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TFS: Bye-bye

Oh, honeys. There was screaming at the TV last night Chez T Lo.


Why were we screaming? Because the judging last night was so unbelievably stupid that we're actually embarrassed for all of them. Not Kelly so much. For once her inability to say anything more than "I'd buy that" served her well.

But let's get one thing straight. Despite the enormous amounts of bullshit falling out of their mouths last night...

... they definitely sent the right person home. In fact, they surprised us with their choice because it really looked to us like they were sending Anna home. And, as Tom said to Lorenzo, "I swear to god, if they don't send Reco home, I am going to go BALLISTIC on the blog tomorrow."

We realize, from reading the comments section, that many of you don't agree. Don't think we're haters. We would have loved to see Reco wow the judges, but we saw that collection in person and up close and it really wasn't all that hot-looking. And even if it was a decent collection, in our minds...

...this was an automatic "Bye-bye." This is part of why we were getting so angry last night. The editing REALLY played this down. Trust us when we say, the dress literally fell apart on the runway and the girl couldn't walk a step. This went on for at least a full 2 minutes and you could feel the discomfort in the crowd. It was all anyone was talking about after the show was over and the lights went up. And the judges? Why, they DIDN'T MENTION IT AT ALL.

Sorry to compare this to PR, but it's inevitable: Nina and Michael would have had his head for that and there would have been absolutely no question that he be auf'd.

We miss saying "auf."

Now, maybe having his dress fall apart on the runway was the reason they sent him home. The problem is, we just don't know. The judging was so awful and the commentary so pointless, that we have absolutely NO IDEA why he was sent home. We agree with the outcome, but they never bothered to mention how they came to their decision.

Instead, they went to great lengths to praise each designer and criticize each designer in equal measure. Why? We have no idea. Maybe it was just to keep some tension and to keep the already bored audience interested in the outcome. But in their struggle to dole out exactly equal amounts of criticism, they wound up making themselves look incredibly stupid. We're still trying to figure out what the hell Glenda was talking about when she made that book analogy to Anna.

Alright, let's take a look.

We thought this made a great opening and it was probably our favorite of his looks. We're just not all that crazy about the sparkly on the collar.

This was a decent department store look. Nothing earth-shattering, but wearable and salable.

We're confused as to why the judges fell all over themselves praising this. It's fine; it's just as basic as basic gets.

We really liked the top on this one. It has a very interesting shape, with the corset sort of forming those sleeves. The skirt, however, ruined the look. Tacky, tacky, tacky.

This was okay. Way too similar to look #2, but over-ruched this time.

Again, just okay. Nothing you can't find in a million department stores. The skirt's too short for that top, though.

This was just plain tacky and ugly. That inverted V looks like he hot-glued it to the outfit. More importantly, when your model is making adjustments to the garment ON THE RUNWAY, then the garment is a fail.

Seriously, Reco? A '90s prom dress? Because that's all that this is: a dress we've seen countless times before in a style that's about a decade old.

Laura Bennett had the perfect criticism for this dress. She said that if he'd cut it in half and made a mini-dress out of it, it would be cute. As it is, it's just a shapeless column of muppetry.

We have one word to describe this dress: obnoxious. This wasn't a bridal gown; it was a drag queen dress. Exuberant to the point of being ridiculous-looking and more importantly, non-functional. And is that supposed to be a glittery swan beak on her right boob? TACKY.

He's a decent designer, just not a great one, judging by this collection. There are, as they say, "taste issues" with some of his work and when there aren't taste issues, we're left with basic-to-the-point-of-boring clothes.

Don't get us wrong, we have criticisms of the other collections as well, but to us, this was clearly the designer that needed to go home last night.

Reco's show:



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180 comments:

God, I haven't watched it yet but I'm shocked they downplayed the dress falling apart! You're right, La Nina and the Duchess would've had their heads. I miss them.

Don't worry, you'll be saying "auf" a lot more very soon, boys... :)


Oh, my. TLo said, "we saw that collection in person and up close and it really wasn't all that hot-looking"

Interesting. I was pleasantly surprised by what I saw of Reco's collection on TV, but I sometimes wonder what things look like in person. And there it is.

Which leads to a question I wanted to ask. I know you won't want to answer it here, TLo (because this is the Reco post), but I hope you'll address it in the Daniella post: from what I saw on TV I thought she'd be out. The collection --to my eye-- was a disaster. Did hers look better in person than on tv?


I STILL have a major crush on Ms. Bailey. She finally ends the Derbyshire mantra:

Derbyshire born, Derbyshire bred
Strong in the arm
Weak in the head

Still sorry to see Reco bite the runway, but the Persimmons' words echoed loud from those hallowed Bravo walls about being able to WALK in a dress on a runway.

Will they ever learn?


Tlo: Not Kelly so much. For once her inability to say anything more than "I'd buy that" served her well.

Haha! Except, a white oxford shirt?? Of course, we can't blame Kelly for that, as it was scripted. Which leads to the question: who writes this shit?


Reco HAD to go home. Bravo could not have made a sale-able version of the feather collumn. Oh, and most of the rest of his stuff was, sadly, ugly.

He was the most fun to watch, had the best sewing skills, but these were the looks to blow us away? uh-uh.
And you were being kind to say that they were just typical dept store looks... maybe bargain basement.
Love Reco, but not most of the stuff on his runway.
(at least he didn't make Issac's white blazer. That was the biggest embarassment of the whole show!!)


I am glad you mentioned that about the wedding dress. At the end it did look like it had become undone

Also glad you mentioned about that gold skirt-ugh tacky. Too bad because I too liked the top that went with it

I wonder what the unedited version of the judging was like. I really get the feeling it might have been more coherent and intelligent

The way the editing was on this show I was shocked they showed such a nice moment between the 4 contestants before the final announcement

Frank


I still think that elitist bs is the only reason JP stayed.

.. But considering the flaws, am ok with Reco going.
However, I did like the red dress - except it got (surprise) too tight in the leg area. I liked the black "suit" you called boeing because of the textures.

Good take on the feather dress. And I really liked the corsetted top, but agree the gold skirt cheapened it.


I have to agree with your assessment, no wow factor, nothing that made me impressed. I felt bad for Reco but this was definitely the weakest collection. I wish him well; he is talented.


I totally agree with your comments, even more so because you were there. What irks me is that the people in charge should have thought of that even before thinking about putting this show together and making the decision to leave the public pick the winner. It seems they panicked after Reco fell apart, thus the extra elimination. Nobody likes for the rules of the game to be changed right before the ending. And this was the plan all along, the producers of this show are even clumsier than I thought. PR does a better job of getting rid of someone that wasn't meant to be in the finale (Chris March and Jerell). It's my second comment in your blog. Just love your passion and wit.
Ramon


Oh and I don't think that the overall shape/ or concept of the wedding dress was bad - my cousin looked fab her similar shaped wedding dress - but between the execution and the swan head(????) oh my.
(Thank you for commenting on that, I thought it looked like the swan head when I watched.l)


wtf is wrong with this show? even without comparing it to PR, it just drives me crazy. you boys are right, the judging was terrible, i never learn anything from it.

until last week sometime, i didnt realize the viewers picked the winner. i chose NOT to vote. hopefully they will change it, like they did with make me a supermodel.

so let down.


CanIGetYouAnything?

"And is that supposed to be a glittery swan beak on her right boob?"


I heard Bjork ordered one in every color.


TLo said:
Sorry to compare this to PR, but it's inevitable: Nina and Michael would have had his head for that and there would have been absolutely no question that he be auf'd.

We miss saying "auf."
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Oh, my Dears, so true, so true.
I have grown to absolutely abhore "We're just not buying it" and "Buh-Bye, Darling".


It was the right decision, but goodness, was that ever a boring episode... series... judges... contestants... you name it. I really could not care less about who wins this whole thing. And I never realized until last night just how integral those Tim Visits were with making the finale interesting.

Oh but I knew Reco was dead in the water when they showed that monkfish-faced NJ Housewife telling us she'd buy the feather explosion.

One other very shallow remark: Glenda Bailey. I have known some spectacularly ugly women in my lifetime who have inspired me with the care and creativity they put into their grooming and attire. She does not and it was very distracting, especially given her job.

Now I shall go read some Proust as penance for my shallowness.


How do we vote for the winning collection?


It made sense to me for them to criticize and praise all of the designers in this episode because its really their only chance to do so before the viewers vote.

Also, I loved that Fern contradicted Isaac. If edited properly, it could be very interesting to show disagreement between the judges more next season. PR tends to gloss over any complete disagreements between their judges. It always seemed a bit artificial to me to have so much consensus.


C'est moi, c'est moi Lola

Hey TLo, by the end of the show I was resigned to the fact that Reco was going to go. Skirts were too short, and that wedding dress was a fail.

As for the judging, I think the producers took the complaints about Heather and others being too mean to heart, and edited it so. Notice that they had the designers walk out this time? But they cut out the reasoning for the final decision too.

(Although they still snuck in Heather's snark to Danielle about being 'size-ist' - I'm interested to read your reactions to that.)

Anyway, at this point I don't care who really wins, but if JP takes it, I'm interested in how they reconcile 'real fashion for real people' with his complex designs.


"We miss saying "auf."

Oh wow, me, too. I didn't realize until you wrote that.

That's why you have such loyal minions, guys.


I absolutely cannot listen to anything Ms. Bailey says until she learns to dress herself!! My mother had that outfit in the 80s! It was horrifically dated...she must've bought it at consignment or pulled it out of the back of her closet! UGH!


Was Bravo trying to give the audience a collective seizure last night? With so many flashes and quick cuts in that extended final fashion show they need to have a warning somewhere.


Poor Reco had to be on the show rather than watching it after the fact so he didn't know that taking advice from the judges at best doesn't help. He should have just gone full Reco like he did on the knock-off challenge.


I was hoodwinked, bamboozled led astray....Not being able to choose from the 4 finalist was bullshit while I love Reco the wedding dress did him in, and I understand the judges decsion but it's a bullshit last minute we are going to get rid of someone at the end twist I HATE! It's one of the few positive things that made TFS diffrent from PR that "we" choose the winner.

And how about the dumbest quote EVER " it's not a popularity contest" ummm the fuck it ain't it's reality TV and it's fashion and if that ain't a populuarity contest..? Fashion is all about the it designer, it model, it trend isn't that a form of popularity.

I swear I want to go to Target and set the Issac Mizrahi section on fire :| ahahahah


@Kasey-I will give you the match and gasoline if I can watch.

TampaBay


Willa Shakespeare

1. I hated Reco's color story. And that red 90's prom dress (bingo) was completely unforgivable.

2. Aztecs were not from South America, Reco. They were from Mexico. Great "research."

3. The triangle panels in front were overdone.

4. His wedding gown, while quite tacky and Tranny Barbie, was not all THAT unheard of. I have certainly seen wedding gowns in that silhouette in real life (although you could walk in them and they didn't have yellow sequined flaps on the front).

5. The judges probably gave equal amounts of criticism and praise to each of the designers to A, do the "say something constructive, say something nice" thing, and B, to keep them in suspsense. I don't see the problem unless they were to apply the same process in their private judging session, which would be ridiculous.


I swear I want to go to Target and set the Issac Mizrahi section on fire :| ahahahah

I don't whether Heather is still designing for Tar-gay, but we could always do search and destroy missions for those random items that might still be on the rack!


Elizabeth said:
Was Bravo trying to give the audience a collective seizure last night? With so many flashes and quick cuts in that extended final fashion show they need to have a warning somewhere.

7/17/09 11:09 AM

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YES, YES!! AGREED!!
Am I wanting too much for this show to be about the designs and NOT who is in the audience? They must have shown each design for a half-millisecond. To put it mildly, I was p*ssed!!! And, I would loved to have seen more of the models.


Last night show had me wanting to ask a question...what was the point of TFS? It wasn't to get the next "great american runway designer" ala PR wasn't it to find a designer that could translate to mass market( dept store even)? And if that was the sole purpose of the show then JP should have been gone a long time ago and probably last night...I'm just saying I think this show tangent ( long before last night) because other than Anna's and like 2 pieces from Daniella's collection is really mass marketable for sizes 2-14 up.


Rude and uncalled for comment, Agnes Gooch.

Also, I was disappointed that voting closed so soon. I wasn't able to watch the episode until this morning, so I missed the chance to vote for Anna.


Yes, I have to agree that the judges were correct to eliminate Reco.
I thought the first look was spectacular. Most of the rest were too basic. I agree that the feather gown would have been much better as a shorty.
As to the wedding dress, I don't mind the feathers on the bodice as much as the fact that it would be impossible to walk side by side down the isle in that gown. So regardless of the malfunction, it fails as a wedding gown.


If Reco would just get a bit more design education and experience, he really has the talent to go places. Unfortunately, he just doesn't have much design sophistication, and seemed to play it safe at the same time that he over-thought each piece. I think he psyched himself out. His construction skills are normally so strong, it's unbelievable that his dress fell apart, and that one top with the yellow triangle looks so poorly sewn.

Interestingly enough, I did see the Aztec influence. When I first saw the collection on this site, I was like "what the hell???", but as I watched last night, I got it. It was a really interesting idea that would have been wonderful if executed with more strategic, confident creativity.

The fit of Daniella's pants that give a skinny woman baggy camel-toe is unforgivable, although I did like some of the shoulder details. I am so sick of JP's baggy, diapery, shapeless dark clothes. I dont' care if you can hold a baby, send smoke signals, and do semaphore with his skirts, they are ugly and shapeless. Anna, FTW, even though I am not that impressed. She's just the best of a sad lot.


good riddance..
hate reco, he's so tacky and tasteless


I think the ultimate show of how tacky Reco's collection was is the fact that Real Housewife of New Jersey Teresa Giudice wanted to wear most of it. The feathered dress in particular!


Oh god I'm so over all of this.

I cannot WAIT until PR comes back and you boys actually have a quality show to talk about! I miss you saying "auf" as well!


"His construction skills are normally so strong, it's unbelievable that his dress fell apart, and that one top with the yellow triangle looks so poorly sewn."

Well he did rip up and resize the wedding dress at the last minute so that wasn't too surprising though a lot of his Vs/blocks looked like electrical tape stuck on on my TV.


"Was Bravo trying to give the audience a collective seizure last night? With so many flashes and quick cuts in that extended final fashion show they need to have a warning somewhere."

ITA! Why couldn't they keep the camera on the models walking down the runway so we could look at the damn clothes? I didn't need to see the constant cutaways to the designers' (sometimes eye-rolling) reactions to the others' collections. I get it: you're competitive and bitchy; duly noted, again.


Hey Tlo, how about a little interview with Laura Bennett re TFS? I can't be the only one here who would love to get more of her take on the whole thing.

Also, Kasey? LOL my friend, L.O.L.

Suz


As much as I hate to say it, Anna deserves the win because she was the only one who delivered on the real overall challenge of TFS: Real clothes for Real people that can be mass marketed online.

If this contest was a season of PR then the win should go to JP for a cohesive collection but it is not so I hope Anna's wins if no reason than her ability to take direction from 'The Powers that Be".

TampaBay


I was so frustrated by this crappy show, that I didn't even bother to vote! But at least Reco's collection could "hang together" in a store. Not so Anna's. Gawd, I miss PR.


I;m not surprised they sent him home. It's borderline homemade clothes.


Sadly I agree that Reco going home was the right choice, but I really disagree on your earlier praise of J-P's collection. Seeing it live(ish) I agree it's a nice color. A bit colorless, but nice. My issues is the ready to wear component. I don't get that from what was on the runway.I think if he had mixed it with more traditional pieces, a wide leg pant, a crisp whit blouse, even a pair of jeans, I would get a feel for the ready to wear competent. As it stands, what I saw were outfits that no one I know would wear. We shouldn't need to say, "I'd wear that top with pants or skirt....". We should see that.

As disjointed as they judges say Anna's collection is, it has far more of a ready to wear feel to it.

The other criticism I have of J-P is his choices of calling his collection "Indigenous people wearing Western style clothing" or some such silliness and then styling them with bones. It felt slightly racist and I can't quite describe why. I don't know if he's too in his own head to get how offensive his comes across at times, but he has bugged me all season.

Sorry to say Daniella's collection was just ugly to me. I have no idea why the judges were fawning over that mess and her so called music? Really?

So what I saw is a toss up between J-P and Anna. If this was PR I would give the win to J-P despite my personal dislikes, but in terms of ready to wear, I say Anna deserves the win.


That wedding gown is a joke. I mean, c'mon, the model could barely walk. It was a wedding cake, not a wedding gown.


RECO WAS ROBBED! How can they keep James Paul and send Reco home????


I'm sorry but that model looks like she's behind a bush. Long or short, that thing is hideous.


I felt bad for Reco, he wanted this so badly, but he clearly was the weakest link.


Reco will definitely have many clients and will be very successful. He got what he needed which is exposure. He'll do well. James-Paul and Daniella will soon disappear and we''ll never hear from them again.


Reco designs for drag queens. No way to sugar coat that.


"RECO WAS ROBBED! How can they keep James Paul and send Reco home????"

Robbed may be going a bit far, but I could see JP going home before him because if the show was about ready to wear/mass market Reco had more mass marketable pieces like them or not. If you are still saying the same things to JP at the Finale that you said to him at day one but you are telling Reco you have grown and you still send Reco home something is not right with the judging.

I have only barely calmed down and think I'm just going to "FUCK UP" ( take everything off the hanger) the racks in the Issac Mizrahi section of Target ahahahah :)


The show maybe needs the Magical Elves production co. back. PR got rid of them, so maybe that might work.

My husband hates the "You're hanging by a thread!" criticism.

As for the looks dept. I have to hand it to the U.K. for accepting unconventional beauties. Yes, Glenda is not traditionally pretty. However, I like the Brits acceptance of Isabella Blow (RIP), Billie Piper and even Kate Moss (her teeth, height and breast size all worked against her when she started out). Reco's look? I don't want to be negative.

Another suggestion is using Sarah Jessica Parker, Brooke Shields or Debra Messing to replace Kelly Rowland. KR doesn't seem to be a fashion insider. Glenda should be a La Nina replacement. Her rip on Johnny's piece was memorable. Isaac needs a judge makeover. Why can't Fern be the fashion coach to the designers?

Please, please, please, TLo, what is good about Daniela's collection? I don't GET IT!!!

James Paul reminds me of Paco Rabanne, Yamamoto and Miyake. His collection is a true reflection and opposition to the baseless optimism of our present economy. I didn't feel it at first because they didn't show its versatility.

Reco wasn't cohesive either. How is that red prom dress representing Aztec queens?? His "sizist" outlook should have been addressed.

I liked Anna's the best. Unfortunately, Jean Paul will not be understood. The judges love Daniella and she is going to win. PS I think Daniella is going to mention her age on the next episode. I'm psychic that way.

Frances


I'll be honest, I never really liked Reco. Sure, he is amazing at making clothes, but he is very tacky and doesn't make clothes that everyday women would like to wear.


There's ANOTHER episode? Why? Aren't we done yet?


MyFawny said...

Sadly I agree that Reco going home was the right choice, but I really disagree on your earlier praise of J-P's collection. Seeing it live(ish) I agree it's a nice color. A bit colorless, but nice. My issues is the ready to wear component. I don't get that from what was on the runway.I think if he had mixed it with more traditional pieces, a wide leg pant, a crisp whit blouse, even a pair of jeans, I would get a feel for the ready to wear competent. As it stands, what I saw were outfits that no one I know would wear. We shouldn't need to say, "I'd wear that top with pants or skirt....". We should see that
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Actually, the purpose of a fashion show is NOT to show head-to-toe outfits for people to wear. It's to present them in a dramatic and striking way. Saying "I could wear that jacket with my favorite pair of jeans" is precisely what the designer wants you to do. RTW is mix and match, hon.

The other criticism I have of J-P is his choices of calling his collection "Indigenous people wearing Western style clothing" or some such silliness and then styling them with bones. It felt slightly racist and I can't quite describe why. I don't know if he's too in his own head to get how offensive his comes across at times, but he has bugged me all season.

He bugs me too, but I don't see anything offensive in his collection. "Indigenous people" are ethnic groups living on the land to which they have the earliest known anthropological connection. By definition, they must have at least preserved in part their native traditions, culture, and customs, thus the tension and contrast between indigenous peoples living alongside modernized people in today's world. Combining them was a rather clever idea, I thought, although the collection isn't my favorite. I don't know why you would be offended by like, history and facts.

(I went back and looked at his collection, I don't even see any bones, just some feather wings. There nothing parodic or racist in his interpretations. I think you just don't like him.)


Absolutely the right choice to go. When I saw that poor model trying to cover her ass, all I could think of was Zulema's design from the "Clothes off your back" PR episode. And she at least had the excuse that she was limited in her materials!


I am so frustrated by the editing on this show. So often, the editors just seem to miss the point! It drove me crazy that we didn't get a clear explanation of their final collection challenge. On PR, they always make a point of having Tim tell the designers how much time they have, how many outfits they must make, and how much money they have to spend. We didn't get to hear the rules of this challenge, except for a fleeting mention on this episode that the designers had 10 weeks to make their collection.

And then they didn't show the judges talking about Reco's gown malfunction? What? The editors go to so much effort to manufacture drama, and then they have ACTUAL drama and they downplay it.

TFS director, producers and editors: I'm just not buying it.


"(I went back and looked at his collection, I don't even see any bones, just some feather wings. There nothing parodic or racist in his interpretations. I think you just don't like him.)"

On the show, he put them on an talked about them.


I fully respect the girl's take on this, but I still felt Reco's elimination was bullshit.

Why? Because when the judges commented upon his consistency, then why didn't they do the same with the other three?

If they had to, then James Paul should've been the one to go. Maybe Reco didn't "dazzle" them as much as Daniella, but he was just as consistent as she was, any WAY moreso then J-P.

That's just my take on it.


Snooty McSnooterson

I was pleasantly surprised by all of the collections. In the last few weeks I've grown to love Anna and her designs. I think she actually listens to the challenge and delivers designs that are relevant and interesting. Danielle's collection seemed way too 80's to me. And as for JP, I really liked his collection as impractical as it was. To the person who took offense at his use of bones...I totally agree.


2 random thoughts I had while watching:

1. It seems like they edited the show in response to the criticism. All the designers had nothing but nice things to say about each others work/ascetic... and when perhaps they were criticizing, it had a differnt tone. "I really like his work, but it's not the kind of thing everyone would wear". It was a complete 180 from the bitchery we are used to.

2.Fern said she would wear JPs clothes? Really? Really, Fern? The one with the leather straps she gushed over??? At least on this show I have never seen her in anything remotely close to that style.


That was mean, you know, to eliminate someone at the last minute, at least on PR S5 they knew one was going to be eliminated before they went home to work on their collections. Just wrong.


LONG LIVE RECO!!!!!!!


"Anonymous said...

I STILL have a major crush on Ms. Bailey."


She needs to do something about the way she dresses and looks before she starts criticizing people.


"We thought this made a great opening and it was probably our favorite of his looks. We're just not all that crazy about the sparkly on the collar."


Yup and Dayna looks FABULOUS!


IMHO Ms. Bailey was the wrong choice for a judge for a contest based on Real Clothes for Real People.

The guest judge or permanent rotating judges should have been a fashion buyer/director for Forever 21, Cache, Target, Macy's, H&M, ...etc... or Kohl's.

TampaBay


As for the looks dept. I have to hand it to the U.K. for accepting unconventional beauties. Yes, Glenda is not traditionally pretty.

Of course how she looks is not half as important as what she knows and how well what she does.

Ms. Bailey's resume — former editor-in-chief of Marie Claire and Marie Claire UK; onetime punk rocker; and reputed inspiration for Edina in Absolutely Fabulous — is only part of her personality

Gotta say this, plus the fact that she is not conventionally pretty (or young), just makes me like her more.

Poor Rico, when the trashy NJ Housewife with the homophobic husband, said she loved the feather dress I knew it was over for him.


The feather dress is awful . . . even if it were shorter. Several yars ago, Joan Rivers wore a similar dress when she was commentating on the Academy Award red carpet activities and fashion. Someone described that version as what Joan Rivers would look like if she were coming out the backend of a turkey.


"The guest judge or permanent rotating judges should have been a fashion buyer/director for Forever 21"

Would they say things like "That's a lot of look" or "Make it work"? Or maybe "I don't follow other designers' work"?


I think Reco's downfall was listening to the "judges" and not do what he does best. As Fern pointed out, all the intricate details he came up with during the challenges were missing. He said that he did "research" they way the judges told him. He should have just followed his own style.
Am I the only one cringing at Isaac's aqua shoes? Is this a new style trend in New York that hasn't hit the rest of the country? The only time I've seen people in aqua shoes, or rather boots, they've been on stage at the Grand Ol Opry.


"TNisheaven said...

Am I the only one cringing at Isaac's aqua shoes? Is this a new style trend in New York that hasn't hit the rest of the country? The only time I've seen people in aqua shoes, or rather boots, they've been on stage at the Grand Ol Opry."


His entire look (including the jacket) was a big AUF.


Mariana (The Unoriginal)

Glenda should be judging PR not TFS. The show ended and I still don't know what they were looking for. High fashion or wearable clothes?


It seems to me that Reco did not put in 10 weeks of work on his collection. No way did he do mostly research and come up with duct tape Aztec triangles to hold his theme together.

I think he had some kind of personal drama going on, thought he was way more talented than all other designers (as he repeated often on the show) and therefore didn't need as much time, and just didn't put in the work. At the end, things were just not put together... I thought the judges were SPOT ON to say that it was very unlike him to be so unfinished!


I love Reco, he was so funny on the show, but his collection was a big disappointment. He made so many beautiful things in such a short period of time, what happened?


"Mariana (The Unoriginal) said...
Glenda should be judging PR not TFS. The show ended and I still don't know what they were looking for. High fashion or wearable clothes?"


I agree, what kind of collection was Bravo looking for? They said they wanted to see high fashion and then talk about wearability, selability (??)...


i can't disagree with the judges' decision to eliminate reco, even though i have SOOO enjoyed him this season. he's got such incredible construction skills, but does have much to learn to refine his design sense. reco, honey - sorry you were sent home, but you have mad skills, a great snarky personality and i'll be your fruitfly any day.....

i agree that the judging and editing was atrocious. i got so tired of seeing all of the cuts to the audience instead of focusing on the clothes on the runway --- oh yeah, they are trying to make sure we know that people like betsey johnson were there....

anyway, i'm looking forward to seeing your comments on the other collections....


What is wrong with this show is that we have unrealistic expectations. Just because it is on Bravo and just because TLO blogs it, does not automatically make it a good show. Thus our disappointment in this poorly thought out P.O.S.
TFS is to PR what the Bravo store outfit is to the original design...made for the masses.


pamona said...

Actually, the purpose of a fashion show is NOT to show head-to-toe outfits for people to wear. It's to present them in a dramatic and striking way. Saying "I could wear that jacket with my favorite pair of jeans" is precisely what the designer wants you to do. RTW is mix and match, hon.

I understand what RTW is and that origami mess simply doesn't work for me. I thought all the folding and reworking was nice, but the only mix and match options I get from it are that I might wear the jacket with jeans/skirt/pants/etc....
(BTW) you might want to try not using phrases such as "hon" which comes across as the online equivalent of an eye roll.

He bugs me too, but I don't see anything offensive in his collection. "Indigenous people" are ethnic groups living on the land to which they have the earliest known anthropological connection. By definition, they must have at least preserved in part their native traditions, culture, and customs, thus the tension and contrast between indigenous peoples living alongside modernized people in today's world. Combining them was a rather clever idea, I thought, although the collection isn't my favorite. I don't know why you would be offended by like, history and facts.
Again you might want to tone the sarcasm down a notch or 10. My question is what indigenous people is he referring to? I have issues with lumping several ethnic groups into one big lump, which is what J-P appears to have done. Also you might ant to rewatch the ep. The models had bones placed in their hair and the makeup smudged. I'm glad you found it clever, I found it on par with sending models down the runway wearing black face. I didn't like it and found it borderline racist.


None of the collections had a wow factor.

I would have preferred someone else to go home but Reco's collection was the weakest.

The judging was horrible. Embarrassing even.

Despite the final show this was a boring episode.


The collection lacked innovation and there was literally nothing that made you gasp. No wow factor, think Laura Bennett's gray sequined evening gown with the chartreuse belt, Jeffrey's green and white zipper dress or smooth white leather jeans or Gillian and Viktoria's pink tartan plaid lined trench coat. The only antidote is a completely cohesive collection with one piece leading to another such as Christian S. or Uli's final collection.

He coulda been a contenda - I am not so sure. A designer needs a collection. His challenges were better than his collection.


TFS is to PR what the Bravo store outfit is to the original design...made for the masses.

PR is as much made for the masses as TFS is. PR is just better at what they do.

Ms. Bailey's resume — former editor-in-chief of Marie Claire and Marie Claire UK; onetime punk rocker; and reputed inspiration for Edina in Absolutely Fabulous — is only part of her personality



That is seriously awesome. But I still hated what she was wearing.

I do wish Reco had gone with his instincts instead of listening to the judges yammering on about whatever it is they yammer on about. I'm curious about how and why he decided to research Aztec culture. I'm sure he explained it, but the editors were more interested in taking up time with shots of some Real Housewives. Crap, if you have to focus on "Bravo-lebrities", how about letting me hear what Tabitha had to say?

I liked a lot of what Reco did, and it still had some Reco-ness to it, but I think he shot himself in the foot by not going full on Reco.

As for the red dress - you say prom dress, I say audacious.


Sad to see Reco's work morph into Reek-O's work at the worst possible time. NOT psyched to see John Paul advance beyond Reco.

Reco is a designer. John Paul is a twisted up little political propagandist of a gromite. The 'postcolonial' is more than just about "like, history and facts." It's about hate, unless of course one is disposed to agree with its faux intellectual canon.

That one would choose such an ideology as a guiding muse is pretty disturbing.

If a designer were inspired to do an indigenous/modern chic medley, more power to 'em. The stylistic mashups yield some interesting results.

But John Paul's sorry trick isn't about style meets style; it's about celebrating race and identity conflict. When the contestants were first introduced and mr. postcolonial was first revealed, I laughed. Figured such a miserably obsessed participant wouldn't last long versus designers who are in it for the art (well, and the $$$ too, of course).








Dammit Reco!


Wearable/saleable clothes for "real people" or a designer with a vision?

I think the industry element of the panel was so schizo about judging because they don't want to admit out loud (though really, Mr. Miz kinda did) that real people plunk down hard cash for clothes that are attractive to our tastes,which are rarely avant garde, flattering and/or make us feel good. Vision and innovation are barely in the running for those of us in the great unwashed struggling along on middle class (or lower) incomes.

If it was about saleable, Recoh could have been a contender, in my opinion, had the construction been sharper & the wedding dress debacle not happened. He does have taste issues, but he also can fit a woman's body better than any of the other three, in my opinon.

If it was about design vision, he was, indeed at the bottom.


Maura said...
"Crap, if you have to focus on "Bravo-lebrities", how about letting me hear what Tabitha had to say?"

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

Ms. Tab might have just said what she was really thinking, rendering the tape unusable.


"ASK
7/17/09 10:53 AM

Oh and I don't think that the overall shape/ or concept of the wedding dress was bad - my cousin looked fab her similar shaped wedding dress "

Exactly, that dress has been done before, and well, by many other designers. That alone should have disqualified him.


"Ms. Bailey's resume — former editor-in-chief of Marie Claire and Marie Claire UK; onetime punk rocker; and reputed inspiration for Edina in Absolutely Fabulous — is only part of her personality"

I wondered why she told JP she wasn't concerned about some ingenuous peasants from an anthology molecule.


As I just wrote on the Preview column, I voted for James Paul last night. That said, I really like Reco, and I think he is talented; I wish someone would give him a designer scholarship that would enable him to study and have a successful career. I had to agree with the judges, that Reco was the one to send home at that point, and I feel that you have given solid reasons why. Last night, Rico said that he would do it all the same way again. I feel he was just having a defensive reaction, but I think it was not the wisest response for him to give.
--Lina


I actually don't think the editing was that bad. I got a clear sense of what they thought was good and bad in the collections. What was bad was the editing--we know the deliberations went on for a while--and you *know* given the comments on the little black micro-mini that there's no way that the judges didn't comment on the white wedding disaster.

Glenda's chapter comment was, IMO, a comment on how the collection had great pieces but didn't tell enough of an overall story. She had a cool idea, but it wasn't strongly carried through the way Daniella's (armor/shoulders) and J-P's.

That said, Anna's collection really attracted me in a way that the other two did not. I love her eye for prints and color.

As for Reco, there really is a taste/sophistication issue. He's dressing Barbie dolls. Poor guy.


Were my husband and I the only ones who thought it was annoyingly contradictory that Fern told Reco she loved his detailing and then the judges suggested that he "simplify"? The last thing Reco needed to do was simplify his collection. I wanted more detail!


Reco's elimination was reminiscent of Jerryl's elimination on PR. Both earned their places in the finale, and both were screwed over by a last minute change in the rules.

Dora


I agree with the Fru-gals and would love to hear Laura Bennet's take on it. And Tabitha, didn't they sit next to each other? As for the collection, I had the same thoughts, 'Prom Dress" for the red one and Drag Queen for the wedding dress and the rest I've seen before. That model walking in that dress was painful to watch. Poor Reco.


myFawny wrote:
"I found it on par with sending models down the runway wearing black face. I didn't like it and found it borderline racist."

Postcolonial studies is mostly about hating whitey, so trust me when I say that John Paul's racism isn't directed to those with high melanin content. If you're into hatin' whitey, his schtick is right for you. A specific author in that "tradition", Frantz Fanon, is the writer for you if you'd like to go a step beyond and enjoy the concept of killing whitey: see The Wretched of the Earth.


" Glammy said...

I actually don't think the editing was that bad. I got a clear sense of what they thought was good and bad in the collections. What was bad was the editing-"

Hunh?


BTW, though I don't disagree that Reco should not be the winner, the "judges get to eliminate one of you" announcement really FELT like ad hoc shenanigans to prevent viewers from choosing on personality.

Just another sour note in the many, many, MANY in the conception and production of this show.


Dear anonymous 1:47 -

If you will carefully read Glammy's post, she is clearly talking about the editing of the collections v. the editing of the judge's discussions.


Monsters from the Id

My biggest gripe with TFS is that the only time I actually see the damn clothes is when you guys put them up on your site. grrrrrrr! The episode last night was the perfect example of that. 50 minutes of crap then they almost literally RUN the models by the camera.

More than any of the other top 4 designers, Reco can really make beautifully fitted, well constructed clothes that really flatter the body. (the black pants and ruffled top with the piping detail). So I was really chagrined to see his final collection. I thought the inverted V's were unflattering even to skinny models. The most memorable pieces (red prom dress, wedding dress, feather thing) were horrible looks.

Too bad Reco couldn't have been on a PR. He could really have benefitted from Tim Gunn's mentoring.


" Lilithcat said...

Dear anonymous 1:47 -

If you will carefully read Glammy's post, she is clearly talking about the editing of the collections v. the editing of the judge's discussions."

Actually, no, that's not clear at all. She appears to be solely talking about the judges' discussions.


Isaac's shoes are Belgian loafers, handmade and fabulous for men and women in about a billion different color combos. They are available at a tiny store on east 56th street or thereabouts. I think their website is www.belgianshoes.com

As for that white jacket, he is on his own!

Suz


I'm sad to see Reco go. He's talented but I do agree with Glenda who said she wished he could work for another designer. I think that would be great for him because he still has so much to learn.


The Fru-Gals said, "Isaac's shoes are Belgian loafers, handmade and fabulous for men and women in about a billion different color combos."

I don't love them, but they are preferable to what he wore on Craig Ferguson's show last night--shower sandals! Nike shower sandals. Truly gross to the point of offensiveness.

Agree with TLo that the judging comments last night were puzzling and dopey and not enlightening. Sad that Reco was eliminated, but despite his skills, he earned that go-home. Loved the coat, but that was all I loved. Sorry, Reco.

Hated Daniella's self-produced, Santino-like runway "music." It was almost as embarrassing as what she was wearing. I appreciated her emphasis on shoulders--the unifying factor in her collection--but the fit on the pants was appalling.

Liked some of Anna's pieces, but it wasn't a collection. For me, it was all about James-Paul's beautifully made pieces. He blew me away! I had to laugh, though, at Fern's commenting that his clothes were just the kind of thing she likes to wear. She hasn't worn anything that looks even remotely like James-Paul's pieces ever, not here, not in her PR appearances. Fern, you're a Lily Pulitzer gal. Admit it! Own it!


"Tlo said: This was a decent department store look. Nothing earth-shattering, but wearable and salable."



Yes, but all season long, the parameters of this competition have had me thinking that this is exactly what they are looking for here.

I'm wondering if the fact that every winning look goes on sale at Bravo (as does the winning collection) means that the restrictions that would entail go into the judging and the heads of the designers.

I've been thinking that this might account for the lack of exhuberance.

--GothamTomato


60isthenew55 said...
Hated Daniella's self-produced, Santino-like runway "music." It was almost as embarrassing as what she was wearing. I appreciated her emphasis on shoulders--the unifying factor in her collection--but the fit on the pants was appalling.


Oh, me too! I just love it when anybody thinks they can be a musical artist. I have comments about Daniella's runway music, but I'll save it for her review post.


'Lenora said...

I'm sad to see Reco go. He's talented but I do agree with Glenda who said she wished he could work for another designer. I think that would be great for him because he still has so much to learn."

They should ALL work for another designer before they do anything on their own. They need more experience.


Sorry, Reco! You were robbed. Good luck to you, darling!


Very sad, but definitely the right decision. I wish Angel and Lidia had showed their collections too.


"Tlo said: Laura Bennett had the perfect criticism for this dress. She said that if he'd cut it in half and made a mini-dress out of it, it would be cute. As it is, it's just a shapeless column of muppetry."




But that NJ Skankwife loved it!

I bet she met up with Reco in the parking lot afterwards and peeled of a roll of Benjamins, so her and her knuckle-dragger could spice things up with a little game of Wayland Flowers & Madame.

--GothamTomato


Debbie said, "I absolutely cannot listen to anything Ms. Bailey says until she learns to dress herself!! My mother had that outfit in the 80s! It was horrifically dated...she must've bought it at consignment or pulled it out of the back of her closet! UGH!"

Amen, sister, amen.....I was wondering when the tea and scones were coming out.


"Tlo said: Sorry to compare this to PR, but it's inevitable: Nina and Michael would have had his head for that and there would have been absolutely no question that he be auf'd."



Actually, if Nina & Michael were judging this show, the runway would be a bowling alley with all the rolling heads.

I thought there were issues with all the collections, and even with the issues Reco had, I thought Daniella's was ridiculous. I can't wait to hear your take because I'm curious if it looked better in person.

--GothamTomato


I knew as soon as they said that one designer would be eliminated that Reco would be the one to go - so the rest of the show was pretty anticlimactic for me. I think they were afraid Reco might win on the basis of his personality and this was their way to ensure that wouldn't happen. I thought there were some pretty bad pieces in his collection but overall I liked both Daniella's and JP's even less. There was something weirdly off-putting about Daniella's cut-out and shoulder-happy designs - not to mention some bad fit issues. JP's looked quite "designerish" but really, how many people would buy that stuff? It will be a real shame if Anna doesn't win.


Got a couple more thoughts for TFS:

- in the fashion shows, don't copy PR, which also makes it hard to see the looks. In particular, for that final parade of all the looks coming down the runway together, hold the camera in position at the front of the runway, so that we can see the collection unfolding together. I hate it when PR cuts away and re-angles that last walk, and I hated it when TFS did it again last night.

- How about having a post-show or online feature that shows the full judging discussion after each episode? One that shows the complete, unedited discussion with the designers, and that shows the full deliberations? -- Then again, if producer manipulations are as much a part of the judging on TFS as they are on PR, then I guess we'll never see the full deliberations on air.


I agree. Reco was the right person to send home. To me, his looks either seemed tacky or like something I'd seen in a million department stores already. *yaaawwwwnnn*

The things he made on the show were usually intricate looking. This collection was just boring.


I was disappointed in Reco's collection. The Bravo site spoiled me before I got to see the collections with their VOTE splash screen so I knew he was out. I was pretty upset because he kept the show interesting until I saw the designs and then I agreed that he lost it. They were tacky. Reco choked on the runway. It reminded me of Mychael Knight who should have done pretty well at Bryant Park and showed up with the over the top tacky " Streets of Fire" instead.

Reco's collection: the colors and the cut and WTF with the wedding dress and the feather dress? In this instance, I think even a little pop culture history would have done him some good. Or at least - TIM GUNN. Tim Gunn would have put an instant stop to this fuckery and gotten him back on track. You know it!

I do have to say that TFS has managed to leave us with a finale where I don't care who wins but I know who I don't want to win (Daniella) and that's not really enough for me to watch or vote. I'd prefer Anna's butt cups not carry the vote but I suppose if someone has to get the prize, it should be her. I'm just terrified that in a few years, I'll be expected to wear vaginas hanging off my ass because they're considered edgy but easy to manufacture.

JP - YAWN. His clothes just don't excite me.

All the collections look amateurish compared to anything we've seen on PR. I suppose we should stop comparing?

Bravo, you'd better improve TFS v2. You've had all the feedback. I expect results.

As it is, I won't be watching the second part because most of the enjoyment with TFS was watching Reco bitch. What's left? Watching Daniella lose? Eh. Since I'm not entirely convinced that's going to happen? I'll find something with a little more class to watch. I wonder what MTV has on during that time slot?


GothamTomato said I bet she met up with Reco in the parking lot afterwards and peeled of a roll of Benjamins, so her and her knuckle-dragger could spice things up with a little game of Wayland Flowers & Madame.

"Happy wife, happy life!"


I liked Reco a lot, but his 'research' appeared to me to be watching every episode of every season of PR and taking one or two ideas from each season and then spinning them into something not totally a knock off, but in the same style. The bridal gown reminded me of a toned-down and twisted Jarell + Leanne design; the Aztec sweater of a Jay + Jillian blend; the feather dress a deritative, skewed Christian S look, etc. Even the super wide belt on his first look appeared to be an homage to the superlative grey beaded Laura B gown. I felt badly for him. It was clear he choked during his 10 weeks and did the best he could with no discernible original inspiration.


formerlyAnon said...

BTW, though I don't disagree that Reco should not be the winner, the "judges get to eliminate one of you" announcement really FELT like ad hoc shenanigans to prevent viewers from choosing on personality.

Just another sour note in the many, many, MANY in the conception and production of this show.


If it was their intention to have the audience vote all along, they had to know that there were two people who had the ability to win based on personality alone: Reco and Merlin.

They got rid of Merlin but they kept Reco on the show because it kept viewers watching.

Whether or not you like Reco's collection, I don't but I like Reco, it does feel like Bravo pulled a fast one at the last minute to save face because they didn't want "that collection" to win.

I guess it's their show but as you said, when you add it up with all the other crap, it just makes TFS something I've lost interest in.


He totally copied Christian's feather dress from his final show!! Kidding, but yeah, Christian's was MUCH more successful.
I would not have worn a single thing he sent down the runway.


Isaac was right that Reco needs to work for someone else. Get out of Chattanooga and see the world, get a little of the cocky knocked out of him, so he can learn and grow. Because right now, he's not the "all that" he claims to be and I doubt he'll get there without a little shake-up.


im disappointed that reco's collection wasnt better. he was the only reason i kept watching this show. but i agree - a season or two working for a major designer or studying in europe with do him a world of good. he's got the skills, i just think he needs to know what to do with it all. but hes gotten a ton of exposure & i know he'll go far.

as for the rest of the designers - is i wrong that i dont care? they're just gonna give it to daniella anyways. and she just makes me want to punch her everytime they show her smug little face.

make this show end already.


I would probably wait until the JP post. But I think that FERN jumped the shark. So she'd wear his sloppy disjointed garbage?

Please get her picture when she wear a belt pulled up the crotch over satin pants/short/or whatever the hell they were????


I did like some of Rico's creations from the challenges, especially the black pant suit with ruffled top and piping, but was so disappointed last night. If that feather thing had a wooden pole attached, it would look exactly like something my mom used to dust the house with back in the 70's!

Rico, good luck honey. Thanks for enlivening this sophomoric show.


What in heck is next week's episode supposed to consist of? How can they stretch it into an hour?

Hugs to Reco, by the way! Best wishes for success! xoxoxo


Maybe Reco could now be the personal designer for the "monkfish-faced" (loved it!) NJ housewife, who is definitely a style icon to emulate along with her fellow NJ hags. Actually, that feathered number is OK the length is it. You could duck your head down in it and stand in a corner at a party or someplace where you could spy on people. They wouldn't be able to tell the difference between you and some tacky decorative piece. Or, now that Bob Mackie is designing stuff for old ladies via QVC, maybe Reco could take over where he left off with the glittery showbiz costumes.


Did I hear correctly that they said "a selection of the winning collection will be manufactured and sold at BravoTV.com"?

...meaning they don't have to make the whole collection, just a few of the simpler pieces.


I voted for JP immediately after the show. I think he is the only one who has the potential to become a great fashion designer....


first of all R U Serious?? there is nothing racist about using bones and smudgy make up

second it was time for reco to go its not just that he's a stripper designer he is a dots and rainbow 2 for $10 designer...and I like reco

third isnt it ridiculous that considering Daniellas kankles shes all about the super skinny model at least Reco tried to give shape to his clothes...

Sleepie


Lady Jane Grey

I don't mind the last minute judging shenanigans. Four people were too many to be in the finals anyway and I can't really get invested in so many people. They narrowed down the field and that was a good decision.

Should they have told them before they started working on the final collection? Probably. But it's all a game, right?

Maybe it would have given Reco the extra kick in the butt he needed to take his collection the next level. I was sorry to see Reco go, although his collection clearly deserved it. What I don't know is if he knew in his heart that it was a bad collection - due to too litte work? perhaps - or whether he is so deluded (borderline narcissistic personality disorder level)that he actually believed he had a chance of winning.

One more thing, I FLOVE Glenda Bailey. Her comment about Anna's collection being like a book with many exciting chapters but no coherent theme at the end was spot-on. Very inciteful lady. But more importantly, she seems like a riot to hang out with. I can imagine her getting quite tipsy drinking Sex on the Beaches.


Summer: "TFS director, producers and editors: I'm just not buying it."

DITTO! This show is hanging by a thread...


"Jen
7/17/09 11:26 AM

Rude and uncalled for comment, Agnes Gooch."

I don't see anything at all rude in her post. They were, however, funny. Perhaps you need to get a sense of humor. Even better, get a brain.


This finale disaster (because, let's face it - it was) makes me wonder what the hell Bravo even thought the show should have been at the start of the run.

I mean, I remember looking at the previews of the designers and thinking, "whoah. That's some talent up there. This could be interesting," and then all that potential seemed to evaporate by the third freakin' episode.

And I never got the feeling from the show itself what the objective of the winner should be (I'm guessing 'marketable clothing'?) or the goal of the show choosing a winner ('let's just throw all sanity to the wind and let viewers pick whoever they want'?).

Just... hazy, hazy, hazy and lazy.

I want to see ~F*a*S*h*I*o*N~, damned it. No mallwear.


Anonymous,

Should have written the "judging" wasn't that bad. Foggy-brained on my part.

So I thought the judging wasn't that bad, but the editing of the discussion was.

Clearly, I could use some editing.


Anonymous
7/17/09 4:49 PM

What in heck is next week's episode supposed to consist of? How can they stretch it into an hour?


According to Angel Chan (who posted in the Preview post, http://projectrungay.blogspot.com/2009/07/fashion-show-previews_16.html?showComment=1247812572274#c8212121022982090022 ) there's going to be a reunion show.

http://twitter.com/angelchang


Rude and uncalled for comment, Agnes Gooch."

Ugh, I'm sooo with Agnes on that one, I actually freeze framed in order to believe my eyes. Yet Im sure hanging with her has gotta be a riot. The real star of TFS


Anastasia Beverhausen, Amsterdam


oh and that "nudes can be exuberant!" enlightenment Heather experienced got me giggling for 10 minutes. Could have been my joint as well.


anonymous 7:26 said that "nudes can be exuberant!" enlightenment Heather experienced got me giggling for 10 minutes. Could have been my joint as well.

Affected your hearing, too. He said "neutrals can be exuberant."


Lady Jane Grey said Very inciteful lady. But more importantly, she seems like a riot to hang out with.

Pun intended?


I swear I'm NOT a shill for bravo or anything connected with TFS. But I'm inclined to give TFS a little tiny slack for now.

If everything seemed last minute and therefore poorly executed, it's probably because bravo had to scramble to put something, *anything* together on fairly short notice.

For some of the production's sins, there's no excuse, I get it. And many of us had reasonable expectations for something in its first season, which TFS then proceeded to miss with a gusto.


The slack comes from the fact that TFS has two major players on board: Fern Mallis and Mizrahi. They've taken much justified flak, and there's nothing to do but improve on their account. But if I have any confidence in anyone to make all the right moves in getting it right, it's those two.

I have reason for optimism. Because in a best case scenario, we have PR and a better version of TFS to look forward to... two series in this genre a year does not suck.


ok I retract my claws. Because I agree with anon 7:43. I'd happily support two different fashion shows. And two different points of view would be great (one RTW, one High Fashion). BIO.


Re 6 and 7 and possibly 8 for the sheer too-muchness of the color, I can only refer you here:

http://www.nhluniforms.com/Canucks/Canucks04.html

And for the tower of Muppetry, does anyone else remember Morticia's pet carnivorous plant from "The Addams Family" TV series? The one named Cleopatra? That's what this looks like, like a girl dressed in a technicolor Cleopatra that has been overdosing on Miracle-Gro and traveling salesmen.


" I wish someone would give him a designer scholarship"

That's actually why I wanted Reco to win.

I didn't think any of these collections were great shakes, so I would have absolutely voted for popularity rather than the designs. Had he won, Reco could have used the prize money as his scholorship. Without it, I hope he still finds a way to do some travelling/study/internship. And I got the feeling from him that he really does want to learn more.

Yeah, I understand why he was cut, but dammit, he was the only one I liked. And since I don't give a crap about the clothes any more, I wanted him to win.


Tamarama on 7/17/09 at 8:32 PM said "I wish someone would give him a designer scholarship.Yeah, I understand why he was cut, but dammit, he was the only one I liked. And since I don't give a crap about the clothes any more, I wanted him to win."

@Tamarama-Reco and Merlin are the only dudes/designers I like with an honorable mention for JP's totally raw undeveloped talent and undeveloped personality.

Tampabay


Reco has been tacky, tacky, tacky all season long, and I'm glad to see him finally go. Although there were shining moments in his on-show catalogue, overall he had so many "taste issues" week to week that I had a hard time taking him seriously.

His workmanship was great on the show, and I really appreciated some of the more intricate things he did on the show. A couple of the things he turned out were just great. I even liked the jean skirt/vest thing he did for the challenge (putting taste-issues aside). The rest of it, though? Department store, boring, and taste-less.


I actually had issues with the top you guys liked. I thought it, once again, paid no attention to her actual boobs and made them look floppy and unsupported. This is not a look that most women are interested in. I'm not saying you have to have boobs (or want to get with them sexually) to be able to design for them, but you have to take the woman's body into account in a primary way to design successfully for it, and Reco and James Paul routinely failed to do that.


I had one thought about the "Wedding" dress before the Wardrobe Malfunction.

It may look good for the processional, but for a wedding dress, wearing something that forces the groom to walk 3 feet away from the bride during the recessional is a little bit weird.


Not for nothing, but Anna's collection made me smile. Not really the best way of judging, but really, I needed something.

"Am I the only one cringing at Isaac's aqua shoes? Is this a new style trend in New York that hasn't hit the rest of the country? The only time I've seen people in aqua shoes, or rather boots, they've been on stage at the Grand Ol Opry."

I was not exactly feeling the color, but made me want to buy some new interesting shoes. Non-sensible shoes are sadly not in my budget.

Heather appeared to be doing some stress eating the last 10 weeks, he should have invested in a suit that actually fitted for the finale, the shoes at list did a bit to distract from his constant pulling on his jacket, that had no hope of fitting.


This whole series was such a train wreck that I'd love to see JP win just to give Bravo the challenge of adapting his clothing to the mass market. Reap what you sow -- or sew, as the case may be.


I had much higher hopes for the collection when I saw the coat come out at the beginning. And then...I lost interest.


If I knew chinese feather dusters were IN, I would have stocked up.


"Shapeless column of muppetry" is now my favorite phrase. I'm going to work it into every conversation I have from now on, no matter what the topic is.

I was thinking that in addition to the winners getting a nice prize, the losers should get a suitable punishment. For example, James Paul could be forced to design for Lane Bryant for a year.


There was not a single collection last night that would have done better than second place on PR. Sad.


ChristopherM said...
There was not a single collection last night that would have done better than second place on PR. Sad.

Much as I kinda dig Anna's clothes, I don't even think she'd make it into the top 3 of any of the Project Runway seasons.

Now, yeah, she'd do OK on Project Runway Canada and even Project Catwalk. I could definitely see her do well on one of those.

I think she's kind of on the same level with Sweet Pea. But then again, Sweet Pea didn't do more than a decoy collection so... .

Which is strange because I can see myself buying one of Anna's pieces far more than I can see myself splurging on something by some of the PR finalists... .

But what I like isn't necessarily what I what I acknowledge to be great big fashion-y fashion - or worthy of a show whose entire aim is to encourage fashion.


The tops three here were certainly better or on par with PR season 5 which, IMHO sucked big time.

Project Catwalk had lots of issues which stemmed from format and influenced the poor work of the designers. PR Canada season 1 and PR Australia Season 1 are so far the best of any of the PRs we have seen.


17/09 9:27 PM

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Heather appeared to be doing some stress eating the last 10 weeks, he should have invested in a suit that actually fitted for the finale, the shoes at list did a bit to distract from his constant pulling on his jacket, that had no hope of fitting.



This made me laugh. Hard.


Anonymous on 7/17/09 at 6:50 PM said..."I want to see ~F*a*S*h*I*o*N~, damned it. No mallwear."


Anonymous, I am with you! I miss the fashion....but....nothing wrong with mallwear if it is done right. Realisticallly that is 90% of what we buy.

The problem with TFS season 1 and all the final collections except JP's was the schzoid see-saw between experimental high end fashion for the runway and mall wear a la ShopBravoTV.com. If there is a second season of TFS I am sure this problem will go away.

TampaBay


Peaches on 7/18/09 at 1:05 AM .....I was thinking that in addition to the winners getting a nice prize, the losers should get a suitable punishment. For example, James Paul could be forced to design for Lane Bryant for a year.

Peaches-I think JP and Reco would do a great job for Lane Bryant. Anna and Daniella would be the designers that are not up to the task.

TampaBay


At least Reco was a great reality tv "character" and fun to watch. Even though she's nice, Anna is too old, her time is gone. Daniella is just a horrible human being, send her back to Maryland and South African or wherever she's from. Give it to James Paul. He's young and has promise.


Anonymous on 7/18/09 at 9:10 AM said.....Anna is too old, her time is gone.

Anonymous-you are never to old to be designer, or a model for that matter, if you have REAL talent.

TampaBay


I'M BORED...


Isn't James Paul 28? Anna is 30. How is it that he's young but she's too old?


TampaBay: "For example, James Paul could be forced to design for Lane Bryant for a year."

I actually liked James Paul's collection, and I didn't like a single thing he'd put together up to that point. That said, if anyone should be made to design for Lane Bryant, it should be Daniella. Let's see how she'd deal with a line that starts at size 14. More Ethel Mertz outfits?


Except the tall column of muppetry would still be a wiling chicken.

in the finale of Project Runway Canada (2nd season) Iman chewed out one of the contestants for making a pencil skirt that the model couldn't really walk in... thats what these judges should have done.


Laura-I could not agree with you more. I liked JP's collection, thought it very well executed and well designed. As I stated somewhere on this blog, my 17 year old neice wanted every single piece in his collection.

TampaBay


Had to give this a rewatch since I still can't decide who to vote for. As a collection, colorless though it may have been I have to admit J-P's was the most polished overall. James-Paul's did clarify that he was inspired by farmers in Southeast Asia, so those were the indigenous people he was referencing, and when he said wearing Western clothes, he expressed how he was inspired by the duality of their garments and wanted to incorporate the functionality of the farmer's clothing into the fabrication and construction of western clothing. Still not completely in the styling with the bones and dirt inspired makeup, but I get it. Still, it seems to aim more for high fashion than RTW, which makes for a bit of an uneven competition.

So the question remains do you reward the most fashion forward collection overall (J-P) or the best RTW collection (Anna)?

I wasn't 100% crazy about either and still haven't voted because of that. In fact it really confirms for me that some of theses designers would have been better suited for PR. I aslo shudder to even begin to imagine what J-P's clothes would look like re-imagined by Bravo.


TampaBay responded to:
Anonymous 6:50 PM said..."I want to see ~F*a*S*h*I*o*N~, damned it. No mallwear."

Anonymous, I am with you! I miss the fashion....but....nothing wrong with mallwear if it is done right. Realisticallly that is 90% of what we buy.

For me, if the show was about realistic what-we-wear-from-the-mall, it would be pretty damned boring because I'm honestly afraid that if that were the case, there'd be hella lotta jeans, t-shirts, hootchie-wear-for-teens-and-delusional-adults, office wear and various types of uniforms being chucked down that runway.

I don't mind styling shows that use that premise. But for a fashion show, I want unfettered talent doing whatever it takes to raise a garment from mallwear to fashion. It's just a lot more fun to watch.


@Anonymous on 7/18/09 at 1:23 PM-Don't get your knickers in a wad from fashion withdrawl convulsions. PR is coming back and we get to listen to the "First Bitches with Class", The Duchess and el Nino with I hope a good dose of Fern thrown in.

Fern is much better on PR because she can critique something worth the breathing effort to critique.

TampaBay


"a shapeless column of muppetry"

Ha ha!

I agree that the judges tried too hard to give criticism and compliments equally, but I still thought their comments were pretty accurate. They basically told Reco he needs to study fashion before he can be a real designer.


I don't care if you can hold a baby, send smoke signals, and do semaphore with his skirts, they are ugly and shapeless.

That's how I feel about J-P's clothes. Too conceptual.

I also agree that Reco lack sophistication but that can be learned through interning and travel. Getting out of your head requires therapy.


That walking red and gold palm tree was a lotta dead bird. What a depressing gown. Enough with the tacky feather dresses. Ugh.


So, I went to vote and apparently the ding dang lines closed at 5:30am on Friday? Jive. But even more jive: letting the viewers vote in the first place.

I try not to compare to much to PR but I can't help it. Where was the lady from Elle to tell Reco that her tootie was showing? And the dress falling apart-remember when Michael scolded Daniel V. in the finale for making a dress that his model (a famously good walker) couldn't walk in? I agree--I liked some looks in his collection but they were very mall-ish. The black look they praised was very ordinary to me.

Anna had for me the most intellect and excellent construction that still translated into wearable looks. I really didn't get the criticism of her. Daniella's I liked for the most part on the tops but the fit on her pants really bugged me.

(I also agree with Frank: it was a welcome surprise to see the contestants edited to look nice for once on this ep.)


I'm disappointed that Isaac asked the designers what their inspiration was but then didn't rip them for showing collections that weren't cohesive and didn't consistently reflect their themes. In fact, I'm not sure any of them actually designed a "collection," as opposed to showing a bunch of disjointed garments.

That said, I loved Daniella's outfits due to her head-to-toe design, complete with making the jewelry. BUT, the skinny pants and the relentless sea of black were boring. Anna also had some head-scratchers, but in general I loved her dresses.

Having a hard time seeing where the market would be for JP's outfits. After a while, my eyes glazed over trying to distinguish the difference in all the weird folding and angled draping from garment to garment. Plus, I was stunned by his pre-show comment that the model put the coat on wrong and he had to rearrange it. Who the hell puts a coat on wrong? That speaks to the essential weakness of his garments - it's a production to just get them on, and no guarantee that you'll get it right, evidently. Maybe it's me, but I'd prefer designer duds that only require zipping of zippers and buttoning of buttons to look smoking hot, with no further effort required from me other than to stay away from the cheesecake the week before I plan to wear them.

What's dumbfounding is that Reco still thought he'd win after having to pick up his model and carry her out due to complete dress failure. And I agree that the judges should have trashed him for making a dress that not only looked tacky but fell apart.

One thing is clear - the designers took the shoe episode to heart. A lot of attention was paid to the shoes for each outfit in their collections in a way we've never seen on PR other than with Kara Saun with her illegal free shoes.


My mom, my sister, and I all watched the show together and we were all screaming at the TV about the criticism. They completely massacred Anna for no real reason. Then they CLEARLY decided that they wanted JP to win because there was very minimal criticism of him comparatively. The only thing bad they really had to say about it was "Oh, it's not something every person in America would wear" but they quickly amended it with "but we think NY fashionistas would wear the shit out of it" (paraphrased, of course). Since the majority of Bravo viewers aren't exactly cousin-lovin' hicks from the sticks who buy their entire wardrobe from the Sears clearance buckets, they knew that would appeal to their snobby, elitist tendencies.


Anonymous said "this show is hanging by a thread"

This show is hanging by a noose....


Anonymous
7/18/09 9:10 AM

At least Reco was a great reality tv "character" and fun to watch. Even though she's nice, Anna is too old, her time is gone.


Jesus, she's only about 30 years old. I may be wrong, but I think that she's younger than most of the PR winners.

I'm not a fan of hers by any means, but it's not like she's over the hill.


Aztec? That shit looked like Atari 2600.


Jesus, she's only about 30 years old. I may be wrong, but I think that she's younger than most of the PR winners.

I'm not a fan of hers by any means, but it's not like she's over the hill.


Of course there is no such thing as too old or over the hill. There is an insecure child with mommy issues who posts here occassionally. Nothing more. ;)


JP's "indigenous people wearing Comme Des Garcons" shtick rang false to me too-- what a bull-shitty, dated notion to put forth, in 2009.


To be fair, Anna looks much older than 30. She may still not be "too old," but I doubt the person who called her that realized how young she is actually is.


To put this age thing in perspective, Reco is 31 according to his web site.

TampaBay


Finally watching this thing. My silly DVR recorded the wrong thing, so I had to wait for it to come on again. JP should have gone home. Reco's clothing may be tacky, but JP's is inanely unwearable. Ridiculous. Even more ridiculous? The judge's comments about Anna's clothing. Her collection is by far the best.


For a show everyone thinks they're too good to watch, there are sure a lot of oppinions...
But thanks Tlo. I agree whole heartedly. The judges' stupidity was eating me away.


Tasteless. There isn't a look here that I like. But to each his own.

What's with that weird post about her age? I don't care if she's 60. Saying that anyone is "too old" for fashion designing is like saying they are "too black" or "too homosexual" or "too Jewish." Please, like what the hell does age have to do with anything?


one of the things that kept going through my mind during all four shows was: the quality of PR finalists' collections was SO MUCH HIGHER! and i was thinking about laura's specifically (she was my fave). and even though pieces of anna's collection were well-done, i kept shrieking at the tv: "no thread! no thread!" it kinda drove me nuts that she had no common line drawing together the pieces, AND that she cited so many items from her time on the show (the tribal button jacket, the bow, the skirt, etc) and i really wanted her to nail this. boo. (and reco's was just drag, drag, drag, across the board)


The two people I liked aren't there anymore.

I don't give a fuck who wins now.


Regarding Reco's collection....all I could think of was M. Kors and "It's SO home-sewn!!"


The feather dress, if shortened to a mini length, looks almost identical to the feather dress that Christina Aguilara wore a few years back (maybe it was the Grammys?). Does anyone else remember this dress?

When I saw the dress, I was like, wow he's looking for a big statement, but that feather dress has already been done. That's when he lost me.


Hey, is that Shannon from season one of Make Me a Supermodel in the gold skirt? I recognize that face...





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