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Epperson Spring 2010 Collection


Epperson presented his spring 2010 collection at Harlem's Fashion Row held October 15th at the Gatehouse. The event paid homage to Harlem’s fashion history.

Unsurprisingly, Epperson's collection was full of thoughtful clothes depicting a sort of urban romanticism. Interesting shapes and textures, with only the occasional pop of color. We like.



















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Some of it is nice, but I really don't like any of the white pieces. The whole thing feels a little bit thrown together to me. That said, the black top over the weird eighties leggings is really beautiful.


I love it. It looks great for something put together independently. imagine if he had made it to the final 3 - Epperson would've made collection that was even more stunning.


First male picture, is that Sandhust?


The only think I don't like is the weird ruffly/flowery sash on look ten.

Everything else is wonderful.


Definitely a few things I saw myself wanting to wear. I didn't like the white pieces so much, but it's a good collection overall.


Sry can't agree with Tlo on this one. The only piece that I liked was the first colourful dress. The rest of it was kinda awkward and overly billowy, on both the male and female modles. Maybe I don't get his audience....


I don't know if it was the material he used or if PP has just soured me on white for awhile, but I didn't really care for any of the white outfits in the beginning.

BUT, after that I'm totally sold. It is very romantic and feminine without being blatantly girly. I love the use of the bold graphics and appreciate his silhouettes.


I loooooved the white pieces and the white dress was amazing. I was so sad to see him go because I'm sure that his final collection would have been exceptional.


fantastico. i love it. looks way more exciting than the sneak peaks at the finale for PR


LOVE his collection, especially the white pieces; all the details are so interesting. Congratulations, Epperson, and thank you TLo for posting this.


The first colorful dress is gorgeous!


Thank you for posting this. Contrary to most everyone else, I LOVE the white pieces. They are my favorite. The texture and asymmetry are very pleasing to me.
Good job, Epperson!


Anonymous 10/25/09 1:06 PM, I thought that was Sandhurst too. Compare with this and I'm pretty sure it's him.


A mixed reaction from me.

The 5th look is probably my most hated look. Looks like the girl just draped a curtain/towel round her body. The menswear pieces don't look that good to me.

The prints dress in-between the two black top/black and white leggings pieces is a mess.

The other print dress he sent down? Gorgeous. The collar's a bit too much but I liked that one.

1st/3rd/last pieces look the best to me along with the second print dress.

The black pieces with the same leggings are okay. Nothing 'wow' here. Second last piece is cute.

The rest I didn't mention, dislike/hate for those pieces.


Oh I love the white pieces especially, they are so crisp and original. I just love the third piece, it looks so beautiful on darker skin. I wish Epperson would have won that competition but he has a full career of success ahead of him anyway!


I LOVE HIS MODELS! Especially Sandhurst.
I think this collection is beautiful, it is abstract yet wearable. And timeless. I prefer it to any of the top 3 collections!
How can Logan and Chris still be in the competition and someone like Epperson is gone? Thank goodness Nina is back!


LOVE. It's really a shame he got booted on PR because he's practically the only one with a point of view.


The white pieces remind me of Greece... Overall I like it, though it wouldn't be for me.


yeah! ho! wah!

i know he gets a lot of love 'round here, but i dont really get his style. like to two dresses with prints, though.


Sandhurst is icing on the cake. I love the collection.


That's not Sandhurst.


Love it! So beautiful and romantic. The only look I didn't like was the 5th one.

And I am absolutely enamored of the print dress in your cut-image. Can I have one in every size? :-)


Meh. It's OK, nothing to write home about and certainly not deserving of the title of Project Runway winner ... but then neither was Jeffrey really, and neither was ... oh what the heck, it's only fashion.


There's thoughtful deconstruction and then there's shit thrown on a dress form. Epperson doesn't occupy either of these extremes, but I would place him much closer to the latter category.

Though I would like some of his distressed creations, I feel his sense of proportions does nothing to flatter a body. Some of these models appear to have simply been wrapped in fabric.


Nothing in this collection appeals to me, but I'm going to just chalk that up to a matter of taste. I can see how someone could like it... but I feel like I'm the only one who just doesn't like Epperson's aesthetic.


What a beautiful collection!! I love the print dresses the most but the white and black pieces are also lovely. I wish we had seen you in the finale of PR, Epperson!


There are a couple of looks I really like while others are perhaps not my taste but ok.

but overall, I do get a sense of a designer with a point of view.....which is why I mourn Epperson's auf'ing on PR still.....there's way too much bland still on that show that shouldn't be there.

srq


I'm gonna have to agree with Anonymous, not Sandhurst.

Sandhurst has different... well.. everything.


Love it - I do love white. And some of these pieces can be worn at any age which is unusual - it's not just for the very young.
Wish he was still with PR - that
would have been a beautiful final collection.


When Epperson was auf'd, I was upset because, as I wrote at the time, he was the designer whose Bryant Park show I most wanted to see: all of his PR clothes showed a clear point of view. They spoke beyond sheer wearability or prettiness.

This collection, despite some obvious material limitations confirms my thoughts——

I like the plays of texture, the draping, the layering, and his take on ruffles (and I am not a girl given to ruffles).

The reliance on white did not initially thrill me, but the way he works it——through his choice of fabric, his stitching and draping and wrapping——causes me to see it differently, to catch the scent of an unexpected freshness and beauty. It is fully expressive——gives something to think.

Indeed, this collection makes his auf'ing even more irksome: he is clearly working with a very limited budget here, so imagine what he might have done with greater resources...

Snarl——


Finally, a designer using models of color. And kudos to Models of the Runway and PR for their use of a variety of models.


I'm not a fan either of most of the white. The fabric looks kind of thin and cheap and they look like they need a good steaming

Frank


Love it! Hip, Byronic! I'd like to wear those and see men dressed like that!


I definitely loved it. The distinct reference to Harlem's fashion history was well made. You could see the style of the times progress. Epperson is a thoughtful and sensitive designer and I'm sure his success will only grow. I'm still a fan and thank you T/Lo for showing us this. It's great to see what some designers are doing after PR.


I love it especially white dress #3. It has a very Caribbean vibe to me.


I like it. Soft and romantic, yet edgy. I loved that blouse in shot #2.


It's so romantic.

I think we'll all be yearning for a little romance when this winter is over.


I love the last two dresses. I would love the print one with the collar too, if the collar weren't too much.

I like it, overall. Nothing that made my jaw drop, but still very Epperson, and very lovely.


Great stuff, I especially love the 1st white dress. Well done Emmerson! Hope this takes you far!


Guess I'm starved for color after enduring a colorless PR season, because I absolutely love Epperson's print dresses. I would wear either of them!!
The rest, not loving at all, and not just because they aren't colorful. Everything looks like an unmade bed tossed and turned in by an insomniac.
Do like Epperson, though, and wish him the very best!!!!


I like it too, I would wear every piece shown. Even the boy stuff. It's simple, classy, cool, and comfortable.


Beautiful collection! The white pieces are unusual and thoughtfully detailed, and I love the visual interest that this creates.

The rest was also highly visually interesting. I love Epperson's work. You just never know what he's going to create next.

Congratulations, Epperson!


And no, that's not Sanderson. This guy has a little indentation in his skull above the ear - Sanderson does not.


EPPERSON. SANDHURST.
Geeze people.


Yeah, I think I get his aesthetic. It's romanticized urbanwear, Edwardian meets David Bowie circa 1985.
It's totally Epperson! Too bad he didn't progress to the very end. I would have liked to have seen him up there.


Point of view, yes...but it is a point of view that somehow incorporates my dorm's toilet paper as a fabric. It looks so crinkly and not nice.


*gasp!* I saw a dress in COLOR!!!! haha, it would have been a much more interesting Bryant Park if he and a few other of the designers with a point of view were in there. Speaking of point of view, isn't that supposed to be the point of PR? Anyway, the collection's nice, very wearable, wish there was more color. Can't complain though, he has a great future. =)


ooh, 3,7, and 8 are totally gorgeous and I would buy them if I could. I hope he goes far.


Knickers and sashes are not for me. However, I love the rest of it.

Epperson has a maturity that is so sorely lacking in the fashion world these days. It's what makes his clothes, and him, so damn cool.

He'll have my vote for fan favorite.


Some of those are kind of cool, though I would not purchase them for myself.

Others look like something a pirate in a period piece would be wearing. Or the undergarments of a lady in the same period piece.


Love the shoes. I wonder who did them?


Oooh, some gorgeous pieces, like that multicolor dress with the ruffled collar. The white pieces are lovely too, but I feel they needed a good steam before hitting the runway.
Envy those black and white pants though!


Just coming in to to co-sign: that's not Sandhurst...like, at all.


Love the black top. I would wear that. All the time.


I liked the collection.


Not all of this is for me, but honestly - how many collections come down the runway where everything is perfect for every person watching?

Overall, I like this collection and feel like it works. Good job, Epperson!


How did he get auf'd? Those are great clothes. I would totally wear some of those.


I still don't like his style. However the black and white geometric print pant is striking.


On the whole I like this. My favorite is the first black short sleeved jacket with the geometric leggings. I dislike the pieces with the neck ruffs.


LOVE. The black and white pieces make me think of Yohji Yamamoto. Very modern.


I love his work and see exactly what he was trying to do. I wish I could have seen what he would have shown at fashion week. Epperson, you were robbed!


A little too much frippery for me, but an otherwise nice collection.


I'd love to see these in real life. I like a few a lot and find most of them interesting. But most of them seem (in these photos) to me to require a very sharp, put-together woman to wear them, with crisply styled hair and no random excess - because the pieces themselves teeter on the edge of being rumply, bumply and wrinkly, or overly flowy - in impression if not actuality.
Which is perhaps why I liked photo 13, the close-to-the body dress with vest(?) most at first viewing.

As I said, I doubt the impression without seeing them "in person."


He has a POV. Why he was aufed when Christopher and Logan got to stay is beyond me. The judging is screwed up this season.


I agree with Logan, those leggings (the long ones, not the cropped) made me go WOW! and wish I had skinny legs. (Not a wish I often have)


Several nice pieces here, and his mens wear is certainly original and appealing.

I wonder why he didn't show any evening wear.


I'll join the fan club for the first dress with color. That is really fantastic and wearable.
I wish he had used more of that type of fabric and picked up the colors from it in the rest of his collection. Some white is nice but a lot of the white pieces would be truly stunning in prints/colors.


I get it and I love it! Especially the colorful garments (LOVED the featured garment.) I just wish we could have seen what Epperson would have given us at Bryant Park.

I hope he does a line that's affordable some day - would love some of his work.

5&10


Nothing appeals to me. At first I thought maybe the models were sharing the shoes.


not my kind of style.


The pieces provoke a horrific romanticism in that they are very evocative of a JMW Turner painting of the wreck of the Amphitrite.


Don't like some of the things he showed but he should have been in the top 3 on Project Runway. Maybe this showing will make up for his being unfairly dismissed from PR.


Meh... most of the white pieces look like the model just wrapped some wrinkled bedsheets around herself. I like the patchwork dress. The dress you used for the preview photo would be cute without the barf-collar. A lot of this, I can't actually see anyone wearing.


the audience looks bored.

nothing wearable.


Give it up for the Easy Sewer! And aside from the multi-print dress, I liked everything.

Like him or hate him, he knows what he's doing.

Wish him nothing but the best.


Logan said...
Some of it is nice, but I really don't like any of the white pieces. The whole thing feels a little bit thrown together to me. That said, the black top over the weird eighties leggings is really beautiful.

10/25/09 1:00 PM



Look honey, he got booted to save your pretty little ass, so stop whining.


I LOVE the white dress in picture #3. LOVE IT. want it.

The floppy, almost piratey, men's trousers in picture #10 are weirdly hot. Something about the fold at the waist is just kind of ... sexy. hate the boots, though.

Overall, this is a pretty good collection. Some fab pieces, some not-so-fab, but - oh! how did this man get auf'd while unoriginal bores like Christopher and Logan were kept on?
Epperson has a great point of view. Love him, love his work.


LOVE the white pieces, especially the long dress. Beautiful collection.


Honestly? As much as I love Epperson, there's too much asymetrical & white.

He should've played with colors more, like Korto did when she wanted to reflect women of color.


Anonymous
10/25/09 8:48 PM

Logan said...
Some of it is nice, but I really don't like any of the white pieces. The whole thing feels a little bit thrown together to me. That said, the black top over the weird eighties leggings is really beautiful.

10/25/09 1:00 PM



Look honey, he got booted to save your pretty little ass, so stop whining.


Wait, that's PR's Logan? Yeah dude, I wouldn't comment, you were just there to look good on tv, lol.


Anonymous
10/25/09 8:48 PM

Logan said...
Some of it is nice, but I really don't like any of the white pieces. The whole thing feels a little bit thrown together to me. That said, the black top over the weird eighties leggings is really beautiful.

10/25/09 1:00 PM



Look honey, he got booted to save your pretty little ass, so stop whining.

HI. LARIOUS!


The menswear is a bit too Pirates of the Caribbean extra for my taste. The rest is nice.


I liked a lot of this, especially the white pieces which reminded me of modern 19th century women's undergarments (in a good way).


it's awful

no talent this season...


I am sorry but Epperson style is not something I like.

Seems like it was go good show. Just not my taste.

Congrats to him!


What a damn shame that this designer was Auf'ed and those other yahoos got to stay. I could easily see this entire collection at Bergdorf's. I would love to have seen the collection he could have put on at Bryant Park.

The white items are beautiful, unique and amazingly wearable. They are perfect for travel to any number of countries, to the Hampton's, to any number of vacation locations in the US. But I can also see them in major cities in the Spring and Summer.

I hope that the fact that he had this show in Harlem means that he has the financial backing that he so richly deserves.

To the Project Runway judges and execs who lurk here, shame on you for the poor way this show has been judged and produced this year. Look at what you screwed up and missed !!

Sewhat?


Lovvvvvve ittttttt. The shapes are so interesting but they still look like they'd be gorgeous on any number of bodies. It really is a bummer that he got auf'd so early-- the current season could certainly use more of this.


I echo many of the sentiments here that I wish Epperson had been in the final 3 as he has a point of view, which I sometimes like, sometimes don't, but a POV is so much more intriguing that what we've got left on PR.
Kittens, I like these designs on the whole and wish he'd had more $$ to play with.

note: i sometimes wondered if there were some Lifetime maneuvers to attract/please a certain demographic. Perhaps they wanted PR to bring a younger demographic, hence aufing epperson and keeping other designers who attract a desired audience.
There have been so many weird judging moments this season....


would die to have dress 3. love love love.


White cotton bloomers? aka old fashioned underwear.

Look 5 the sheet wrapped around her top.

PP white is all wrong (even when as gorgeous as his last top). With Epperson - plain white is innovative?


I love it! It's a beautiful collection, and lots of these things are more interesting and imaginative than anything I've seen on PR this season. Congratulations, Epperson!


Congratulations to Epperson! His collection is lovely.


"Thank you so much Tom, Lorenzo and PRG family for your support". Be BLESSED.Eppersonstudio@gmail.com


I like. It somehow reminds me of the Harlem Renaissance period but still feels very modern and urban.
As for the male model, that's not Sandhurst. Last report I read from him he has left NYMM and was no longer pursuing modeling. In fact it sounds as if he's pursuing acting.


It's not bad, but I have to admit, I would have loved to see some of those white dresses in some gorgeous bold color, like Korto might have done.


The girl holding his hand in the last picture, his daughter? She looks like it.


I think this collection could have benefitted from the use of more classy fabrics. Those white dresses, for example, look like they are made from hospital sheets.

I am glad we got to see this collection just to know if Epperson could have "pulled it off" at Bryant Park. Overall, had he shown these looks, I do not think he would have won. While this is better than Project Runway collection 1, it is still far behind collections 2 + 3 in terms of innovation.

Just my 2 cents!


He does deconstructed exceedingly well. You can definitely see the thought that went into it and what's better then that, really now.
Congratulations and thanks Epperson.


And the season of no color continues...


Love it!


I love this collection. I just do.

We miss ya Easy Sewer!!! Blessing back atcha!


I like Epperson's vision and approach in this collection as much as I did on PR--urban romanticism, as TLo said, and clothes that would be flattering to a wide range of women. I'd wear many of these designs and feel pretty but not dopey or too young. Especially love the black top over the leggings in the first of those photos.

Wish you nothing but the best, Epperson.


Contrary to most everyone else, I LOVE the white pieces. They are my favorite.

Same. I thought the simple white cotton was an interesting choice considering the cultural references he was making. Each of the white pieces have a personality that pops on the runway despite the simplicity of the fabric. Nice.


Now I've come back and looked again, I wanted to express admiration for the menswear (though I imagine tops & pants worn separately by most men, not as ensembles). The jacket/shirt pieces would look marvelous over a tank with a smart jean or a close-fitting tee with tailored pants (for a tall-enough man). The voluminous shorts IMO are way better for stylish casual wear than those long beach shorts so often seen with espadrilles/topsiders. (a look of which I am not so fond, classic though it may be)

The knee breeches would take a bold man with good calves (there's a reason why 18th century critics admired a man with a shapely calf) and a dashing bent - but what's not to love about that?


Did you guys notice that Epperson himself posted, early this morning? He graciously thanked TLo and all the commenters.

A classy, talented guy. Wish you much success!!


See, I saw all the white fabric and my first thought was, "He's still trying to make something out of the wedding dress"
JMB


I don't get #5. The top piece is like a modified Snuggies.


Men in knee-breeches are sexy - hope to see these in real life! Much love to Epperson - Project Runway jerks didn't appreciate him? Their loss!


Oh I love the white pieces. Reminds me of late 19th c. with parasols, etc.


I seriously doubt that "Logan" is the same guy as the one on the show. There IS more than one Logan in the world.


Wow. All I can say is that I don't "get" this. At all.


Um. Don't WANT to be un-hip by dissing the cool black dude, but if this had been presented as an anonymous collection, it would be getting uniformly trashed.

It's hard to separate the designer from the clothes; many designers have produced total crap that everyone oohs and aahs over because it was designed by "X".

Yep, Epperson is one cool dude. This collection, however, is badly fitted, unflattering, and dull. Some good detailing on collars is patched on to just-out-of-the-dryer sheeting. If he could attached that nice detailed work to actual clothing, it might be worth looking at.


HellsKitchenDude

Suzy said...

Um. Don't WANT to be un-hip by dissing the cool black dude, but if this had been presented as an anonymous collection, it would be getting uniformly trashed.

It's hard to separate the designer from the clothes; many designers have produced total crap that everyone oohs and aahs over because it was designed by "X".

Yep, Epperson is one cool dude. This collection, however, is badly fitted, unflattering, and dull. Some good detailing on collars is patched on to just-out-of-the-dryer sheeting. If he could attached that nice detailed work to actual clothing, it might be worth looking at.



First of all, how can you be so sure? Perhaps people did like the collection regardless of who designed it. Just because YOU didn't like it, it doesn't mean that it doesn't make sense that others liked it.


Thank you, HellsKitchenDude. I agree.

I *love* this collection. It's romantic and funky, a perfect combination. I would have liked a little more color, but the white is lovely.

Vic said...

He has a POV. Why he was aufed when Christopher and Logan got to stay is beyond me. The judging is screwed up this season.

Bah! Don't remind me. I miss Epperson every week. He has a vision, whereas Christopher, as adorable as he is, has...uh... visions.


Anonymous
10/25/09 10:26 PM it's awful

no talent this season...


Then spare yourself the stuggle of watching the show.


bitchybitchybitchy

FlamingoNW
10/25/09 5:31 PM How did he get auf'd?


In large part because of the parade of less than great celebrity judges inflicted on this season. Perhaps Epperson would have been auf'd had MK and Nina been present for more shows, but I think they would have been more open to Epperson's work than the sub. judges were.


I'm a fan of Epperson, but not this collection. It looks like down market Yohji Yamamoto.

The first page results of a Google Image search on 'Yohji Yamamoto' look like another version of this collection. The similarity is disappointing.


I think I want the black scarf being worn by the model that isn't Sandhurst.


I'm not a fan of white on white, but a lot of these designs are absolutely yummy!


Beauty beauty beauty.


wonderful


I can't really speak to the men's collection but I love pretty much every piece of the women's collection (except the leggings. Just cannot ever give love to leggings). I thought the all-white pieces were beautiful, showed a great sense of historical references but also seemed completely modern and would be perfect in Greece or the Caribbean or in NYC. Loved the print dresses as well.

Can we buy these anywhere? Epperson, if you're still reading, congrats and good luck and let us know how we can buy your work.


Why all Black models? I hate this just as much as I hate seeing shows with all White models. Ugh.


I really love all the white pieces - so beautiful and feminine!


Saw these looks in his and Logan's fashion week show in September... they were even more gorgeous in person and the photos don't quite do justice to level of detail in these pieces.
The first colored print dress is stunning. I would love to wear that dress sometime.


Thank you all for your comments. Epperson can be purchased on etsy.com or can be contacted@ eppersonstudio@gmail.com. Merry CHRISTmas and have an incredible new year. Epperson





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