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Project Runway Season 6: Meet Louise Black

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Louise Black
Age: 32
Birthplace: Temple, TX
Current Home: Dallas, TX
Favorite Designer: Christian Lacroix
Style Icon: Isabella Blow
Favorite Past Project Runway Designer: Jay McCarroll, Season 1

Louise began her professional career as a pharmacy technician and clinical lab tech before moving into the world of design and fashion. A self-taught designer, the first garment Louise ever made was her own wedding dress! Louise is now a self-employed fashion and accessories designer, who first began her business by selling her hand-sewn pieces on ebay. Her corsets and clothes have a distinct retro flair from the Victorian and Flapper eras. Louise is currently attending El Centro College for formal design training, which she feels has boosted her technical skills and advanced her design vision. Her designs are influenced by history, as she loves to mix fashions from past decades to come up with new styles. She also finds inspiration in modern architecture, shapes and volume.

Why she’ll win?
Louise believes she’s a little insane, and the fashion world is ready for a shake-down!

Tim Gunn: "Thoughtful, contemplative, and never a hair out of place."

Timspeak: "She's got a stick up her ass."

We kid! Because she definitely does not give that impression:




Cute! And great personal style.

And we have to say, her designs are really something else:















Like we said, it's definitely something. We realize that it's a highly specific aesthetic and we realize that there may not be a lot of women out there who want to wear Victorian underwear, but we kind of love her work. If nothing else, she has amazing technical skills, not to mention a great sense of showmanship. Could you imagine what a potential Bryant Park collection from her would look like?

And as always, to learn more, head on over to myLifetime.com for the rest of the story.



Tim Gunn's Quotes: Meet Project Runway's Newest Designers! [People]
[Photos: Louise Black on Etsy/myLifetime.com - Videos: myLifetime.com]


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144 comments:

Shouldn't the headline read, "Meet Louise Brooks"?


Louise Brooks?

Diablo Cody (aka Louise Brooks as a stripper)?

Lucy Van Pelt?

I don't know. But damnit, I like what she has so far.

I'm getting the Stella vibe from her: someone with a very specific aesthetic who will hopefully be able to transfer it to the task at hand.

She'll be interesting to watch.


I like the twee but funny dress made with gloves that she showed the panel.

look forward to seeing how she does with challenges, considering her specific interests.


She's a former lab rat. Interesting.

I would like to see how that training would work when it comes to her handling the challenges.


Lacroix? Check. Blow? Oooo... double check! Jay? Good choice.

She could turn out to be Chris March-ish - and that's not a bad thing.

Yeah. Her stuff's pretty costume-y 'look at me'-y but that's not a bad thing.

How she'll be able to take that aesthetic and bundle it back into the confines of a weekly design brief will be interesting but from the looks of her portfolio, she definitely has out-of-the-box ideas that work very well with her garments.

I just hope she doesn't turn out to be like the wacked-out 'Loupe from PR S2 (?).


OK, love her, love her clothes, but her audition tape was painful.


I love her work. I'm with Anonymous at 11:10 thinking she may be like Stella - great at what she does, but could fail if required to move outside that aesthetic and skill set.

Being mostly self-taught, you tend to reinforce your "thing" and not spend a lot of time struggling with skills outside those boundaries. Maybe she's had enough training to correct for that.

And yes, I'd love to see her do her thing in a Bryant Park collection.


I'm guessing she's Alex's new crush. Does it matter that she's married?

I love that Isabella Blow is her style icon. How refreshing to find someone whose framework extends beyond Posh. Love her personal look. And while I wouldn't wear any of her things she definitely has a unique esthetic and I'm intrigued. One to watch, I think.


OMG, that first black dress is to DIE!

One of the cutest (and most original) dresses I've seen in a long, long time.

LOVE IT!


TLo said: "We realize that it's a highly specific aesthetic and we realize that there may not be a lot of women out there who want to wear Victorian underwear."

Yes there are women out there who want to wear Victorian underwear and I am willing to bet 90% of them live in Florida. This is very popular look with the young and wanna be hip in Florida. I see it all the time after 5:00 PM. Throw on a $300.00 jean jacket and you are ready to go and rock. Reminds me of very girly-girl Ed Hardy or Stella wear if they did girly-girl. LOL! LOL!

TampaBay


OK, I officially love the "x-ray window" corset. Also love 20s fashion. This is gonna be fun. I hope she sticks around for a while.


I love her already. I'm pissed that I have no reason to wear one of her awesome corsets. I don't mean for Halloween, I mean anywhere at all!


project runway booked a little steampunk girl!

now, let's see if she can make steampunk resort wear out of old billboard tarp and 8 chicken bones!


yes, the x-ray corset is a hoot. I do enjoy the whimsy. and she seems to have madd skillz. Or whatever the kids are saying these days. She's clearly a masterful costume maker, I'm interested to see how she does with the challenges.


I've been a fan of her Etsy shop for well over a year. So glad to get a chance to see more of her work! She's definatly my pre-show fave.


While I'm not big on the skeleton tummy panels, overall I really love what she's created. I don't think she even needs to tell anyone she's inspired by Ms. Blow. It's rather obvious, but her work should be interesting if nothing else. I can't wait to see if she can maintain that level of craftsmanship during the shows time restraints.


I am completely in love with that striped dress she is wearing in both videos -- if she had a website, I would buy it immediately.

Although her style is niche, it s VERY much reflective the steampunk subculture/trend going on now -- I think it would be exciting to see a designer take that aesthetic and make something "high fashion" with it.


She is awesome, very talented and I can't wait to see more.


Amazing work, I just hope she can think outside the box otherwise she will be aufed early in the show.

It is so nice to say AUF again, I agree TLo : )


I agree with a previous poster who said her audition tape was painful, it was....sideshow.
But, I like her personality, liked her casting tape and I think she has had the most interesting designs of the designers featured to date.
I like her Louise Brooks/Velma Kelly style!


Grogeous stuff.

And I want the glove dress she brought to the casting!


project runway booked a little steampunk girl!

Yep, exactly what I thought. I know steampunk chics that would eat her stuff up. I wonder how that vision will translate for a broader audience who may not know what Steampunk is. Hopefully someone briefed the Duchess before the show.


Picture of the glove dress added.
:)


XO
T Lo


I love her stuff. I'm not a particularly steampunk chick, but this is amazing.

I hope she can somehow display that aesthetic (which I find very interesting as well as beautiful) in the context of the manufactured challenges.


Oh my god! I've coveted some of her corsets on etsy for ages. I hope she does well.


I love her stuff. Definitely a 20s style to it that I love. I really hope she can apply it to the challenges. Also love the steampunk-ish vibe to it.


Based on comments made by Sir Tim throughout the audition process on all six seasons of PR, would not the glove dress be considered "student work"?

TampaBay


Her stuff is bizarre in a way that I really love.


Would someone please define steampunk and then differentiate it from punk and any other punks that someone over 50 might not be familiar with?

(I won't bore you with Mamie Eisenhower Bangs homage in return.)


Ok, she's on my list of early faves.


Mariana (The Unoriginal)

Wow, really interesting.


"Favorite Designer: Christian Lacroix
Style Icon: Isabella Blow"


Darling, you're so IN.


They look like costumes to me. Great ones, but not really wearable.


Louise Brooks indeed. Fabulous!!!


Louise Brooks - good one!

I was thinking Sutton Foster in the stage version of "Thoroughly Modern Millie"

I hate what she's wearing in her photo.

But I really like looking at the photo portfolio here. I think she will be fun to watch and should make it through at least a few rounds, until she presents one too many plays on Victoriana.


My favorite so far. Love the steampunk stuff and the fact that her style icon is Isabella Blow - c'mon, that's AWESOME.

I love her work. I hope she stays awhile.


Timspeak: "She's got a stick up her ass."

I thought her "reading my lines so every word is exactly perfect" audition tape hinted at stick up the ass-ness. Her pieces all seem to be incredibly well made - which is not a bad thing, but I can't help wondering if her perfectionism will run her into time crunch problems?

I'm so over the whole steampunk thing, so while I think her pieces are beautiful, I just feel sort of meh towards her. But interested to see what she can do when challenged to do something new.


re toomanycats -

If you do a search for images of steampunk, the difference will become clear pretty quickly. It is a distinctly different vibe from punk. Everyone looks like they walked out of that Will Smith movie where he was a cowboy and there was a giant metal spider, sorry, can't remember the name.


EARLY FAVORITE. J'adore.

Her wear is absolutely stunning, as are her tailoring skills.

Just from the photos you can see how well each and every garment is made.

I don't think her work is as costumey as on the level of Chris, actually.

There's a sort of elegance in her designs that Chris didn't really have.


Steampunk is a style of dressing and costuming that arose over the past several years. The term is derivative of cyberpunk since the c.lothes are suppose to have a Victorian influence. ergo the term steampunk. It has recently incorporatedly greater into fashion amongst certain niches of people. There are regular steampunk nights at goth clubs

Basically in costuming circles you want to create Victorian clothes with modern props/accesories as if it was made from victorian era technology and resources. Modern or space age gadgets with a late 19th century sensibility. How would a cell phone look like using the tech back then. Think Wild Wild West

You would incorporate a lots of antique looking metals and such. Imagine a saucy dress with a goth/vcitorian flavor and the jewlry/accesories made from reworked pocketwatch parts. Or imagine a guy wearing 19th century work clothes and sporting hightech goggles made of brass elements.

Frank


Fucking love her!!!


Thank you, Frank. I didn't know any of that.


Texas represent!

I'm rooting for her already. Go Team Louise!


a very comprehensive and interesting definition of the steampunk movement:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steampunk


BTW I am not surprised she said she's turned into a 1 woman prop factory in her tape. Dallas has a sizeable steampunk community.

In fairness, in the right hands steampunk can be very beautiful and fashionable. I'm surprised the more editorial designers like Westwood haven't drawn inpsiration from them yet

Frank


Katyola said: Shouldn't the headline read, "Meet Louise Brooks"?

That's the first thing that popped into my head. She looks adorable in the Brooks haircut. Not everyone can wear it.

"Yikes" to the audition tape. It's too easy for "ironic" to become "annoying". However, I love her stuff, and I can't wait to see what she does. She's grabbed my attention more than anyone else so far.


Thanks, Frank, and others.

Now to go look up cyberpunk and some images from Wild, Wild West (not the Cartman version)


I wonder if Kelly, IM and Fern would be offended by all of us who would have no idea what STEAMPUNK looked like?


THANK you for the Louise Brooks reference anon! I was thinking it too.

I don't know, these are interesting, but pretty costumey and gimmicky. I'm always more impressed by the designers who make crazy shit that people would actually want to wear. Victorian schoolmarm dresses with giant cameo-shaped frames highlighting Elsa-Schiaparelli-inspired skeletons is great to see online, but how is it really going to come off on the show? I have a hunch she will not be around for long. She certainly didn't make any of the final collections we saw.


That LBD can be mine for the low low price of $945, weep. Sans corset. That's another couple hundred there, but the skeleton corset's not on her etsy, for whatever reason.... :(


looks like a lil 2 month preggo belly bump in that sweater.


That first black corset dress is really very clever (and a nice jab at what real corsets would do to your body - say goodbye to your ribs, ladies). I'm over the whole wearing lingerie as clothes, though. :(


Frank gave a great and thorough definition of steampunk, which I didn't really expect from anyone. The thing is, most people just call Victorian shit "steampunk," and it's not. Aside from the skeleton corset here, nothing is futuristic or "alternate universe" about it - it's a bunch of vintage-y clothes - NOT real steampunk. There's no technology of any kind referenced beyond the x-ray thing. She may be capitalizing on the trend but Victorian elements alone don't make it steampunk. Sorry.


too many cats-for cyberpunk just review the "scientic" editorial in Vogue China and reimagine the layouts as over accessorized, distressed with pops of color that do not match anything and you will get the drift.

TampaBay


Love her! I've been a fan of her work for a while on Etsy and elsewhere on the web, she's so fabulous. Obviously my favorite. I hope she gets far! Too many fashion people are so... BORING. She's anything but.


The glove garment is cute, but derivative. Help me remember, anyone? Do you recall a dress (strapless?) with hands "grabbing"? It is vivid in my mind's eye, but the ole brain is letting me down. Was it a movie costume? Does anyone else remember this?


bitchybitchybitchy

Interesting to read about the steampunk style/aesthetic.

Personally I'm not enthusiastic about the corset/bustier/lingerie look.

It could be interesting to see how she adapts that to the challenges.


Marie said...

"I know steampunk chics that would eat her stuff up. I wonder how that vision will translate for a broader audience who may not know what Steampunk is. Hopefully someone briefed the Duchess before the show."

I think these looks will have a lot of appeal even for those who don't have a clue about steampunk -in the ongoing theme "there is nothing really new, just re-interpreted" my friends and I wore some very similar clothes as evening/club wear in the 70's and early 80's and considered ourselves absolutely the thing.

While those clothes were vintage or home-made or home-modified, I did have a mass-market low-end retail blouse almost identical to grey one one the left in the third row up from the bottom. (The difference was that that blouse had less authentic sleeves - shallower cuffs, plain plastic faux-pearl buttons, straight-across vertical peplum in front, and generally was much lower quality.)

Not that I recall my favorite clothes from 30 years ago better than I recall most of the people I hung out with or anything.

With the right eye makeup that outfit was deadly. *sigh* You young things go out and rock the styles you love, costumey or not. The ability to do so (without looking ridiculous) does pass, children.


Linensn'Things

I have one of her corsets and it is an amazing piece, I get a lot of compliments. Go Louise!!!


I love her stuff. I'd love to wear some of this.


LifeTimeforHomos

I'm VERY curious to hear what Nina has to say abut her designs.


Averill, I can't find anything to confirm but based on what you wrote I wonder if you're thinking of an outfit that Barbra Streisand wore in some movie of hers. Like purple sequiny leotard with white hands grabbing? Am I off in la-la land?


I like what I see so far, but it's not steampunk. There's no combination of Victorian and alternative universe technology elements, and besides that, for me a big part of steampunk is the outfit telling a story, why does this person look like this, what happened to her, what does she use these things/gadgets for..these are pretty clothes, but they're not steampunk.

That aside, I'm curious to see what she'll do! I like her style and it looks like she has skills, so it should be intresting.


That first dress gave me a great idea for a PR challenge - make a garment entirely from accessories: hats, scarves, gloves, stockings, socks, etc. That dress is terrific!


LaFemmeFataledeNY

She definitely knows how to sew and is very creative. I'm not a corset kind of girl but these are beautiful.


GO LOUISE, WE LOVE YOU!!!


another laura

Averill, found something, I hope this link works. I forget which movie it's from, but this is the Babs image I was thinking of:

http://www.fanpop.com/spots/barbra-streisand/links/3204138


I didn't think I would like her designs, just based on her little bio, but she certainly has a fun, interesting aesthetic. I just don't know if she'll be able to bring it across in the competition - ditto to the posters who compared her to Stella!

My unfounded prediction: She'll be gone by midway through the season.


Really interesting stuff. Is she shy on camera?


another laura said...

"Averill, I can't find anything to confirm but based on what you wrote I wonder if you're thinking of an outfit that Barbra Streisand wore in some movie of hers. Like purple sequiny leotard with white hands grabbing? Am I off in la-la land?"

***************************
Sounds like "The Owl and the Pussy cat" ??


Yes - Owl and the Pussycat

http://www.imdb.com/media/rm1015518464/tt0066195


Anonymous said...

I'm guessing she's Alex's new crush. Does it matter that she's married?

I love that Isabella Blow is her style icon. How refreshing to find someone whose framework extends beyond Posh
.

Eh. Naming Christian Siriano, Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Victoria Beckham, or Isabella Blow as your style icon is pretty much the same for our purposes here. They are all in the same vein of design (although Isabella Blow and Vicky B clearly aren't designers). Isabella Blow is also certainly one of buzz-word-name-check style icons, so I wouldn't say there's anything particularly original, shocking, or interesting about citing her.


I lovelovelove the custom coat I ordered from her a few years back. I still get tons of compliments whenever I wear it.

Rooting for her!


She is from Texas. I'm rooting for her. I think she might have been to Miss Hattie's in San Angelo Texas a few times.


The black dress with the spine detail I would wear in a new york minute


Beautiful work and aesthetic! I look forward to her :)

YAY for Ebay & Etsy- represent!


Funky and original. I was SO tired of all the Posh/Christian faves. This is all making me want to skip the rest of my teacher summer break and get right to the show (almost).


Sorry, hit "Post" accidentally. I just wanted to add that there's a fairly straight throughline from Vivienne Westwood to Isabella Blow to Alexander McQueen to Victoria Beckham and finally to Christian Siriano. They are all points on the same continuum, so citing Isabella Blow might as well be the same as citing Posh. I also find it funny that nobody who professes admiration for Blow ever references or does anything with hats, which were her only defining signature.


I love that we're getting different styles and aesthetics this season. It'll be fun to watch different takes on the challenges.


I didn't know Texas had people this fabulous.


I love her choice of fabrics and colors. She's one who makes me wish I could reach into the computer screen and feel the fabrics.
Beautiful construction. I hope she's got more versatility than this set of designs shows.


I'm going through all her stuff on the Lifetime site and man she's a very interesting person. Very creative and imaginative. I'm looking forward to seeing her designs on the show.


I really like her stuff, especially that first dress with the gloves!


I love the glove dress. The rest of the pieces aren't to my taste, but I'll be interested to see what she comes up with. The girl definitely has talent.


Victorian Vampire Chic! Interesting, to say the least. Can't wait to see what she comes up with on PR this season.


Love her! Love her clothes. Love that x-ray corset!

Sadly, I do not think she makes it to BP, unless the whole thing was a decoy.


Re: glove dress reference

Was it a drag queen dress I am remembering? That would be funny.


I LOVE that glove top!

Absolutely LOVE it.

--GothamTomato


My reading of the Timspeak is that she makes it to the final seven. She maybe loses when she has a very specific assignment that she can't adapt her aesthetic to.


LOVE the whimsy and singular point of view.


OMG i LUV every single piece shown! I MUST OWN the 2nd dress shown!!

I think ive got one of my favs...


Looks like a bad version of boudoir queen


I still like the clothes, but eek, her tape sounds like she's running for Miss USA. Well, that's overlook-able. Looking forward to seeing her in action.


Love her stuff...particularly the glove dress. That was an instant "in" as far as I was concerned. But shouldn't she be trying to sell us car insurance?


Seen the skeleton corset thing before.

Anyway, steampunk as an aesthetic has been played out for a couple years now, so I'm quite happy that her stuff isn't too directly relatable to that little geek-trend. On that note, it's interesting that steampunk's genesis in sci-fi novels is rarely discussed, at least in casual conversations about it. I feel like it's divorced from its origins and spinning out of control, away from the conceptual and intellectual realm towards pure camp fantasia (which was definitely contemplated and indulged in the very first inklings of "steampunk," but hardly exclusively).


Love the humor of her clothes. It will be really interesting to see how she does.


She's awesome! She's very popular on Etsy.


" Anonymous said...
Seen the skeleton corset thing before. "


Unless you put a pile of shit on your head everything has been done before. And come to think fo it, I think even THAT has been done before.

That is such a vague statement. Seen where? by who? When?


I've seen some of those corsets before! I love her Aesthetic, it's right up my ally! I can't wait to see her on the show.


re: anon
"Unless you put a pile of shit on your head everything has been done before. And come to think fo it, I think even THAT has been done before."

It has... See Johnny R. of The Fashion Show.


DROOOOOOOL!

If I were a size 6 I would wear ALL her clothes!


When I think of steampunk, I think of Beyonce's tour outfits--Victorian/industrial age.

Louise Black is a bit more whimsical Edwardian/Art Nouveau. Throw a cape on them and you're an extra in one of those trendy vampire shows.


The girl definitely had me at Isabella Blow! And Jay McCarroll! Love her. Louise is definitely my pre-season fave for sure.

I, too, also thought she was a dead ringer for another personal fave, Louise Brooks. I'm excited about the new season and can't wait to see more from this designer.

- edina -


AWESOME! I freaking love her!

Just hope that she can bring some of the amazing detail in the short time span of the challenges.


What on earth is she wearing ?


Yeeeeah...she seems more Diablo Cody than Louise Brooks. And that ain't a good thing.

Her clothes are interesting for what they are, but I wouldn't call it fashion. Beautifully intricate costumes or art pieces, certainly...but they aren't clothes. Who is truly going to wear most of these? (If you go to any sort of expo that ends with the abbreviated noun "-Con," you are discounted.) The few wearable pieces aren't cute or interesting enough to be truly memorable. Still, I won't she say she doesn't have anything here.

But the Diablo Cody look really needs to go. Now.


Oh come on! I've been an incorrigible steampunk for six years now and her stuff fits in perfectly. Not all steampunk outfits need to incorporate technology or have a character and a story behind it, that's just silly. Why would someone need to carry around technological apparatus all the time? Why do you need to be a character? I dress steampunky to various levels every other day, but I'm just being me, not Lord Codswallop III or what have you. As long as it's Victorian-ish, ultra-creative and has loads of personality, you can't get more steampunk than that.

Sorry for the rant, but the endless cries of "this is not steampunk!" only serve to scare those who might be interested away from the movement.


*sigh* You young things go out and rock the styles you love, costumey or not. The ability to do so (without looking ridiculous) does pass, children.
I'm sitting just barely below the 50 mark. I'm a writer and steampunk is big with the younger writing crowd. (It it much easier to work technology into the fiction aspect than into clothes themselves.) But this is a look that I think could be translated into something wearable at any age since it can use rich fabrics and interesting details.

Oh, for the fans of the look, you can follow her on twitter now. I'm wondering if she'll twitter things when the show runs.

Marie


Oh come on! I've been an incorrigible steampunk for six years now and her stuff fits in perfectly. Not all steampunk outfits need to incorporate technology or have a character and a story behind it, that's just silly. Why would someone need to carry around technological apparatus all the time? Why do you need to be a character? I dress steampunky to various levels every other day, but I'm just being me, not Lord Codswallop III or what have you. As long as it's Victorian-ish, ultra-creative and has loads of personality, you can't get more steampunk than that.

Sorry for the rant, but the endless cries of "this is not steampunk!" only serve to scare those who might be interested away from the movement.


Um, it's not all about being a character - it's about differentiating it from plain old Victorian clothing. Steampunk is not straight Victorian at all. That doesn't mean you have to invent a character or carry around a steam-powered brass ray gun, but it does necessarily mean that you need to do more than just wear Victorian and Victorian-looking clothing in order to differentiate it as Steampunk and not just dressing period. Not only is that kinda the entire point of the thing, it's also common sense. If much of Steampunk is based on the Victorian era (or rather, how it would be, evolved in some alternate universe), then isn't its very existence based more on its differences with straight Victorian than its similarities? Wearing Victorian clothing is wearing Victorian clothing, nothing more.


This girl is all over the place. She is no Isabella Blow. Anyone who would wear that outfit should be kicked off now!


I love the glove dress!


I adore her clothes... can't wait to see what she does on the show!


I like this crazy mother f**ker, especially that glove creation! I'm getting excited!


My nick name for her is the "Black Dahlia".

If you've ever experienced reto fever, it really grabs you. I wore vintage, including some victorian things (including undergarments) 1978-81 because they looked so much better on me than '80's dresses. If one designed as well, as BD does, one would have to branch into selling some, too, just to keep it all flowing. It's a strong desire to be of another era while participating in this one. I think her aesthetic is very translatable to today.

I see a little Carol Burnett in there, too.

She'll do great.


I've almost cried at fashion before, but this actually made me tear up.

If you are reading this, Louise dear, please tell me you will still have time to make me a corset before I can't afford one!


Oh, my god, I KNOW her! I used to visit her etsy page for inspiration at times. She really has a marvelously whimsical aesthetic. Love it.


'Nother Steampunk-esque movie: "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen".


I love everything! However I am
53,overweight, and live in the midwest so of course my opinion means nothing and consequently she must be awful.


Steampunk <3


Team Louise!!!!!!!!!!


Honestly, my favority PR contestant from past seasons was Chris March: that costume background gave him a strong point of view and a flair for drama and, I thought his three pieces for the last show before his eliminations (with the human hair and safety pins) were the most beautiful and memorable pieces of fashion I've ever seen.

Like Chris March, this girl might come to PR totally from a place that is totally "outside the box" and create looks that are unique and wonderful


She's great- I love these dresses! I want one! Congrats again Louise.


I'm gonna buy one of those corsets (on her Etsy site) BEFORE she gets so popular that I can't even afford one!

Can't wait to see her on the show!


http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_FW86_jO7k_A/SmiHQ-JFmkI/AAAAAAABHmQ/l3zaxQHEwJY/s1600/LB_G.jpg

This is a complete rip off of Margiela. Boo.


Boooooo the pink and red dresses are knock offs from another designer. Shameful


"LaLa said...
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_FW86_jO7k_A/SmiHQ-JFmkI/AAAAAAABHmQ/l3zaxQHEwJY/s1600/LB_G.jpg

This is a complete rip off of Margiela. Boo."


"Anonymous said...
Boooooo the pink and red dresses are knock offs from another designer. Shameful"

Well, why don't you guys show us those other designs?


Not Steampunk <3


LOVE IT! This is what I wanted/expected from Chris March's dummy collection. Only this is done right!


Margiela.

Knockoff.


" Anonymous said...

Margiela.

Knockoff."


Now you're talking. Thank you for the link.


Anon @ 5:30 -

One can be inspired by something and not have it be a knockoff (and personally, I think Louise's is much more nicely done).

Regardless, thanks for the link.


I'm actually kinda lovin' her work. There's just something so...awesome about it.

Okay, can you imagine her + Chris March? C'mon. Close your eyes and picture it...


Isara said...

Anon @ 5:30 -

One can be inspired by something and not have it be a knockoff (and personally, I think Louise's is much more nicely done).

Regardless, thanks for the link
.

True, but "I saw a bodice made of gloves so I'M going to do a bodice made of gloves" is really fairly lame and uncreative as far as inpirations-to-executions go. Does she have any ideas of her own? Everything here is a fairly blatant reinterpretation.


I agree. My first impression was "Why's there a pic of Diablo Cody on TLo?" But her clothes are definitely something I'd wear. And I loooooove Isabella Blow (RIP), so I'm looking forward to what she'll do.


I've been in love with her stuff since I saw the full length glove gown on etsy last year....glad to see she's getting some attention! Love the hint of chiffon from the vintage red slip she's wearing, nice touch. Love a vintage slip!

Ang at Dorothea's


I'm in love. I can already imagine what her final collection will look like. If she can cleverly rip off Winona Ryder's costume design in "Beetlejuice" than she can do anything.


finally! one of our Steampunks goes Primetime! Oh how Splendid! i bought 2 things from her soon to be empty Etsy store today...oh Please dear Miss Black, do hang on! i Worry so when not seeing your signature bob in the series preview video! Cheers!
~Capt. Red


love the glove top. its fantastic


I adore her corsets (have done so for a very long time) and cannot wait to see her on PR6


I'm overjoyed she's being recognized for her brilliance, but scared for myself that I'll never be able to afford her work again!!

Some of my most treasured clothing is part of what she basically referred to as her bread-and-butter, but not growing as a designer stuff! She actually listened to my feedback and concerns about my body, and personalized my order, accordingly!! What a sweetheart! Talk about above and beyond!!

And...accessory factory? Her cuffs are works of art, without a doubt!!

P.S. um...she's really not Steampunk, though. (although I admit [just] the corset with show-through spine fits the bill.)


"Favorite Designer: Christian Lacroix
Style Icon: Isabella Blow"

Come ON dig a bit deeper for iconic names to drop. Neither of these style icon are reflected in Louise's design or style. Lacroix is known and regarded for his highly astute sense of colour, texture, and sihlouette, yes there is texture in Louise's design, but none of the other boxes are ticked in that respect. Additionally Isabella Blow rarely referenced history with such literal translation in her outfits, where as Louise only seems to reference Victorian and Flapper undergarments. These are some of the names they teach early on in fashion school as being Fashionable/edgy to say, let me guess her favorite fashion mag is ...hmm....iD?...i see no originality here...how about dropping designer names like Carol Christian Poell, Bruno Pieters, Marios Schwab, Christopher Kane, and Marjan Pejoski, or living icons like Diane Pernet, and Iris Apfel,

there's some names to drop that actually require a bit of inteligence and effort


"Favorite Designer: Christian Lacroix
Style Icon: Isabella Blow"

Come ON dig a bit deeper for iconic names to drop. Neither of these style icon are reflected in Louise's design or style. Lacroix is known and regarded for his highly astute sense of colour, texture, and sihlouette, yes there is texture in Louise's design, but none of the other boxes are ticked in that respect. Additionally Isabella Blow rarely referenced history with such literal translation in her outfits, where as Louise only seems to reference Victorian and Flapper undergarments. These are some of the names they teach early on in fashion school as being Fashionable/edgy to say, let me guess her favorite fashion mag is ...hmm....iD?...i see no originality here...how about dropping designer names like Carol Christian Poell, Bruno Pieters, Marios Schwab, Christopher Kane, and Marjan Pejoski, or living icons like Diane Pernet, and Iris Apfel,

there's some names to drop that actually require a bit of inteligence and effort


I'd disagree on your assessment of Lacroix; I'm a huge fan of his and Louise's, and I definitely see a connection. He's an extremely historical designer, and in addition to Rococo (which of course he studied), he periodically draws from the Belle Epoque as inspiration. Louise is of course is fond of Art Nouveau. He is known for his colours and silouettes, but in recent years he's used black just as frequently, and like Louise, he's very fond of lace. Considering what we've seen of Louise in the first two shows--her dying the lace and hand-sewing the bust and the shoulder detail on the red carpet gown--it makes sense that her favorite designer should be a couturier.

Plus, to get specific, Lacroix's Fall 2007 RTW appears to me as an amplified, much better reworking of Chris March's goth flapper collection. And what is Louise if not a goth flapper? (I jest.)





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