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Leanne Marshall Spring 2010 Collection

It's noodle-free! (Well, mostly.)


T Lo fave Judy Noodles showed her Spring '10 collection and here's what she told us about it:

The collection was inspired by the font Basic Math by WhiteLabel, and also another graphic design image called "Make Luck," which is so perfectly nerdy and utterly Leanne. She started out by taking each letter of the font, cutting them out in the fabrics and draping them and folding them to be non-recognizable as letters. She never made it through the entire alphabet as she had wanted to originally, because some letters were "way better" than others. Everything was made of eco-friendly fabrics. All the colors were hand-dyed by Leanne. The first part of the collection is about more of a buttoned up, but edgier girl; the second half is about a girl who is much softer and ethereal-looking. Again, how perfectly Leanne.

We like it a lot. It's definitely got Leanne written all over it yet it stands on its own, separate from her previous work. She's definitely an innovative and forward-thinking designer whose personal evolution shines through in each piece.

Among the attendees were Kevin Christiana, Suede (who showed up with flowers for Leanne), Jack Mackenroth, and Korto Momolu (click here to see pictures).





















































Watch the show:




[Photos:
Minh Tran/Courtesy of Leanne Marshall/Projectrungay.blogspot.com - Video:Yahoo.com]


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152 comments:

All those pleats, it reminds me of Lea....oh, wait....


When you say "noodle-free," I get confused. I see noodles all over the place. Maybe my noodles are different from your noodles.

It's a very, very Leanne collection. Good for her.


LOVE the 2nd half of the collection. First half seems overthought and overworked. But the ethereal half is to die for.


well done, Leanne!
Can you say... fun with oragami!!


As a graphic designer, I adore the inspiration and execution. Leanne was always my favorite winner.


Oh my god I LOVE IT!!!!


FEHN, so she stapled some fabric origami to some skirts. bfd


There is no doubt Leanne can design/sew a pretty kick-ass collection...I totally loved this

Having said that, some pieces were truly clunkers, given that they are too similar to her PR 5 finale runway collection, less a change in color. Are they good? Sure, but that noodlery can head into cliche territory and she is on the verge there...

Still, its perfect in every other way and she really can deliver an innovative collection while at the same time, its still very wearable and retailable. Thats a designer!

YAY JUDY NOODLES!!!


She is truly an innovative designer, I absolutely love most of the outfits.


Beautiful collection!


If you are curious about what that inspiration really was, here's a link to the Whitelabel Basic Math page:

http://wearewhitelabel.com/2008/01/15/basic-math/


The first half makes me think of women wearing curtains covered in swags and jabots. I liked Leanne for the win on PR, but I feel like much of this particular collection is torturously over-worked -- and not very pretty


Love it, love her inspiration, love the looks. It reminds me of the beautiful Chanel fall 2009 couture in a way.


And I'm pretty sure this is the Make Luck image:

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_SJ5S43VGz5Q/SOloTi2vt5I/AAAAAAAAC9c/iiXZZiB8mig/s400/make+luck.jpg


Great collection! Thanks for the post, guys.


In the 10th look, why on earth are the model's boobs squished up like that? So weird on a runway!


I recognize the model that was with her on the show.(But somehow can't remember her name....) She cried when she was switched or something, and later blogged that she and Leanne were on good terms. It's nice to see that they are still working together.


I don't know, I wanted to like it, but I think her PR final collection was actually better - or at least much more beautiful. A few of these pieces were beautiful, but her collection was breathtaking in its beauty and innovation.


Looking at the collection I think that some of the pieces are interesting conceptually, but are not particularly flattering to the body.

whatever, it's interesting and good luck to Leanne.


I actually think every look is sort of... silly.


Surprisingly enough I love the concept and even some of the looks, but it's still a bit fussy and that last dress? Come on we've seen it.


It's nice to see something different on the runway. I love it!


I really like the fun with origami looks :)
I like Leanne


This is strange coming from me but I think you would need to be very young to wear this collection. I do not believe in "age appropriate". I believe in "if looks good on YOU wear it!. However, I think (which a couple of exceptions) anyone over the age of 35, even Heidi or Gisele, would not look right in these designs. Also IMHO, these designs have limited occasions for wear unlike the PPS 2010 collection where the separates could be worn with anything fron 20 year old tuxedo pants to brand new white Jock C. Penne T-Shirts.

TampaBay

TampaBay


Quite a lovely collection - I prefer the softer latter pieces. The first part is very interesting with some great pieces but the high concept/finished product juggling act doesn't work as effortlessly IMHO. Very nice work.


Yes, a closet full of those noodles would be too much, but I can totally see myself sashaying one of these dresses and getting a lot of compliments.


Sorry, we've seen this before.

And I hate the hair.


Someone got an A in art when it was time to do origami! I like the collection is interesting. Would I want to wear all of the pieces? No. But some of them are really beautiful (mostly in the second half) and at least she didn't bore us to tears like some of the runways this eyar (Chanel...I'm looking at you)!


TampaBay said...

This is strange coming from me but I think you would need to be very young to wear this collection. I do not believe in "age appropriate". I believe in "if looks good on YOU wear it!. However, I think (which a couple of exceptions) anyone over the age of 35, even Heidi or Gisele, would not look right in these designs. Also IMHO, these designs have limited occasions for wear unlike the PPS 2010 collection where the separates could be worn with anything fron 20 year old tuxedo pants to brand new white Jock C. Penne T-Shirts.

TampaBay



It's IMPOSSIBLE to design something for all ages and body types out there.

People need to stop expecting designers to keep everybody and every type in mind for every single look they send down the runway. That's just not feasible.

If people ONLY shopped with the idea of wearing that outfit in various occasions, people wouldn't buy a wedding dress.


Gorgeous! Love it!


Great job, Leanne! I like the first part a lot and the thumbnail black and white dress. GORGE!


I know I am wrong...but it looks like some really glamorous waitresses who had to make outfits out of their restaurant's linens, curtains and napkins...


Her model's name was Karalyn. Yes they're both on good terms. Although if they had done a model show during their season she and Tia (the winning model) would be throwing daggers at each other....heheheh

I have a mixed reaction. Some very good pieces. a POV, cohesive yet some of the pieces are definitely bordering on too forced and gimmicky

Frank


I agree with another commenter that her PR finale collection was better. Most of these looks are just too overdone. I know it's not all supposed to be immediately wearable, but most of the pieces, no matter where they fall on the conceptual spectrum, are just not "aesthetically pleasing" to me, as Nina would say.


Posititvely stunning. She's really got staying power. Idon't see anyone from S6 anywhere near this level.


The pockets belt (5,6).. aren't they just a revised tool apron?

pic 10 WHAT is going on with the top - it looks like a breast sticking out by her right shoulder?

Overall mixed.


love her, love the collection.

woo hoo for judy noodles!


i love the second half. The first half is great when it was good, but kind of awkward when it wasn't. I think i would have appreciated the last dress more had i not seen the wedding dress from her finale show. Plus the last few pieces--LOVED. However, this is one of the few PR alum collections that i was really proud of, post-PR. usually i'm disappointed.
Bravo Judy Noodles!

Erin


Hmmmm....I dunno. Noodles and Hot Pockets seem to be all over the place. I can't say I LOVE anything. Wish I could. :(


LOVE IT! Sure, some fitting and sewing issues, but can you imagine what she could you if she had the support/team that someone like Marc Jacobs or Michael Kors has?


it's very graphic, for sure. i do think several pieces were overworked- which doesn't allow the beautiful origami construction to shine so brightly- but i LOVE the colour scheme.

also, the wedding dress looks like she was trying to get the same silhouette as her winning one....but this one looks more like a toadstool to me.

however, overall i love this and wish i could wear some of it. it's lovely and certainly shows her growth/innovation.


Anonymous on 9/17/09 at 10:30 AM, I agree with all that you say. Different strokes for different folks! I was only commenting on my humble opinion. The collection is great! I know many people who could and would wear this collection. I am a shopper, I critique as a shopper and my only clients are myself and my niece.

I am not a designer-YEAH RIGHT-THANK GOD!

TampaBay


The first half was good, but the second half blew me away. There are some good looks in the first half for sure, but some I'm a bit iffy on. But the second half? yes Yes YES!!!!


It's conceptually interesting and innovative; you can't say that about some other PR designers whose work is largely derivative and "on trend."


Love these clothes. She can do conceptual and also make clothes that are beautiful and wearable. Really great. The only element I'm not crazy about is the exposed zippers. I know they're a trend right now, but they seem more jarring than usual in these clothes. Hate the models' hair. It's really sloppy. Almost looks like they had to do it themselves.


Ooh, I really don't like the styling, but I do like many of the clothes. I could see an editorial stylist having a field day using many of her pieces as separates. Fingers crossed for her!


I have a problem with this collection in that nearly every piece emphasizes the hips significantly. What woman wants to draw attention to her hips?

I admire this collection as art but it's simply not wearable or flattering for anyone other than fashion models. Most pieces would make the average weight woman look disproportionately dumpy, and the average height woman, stumpy.


hmm....didn't anna do those long cup-pockets in a dress on that awful Fashion Show???

I'm a little weirded out by the way the first few outfits frame and highlight the crotch. I'm not sure how one would feel walking around with a giant v-shape of fabric framing one's crotch.

but other garments i like quite a bit, though Leanne's PR final show was better.


The collection is pretty, but none of these clothes would flatter a normal woman--all the focus is on the hips, with the draping and noodles and billowing and whatnot. Almost every piece exaggerates the hip area this way, which no woman wants. I'm surprised that TLo didn't point this out--they're usually sensitive to this issue.


I have to agree with Todd and I said the same for Christian. Both are producing shows on shoestring budgets and doing outstanding work.

That said, both collections suffered from less than perfect fits. But then again, I wasn't so pleased with some of the fits in Diane Von Furstenberg's show either.

So tossing fit aside--

The separates and some of the dresses that have softly shaped pleats are beautiful. But she's less successful with garments that appear to have fabric squares tacked on. They add volume with no purpose. And I'm not sure suits are her forte.


Hmmm. . . interesting. And sometimes lovely. I'd say Leanne is still walking a fine line between polished/sophisticated and home sewn/artsy-craftsy. Rather than showing her own line I wish she'd spend 5 years apprenticing with someone like, oh, I don't know. . . Marc Jacobs or Wenlan Chia or even Tracy Reese -- someone with a sense of whimsy but also the skill and experience taking whimsy to another level. Even someone a bit more mainstream, like Donna Karan or Michael Kors, just to learn more about cut, fit, proportion, etc. She's really got a lot of potential and I hope she finds ways to develop it.


Yeah, whatever, but are we over the skirts and dresses with volume at the hips? Please? Are we there yet??

Because truly and honestly, it's not realistic, no matter what the fashion designers say.

If we wanted clothes that made our hips/thighs look wider, we would all be running around in jodhpurs, and the ThighMaster would never have been such a huge success.


Leanne was never my cup of noodles...but this is so blah as fashion. IMO, essentially unwearable and unmodifiable. I love conceptual clothes IF you can see how they could be transmuted into something wearable, but I'm a size 2 and I'm not going to stick a bunch of big folds on my hips.


TampaBay
9/17/09 10:45 AM Anonymous on 9/17/09 at 10:30 AM, I agree with all that you say. Different strokes for different folks! I was only commenting on my humble opinion. The collection is great! I know many people who could and would wear this collection. I am a shopper, I critique as a shopper and my only clients are myself and my niece.

I am not a designer-YEAH RIGHT-THANK GOD!

TampaBay


Honey, say what you wanna say. That's the whole point. :0)


Agree with Joan and Lulu

I have to agree with Joan and Lulu, above. Too much emphasis on the hips. It's as if she looked at these stick-thin models and said, "wouldn't they look better if they had some hips? Let's give them some!"

Well, most of us non-size-0 women do have hips and don't need any more emphasis on them.


I love this collection. I am delighted to see that she is able to stay true to are artistic vision and also have realistic commercial appeal.
I do wish that there were a little more variety in length. Many of the A line skirts with embelishment would be beautiful in a slightly longer length.
I also think the dresses that are away from the body are very nice.

As to the comment regarding the wedding gown have already been "seen"- Remember she made no money or sales off the PR show. If she had a lot of interest in that dress it is no wonder that she would include it in her commercial collection. It is different from the PR dress and most designers include versions of best sellers in subsequent colleciton. She isn't presenting for entertainment (although getting the attention of the fashion editor is important too), she wants to make sales.


I like the concept. I'd be interested in seeing what it would look like if she got picked up by a department store. There is definitely a need for some interpretation.


It's ok.


And the boobs...to quote Heidi on some episode, "The boobs are never where they're supposed to be!" Like in the 5th look, they're out the armpits. And those models have tiny boobs...imagine Althea's model in those looks!


Sewing Siren on 9/17/09 at 11:18 AM said...As to the comment regarding the wedding gown have already been "seen"- Remember she made no money or sales off the PR show. It is different from the PR dress and most designers include versions of best sellers in subsequent colleciton.


NO SHIT!!!!!! I agree with you 100%. Think about how much money the Channel Estate and Mr. Lagerfeld Person has made over the years with basically the same wool suit and quilted leather handbag with gold chain.

TampaBay


Are there a lot of rich, skinny women out there begging for someone to make dresses that will give them wider hips? Because here in size 8 middle-class world, I am looking for the exact opposite. Of course, she isn't designing for me, so what do I know....


I feel like that peach/pink fabric is ok on its own, but combined with other fabric choices in some of the early pieces, it's just plain FUG.

I get that it's a graphic black/white/grey collection, but color, Judy Noodles, actual color please. imho.


I'm underwhelmed. It looks like she tried to advance out of noodles and just got stuck in pleats, and it seems like the first several looks are just exercises in sticking them in different places. I was kind of bored.


Some of the comments here make me wonder if these people have ever opened a fashion magazine or followed fashion, aside from PR of course.

Many designers have a signature aesthetic and a signature look, even if that is considered "boring" for most of you.

Look at Christian Siriano's collections, for example, he has improved tremendously, but it's pretty much the same silhouette and separates, but everyone went gaga over his collection; something that could be seen in many other collections, including McQueen, Lanvin or Balenciaga. I am NOT saying that he copied anyway, I merely pointing the fact that what he did was also shown in other collections. That's what happens with trends.

Now name ONE collection that looks like what she's doing here. That is the point of creating a new collection, to set trends, not to follow them; is it wearable? Is it for your body type? Who the fuck cares? That's not how you look at a new collection.

Even buyers who have wearability in mind 24/7 when they look at a collection, want something new and fresh.

This girl has a future, find her a backer, and she will be unstoppable.

Keep in mind, this is her SECOND collection after Bryant Park. How many collection have Dior, Chanel, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, DVF, Catherine Malandrino designed?

Plus, someone like Karl Lagerfeld spends $500,000-1 million on a single show. You cannot expect hair/makeup/fitting perfection from her on a small budget.


In regards to the fit of the bust on the 5th (in particular) look.
I must say that her models obviously had to walk more than once and the back stage was probably chaos. The dressers are usually student volunteers and they are not always as mindful as they should be. Epecially if they panic with the quick changes. That being said, I'm almost certain that this outfit was fitted to a flatter chested girl. The model wearing it may have been sent as a replacement. The original model could have been overbooked, it happens during fashion week.


You're right, its really different but still so Leanne. I wouldn't call myself a "buttoned up" girl so I definitely prefer the latter part of the collection but there are some nice pieces all over the place. Very well done!

Of course I'm still in awe over Christian's latest collection so forgive my lack of opinion on others.


Was that Lisa from America's Next Top Model (the final girl)- from the season Salesha won? Anyway looks like her.

Pretty, pretty dresses- some a bit overworked in my opinion.


This is a real fashion designer's collection. Editorial, well-made and interesting, if not particularly wearable. It's instantly recognizable as her work, also, but a little different. Not always beautiful, for sure, but kind of.....
fierce.


the top in 23/24 looks a lot like what TFS's Haven wore (with short shorts)


Love it! Especially the second part. Congrats, Judy Noodles!!!


The models' hairdos just look really stupid to me.


I agree with Amanda in Austin. It looks noodley to me. Perhaps I do not understand the concept of noodles?

Some of it is too pleaty for me and the one black and white outfit looks too much like a fetishy french maid costume but I like it quite a bit for the most part. The linguistics nerd in me loves that she used a font (ok, linguistics is technically the study of languages, not writing systems but I only minored in that subject anyways.) And to think she was almost let go in an early challenge.


Does anyone know the actual scoop? Is that Karalyn West in look #3, #10 and and #22? If so, I am so glad. She was my absolute favorite that season, and I could not understand why Leanne would drop such a striking model who worked so hard for her on the runway. If that is her, (and I am pretty sure it is) I am so happy to see them working together. Love the collection, too! Way to go, Leanne!


I wish she would have used more color but nevertheless it is a BEAUTIFUL collection.


Seems a bit contrived to me. Most of the stuff is just not wearable or silly, IMHO.


Update: Backstage pictures added, darlings!

XO
T Lo


Linensn'Things

I like it a lot, many wearable pieces, and totally my style.


LifeTimeforHomos

I'm all for organic fabrics, but I wish she used regular fabrics to add more colors and prints.


LOVE. IT. Personally, I don't find it at all overworked, conceptual, age-specific or even too noodly. I love her mind and talent. A great collection! BRAVA!

- edina -


GORGEOUS!!!!


Looked at the backstage pictures. Suede looks as if he has lost a ton of weight. Congratulations Suede!

TampaBay


Aw, how sweet of Suede to bring her flowers : )


Did Korto dye her hair? Wow, I almost didn't recognize her!


Love the collection, love the short dresses, really pretty. Good job, Miss Noodles.


LaFemmeFataleinNY

I love all the architectural details with a very feminine feel. Love the peaches and the black and whites.


What I love about her pieces is that they're so well-crafted. There's a lot of thought put into each fold.


I'm a graphic designer and I absolutely LOVE her inspiration. How fabulously nerdy of her :)


The collection is amazing. Congratulations, Leanne!


I love it and the thumbnail dress is to die for.


The producers should've hired Leanne to design challlenges for this season of PR. "Design an outfit based on a letter of the alphabet" "Design an outfit based on a font style" Better than the challenges we've seen thus far...
SB


They are conceptually very interesting, perhaps a bit overworked, but that can be easily fixed with some guidance and editing. I like it all but I'm in love with the second part.


Loves. it. A. lot.


Anonymous said...

If you are curious about what that inspiration really was, here's a link to the Whitelabel Basic Math page:

http://wearewhitelabel.com/2008/01/15/basic-math/



Very cool, thank you for the link.


If you look at Michael Kor's spring 2010 collection, I'm sure TLo will post it soon, it has a LOT of those soft colors and noodles.


I was just going to ask WTH Korto was wearing in the backstage pics (did she pop in from gym class ...in the 80's) and then I see Jack in a plain navy t-shirt and Suede in a wind-breaker jacket?

Was Leanne's show in their gym?


Beautiful, especially the second part!


ASK said...

I was just going to ask WTH Korto was wearing in the backstage pics (did she pop in from gym class ...in the 80's) and then I see Jack in a plain navy t-shirt and Suede in a wind-breaker jacket?

Was Leanne's show in their gym?



Nobody wears a tuxedo to a fashion show. Some people dress very casually.


HellsKitchenDude

I love Leanne! I was so happy when she won, it's great to see that she's doing so well; love the collection, I just wished she had used more colors.


Okay, I'm convinced Kevin and Jack are a couple. Straight, my ass!


Far better than her last collection, way to go girl!


CanIGetYouAnything?

" Anonymous said...
Okay, I'm convinced Kevin and Jack are a couple. Straight, my ass!"



LOL, I thought the same thing.


I'm really impressed with this collection, Leanne surely has the chops to be a great designer. Thank you for the post and photos, Tlo!


Fantastic. I really love the concept, and while I don't think I'd wear any of it even if I WAS a size 2, the artistic integrity of each piece is just wonderful. I love the 4th, 7th, 18th, and the final look.


This was a step forward for Leanne. Her last collection was in a tiny gallery on the far West Side. This collection was shown at a Fashion Week venue (not Bryant Park, but a locale that, during Fashion Week, hosts shows all day & night.

I got to speak with her after the show and when I asked her if she had anything to say to the readers of this blog, she thought for a moment and then said, say 'How do you like THEM noodles?!'

--GothamTomato


"ASK said: I was just going to ask WTH Korto was wearing in the backstage pics (did she pop in from gym class ...in the 80's) and then I see Jack in a plain navy t-shirt and Suede in a wind-breaker jacket?"




Most everyone there was dressed very casually. And it was HOT there, especially in the backstage area. Everyone was shvitzing.

--GothamTomato


bitchybitchybitchy

Lulu said:

Yeah, whatever, but are we over the skirts and dresses with volume at the hips? Please? Are we there yet??

Because truly and honestly, it's not realistic, no matter what the fashion designers say.

Thank you. I do not understand the penchant that designer have for creating clothing that makes the hips look big. And frankly, the hip frills don't even look good on the human hanger (excuse me, the models).

There are some ideas that are better left on the sketch pad or the dress form in the work room-hip noodles are among those ideas.


Didn't like this as much as her prior stuff. Some of it was quite dramatic, some seemed to be seeking a new form of expression without really achieving that wow effect.

Two thumbs sideways.


Hmmmm...some interesting looks, unfortunately most of them can be worn only by women who weigh 90 lbs or less, so it kind of limits their appeal for me.....(yeah, yeah, I know it's not about wearability, but setting trends, etc., etc...but ultimately, you gotta sell the clothes to stay in business.)

Some of those models look like they are wearing a crown of thorns on their heads. Weird...


I love pretty much everything here even though I couldn't wear any of it. I love that she has such a clear, identifiable esthetic yet is still able to evolve and adapt the styles. And of course I totally love her nerd inspirations. Was this as stunning as her final PR collection? No, but that collection, for me, was one of the best things I've ever seen, and not just on PR. This is still great work. She and Jillian are my two favorite PR designers and I really do hope that both of them find some backers.

Like another poster, the first thing I thought of was "crown of thorns" when I saw the hair. Hate it.


Like the tops of her pieces. Don't like the bottom half origami noodles. But I do respect her different approach & inspiration.


it overall. The origami is really cool, though it doesn't work well on every piece. You guys are right that it is at once a very Leanne collection and yet she goes new places. For the most part it is perfectly executed, too. I am thrilled that Judy Noodles is still out there and has enough clout to be showing at Fashion Week (TLo, how do designers get chosen for Fashion Week anyway?)


Oooof! You better not be the least bit pear shaped if you wanna wear those inverted V shape cut-outs right over the ding-dang stomach! I feel all poochy just looking at some of those shapes.


Too much. She needed to tone down a lot of those looks. I love that she's being innovative and pushing things forward.

However, that doesn't mean she should ad pleats ad nauseum, or frivolous decorations that look tacked on.

I was feeling the ethereal half more than the first half, but we got to the wedding gown... and it was just an inferior copy of her dress on project runway.

There's a lot to like in this collection, but many looks needed to be edited.


Noodles or not, I like it! I love her play on the babydoll /mini dress - It's innovative, has a nerdy edge, and still stays true to Leanne --


I would wear so many of these in a heartbeat. Way to go Leanne! She's not Judy Noodles anymore.


Stunning. A true original.


It's a beautiful collection.

I don't think it would be difficult to translate these pieces while keeping some of the unique approach (like that fabulous multi-pocket skirt thingie).

TLo, could you do a more extensive interview with her? I'm curious about how's she settling into NYC and the business, etc. She's a doll.


Were Tim or Nina at the show?


Talk about "doing things TO the fabric." She's amazing!


The origami bit is so tired. I'm not really loving this one.


Gotham - you are so lucky. I'd love to see the stuff you see.

I haven't been Leanne's biggest fan - but I am intrigued by her plucky noodles and foldings. And I think the hair is of a piece with her overall fascination with folding and wrapping material in on itself.
I especially like the hair on the models in pictures 17-18 and pictures 23-24.

Overall I really like this group.


kinda "meh" about this. on one hand, it's perfectly Leanne, but a bit boring in parts and too floating fairy like in others, yet I don't hate it's artsy and even remind me of Anna's cup dress.


I appreciate the graphic elements and everything looks impeccably done, but most of these looks add fabric and weight to the woman's hips/butt,thighs -- not exactly flattering.


Some of it I like, some of it is just eh. Seems like a lot of the designs wouldn't look very good on women above a size 4. But I dunno, I was never a huge fan of LeAnn's designs in the first place. Love the idea behind it though!


I was a huge Leanne fan during Season 5. I like the collection in the stills, but the video was driving me crazy. Close-ups are nice to see details and that's important for Leanne's clothes, but there shouldn't be a law against showing the entire outfit in motion.

The emphasis on the hips in the first set of looks provides continuity, but it was also repetitive and not very flattering. I'm not sure if this collection is to establish her name and identity as a designer or to sell clothes to the masses. If it's to sell, she needs to concentrate on a more flattering silhouette. And I can't imagine how any of these clothes would look after the first trip to the dry cleaner. They are interesting and lovely as geometric statements of art, but not as surprising as her first collection. I did love what Leanne was wearing though. Great color and style. She could sell lots of those!


There are some really nice looks here, but all the monochromes paired with the dull-ass lighting and grey backdrop... really makes the whole collection look kind of *yawn*


KlausK wrote:

That is the point of creating a new collection, to set trends, not to follow them; is it wearable? Is it for your body type? Who the fuck cares? That's not how you look at a new collection.

Even buyers who have wearability in mind 24/7 when they look at a collection, want something new and fresh.



- To expect a woman to look at one outfit after another and never imagine the clothing on her own body and in the real world is another thing that is very unrealistic.

-The work she does with pleats is interesting and pretty, but the exaggerated hips silhouette is no longer new and fresh. This look has already jumped the shark. Time for something different.


Hmmmmmm. And I don't mean that in a good way.


It looks like she took a napkin-folding class down at Michael's and didn't know when to stop....


Lulu wrote:

- To expect a woman to look at one outfit after another and never imagine the clothing on her own body and in the real world is another thing that is very unrealistic.


AMEN!


i'm not dorothy gale

As sculpture it's lovely. As clothing it's unflattering. Nothing says "wide hips" than flippits and flounces hanging and poofed in that area.

While it doesn't float my boat I am nonetheless happy for her success.


I love Leanne, but this collection kind of gave me the sads. It looks just like everything she's done before; nothing surprised me. Beautiful, but not wearable by most people.


Well made, but supremely overwhelmed.

Looks about the same.

Not hating at all it's pretty - just doesn't do anything for me.


I think that the black and white look (#9) is TO DIE FOR. I also love the first all white dress, but there are some really lovely pieces.


I LOVE this collection! I would wear every single one of those pieces. Beautiful!!!!!


Fabulous is the only way to describe this collection. Overwrought? Perhaps. Feminine and flattering to the female figure? Yes.


She has done practically every one of these looks before. The hip pannieres, the meringue poufs, the pleats. It is terribly overworked, as well. Some reviewers commented that Christian's collection had some overworked pieces, but he was downright restrained compared to this.

Some of the black-and-white looks have a bit of originality, but they do look like waitresses. And the styling sucks; the hair is overworked.

I am stunned as to how similar the wedding dress is to the one she did on PR, except that it lacks the bodice detail that really finished the look.

She's gone back to the well again. Is she a one-trick pony?


fashionablylate

It's definitely better than her last collection, but that's not saying much. There are some cute pieces, but overall it's somewhat boring and redundant.


Honesty.not.pc

I gotta admit, I don't like it. Aside from a few peices here or there she is definitly treading into unflattering territory. I appreciate the architecture of the peices, but the wide hip/saddle bag look is just not nice looking IMHO. I like her color story and the peices look well thought out and executed but there is nothing there I would really wear and I would probably snicker at a girl who wore some of the exagerated hit outfits at a party.


The last look reminds me of her PR collection's wedding dress, but with a poorly-done silhouette. There's a very fine line between weirdly attractive and weirdly ugly.

Like the rest of it, though. Font inspiration? Atta nerd!! :)


I like most of the collecction, but a couple of them were very, "Hello, here's my crotch" weren't they? Or it could just be me.....


desertwind said...

Were Tim or Nina at the show?


I was wondering the same thing myself. They're all very good about coming out to support Christian, but I would hope they would also be there for Leanne and the other PR alumni.

I don't know if this one moved me the same way as her competition collection, but it shares something in that I think it's greatly improved by seeing the pieces move. Her clothes just really come alive on the runway for me. But that camera operator - Ack!


GothamTomato said...

I got to speak with her after the show and when I asked her if she had anything to say to the readers of this blog, she thought for a moment and then said, say 'How do you like THEM noodles?!'


Hah! That's awesome. Good on Leanne! I'm so jealous that you get to be there in person.

It was also nice to see Karalyn on the runway. I always thought she and Leanne made a good team.


Kudos to Klaus K for his comments!
Your post and Lulu's reply is just the perfect demonstration of the two opposite factions of readers on this blog of late.
In the past, the majority of the readers seemed to be design or creative professionals (of all kinds!) who evaluated the designers on their vision, understanding that what is shown on the runway is often not reproduced exactly for consumer consumption, if at all. A singular point-of-view is what gets a designer to the next level, not slavish adherence to cultural norms. Judy Noodles knows exactly what she is doing.
The readers whose ONLY comments lately hew to the "I would never wear that!" are missing the much broader point of this show.
Of course, this is not to say I don't covet some of these pieces! :)


Interesting, but 99% of it has some protrusion at the hip area. This would not be flattering on 99% of the female population.


Meh. Too much like her first collection except this time around the color story is worse.


This is ready-to-wear. She's not going to make much money if women don't want to wear these clothes. Wearability is ALWAYS an issue with RTW.

I agree that if you look at some of the pieces separately, they are wearable. Besides, that is not my problem with the collection. My problem is that, despite supposedly having an entirely different inspiration for this collection, the clothes look pretty much the same as what she has done before.

That's not groundbreaking, or visionary, or any of the rest of it. It's just recycling what you've done before. It doesn't take a design degree or artistic talent to see that.


*yawn*
Recycled and ugh....all of those "big hips". What would someone over 100 lbs do with ANY of that.


Love Leanne. So proud she's reppin' P-town.


I LOVE it, but Leanimal was always my fav.

I only skimmed thru the rest of the comments, but did anyone else watch the video of the runway show? Was the videographer smoking something? Or dating one of or more of the models? Because it felt like all of the shots were of the models legs and faces and almost NONE of the clothes - WTF?

Bonnie


THIS COLLECTION MAKES MY HEART FEEL MUSHY in the best way possible.


To expect a woman to look at one outfit after another and never imagine the clothing on her own body and in the real world is another thing that is very unrealistic.

Perhaps, but then I'd say conversely, it's unrealistic for a woman to presume they themselves should be every designer's muse. I also don't get the notion that every designer must aspire to design for the "average" woman. It is possible to appreciate the exceptional creativity or craftmanship or interesting personal expression that goes into a piece even if it doesn't jive with your own sense of style. And if, say, a designer eschews the average woman and prefer to design for the above average or even exceptional woman, I won't be mad at them.


I love her for using fierce ethnic models but the collection is a major bore. What is up with the final dress? didn't she do that already on project runway? wasn't that her finale dress at bryant park? the one model wakeema hollis wore? or am I crazy? lol


I love the collection. I do however agree with Eileen that the first half of the collection is indeed 'over worked'.

There are things in this collection that my kids would love to have though.

So all in all ... KUDOS Leanne! You should be proud of yourself!





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