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Designer Crack Takes It to the Tent

I should preface this by saying, on a purely subjective level, I really really wanted Jillian to win. And I really didn't want Christian to. That said, I think, given all the elements, it was incredibly close, and I can't say that there was any egregious miscarriage of justice or anything.

Jillian: Y'know, I've never mentioned how cute her nervous habit of curtseying is. She's such a ballet baby, and it makes me giggle every time.

A lot of my personal bias toward Jillian is grounded in the simple fact that I don't think I've ever seen her wear anything I wouldn't wear myself. And she's made precious little that I wouldn't.

I agree that her collection, while all traceable to the inspiration of the painting, was not necessarily as cohesive a whole as it could have been. I do not agree with Nina's statement that we "lost Jillian." I don't know what the criteria are in that woman's head for what constitutes fitting or not fitting a designer's and/or a client's point of view, but I disagree with her almost every time she voices an opinion on that front.

I love...

and and

I'm not so keen on...

or or

There's really nothing I loathe. There is a slight WTF in the fact that this:

has a divided skirt, like palazzo pants. Huh?

Her strapless bodices all have hinky proportions; I would have liked them all fine otherwise. She likes her ruffles, and she does them RIGHT. Unlike...

Christian: Who has, conversely, made precious little that I would ever consider wearing. For one thing -- and this was brought home to me during the casting, when he kept obsessing about getting the skinniest models -- he is the poster boy for that disease endemic to the industry, by which people design clothes for hangers instead of bodies. It hasn't been the habit of PR to reward that kind of two-dimensional thinking as much as they might, so for that reason I'm very disappointed in his winning.

That said, I pretty much saw it coming when the edits on the last couple eps rather abruptly started making the kid look more sympathetic. His freaking out about the strength of Jillian's and Rami's collections may have been manufactured, but it read pretty true -- he really did seem to be worried as it got down to the wire, and that's to his credit. And the tardy models, OMG! I know these girls are young and all, but dayum. At least CALL to say what's going on! The one girl showing up five minutes before the show?? Nobody who watches PR -- and an awful lot of the industry does at this point! -- is ever going to book her again. Yikes.

Okay, so, my ongoing bugaboo about two-dimensional thinking aside, this collection was a collection. And while I'm not keen on what he did, for the most part I think he did it well. There was a certain monotony in the early part of the show, and Kors was so right about the subtle details (and they do exist) getting lost in the black.

It's a very good thing he lost the "sort of gothic romantic" descriptor from Tim's visit, because it's so not the case with, like, any of this stuff. If he'd said it to the judges, we would have had one of those headscratchy tangents where they go "Um, no, don't think so" and it definitely would have hurt him.

I have to admit, the mutual admiration society with Victoria Beckham was pretty darn adorable.

I find interesting...

and and

I want to wring his little neck for...

and and

The last two dresses...


are interesting in the sense that they play as his own personal repeat of the two-part avant garde challenge. The feather gown is completely ridiculously OTT, but obviously intended to be. I hate the layer-cake ruffles pretty much everywhere they appear (i.e., about half the collection), but I do find the way he carried the ombré through all the ruffled tiers and even the belt to be pretty cool.

Rami is a polished professional, period. Tim's visit to his shop in L.A. makes it clear that he's one of the most already-established designers ever to compete on the show, and I have to wonder if that didn't figure into things. While it made me pout that Jillian was the first of the three to be cut, objectively I get it. At that point, though, I really would have gone with Rami. It does in fact look more cohesive as a whole than it did when he pulled the three pieces, and all of it, whether it's my personal taste or not, is just impeccable and intelligent and classy. I think it was Kors who said something negative about his color choices, which puzzles me, as I haven't always cared for his color sense throughout the season, but found it really eye-opening in a good way here.

I know everyone on the show already raved liek woah about the basketweaving, but I gotta join the chorus. I've seen it used in costuming, and love the technique, but he really did something refined and elegant with it.

I love...

and and and

I'm not so keen on...

or or

And the antique lace gown? OH. MY. GOD.

It makes the black one completely superfluous, it really does. Although at least he had a tall enough model to show the black one to proper advantage this time.

So, another season, another cheesy Saturn commercial. And I see that this time they're already starting casting for next season, so I'm guessing the gap won't be as long as the last one.

I'm going to get into the "decoy" collections in another post.


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Mar. 8th, 2008 05:56 pm (UTC)
I think I'm going to miss your posts as much as I'm going to miss the show until it airs again.

Nothing really intelligent to add. :)
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Mar. 9th, 2008 02:19 pm (UTC)
It's hard to tell, but on TV it definitely looked more like a dark olive green. Either way, it's probably my favorite of his.
Mar. 9th, 2008 12:12 am (UTC)
I was bummed this time around because in past seasons, I was drooling over the runway collections and very inspired by them. This time, I really didn't see anything that will be influencing my choice of performing outfits over the next season. Rami's runway collection was the best overall, although Jillian had some cute stuff. Christian's collection was kind of useless- unflattering colors and all over-the-top couture. As far as clothes with drama, I was much more impressed with Chris's collection and thought it was far more wearable than Christian's. Models on a catwalk can wear clothes that look insane or bad, but when you're looking for drama in front of an audience, it needs to be flattering. Giant light beige ruffles don't look good on anyone.
Mar. 9th, 2008 02:14 pm (UTC)
Giant light beige ruffles don't look good on anyone.

Mar. 9th, 2008 12:40 am (UTC)
Once again, you & are are on the same wavelength.

Mar. 9th, 2008 06:01 am (UTC)
(Darn. Started a reply here, and somehow lost it. Recreating...)

I have enjoyed your commentaries on this series very much. I shall look forward to a new season of your commentaries. :-)

Of the photos you have under Rami, the final two are perfect for alien princesses and priestesses on Classic Trek or Stargate: Atlantis, but not much use for earth girls. None of the photos under Christian reach me at all; I don't get them, and could never wear them. Under Jillian, I like and could even wear the first (with a dickie or blouse, naturally) if it came in my size, and would not at all mind seeing the jacket in the second photo come into general circulation (though the decorative holes must be patched -- in the contrasting red -- for real life).

I sometimes resent those who don't understand that things designed for hangers may be art, but things designed for people are apparel. Sounds like this Christian fits there. That should not be encouraged.
Mar. 9th, 2008 02:13 pm (UTC)
Of the photos you have under Rami, the final two are perfect for alien princesses and priestesses

*chuckle* The one-shouldered gold one leaves me completely cold (particularly that weirdly tacked-up mini-swag at the side), but the lace one pushes my 1930s buttons. (Oddly, a lot of Stargate stuff especially is more Art Deco than anything.)
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