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All-Star Jeffrey

Surprise! We kinda liked it!

"Fashion is so subjective. I don't think anything good comes from trying to please other people."

Very true. We have to reiterate what we said earlier: he was surprisingly low-key and professional.

We loved this dress. It's got a bit of a Balmain feel to it. It's a very simple dress, but he was wise to realize that the fabric was going to do most of the talking.

It really is a gorgeous fabric and while we never really responded well to Jeffrey's aesthetic, he always did have a tendency to pick interesting and beautiful fabrics. Remember his yellow plaid couture gown? Or his green striped zipper dress?

What surprises us the most is how on-trend this look is. That was never really Jeffrey's thing, to be trendy, but the neckline and cap sleeves are very in right now.

One thing Jeffrey does NOT excel at is styling, especially hair styling. From the neck up, she looks awful.

It's very much a Jeffrey look. We like that jacket quite a bit, even if it looks a little sloppy. The dress is okay from a design perspective. The neckline is a mess, though.

We like the fabric and even though we're not huge fans of that gathered hem, it's okay.It could be an inch or two lower, though.

Definitely not to our taste but definitely representative of what's going in certain corners of fashion right now.

We can't really point to any one element and say "That's nice" or "That's what we like," but it's modern and interesting, at least. He's still got the zipper fetish. The fit in the bodice looks pretty bad, though.

Okay, the back's nice. We do like that.

We feel like we're underpraising it. As we said, it's not to our taste, but we respect what he's doing here.

The only look we absolutely don't like at all. And if we never see another open-toed bootie again, it'll be too soon.

It's a bit "Martin Margiela on crack."

If he had just resisted the urge to use the fringe, it would have been a passably good, if a little boring, dress.

In the end, he did what he wanted to do and produced something that looks very much like him while at the same time demonstrating an understanding of the trends on the runway. Maybe not as much growth as other designers showed, but the fact that he showed growth at all kind of surprised us.


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The only thing I liked here was the first dress - the rest - meh.

You boys certainly do need to take a break and get some rest;)


Agree on all of them. When I saw the first look and that he had toned down (at least what we saw), I thought, huh not bad.

Second look was some much better from further away. The fringe on that last one - ugh - and on some things, I like fringe.

But I really don't like jumpsuits and if they are based on harem pants - FUG.


Ugh, most of it was cheap looking. I like the sequined fabric, but that was it, and even that dress was so short that it was bordering on tacky.

I am totally with you on the open-toed booties. That trend cannot end soon enough for me.


Given the strangeness of the (non)judging the show could have been a lot worse.

They could have ingested a bit more of the odd substances floating around that night.

And...he could have won.


Look #1: cute
Look #2: jacket = OK, dress = slutty but OK, jacket & dress together = oh, hell no
Look #3: see Donna Karan in your previous post
Look #4: is that a curtain rod in there?


So, ALP ran into Daniella. Sew what?


Which one was the restaurant challenge outfit?


It started off nice, but by the end - yeesh, what a steaming pile.


Harem pants are a staple wardrobe item! Didn't you guys pay any attention to "The Fashion Show"??


I'll share in the praise of his first dress...yeah, that's about it.


No one's touching the pornstache? No one?


Yeah, only liked the first one as well. I felt as if he was only there to pimp his band, and quickly backed off any notions to behave attention-getting badly once he realized that Santino had the market cornered on that one. I also enjoyed the, how shall we say, irony of poorly finished construction with his garments.


I have never, ever liked Jeffrey....at least not until he zipped his lips and walked away from Douchebag! Santino, leaving him to agonize alone over the broken needle on the Serger. That little silent smirk just said it loud and clear "oh, that's how you want to play it? Ok, I'll just take my tweezers and my extra needles and go over here, then...." I almost liked the Angry Little Peanut then.

Almost.


First dress really pretty, a better than most for sequin fabric.
Second dress, way too hoochy mama. Jacket bordering on cute, blah fabric.
Third and fourth, sliding way down the hill to bottom four.

I too wondered which was the restaurant challenge, and what did he use?


His first dress is perfect for Heidi, short, tight and shiny!

I think the last pink fringey monstrosity was his restaurant challenge dress, right?


"Tlo said: And if we never see another open-toed bootie again, it'll be too soon."


Right? I keep thinking that whoever started this trend, got their misguided 'inspiration' from having their foot in a cast. Whenever I see someone wearing them I just want to pull out a Sharpie & sign their foot.

--GothamTomato


It had to be the MC Hammer jumpsuit; I didn't see any colorful fabric in that restaurant.


TLo said:
And if we never see another open-toed bootie again, it'll be too soon.

AMEN! Like sleeveless turtleneck sweaters, I could never understand those either. Warm weather things should not have "cold weather elements."


"And if we never see another open-toed bootie again, it'll be too soon."
- You're going to have a long Fall 2009 season.

And the harem pants, "Definitely not to our taste but definitely representative of what's going in certain corners of fashion right now."
- Why they look positively ripped off of Donna Karan's body!

"Maybe not as much growth as other designers showed, but the fact that he showed growth at all kind of surprised us."
- Here's where I diverge. I believe his Project Runway show was far more innovative than those three were. I'm not even counting the restaurant monstrosity.


Whenever I see him, I give a quick "thank you" to the Higher Powers that I was blessed with a chin. It looks like his neck has a hairy caterpillar on it.


It really is a gorgeous fabric and while we never really responded well to Jeffrey's aesthetic, he always did have a tendency to pick interesting and beautiful fabrics. Remember his yellow plaid couture gown?

I just recently saw most of season three, so yes. Yes, I do. And it gives me nightmares. Loved the style. Hated the print. But, I rather like Jeffrey. He's an ass, but he's not always wrong.

From this mini-collection, I love the first dress. The rest of it, not so much. When he's on, he does amazing stuff. When he misses, it's huge. And I think most of this was a miss.


I've always thought that Jeffrey's work is way too derivative. With this collection it is the same, and on top of that, the color story is dreary and most of the silhouettes are lumpy. There is nothing here that appreciates the female form.

--GothamTomato


Middle two hairstyles are horrendous, but marginally better than Cynthia Rowley!


And all his pieces were poorly finished (don't get me started on the crappy fit). Makes me think (again) that Laura was so right about him (again) paying someone to finish the collection that won him Season 3.


First look was the best (really!), then they get progressively worse.

I really do not understand the second look at all. The jacket and dress don't work together at all IMO. It looks like the model had to throw on a jacket to be presentable at the office.

The punk rock princess Jasmine look isn't working for me on any level.

As for the pink sack with fringe, is this supposed to be an evening look for Angela's mom?


That red carpet look is awful. It's as though Dorothy Zbornak and Pocahontas had a baby, who grew up to be a hooker. blech.


I adore Jeffrey. I was kinda disappointed in this, though. I do like the first two looks, but I hate jumpsuits SO PASSIONATELY and the last one is just fugly.

Oh, and Jeffrey? The pornstache. It's going to give me nightmares.

Still love him though.


I loved that first dress! It's a very strong design and showcases the stunning fabric without chopping it up for seams, ruffles, etc. Very sleek, kind of Halston.

The rest isn't the New York aesthetic, but is on trend. I have to question who wears these harem pants (and why a pair went down the runway during New York's Spring fashion show from an A-list designer, Calvin Klein, I believe) But at least Jeffrey did a different take on them. This pair reminds me of the super-wide bell bottoms that came in briefly in the 70's in the sense that this exaggerates the main feature so much. But you'd have to have a helluva good figure to rock these Hindenberg puffies.

The collection was unified but disappointingly dark. Also the borderline grunge look isn't universally appealing, though no doubt he knows his particular market very well.

I would like to see him do more with bright, primary colors and prints.


Yes, can someone confirm which dress was the restaurant challenge dress, #3 or #4? (They both were a bit fug to me.)

Btw, anyone notice that in the first image of the hideous red fringe number the model is actually standing on the garment? Yikes.


If Jeffrey's clothes are what's going on in some corners of fashion, they must have been sent there on some sort of time out.


I liked the first dress, but it was a little too Balmain for my comfort. The rest of his collection was unflattering and unattractive. The only positive thing I can say about them is that I like the fabric of the jumpsuit and if he had made a dress out of it instead, it probably would have rocked.


His first look surprised me, and by surprised I mean I actually liked it. It looked like it was finished, and well-made to boot.

But he reverted to sloppy Peanut with the other three.

Laura was right.


Gotham Tomato:
Right? I keep thinking that whoever started this trend, got their misguided 'inspiration' from having their foot in a cast. Whenever I see someone wearing them I just want to pull out a Sharpie & sign their foot.

Snort!


Oh dear God, that second dress. Even the trashier little sisters of Forever 21, Rave and Rainbow, would say "dear god girl, you look like a 2 cent hooker on the seedy side of Reno."

The fabric is cheap - flammable even - and the styling is three day bender. Perhaps that explains the scrunched up hem that is giving me flashbacks to Delia*s fall 1996 catalogue.

I was never a huge jeffery fan, but thought his final runway in Season 3 was gorgeous and ionnovative. This is just cheap, tasteless, derivative crap.


Did anyone else think Jeffrey looked unhealthy the whole episode?


I thought the first dress was a really good use of the fabric, the pattern seemed to curve around her rather than just covering her.

The jacket of the 2nd look was interesting, didn't care for the dress.

The jumpsuit made Donna Karan's in the previous post look downright flattering.

The final dress was an exaggerated, badly made version of a dated 80's look (I know the 80's are supposed to be back, but there has to be some clever or attractive twist to it for me to accept it as current) and the fringed scarf did not look as if it was part of an ensemble - just a best-you-can-do last minute addition from the scarf drawer 'cause you think the dress needs "something."


I could not disagree with you more.

I will preface this by saying I was shocked at Jeffery's low-key, and socially acceptable behavior. THAT is where he has grown. Of course he had weeks of comments about his previous boorish behavior to read.

But his clothes are CRAP. Still.

There is nothing here that could not also be found a Ross on the discount rack. That is the level of the quality of design and taste, and most definately the level of sewing skill. Gee, I wonder why his workmanship was so radically different from his Bryant Park Collection ? Guess he couldn't smuggle all those underpaid seamstresses into his man purse and into the workroom.

Wow, I really dislike him !! I even surprise myself !!

Wait till we get to Santino.


4th look is the restaurant challenge - I don't know where or what the pink/red material is, but the fringe was the curtain in the restaurant.

But I need to repeat my plea for info: What was Uli's Red Carpet outfit?


Seriously? Are you lowering your standards for a reason?

The first look is the only one remotely pretty, but that fabric is difficult to work with, and he didn't do a good job. The neckline and hems are a hot mess.

The rest reminds me of our fabric folding efforts at "dress design" when we were kids, before we owned a sewing machine. Ugh, and double ugh. No way would I pay someone for any of that crap.


This collection was in my group of 4 finalists. With a 3rd place finish, or even 2nd.
The mermaid mini is cute and flattering.
Love the jacket on the second look. The drawstring slit or what ev is pulled to high, other than that, cute.
Me no like the drape crotch trouser, but they are done correctly ( I believe this is the thing that ol' Johnny on The Fashion Show was trying to do). The top part I like.
The evening gown is original. I like the shoulder treatment. It kind of makes me think of the Bride of Frankenstein.


I got sidetracked the other day looking at TLo's Top 10 PR looks and Worst 20 - VERY entertaining! Wish they were bundled together so I could look at them over and over. And updated to include the later seasons and . . . sorry. Not like you guys need more work.

Jeffery's last look is too close to the Worst category.


Very Jeffrey, and I always respected that he stays true to himself. Props. He definitely still has styling issues.


Regarding dress #2: You never want to put a woman in a dress that has a cord may run down between her legs. I don't think I need to explain why.
Horrible collection, aside from first dress.


Remember his yellow plaid couture gown? Or his green striped zipper dress?

Please don't remind me. I've been trying to forget them!


The first look is gorgeous and the rest are blah. I didn't really like Jeffrey in season 3 but when I separate his clothes from him I can see the talent. It seems that when he gets it right (like the first dress, or the striped zipper dress from his BP collection) it can be really really beautiful but if it's not amazing it's pretty bad. And I love sequins so anyone who works with them wins points with me.


The first dress does not look like a ALP dress at all!! I actually like it, even if it has a bit of a 60's Go-Go look.
The rest : Not at all liking them.
I have to admit, I was looking forward to a Nasty ALP, just so I could hiss and sneer at the TV, but instead the hisses and sneers was directed at Santino!


OOps..."hisses and sneers WERE directed at Santino"....I need to preview before I post!


Thank you for the note about the open-toed bootie. Such a stupid, stupid shoe. Boots are for COLD weather. An open-toe defeats this purpose.

The other stupid shoe trend that I abhor: the "sandal" with the ankle spats attached. Or whatever you want to call them. Be a boot or be a sandal. You can't be both!

Ok. Rant over.

I liked Jeffrey's first look. The rest were blech. And he was so low-key that he put me to sleep.


To BabylonSista: re: pornstache.

I was going to say something, but I'm trying to erase it from my memory.

Shiver.......


Anonymous
8/25/09 3:34 PM And all his pieces were poorly finished (don't get me started on the crappy fit). Makes me think (again) that Laura was so right about him (again) paying someone to finish the collection that won him Season 3.
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Now, I have to respectfully disagree. Given that he had weeks to finish that collection, I am not surprised that he was able to complete in time--even with all the contrasting seam binding, etc...

I don't think you can compare a two-day effort like this to the PR Bryant Park show.


The last two dresses were fug, it's definitely Jeffery but I can't say that I think he's grown that much, I could have seen the first dress in his BP collection.


agnes gooch said... I also enjoyed the, how shall we say, irony of poorly finished construction with his garments.
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Exactly what I wanted to say.

I think the first dress is pretty.


Re open-toed booties: If toenails are clipped regularly as part of a personal grooming ritual they do not wear out the front of the shoe from the inside. In this way, showing the toes while wearing short boots can be avoided.

Alternately, perhaps these shoes are designed for werewolves who grow their toe claws long and do not want the inconvenience of removing close-toed shoes when the moon is full.

(And what's up with short boots anyway?! Wear shoes or wear boots. Let the weather be your guide.)

Re Jeffery's collection: His aesthetic has never been especially appealing to me. These garments have done nothing to change my mind.


zq said...
Anonymous
8/25/09 3:34 PM And all his pieces were poorly finished (don't get me started on the crappy fit). Makes me think (again) that Laura was so right about him (again) paying someone to finish the collection that won him Season 3.
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Now, I have to respectfully disagree. Given that he had weeks to finish that collection, I am not surprised that he was able to complete in time--even with all the contrasting seam binding, etc...

I don't think you can compare a two-day effort like this to the PR Bryant Park show.

8/25/09 4:37 PM


Yes, I agree -- having a big five months to complete twelve looks and finish them superbly is an ocean of time compared to the two days they had here to slap FOUR garments together.

Also, it should be noted that Jeffrey made FIVE garments in two days- he also made a full jacket (not just a little shrug). That was quite ambitious in the time allotted.


1- What's up with that handlebar mustache? He looks like a 70s porn star.
2- I LOVE that first dress.
3- I HATED that yellow plaid material he used in the couture challenge. HATED.
4- Don't like any of the other looks here.
5- Could not agree more on the open-toe boots. They make no sense to me and they're just plain fug.
6- Can Jeffrey please go away now?


rainwood said...
If Jeffrey's clothes are what's going on in some corners of fashion, they must have been sent there on some sort of time out.

8/25/09 3:44 PM


I had to laugh at your comment. After this All-Star challenge was filmed, none other than Donna Karan shows up at "The September Issue" premier in a startlingly similar outfit, also in black, although apparently in two pieces rather than one. It didn't look much better on her, either, except that since she actually has boobs, the top fit better.

I think you'd have to be very tall, slim-hipped, broad shouldered, and have more than cupcake hooters to have a prayer of making this look work. Both DK and the model Jeffrey used have wide(r) hips, which would seem to me to be exactly what you don't want with harem pants.


1)Balmain feel to it? That fabric is gross, can't get behind it.

2)ass fabric, ass-executed jacket, ass look.

3) I'm an advocate of harem pants, and even jumpsuits with crazy harem pants, but this is just horrible. Poor drape The execution attempt isn't even there, look at how the front seams don't even match up. ass.

4) Margiela did dresses just like this...... last season.

Seriously, when your only two passable looks are derivative of other designers, you need to reconsider your career.


Lulu said:
3- I HATED that yellow plaid material he used in the couture challenge. HATED
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Thank You!! I thought I was the only one who HATED that dress with a passion. I swear he glued the entire piece of tablecloth crap together with Elmer's.


Re: The 1st dress: Did nobody else notice the MONSTER pucker on the side seam -- right below the model's right boob?

Sorry, I can't get behind tight, shiny, poorly executed, and right up to the poor girl's coochie.


I personally am EXTREMELY perplexed as to why those bootie things ever became popular...
They cut women off at the ankle which is not usually what anyone wants and thennn, just incase they weren't odd enough-- a toe vent!

Maybe I just have overly cold toes, and I'm not meant to understand. :)


Minou Mechant

Meh. I suppose his mini-collection wasn't completely horribad, but it always seems to me that everything he touches gives off an effluvium of stanky, douche-infused ass.

So perhaps I'm not completely impartial.


I liked the plaid fabric he used in the couture challenge and the fabric he used for the zipper dress. Generally, I'm not a fan. If people are still remembering his behavior with Angela's mother, that was definitely a two-way street, with a good possibility that Angela put her mother up to it. He did much worse things on the show.

Jeffrey claimed he wanted to be the villain to get more camera-time, etc., so maybe this is his real personality. Or maybe he has just gotten over some of his addict-y stuff.

I am still not clear on which was the red carpet dress and which was the restaurant dress. I'm assuming that the first dress was the red carpet dress (it should be, it's very nice)and the last monstrosity was the restaurant dress. Why are they in a different order than everybody else's? (I guess,though it's hard to tell in some cases which was which.)

I like the first two looks, can live with the third, and hate the fourth. I think Jeffrey has talent, but he's not my kind of guy.

Daniel also showed poorly executed garments and separates that did not go together, to be fair. I do think the first dress, if it IS the runway dress (it must be), is one of the best shown.

Didn't he and Santino (and Sweet P) used to be friends?


A couple of his things kinda reminded me of the Thompson Twins (harem pants girl). Maybe it was the styling of the hair.....anyways, I give it a 4.


I see tootie! in the closeup of #2.

Can we nominate Jeffrey's for the Heidi Award for last week?


@ASK - here is the posting about Uli's line. Her restaurant look is featured in the opening photo.


I kinda liked the 1st dress even though the fabric could have made it very mother of the bride, he pulled it into a fun, wearable shape.

The rest is total FUG. Once you lived through 80's fashion, who the hell wants to go back!!!


Ouizee said...
@ASK - here is the posting about Uli's line. Her restaurant look is featured in the opening photo.


?? Are you toying with me? ;o)

(no links? - or do you mean the first look in TLo's post?)

I guess we all have our own tastes - I loved that yellow plaid he use in his couture dress.


"I have never, ever liked Jeffrey....at least not until he zipped his lips and walked away from Douchebag! Santino, leaving him to agonize alone over the broken needle on the Serger. That little silent smirk just said it loud and clear 'oh, that's how you want to play it? Ok, I'll just take my tweezers and my extra needles and go over here, then....'"

Loved that part!!

The clothes and the stache, not so much.


The first dress was super-hot...then the next 3 looks came out - CLUNK


I thought Jeffrey was typically obnoxious, but seemed relatively low-key because Santino was sucking the oxygen out of the room. Loved his little fu-manchu moustache, though: It was sort of like putting a frame around where his chin should be. Very Poignant, yes?


The reddish one (restaurant challenge) reminded me a little of the Carol Burnett skirt with the draoes still on the rod.

-Ann


How do you do this? I'm having a hard time keeping up READING your blog, let alone all the work that you put into creating it!

Great job.

~Sewjourner


I hated it all! The first dress was just shiny, tight and short. I don't see why it's so appealing. It looks sloppily made and cheap. The second dress looked accidental, like he made the jacket(the only part of the collection I liked) and forgot he had to put something under, so he sewed together some fabric and threw it on the model. The third outfit is really on trend but gives the model thunder thighs. The fourth is just gross.


I really liked his first look - it was the best short, tight and shiny look of the evening, beating Daniel's entry. I'll chalk that up mostly to the fabric but kudos to him for choosing an interesting fabric to work with. But everything else was really ugly, derivative and poorly made.

Twice now Uli has blown his sorry ass out of the water with two stunning collections. Dear girl, you were so robbed! Grrr...

I loathe him but he was surprisingly low-key. Maybe he was trying to redeem himself a little bit. Didn't work for me but maybe it did for some people.

Open-toe booties need to go far, far away and take black/dark nail polish with them. I'm sick of seeing fingers and toes that look like a hammer fell on them.


I know Jeffrey has gotten a lot of slack for being the guy who made someone's mom, and he even mentioned it.... but damn, this entire mini-collection I swear to God looks like he was personally designing clothes for my dear departed mother.

She would have been all over them like white on rice, especially that first dress and the harem pant jumpsuit.


Toned down or not, I still want to punch him in his fuckin' face. Just grap the handlebars on his upper lip through my computer screen.


The first one: Cute!
Second: Has potential... Separate the pieces and the jacket would be cute
Third: Ugh. I'm biased against jumpsuits but I suppose it's not terrible.
Fourth: Odd. Some good ideas but didn't come together at all.

I know ALP gets a lot of crap, and I stand by his final collection. Was it as good as Uli's or professional-looking as Laura's? No but it had a lot of interesting ideas and told a multi-dimensional story which none of the others did. I adored some of his looks there (especially the last 2) and know that he's a better designer than he gets credit four. Maybe he shouldn't have won the show (I'd pick Uli) but the judges' decision wasn't his fault. He put his art on the line and they loved it. End of story.


That first dress is excellent. That's as far as I'll go.


That last dress looks like what Barbara Mandrell was wearing when they pulled her from the car wreck.


"but definitely representative of what's going in certain corners of fashion right now"

The dark corners of my 80's closet where decades of spider webs, dog hair and ripped fingernails lie....

I'm sneezing just looking at it.


Anonymous
8/26/09 9:09 AM That last dress looks like what Barbara Mandrell was wearing when they pulled her from the car wreck.




LMAO!


Minou Mechant said "Meh. I suppose his mini-collection wasn't completely horribad, but it always seems to me that everything he touches gives off an effluvium of stanky, douche-infused ass."

My sentiments exactly. I couldn't say it any better.


I'm not sure why everyone is praising that first dress. Maybe it's just the lighting; but to me, the fabric is quite ugly and cheap-looking. The material reminds me of something that my 90-yr-old grandmother might pull out of her dusty attic and make into a shawl.
On top of that, the neckline of the dress looks awkward and unfinished, especially with the hemline below being so short!
Hmmm...Perhaps I wouldn't dislike either the fabric or the cut so much if they weren't used together. But when combined, it is definitely NOT a pretty picture.
~L


No, I disagree that you boys need to take a rest, as one commenter said. I love all these posts! One of the only reasons I check facebook and my twitter feed is to see if you guys have been busy. And yes, I definitely agree that Lifetime needs to put ya'll (hey, I'm in Tennessee here) on the payroll! LOVE YOU! and thank you so much!


rainwood wrote: "If Jeffrey's clothes are what's going on in some corners of fashion, they must have been sent there on some sort of time out."

HA! and true.

I thought all of these were ugly. Sorry. I can't get into the sequin fabric, dress #2 is hideous and tacky beyond description. That dress fabric looks like bargain-bin joann's fabrics. The other two are just flat out ugly. Possibly my taste is off (I loved Epperson's red carpet gown, for instance), but everything here looks cheap and tacky to me. If the sequin dress was longer, it would look like a refugee from Blanche Devereaux's closet. The jumpsuit is ook, and i don't even KNOW what that reddish thing is supposed to be.


I liked his PR show much better than this - and I really disliked his personality on that show, but I must say, I was really pleasantly surprised by how mature and professional he was on this show. I think he has grown up a lot, and good for him!


No and no and no and NO!
Chip in chip way.


I liked the first dress but it needs to be a little longer, no? The second, to paraphrase the great Michael Kors, looks like she is peeing fabric. Also, I'm not convinced the jacket goes with it. I intensely dislike 3 and 4. Where in fashion is baggy jumpsuits the rage?

What is the point of open-toed boots for that matter? If it's cold enough to wear boots, isn't it cold enough to not bare your toes?


i'm not dorothy gale

I laughed when I saw them on the show, and I laughed harder when I saw them here. Uh uh. No.


I like the first dress and that's about it.


The first dress isn't bad, but it looks to me that he tried to go for a bias cut and the grain wonked out all over the place. The oddly shaped neckline looks similarly not-quite-right.

I'm too traumatized by the Alexis Carrington shoulders on the restaurant challenge dress to continue the critique. Ooph.


ew to everything. Eeeew


"And all his pieces were poorly finished (don't get me started on the crappy fit). Makes me think (again) that Laura was so right about him (again) paying someone to finish the collection that won him Season 3."

I have to agree here. The sewing was perfection in his bryant park collection. Once one has the skills that make them capable of such work, to go back and do the incredibly sloppy work displayed in this All Stars group is virtually impossible. It would be like Gordon Ramsay sending out uncooked chicken to his customers. Yeah, it's possible in theory but not in the mind and fingers of a pro.


By the way, Jeffrey appears to be married now.


I've always been afraid to post on this one because I actually liked the Angry Little Pnut. ;)

I agree with what you said; it was trendy (very very trendy). I feel like he took this as an opportunity to show the kind of garments he's making now, as opposed to just showing his point of view as a designer. I think it worked because so many of the trends of the second are right in his wheelhouse.

That said, the last dress was a not-hot mess. But if he had reigned in the shoulder pads, given the thing real sleeves, and added some purpose to that fringe, I could have found myself wanting him in top four. I'd go as far to say that he had the second-best red carpet dress.


"I don't think anything good comes from trying to please other people."

Spoken like a true junkie.


His first dress works, because the fabric is beautiful, and, as you said, he kept it simple.

I think his zipper fetish is merely a gimmick, and it does not successfully disguise or distract from sloppy workmanship.

Jeffrey's last dress reminds me of Carol Burnett's satire on "Gone with the Wind", because the dress looks like the hanger is still in it! Jeffrey too often substitutes the outrageous for the truly original. That's too bad, because his yellow plaid couture dress in Season 5 really was a ray of sunshine, and the complexities of its construction were pleasing to the eye, not merely shocking. It is easy to shock. It is difficult to make something that is both original and beautiful. I think Jeffrey too often takes the easy way out.
~Lina





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