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Jerell Scott Fall 2009

Jerell presented his fall 2009 collection at Saint Louis Fashion Week and all we can say is, "Oh dear."



Hey, he's following his muse and that's great. But these looks are so far away from appealing to us personally, that it's kind of not fair for us to critique them at all. He's doing what he wants to do and he comes off as such a sweet guy that we honestly hope someone comes along and buys up all his stuff. Seriously.

There are some pieces and some elements here that could work, if only they didn't look so, well, cheap and poorly rendered. Lorenzo said of that pink and orange dress with the asymmetrical skirt: "If Galliano had sent that down the runway, everyone would applaud." To which Tom replied "If Galliano sent that down the runway, it would have been rendered in tens of thousands of dollars of expensive fabric and it would have been perfectly executed by dozens of tiny little French hands."

In other words, he's got a vision and parts of it are interesting, but he currently doesn't have the access, skill, or money to pull off what he's trying to do and what's left looks a little cheap, poorly done and we hate to say it, but a little "first-year fashion school."

























[Photos: Flickr/STLFW/Harvey Jackson/Dan Elavsky]


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It's very colorful : )


"My eyes!" was also my first thought! Then I was wondering how the model with the interesting wooden beads along the back of her dress could ever sit in a chair or a car.

Aunt Dee


"Tlo said: In other words, he's got a vision and parts of it are interesting, but he currently doesn't have the access, skill, or money to pull off what he's trying to do and what's left looks a little cheap, poorly done and we hate to say it, but a little "first-year fashion school.""




That's a perfect analysis. Being less intellectual,
I would have just said that some of those models look like they should be collecting cans. And what's with the eyebrows?

Jerrell is looking quite fine though.

--GothamTomato


Ouch.

The models all look pissed, and who can blame them? UGLY.


Oh! The humanity!

Aunt Dee said...
Then I was wondering how the model with the interesting wooden beads along the back of her dress could ever sit in a chair or a car.
The beads on the back reminded me of those wooden ball seat covers you always see in taxi cabs.


What you all are not seeing are the wires and the plug that go with the beads. What happens is - you sit in a chair and plug them in and they run up and down your back for a lovely massage!

4/20/09 11:04 AM


Um, yeah. What everyone else said.

Tim advised him many times to just focus on shape, proportion and fit and less on ornamentation. You make your name with the first and once you get it, then go crazy with the second.

It's a shame. He THINKS he has so much to say with his ornamentation. But what we're all YEARNING for is good shape, proportion and ornamentation. The penultimate gown is a good example of the fine work he is capable of producing. It's the most simple, as well. I fear he's wasting his moment in the spotlight.


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Jerrell REALLY looks good with a goatee.


HOLY SHART!

That first dress doesn't even make sense to me...who would that look good on? It doesn't even look good on a 6 foot, 95 pound woman! And that one male tunic - it looks like he skinned a buffalo, turned it inside out and called it a day. Ick.

I love Jerrell for being so sweet and adorable and I think that he has some good ideas. But like you said, he lacks the money and skill to really make it happen. It also seems to me that he lacks a real critical eye - the ability to look at a design and edit. As I recall, that was one of the things that the PR judges called him out for, no?


Gotham Tomato said,
"I would have just said that some of those models look like they should be collecting cans. And what's with the eyebrows?"

Since half of the models are inexperienced drag queeens that would make sense.

It's funny though, I can see what TLO is saying about Jerrell's vision, it's just that I would not have looked past the first collection to even try to UNDERSTAND the collection. AH, celebrity (no matter how minor) goes a long way.


Oh Jerrell. The execution is just not there.

On the plus side, he looks great right now. I actually really like his outfit - wonder if he designed that jacket?


From the teaser photo you can easily tell it was a Jerell collection. Jerell has a signature of "too." Too much, too long, and too short.


Oh dear.

Oh dear.
Hmmmmmm.

Well, I had the pleasure of meeting him at the tents this spring, and he was very sweet.


Okay. Sat down and looked at it a little closer.

First one: The beads. Oh, honey WHY? And why did you take one of your sternum shirts to make that blouse? Were you that hurt for cash?

#3: Linebacker shoulder pads are not your thing, Jerrell. Those things would even make Joan Collins wretch.


Five and six do have potential. Sherpa-inspired, no doubt. They'd fit in nicely in the Andes mountains. But one again, the beads, oh honey WHY?

#9 is definitely the best looking of the bunch, and shows that he has real potential WHEN HE TONES IT DOWN. Less is more Jerrell, less is more, here.

I'll only mention ten b/c I hate it when stylists put bright pink or red lipstick on darker-skinned women. It just makes them look like clowns. Not flattering to them at ALL. Look at her. The skin is FLAWLESS! Why do something like that?

Oddly enough, I like eleven though it reminds me somewhat of something he or Jillian made before. Nice fit in the bust for a change, and once again, less is more.

Last number has potential but is still a little too busy. And why are so many of the outfits skewered to the right? Find the center, Jerrell. Find the center.

So overall, there is potential. He's finally breaking out of those hideous dark purples, but TLo's commentary pretty much hit it on the mark. It's clear that he's got vision, but a little instruction with construction would go a long, long way. He really needs another pair of eyes to take in what he's doing, and what areas he should be working on.

Besides that, I love what HE wore. Truly the most "normal" thing he's put on in quite a while.


OMG...the collection looks like a cross between "Quo Vadis" and "Hannibal". And THAT, ladies and gentlemen is all I have to say.


The sort of stripey black dress is wearable, though nothing special. The other pieces look like costumes for an elementary school play about Prince Valiant.

Jerrell seems like a sweetie, but I never understood what got him so far in PR (admittedly, with competition like Suede, perhaps it wasn't so difficult). I understand the budgetary limitations, but I just don't see a vision or aesthetic here, just 'I'll make something weirdly shaped and stick a bunch of beads and trim on it.'


well it's very Jerrell :(

too bad, but the execution is way off. Some of those outfits seem too big on the models. And I also was going to comment on the blouses looking like the tank he wore on the show.

nothing wrong with colorful accesories but scale it back Miss Jerrell

Frank


I really like the men's grey, sleeveless top with the tassels. I would proudly wear that!

PR Mike


I forgot our fashion week. Oops?

These are not nice. Maybe if he would have had 12 to 18 hours to complete one piece each it would have been different.


TLo said:
Lorenzo said of that pink and orange dress with the asymmetrical skirt: "If Galliano had sent that down the runway, everyone would applaud." To which Tom replied "If Galliano sent that down the runway, it would have been rendered in tens of thousands of dollars of expensive fabric and it would have been perfectly executed by dozens of tiny little French hands. I agree. Love the dress but not the execution.


OMG. You're so right.


His styling is atrocious - he made most of the female models look like men in drag.

And why was his chest bone covered????


The male models are hot, doesn't that count?


It's...not my aesthetic. But I'd totally wear that hat on #1. I suspect the baubles would keep the gnats out of one's eyes.


The TinkerToy Collection.

Yikes.


I see he is going for hobo-chic. A smart move in this economy.


Oh, Jerrell.


ToddNY
4/20/09 12:04 PM The male models are hot, doesn't that count?
They're all men, aren't they?

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I like the dress with the heavy wooden beading and very bare back.
And the bright pink one with the feathers and jewels on the chest.


The styling of the models is so distracting that I can barely focus on the actual clothes. Maybe that is a good thin.


With the exception of the second to last gown, this awful, gaudy, unfeminine parade is just a series of "What was she thinking" outfits.

What the heck was HE thinking.


When Jerell designed that outfit for the olympic uniform challenge I knew that restraint wasn't part of his vocabulary.


CanIGetYouAnything?

Please tell me these are costumes for the new Frida Kahlo movie on HBO.


Gloria said...
What you all are not seeing are the wires and the plug that go with the beads. What happens is - you sit in a chair and plug them in and they run up and down your back for a lovely massage!



ROFLMFAO!!! That was great!

And everyone wonders what has happened to St. Louis over the years. We used to be a great metropolitan city, lots of business headquarters, good industry, etc.

This is now what we get.

SisterZip


If I look at this objectively, I will say that Jerell is sort of succeeding in appealing to the hipster, nasty-looking, thrift store demographic that is (unfortunately) popular at the moment. I have a few friends that would be interested in some pieces from this collection.

Wow, that used up my entire quota of open-mindedness for the week. This collection is yucky!


Jerrell appears to be a sweetheart, but he seriously needs to sketch, then have a trusted associate or assistant go over his vision with him prior to his working on the form. A second pair of eyes and a gentle but firm hand would help him to pair down the number of elements in each piece, edit the trims, and help in the finishing. Lots of great designers have had that special someone that (I am sure in some cases) clarified that tenuous line between genius and madness that shadows most great artists. It's the principle that MK expressed about Santino: It is a true talent that needs to be corraled but not crushed.


Well, I think he looks really cute in that top picture--his face looks fuller and I like the facial hair.


yet another laura

This is just...

Ouch.

And somehow it hurts more coming from such a genuinly likeable guy.


On another note: I understand why you didn't comment during the season, but is there any chance you will rip the PRW Canada final collections?


bitchybitchybitchy

Jerrell is such a sweet, likable guy...but he could surely benefit from getting some critiques of his vision, and some mentoring, I think.

the penultimate gown was the best look by far.

Jerrell honey, less definitely can be more...you don't have to drench every piece in embellishments


What's Angela doing these days? She & Jerrell should team up!

I like that B&W bead embellished shrug jacket thingie on the left 4th row down. And I like the colors. If this were a rave (or weekend party at a beach compound in Costa Rica) it would be kinda fun, but...

... what you said.


The placement of the huge tacky rhinestones on the third dress up from the bottom (magenta-ish) makes it looks like her boobs are smiling at me.

TLo- "He's doing what he wants to do and he comes off as such a sweet guy that we honestly hope someone comes along and buys up all his stuff. Seriously."

Well said, I completely agree. I could totally see some of this on the hipsters in Williamsburg (ick).


Oh Dear... he should fly abroad and buy some much nicer fabrics in a third world country (like mine, where I live) and go back to the States and do a better job before sending any look onto the runway.

What about that "jewelry" if I can call it like that...

My God... the styling also sucks.

But, as a matter of fact, there were like two or three looks which were nice but not that much.


It's like some sort of French medieval festival on acid.


Wall to wall horrific.


Wall to wall horrific.


Wall to wall horrific.


Wall to wall horrific.


Outfits 1,3,4,5,6&8 are ugly in my eyes, though I think some might be worn with effect by teens. The jacket in #2, as with most of Jerrel's better efforts, could look good as part of a "hobo-chic" or "street gypsy" look, particularly if worn by wiry dancers or fit, skinny teens.

In other words, I think Jerrell's most successful clothes are ones he personally might look good in. I've always felt that he dresses himself better than his models a lot of the time.

I disagree that his most successful dress is the penultimate one; I think that's his most elegant and mainstream (and it does look to have clever construction in the midriff used appealingly & flatteringly).

I think the most successful "Jerrell" based on what I've seen of his work, is the final gown - perfect equivalent of the princess gown for a skinny teen with sreet-gypsy, steampunk, or street goth leanings. (With the pink one discussed by TLo coming in second)


I keep looking at the close-up of the first model and thinking, something is not right here. Then I realize that the problem is that the embellished hat makes her look like Jimmy Kimmel in drag.

I kind of like the simpler of the long black dresses, though.

Finally, in looking at Jerrell's work, I'm struck by how much better the clothes are that he makes for himself are than the ones he puts on the runway. Sure, it may take a former model to pull off his look, but most of the clothes that go on the runway only look good on models and stars anyway.


Bad news: There's a whole lot of ugly going on :P

Good news: It's still not as bad as Suede's Princess Prostitute monstrosity from Fashion Week. Now that was wackadoodle!


Tragic.


Scary! But I kind of want that hat.


:(
It's so sad, because Jerrell seemed like one of the sweetest people ever to go on this show.
As someone here pointed out, though, they did call him out for not being able to edit his work. It's just TOOOOO mucho.


Did he design the jacket he's wearing?


It looks like a cross between a goodwill store and a HS Drama Club's dressing room threw up on the models.

Can someone please get Jerrell an internship at Calvin Klein so he can learn how to edit.


Ctrl + A

Delete

Ctrl + N


Uhhh...St. Louis has fashion? A whole week's worth?


You know I rarely pull out this word, but even aside from the fugliness of this collection, it is completely disjointed, which is a personal pet peeve. What does the purple dress at the end have to do with any of the hobo chic that came before it? Sigh.


Mariana (The Unoriginal)

Hola, muchacho!


You guys hit the nail on the head; I had the same thought during his finals collection. He's got good, interesting ideas but not the skills (or resources, as you pointed out) to execute them. Some of those gowns would have been gorgeous had they been done by someone with the skills necessary.

Poor little Beau Peep.


OK, my first thought looking at that first model was, When did Jason Biggs start modeling women's clothes???


i'm not dorothy gale

Jerell, oh HONEY. This is dreadful.

His PR items are positively conservative by comparison. I love embellishment but sometimes YA JUST GOTTA STOP.


"OK, my first thought looking at that first model was, When did Jason Biggs start modeling women's clothes???"

You win.

I think "oh dear" really does sum it up. Oh dear. Jerrell, Jerrell, Jerrell.


The last two are nice.

Jerell is adorable.

I'm stopping while he's ahead.


I considered slitting my wrists halfway through. Just existing on the same planet as such awfulness was too much for my delicate sensibilities. Then I got to the Xena dress (I can't explain it any better than that, but I'm sure you know which one I mean.) I realized that this was not intentionally serious. This collection was just for fun. I'm going to go back over the looks and try to figure out what his inspirations were. I think he's laughing at his inspirations. Next year he'll come up with something serious. We can hope, anyway...


Bless his heart. No. Just no.


With a LOT of editing, this could be a great and festive collection.


TheNYCourier said...

My Eyes!!!!!!!!
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LOL. I had the same reaction.


can he throw any more crap onto those clothes?

Sometimes I think designers (especially young more inexperienced ones) can produce some great clothes within the restrictions of the project runway challenges, but when left to their own devices just don't know when to walk away (can you say Mycheal Knight?)


I expected to hate the collection, but I see some looks and elements that work, or dresses that are one or two edits away from being pretty good. It is overall a thumbs down, but the potential is there.

1, 3-5, 7-8, 11 are bad.

2 and 6 are OK.

9-10, 12-13 are good and would be better with a higher level of execution, editing and maybe different fabrics.

Better than his Bryant Park showing.


The dresses at the end look like they wandered in from another collection. I hate this whole thing, and I would have hated it if Galliano sent it down the runway too.


It looks like he took all the garbage challenges from PR and used them as inspiration for his collection, like he could only buy materials from a grocery store and a recycling center. In fact, HIS grocery store challenge creation looked better than this line. Nice guy, but bleh!


What hipsters do you people see wearing neon beaded, feathered, ripped gowns? None. I can't see anyone buying this crap. Jerell has some skills, but zero taste level. I am sure he sees his work as 'visionary,' but we've seen this stuff (only better) from people far more talented. He will be gone by next season, unless his rich older bf is funding these collections.


I will refrain on commenting on this horrid collection all I want to know it......Is that Andy Rodick in the sleevless feathered hoody?


I tried to be objective. I tried to use my imagination. I tried not to cry. I just can't think of anything nice to say about this collection. Its like he sprayed adhesive on random items and threw them at dresses. I hoped we'd be seeing more of Jerell.....be careful what you wish for.

---Carolette


Ugh! Horrible. There's no focal point, nothing to pull each piece together so it all looks like a big confusing mess.

The last one looks like he was watching Star Wars while sketching and got a bit too inspired by Natalie Portman's black leather dominatrix outfit.


The reason some of the models look like guys is because they are. They aren't ALL men though.

As for the men in stereotypically feminine clothing...

1, 9 (neutral dress with ruffly collar and pops of yellow, in the gladiator heels), 10 (pink and orange), 11 (purple)

Okay, not totally sure about 9. That one feasibly could be a chick with a really strong jaw line and terrible styling. I'm somewhat sad that I'm unsure -- I've spent some quality time with drag queen friends. Damn.

This is a whole collection of yikes. Honestly, my favorite is the one on questionably male model (with the yellow). The second to last one is pretty but is rather conventional (which is hard to believe, considering this collection). Oi vey. Poor Jerrell. He's such a sweetie. I think he needs Tim Gunn over his shoulder CONSTANTLY.


OMG! I have never ... only one might be acceptable. But what up with the Renaissance Fair thing?


That first male model reminds me of Daniela Sea in the last season of the L word, about the time that the FTM she was playing got pregnant. THat second male model, the one that looks like Mark McGrath only better? I would totally bone him into a stupor.

The whole tapestry feel of the collection made me feel like I was antiquing in the Houston suburbs. Not a good feeling.


From the Desk of Ms. Vandal:

Good God The Whore of it all!


Someone should pull him away from the notions department.


The first picture caught my eye, it looked like Adam Sandler in drag


pictures 16 and 19 are the only ones I agree with!





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