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TFS: Daniella's Collection

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We have little to say as a setup here. She was low-key all season and she was low-key in the finale.

Which does bring to mind a question: Why do so many of you dislike her so much? Granted, we really don't want the comments section to turn into nothing but post after post declaring undying hatred, but we don't get it. Sure, she was a little bitchy, but how is that different from any of the other contestants?

We will say this: we weren't all that impressed with this collection in person, but it does photograph pretty well. She said that the inspiration for the collection was medieval and Japanese armor and we guess we can sort of see that.

Let's start the show:

Let's start with this: we absolutely hated the styling here. Having said that, the coat is really nice, but those pants are awful. The fit is embarrassingly bad.

Uhhh...ditto? We almost forgot to include this look because it looks so much like the previous one.

This is okay. We're just not fans of that weird cutout effect she does. And there's major titscrepancy going on here. We realize that was intentional, but it's not an effect we respond well to.

Jesus, those shoes are awful. Anyway, this is nice. The skirt's fairly basic and those shoulder treatments are very on trend right now.

We could actually get behind this look if it wasn't so sloppy looking - and we DON'T think that was intentional. Look at the puckery in that skirt.

No criticisms here. We like this look quite a bit. Again, it's very "right now."

This was probably our favorite look, EXCEPT for that bustier. Isaac praised it to the heavens, but Isaac always was a little stuck in the '90s. Thank god Fern had the balls to say "If I see another leather bustier..."

Still, we love the vest and the pants.

This is another look we like, but this is also another look that could have been fitted much better than this.

Again, it's very much what we're seeing on runways right now. Daniella rightfully prides herself on being the most modern among the finalists, but there's "modern" and then there's "following the latest trends." And again, terrible fit.

The cutouts. We just don't get it. Aside from that, it's a nice dress that fits the model for once.

In the end, it was not our favorite collection but we understand why the judges loved it. It's because she's the only one of the final four who demonstrated a real understanding of what's going on in fashion right now. Now, if we were judges, that would force the question as to whether she can create looks or just follow the trends. Further, she has a real problem with fit and even with execution in some of these looks. She's talented and like all the finalists, she's got the potential for a real future in the industry, but we're not convinced that this is a winning collection.





[Photos: BravoTV.com/WireImage - Screencaps: projectrungay.blogspot.com]


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Her poor models looked like disaster victims, ie too thin and posturing to look even thinner and bonier.

But I don't get the hatred either. She is a little full of herself, like a lot of the designers, and most people at that age. They think they know it all. Ah Youth.


I don't think she's a rhymes with witch, but she does have kind of an obnoxiously high opinion of herself. This collection did have a very nice cohesive look to it, and while still dark like James Paul's, at least she used some color with her blacks and greys. I agree that the judging on this show is ridiculous; they chastised her for being "size-ist" but didn't say boo (other than a few words) about her poor fit issues. And now America gets to decide?! Ug. I'm pretty over it. If you two wonderful men didn't blog about it, I probably would have stopped watching a long time ago.


Damn. Those shoes look like orthopedic heels.


I don't think she has an affliction that age and disappointment can't cure. That said, I have not liked any of her work. I think it's dowdy. I could picture an aging Floridian wearing any of these in a casio. With nice comfy shoes.

that first model with the cut-out shoulders (hello Donna Karan. snore)? Oh. my. god. She should be in treatment. Her shoulders are not lovely and round and sensuous. She looks like an anatomy lesson.


Agree about the venom. SO OTT and not really earned. I mean she had friends, the witch? Mervin threw out mysogynist stmts around her - but when she had a choice of who to put in the bottom 3 she did not do it. She made comments about size but not as bad as hump boy or 10% boy.

Look #1 - Agree with TLO coat nice, hated the pants and the styling

I think TLO skipped a picture (the original #2?) OOPS - fixed before I posted - I think it was a black and dark green with exaggerated shoulders - I did not like it (she did so many black pants, I think I liked 2 prs)

#3 Top a failed attempt to be interesting, Pants - actually when I re-watched the recording these were actually pretty nice and having a longer top made the styling better

#4 I would have liked this better with the shoulders cut out, agree the skirt is basic

#5 I liked this and I did think the look was intentional, so I was ok with it. Like the styling (& necklace)

#6 I really like the pants and LOVE the shrug - I agree with the judges comments about cut out shoulders

#7 Loved the whole thing. The fuller pants are very flattering. Thought it all looked well made. And FINALLY liked the hair. And Isaac, Reco was the bustier junkie not Daniella. I thought this one looked well crafted.

#8 Loved this - but for wearability for women with any breasts, wish there had been some back (but it looked great)

#9 I couldn't make out enough detail - just ok

#10 I didn't get it either - it looked well made - but not a fan of the "nude" fabric

I SOOO would put her (FAR) ahead of JP.


I liked her collection for the most part. The color was lacking, and it was just really really over worked. It reminded me a bit of Jerrel's collection in that it was so embellished. The fit was HORRENDOUS. I didn't like the styling, it was SO much so that the eye couldn't rest anywhere. The eye makeup, the big shoes, the leggings, the chainmail, the shoulder treatment, the studding, the cutouts, the hair, it was like eye overload. Can't WAIT to see Anna's collection close up.


public service announcement:

Don't try to read the word "titscrepancy" while eating a muffin.


I certainly don't "hate" Daniella, but she just reminds me of girls I went to school with because of her unintentional obnoxiousness and her fawning over Anna.

Oh and didn't she learn anything from Santino's collection? NEVER make your own music. Maybe this is just my opinion, but just saying words to a beat ("leather-lace-desire-finest- trim") does not make it a dance/techno song. It sounded like that Fornarina commercial with Lindsay Lohan.


I don't dislike her as so many here do, but I am underwhelmed by the collection. Now, it WAS a collection, and I guess she gets points for that. But I did really like the black pants and grey/silver vest/jacket - didn't mind the bustier but I didn't think it added anything that a crisp silk tank wouldn't have done better.

That's what I don't care for here - I think her concepts might have impressed me more if they'd had a crisper edge - I can't describe it better than that, but where a different detail or cut could have made things crisper, she does something to make them softer, more drapey in a flimsy way. Not to my taste.

I can't say if she should win or not with any confidence, it is more cohesive than Anna's but she took a solid, if unexciting basic look and bent it away from my tastes. So I dislike but perhaps not on an appropriate basis, as I dislike much of what is "on trend" these days.


winninghamster

She's just so nasty and condescending, not just to the other designers, with everyone. The way she went off on the make-up artist;
"That's not right and you know it! I wanted robots, not cats, duh!"
As if only an idiot wouldn't magically know what she means by robot makeup.


Geez - so is Donna Karan the ONLY designer allowed to do cut out shoulders? I guess I have to destroy my two fav sweaters because they are from DK?

So the list will include - for example:
pleats
noodles
wrap dresses
jeans (because Levi's got there first - actually I have no idea who got THERE first)

feathers
Everything Kenley's ever done
shoulder pads
etc....
Heck everything else.


Re: look #4 - Now I know where the extra pads from my Fabulous Fit form went!


I liked Danielle throughout the show, but I'm pretty disappointed with her collection, which looks pretty sloppy and thrown together.

Plus, that last dress just looks really, really weird.


Ugh, finally I can be in the upper arena of this fierce comments section but my topic should be Daniella on TFS. Dear Lord can't wait for PRW to start.
Daniella's collection is meh, no, I mean Meeeeeeeeeh. Givenchy finetuned her look to the max a while ago, so why even bother Daniella? On top of that, she has major styling issues.
However, I don't think she's the bitch some of you bitches seem to think, she comes across slightly narcissistical though. How old again are you D? Really, you're the youngest?
And now back to the weather.....

Anastasia Beverhausen


I wasn't crazy about this collection. Especially compared to the others, I barely remembered what she put out there, which says a lot I believe. Yes, she's completely on trend right now, and I do believe in her talent, but this collection just didn't do it for me.

I never hated her in terms of personality or design. Yeah, she had her egotistical moments, but so did most of the others. All in all, I was glad to have her there, even if her line disapointed me.

While they're on trend, I have to say I can't stand the shoulder treatments. I like the ones with exposed shoulders, but the ones with supersized shoulders look like football pads. Same with the leather bustier - I thought it belonged on some woman's sports gear. The metallic fabric was interesting in some pieces, but I don't think the desired effect was accomplished. All in all, I think the collection was sloppy and forgettable. I have every belief that Daniella will make it in this industry, but this show from her was not a strong enough display of the true potential of her talent.


"Maybe this is just my opinion, but just saying words to a beat ("leather-lace-desire-finest- trim") does not make it a dance/techno song."

I heard it got a good review on Deep House Dish but I think you have to put out a little stronger collection if you're going to put superlatives in your own song.


The collection has a cohesion missing from Anna's and Reco's work. So IMHO if I were a judge, I would give her higher marks than Anna. Also, I think this this collection has the highest sellability for online shopping such as ShopBravoTV.com

The funny thing is I liked the outfit Daniella herself wore better than anything she showed in her collection.

TampaBay


TampaBay said...

"The funny thing is I liked the outfit Daniella herself wore better than anything she showed in her collection."


Funny how often that happens with certain designers. Jerrel from PR springs to my mind, but there have been a lot of them.


I was a little puzzled by all the hatered this girl got too. She wasn't exactly likable, but none of them were really.

The collection looks Edwardian/Teddy Boy to me but that might just be the styling.
I think it is the most on trend of all the collections and I like the high waisted pants. The silver chain mail type dress was my favorite. And the song was what I dis-liked (as in was repulsed by) the most.
I thought the judges criticism that the models were too thin was RIDICULOUS! I don't think she will win.


I'm one of the ones who doesn't like Daniella. I don't hate her, but she certainly irritates me.

To me, being cocky is acceptable if you've got the goods to back it up. Christian, for instance, was pretty cocky throughout PR, but he was good. Daniella is cocky, but her fits are terrible, her execution is rarely spotless, and she just can't live up to what she says. She's young, and I understand that, but she's just not good enough. If she was cocky and good, or modest and bad, I could live with it; she's one of each though.

But I should also say that I disliked the majority of the contestants of the show anyway.


"I don't think she has an affliction that age and disappointment can't cure."

I kind of agree with this, with at leat one caveat. The thing is, I don't enjoy people who are still in need of disappointment at her age to be "cured".

The caveat is that she appeared to me to lack empathy, an affliction that may not be curable. It's hard to tell from such an edited portrayal, of course, but she rang a couple of my "lacks the realization that other people are real" bells.

I do not like this collection, however. It's way too busy demonstrating that she knows the current trends, where it should have been demonstrating that she knows how to fit those trends onto the bodies she had to work with.

Finally, I cannot get over the ridiculous skirt she was wearing. It made her look stumpier than she is, was an awkward length and a worse color, and calls into question the idea that she had any understanding of how to make a woman's body look good. While not model-shaped, she's an attractive woman, but that outfit succeeded in making her look unattractive.


My dislike for her came to fruition from her bratty behavior on the team challenge with Reco. She would not listen to him and made those ugly ass Miami Beach pants, then whined about it and said he didn't try to help her or force her to listen to him. She is very immature and her age shows.

Her quintessential moment was when she said that she would be a little sad if Johnny went home but she really didn't give a shit (her words) because it was just someone else going home who wasn't her. That was a very Wendy Pepper-ish thing to say.

She just seem unkind and high on herself. Do I hate her? No. Do I think she needs some humbling? Yes, and she didn't get it on this show, despite ample opportunity for the judges to give her real, constructive criticism and guidance.


I'll cut her some slack because she is really young (22?). I prefer still prefer Danielle's bitchiness on camera to Rico's attitude and refusal to enunciate.

I wish the models had better styling. Even a sleek ponytail would have been preferable to this Hurricane Hattie look.

I liked this collection better as it flashed across my screen with those seizure-inducing quick cuts. In photos I can see the pucker and fit problems in detail. The silver dress and those smartly fitted trousers with the gray vest are my absolute favorites. I never knew making a skirt could cause so many problems and I wonder if Danielle had anyone try these outfits on during the construction phase.


Re the team challenge with Reco. While I did like Reco - and PLEASE modest he wasn't - I thought that during a team challenge they have to WORK TOGETHER. And editing looked like that WAS what she was asking for; at least at first.

But yes those pants - ugh. The fact that we see them again in her first look, is probably because the judges did NOT give her enough crap on those the first time.


throughout the show i have really liked daniella. she's young and understands that pretty does not necessarily mean frilly. for the most part, what she produced during the show was modern, edgy, and attractive to a large market of women. her work is great and reminds me of ideas we see at balenciaga, balmain, marc jacobs, and alexander wang.

i loved her collection. it was cohesive, youthful, and sexy. love the mixture of green with black and the shoulder work was creative and on-trend without being a replica of what we already see in fashion. kudos to her, daniella for the win!


I think part of the problem why people didn't warm to Daniella is that she had a perpetual sour look on her face. If someone's being bitchy but has a grin or a smirk or even a vague smile, it somehow becomes a lot more palatable than if they're just grimacing the whole time. It's strange, but the further the show went on, the more unpleasant it felt to watch her—even when she wasn't necessarily doing anything out of the ordinary or out of line.


Ugh. Thought this collection was Meh when I first saw the pics, then on TV I thought it was horrible. OK, shoulder treatments are in...but what's with the hard leather caps? That can't be comfortable. And I, too, gaze in wonder at her craptastic pants and general construction. 10 weeks!

There's certainly been plenty of hate to go around re: TFS, no? Why the Daniella hate...

I think I dislike Daniella because with all the ego & cockiness, I didn't like any of her looks.

And there are things that I thought she should have been called on (repeating herself), but she wasn't. Yes, that's a failing of the judges, not her, but still...

And maybe because I'm currently dealing with a young intern that's beyond cocky and I'm tired of 20-22 year olds that never learned to respect their elders and obviously need a good smack upside the head. So some of this might be projection. Maybe *ahem*.

And that "music"! Awful. Embarrassing. It sounded like a bad drag song - like Hedda Lettuce or something (shudder).


I dislike Danielle because she kept saying how young and hip she was but she dressed and designed like she was at least 60 and couldn't remember what the female form looked like. And yeah, I pretty much disliked everyone on the show except Merlin and Reco, because they at least were amusing.


Anonymous (1:20PM)

"Her quintessential moment was when she said that she would be a little sad if Johnny went home but she really didn't give a shit... (That was a very Wendy Pepper-ish thing to say."

For me, that bit made me like her less as well. However, I did love her collection. A lot. Despite the limited palette and huge fit issues and a few overworked styling moments, I thought that she put together a pretty exciting collection. I'm embarrassed to say, but I actually got chills over some of the looks. I don't go along with the whole. Not terribly innovative or fresh, but on-trend, urban and sophisticated are a few terms that come to mind.

Anonymous (1:01PM)
"Maybe this is just my opinion, but just saying words to a beat ("leather-lace-desire-finest- trim") does not make it a dance/techno song. It sounded like that Fornarina commercial with Lindsay Lohan."

Lol, Anonymous. I knew it was her in the first few lyrics(?). I howled, but I have to give it to the girl for the work and effort made to put on a complete performance (loved her little dance backstage).

- edina -

P.S.
TLo: I own those shoes from look #2 and loooove them!


For me, it was the constant eye rolling. Took me right back to high school, and not in a good way.

As for the clothes, I really found the bad styling and the poor fit to be a big distraction. And I must have missed the trend memo on shoulders. Besides, I kind of got the impression that her emphasis on the shoulders was an unconscious coincidence. Just the way I remember her pouncing on the judges' pronouncement that this is what she had done -- she was like, "Yeah, shoulders...YEAH! That IS what I was going for!" Not convincing enough.


It just all looks so.... messy.


AND IT HAS TO BE SAID... mizrahi is such a hypocrite for calling her a sizist. to reprimand her for using thin models?! puh-lease. let's all please take a look at his fall 09 collection and ask ourselves if the models he used like karlie kloss, heidi mount, and vlada roslyakova are any different in size than the models seen in daniella's collection!


I think Daniella needs more practice with sewing, construction, and styling because she IS straight out of school. How many of us were experts at even the "basics" of our profession immediately after graduation? She was cocky, I didn't like the 'tude and I found her "I'm so good because I'm right out of school" talk annoying but I think she has a lot of potential.

That said, I didn't really like her collection, especially the sheer and the illusion netting. The top of that gown was cut so weird that even one of those boob-suction backless bras would be difficult to wear.


I cannot forgive the fit of her collection. One thing that bothered me during the finale was when she made comments about how surprised she was that Reco wasn't done yet. Her tone seemed snotty and judging by her outfits she should have stayed behind and made a few alterations.

I agree with the comments about the sour faces and eye rolls- that was really all it took for me. Combine that with the fact that she thought she could do no wrong and the judges treated her that way as well and people just don't like her. She wasn't amusing in her bitchiness and she didn't get a good story arc. Instead, we saw her eye rolls and her undeservedly winning challenges (the real woman challenge).


bitchybitchybitchy

I agree that much of Daniella's offputting attitude stems from her being at the point in her life when she thinks that she knows it all, and that some seasoning will give her a bit more perspective.

While I recognize that her collection is more cohesive than Reco's, Daniella's fit and execution leave a lot to be desired. I think in terms of her creative development she might benefit more from the kind of critiquing that PR contestants have received from Nina, the Dutchess and our beloved Tim Gunn than from the endless love that she's received from the TFS judges.


"Tlo said: She was low-key all season and she was low-key in the finale. Which does bring to mind a question: Why do so many of you dislike her so much?"




I think that it is precisely because she IS low-key, some people project onto her, and that is where some of that hate comes from. It cerainly hasn't been deserved. It's not like she was intentionally trying to manipulate people, like Wendy Pepper did, or just plain nasty, like Jeffrey.

That said: I was hoping for more from her collection. I did not like it at all.

--GothamTomato


Well, I hated Daniella because she was a snotty, unpleasant, humourless bitch.

She just acted like the typical sorrority girl who looked down on everyone and everything that she couldn't understand, and acted like she was incapable of ever being wrong.

Therefore, I take pleasure in the fact that her finale show sucked as bad as it did, but she'll never know since she thinks she's so perfect.

She's the poor man's Kenley, and that ain't saying much.


"Anon said: Her quintessential moment was when she said that she would be a little sad if Johnny went home but she really didn't give a shit (her words) because it was just someone else going home who wasn't her. That was a very Wendy Pepper-ish thing to say."





I wouldn't say that was a Wendy Pepper-ish thing to ay at all. Wendy wasn't just nasty, she was manipulative. There's a big difference. Wendy was playing 'Survivor'.

What Daniella said about Johnny, I'd bet every designer, truth be told, feels the exact same way: They might be sad but they're glad the person leaving isn't them. Why wouldn't they feel that way? They are competing for $100K and everyone there wants to be the last man standing - if they say anything else, they're lying.

--GothamTomato


I REALLY dislike the see-through effect on look #6. The beige top isn't sheer enough that the effect looks intentional, but it's sheer enough so that you can see the top 4-5 inches of those velvet leggings (ugh). Having that waistband show through totally throws of the proportion. A sheer top with, say, a pair of high-waisted pants would look better, or maybe even with low-slung pants, but that waistband hits her at a weird, no-man's-land point, and makes everything look wonky and unintentional. Maybe it's just a pet peeve of mine, but it really bugged me. Rant concluded.


Why people do not like Daniella, pasionately
1. In the real women challenge, she complained about working with a size 16 woman. The average woman in Amercia is a size 12, 38C bra. That means a lot of them have probably been size 16s at some point.
2. She does not get along with Recco, and most people love him.
3. IF she mentions being 22 one more time...
4. Stop bragging about your fashion training. After your first job, no one cares where you went to college, etc.
5. Her stuff was just not that good!


Referring to Reco as "boy" isn't exactly a crowd pleaser, either.


Regarding her likeability. I'm just wondering what kind of edit she got. The producers seemed really good at capturing the most sneaky, disagreeable, sly expressions on this woman! She was often shown with the most infuriating smirk on her face. You don't know if she was laughing at a funny joke, but they cut it to look like she was laughing at someone's bad fortune, or what. She really came across as a bit heartless to me, but I don't trust the editing -- who knows what she is like in real life?

Her clothing? I can take it or leave it. Never really made in impact.


Guys -

You accuse your readers of spending a huge amount of energy hating Danielle - but you set the stage - check back at your own comments throughout this competition. They are subtle, but almost every single time subconsciously aggressive and negative. And in almost every single sentence you write about her, you compliment her with your left hand, then bitch-slap her with the right. Almost like you don't want to actually be positive, but somehow Catholic guilt gets the best of you.....

I like Daniella - unlike most of the others, I felt her personality was real - she wasn't constantly trying to play for the camera - like some contestants who try to find funny catch phrases and actions so we don't forget them after their 15 minutes of Bravo fame.....

And while her designs aren't to my personal liking, it was a cohesive collection that set a mood.


My heart did race a bit when she said her inspiration was CHAINMAILLE and Japanese armour. But is it just me or did her chainmaille pieces look kinda sequinned?

I loved the neckpieces she made, though they didn't necessarily accentuated the looks.


She never really bothered me that much. She is young, so of course she has a high opinion of herself! I also felt like a lot of times she was being bitchy that it was reactionary (see the Merlin incident). That said, I just don't like her clothes. Didn't like them all season. The designers on this show are so afraid of color that it is weird. Also, if I saw one more shear jacket...


I know memories are short in reality show world, but then I remembered this little tidbit from charming low-key Daniella:


"And there’s no way I slacked in any way on the main challenge because I racked my brains to figure out what a sophisticated tree-hugger would wear. I know right … sophisticated tree-hugger, pardon me for only considering the cliché, but that sounds like an oxymoron to me, and I am not going to compromise my style and integrity as a designer just because my inspiration is some dread lock wearing, granola-eating inspiration."


Maybe I would have liked Daniella if she could have backed up her attitude with some decently designed clothes. Am I the only one who noticed she never made a pair of pants on the show that didn't have crotch issues? If you can't even make a simple pair of pants that fit correctly, how the hell can you cal yourself a designer? Daniella honey, a little less attitude and a lot more skill might actually make you the real deal. Until then, please go far away and take your size issues with you.


That runway music was bad. It totally reminded me of this (only it was less humorous):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HjIljJd-o0

The collection was OK, and it matched a lot of her output this season. Not my taste, but it fits the ready-to-wear bent. I'd say more, but really this all barely registered for me (except the horrible runway music). Why do clothing designers think that making music is so easy anyone can do it?

She was rather annoying this season, which might be all editing (although maybe the editors hate her and therefore edited her to look worse). She came across as full of herself and humorless. She's no Jeffrey, that's for sure.


IF she can stay fashionable and on trend, IF she can get past fit issues, she'll make it. And I can conceivably see her winning.


I would never claim to "hate" anyone that I've never met in person! But I certainly disliked Daniella (on the 4-5 episodes I watched) - she came across as entitled, whiny and worst of all HUMORLESS!

That said, I really liked some of her final collection looks and certainly think it is more marketable than Jean Paul's final collection. Unfortunately, I'm not engaged enough with this show to care who actually wins!

And lord, I still can't believe that part of the prize is to have these looks manufactured and sold on bravotv.com - based on how bravo "translated" the winning looks throughout the season, I wouldn't want them touching my designs!


" Anonymous said...

Guys -

You accuse your readers of spending a huge amount of energy hating Danielle - but you set the stage - check back at your own comments throughout this competition. They are subtle, but almost every single time subconsciously aggressive and negative. And in almost every single sentence you write about her, you compliment her with your left hand, then bitch-slap her with the right. Almost like you don't want to actually be positive, but somehow Catholic guilt gets the best of you....."

We always say that we welcome criticism of the things we write but we bristle when people criticize us for things we never said. At the top of this post is the label "Daniella Kallmeyer." Go ahead and click on it. We just did. We went through every post we wrote about her just to see if perhaps you were right and we had inadvertently exhibited some sort of hatred for her. Turns out? Not at all. We critiqued her clothing like we would have anybody else's and we occasionally took her to task for her behavior (but surprisingly rarely)like we did for everybody else, but we never once wrote anything like what you're characterizing here. We were way harder on Reco, Johnny and Merlin than we were on her.


All her models were white, which is worse than all of them being so thin.


another laura

Ya know, I just didn't respond strongly to her collection, but all of my thoughts were negative. Nothing popped out at me, and I found the styling unattractive. Too shiny? too many skinny pants? Those fug shoes? And is that illusion netting on her final look (which just should be outlawed except on ice skating dresses)? No hate, just boredom.

I do acknowledge that it would be more easily adapatable/saleable, which was (we all thought) the point of TFS.


GothamTomato:

"I think that it is precisely because she IS low-key, some people project onto her, and that is where some of that hate comes from."

You know, I don't really think she's low-key, at least personality wise.

Reco was over the top, in your face. He was there, he spoke his mind, and he was dramatic.

Low-key would be more like Anna or Angel. Both fairly quiet, both minimal even in their drama. They stay out of the spotlight.

Daniella wasn't completely either. She definitely had a lot of drama - whether she caused it or just got in the middle of it - but she didn't go around screaming about it. People tend to think a quieter voice equals low-key, but it really doesn't. So she's in the middle, maybe a bit closer to over the top than low-key.


I'm dying to hear what Reco has to say. Is is his interview so good that you are "saving" it for Thursday?


Daniella was definitely not low-key, so I don't know where that's coming from.

She played the game just as much as Merlin or Reco, and was actually more mean-spirited about it.

She argued with Merlin the first episode, and yeah, I know about the "male domination" comment. But SHE was the one who said that she "had to take over" because she knew what was in fashion. Merlin read her from the start and had to snap her back in place. She didn't want the responsiblity of leading, but definitely wanted the authority.

She accused Andrew of copying her coat design when she did everything but cram her design down his throat because in her words, "I do not want to be part of a losing team because of his poor design." Then she got snippy and tried to take credit when he succeeded at what SHE wanted him to do.

I've already stated what her problem was with Reco. Even when there was no problem, she still had a grudge against him.

Then there was her issue with the "plus-sized" model, who was smaller then she was.

And of course, the nasty "hippie" challenge where she invented another problem with a group of people who didn't fit into her "vision" as a designer. Even Angel said she was just mean, and she didn't have a problem with anyone up to that point.

Then there was the constant eye-rolling, and conceited smirking when another designer was berated. Could that be chalked up to editing? Of course.

But even TLo once said that producers can edit a personality out of you if you give them enough material. She did.

So if she comes across as an unpleasant bitch, well, tough shit. She made it happen.


I found her annoying. She is like that intern or new hire everyone has in their life at some point who acts great in front of the bosses but smirks behind their backs and uses her cuteness and age to get away with things us poor older hacks can't.
She also needs to learn how to fit a pair of pants if she's going to make them the focal point of her collection. You'd think after making so many pairs, she would have figured it out but she didn't.


It's trendy, I'll give her that.


It looks chip in a chip way.


Great separates but the pants are horrific; the crotch is insane.


...and I agree with Glenda Bailey, very distracting.

The problem I had with her is that she thought she was above everybody else and that's always a turn-off for me. If you need to act like you are, you ain't.


I have been a great fan of Daniella's throughout the show. Her winning look with the sheer jacket, her pagoda sleeved coat, her maroon and black dress in the shoe challenge, and her hoodie with cascading ruffles were standouts, as was the interesting neckline in the designer gown challenge. She does stuff that we've never seen before, and does it exquisitely.

Until now.

I have to say I was more than underwhelmed by this collection. Much as I hate to say this about my fave girl, the collection left me cold. The four pair of skinny pants were overkill, and I question selecting a slightly bow-legged model to wear one of them. I also did NOT like the silver zipper on the black wide-legged pants. It sticks out like a sore thumb, and draws attention both away from the overall outfit and right to the model's crotch. That was supposed to be an elegant outfit, not a Jeffrey Sebelia traveling rock star getup. This mistake was made in another one of the finale collections, as well, with a silver zipper going up the back of a red dress. Why there was no color matching here is a mystery. Whether deliberate or not, it looks like a newbie mistake.

Overall, the collection lacked excitement. The individual looks did not stand out as we have come to expect from her and lacked the strong lines, unique details, and elegance of many of the pieces she turned out in the challenges. And, it's clear now that she's woefully fixated on those skinny pants. Fine. But until she can execute them well, that's not a good thing.

As for that so-called "bitchiness," I think the producers edited Daniella that way to manufacture a controversial, bitchy character to pump some breath of life into a wheezing program. I think her confidence in her ability to turn out well-made, intriguing outfits was borne out by her demonstrated strong ability to do just that. Which makes her performance here all the more disappointing. Clearly she has the goods, but seems to have retreated into a comfort zone here that doesn't produce the expected spectacular performance.


I don't understand why the judges liked it. I was shocked by it--I expected it to be better.

As for why people don't like her: she came off as arrogant, and dismissive of other people She actually seemed very sweet in last week's show, and maybe in truth she's like that more of the time. But I never saw that--not until last week.


I agree that this isnt the winning collection. For me, Anna's is.

But I did like quite a bit of the pieces in this collection. I liked the leather bustier outfit, and, I didn't mind the bustier part, either.

And yeah, her fit was a bit sloppy and that first pair of pants? Uhgggg, no, no, no, no, NO!


I don't get the negative attitude towards Daniela, either. Yes, she's a bit cocky and arrogant, but no more so than some of the other designers, and quite a bit less than some. (Reco's picture is in the dictionary, illustrating the definition of "cocky and arrogant"!)

I also think there's a bit of misogyny working here. If a woman puts herself forward, is self-confident and self-assured, is aggressive about what she wants and has a high opinion of herself, she's a bitch. If a guy does it, somehow it's okay.

Unfortunately, this final collection did nothing to validate her opinion of herself. There are a few interesting pieces, but most of it is merely okay, and some is just bad (I hate those pointy shoulders, "on trend" or no).


Daniella's music was the same type of horrible monotonous self-written crap that Santino used when he showed his collection. What's with THAT? Her obsession with extreme thinness doesn't extend to herself apparently as evidenced by how 'fulsome' she looked in the dress she wore to the collections. Calling Dr. Freud...

As far as her ability to design something that is modern and current: If a designer could wait until 10 weeks before a show to draw cut and sew, after having perused all the fashion mags and web sites for delienation of the current trends before creating a collection, I guess they would look like a genius, too. Unfortunately for Daniella, you have to predict and set the trends by designing your pieces a year ahead to ready the collection for the shows six months later. Achieving salable looks for this moment's fashion zeitgeist is no trick when someone has already done the research and drawn the design outline for you. Color me unimpressed. A big 'meh' from me. She is not liked by so many because she has a sneaky, back stabbing 'Mean Girl' vibe about her. The way she mocked Reco when he stayed late because his wedding dress had to be resewn and he was so shaken was just cruel and vile.


"we weren't all that impressed with this collection in person, but it does photograph pretty well"

Oh dear, I think the photos merely emphasize the poor fit, so I really am glad not too see this in person.

It all felt a bit forced to me.

Donna in Seattle


I'll be interested in what she makes fifteen years from now. I hope she really digs in, works hard develops her own vision, and learns to pay attention to fit and construction. Because I think she has something - but it is not there yet.

Is it possible to separate the person from the design in these shows? I don't know. I kinda try to - because when I buy something to wear I don't usually know anything about who designed it and I judge the clothes on fit, beauty, comfort, etc. And sometimes people I am not drawn to (Jeffrey) can make something I love (his haute couture creation). And vice versa.

I don't think Daniella will take the win. But I wish her well.


Ms. Daniella just has a lot of growing up to do. She is exhibiting the "mean girl" in high school attitude, and she'd better lose it fast.
As to her designs, nope, was not a fan at the beginning, and am not now, though with experience she just may do well.
Actually, as much as I hated JP's collection, at least it was well executed, which Daniella's was absolutely not. Daniella for third place, but she should have been eliminated before this.


The pointy shoulder detail was the only interesting thing about this collection. She insists on making pants but she isn't good at it, the fit is an issue and she should take care of that asap.


I blame all this negative attitude "syuff" on our good friends at Bravo because of the way they edited TFS for bitcht drama. None, and I repeat NONE, of the contestants came off as enduring, loveable or even likable. The good boys at Bravo even ruined Fern with their editing.

I do not think there is anything wrong with Daniella or any of the final four as a person. As far as talent and ensuing success is concerned, either you get that lucky break or you do not.

TampaBay


You know what? I think they actually edited her to seem nicer than what she actually is. Even sweet Angel didn't want to work with her. And I hope that I'm wrong about this, but I definitely got some "interesting" vibes off her when she was teamed with certain groups.


Wow, I usually agree with you two, but I can't be objective on this collection because I am one who cannot stand her when she is on screen. Her eye rolling, her snide comments behind people's back, her preference for white models, for overly thin models. I'll hang out with James Paul any day of the week.


starstattoo
7/21/09 2:31 PM
"All her models were white, which is worse than all of them being so thin."

Seriously? Thats the first thing you think of? Most models ARE white first of all, and second because of the colors she used the outfits would not have popped on darker skinned girls.

Personally I liked her music, I thought out of all the songs it captured the feel of her collection. The clothes are a distant 3rd for me though, JP and Anna's collections were much more polished, even if this one was the most cohesive.


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The models look kinda gross and way too thin - not pretty at all. That's my beef with this.


I have to agree with Lilithcat - I think a fair amount of misogyny is at play (from men women and the anon - who really spews venom).
Why beause it is so hypocritical and so much projection?? - like the comments implying TLo had been attacking her ... IN YOUR HEAD.

And the Angel love? Small, quiet, "appropriately" knew her place, perhaps?

I'll never forget a group project in grad school. My group had 2 other woman and a man. The subject was something about(women's) business attire. The 2 other gals were constantly deferring to the guy. Don't remember all the details of the work, but he kept pushing toward the conservative navy suit, white blouse w/ Peter Pan collar and the little tie (scarf). Ugh, I remember pointing out that the most successful women did not dress like this charicature image. But the other women (girls) would defer to the guy on EVERYTHING.

And just like the edits for Haven and the change in opinions when people heard Reco say she was supportive. Reco acknowledge her as his toughhest competitor - and even Merlin seemed to zero in on Johnny and Haven as for the snippy cmts and being "unworthy" of him.

Also If you can't even make a simple pair of pants that fit correctly, how the hell can you cal yourself a designer? there have been plenty of contestants on this and PR who did not do pants - either well, or at all. Not saying that is right. But heck, finding pants that fit right is not easy even out in the market.


I've seen a couple of people say that she prefers or uses only white models, but what do we know about that for sure?

Unlike in PR, we didn't see the model casting process (unless I dozed off during it), so how do we know what went on or what there was to choose from, etc.

Overall, there is ALOT of information like this that is missing from the way this show is presented/edited.

--GothamTomato


PJ said: "Her obsession with extreme thinness doesn't extend to herself apparently as evidenced by how 'fulsome' she looked in the dress she wore to the collections.

First of all, I suggest you look up "fulsome" in the dictionary.

Secondly, she was no more obsessed with "extreme thinness" than most of the (non-tiny) designers on this show and on Project Runway. The shock from any of them when they have to design for women other than size 0 models is obvious. It is not unique to Daniela.


another laura

Please, my fellow loyal minions, do not burst into flames on me, here, but except for the woman in #9, her models don't look that thin to me. So picture me, like others, rolling my eyes when Isaac made that stupid remark to her about sizism. What a crock.


For everybody commenting on that first ill-fit pair of pants -

No argument there. But I liked that Daniella took chances with an unexpected waistline for her skinny pants.

She just needs to recognize when it is time to toss out a wadder.


"Finally, I cannot get over the ridiculous skirt she was wearing. It made her look stumpier than she is, was an awkward length and a worse color, and calls into question the idea that she had any understanding of how to make a woman's body look good. While not model-shaped, she's an attractive woman, but that outfit succeeded in making her look unattractive."

I find it very odd that a woman with a "non-ideal" body like Daniella has so much trouble designing for ordinary women, when someone like Anna (so tall & slim) can do it fairly easily. Daniella's lack of talent for designing to body type was very evident in her horrible outfit at the finale. If I want an overly short skirt that will make my legs look extra thick and heavy, I know where to go! Unfortunately, her look is also my strongest memory from the collection which says something pretty awful about the collection.


ASK:
"And the Angel love? Small, quiet, "appropriately" knew her place, perhaps?"

Or because she was fairly talented. I don't recall many execution problems in her garments. Beyond that, people do have personalities, and others tend to gravitate to one or the other. Generally speaking (and this is just a generalization), people usually love the quiet one or the outspoken one, and hate the other.

Maybe there's some misogyny in play for some of the posters. Personally, I dislike Johnny as much as I dislike Daniella, if not more (probably more), but the post wasn't about him, so I didn't mention it. I don't think Daniella deserves quite as much ire as she's getting, as some things now are bordering on made-up. But, to me at least, she was irritating not because she was (outwardly, at least) full of herself, but because she was full of herself and not able to back it up. Same with Johnny.


starstattoo said...
All her models were white, which is worse than all of them being so thin.


There you go down the deteriorating path to the idiculous. So now people are PROJECTING Racism on her. (So I guess Korto who cast 5 AA/Black women, 1 Asian, and 4 whites was a bigot for having too many non-whites and no Hispanics models?)

I don't know how anyone ever gets a fair trial in this country any more.
"I knew a cheerleader in high school who looked at me funny and Daniella kind of looks like her, if I squint...thus Daniella is the anti-Christ" - OY

- Ann


well, the issues I've had with Daniella have basically centered around the fit, execution and style of her garments. It did feel that she got a pass from the judges a number of times on fairly crappy garments. Didn't get the Daniella-luv.

I did wonder too at her armor inspiration, as it struck me as being a bit Jillian-like, down to her curtsy at the end of her collection. Part of being in fashion is ideally to be ahead of the curve not following it.

I would have loved to have heard either the Duchess or Nina's commentary on her design & execution issues!

srq


Seriously, people who don't like Daniella have been accused of:

--projecting
--misogyny
--hating

There are plenty of reasons not to like Daniella. She argued with many of the other designers on the show, always pushing her own agenda and unwilling to see others' points of view. She seemed like a sour person who was high on herself. There are plenty of reasons not to like her personality that do not indicate some defect on the part of the disliker. Really, we can have opinions without being bad people.

Add to that the fact that I do not like her clothes at ALL. I'm so sick of the high waisted, ill fitting pants, the dowdy dark colors with transparent tops, and the fugly patterns. I am able to separate my dislike for a person from my feelings for their work, but in this case, both emanate from the same place: a lack of respect for and understanding of the female form.

Daniella has a lot of growing up to do. She thinks she knows everything and is on top of it all, but she's just a kid and needs to be open to other people's ideas. In this show, she behaved as if she wasn't open at all. This does not bode well for her learning curve, though I think life will show her, through disappointment and hard experience, that she's not perfect.


To me, this is the 3rd place collection. If there is any merit in it (and there are a few nice pieces), it is negated by the fit and execution issues.

Daniela has about five ideas and just keeps recycling them ad nauseum. And they aren't that fresh.

I think that the reason she got so much hate was the combination of her above-it-all attitude and the way the judges continually gave her fulsome (correct use of the word, I believe), undeserved praise.

Also, that she COULDN'T work with larger women despite being one herself.


Know why I've disliked Daniella intensely almost from the start? When, as team leader, she claimed that the ideas for the winning design were really hers. Her action gave me the creeps and I thought - people will always have to watch their backs around her. And her smirks and grimaces as others were given accolades totally turned me off. She has absolutely no sense of humor, which is another big sin in my book. Recall what Angel said as she departed - Reco is nasty to your face, but she preferred dealing with him to Daniella's particular bit of nasty. Will Daniella outgrow who she essentially is? I doubt it. Aside from those less than sterling qualities, she's no bitchier than the other designers.

As for her designs, a little humility would serve her well. Her clothes looks like the K-mart version of an upscale collection. A little cheap, a little lacking.

So for me the 'hatred' began the moment she said "that was my idea." Uggh. I can't stand people like her.


I didn't have time to read all the comments, so I'm not sure if someone else mentioned it, but this collection should be called "Desperately Seeking Susan Costume Plot." Blech.

It may be "right now" (I don't follow fashion trends very closely), but it feels "too-soon-to-be-retro."


Sewing Siren typed The collection looks Edwardian/Teddy Boy to me but that might just be the styling.

I picked up on that, too. Except that's not what she was going for at all, the shame of it all. That would have been a great collection if she would have realized what she had and pushed that.

It's this obtuseness that bothers me about her - her solid ability to produce all-ready-mass-market clothes but she honestly thinks she's a great designer.

I honestly think she's a decent interpreter of absolutely current and dated trends. But that's not a true designer, that's a mimic (and blessed be the good ones - don't get me wrong).

She also reminds me of the privileged, clueless kids I used to have to go through when I was an intern coordinator at a Paris-based magazine; OK-to-pretty smart but with a wide innuendo of entitlement and a sour face that was somehow suppose to create an aura of sophistication, ennuie and confidence when all it did for me was grate down my spine and piss me off.

Let's just say there was a sudden, fresh wind of qualified interns from places like the U of Iowa, Peoria and small state colleges and schools wandering around the offices when I came on board... .

Her collection is warmed over rehashed trends already. She should do well in the business but I sure wouldn't want to reward her with a win (not that as a Canadian I could vote, anyway).


Daniella always seemed to be sneering -- that bugged me. More important, we've seen her collection elsewhere, and better. Princess Puffysleeves extra, extra-lite, anyone?


What annoyed me most about Daniella is that Isaac was probably correct in his sizist comment (insert "glass house" comment here). In addition to her annoyance at being presented with a normal-sized client.

Her models were the thinnest--she mentioned that she wanted very thin models who wouldn't "interfere with the lines of the clothes". It's apparent that she is not designing for people, but she is designing for clothes hangers.

That was why she primarily annoyed me, other than that she was pretty boring. I didn't think her clothes were that great.


"Doug said...

I didn't have time to read all the comments, so I'm not sure if someone else mentioned it, but this collection should be called "Desperately Seeking Susan Costume Plot." Blech.

It may be "right now" (I don't follow fashion trends very closely), but it feels "too-soon-to-be-retro.""

Oh, come on. That's a little silly. Desperately Seeking Susan was out 25 years ago. Hardly something for the "too soon" complaint.

Besides, I'm not really seeing the comparison.


Lilithcat said...

"PJ said: "Her obsession with extreme thinness doesn't extend to herself apparently as evidenced by how 'fulsome' she looked in the dress she wore to the collections."

First of all, I suggest you look up "fulsome" in the dictionary.


Yes. Daniella is "generous in amount."


Yes Vic, I don't get how she dare take CREDIT FOR HER OWN IDEAS - damn woman doesn't know her place?

Folks the personal attacks about how SHE dressed, but a pass for Merlin's whack job wardrobe, Johnny., JP & Rico's boring under dressing Plus the comments about her clothes were from the last episode, do not explain the fact that the comments TLO was referring to started well before this last episode.

I think that her comments about size were no more offensive than JP's and Johnny's, and most of the PR people like ALP. Also doesn't any one else consider it at least as disingenuous to applaud those designers that don't make the comments but design as though anything over an 8 doesn't even exist.

Just MHO.

-Ann


SPOT ON! I like some of the looks, but they were on trend, as you said. Nothing fashion forward.


I thought Daniella had designs that women would enjoy wearing and at the same time trendy wouldn't being over-the-top. I voted for her.


She's not a bitch, Bravo made her one.


I wonder if voters held her attitude issues against her when they voted for the winner.


She is a bitch-- Bravo just showcased it.

Also, PR people like ALP? What?!? I missed that memo.


This was my least favorite colllection because it is so
trendy and a little derivative.
It's like she tried to mix Marc jacobs and Rodarte. It's not bad but makes me think of Marc and Rodarte and I must admit I'm really not that into either of their designs. And it all looks so poorly made. There's no flow to the clothes. They're either too bunchy or puckered or loose in a weird spot. And why does she keep saying she all about pants?
She needs to make a pair well before she can call them her thing.


Don't you remember how gross/rude/hateful she was in the beggining? I think she was set up as "The Bitch" up front and it stuck. She really calmed down after like the third episode but once you get a reputation it's hard to lose.


I still think her evening gown was spectacular and I loved the crazy neckline that Tlo hated. She came up with something new, which is admirable.

Now that I am not distracted by the horrible Dani rap, I realize that some of these pieces are pretty fab, and I am sure there are loads of skinny young things who would love those pants.

I'll say it again: I cannot wait to see who comes out on top on Thursday night!

Suz


I still think Daniella will take the win. (But I did like JP's the best) Let's face it, there are ppl we perceive to be b*tches in every industry, ain't nothin gonna change that.

oh wait, america decides (meaning the tv viewing audience)? they'll go for anna's stuff.


Yes Vic, I don't get how she dare take CREDIT FOR HER OWN IDEAS - damn woman doesn't know her place?

First, I am a woman and I've never taken any guff, but I do know how to work with a creative team on projects. Second, Daniella was team leader when she took credit after the fact. In that position you rise above and don't push yourself to the front. You don't shill yourself or your own contribution, you support your team. The judges called her on it, and rightly so, and said that she shouldn't have even opened her mouth. Everyone on the team already knew that she came up with good ideas. That's not the point. The point is: Who would work for a second time with a person who was willing to push her team mates aside to take credit? Even if her talent backed up her self-importance, she should have taken the high road. I lost all respect for her right then. Overall, the quality of her clothes lacked originality or polish. C'mon. That gray evening sequined dress looked like a tinker toy version of Laura Bennet's incredible sequined designs for Project Runway. These designers, Daniella included, don't measure up.


Vic - you're unfairly trying to convince people that Daniella, in the challenge before this one, was trying to do a cheap knock-off of Laura Bennett's jewel-encrusted finale dress. What a load of hooey.

First, you have no idea whether she was trying to do that. You weren't there, and you don't know what she was thinking. Second, there is no basis in Daniella's design for that claim.

1. Laura had months and months to do that. Daniella produced a far less extravagant gown because she did hers in a regular ONE DAY challenge.

2. Laura Bennett stuck to "V" necklines for the most part. Daniella came up with a unique design for her gown's neckline. In fact, it's fair to say that Daniella ran circles around Laura Bennett in the "unique" and "innovative" categories.

3. Laura Bennett had a finale budget of thousands of dollars with which to buy crystals and pearls. Daniella and the other TFS contestants had a table full of pre-selected crystals to work with. You imply that Daniella cheaped out here, when in fact she worked with the materials that were both REQUIRED and PROVIDED for the challenge.

4. Laura Bennett's evening outfits repetitively used lace fabrications and didn't incorporate draping. Daniella's was beautifully draped silk and she was specifically complimented on her draping.

Seriously, Vic, a tinker toy version of Laura Bennett's dress? It doesn't remotely resemble any of Laura Bennett's designs any more than any of the other TFS efforts in that episode. The most that can be said by way of similarity is that the two women each made an evening gown. You're just trying to make up a fake basis on which to justify your trashing of Daniella.

Sorry, Vic, we're just not buying it.

Buh-buy, Darling.


there is no excuse to use all white models in new york city.

"most models are white" is not a justification. that is just another in the many examples of racism in the fashion industy.

Koto was combating that in her show, as a female designer of color, she made a choice. it's called solidarity.


My biggest complaint about Daniella is that she is just too "mean girls" for me. Granted, I have zero-tolerance for teen agers, but quite frankly, she just seemed like a rude, bratty teen ager to me ... like nails going down a chalkboard I guess. But I also found that I rarely liked her designs, so ultimately there just didn't seem to be a redeeming factor. Had her designs been more to my liking, I might have been more inclined to ignore the personality, but alas ...


Anonymous
7/21/09 9:43 PM She is a bitch-- Bravo just showcased it.

Also, PR people like ALP? What?!? I missed that memo.


So did she, as usual.


Anonymous said...
Seriously, people who don't like Daniella have been accused of:

--projecting
--misogyny
--hating

There are plenty of reasons not to like Daniella. She argued with many of the other designers on the show, always pushing her own agenda and unwilling to see others' points of view. She seemed like a sour person who was high on herself. There are plenty of reasons not to like her personality that do not indicate some defect on the part of the disliker. Really, we can have opinions without being bad people.






Apparently some of Daniella's relatives post here, so expect at least 3-5 more essays of long winded bunk.


starstattoo
7/21/09 2:31 PM All her models were white, which is worse than all of them being so thin.


I liked how some of the posters who have consistently had issues with the melanin-enhanced didn't catch onto the sarcasm.


The episode where Daniella took credit for the design she apparently did for Andrew was a total set-up.
Andrew appeared to be floundering in deciding a gimick for outerwear. Which doesn't really say anything bad about him, it was a dumb challenge and he is a intimate apparel designer. Instead of letting him fail, Daniella "gave" him an idea for the team and according to the footage pretty much designed the whole thing.
Now at the judging she appeared to be upset when Andrew was being praised for "his" design and Andrew made no remark about team work. Now, you know full well that Isaac had seen the footage . He was trying to draw out some drama when HE ASKED Daniella what was up(he, like a good lawyer would not have aked that question if he didn't already know the answer). If she hadn't let him know how it was, I am absolutely certain they would have called her out on being meely mouthed and how in the cut throat world of fashion design you HAVE to take credit for your own work or you will never get anywhere.
I actually know quite a few directors that got their positions by taking credit (sometimes truth, sometimes lie) for work that was not credited to them.


You're unfairly trying to convince people that Daniella, in the challenge before this one, was trying to do a cheap knock-off of Laura Bennett's jewel-encrusted finale dress. What a load of hooey.

Read my words, Anony. I'm not using the word knock-off, I'm just making a comparison and found Daniella's designs falling short. Let's compare Laura's competition evening dress (for which she had one day) to Daniella's (also one day). Again, Laura's soars to the top.

As for trying to convince people. Those are your words. No. I am answering T&L question as to why I dislike her, and then answered another commentor. It's my opinion. In both my answers I stuck to the topic and did not call out other commentors or point to them to disagree with them. This is my opinion, plain and simple. T&L wanted to know why folks disliked Daniella, and for good or bad, I told them why I disliked her from almost the start. Sewing Siren took a less personal route to get her point across, which I respect.


Vic, you've still have given no reason why your specific criticism of Daniella's WINNING gown in the Swarovski crystal challenge is either fair or even specific to Daniella.

ALL of the gowns fell short of Laura's. ALL of the TFS contestants in that challenge did their gowns with limited budget, in a mere flash of time, and with crystals selected and provided by the show. ALL of the gowns, in terms of quality, were "tinkertoys" compared to Laura's bejeweled finale gown, and not a single one tried to emulate Laura's design. Not only were ALL the TFS gowns subpar in quality to Laura's, but nobody could humanly have constructed a gown of equivalent quality under the polar opposite circumstances of each show's challenge.

In other words, you criticized Daniella in a manner that was not specific to her and could have described any other contestant's effort. Moreover, in making your comparison to Laura's bejeweled gown, you applied a comparative standard of quality that none of the TFS contestants could possibly have achieved, not just Daniella. You did so because you wanted to trash Daniella (fair enough), BUT you seemingly didn't care if you did so in a fair manner.

You're certainly free to say what you want about Daniella's creations, but I think you have to at least be fair. Calling her creation a "tinkertoy" implies crap quality, a subpar performance specific to her, and better performance having been turned in by others in that TFS challenge. None of that is true, and Daniella actually WON that challenge.

So, again, TAKING THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE CHALLENGE INTO ACCOUNT IN A FAIR AND EVENHANDED MANNER, feel free to criticize Daniella's work. I'd be interested to hear your fair criticism.


Excellent pts Sewing Siren. It is a COMPETITION.

Vic your comments about not taking credit seem foolish and make me think you've never been in any similar situation. I was - not the same, but similar. The more experience person was making proclamations that nothing could not be done to fix a problem and the co. was going to have to scrap the project after pumping much $$$$$$ in. I had the solution and shared it. Later I hear him taking and getting all the credit - I mean he was acting like he was the saviour. Sorry to the haters but I told the mgmt - that I was glad that they were able to implement my solution (yes finding a way to say it can be difficult, but as Sewing Siren wrote, on the show IM asked her).

Keeping quiet about others taking credit for your work/ideas - especially in a competition - makes you a doormat. Now if she lied or if he'd not been acting like he did it all himself, then there might be a basis for complaint.


"MouseAnony said...

Vic, you've still have given no reason why your specific criticism of Daniella's WINNING gown in the Swarovski crystal challenge is either fair or even specific to Daniella."

And he's made it perfectly clear that he's not required to and he has no intention to. It's long past time for everyone in this discussion to accept that everyone else has a different opinion. Agree to disagree and move on, folks.


Her clothes might have looked better if she had used human beings and not walking skeletons. After watching their collections it wasn't hard to pick Anna.


i liked some of her clothes (ie: the gray dress) and REALLY loved the "granola" one. I was very disappointed that she didn't win that week because I actually wanted to buy it!


What I don't like is her blatant and open disrespect for the very clients that she's supposed to be designing for. The fact that she has a hateful personality is just icing on the cake. I don't deal very well with the H.S. mentality, and neither do most people in the working world.


I want to know how in the hell anyone allowed her to use that tacky homemade runway music. Leather. Velvet. Design. Pretentious.

Now, if you're going to make your own runway music, do it like Leanne (I know, her boyfriend did it; I still consider it DIY). The song she used was so utterly cool, unlike stereotypical runway music, and most importantly, it totally fit and even enhanced her show.

Daniella's stuff wasn't really my taste. And oy, that styling...


Just ugly, ugly, ugly. I hated it...all of it.
ugh and..ugh.

(which is sad because I had really liked a number of the things she did for the show)


She may not have been the most winsome participant but she is acting like a 22 yr old- remember how great it was to feel you knew so much, felt so worldly! Her collection was okay some great pieces so not so great. To me JP was actually moving- seeing great art to be interpretted. Whether that was the key for this particular show is another question.


Didn't an anon show insider out her on this site for being a bigot?


Anonymous said...
Didn't an anon show insider out her on this site for being a bigot?

7/22/09 10:22 PM


You mean when she referred to Reco as "boy"?


Vic your comments about not taking credit seem foolish and make me think you've never been in any similar situation. I was - not the same, but similar.

Actually, for over a decade I've worked on teams that create trainings for large geographic regions in my state. And yes, people have taken my ideas and run with them. Two of my blogs have also been pointedly copied. So what?

When you have talent, ideas are like assholes - there's plenty to go around. I am an ideas person. That's my job on my team. To think creatively and of all the possibilities, whether we can use them or not. I get copied all the time. People remark on it. (They certainly have noticed it about my blogs.) But I have something that those copyists don't - more new ideas bubbling inside my head. So, copyists, go ahead and copy and mooch and keep on trying to suck people like me dry. Go ahead. My ideas don't stop coming, and I have faith that they won't dry up.

As the show suggest, the copyists were thought to be lacking in originality and they were booted off.

That's the point I'm making. Suck it up, Daniella. If you're all that good, more design ideas will come out of that head of yours. If you're not that good and it's your only great idea, well, then, it's a tragedy and your loss. Boo hoo.

Honestly, whatever happened to integrity and behaving like a grown up in the workplace? So, while Sewing Siren made a point, I'll rest on my ability to always think of another idea and land on my feet.

Vic


Vic not arguing. I can kind of see your point... on a long term team.

BUT again Daniella was not on a long term team, she was on a competition show.. And in my case I was consulting on contract (temporary) and wasn't going to have the long term to establish my rep. So you can sympathize with the thief, I'll stand by the victim of the theft. (Oddly in both these examples the one stealing ideas and credit was a man and the one expected to roll over was a woman. huh.)


Oh please drop the Daniella double-standard crap.

She's not being labeled a bitch because she's a woman. She had a lousy attitude and treated everyone as if they were beneath her.

There are plenty of people who felt the same way about Jeffrey, Santino and Christian.

Sometimes you think a person's a jerk because they act like jerks.

Daniella ain't some special exception.


Anonymous said: Oh please drop the Daniella double-standard crap.

She's not being labeled a bitch because she's a woman. She had a lousy attitude and treated everyone as if they were beneath her.

There are plenty of people who felt the same way about Jeffrey, Santino and Christian.

Sometimes you think a person's a jerk because they act like jerks.

Daniella ain't some special exception.


Amen brother/sister.

There are a multitude of reasons I don't like Daniella.

She tried to bully her way into unofficial team leader in the first episode.

She pushed her ideas on Andrew because she didn't trust him not to embarrass the team. When he took her advice, she acted like a baby and said he stole her ideas. She seemed as offended that he actually used them as she was that he didn't give her credit (which he should have done). If she wanted to clear up any confusion about whose ideas they were, she should have gone to the judges in private. The following week, she was more than willing to continue the story that Andrew is a thief. He used pleats! He was stealing from Anna!

She (and Haven) felt compelled to yell out, in absolute horror, the size of her "real woman's" ass.

She dismissed so-called tree-huggers as dirty and gross.

When teamed up with Reco, she picked a fight with him in front of the judges, when he was trying to be diplomatic and not cause any more drama.

She has no sense of humor.

Maybe she'll grow out of some of this behavior, but I think at least part of it is just her personality, and those parts will never change.

I liked some of her work throughout the season, and I'm willing to give her credit for that. I think she has a lot of potential, and that she deserves to be in the final four. But I really don't like her.


She dismissed so-called tree-huggers as dirty and gross.
Made ME like her all the more!
seriously - she did not say those words - but apparently it hit too close to home for some

SHE has no sense of humor.

ha
hahahaha

hahahahahahahaha
Pot >>>>> Kettle


Anonymous
7/23/09 12:22 PM She dismissed so-called tree-huggers as dirty and gross.
Made ME like her all the more!
seriously - she did not say those words - but apparently it hit too close to home for some

SHE has no sense of humor.

ha
hahahaha

hahahahahahahaha
Pot >>>>> Kettle



How about this one?

Daniella is great justification for birth control.

Hilarious!


How about this one? You're all sounding like crazy people and any further discussion trying to prove or disprove her bitchiness is going to get deleted. Enough.


I Agree with your "right now" comment I thought it was funny that she kept saying her designs were the future when it's stuff I've seen in magazines and in stores for months. I did love her tops and jackets, but the pants were poorly made and maybe it was editing but at this point in the competition that was unacceptable. If we are going to reem people for dresses falling apart on the runway we have to reem people for making womens croches start at their knees. That being said I think she's a designer on her way, and I don't think people dislike her as a designer but her bad attitude on the show. She was TFS Tugboat girl :|


Oh and did anyone address the music " leather velvet" really? ahahahahahah


Completely agree. She clearly knows what's going on and she's talented. But nothing surprised me. I liked this collection but didn't love it.


She has annoyed me at times-maybe because the whole show seemed kind of mean-spirited. But, she designed well for the most part and was really mature for her age. Throw in her reality tv situation and actually her behavior is way above the curve (not to sound condescending. Really none of us know how we would really behave in a similiar environment.)

As for her collection, your critique matches mine (yay, I do have taste.) I liked a few pieces but wasn't blown away.

Also, your critique of how to change the show was never clearer than Fern's critique of the bustier. The way Isaac cut her off and rolled his eyes. I do hope they make him a mentor in S2. And give Kelly a job to do. On another show.


She may not be a witch with a capital B, but she does suffer from bitch-face. She always looks like she's smelling something bad and has junior high cheerleader hair. It just gives an overall impression of unearned superiority. But maybe she can't help it, poor girl.


Yeah, her models were scrawny. Whatevs. I'm more concerned that she styled them as ugly, unhappy and freakish. Did she tell them to look constipated? And the music! I couldn't stop laughing at her whiny little voice chanting "Lust. Leather. Lace"


I think Daniella and Anna did the same thing, instead of giving us their point of view as a designer and new looks they gave us the same old tired things that they did on the show. Anna was called out on the show by the Judges, but noone said anything about Daniella constant use of the icky sheer eggplant fabric. Fab the 1st time but by the 3rd i was over it.





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