved more props for it. I think I agree with everything else you said.
Jan. 27th, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC)
I disliked Victorya's dress less on the show, but it still didn't thrill me.
Jan. 27th, 2008 08:29 pm (UTC)
I do so love reading these.
Jan. 27th, 2008 08:52 pm (UTC)
We are as one.
And oh, my stars and garters

I say that all the time. ;-)

I agree with pretty much everything you said, except that I absolutely hated the fit on the bodice of Jillian's dress. It was dreadfully unflattering and made the girl look like someone had stolen her breasts, when she wasn't looking.

Also, Rami's dress, while not saying "prom" to anyone, but Rami, was apparently a huge hit with his client. So it all goes to show that making the client happy while keeping your point of view as a designer doesn't necessarily mean that you have a bat's chance in hell of winning the challenge. :-)
Jan. 27th, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC)
I agree completely about Sweet P deserving the win this time. I love that she took a couple kicks from the judges when things went catastrophically wrong for her in construction, and turned around and started doing gorgeous things. (Unlike poor Bradley last year, who flailed through the dog challenge and even though he was a strong contender for the win there, just kept flailing till he was out.) Her last three looks have been phenomenal.
Jan. 27th, 2008 09:27 pm (UTC)
I think i agree with everything here.... of course, not watching the show, all I have are still photos to look at. (A rolled hem did not occur to that person? Bwa?)

Having recently been in the Junior's department looking for interview clothes, though, I have to say that the bubble skirt/empire waist thing seems to be prevalent currently, though I don't know why, because I don't think there's a person on earth that combo would look good on.
Jan. 27th, 2008 10:09 pm (UTC)
That combination tends to make you look about four to five months pregnant, if nothing else.
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Jan. 27th, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC)

I knew that Christian wasn't going anywhere. His drama makes for good TV... but I did pray this was it for him, just because the look on his face would have been so very priceless.

Ricky seems like a sweet person, but why he hasn't gone home yet continues to elude me.

Sweet Pea deserved the win. Chris and Jillian impressed me as well.

I'm not sure how I feel about Victorya's design. I see it as the most likely to end up as the knockoff every girl wants... but that's a problem when the original dress already looks like a knockoff. Kit's dress was very cute, and I would love to have one like it.

Rami was designing for Rami. I'm starting to wonder if he'll make the top three. I think he's one draped dress away from disaster. Right now, I'm rooting for Jillian, Christian and Chris (yes, Christian is evil, but I'd totally wear his clothes.)

Jan. 27th, 2008 11:51 pm (UTC)
but I did pray this was it for him, just because the look on his face would have been so very priceless.

I would pay money for that. For serious.
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Jan. 27th, 2008 11:57 pm (UTC)
The judges' decision for Prom Week completely mystified me. I HATED Victorya's dress. Despised it. And I adored both Sweet P's and Chris's efforts. I think both of them are horribly underrated so far.
Jan. 28th, 2008 01:59 am (UTC)
Wasn't there some ado (http://jezebel.com/343485/copy-cats) about Victorya's dress being a stolen design?
Jan. 28th, 2008 04:32 am (UTC)
I hadn't seen that, but it doesn't surprise me a whole lot. These things happen. And there's never really any knowing whether they're deliberate, but my but feeling is that mostly they're coincidence. *shrug*
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