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All-Star Mychael

Jesus Christ! Are we EVER going to be done with these All-Star posts?


Mychael, though he's a sweetheart, kind of illustrated perfectly why the All-Star concept is a bit of a bust, in our opinion. It's because all of the participants go into it as veterans of reality television and subsequently most of them were boring to watch on camera. You have one of two options when you're acutely aware of how these things are edited: you can either shut up and just do the work or you can run around like a jackass trying to get as much camera time as you can. Neither option makes for particularly entertaining television.

Anyway, let's look at some dresses.





This was pretty cute, actually. We like the color and we really like the origami-like construction. The only real problem with the look is that it's not flawlessly executed.



This was a big no. Uli and Korto made dresses out of the restaurant materials that looked like real clothes; Chris and Sweet P made dresses that look like costumes. This? This just looks like a very basic dress with a lot of trash stapled to the front of it. Unfabulous.


Y'know, originally we hated this but we're coming around on it. We love the colors he chose.

And the skirt is again, interesting because of its origami folds.

The problem is with the proportions. There's too much skirt to too little top. And overall there's still an execution issue. That top's not fitted very well.

This was a really cute look.

Again, we really like the color pairing here. In fact, he managed to establish a color story with only 4 pieces. We love the little shrug and we even like the structured shoulders but it's a shame you can see the padding underneath.

And the back is kind of sexy.

In the end, it was not a contender for the win by any stretch, but there were some good designs here. Unfortunately, he was too rusty to do the "make it work" thing in such a short time frame. Because of the execution issues and the poor design for the restaurant challenge, he didn't have a chance of making it to the top four. Still, all of these pieces felt very much like a continuation of his better work from when he was on the show.

[Photo: David Russell/myLifetime.com - Screencaps: Projectrungay.blogspot.com]



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On that last look, what the HELL is that tiny bump on the model's ladyparts!? It's kind of distracting me from the rest of the outfit.


I really liked the origami folded aspect of his work, but it just didn't excite me otherwise. The restaurant dress was bad. It displayed more taste than his final collection, so i was glad to see that. I missed seeing more of Mycheal's personality in the show! I wish him well.


Joe J. Said: "On that last look, what the HELL is that tiny bump on the model's ladyparts!? It's kind of distracting me from the rest of the outfit."

Based on placement, I'm guessing it's where the elastic band of her thong meets the fabric in the front of the thong. So yeah, maybe a bit too tight, Mycheal?


It looks like the place where Victoria's Secret always puts little bows on their "second skin satin" thongs. Yeah, makes a lot of sense.


Oh, Mychael, Mychael, Mychael...


it's bad when you can't remember that your all-time favorite PR designer was not only on the show, much less made anything worth remembering.


I know it can be editing, but he just looked done with it before it even began. And was more than done with Santino. Didn't he tell him to STFU?

And I'm sorry, that last dress is ATL-Piedmont Park Hoochie wear. Sorry, but its true.

Still love ya, Mychael. Just do your thing in the ATL and k.i.m.


I am not surprised about Mycheal on camera behavior. He was never a bitchy or larger than life persona even during his season. I did like how he snapped at Santino though.

That being said I was disappointed by what he produced. They were still very much for the home-girl but much more interesting and fashion forward. The premiere dress I thought worked pretty well. It was eveningwear but low maintenace and fitting the tone of the event. Sadly the execution wasn't there with most of his dresses which is surprising given how good his execution skills have been.

I felt that Mychael needed this 2nd chance more than any of the other All Stars. He may not have had the worst collection during a Bryant Park finale but his certainly fell the lowest below expectations

I wish he could have done better here

FRank


I think Mycheal benefitted from the structured aspect of the show. He would get a lot of instructions, some sort of limitation, and only a few days and his looks would turn out fabulous. Unfortunately (as shown in his Bryant Park collection) he surprisingly can do less when given more time and freedom.

That said, I think he has definately overcome what could be called a "taste issue" - read: his love for the hoochie mamas of the world - and turned out some nice work. I think his red carpet look was to die for, as was that first look. But both suffered from a lack of polish and the third look did have really strange proportions.

He still seems as sweet as ever, though. But alas, two hours of niceness do not fab reality TV make.


You got one more to go!

I wasn’t in love with My(i)chael's collection, but then again I never was president of his fanclub.

And please, that restaurant dress? No woman wants a tornado on her bust. In her snatch, maybe, but not on her bust.


i'm not dorothy gale

Jesus Christ YES! You will be finished with the All Stars. Soon, boy!

PS Don't forget to eviscerate Santino.


I think the first dress is beautiful.
The rest...eh.


With the exception of the restaurant challenge look, there are great ideas here, they're just not executed well. I love the last dress. The only issue with it is the model is wearing the wrong underwear (which seems to be a common problem with these models).

--GothamTomato


I have many friends in Hotlanta and Mychael is all the rage. If you like "hoochie mama" no one does high end "hoochie mama" better than Mychael then he is your guy per my Atlanta Friends. I do not think Mychael will ever have a mid price RTW line in say Macy's or Dillard's because he seems to enjoy and definitely excel at designing one of kind garments for real life women of all sizes such as Jennifer Hudson or anyone else that can afford him and wants a chic "urban Atlanta" look.

8/31/09 7:02 PM


GothamTomato on 8/31/09 at 6:56 PM said...The only issue with it is the model is wearing the wrong underwear (which seems to be a common problem with these models).

--GothamTomato


In my day, years and years ago when I was modeling, we solved that problem by simply not wearing any undies if the undies caused problems. LOL! LOL!

TampaBay


TLo said: "Jesus Christ! Are we EVER going to be done with these All-Star posts?"

Almost done, boys! Your efforts on this were muy appreciated! Really looking forward to your Santino review [evil grin]

Loved Mychael's first dress, the rest of the collection just didn't do it for me.

Likewise, PR All-Stars probably sounded like a good idea in the initial design, but y'know it really lost a bit in the execution.

srq


Dress 1: m'eh

Dress 2: whhhaaaaa???

Dress 3: nnnn'aaah

Dress 4: b'ah

I'd completely forgotten about him or his collection. Sad, but true.


Mychael would have been my #4, I loved his color choices and the origami inspiration but you're right about the execution issues. I actually liked his restaurant dress, it just needed to be a bit more seamlessly integrated with the white fabric under the garbagey-stuff. Definitely better than the unibomber dress.


The first dress could have worked if it hadn't looked like Mychael stapled it together. And the last dress had possibilities even if it was a little too body-conscious. The other two were missteps.

In the All-Stars, Mychael was rocking a look that reminded me of the late Luther Vandross. I liked it. And I loved his smackdown of Santino, who could use a few more of those.


Anonymous said...

Dress 1: m'eh

Dress 2: whhhaaaaa???

Dress 3: nnnn'aaah

Dress 4: b'ah


Yep. Ditto.


I really loved that last look. Sari-inspired, it seems. Maybe I'm just getting that from the look of the model (Sri Lankan?). Fab.


I wish they'd allowed for a little more dignity in the All Stars thingie. (No in and out & top/bottom 4 & no second-place) It would've been fun to see a real discussion between the judges and designers about what they've been up to & what was intended and what worked or why it doesn't.

I hope they at least got a real dinner party.


By judging him on the criterion of how much he has grown, I have to say that he aces that category.

This collection was better designed and far more cohesive than his Bryant Park show. He has a stronger point of view here as well. His colors and designs are quite sophisticated. Urban hoochie mamas have an aesthetic too. Don't they deserve to look fabulous?

And while everyone pigeonholed him as a "sportswear designer" I think he gave us a glimpse of how he envisions dress clothes for a modern, more casual age.

I can't fault him on the quality of his sewing. After all, didn't somebody on a completely different show on a completely different network say "This isn't 'America's Next Top Seamstress?'"

The two main problems were proportion and fit. We can forgive fabric glue and basting if the proportion and fit are nice.

I have skirts that pooch up at my belly--mostly because I gained 10 lbs since I bought the skirt and now it pooches up. If you can't fit a skirt on a size 0 model without the skirt pooching up, you've made a poorly designed skirt.

And he phoned it in on the Post It note, restaurant dress.


Mychael was channeling Vincent Libretti with the restaurant look. Reminds me of his trash "walking piece of art" dress.


Mychael was so sweet and charming in S3, and I really missed that this go-around. He was so squarely in the middle if the pack, and drama free, so he never got any real screen time. Too bad, too. You know, I really would have liked to see more discussion of what the various designers have been up to. Then again, 'Road to the Runway' was always one of my favorite segments.


I really loved that last dress.

His first dress, the detail was sweet, but it was the simplicity and the clean lines of the last dress that made it stand out.


Joe J. Said: "On that last look, what the HELL is that tiny bump on the model's ladyparts!? It's kind of distracting me from the rest of the outfit."

I suspect her panty had a little ribbon rose or some little decoration on the center front, and it's causing the bump. Model should've worn her Underalls, or nothing.

The first dress and the blue skirt were total Monets - gorgeous at a distant, but a big old mess up close.


"And he phoned it in on the Post It note, restaurant dress."

*agree*

It looked like something Lady Gaga would wear.


Hmmmm. Yeah, this collection didn't show any growth on his part whatsoever. I'm rooting for him, but he just seems to keep underwhelming me. His problem is that he set the bar so damn high for himself during the S3 season - a few of his looks were contenders for best S3 overall looks imo (dog challenge, coffee filter dress, pam grier) but his final collection was a clunker. This one is an improvement from that, but not by much.


Loved the origami-like dress and skirt. I do think he showed maturity alas I don't know if can ever top the hot pink hot pants.


I do think he showed some growth. He had a good concept, but his execution fell short. (I'm not even considering the restaurant dress; Daniel's sucked too, so I'll give Mychael a pass.)

The bump on the last model is on her panties; there is another, smaller one to the left. She should have gone commando. I do think that dress is a little on the snug side, since it seems to be smashing her boobs.

It seems to me that the hoochie look is quite popular right now on the red carpet. It's like the return of the '80s: we may not like it, but it is happening.


I loved that last dress -


I think all the dresses are ugly and look sloppily made.

And the model in the yellow top and blue skirt, her tits are lopsided.


I actually like this collection better than Daniel's , if they were looking for an edgy urban young collection.
To me it looks better close up than it did on the runway, which is not the case for some of the others. I thought that those skinny little belts on 2 and 4 were skin (from the runway distance)!
Look 1 is my favorite it would have been more versatile if it was longer. Love the fabric and the folding.
Look 2 is a bit of a throw away (but he isn't the only one). It could have been longer as well.
Look 3, I love the color combo and the skirt. I could not understand the criticism of the top when they loved Daniel's yoga top.
4. Sleek and sexy. But not vulgar. Too bad about the panties. I don't think his collection was hoochie mama at all.


bitchybitchybitchy

Likewise, PR All-Stars probably sounded like a good idea in the initial design, but y'know it really lost a bit in the execution

I think this sums up the all-star challenge in a nutshell.

As for Mychael, he's still one of my all time personal favorites from PR, even though his mini-collection was just so-so.


bitchybitchybitchy

Likewise, PR All-Stars probably sounded like a good idea in the initial design, but y'know it really lost a bit in the execution

I think this sums up the all-star challenge in a nutshell.

As for Mychael, he's still one of my all time personal favorites from PR, even though his mini-collection was just so-so.


Love Mychael and thought this was a strong and, after Bryant Park, redeeming collection. I loved his 4th look -- completely sexy but cool too. The first and third looks improve in the stills. Like the origami design and color choices -- they're fresh and interesting, even if the execution is off.

-- CAAF


I barely remembered his collection but seeing the screen caps I actually kind of like it. I think it's better than Daniel's. Not as well made, perhaps, but it's cohesive, isn't trashy looking and does represent some improvement since Bryant Park (thank God). I like everything but the silly restaurant challenge look. The first origami dress is gorgeous. I also like the origami skirt and yellow top. That look seemed to be poorly made and didn't fit well but otherwise it's an interesting concept. I love the long fuchsia dress. Very simply but chic.

I wish he had gotten more screen time. But I'm pleased that he seems to be moving in a less trashy direction. This wasn't a bad collection at all.


Looking at this collection a second time, I actually like it a lot more than I originally thought. I love his use of colors, and I think he has some terrific ideas at work, there. Even in the restaurant dress, which is admittedly hideous, I can see that he tried to work in some of the origami structuring. Unfortunately the materials were all wrong and he failed to integrate the structural element into the actual dress.


The "bump" is a button or bow on her thong.


OK...I love you guys, even when I don't completely agree, but I saw something in this post that set my teeth on edge. You used "it's" in place of the possessive "its." Apostrophe abuse! I know this must have been a typo, but I HAD to point it out.

Again, I love you both. And I'm thrilled by all the posts we've had to read since the new season started. It's like being able to eat hot fudge sundaes three times a day after being on a long, long diet.


You know, I like this a lot more now than I did while watching the show. That third look is still weird - I don't like the way the skirt sits on her and how the shirt is tucked in but still looks sloppy. The last look is beautiful. I love the colors, the shoulder treatment, and especially the back.

Now as for the first look... it's nice, but looks so sloppy and wrinkled. And seriously, is she going to the post office? What is with that clutch that looks like an envelope?


I actually thought it was a much more sophisticated, tone-down version of his usual overtly sexy designs. I really like the first dress.


I like the first and last looks. The first was a lot more complicated than it looks at first blush. The last one used negative space in an interesting way. I think he has a lot to offer, especially when creating visually interesting basics.


Marketing Diva

Mychael did a few good looks. I like the evening gown it is to cute and Like the first dress but I have to agree the restaurant thing was bad.


I really don't see anything special here. Mychael is talented but definitely needs guidance.


I like all the details even if overworked at some places, I like the color choices too. That's it, not much to say.


"or you can run around like a jackass trying to get as much camera time as you can."

I wonder who you could be referring to?

Mychael seems to be someone who works well under constaints and less well when given free reign. I loved him all S3 (coffee filter dress, the Pam Grier hot pants, the white suit for himself) but his final collection not so much.


Both with this show and with his season, I've always wanted just a little more from Mychael (has his name always been spelled that way?) He seems like a cool guy and while I like all his designs I usually don't love them. His stuff is kind of in between being very simple and beautiful and very elaborate and eye-catching, and I wish he would pick a direction to go in.


Well, yes, it was better than his collection on the show.


This mini-collection was far better than his Bryant Park fiasco. He's clearly maturing and becoming a a much better designer.


Whatevs....I actually liked his collection and this showing did not disappoint. He was in my top 4--NOT Sweet P and definitely NOT Daniel. NO way, no how. Mychael, Uli, Chris and Korto all designed clothes that look good on women--Daniel won off of a neatly sewn mess.


JessicaSloet

I like the origami look and his choice of colors. I hate to say this, but I was totally fine with him not making top 4.


I liked Mi(y)chael's collection, but his restaurant dress was a throw away. Airtime and drama be damned, I'm glad he remained a gentleman.


I love Mychael, and I did come around to appreciating his BP collection. Everyone (incl. myself) dismissed it as hoochie wear the first time around. But I swear I saw more dresses and blouses last summer that mimicked his stuff then I ever would've expected. And I don't live in a city like Atlanta, far from it.

Say what you will, he was actually ahead of the curve with that collection.


There were some nice designs in there, but if you wanted to win this time around, you obviously had to bring your A+ game.


Chris
9/2/09 8:14 AM There were some nice designs in there, but if you wanted to win this time around, you obviously had to bring your A+ game.



Not so, actually. If you wanted to win this time around, you had to be Daniel Vosovic, plain and simple.



Anonymous said...

Not so, actually. If you wanted to win this time around, you had to be Daniel Vosovic, plain and simple.



I have to agree with you on that point. It was pretty much the Let's Give Daniel 100k Show. Entertaining to be sure, but not a competition at all.


I was really surprised he didn't do better at the restaurant dress when he had the best dress in his season with coffee filter dress.





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