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TFS: T Lo Interviews Laura



Laura, were you surprised with the outcome of this episode?
I was pretty shocked by the outcome. It took quite a while for it to actually sink in. “Is this really happening?”

You mentioned that you felt like everyone was ganging up on you. In what way?
I was talking to another reporter today and saying that it was one of those classic bad communication scenarios where a person will have something to say but is sort of a little fucked up and cautious of the other person and doesn’t say it for a while, and then becomes frustrated that they haven’t said anything and by the time they do say something, they’re yelling. It all comes out in a rush. And then people get upset and it goes downhill from there. That’s probably how things ended up the way it did.

Do you think the decision to send you home was all about the red tulle?
Not really. I feel that it had a lot to do with drama value and people value. When I’m around people I don’t enjoy very much I just stop talking and I don’t have that loud of a voice but there were a lot of people on there that were just naturally loud all the time. When I feel there isn’t a chance for me to talk, I don’t. I think I just didn’t have a lot of energy and I think that probably influenced them quite a bit.

For a show that’s all about teamwork, we feel like it’s not quite there, right?
Yeah, our second teamup we – yeah, our communication did not work well.

Did you agree with the judges’ critique or do you feel that it was too harsh?
I feel like a lot of the critiques on shows like this are sort of dramatized. I’ve had to receive a lot of criticism, I’ve had to give a lot of criticism and it’s usually best when it’s straightforward but to say that a person look homeless or whatever, it doesn’t really make sense. It’s sort of arbitrary but y’know, it’s dramatic.

You said that a socialite wouldn’t normally be the kind of client you would have. Did you feel like you couldn’t connect with the client?
I didn’t really know very much about her and we didn’t get a chance to research her and there wasn’t really any background information provided, so it’s like, if you knew about her you had quite a bit of a head start. But all I really saw of her was exactly what was on the air so it’s like you sort of have an idea but not enough to base a complete design on because it’s sort of a complicated thing because whenever you’re designing a product, it’s extremely important to know exactly who it’s for and not having that information makes it very difficult to work from and something that I’m not at all used to.

So you guys didn’t get a portfolio or a design brief?
No, I wish we would have. It might have been a lot easier to go, “Oh, Okay. I see what kind of things she’s interested in.” She’s fashionable, that much was obvious, but is she trend-forward? Is she right smack in the mainstream? There was just so much information that wasn’t there.

We did like the top of your dress but we really didn’t like the red tulle. Do you stand by your design completely?
I actually would have liked to get rid of the red tulle and keep it all black but I was told that she didn’t like things that were all black and I was trying to find a way to do something for evening and also to mix in a little bit of color, which is sort of a weird request. The other thing was that because we were working on such a budget, the only tulle that was available was in that color and that really put the nail in the coffin on the whole thing.

Do you feel you gained anything from this experience?
I hope so. It’s really difficult to tell based on where I am in my career. I have quite a few clients who love what I do, like, the fall collection was received really well, so it’s sort of difficult to tell how much things were propelled by this experience and how much would have happened anyway.

You have a lot of experience designing for musicians, like Scissor Sisters. Is that kind of your “thing?”
I have always known quite a few musicians; I have quite a lot of friends in that industry. If I have a celebrity client, it’s almost always a musician.

Tell us a little bit about your line. Is it called Laura Dawson?
Yes it is and it’s on lauradawson.com. Obviously, I love the line. It’s fun; it’s playful; it’s very organic. The design is innovative; it’s always of high quality. I had people come up to me in London and tell me that they purchased things in New York or California and it’s like their favorite thing and that they wear it to death and where can they get more, and that’s exactly what I want to get out of it. That’s how I feel about a great product when I have it. Something that’s a great design, should be something that you almost have to smack your hand away from going for it every single day out of your closet. It should also push the boundaries of what you expect. It should give you more than you’d had before.

How would you describe your style?
It’s a fusion between innovative, trustworthy and high quality. It's dependable.

Thank you so much, Laura.
Thank you.


Laura Dawson's designs:







[Photos: BravoTV.com/Lauradawson.com]



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65 comments:

love outfit #1, MEH to the rest.


"So you guys didn’t get a portfolio or a design brief?

No, I wish we would have. It might have been a lot easier to go, “Oh, Okay. I see what kind of things she’s interested in.” She’s fashionable, that much was obvious, but is she trend-forward? Is she right smack in the mainstream? There was just so much information that wasn’t there."


Now that's fucked up. Any person designing for anybody needs some information to come up with something remotely close to what this person likes.


I really like some of her designs, particularly the last three.

I'm not trying to defend her, but Miss Reco needs to bring it down a notch.


Based on the pictures of her line (as presented) it seems to me Laura is targeting the same market and price points as Strawberry Shortcake - a lower end Jeffrey.

TampaBay


ChicagoKnitter

You know, there must be so much that gets cut in the editing room. Here Ms. Laura is saying that she was told not to make the outfit all black and all we were shown were the different clips of her teammates telling her to ditch the tulle.

Also, I agree with Isabella - it was odd that they didn't get any background on their client. At least on PR they got a dossier when they had a client like this.

P.S. - Boys, I LOVE the new format!


We did like the top of your dress but we really didn’t like the red tulle. Do you stand by your design completely?
The other thing was that because we were working on such a budget, the only tulle that was available was in that color and that really put the nail in the coffin on the whole thing.

Why was red Tulle the only tulle avaiable? If this is true, it seems to me TFS is setting some contestants up for failure.

TampaBay


Good News for me:

I anxiously anticipated the start of this show and knew I would be throwing more hours into the vast pit of "Time Wasted Watching Reality T.V."

but I find it so difficult to watch this show, I find I am actually doing work around the house instead! And when I see these interviews, the people are as dull as the show, so I can't force myself to actually read through them.

TLo, you are as witty as ever, but the show is dull as dirt. Even you can't fix that.


Interesting that quite a few of her designs look suitable for backstage at a rock concert.
I didn't think the dress she did was all that bad though, except the execution in the back.
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Red tulle being the cheapest thing.. that's a bit odd. Usually all the colors are the same price (very cheap like .49 - 1.50 a yd.)


"Anonymous said...
TLo, you are as witty as ever, but the show is dull as dirt. Even you can't fix that."


I don't mean to be rude but the whole I don't want to watch this show, I don't like this show, the lighting is bad, etc etc etc has been discussed to death and beyond in the last two weeks.

Can we focus on the actual show now?

If you have something to say about how much you hate the show just click on the first post and go to town.


I want to see Stealth Fighter and Baldy of Chattnooga really get the chance to into over drive on design and execution. I think they are both very very taleneted.

TampaBay


You know, I don't mind the red tulle and I don't even think that's what got her kicked off the show, as much as people want to point it out and the teammates want to rag on it.

It was the back.


"ChicagoKnitter said...
You know, there must be so much that gets cut in the editing room. Here Ms. Laura is saying that she was told not to make the outfit all black and all we were shown were the different clips of her teammates telling her to ditch the tulle."


We, as the viewers, were never told that. That makes a huge difference and explains why she insisted on using the red. I still don't think it was a good choice, but at least you know why she used it.


I like the pencil skirt and the trench. Other than that, nothing grabs me. And I feel the same way about this show. Nothing grabs me about it. It's just kind of "meh".


I love outfits 9, 10 and 12! That's the only nice thing I have to say.


But I thought we saw them paging through a portfolio? It showed Tinsley in a few outfits, including (what looked like) the red skirt she was wearing in the work room and a couple other outfits.


Bronwyn said...
You know, I don't mind the red tulle and I don't even think that's what got her kicked off the show, as much as people want to point it out and the teammates want to rag on it.

It was the back.
Ain't that the truth! The back of that dress was a horror show!


You might be right Sewing Siren, but who knows how well this fabric store is stocked? Perhaps with the limited budget, she could only afford bargain bin remnants or something...? Ah, those editors!

Remember the PR DVF challenge and all the fastening whicketty-wack due to the fact that the contestants couldn't get notions on that Sunday? That was completely edited out of the aired show and left the viewership with the opinion that many of the designers were insane (Blayne and Suede notwithstanding).


So the dress couldn't be all black and the red tulle was a "no" from all the team mates. Are there no other notions/accessories for a black dress? That doesn't explain the completely jacked up cut outs in the back.


"Anonymous said...

But I thought we saw them paging through a portfolio? It showed Tinsley in a few outfits, including (what looked like) the red skirt she was wearing in the work room and a couple other outfits."


We were shown two of her looks but I don't remember them paging through anything.


I think a mistake people have going into this competition is the feeling like they have to do something.

Red tulle was never going to make that outfit great. Even if she didn't like things that were all black, at some point you have to stick to the integrity of the design and make it the best it can be, even if it doesn't meet all your client's demands.

In the real world, yes you would need to take this into account. However, on a reality show, you have a limited time to make decisions and sometimes you have to toss things aside if it's going to make your outfit fugly.

Better to be in the middle and safe for next week, then create a disaster and get eliminated from the competition.


P.S. How are you getting all these interviews anyway? Does Bravo refer them to you? Do you email them a request for an interview? Do they come to you and offer to give you an interview.

At any rate I'm impressed! Thanks for all the hard work!


Again, confirmation that the show would be more enjoyable for the viewer (at least this viewer) if we got a better look at the process the designers are going through.

I like her line better than Ms. Shortcake's, and looking at it she should have been able to make Ms. Tinsley happpy with age-inappropriate backstage wear, had she only known how to skew it. But then, hindsight is 20/20.

Thanks for the interview TLo!


"So you guys didn’t get a portfolio or a design brief?
No, I wish we would have. It might have been a lot easier to go, “Oh, Okay. I see what kind of things she’s interested in.” She’s fashionable, that much was obvious, but is she trend-forward? Is she right smack in the mainstream? There was just so much information that wasn’t there."

Well, considering she was wearing a
Balenciaga Fall '09 skirt that looked terrible on her, I think it is safe to assume she is a fashion forward trend whore who wears what's on the runway at the time, and not "mainstream" at all. Obviously. I mean, when you hear "New York socialite" as the design brief, it seems pretty clear that the high fashion route is the way to go. That doesn't change, whomever the socialite is.


SUS said...
You might be right Sewing Siren, but who knows how well this fabric store is stocked? Perhaps with the limited budget, she could only afford bargain bin remnants or something...? Ah, those editors!

Remember the PR DVF challenge and all the fastening whicketty-wack due to the fact that the contestants couldn't get notions on that Sunday? That was completely edited out of the aired show and left the viewership with the opinion that many of the designers were insane (Blayne and Suede notwithstanding).
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SUS,
B&J is a huge fabric store. It has a loft, first floor, and basement. The basement being where the more moderate priced fabric would be.
Now granted I haven't been there in a few years, but I can say with a relative degree of certainty that they have more than one color of affordable tulle.
~~~
Yes, I remember the DVF challenge well and how frustrating it must have been for the designers to have to present designs to a legend with out facings or zippers ( and apparently with out explaination either). I wonder what the producers would have done if an enterprising designer would have picked out the zipper from their own clothes and used it in their design for DVF.


I am so tired of artists using the word organic regarding where their work comes from. just say you are creative for pete's sake.

strawberry shortcake is still a quitter. no one in this day & age should be unaware of how reality shows work.

people who quit these shows say they leave b/c "it's not what I thought it would be", but it seems to be more "I cant hack it b/c others are more talented & not kissing my butt all day"


SUS said --You might be right Sewing Siren, but who knows how well this fabric store is stocked? Perhaps with the limited budget, she could only afford bargain bin remnants or something...? Ah, those editors!

B&J is beautifully stocked...I go there for fabrics I can't find elsewhere....alas...bargain is not a term I would associate with the shop...ka-ching is more like it.


FashionFanatic said
5/18/09 10:31 AM

"If you have something to say about how much you hate the show just click on the first post and go to town."

fair enough. It just struck me as I was reading her interview that I found it dull... which I am not used to here. I haven't written any negative about this show before... I have been trying to like it. Now I realize I don't. So, point taken, and I won't post here about it any more. I also won't watch the show, thus don't need to even read the posts about it. So more time freed up.

No reflection on TLo, they are as witty as ever. Just my attention span for this particular show has been expired. Glad you like it Fashion Fan.


"Anonymous said...

I am so tired of artists using the word organic regarding where their work comes from. just say you are creative for pete's sake."

Pretty sure "organic" refers to the materials used and not the source of inspiration.


She designs for Scissor Sisters? OK, I kind of love her now, because I love them. I never would have guessed that based on her dress this challenge (she designs for rock stars and had to create a back-stage rock concert look and she came up with THAT?) or her portfolio, some of which is cute but not overtly rock star.


Anonymous
5/18/09 11:02 AM

Well, considering she was wearing a
Balenciaga Fall '09 skirt that looked terrible on her, I think it is safe to assume she is a fashion forward trend whore who wears what's on the runway at the time, and not "mainstream" at all.


That Balenciaga line is butt-azzed ugly anyway, so it was a lose-lose situation on all sides.


Pretty tired of everything being "organic" and "green" these days too, to the point the labels have become basically meaningless "buzz words." I'd like to know in what specific ways her line is "organic." (Kristin's too, for that matter.) Calling it that because the pretty fabrics you get say 'organic' on the package is one thing, but actually being environmentally-friendly is really quite another. I'm guessing there's not too much of the latter. Shock.


"Organic" can refer to the shape of something-- curvy, not geometric. It can also refer to the development of a design-- not strictly outlined from the beginning, a kind of "take things as you go" approach. I agree that it doesn't make much sense when referring to a line itself, unless your clothes are all made of shrubbery.


Organic means an extra three bucks more for tomatoes at the grocery store.

I just pass on it.


Bronwyn nailed it. The back of Laura's dress was jacked up.

As for B&J being out of black tulle, perhaps they filmed this episode shortly after Halloween!

I know my local "fabric superstore" is often out of just the very thing I came in to purchase. Shortly before Christmas, they were low on cotton shirting.


The dress minus the red tulle and ugly cut outs would not have been bad but still not something I would wear to a rock concert.

TampaBay


Not my thing. But I did like her dotted tulle :)


what does she mean they didn't have enough information? Weren't her bangs information enough? The client was a horror show and the design was a horror show and the judging panel is silly and bitter.


Sorry, but even in the 80s that dress looked cheap.


TLo said: Laura, were you surprised with the outcome of this episode?Laura replied: I was pretty shocked by the outcome. It took quite a while for it to actually sink in. “Is this really happening?”
Really? As long as it took you to even notice that your teammates were advising you not to use the red tulle?

She actually sounds like far less of a space cadet in this interview than she did on tv.

Interestingly, she not only had HAREM PANTS in her collection, but also two different styles of HAREM SHORTS.

SmartAss, your reaction, please?

*snicker*


MouseAnony on 5/18/09 at 12:42 PM said:

Interestingly, she not only had HAREM PANTS in her collection, but also two different styles of HAREM SHORTS.

SmartAss, your reaction, please?

*****************************

SmartAss must be busy so I will react.

I was going to bring up the BFUshortHP but thought I would get called out for running "BFUHP" into the ground.

TampaBay


I was watching this again last night, and you know, they showed the part where she questioned her team about what had been said to her. However, if you listen to her closely, she asks "When did you say anything about not using the mesh in the back of my dress?" and Reco starts talking over her at the point I started the italics. THEN it flashed to the design room with all the people telling her not to use the red tulle. Whether or not her group ever said anything to her about those horrible cut-outs in the back, it seemed like the whole thing was edited to make her look delusional and like she was denying they said anything about the tulle. Again, not sure how it all actually went down, but in that instance she was DEFINITELY asking about the mesh in the back, NOT the red tulle. Go back and watch it for yourselves. I feel kinda bad for her.


"I was going to bring up the BFUshortHP but thought I would get called out for running "BFUHP" into the ground."

It's already way too late for that.


They are really pushing this show HARD on the people end of the drama. I can barely even see the clothes and I am learning nothing about fashion. I am glad that Anon pointed out the bit about LAura's comment about the mesh in the back (which looks horribly executed regardless). I will go back and rewatch that scene.


some of the looks in her collection looked like a casual version of something a socialite might consider wearing (if it had a fancy designer name attached to it), but honey, that dress, even minus the tulle and nasty ass back mesh, and disregarding the fact that it was intended for wearing at a rock concert, is just a big, fat, NO. i couldn't help thinking the dotted black fabric twisted into little bows or whatever reminded me of the type of dress i picked for my first formal dance in 8th grade-VERY jc penney.


Look number 3, I love the colors. It's interesting to see each designer's collection, it tells a story about their personality.


Talk about your all-time backfires! "I was told that she didn't like all black" so she used the red tulle just to get some color.

Her outfit: Horrible & red tulle is evil villan

Winner's outfit: All BLACK

Ugh


You know what?

I see what she was going for here, despite the heinous back mesh.

And yes, it does have an 80s rock concert feel.

Ever heard of Madonna or Cyndi Lauper?


Anonymous said...
You know what?

I see what she was going for here, despite the heinous back mesh.

And yes, it does have an 80s rock concert feel.

Ever heard of Madonna or Cyndi Lauper?
True, they were trying to do an 80's theme. That could be part of why everything was so damn ugly.


First, TLo, that was a very good interview you did with her. It revealed more about her than I think she realizes. Your questions were succinct and direct, not leading. I love that. As far as her dress and the lack of information, excuse me, but that means EVERYONE had the same lack of information regarding her likes/dislikes and they seemed to be able to function. It isn't as if she was left out and all the other designers knew more. They may have heard the client's name a bit or read about her in Bazaar or on Page Six, but I am sure it wasn't the determining factor in their final designs. The dress was supposed to reflect Laura's take on the client, her POV, and be appropriate for the occasion. The client in this case was pretty much a stereotype, anyway, so it wasn't rocket science. Also, when a collection is designed it is designed with a specific theme and type of client in mind, it still must reflect the designer's refined and edited aesthetic and taste level. I don't see either reflected in the piece she presented or in her so called 'Collections'. By the way, I think that word is thrown about too easily, as if any dozen pieces presented together by some designer make it a Collection!


Love some of her designs!


Sewing Siren --

Unfortunately, like a growing number of fabric/notion stores in NYC, B&J is no longer a storefront. They lost their lease when the NY Times building went up on 8th Avenue.

They are now on the second floor of an office building on 7th and 38th...it's beautifully organized....but one might be hard pressed to find much under $15/yd.


I think in some ways she's the earthbound version of Elisa. At least she's not all "wooot, tweeee". Still she comes across very meek, very passive, and also very inept at listening or hearing other people. "This is the first time I'm hearing this..."

Her line? There's a jacket and a dress in there I could see on my daughter. Otherwise, eh.


Well I sure am disappointed to hear that Young Sally. There used to be alot of fabric stores on 39and 40th between 7th and 8th Ave and down 8th Ave almost to 34th st.(some jobbers, much less expensive than B&J), all gone? Sad.
Now I wonder about the mini fabric district off Fulton street in downtown Brooklyn.


I think PJ brings up a good point. Laura clearly has talent and a design style that would serve a youthful market however she really can't use the excuse of having no brief or portfolio to work off of as an excuse since 1)most everyone else appeared not to know anything about her and 2) it was a team challenge trying to put together a collection.

Jean-Paul stated in his bravo blog he relied on Angel to tell him about Tinsley. Some of the designers knew something about her and they appeared to be used as springboards for ideas.

It seems that her failure was more to lack of good communication and she's as much to blame as Haven, Reco and the others. You would hope they used the first night to confer and get input on their sketches and ideas. Personally I thought what she came up for really didn't work for a rock concert.

That's what really struck me about their team. A lot of their concepts just didn't seem to work ideally for the occasion.

Frank


" Kelly Marie said...
It's interesting to see each designer's collection, it tells a story about their personality."


I agree. It's always nice to get to know them and their work a little better. Great interview, guys!


The skirt in outfit #2 makes the model's rear look weird, almost like her right cheek is larger and lower than her left one. I'm not sure if it's the cut, the pattern or the lighting, but there's something just really odd going on there.

Honey, you might be quiet, but I'm pretty sure that the tulle and the baggy fishnet inserts are what got you the boot.


So she was told not to have an all-black outfit and kept the red tulle... that *everyone* hated and the hate-on started *at the store*.

She couldn't find something else when the response to red tulle was a big ol' AAAAHHH? She couldn't ask for a suggestion from her team mates for a minor design change or fabric choice while they were *at the store*?

She couldn't just alter the design a bit and include some left-over fabric from another of her team mates? She couldn't ask them for any suggestions in the sewing room?

That was just silly.

The mesh backing was just unforgiveable. Un-for-give-ahble.

Strangely, the model wearing it and the styling made the dress almost appear pretty good if it was lumped in with her other designs (minus the mesh backing, obviously).

It had an edgey gothy quality to it, red tulle and all. But for her team cohesion and the client? No. Absolutely no.

One look at the client should have clued her immediately into the fact that her style would have to be altered for the blah-blonde-bimbo look.

Gah... she smacks of being a wee bit Guadaloopy.


Love love love you guys.
Love love love the new format.
Trying real hard, but just not loving this show.


One more question I'd love to hear the answer to:

Do you use "not articulate" and "loud" and "ganging up" to dismiss colleagues who aren't black, southern queens?


"One more question I'd love to hear the answer to:

Do you use "not articulate" and "loud" and "ganging up" to dismiss colleagues who aren't black, southern queens?"

Uhh...what?


LOVE the second look. Me wants it : )


One more question I'd love to hear the answer to:

Do you use "not articulate" and "loud" and "ganging up" to dismiss colleagues who aren't black, southern queens?


Yeah, I was wondering that myself. Since he wasn't yelling at her, and just reiterated what every one else on the team told her earlier.


I liked the green dress at the bottom. I'd buy that for my teenager in a heartbeat.


This chick gave me the creeps. I'm glad she got booted.


I thought she came off well in the interview. Appeared to be articulate, have a brain, an aesthetic, and knowledge of what needs to be done to produce a unique and flattering garment.

What the heck happened to her on the show? Maybe she was out of it due to painkillers or something? Her performance last week, together with this admirable interview, just does not compute.

I would have liked to have seen the "real" her on the show.





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