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Blayne Walsh Fall 2009

Blaynelicious debuted his fall '09 collection and guess what? We're not going to trash it!


Except for maybe the Chippendales-inspired opening.

Despite the cheesiness of the "Indian" theme, we have to admit he appears to be maturing as a designer. We see very little "crazy for the sake of being crazy" crap and we see more wearable clothes with a twist and a point of view. He has some great sweaters and jackets and he kills when he's designing a pair of pants. His major weak spot is dresses. If he were crazy enough to ever ask our advice, we'd tell him to stick to menswear because we think he's got a real shot at it.






































[Photos: Courtesy of Huzefa Mogri Photography]


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89 comments:

"and he kills when he's designing a pair of pants."

um, maybe. but I can't see most of them; most photos are cropped at the crotch.

as for the rest.... well, Blayne should thank you for your magnanimous mood today.


What? You gonna let all of us trash the collection for you?

OK.

Nothing I don't already see in any low-end department store.

Styling's still horrible, trite and slightly offensive.

He couldn't even afford lighting for his runway?


"He couldn't even afford lighting for his runway?"

He is just going with what he knows! PR has never properly lit their runway.

This collection is coo coo for cocoa puffs.


Sorry, boys, I cannot agree with your decision not to trash this collection of pure fug. (AND, I seldom disagree with you, but in this case....I DO!)
There is not one single piece that I have anything even approaching good to say about.
BLECH.


This is his second show post-season, so he's really working it.

Now it could be said that it wouldn't take so long to make those clothes...

But he's showing promise. I think he could develop a market either in skaterat sportswear, 18th-century Navajoe couture, or Village People revivals.


Do wish I could see more full body shots. If the pants are his strong point, I wish I could see them better.

(note - not a complaint, fellas - if I were truly engaged I'd be hunting for them on line, not expecting to find them since you two do deliver the best available and sometimes better than that.)

As to the styling, really, I wonder if Blayne can't stop the vision in his head from coloring his perception of what things look like in real life. The only other explanations are that the styling is thrown together in the last hour before the show and he never sees the reality ahead of time, or that his taste is still kind of cheesy. Not to say tacky cliches messily executed.

Sadly, unlike Jerrel, I can't even say he dresses himself better than he dresses his models.

Ah well, since I'm clearly NOT his target demographic, my negativity is perhaps beside the point.


He really worked the androdgynous (sp) angle beautifully.


I agree that the men's wear is his strength. Particularly the jeans.
I like the make-up.


It's a little Heatherette-ish, no?
I hear he's doing well in Seattle and helping the fashion community there getting more exposure. Kudos to him!


i'd wear the blue dress. i like the urban juxtapositon of neons and native, but agree that it's not exactly amazing. and yes, the styling is...borderline offensive. (better without the feathers, i suspect.)


LOVE. LOVE. LOVE the pants and the Jacket/Sweater/Thingie #4.

I would totally buy them!


FashionFanatic said...
It's a little Heatherette-ish, no?


And BOOM goes the dynamite!

It REALLY is.


It looks like someone is shooting a video for Cher's "Half Breed" in Hell.


UGH...

NOTHING ELSE NEED BE SAID!

GOD MOST OF THE PEEPS ON THE LAST SEASON WERE THE SUCK, NO?

AT LEAST THERE WAS LEANNE AND KORTO.


You're seriously not going to trash this? Seriously?


Wait... this is Blayne? As in BLAYNE blayne? "Let's make the models look like homeless meth-heads" Blayne?

I'll agree with Anonymous 10:54, that some of it looks like department store clothes, but at least most of the collection is wearable. Not all of it is great, but by toning it down, he's making a huge leap torward mainstream credibility.


I think his opening look could be solid, but I can't really see it. I do like his color choices a bit better now, but there's still a lot of irritating, unfinished-looking and downright bad ideas. What pants I see are well done, yeah. I agree that he's good at pants and this is a little better than where he was, but he's still not top 3 PR contestant material.


T-Lo, I adore the both of you, but I must respectfully and vehemently go OH HELL NO.

The occasional inoffensive piece, a pair of green pants that look fun from the waist-up shots we see but that's it, and a lot of beaded bathroom floor mats treated as shirts.

Some interesting piping lost in a sea of Blayne's First Arts and Crafts project (beads sewn haph-hazardly over a vest? ...whoo?) and some that are just jaw droppingly wrong (the full shirt with the cutaway front. I wouldn't even let Vin Diesel or Jason Statham model such a thing; it displays chest, sure, but in such an UGLY way.)


The styling concept was a bit amateurish (and as soemone else mentioned, borderline offensive) but I have to say that I also enjoyed the pants and one or two of the sweaters. If I were younger, I could see myself buying a few pieces.


OMG! OMG! OMG! Whatever you are having, smoking, eating, drinking or whatever ....

Invite me over, because I sooo want to be trippin with you guys at the same time!!!!

It is Friday and it is time to Partay!!

But, gurlfriends, usually I drink whatever Kool Aid you offer up, but I am so NOT in agreement with you today.

I have taste and design issues with this entire collection. Although, I think some of the boys are WAYYYY Cute. I would want to play cowboy to some of those injuns ....

Chippendales, Indians, Feathers, Torsos and Crotches! Oh MY!!

If this was a cheesy fashion movie (sweet blond airhead heads to big city to become famous and does a big fashion show that everybody loves but it's really trashy and horrible because it's a LMN movie of the week) I would be watching and hooting and hollering ... but a fashion show?

Come on, TLO ... what would NINA say about this collection? Fractured? Self-indulgent? And I can just see Gunn's arched eyebrows as he wonders about the "taste level" of Blayne and then shrugging and sayin "Chacun à son goût."

Or with all those feathers, "Qui se ressemble s'assemble"

Or perhaps "Qui se couche avec les chiens se lève avec des puces."

Or my new favorite, "les chiens aboient, la caravane passe."

And even if he kills the pants, who would be wearing them? Just tell me who?

Lord have mercy, I love you guys, BUT ...

Just invite me over, cause it's Friday and not even noon yet, I need to start drinking and catch up with yall!!!

Just sayin-

P.S. Just leave the trashin to the rest of us, cause I think we are more than happy to help out on occasion.


"Navajoe [sic] couture"?

Navajo men don't wear beaded breastplates, feathers in their hair or whatever the hell the rest of that shit is.

"borderline offensive"?

Trust me. He's crossed the border.


Wow, there are some really cool pieces there. Good for Blayne.


It's funny how everyone seems shocked that T Lo didn't hate the collection and yet nobody is actually criticizing any of the pieces.


The second look is the Rock 'n Roll outfit that Suede was trying to go for.

I second and third all the sentiments that I would have loved to see the pants, full length. What little I saw looked promising.

It's an improvement over the first show.


The first thing I thought when I saw these photos was that Blayne wore pants from that same yellow fabric to the Project Runway finale show in back February! I know TLo, Gorgeous Things, and others will corroborate that.


I don't believe Blayne is trying to design for real Navajos. He's just using certain motifs out of context.

We've done that to ancient Egyptian, Roman, and Greek motifs for years--they're just not around to defend themselves. For example, in the early 50's, Queen Nefertiti was a huge fashion motif. In the 70's, the ankh was another fashion statement taken completely out of context.

How many African motifs have been used over the years?

In the late 40's and early 50's, there was a whole Polynesian motif craze.

Orientalia has been popular for years.

If you want to take offense, there's a lot to offend. If you believe that artists can been inspired by the cultures of the world, there's a lot ot admire.


Pants? HOT! Anything else is a big no.


Mariana (The Unoriginal)

"suzq said...
I don't believe Blayne is trying to design for real Navajos. He's just using certain motifs out of context."

Does that really need to be explained?

Eyes rolling.

"If you want to take offense, there's a lot to offend. If you believe that artists can been inspired by the cultures of the world, there's a lot ot admire."

AMEN.


T Lo, if you don't have anything bad to say about this collection, that implies there are things you think are okay.

Please, tell us all two pieces that each of you would purchase and wear from this.

I don't see it. Even the pants bag and sag and aren't flattering.


" Cheri said...

T Lo, if you don't have anything bad to say about this collection, that implies there are things you think are okay.

Please, tell us all two pieces that each of you would purchase and wear from this."

We already mentioned that we liked the pants and some of the jackets and sweaters.

Saying that you like a piece is not the same as saying you would wear or buy it, a mistake too often made by people when they discuss fashion. After all, we constantly talk about and occasionally praise womenswear on this site but you'll never catch either of us in a dress.


Horrible.
More crap from "Blayne's House of Pretend Talent".


I'm having Adam Ant flashbacks!


Where did he find such an unattractive group of models?


I wish I could slice up some jersey-knit sheets, braid them together, wrap it around someone's neck and call it "design"


Does it count as fashion if half of the guys are only half way dressed? Seriously, it looks like he went to BCBG Maxazaria and Pac Sun, bought a bunch of shit, annd put it o the models. Then cut it up a little bit, and threw on some cliche fake Indian crap and called it fashion. That being said, it's better than his last show.


Wrong copyright notice used by the photographer on each snap, unless these photos were taken last year....

Not that we here need to be concerned particularly (though I can't shed my professional persona when I see these gaffes), but it's inaccurate, incorrect and could be a problem for Huzefa Mogri if he/she/it needs to enforce rights in these works.

As to the collection.... not to MY taste!

All the best,

NDC


Some of the stuff I don't get, but others are OK. I like the blue dress and the pants with the black piping; the pink and sequin-y dresses and sequins pants are almosts. The black men's top shows promise, I think it is mostly an execution problem. Although I can't see the full dress, the dress with the black bodice and green skirt over the striped skirt also shows promise.


Nope. Don't like any of it.


fashionablylate

Well, now, in fairness to TLO, we have seen a few collections recently that were MUCH worse than this (I'm looking at YOU Terri, Jerrell, and LeAnne), so I understand the forgiveness here. There is some growth evident, and his models are hot, so it's cool with me.


I absolutely see potential here.

Good for Blayne!
LAK


Extremely fugly. I've seen better stuff done in high school Home Ec. Seriously. So juvenile and literal.


If I had Photoshop and time, I would separate the individual pieces from the styling so we could see better how each piece might work off the runway. I was able to squint and do that, so I agree with TLo that the sweaters & jackets have interest, but need better execution to bring out the ideas.

I couldn't see enough of the pants to have an opinion, except that the pair with the piping is nifty - I can definitely see some Kewl Kidz parading that look on the street or in the mall.

Now, the question is, if Blayne can mature enough so that he actually has a shot at a menswear career, does that mean there's hope for Suede?


@suzyq

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Artists are can be inspired by the cultures of the world, but there should also be a level of respect that goes along with the inspiration. You can take certain aspects of something that inspires you and build on it, but to make broad generalizations (feathers, breast plates) about a culture and say that is Native American - which by the way is made of of hundred of cultures, that uses a wide and differing (key word) variety of symbols, motifs and themes in their art - is both offensive and lazy. The same goes with African-inspired clothing or Orientalia (whatever that means). And just because something was done in the past doesn't justify its use in the present.

Can you imagine a collection inspired by Europe (again, different countries, cultures and languages)? I can be inspired by German lederhosen but to say that it is European is again lazy and offensive because it is obviously not.

As a litmus test, show your designs to people of the culture that you have drawn your inspiration from and see what their reaction is. You don't want too? Then maybe you shouldn't be appropriating their lives for your profit.


roldy - interesting point, but we see that all of the time. Madonna has become a fashion icon (in part) for appropriating Catholic symbols and motifs. She didn't need to ask the church how they felt about that as they made it very clear.

So...is that edgy, irreverent fashion or crass bastardization... or is it actually both.?


StillAnon.E.Mouse

What's with the blue nail polish?

Why did he put that red dress (?) on a dude?


My reaction to TLo's comments about menswear...the first half all I noticed was men's bare chests.... was it mensWEAR or BARE men?

AK


I like the neon green.


Oh my...I'm going to have to disagree with you. His poor attempt of an inspired "out of Africa" collection is worse than Kenley's whole ordeal.


See, it isn't a good collection, but for blayne it's a step up.

better than the shit he was putting on PR, and the few pants that were visable were actually kind of cool.

i wish this was jerrel though. blayne is getting better, while jerrel is still stuck in his tacky box.


I don't hate it completely. For "urbanwear", it ain't bad.


Dang! I actually like it. I'm shocked. I hated everything he did on the show.
Faves:
Look #4 - I know it's a mens jacket but I want it. WANT IT.
Look #6 - That neon and black anorak is fabulous.
Look #7 - Say what you will, but those pants are fierce.
Look #14 - I want that dress and that belt to go shopping in, to wear to school, everything. I would give my firstborn for that dress and that belt.


Most of the pieces here do seem to be a cut above what we saw from B on the show. However, "offensive" is a word that comes to mind from the start. He seems to have appropriated elements of American Indian garb in a very stereotypical way. One wonders if he consulted with any particular tribes in the creation of this line. I'd call this a swing and a miss.

That said, there is more promise here than anything B created on the show. Kudos to him for his attempts.


I have always thought Blaine had talent. He is very young and his designs are for the young--teens and 20s. I think that is why there is a strong division between "love it, would wear it" and "oh, hell no" in the comments.

I don't know if the Indian references are offensive; I am not Indian. Many designers appropriate or are inspired by other cultures and sometimes use them in derivative ways. African cultures are a good example. I don't think they are especially effective. BTW it's Navajo and none of the Indian looks Blaine used look the least bit Navajo--most look like Plains Indians or maybe Northwest Indians.

Anyhow, he needs to mature and put on a show that is more cohesive. Menswear and pants are his strong suit. To be fair, his budget may be responsible for some of the less-expensive looking looks.


Oh, ICK.


Photo 10: The crotch area looks like it was made for a woman..


Jesus!!!!


The Indian references are not offensive. When did we become so PC in this country? It's embarrassing.


Leow; I agree with you. People in this country have turned into pussies. Yet nobody cares if Dior does a Geisha theme, or Pharoah masks. Grow up you sissies.


" Ellen M said...
To be fair, his budget may be responsible for some of the less-expensive looking looks."

That's true. Galliano and McQueen get millions of dollars to design a collection plus the help of hundreds of people.


"Anonymous said...
Nothing I don't already see in any low-end department store."


I doubt very much that you will see those feathered and beaded tops at a department store.


If you ever question the judges' decision to send someone home, just take a good look at this collection and you'll understand why they do it and why these "designers" don't have what it takes to be "America's Next Top Fashion Designer."

These shows have to stop casting based on personality and focus on real talent.


" TLo said...
Saying that you like a piece is not the same as saying you would wear or buy it, a mistake too often made by people when they discuss fashion."


Very true. My sister does that all the time and she never understands when I say that I like something but I wouldn't wear it.


Bitches, please - knows how to make a pair of pants?? Looks at the white jeans - the model has a droopy saggy ass! Hard to do with chiseled model's buns...


Guys you must be kidding, right? There are several looks to trash here and not because we're mean, just because the lack of taste needs to be remarked.

There are some OK looks, nothing impressive. I like the most in this collection the blue dress (fifth look from below). And what is going on with that model (pics 5 & 11 on runway)??? Did he think he was modeling Haute Couture? AS IF bitch!

As Anonymous 10:54 commented, everything can be found in any low-end deparment store. OUT!


Why is everyone commenting as if Tlo said they LOVED the collection? All they said was that he was maturing as a designer and that they liked some of the pieces. Compare this collection to his last one or his pieces from the show. They're right.


"Anonymous said...

Bitches, please - knows how to make a pair of pants?? Looks at the white jeans - the model has a droopy saggy ass! Hard to do with chiseled model's buns..."


That's the style of the pants and the model has no ass.


Guys, c'mon, it's not that bad.


too many cats

The picture of Blaye.....
How did he create such an exciting pair of jears, and whereever did he find the plaid to turn into boxers?
And the other color there...I don't want to know the what and why of it.


I really like the menswear looks. Very young, very hip!


" too many cats said...

The picture of Blaye.....
How did he create such an exciting pair of jears, and whereever did he find the plaid to turn into boxers?
And the other color there...I don't want to know the what and why of it."


I actually like that a lot : )


So THIS is how International Male catalogue finds it "designers"


CanIGetYouAnything?

"Brian said...

So THIS is how International Male catalogue finds it "designers""


ROFLMAO.


Looking at the collection I could hear Cher singing "Half Breed" in my head.


@daxx

There is a world of difference between an artist co-opting the symbols of a destructive and archaic institution which has historically oppressed and controlled the demographic to which the artist belongs (ie - the Catholic Church vs Madonna), and a person in a position of power relative to the peoples whose symbols he is bastardizing (a white guy making some amorphous statement about "Native American culture," the offensiveness of that generalization has already been explained), the details of which he seems to have gleaned from Disney and American public school.

One is mocking the powerful, the other is mocking the powerless, and there are vast differences between the two situations.


Hurray for men! I mean, menswear! Oh, ta' heck with it -- HURRAY FOR MALE MODELS!


i'm not dorothy gale

No.

Boys, I know you were both ill a few weeks back and I wonder if you're having some sort of post-bug hallucinations which allow you to create a fabulous new website yet take away a bit of your fine-turned fashion sence.

This is dreck.


I don't think most of the people here are judging the clothes objectively rather focusing on the style and Blayne's character. Some of the ideas and pieces ARE interesting. Yes, they could have been better executed, he could have hired better models, better lighting, etc etc but that comes with financial support which obviously he doesn't have right now.


" Anonymous said...

@daxx

There is a world of difference between an artist co-opting the symbols of a destructive and archaic institution which has historically oppressed and controlled the demographic to which the artist belongs (ie - the Catholic Church vs Madonna), and a person in a position of power relative to the peoples whose symbols he is bastardizing (a white guy making some amorphous statement about "Native American culture," the offensiveness of that generalization has already been explained), the details of which he seems to have gleaned from Disney and American public school.

One is mocking the powerful, the other is mocking the powerless, and there are vast differences between the two situations."



Well said, anon, well said.


JerzyTroncone

" Sewing Siren said...

I agree that the men's wear is his strength. Particularly the jeans.
I like the make-up."


I like the makeup too. Men's wear is definitely his strength. I remember that he was wearing something quite nice at Bryant Park that he had designed.


"If he were crazy enough to ever ask our advice, we'd tell him to stick to menswear because we think he's got a real shot at it."


He should.


I really like the stitching, and the fit of the pants seems to be really well done. The denim shorts towards the bottom also have an interesting cut.

I wish posters would stop having such hissy fits over the feathers and such. Esp the ones who are turning this fashion show into a sociological comparison of sorts.

Personally, I'm going to relax and wait for the boys to graciously share another one with us!


Hate it... incredibly unimpressive.


That third model had, at first glance, a dildo sticking out of her head, till I looked again and realized that it was indeed a feather.


Personally, I had a hard time focusing on the clothes because the photos were so bad. If I were the photographer I don't think I'd paste my name all over those quite so much.


This collection reinforces my belief that Blayne was cast for personality, not talent


I actually can't trash his stuff for once, his runway most definitely put on a show and he has a defined customer he's catering toward.

Thank god it isn't rainbow tulle droppings on the runway.


I would wear every mens piece in this post!!

I love the sorta post-apocalyptic undertones

way kewl


Hated it.


I disagree on the topic of the design of his dresses.

I would honestly wear them, there increbidible.

Menswear... a bit disappointing, but has promise.

Overall : 8/10 starzzzzz





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