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The Fashion Show Previews!

Much to discuss, darlings!


In our first installment, fashion reality shows are still trying to make The Devil Wears Prada work for them. It's over. Stop it. Also, once again the show confuses the work of a fashion designer with the work of a stylist.



In our second installment, the show unexpectedly veers off into the direction it should have gone all along with a challenge that perfectly sums up what we think this show SHOULD be about.




In our third and penultimate installment, more backstage frenzy. Also, John Bartlett. Mmmm...John Bartlett.



And for our final installment, bitchy designers are bitchy. Coulda knocked us over with a feather. Also, Daniella displays weirdly cult-like tendencies when Isaac's name comes up.




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I don't care what anyone says. Daniella and Reco are the only thing that keeps this show interesting.


If I'm not asleep, I'll watch.

Other than that, don't really care.


C'est moi, c'est moi Lola

Daniella & Reco as teammates. *Yawn* more producer intervention for drama.

"What's on my mind" and Isaac gesticulating towards his inspiration board made me understand why Robert Best broke free while he could.... Kids, just stick some purses on their heads.

Veronica Webb...if she doesn't work to tamp down the kind of attitude we got from the judges last week, I can just imagine what this comment board is gonna look like.

John Bartlett - what a cutie!


Reco and Daniella both have that "Why isn't it obvious to everyone that I know more about this subject than anyone?" attitude. Ooof. People like that are so hard to work with. And somehow they got paired up! What are the odds?

I'll have to watch. I can't help it -- I'm already in this deep, I'll have to see this through to the end!


Veronica was livelier when she was fighting Mary J. Blige.

What's up with the Chicken Diva sporting the nasty Samurai ponytail?


I must say...Reco sketches are quite nice!


Why can't they just give them more time so we don't have to see crap walking down the runway?


While the premise of the challenge looks interesting, I think I'll get my rest instead.


Speaking of the Devil...I bargained with the D to watch ONE more episode. I plan take a 2 month break til PR (cutting cable off!). Your patented humor zinged Daniella exactly. Truly. Predictable. Teacher and teacher's pet to take it down a notch. I don't HATE Heather, the diss to him is quid pro quo -- what he has put us through! Gah. Never did I think I would feel like Robert Best. Must be the payback for playing with those Barbie dolls all those years (still collect them).

One more time. I am going to the back row after this. Too much pain. Assume Daniella for the win. If it is Reco or Merlin (who actually looks normal & ok ala Lagerfeld poneytail) HA HA HA HA. No joy in this house, or no joy in Muddville.


I don't think I'll watch tonight. If it seems from all your insightful comments that it's worthwhile, then I'll check it out in reruns.


Why is Boy George hollering at Reco?


Does it seem like Bravo is re-running this show less than it did PR? Makes me wonder if they've given up on it as well.

--GothamTomato


I'm not bothering this week. But I will read your recaps because they're so entertaining.


John Bartlett - Yummy!!!


I can't stand Daniella or Reco and it sucks because I know she'll be one the finalists.


Ewwww Veronica no-personality Webb?


"Does it seem like Bravo is re-running this show less than it did PR? Makes me wonder if they've given up on it as well."

--GothamTomato

omg i noticed that too! Other Bravo shows, like that crazee Houswives of whatever County/City are rerun every 10 mins it seems like but they rarely rerun TFS, unless its on some weird hour like 1 or 2am.

I could never get the final 2 vids to play so i guess i'll catch the drama tonite but i must say...

the Harpar's Bazzar chick is really starting to get on my nerves! Grrr she she literally talks out of the side of her mouth, its so distracting.


More "real people" I think James-Paul's head is going to explode.


LaFemmeFataledeNY

Isn't Becki Newton wearing a dress you guys posted a long time ago? I love it!


John Bartlett is so hot. I used to go to his store all the time in NY. His clothes are great.


" Anonymous said...omg i noticed that too! Other Bravo shows, like that crazee Houswives of whatever County/City are rerun every 10 mins it seems like but they rarely rerun TFS, unless its on some weird hour like 1 or 2am."


It is so freaking annoying. Every time I check Bravo they're showing this stupid NJ housewives shows. Why don't they just call it the Housewives Channel?


Daniella is not a team player. She fought with Merlin and now she's fighting with Reco. I've never seen a 22-year-old woman act so immaturely.


The Reco and Daniella Show. Eye rolling.


"C'est moi, c'est moi Lola said...

Daniella & Reco as teammates. *Yawn* more producer intervention for drama."


They're so full of themselves, it's not even entertaining. And when I think that I used to hate Santino or Jeffrey. These people are far worse.


Considering that Angel lost after "insulting" Kelly, I think Daniella's fear of insulting Issac is legitimate.


The only reason I watch this god awful dreck is because I'm so desparate for ANY fashion-related show right now. Watching these previews just makes me even more ready to wrap myself in the golden glow of my Heidi, my Tim, my Nina and my Michael.

I hate Kelly, Heather, stupid, useless Harper Bazaar's lady (Fern's alright) and all of the idiot, unlikeable contestants (especially, Daniela. I'd love to punch her in her smug, Cabbage Patch Kid face).


another laura

Daniella & Reco as teammates.

That means that if they're the losing team, one of them goes home tonight. Right? That would be a bummer. Not that the show is kind of bummer in and of itself.


Anon at 4:13 pm - not worse than Jeffrey or Santino. Those guys were shown fully in context. They were outrageous, rude, bull-headed, etc. unambiguously with the context fully shown.

Here, these two may argue, but we'll never see the entire convo - including the parts where they DO get along just fine, thank you. What fun would it be if Bravo showed the entire context? Or, if indeed each had good ideas and were just strongly advocating for them?

The editing here is designed to "create" negative, bitchy, argumentative characters where none may actually exist. I would not rely on this show's depiction of who these people really are or how much of a conflict they actually had. Clearly their personas are getting the screw job in a failed attempt to create an interesting show.


Gotham said, "Does it seem like Bravo is re-running this show less than it did PR?"

Absolutely. I've looked from time to time to see if last week's episode was playing, and instead I keep getting Real HW of New Jersey. Now there would be a show! RH of NJ as clients for the Fashion Show's last 5 designers! Kind of an Alien vs. Predator vibe.


MouseAnony said, "The editing here is designed to 'create' negative, bitchy, argumentative characters where none may actually exist."

Exactly. This is what I've been noticing since the first or second episode. The editing is all about little "dramatic" moments, rather than story line. What we see pretty much always feels contrived, scripted, manipulated, and half the time what see just doesn't make sense.


Of course we have the Anon who hates Daniella, but basically on that team you have the two strong willed leaders who have consistently been stronger than the rest.

OF COURSE she SHOULD expect Reco to at least discuss options!! otherwise you end up like, I think it was JP, where one half of the team has no clue whether they are going to have a cohesive outfit.

I don't know that D worships Heather, but if you want to win, you must realize that winning over Heather is the way to do it. (At least not earning his wrath.)


What ever happened to your "How to save this show" post? At this point, I'm done with this season. (Actually, I was done a few episodes earlier.)

But I'm very interested in how you would salvage the show for season 2.


I'm really not sure why you think fashion design and styling are COMPLETELY different animals. Styling an outfit is as much a part of creating a look as designing specific items is, and is a skill any designer needs to have. Creating a top to go with a pair of pants = styling. Deciding how to style the makeup and hair for a runway show = styling. Figuring out what models should wear what looks and in what order = styling. Just because a "Designer" is someone who creates fashion and a "Stylist" is someone who is paid to put it on someone doesn't mean they're not completely related, lol.


That Girl, I totally agree. I wish they got a little bit more time. I know that is it exciting to have that rush of short time limit but it is just ridiculous when no one has enough time to make presentable clothes.


I love how everyone is saying "Yawn", "Yawn" and "Yawn" yet they are still commenting. If the show is such a "yawn" then why even bother to write something?

I hope Johnny leaves this week. He looks like an overweight Geisha who skipped all her humility lessons.


ASK
6/18/09 4:36 PM
"OF COURSE she SHOULD expect Reco to at least discuss options!! otherwise you end up like, I think it was JP, where one half of the team has no clue whether they are going to have a cohesive outfit."

The point lies that Daniella cannot work with others, unless that means having them follow whatever orders her highness has in mind.

And mind you, if the outfit bombs, she's going to put ALL of the blame on Reco, including the design. And what's more, the judges will lap it all up and we'll continue to see her stupid smug face week after week.


Daniella can't work with others, some people are like that, but in her case I think she's just full of herself.


" -g- said...
I must say...Reco sketches are quite nice!"


I agree. I love Reco : )


"Sarah said...
More "real people" I think James-Paul's head is going to explode."


LOL. It's so hard to design for real people.


Hmm... Watch a poorly lit poor cousin of a well-known fashion reality show or watch "Jules et Jim" and "The 400 blows" on Turner Classic Movies? Issac M. or classics of French New Wave cinema? It's SO difficult to decide.....


Meh.
Why am I still watching this?


What a shipwreck, but I felt very happy when Daniela was put on the spot and her face just absolutely dropped when Heather praised the blouse after knifing everything else. But, I also feel like IM is not a designer I would purchase from because I just felt like that particular collection was everywhere and all over the place. I can see how he liked the ones he liked and why Daniela's outfit--which is much more sensible though in a gaudy 70s way--was thrown to the gutter. I have trouble really trusting IM's taste TBH.


I have trouble really trusting IM's taste TBH.

Whoa, I think you just put your finger on why this show has such suckatude. Kelly's taste and judgement is poor too and Fern seems stoned or too willing to defer to Heather. What's interesting about a poorly lit, badly edited reality show without decent judges?

TLo, you owe us for getting us involved with this show. How about a pictorial of Fashion reality shows stupid hats and the losers who wear them? (Jay is the only winner I can remember who wore a hat and I'm too lazy to confirm that with my own research.)


wtf is the interns looking like theyre from the 80s to begin with?


Question: who deserved to be out, the person who took a real risk and failed to pull it off in 8 hours, or the person who chose to tyrannically enforce an aesthetic she thought was "safe," and made hideous granny pants?

Answer: whoever will bring the most drama, regardless of who deserved it, darlings.

PS: Love Reco. Everyone else? Don't care, though Merlin is growing on me because of the cute accent and recently acquired humility.


Oh my goodness, I was kidding when I said a few weeks ago that it was just a matter of time before Haven made culottes. This is not a proud "I called it" moment. I'm a little horrified that she went there. Anna's coat, however, was pretty great.

There were a few decent pieces here and there, but overall, this was kind of a hot mess - a cacophony of colors and a mismatch of styles.

All that plaid on Isaac's mood board made me want to cry. What is up with that?

Daniella's pants were hideous. So much for taste and fashion sense. I'm curious why she was so dead set on them and didn't want to even discuss Reco's idea. They were both annoying.


Fern Mallis wore her freaking PAJAMAS this week. I now only faintly remember the days when I thought she was fabulous.

For some reason, I noticed for the first time today that Haven is 29. 29! Looking at her now, I realize that she looks about 29 -- but previously, I thought she was inching toward 40. Her clothes do her no favors. Including and especially those awful shorts she wore tonight underneath her long shirt. Appearing to be pantsless is not fashionable. Ever.

And while we're talking personal style? Merlin wore a dress. Oh dear. It was only a matter of time.


My favorite moment of the show was Isaac' reaction to Haven's "They're called 'coulottes'" comment. He got out a rapid fire sarcastic response, but couldn't hide his shock.


Um, can I say I'm just not buying this show's website? I log on to see if I can watch the new episode yet online only to have the BravoTV.com open page (not even the TFS page) have the "WANT TO BUY _____&____'s WINNING LOOK???" with a picture. Thanks, Fucktards.

Bravo used to be so good about spoiling results, especially for people who might, idunno, be watching their shows online because we don't have cable. Obviously they've forgotten how to do A LOT of things with this show.

Guess nothing's left to ruin if I actually watch these previews for the first time ever. No offense to you guys posting them, of course, I just like to keep some surprise for my show and not know things ahead of time... not happening for me this week.


Anonymous 6/18/09 8:42 PM
"And mind you, if the outfit bombs, she's going to put ALL of the blame on Reco, including the design. And what's more, the judges


Ahem - how is the CROW?

But while she accepted ALL the blame, Reco is the one who wanted the pants SHORT (floods?).

And while in general I like Reco, I did NOT like that odd little tank - and from the "wonderful" screen shots - it didn't look to his usual quality. While I thought Daniella was also weaker than normal, I agreed about who was sent home.

Reco's idea was a ball gown skirt - not sure how well that would have worked. With plaid and all of the other WEIRD /UGLY fabrics on IM's board, their would have been some major ripping on that also.


*Jacob* said...
"I log on to see if I can watch the new episode yet online only to have the BravoTV.com open page (not even the TFS page) have the "WANT TO BUY _____&____'s WINNING LOOK???" with a picture. Thanks, Fucktards."

That would be ANNA and HAVEN.

Daniella is GONE.


I think you guys are being too hard on The Fashion Show. It's only in its first season and they are trying new things in order to distance themselves from Project Runway. They will learn from their mistakes and improve the second time around. I personally like the slogan "real fashion for real people" because with the state of the global economy, the lavish and over the top fashion week shows are slowly becoming outdated. Everything is morphing into a direct buyer-to-seller interaction which makes the model of this show genius.


Anon, don't know what show you watched, but SPOILERS if you care...



Daniella is hanging by a thread. It was Lidia who was cut for making yet another hideous dress, excused with the familiar "the concept was too much to execute in the allowed time." Riiiiiiight.


Joan said...
"Anon, don't know what show you watched, but SPOILERS if you care..."

Yeah, I know. I was trolling.

Sadly, I'm a little late with trolling about who won and lost, though. I should have done that a couple of weeks ago, back when people watched the show.


This is great! <-- no, not bitchy. I mean it... this is great!

I haven't even been able to download last week's episode since I'm outside the US (you know things are bad when not one person is putting up torrents) and I really didn't need to bother after reading all the interesting comments and photo reviews here.

And now I don't have to go looking for torrents again this week because I know who got tossed the night of the show and I get to look forward to reviews all week.

Thanks, everyone, for giving me back 42 minutes of viewing time and a good 10 minutes or so total of periodically looking for a torrent! <-- no, not bitchy. I mean it... this is great!


haven't even been able to download last week's episode since I'm outside the US

Youtube. http://www.youtube.com/user/missedtvnetwork2 has all of them.


Just watched on youtube... .

Oh, well. By skipping Part 1, I only lost 34 minutes of my time.

The one thing I'm really noticing this week is that the designs at this late stage are still staggeringly market-oriented.

Not a bad thing, per se. But the wackadoodle creations on PR, because they are allowed to be a wackadoodle as the designer wants because it hasn't been hammering into the designer that the outfit will actually be sold to real women, are actually a lot more fun, daring and stunning (or stunningly bad).

I started this season liking the idea that these designers had to be reigned in partially by market forces.

Now? From a purely viewer standpoint, not so much... .


Anon, did you catch the collective "WOW!" that Fern, NotBeyonce, and Heather did when the guest judge said she'd be proud to walk Johnny and Merlin's dress down a runway?

That had to be some of the worst acting that I've ever seen in my life.


ASK said...
Anonymous 6/18/09 8:42 PM
"And mind you, if the outfit bombs, she's going to put ALL of the blame on Reco, including the design. And what's more, the judges

Ahem - how is the CROW?


Don't care. Move on.


I knew that Lydia was the next to go. This is still "weed out the borings" phase.

James Paul or Anna next week.


That fucknasty woodbone outfit was the winning look??????

0_0


Anonymous said...
Anon, did you catch the collective "WOW!" that Fern, NotBeyonce, and Heather did when the guest judge said she'd be proud to walk Johnny and Merlin's dress down a runway?

That had to be some of the worst acting that I've ever seen in my life.

6/19/09 4:26 AM


Kelly should study 'Dreamgirls' to see how Beyonce did it.


Afrika said: I think you guys are being too hard on The Fashion Show. It's only in its first season and they are trying new things in order to distance themselves from Project Runway. They will learn from their mistakes and improve the second time around.


I agree with you to a point. Every show needs time to figure itself out, and they're certainly justified in trying to distinguish TFS from PR. But it seems like the show runners are going out of their way to screw it up.

I'm easily amused, so I wasn't bothered early on with the negative aspects of the show. But last week was a turning point for me. They did Angel a favor by eliminating her, but it made no sense to me.

I'm still in, obviously, because I'm having enough fun just seeing the clothes. But I hope, if there's a second season, the producers get a clue about the difference between entertaining conflict and nastiness.

Some good stuff: Merlin was totally lovable again this week. I give him credit for putting the challenges ahead of his dislike for Johnny.

I thought Veronica Webb did a great job as guest judge. She has opinions and everything.


I was immersed in Truffaut last night, so I'll watch if Bravo can be bothered to fit it in between "Real" Housewife marathons and reunion shows.

Who watches that shit?


Anonymous on 6/19/09 at 12:07 AM said...PS: Love Reco. Everyone else? Don't care, though Merlin is growing on me because of the cute accent and recently acquired humility.

I have always like Merlin and Reco because thy are both well rounded professionals that know what they are doing. JP is a good designer but his skills are not well rounded.

TampaBay


I just realized last night that Merlin has become the voiceover artist in my head for Manolo's shoe blog. I kept expecting him to shout "SUPERFANTASTIC!" Last night, and it almost.....almost....

I like Daniella AND Reco. So there. They are both abrasive, and yeah, they found it hard to work together, but I think they are actually the most talented of the bunch. (JP exists in his own universe, LOL)


Anonymous said...

I was immersed in Truffaut last night, so I'll watch if Bravo can be bothered to fit it in between "Real" Housewife marathons and reunion shows.

Who watches that shit
?

Me. What kind of person feels the need to come to a blog about Bravo shows and keep talking about Truffaut and Jules et Jim? Someone who is really pretentious and desperately insecure.


Anonymous
6/19/09 9:28 AM Anonymous said...

I was immersed in Truffaut last night, so I'll watch if Bravo can be bothered to fit it in between "Real" Housewife marathons and reunion shows.

Who watches that shit?

Me. What kind of person feels the need to come to a blog about Bravo shows and keep talking about Truffaut and Jules et Jim? Someone who is really pretentious and desperately insecure.


You're the one who's getting snippy about dumb shit. So who's insecure?

Don't sweat the small stuff, toots. You'll live longer.

There. My pretentious ass dumbed it down for you.


There's a world of difference between styling and designing +styling.

Real world example. Patricia Field. Amazing stylist. Mediocre designer. Also, there have been plenty of well-dressed competitors on PR who couldn't design well.

The problem with designing is creating something surprising without going over the edge and being stupid. Don't get close to the line and you're boring. Go over, you're a joke. Worst of all, the line changes.


Maura on 6/19/09 at 9:07 AM said...Some good stuff: Merlin was totally lovable again this week. I give him credit for putting the challenges ahead of his dislike for Johnny.

Here's the funny thing; Merlin and Johnny nake agreat team. (In my head I can see them doing the talk show rounds now,) Johnny designed and Merlin orginated the pattern and executed. THESE GUYS WORKED AS A TEAM. No major drama because they are both smart and wanted to win. No doubt Melin is playing for the cameras. If you watch how he was mentoring Johnny in the execution phase you see a great manager/teacher. I would go to work for Merlin in a minute aftr watching this episode.

Loved their design BTW especially Johnny's coat.

TampaBay


Gene Ha said...

There's a world of difference between styling and designing +styling
.

Not really. All (decent) designers can style, but not all stylists can design. The skills needed to be a stylist are the same ones needed to be a designer (an eye for proportion, putting looks together from multiple pieces, "filling in holes" in each look, so to speak, etc), but being a stylist and being able to style clothing together does not necessarily mean one has the creative ability to actually come up with the designs themselves.

(And I am a bit befuddled by your Patricia Field example...stylist or designer, everything in her ouevre looks exactly the same, whether she made it herself or put together some random Betsey Johnson stuff. And the only time it seemed current or fresh was for a year or two in the early 2000's, yet she is still doing the exact same stuff. Carrie Bradshaw is dead, and is never coming back.)


Carrie Bradshaw is dead, and is never coming back.

THANK THE STARS!

TampaBay


TampaBay said: Here's the funny thing; Merlin and Johnny nake agreat team. (In my head I can see them doing the talk show rounds now,) Johnny designed and Merlin orginated the pattern and executed. THESE GUYS WORKED AS A TEAM.



You are, of course, correct. Unlike Merlin, I'm not grown up enough to look past my dislike for Johnny and give him any credit. :) They worked very well together, encouraged each other, and focused on one another's strengths instead of acting like middle-schoolers. As did Haven and Anna. The cooperation these two teams exhibited had a lot to do with them being at the top. Props to all four of them.

Gene Ha, I have to respectfully disagree that Patricia Field is an amazing stylist. Carrie Bradshaw's costumes (I don't know what else to call them) made her look like a fool most of the time. She died the slow death of a fashion victim.


Maura said...
"I'm still in, obviously, because I'm having enough fun just seeing the clothes."

I'm still watching so I can see the Target Queen screech about Johnny using felt to make a coat and to watch NotBeyonce and Malice join him in choreographed "WOW"s. I wonder how many takes that took.


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