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Altheology

Next up, everyone's favorite gigantic blonde.


Y'know? Seeing it all like this? We're a little surprised at our reaction. The first word that comes to mind is "strong." By that we mean her work taken as a whole has been a lot better than we realized. When you spend every week nitpicking the details like we do, it's easy to lose sight of the bigger picture. It's tough to assign an easily boiled down sound bite to describe her point of view, but she definitely has one and it tends to revolve around modern looks, with more than a little sexy attached to it.

Let's get the elephant in the room out of the way first: her execution has always been lacking and it's probably the main reason we failed to realize just how good her designs were. She obviously has an issue with fitting a bust and that was exacerbated by having a model with an unusually large rack (for a model). She also has what we would consider an ill-advised aversion to color. It's all blacks, grays and neutrals with an occasional pop of blue. Once again, prints are off the table.

But look at the range here. Gowns, dresses, skirts, pants, shorts, jackets, and blouses. That's commendable. She goes for that high waist a bit and she likes that paper bag waist way more than we do. She made too many tank tops, though. Along with loving a big floppy pair of boobs, she also clearly loves to emphasize the hips quite a bit. You could argue that her clothes aren't always flattering, but there's something a little earth mother/fertility goddess about an aesthetic that loves to make a woman as curvey as possible.

All in all, she's been a much stronger competitor than we gave her credit for.

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This season is so lacking in fun and talent I can't handle it. Althea irritates me, her designs are not interesting and the judges' love for her screams producer manipulation more than anything.

I'm so not excited for this final. Not a single one of them deserves it. And as I watch reruns from 2006 and see how the judges used to judge, I'm dismayed. The show has really sunk and I can't say Ill watch in the future.


Once again, let's stay on topic and not devolve into another "this season sucks" fest.


Unrelated to Althea (I think) -- whatever happened to the big drama that a model was going to refuse to wear one of the outfits? It was in all the season previews and mentioned at the beginning of the season, but just died out. Did I miss it because I don't watch the Model post-show? I need some drama!


Sorry for going off-topic. To me, it's all related.


After looking at this and the Bryant Park collections TLo posted way back, I think that Althea may be the strongest - a real dark horse. And I certainly didn't feel that way going through the season.
And for all the the to-do about the ta-tas, Tanisha's look the best out of the bunch.
The reality is that she is a designer, not a seamstress, so some of the construction difficulties must be overlooked.
She didn't deserve to be at BP based on that last dress, but I think that she will deserve the win.


Some of the bust problems could've been fixed by a good bra. It seemed the model wasn't wearing a bra, or at least not a very supportive one, more than once.


I'm surprised to say I agree with TLo. I think on a week-to-week basis I was distracted by the poor fit and execution, lack of color, and ugly paper-bag waists. I still can't say I like the proportions on most of these looks: I really hate both looks with jackets, and I think that her overall presentation was REALLY helped by having one of the best models. It's no accident that the designers with Tanisha and the Texas girl--Kaylin?--are showing at Bryant Park.

Still, looking at all these pictures side-by-side, there's a lot more interest and vision than I'd given her credit for in the past. I'm interested to see her BP collection now.


She is strong, I like most of the looks here.


I must not be seeing what you're seeing, both in regards to strength (she revisits concepts alot, including and especially the ill-advised tank top with no support) or with showing curves (a lot of her looks make her model look blocky to me). Put all together here, her flaws are more obvious to me than her talent. Which isn't to say I'm outright opining she has none of the latter, but the former is really overshadowing it for me.

That having been said, I really like that third look a lot on revisit, and the Mackie dress is still one of the better ones, even if it's too subtle (but everyone had that problem). I think that when she does interesting things with piecing together strips she's at her strongest, and if she can get the tech skills down for that she could do some really interesting things with it, and she probably could knock out some super jackets with more time and/or practice as well.


Eh - her stuff just does not excite me. I found almost all her designs middle of the pack every episode and was often stunned that she was rewarded or given a pass for everything, including her hideous final ensemble and the dreadful wedding dress makeover. She's definitely grown on me as a personality, I just don't find her designs that appealing.

The hubby, on the other hand, LOVES her stuff - of course that could be due to Tanisha's ta-tas.


The model drama was that neoprene dress of Ra'mon and Vanessa

It does seem Althea likes to go with curvier, sexier vibe. I would be more willing to give a pass on the lack of color if her execution was better. Actually I think Althea and Irina are rather similar in their style. Althea just isn't as good with a sewing machine

Frank


She's very consistent, isn't she?


I liked most of what Althea produced throughout the season. My favorites were the pregnancy gown and the paper dress. As a lean woman with curves I like things that accentuate hips and bust and Althea would be my go to designer for a nice work or dressy outfit.

Although she does use lots of blacks and grays, as a New Yorker I gravitate to that palette for everyday outfits.


Very good point. Altough she has made several outfits that gave models wonky boobs, still a very strong, varied collection of clothes there.

Can't wait to read Irina's *rolls eyes* brown, brown, sweater, sweater

-D


2,5, and 6. That's just about it.

She's designed too much for Tanisha's girls to be slapping her in the face, when gravity is still on their side.

TLo said...
Once again, let's stay on topic and not devolve into another "this season sucks" fest.

11/16/09 12:46 PM



THANK YOU! Seriously, how much of

"Oh ye, Christian thou shalt fall down from the heavens abrest with thine puffy sleeves to part the waters and smite thine enemies until they are smoten..."


I agree that the collection looks stronger as a whole than the individual parts. She just isn't very articulate. All those "yeah" "yeah"s when Tim was critiquing her work - yeah what? Maybe it was the way she was edited, but it is hard to be completely on board when she doesn't seem to be able to explain herself or her clothes.

And it seems wise to mention here that I don't see where Irina accusations that Althea copies her has any validity.


I'm not an Althea fan, but I did really dig the pattern on her newspaper dress.


Wow. Kind of like Tom and Lorenzo, I had a different response to this collection than I expected. I actually really like a number of the pieces, and I find them to be more interesting than I remember. Yes, she suffers from execution issues, and I'm really tired of seeing her model's girls flying free, but, overall, she might have my favoured collection. I like CH, too, but she was a little too one-note. Althea did push her limits more, and was edgier than the other two in this competition.

If she wins, I wouldn't be upset (though I still think it's been set up for Irina from the start :P).


I'm having the exact opposite reaction to Althea's work than I did for CH. I find myself liking her garments more now than I did when the episodes originally aired. Sure, there are execution problems but overall I think she has an interesting point of view, and she went for some interesting construction techniques.


I just can't get over how horrible the construction is. And I hate those clown pants SO SO MUCH. I also hate the Red Carpet dress, the CA dress, and the Macy's outfit. I am only mildly fond of the movie genre and St. Tropez looks.


The first word that comes to mind is "colorless." I didn't realize how limited her palette was until I saw it all in a row. Black, navy, grey, gold. That's all she can offer us?


I agree completely with everything you just said. Also, Happy Thanksgiving TLo! -victoria


Wow, TLo, "strong" is definitely not the word I would use. I was stunned by how boring and ill-fitting this "collection" is. Still can't get over the bad bust work. Yes, the operative word for Althea is BUST.


my favorite Althea's look is the St. Tropez outfit... the rest does not excite me much and the fit is definitely poor in many of the outfits.....
I also noticed she didn't have much responses to Tim's critiques, all that "Yeah"s were kind of bizarre, but maybe she was a little overwhelmed with the whole process of producing her collection, but she should have been more assertive about it.... it seemed that she agreed with Tim about everything that he was pointing out as a failure... but she had done it, right? so it didn't make much sense...
Anyway, one thing that I have noticed after seeing these "ologies" is that I couldn't figure out from the outfits what the challenge was... everything was "normal": no plants, no food, no candy, no unconventional material, no fantasies, no unusual models, no avant garde....


It's............ok.

As a woman who's had large boobs since she was 13, it's hard for me to look past it. But that's my hangup. I could see lots of girls wearing these clothes.

I think sometimes I let execution get in the way of my assessment of the design, but I don't think that's uncommon. It's hard to look past messy hems, strings hanging, weird seams. It really is.

BUT, I will say this. Seeing it all together, it did appear a helluva lot stronger then I thought it did throughout the run of the show. I think she has some good ideas. I also think she has a few taste issues, but lord knows I've seen worse.

I think she's got potential. She needs some more experience, but I think there is definitely a market for what she does.


I like four or five of the looks. But she doesn't grab me on the whole as a designer, and I don't particularly like her personally (at least as she's been edited).

And while execution isn't everything, it's not nothing either. It's previously been considered important enough that people have been eliminated over relatively minor errors. Not Althea, though.


Frank - wait, what? Vanessa refused to wear the neoprene dress? WHY?!


I'm still not an Althea fan. Ok, so she can design pants and tops and shorts and skirts and dresses and evening gowns. I've liked none. Not a single one. So, she shows range. Right now half these garments are already hanging in racks at Kohl's or Target, not in designer racks at Neiman Marcus, Sacks Fifth Avenue, or Macy's. The overall collection looks a tad cheap. That's all.


TLO, I'm with you. When I saw all the looks, I was surprised that I saw a sort of identity in al the pieces and that she has a point of view.

Oh well, good luck to her and to all the ladies on the runway. It's not their fault we're all angry/sad/whatever about this season. Maybe if they'd had better challenges, better judging, we'd seen better work.


I think Althea would be a great designer for curvy women, in the manner of Donna Karan, for example.

Not crazy about her colors or embellishments, but I'm curious about her final collection, which will hopefully show more cohesion and an unfettered point of view.


You know, you guys are right (aren't you always, though?) Maybe being so negative clouded what I saw of her output, but generally speaking I think she's amounted to my favorite competitor this season (and not just because she's taller than I am and would stomp me out if I criticize her.)

It's just a shame I hated her collection.


Well, I agree that as a whole her designs look better than I originally thought. But, they're just not doing it for me. I don't hate them - just a big "blah". My favorites are the newspaper dress and the film noir outfit, but I still don't like either of her winning looks (maybe it's the paper-bag waists? Or the floppy-boobie tank tops?). Just meh.


Asparagus lust

I am not tall with miles of legs. Got the upper portion to lionize, tho. I could not and would not wear 99% of her designs. Yes, they are all braless (no problem), the easy waist is good, but they are for tall and very, very young. Nor are her designs fresh looking. Seen 'em all before, unfortunately. Not much by way of talent. Point of view, yes.


The thing is I think calling this good or even interesting is being far too generous. So going through each one...

Her "best" looks:

3 The non-avant garde, avant garde look was the best made and attractive not did not meet the challenge. (teamed with Lousie - I don't recall who was the lead))

9 The CA/BM look was nice but the poor construction was distracting. And it did not seem to meet the challenge - for CA.

5 The newspaper dress - far too simple "design". So yeah nice paterning of the colors - so she gets credit for designing the "fabric".

2 VERY simple "maternity" look with almost obscene bust. SO again - how well did this meet the challenge?


AWFUL - (includes both her wins)
Too much fugly to both with.
4,7,8,11,12


Middle - not good to meh
1 Santino's lingere top on a very simple but ill-fitted long dress

6 tacky too simplistic sheer top (ugh 3/4h, WIDE? - sleeves) and oddly shaped skirt with an odd tail

10 tacky shorts and a repeat 3/4 length sleeve sheer top with no closure.

I feel for Shirin and Gordana, especially.

Knowing how past seasons have gone, I would not be surprised if she won.


Didn't she say she is just outta school? If I'm right, that would make this more impressive to me. Again, a little experience, some technical skill growth and she could do well for herself.

As of right now, I still don't think she should win, but I'm reserving complete and total judgment until I see the final show.


She's SO far from my own aesthetic. I see details (primarily her "woven technique") that I like, but it is a HUGE issue for me concerning her poor construction. I DID like her newspaper dress, a lot. It had a different style than anything else here. I HATED the bridal gown makeover, it's even more hideous here than I remembered. And I guess it's redundant to mention those unfettered melons.


she sure knows how to make boobs look bad... >:|


I've always felt Althea was underrated by the bloggers and their followers, and never understood all the Althea-hate. There's more of that than Irina-hate, and Irina didn't apologize for her behavior on 'Blogging Project Runway' like Althea did. Yes, her execution has had issues, but I think that may be more because of the time problems than anything else. But Althea has always been innovative--more so than the other two designers. I think the execution is more of a dressmaker skill than a designer skill. Yes, perfect execution would be nice, but I'd rather see ideas...


Yeah, I'm not seeing it. I haven't seen it throughout the season. Her challenge wins surprised and confused me. To me, her viewpoint appears to be "bad tank + cover-up + bad bottom."

And speaking of bad tanks...I've wondered if Tanisha had unusually difficult knockers, since there were more tits on the runway from Tanisha than we've seen in the previous 5 seasons. And now looking at the -ology, the only look I kinda like is the one Lisa is wearing. I think that's weird. I believe Tanisha's a good model, and I don't dislike her...maybe her boobs really did bug me that much. I dunno.

But back to Althea...seems like a nice girl, but I'm still not impressed by her designs.


TVKimmy said: As a woman who's had large boobs since she was 13, it's hard for me to look past it. But that's my hangup.

Me too! From the 2nd ep on (those teeny tiny cups for a pregnancy dress? Really?), I couldn't look at one of Althea's dresses without noticing her boob issues. Looking at it as a whole I do feel like she had some interesting ideas that I may have missed by focusing on the details, but at the same time...

Her boob issues really bother me! Still, she's young and hopefully this has been a learning experience for her and her cups will fit better in the future.


From far away, Althea's looks are really strong and I do like some of her pieces (mostly the dresses, I just don't find high waisted pants/skirts flattering). But then you look at them close and they are just so poorly fitted. Poor Tanisha's boobs have been mistreated more than anyone or anything else this season. I think Althea deserves to be in the final three (even though my heart wanted Gordana there), but I based on her previous work and her collection I'm hoping she comes in third.


I'm with you, Boys. I had the same reaction looking at everything together: suprisingly better than I'd thought. (Similarly, but conversely, I found that when I saw CH's ology, I liked it less than I'd thought.)


Like it, don't love it. I liked that she mixed it up a bit instead of the ubiquitous sleeveless column dress. But if her clothes don't flatter a beautiful, tall, skinny girl with big ol'boobs who are they going to look good on?


sorry, guys, but I look at that collection and the painful execution issues that were a part of so many of these looks still kinda makes me wince.

have we ever had someone make it to the final with such challenges in execution? even tugboat Annie was able to sew (she just couldn't figure out she was copying others' work).

To have someone in the finals who can't properly fit designs on the upper half of her model seems to just be, well, wrong.

srq


Only funny thing is that while CH got stronger as she went along, Althea seemed to get weaker. I still say as a whole it's better than I'd thought, but the last two entries are atrocious.


I have to say, of the three finalists, I do think Althea has the most interesting aesthetic. I like Carol Hannah as a person, but her designs remind me of Leanne without the interesting construction, and Irina, to me, screams Kara Saun II: She's a great seamstress who is a master of one design era (80s/"Hot Young European" girl in a John Hughes movie), but I just don't see her offering something new.

Yes, Althea's stuff has construction issues, yes, it's important that she gets that resolved, but she's the only one who I could see making something down the line that a girl tries on and finds herself pleasantly surprised by how good she looks.


I agree with you guys, I was pleasantly surprised when I looked at her work. There was nothing really mind blowing great but ber work is very consistent and chic


I'm SHOUTING because I hope we can put these burning questions to rest:

BIG "DRAMA":
Vanessa didn't want to wear the dress Ra'mon died in the toilet bowl.

"SHOCKING" OUTCOME:
Same neoprene toilet bowl dress won and Tim wanted Nina to have to wear it, since she'd said she could see wearing it (or something like that).

Problem is, Tim says things based on what he experienced, but he doesn't know what we're actually going to see on TV -- which in both cases was less than a tempest in a teapot.


yeah! ho! wah!

eh, im not too excited. true, she definitly has an aesthetic while also having some range. but there is just nothing "wow" there.


I really liked her maternity dress and she did well with the newspaper dress. I'd have liked to see what she could do with other non-standard challenges, because there does seem to be some real creativity here. And her clothes would easily translate for real women to wear. But I am still cross that she got the nod over Gordana to show at BP.


Nope, it's a mess. She does the same silhouette over and over and OVER again.
yawn
Maybe it was all the one day challenges? She can't fit a bust to save her ass, (despite having predominantly used the same model) the pregnancy gown looks like it's pulling the model's boobs off.
yowza
She really stunk it up!
That being said, I really like her BP collection and hope (against hope?) that she wins.


Althea has said that she's a sportswear designer and it really shows here. I have a better appreciation for her aesthetic now.


Way back when the final collections were first out, I thought that perhaps part of the challenge had been to keep things neutral. If I pretend that was truly the case, I find that I'm a lot happier about Althea's work and the final collections in general. A lot of her pieces are pretty good, and when you consider the amount of time she had to whip them out, maybe the execution problems are forgivable.

The dress she did for the divorcee makes me want to yodel and then giggle, but otherwise it's a reasonably strong body of work.


just like CH, once you see it designs side by side you get a better idea. i forgot that i did like most of her stuff. i kida like ellie may's personality.


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I think the "strong" vibe is coming from Tanisha, who was not my favorite in the personality department, but gave Althea's looks power and attitude.

My conundrum with Althea is that she was never called out on her weaknesses, and in fact was praised for crappy looks. If she was put in the bottom for her divorcee look and the model look, given constructive criticism and improved, then I could be more on board with her ascendancy.

I think that she leaned too much towards the three piece ensemble, the only one that I liked was the companion piece to your winning look and even then I am frustrated by the boobs.

I do like that Althea has more or less kept a sunny disposition, she did not become entitled like the other head scratcher of a judges' pet, Daniel Vosovic.

I think that she has shown diversity, she is basically playing with the same two or three silhouettes, but they are diverse silhouettes.

I can see why the judges have faith in Althea, I just wished they would have pushed her more.


Do they have color in their world?


Not one pop of color the whole season, wow.

I'm home sick today and watching PR reruns on Bravo, the Jeffrey/Laura/Uli, etc. season, and I have to say that this season seems like a bad parody of what was once a great show.


I just finished watching the "Waste Not, Want Not" episode where we were privileged enough to see Laura's 'For Nuts Only' dress. It made me wonder what this season would have been like if there had been stronger designers & personalities. However sucky the designers were in that past season (Vincent), at least they had a point of view. It was so refreshing hearing how Michael described his use of the recycled material.
Althea's fit issues aside, she may have really been able to do something special this season if there had been some conflict or a real sense of urgency behind the scenes. Althea made my boobies depressed and they don't need anything weighing them down.
I'm interested to see the clothes move on the runway.


I think she knows how to fit the bust, perhaps not perfectly but good enough. The ensembles with boob problems are because of the lack of a bra.


I just surprised myself with the same reaction, TLo!

Strong.

Which makes the overall meh of her final collection sort of disappointing.


Brooklyn Bomber - I'd make that tempest in a toilet...
Anyway why didn't that make the cut? Great drama.

On topic - a good effort for the season, I'll have to go back and look at her runway collection. Did her execution improve while not under the time constraints?


I like the newspaper dress and the St. Tropez outfit.

I dislike the wedding dress and anything with Tanisha bouncing around (even my 16yo son didn't like those!).

I don't really love anything she did.


Althea's aesthetic is closer to what I like because she favors strong clean lines much more than the other two designers. Aside from the construction issues we've been jabbering about all season, Althea's biggest problem seems to be with proportions. The skirt is too short or the waist is too high or the shorts are too short or the cups are too tight or the jacket is too narrow. If she could fix that, she'd have some nice, solid garments. Not earth shattering from a design perspective, but nice.

It's also hard to talk about her output on the show knowing what her BP collection looks like. Rather than be spoilery for those who didn't sneak a peak, I'll just shut up.


Seeing all of the looks together I can see that Althea has a certain perspective, but I am still not enthused about her as a designer.


no color, except for that stupid blue challenge! snore!


Althea's final look (gold metaalic skirt and grey metalic tank top) does not look half as bad in the above picture as I remember it.

TampaBay


I've like a fair amount of what Althea's done, even though it's not my style. But the bad stuff is really bad. ASK noted 4,7,8,11 and 12 as awful, and I have to agree. The blue challenge and the wedding dress challenge garments are so bad they make my eyes hurt.

I love #6 though (movie genre). The blouse is flimsy, but I like the sleeves. And I'm a big fan of high waisted skirts, even though I can't wear them.

The construction *is* sloppy. Maybe it's because she can't sew, or maybe she can't sew fast enough to put out good work in one day. Besides that, she doesn't seem to have much imagination. "Make a blue garment" doesn't mean "make a boring one". "Redesign a wedding dress" doesn't mean "make something that looks like it came from a bad rummage sale". A lot of the challenges weren't interesting in and of themselves, but few of them had severe restrictions. There were plenty of opportunities to bust out and do something special. And she didn't. Her inability to articulate what she's doing doesn't help her either.

Like Carol Hannah, Althea doesn't have to be a fashion genius to be successful. But I find CH's work more interesting.

I am looking forward to seeing Althea's collection. I want to see if, given the time, she can 1) actually sew, and 2) create something truly special.


a said: I think she knows how to fit the bust, perhaps not perfectly but good enough. The ensembles with boob problems are because of the lack of a bra.

While I agree that the bra-less tank tops bothered me the most on the runway, the maternity and film noir looks both show some pretty bad bust fits that wouldn't have been helped much by the addition of a bra.

(posting this at the risk of being called an "Althea hater" - I really don't hate her, I'm just sensitive to big boobies in poorly-fitting tops, having had that problem IRL many times myself)


It really is nearly a complete collection; I appreciate that she tried to get beyond the sleeveless dress.

That said, her color story is tragic. Black, grey, navy, gold and not in a good way.


Nope, still don't like her stuff. I also don't think Tara and Lisa (?) look especially good in her designs which makes me think her issue isn't with fitting Tanisha. That could just be me, though. I also never understood all the love for Tanisha (granted I know pretty much nothing about models) and I'm thinking that my confusion has more to do with Althea than Tanisha.

Now I really don't know who I want to win. Not Althea, not Carol Hannah, and not Irina. Uh-oh.


I can't overlook her fit, proportion and execution issues, which I think actually drive her design aesthetic. She seems aware of her execution limitations, which drives her into the arms of the unstructured tank top and paper bag waist because they're easier to make, but those things have to be meticulously made to result in anything other than sloppiness. When she musters her confidence to try something more structured, even when it's not 100% successful, I think she does a better job. But all in all, not a very inspired collection even on the best days.


I've just been compiling my own unofficial Gordannology, and I must say, I much prefer Gordanna's aesthetic and found only 3 designs of hers I hated (Polish secretary, Mackie challenge dress and that thing she made with Nicholas on the surfing challenge), the rest I either really liked or really loved.

Maybe it's because I'm pushing 40 and I just don't "get" Althea's point of view?


Having peeked at her BP collection, I think what she did for the weekly challenges was stronger.


I agree with some of her pieces being top-three (brilliant unification of shaping/construction and visual patterning in the newspaper dress, visual impact of Christina Aguilera gown in a lackluster competition, visual impact and trendiness of the giant sweater and paper-bag pants--and the V-shape on the shoes paired with the slanting hem of the pants was the Macy's Accessory Wall coup of the season). Others I found appealing but un-PR-worthy (pretty but so NOT avant-garde "avant-garde" dress, cute Macy's peplum suit which I'd happily wear but could probably find in a dozen stores already).

The bra-on-the-outside divorcee dress was just AWFUL, though, and I've never found a satisfactory explanation for what was so great about her winning three-piece model suit. A "paper-bag waist" is one thing, but that skirt just looked crumply and ill-fitting and horrible, and I didn't see anything special about the jacket.


McBangle said: posting this at the risk of being called an "Althea hater" - I really don't hate her, I'm just sensitive to big boobies in poorly-fitting tops, having had that problem IRL many times myself

I feel your pain, McBangle. I was staying away from the boob-fitting problem, but it can't be ignored. I can't figure out if she can't do it or if she likes to see Boobs Akimbo, but it's not a good look.

I like Althea. She had a couple of bad moments in one episode, and had the grace to apologize for it. I don't hate her because the judges, and possibly the producers, sent her to Bryant. But I'm not sure she deserved to go.


Frogponder, you're absolutely right - yours is a much better choice of words.


"Tlo said: She also has what we would consider an ill-advised aversion to color. It's all blacks, grays and neutrals with an occasional pop of blue. Once again, prints are off the table."




The same went for Christian (and look where that got him). Too many contestants play it safe by not using color.

As for the strength of the collection as whole- it does look good. But I think another reason it was easy to lose sight of that week to week, is that week to week there were often other, individual, looks that were stronger.

But during fashion week (in September), I thought the collection was strong - MUCH stronger than what she showed at the finale (which I found surprising). It featured much more variety, including some color & prints. Not a lot, but enough.

--GothamTomato


I think you guys have a good point. :)

Looking at what she produced as a whole there is a lot more going on than I would have anticipated. Like you, I tend to get stuck on the details of the designs on every episode, and it is refreshing to see all of her work in a row.

No, it is not perfect by any means - her construction is lacking and her issues around the boobs is just maddening. However, when you look at it all put together it does say "Althea" to me, which is a good thing and makes her a stronger contender than I would have thought.

And kudos to her for seeming to be a lover of the curvier girls! The industry really needs that.


And I'd just like to add that as...er, questionable as this season has been, the majority of the designers they have had were and are interesting. That gives me hope for next season.


"You could argue that her clothes aren't always flattering"

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Yes, that's exactly what struck me when I saw her season's output as a whole. I didn't remember "unflattering" as the consistent takeaway, but that's what I get here.

And that's a shame, because I do think she has some ideas which could grow into a very strong "sexy American sportswear" kind of feel.

But there's a rule of thumb: if it makes the model (even a "healthy" model) look like a normal, size 10 woman - it's going to make most women look dumpy or awkward or both.


The ONLY thing I liked that Althea made was the newspaper dress, and that is because there wasn't bouncing boobies or some other insane bodice on it.


Her fashion drawings a very nice.

Her two strongest looks were the maternity piece and the newspaper piece.

The best fitted one was the avant garde surf piece.

I think her divorcee re-do should a have sent her home.


I think another problem is that the quality of her work went down as the season progressed. I would be inclined to blame this one the lack of 2 day challenges wearing everyone down. Its really a shame because the first couple of things she made are quite nice compared to the catastrophes she made later on.


I think her construction and tailoring issues are even *more* glaring when her season output is viewed all together. I like her ideas but often not the execution. I do still love her newspaper dress, though. That was a knock-out. The Christina Aquileria dress was lovely too, if not stage appropriate.


It probably helps that she has such a fierce model, but there's definitely a point of view here. You can see who the woman is that she is designing for, and it's consistently the same woman. There's a continuity to her designs from week to week. I'm surprised.


Perhaps the reason they gave them that lame make something "blue" challenge was to see if any of them could actually use color.
Did any one notice thursday when they showed her sketches that some of them had sagging breasts?


I agree with TLO that taken together, her work is stronger than it appeared each week. However, it's still not great to me.

The boobs, the boobs, the boobs . . . they are heart-achingly bad across the board. In many of the outfits, it seems like they would be so easy to rein in and get control over. Does she just not see them flopping away?

My favorite is the movie challenge, which looks the cleanest and most put together. Everything else strikes me as a tad messy . . . I think she needs some more experience and expertise to really focus and streamline her designs.

I don't see the "sexy" though. Everything looks more morning after than night before, if you get my drift. Tanisha is a very sexy model, so I think a lot of the strength and sex appeal is more a result of the union of Althea's designs and Tanisha's body rather than inherent in the designs themselves.


Regarding the fashion drawing at the top of the post:
Which one of these dresses is it? I honestly can't tell.


I just find most of Althea's work to be so *unflattering* to the model. Not just the boob issues, but waists are in the wrong place, hems are awkwardly short or awkwardly long, and of course all the sagging and bagging from the poor construction doesn't help.

But the net effect of that for me is that half her looks make the model look like she has a ridiculously stumpy body compared to her legs -- or, conversely, a torso that's half again as long as it should be -- and what woman wants to look that out of proportion?

I see that as a major design flaw in almost all her designs that I just can't get past. Sorry, she may have a point of view, but to me it screams that it's a horribly ill-proportioned one.


"Tlo said: she likes that paper bag waist way more than we do"



Yep. Same goes for the hammer pants. Why do designers keep showing them? Are they trying to make aging boomers feel better about the prospect of Depends? It's just beyond me.

But I don't care how many times designers show them, or why, they ain't coming back.

--GothamTomato


Regarding the fashion drawing at the top of the post:
Which one of these dresses is it? I honestly can't tell.


I think it must be the Christina Aguilera dress.


Anonymous
11/16/09 3:09 PM
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And kudos to her for seeming to be a lover of the curvier girls! The industry really needs that.


Really? I don't think making clothes that can't be worn with a bra or that make the waist or ass look far bigger than they are is a sign of loving curvy girls. In fact it is exactly the opposite.

In that same line of thinking - Q made clothes that could "fit" bigger/curvy gals - but have you checked her website . I hate to say it, but most of it was Cheap tacky and trashy.


I think my biggest problem with her was her inability to do construction. I know she's been upfront about her sewing abilities (or lack thereof), but come on - it isn't like this is season one or two. She knew going in that it was going to be marathon sewing at the machines. She could have at least brushed up on her technique.

That said, I think her body of work is good. It's surprisingly fun to see it all in one place.


I am glad to see these comments from you TLo. I have been a fan of Althea from the beginning, and I am a bit befuddled as to why everyone thinks she is so terrible. I agree, her execution is lacking at times - but so was everyone else's. All the 1-day challenges really did probably bring everyone's work down throughout the season.

Althea ain't a seamstress, but she does do sexy, modern looks that are both fashion-y and wearable, and as you said she showed quite a range, and they all look like a collection. She has a strong point of view, and think she should win (but 'know' Irina well). She should not place below Carol Hannah, as her design sense is much more sophisticated.


I'm totally with you regarding a "ommendable range." I also agree that Althea's work viewed as a whole makes her a stronger competitor. Seen individually and week after week made viewers aware of the occasional wonkiness and ill-fit of her garments ---- and the boob issue. Oh, the boobs, week after week and the tank tops that housed them. Oy. I do feel that Althea has above average skills, but I'm still not very certain of her aesthetic --- it's not luxe, urban, glam, trend-specific, avant-garde, etc.. I can't put a label on it and maybe that's a good thing? I'm not certain. I do, however, wish that Althea and some of the other designers this season knew how to mix it up and execute a good pair of trousers. I'm so over pretty dresses with volume and low necklines. A lot can be said for a well-fitted pair of menswear-inspired trousers.

- edina -


PS I also think Althea pulls off "no color" much better than Irina, as it doesn't seem as dreary and repetitive. And I still say her newspaper dress was the most stunning garment of the season. Go Althea!


I only like 2 of her looks, personally, and I don't like them all that much. I'm surprised by how so many others find her work so strong.

I do commend her for trying things, like trying to do a business suit, but somehow the end never works out. The business suit was a skanky length, sort of making it a Naughty Businesswoman halloween costume. They all seem to have an idea behind them, so if you squinted and looked at it in a good light and pretended someone else had sewn it and the model had appropriate boob support, it MIGHT be good.

Not to be all Heidi, but there isn't a single one of her designs I would wear (while I would wear many of Carol Hannah's or Irina's). "Meh" is my take on her work.


"ommendable" = "commendable"


- edina -


I had the opposite reaction. I didn't mind her outfits when I saw them week to week cause I would over look the execution flaws for her -- but now seeing it all together - it looks like a giant mess to me. yuck


There is something striking about some of her designs, yet I can't help but be a little disappointed when they come to life. Not everything strikes me this way, mind you, but enough does.

I've been relying on you, dear TLo to fill me in on the happenings since I've moved and have no cable. Thank you for entertaining and informing.


I agree that she has a strong aesthetic in viewing her work over the course of the show. I thought given more time, she could have really knocked the ball out of the park on a few looks. Which made her final collection all the more disappointing. Frankly, I thought it was a complete disaster - she definitely does not deserve the win.


Can you guys knock it off with adjectives like "gigantic" for Althea? Every time you post about her, you have to emphasize what a freakish, freakish, freak she is. She doesn't need your body snark, trust me.


Hi Althea! Nice of you to drop by!


I see what you boys are saying, but I am having the opposite reaction. So much of her "look" seems driven by subpar sewing skills that I have a hard time taking it seriously.

I don't sew, but all that strip stuff she does seems like it is easier to fit than a solid piece. Anyone have any input on that? It worked in the newspaper challenge, and to a lesser extent in the Mackie challenge, but was fug elsewhere.

She seems very nice, and did an amazing job getting this far with limited skills.


I'm sure they didn't mean anything by it.She's better looking than half the models on the runway.

~~~~~~~

But to the sewing issue. I would say the skill of sewing is an easy one to dismiss. However since it is a skill and not a talent I find it perplexing that anyone going on PR, especially if their "thing" is fit and billions of seams, wouldn't master it.
That being said, some of the problems fit, for instance would not improve if only the sewing did. Fitting garments to individuals is a separate skill ,as is patternmaking, both of which are somewhat lacking.


Gotham said, "Why do designers keep showing them? Are they trying to make aging boomers feel better about the prospect of Depends?"

Ahahah!!! Hilarious, GT.


"Anonymous
11/16/09 4:55 PM Hi Althea! Nice of you to drop by!"

Why you gotta be such a fucking cunt? You do this same shit when someone dares criticize Saint Gordana, except then you call them Irina. You post as "anonymous" now doesn't fool anyone. Hag.


I think her newspaper dress is my favorite look all season. So beautifully structured and carefully detailed. Gorgeous.


the fifth look is semi interesting
the rest is blah


Those tank tops are too sloppy and ill-fitted for me to get past them. I dunno, I'm too underwhelmed to get on the "strong collection" train.


virginia said...


I don't sew, but all that strip stuff she does seems like it is easier to fit than a solid piece. Anyone have any input on that? It worked in the newspaper challenge, and to a lesser extent in the Mackie challenge, but was fug elsewhere.


When a garment has alot of seams it is easier to do fit corrections correctly. But as far as I can tell she's not doing that. The pattern making and sewing are more time consuming when you have alot of seams, though. The use of material in the Bob Mackie challenge was very odd to me. Usually when you use that sequined stretch fabric you want as few seams as possible, because you are supposed to remove the beads from the seam allowance and re-apply them when you have it together. also the seams get super thick and you break a lot of needles if you don't. Her seams look really thick to me. Poor use of materials.


It's amazing when a designer is so consistent, it's true. Unfortunately, Althea consistently hits a whole lot of my fashion squicks, even when we take her cack-handedness as a seamstress and poor understanding of textiles as medium off the table.

The boobalisciousness is a problem, but the highwaisted profile is a more serious one. Few women look good in paperbag-waist pants, and nobody at all is flattered by peplums which start at the bra line. And I'm disturbed by imagining what will happen in both the way of exposure and in the possibility of blown seams if the wearer should be so rash as to try to sit down in all f the shorter looks.

According to me: IMHO, YMMV, and other online dislaimers apply, of course.


, nobody at all is flattered by peplums which start at the bra line.

AAAAAAAAAAMEN!! I'm kinda flummoxed by the people saying those clothes are wearable. The outfits she won for make TANISHA look chunky.

To me, that's why it's defensible to complain about a model looking hippy or stomachy in a design. I've got no complaints about my figure, but I'm not 5' 10", so if something doesn't flatter a model I assume it won't flatter me.


Boring, boring,boring,boring,boring,seen it before, boring, boring, boring, pants? really? still boring. Pretty dress? hmm maybe if she ... or if ... nope, still BORING.


I can look past Althea's "yeahs." If she's like me, then questions don't come to mind immediately. It takes a bit to process everything and then formulate the questions. I remember my critiques in architecture school went along those lines at times, with me heading for the professor's office later when I had actually thought of responses.


Again, I feel uninspired by nearly all of these looks. Some of them remind me of things I can find at any department store. The fifth look--is that the newspaper dress?--is the only one that really interests me.

I guess I'll never get over Gordana and Epperson not making it to Bryant Park. I don't want to criticize Althea, but I do want to celebrate those two designers. I would love to see all of their looks again . . .

. . . any chance you'd do that for us, TLo?

Also, I agree that I'm sick of people criticizing this season. I loved last week's episode when Tim visited the designers (love it every season) and think viewers are too interested in drama and not enough in fashion and real people.


I agree with a lot of the posters here today -- taken together as a group, her design aesthetic is pretty strong, and Carol Hannah's is fairly weak. Before seeing all the designs together I thought the opposite.

I cannot wait to see Irina's retrospective because other than the newspaper and aspen looks, I really didn't care for any of them on the show. I wonder if that will change when I see them as a group.

Thanks Tlo for taking a lack luster season and making it work.

Suz


Althea was one of the more ambitious designers and, I think, as a result, really got hammered by the really tight time constraints this season. How many one-day challenges were there?

I always liked her risk-taking with construction, though she ran a hot mess down the runway more than once as a result. But think what she could do with time and someone with serious sewing skills.

For me, the biggest issue with Althea ain't the boobs, but the limited color range. Who'd have thought the LA season of PR would end up with the most colorless finale ever? What is so damn hard about using color, ladies?

I mean, hell, Althea had Tanisha--and I'll bet there's no color that girl couldn't wear.


I'm sure they didn't mean anything by it.She's better looking than half the models on the runway.

Yeah, this season I was hoping one of the models would flake at the last moment and Althea would valiantly step up to help a fellow designer a la Austin Scarlett. (That was the best. Reality TV. Ever.)


Her stuff isn't bad, but it's completely boring and not worthy of past PR seasons. Sorry, but this season does suck.


Althea probably had the strongest, most youthful look of any of the designers this season. I believe that's why she's such a lighting rod (that, and going to Bryant Park instead of Gordana).
Many of the 'worries' some of you have over technique fascinate me, because it didn't really bother the judges, or Tim for that matter, very much. She was actually complimented by them for her tailoring, and technique. I think I'll trust them. They were RIGHT there, not looking on a computer of an image from a TV screen.
She also rarely took the safe route, making 3 piece suits instead of just dress, after dress, after dress.
As far as her 'yeah's' during Tim's visit, she was looking for advice, not looking to defend. Looking at the extended crits, she communicated very well with Tim.
As I said her looks tend toward a youthful fashion forward look, so of course I would think Carol Hannah, or even Irina would be more 'palatable' to most people. Both designers are much more accessible.


Sorry, I couldn't read all of the comments, but...

Do you think it was better when they changed models each week? Or, at least, possibly changed models every week? I wonder if they got into a "rut" because they were designing for the same person week after week...


Love most of the looks. I'm actually rooting for her even though Irina has the best collection.


Okay, I will concede she has a strong point of view--but why is "poor construction" being tip-toed around as though it's NOT that big a deal. My gosh, this woman can't sew--really, it's that basic. Her construction skills are less than minimal, and for her to NEVER be called out for it is INSANE. Remember when Wesley was auf'ed simply because his sewing left the material puckered?


I like her fine, and wish her well. She seems like a nice person, and ambitious in a good way. Nobody this season has seemed as over-the-top repugnant to me as ALP, say, or even Kenley. Irina's got an unpleasantly inflated view of herself, sure, but to be fair the judges aided and abetted her in this self-puffery.

Althea does have a point of view, and that's a definite plus. You can certainly tell which fashion market niche she's aiming for.

But on the minus side, her stuff's sloppy, the proportions are frequently off enough to be bothersome, she (like most of the designers this season) chose depressingly drab colors, there are huge fit issues, some items (e.g. diaper pants) suggest a significant lack of judgment/taste, and -- to me this is the biggest problem -- none of this is particularly new, or even an interesting twist on the old. Very middle of the road, very been-there, done-that.

So though I find her appealing as a person, her -ology clothes I find kind of boring and so poorly made that it's downright distracting.


Laura47 said:
I just find most of Althea's work to be so *unflattering* to the model. Not just the boob issues, but waists are in the wrong place, hems are awkwardly short or awkwardly long, and of course all the sagging and bagging from the poor construction doesn't help.

But the net effect of that for me is that half her looks make the model look like she has a ridiculously stumpy body compared to her legs -- or, conversely, a torso that's half again as long as it should be -- and what woman wants to look that out of proportion?
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I agree. If it looks like this on a runway model, how will it look on the rest of us?
Week after week I'm confused about her bra issue.
Clearly she herself has a bust, wears a bra, its not like she can't relate to women who do. The ill-fitting bust issue creeps into all of her work.
I do like her and some of her pieces but not enough for the final three, but again that was the producers call. Not everyone is made for a bra-less tank top. How can she not see this?
And I do think if MK and NG had been there all season it would have been mentioned more than once.


While I don't like Althea's designs and her execution is decidedly bad, she is versatile. That's more than CH has going for her.

OT, but is it a coincidence that Althea is from Dayton OH and that is the headquarters to Victoria Secret ie Heidi's REAL bosses? No wonder she made it to the finals. Probably some exec's niece or something.


As a straight man, I genuinely felt bad for Tanisha. Having your chest fly around on the runway because your designer doesn't know how to make a comfortable, *attractive* bust must be upsetting.

That said, I think that Althea's taste issues (the boobs!) and shoddy execution should've gotten her auf'd early on. The fact that she's at Bryant Park speaks not to her talent, but to the general lack of anyone interesting this season.


I only see one normal boob in that lineup, which by virtue of the nature of boobs, is now not normal. Two nipples down, which is not where nipples should go, Althea, in case you were wondering.


The models either look like they slept in the garments or got up and put them on over their pajamas. They are a sloppy mess. Meh!


I agree Tlo, I had a similar reaction. Seeing all the designs together like that, I am more impressed with Althea than I thought.


fashionablylate

The only thing that really stands out for me is that Lisa has some killer gams.


Sort of OT --

I wonder if they'll show Season 7 previews during the final?

Actually, is this the last episode or is there a reunion, too?


PS - I don't understand why Tim talked her out of that coat she made for final collection. From what little I could see, it looked pretty cool.


althea for the win.


I agree TLo, the end result (all her pieces put together) is better than each individually. I didn't really see any cohesive design style until you put them side by side. They are much more interesting this way.

While she has lots of execution issues, I kind of like the direction her garments are taking. With tweeking to remove the sexy, my teen daughters would love to wear her stuff.

I, as always, regret the lack of color. I cannot understand designers aversion to it. Is color something they downplay in design school?

Part of the fun of sewing for me is the wonderful choices of colors and prints. I can spend a whole day wandering through a fabric store, petting all the fabulous and fun fabrics. The textures lure me like a sirens song...

I need to shop. Yesterdays purchases aren't appeasing my fabric lust...


"Oti said...

While I don't like Althea's designs and her execution is decidedly bad, she is versatile. That's more than CH has going for her.

OT, but is it a coincidence that Althea is from Dayton OH and that is the headquarters to Victoria Secret ie Heidi's REAL bosses? No wonder she made it to the finals. Probably some exec's niece or something.


On what planet is Victoria's Secret "Heidi's REAL bosses"? She had a big contract with them back in the day (along with many others with different entities) and now still has an ongoing relationship with the brand because she is one of their most recognizable faces. She is also the producer of PR. Sorry, Heidi is calling the shots way more than these nebulous VS execs all the way out in Dayton. Why people need to make up conspiracies to knock Althea down is something I'll never understand, especially when it seems to most often be in support of Gordana, who certainly didn't deserve it more than Althea. (More than Carol Hannah? Probably.) Hot damn, she's in the finale. Gordana isn't. Let it go.


bitchybitchybitchy

Parula said:

Althea does have a point of view, and that's a definite plus. You can certainly tell which fashion market niche she's aiming for.

But on the minus side, her stuff's sloppy, the proportions are frequently off enough to be bothersome, she (like most of the designers this season) chose depressingly drab colors, there are huge fit issues, some items (e.g. diaper pants) suggest a significant lack of judgment/taste, and -- to me this is the biggest problem -- none of this is particularly new, or even an interesting twist on the old. Very middle of the road, very been-there, done-that.

I'll second this opinion. I think Althea could have benefited from more thoughtful judging, and critiquing prior to Bryant Park that might have pushed her to work on some areas in which she's not strong.

I understand that she's going for a younger demographic, but you have to be able to sit down, bend over without revealing your private parts to the world, honey. Just a few more millimeters or inches of fabric will allow a women to feel sexy without overexposure.


I really don't like the Mackie challenge dress. It reads more grey than silver. The shrug is well *shrug*.


Victoria Secret's HQ is in Columbus, Ohio, not Dayton.
My god, why not say there's a big air force base in Dayton, and a secret military industrial cabal forced Heidi to keep Althea?


Hmm. Once again I am not really feelin ya here. Yes, she diversified her output giving us pants, shorts, dresses, etc. But diversification does not an aesthetic make. I think Althea's -ology should have gotten the unwarranted Carol Hannah criticism...I can not see a clear personal aesthetic tying all of her pieces together. I can not sum up her aesthetic in a few words. Other than, yeah, "big bouncy boobs." And maybe "tank top." Looking back on Althea's work, Irina's claims of plagiarism ring in my brain. Not that I didn't think Irina was full of it, but Althea strikes me as a bit of a sponge, kind of incorporating bits and pieces of other aesthetics into something that's not a cohesive vision. While I think Carol Hannah has an interesting voice as a designer but suffers from the lack of education that would help that voice be heard more effectively, Althea strikes me as an avid student of fashion who hasn't quite found her own voice.


"oti said: OT, but is it a coincidence that Althea is from Dayton OH and that is the headquarters to Victoria Secret ie Heidi's REAL bosses?"




Really? Or is it a coincidence that Victoria Secret makes underwear and Althea wears underwear? Or is it a coincidence Heidi is a bottle blonde & Althea is bottle blonde and Lifetime could make a fortune recycling all those bottles and that's where that $100,00 prize comes from? Or is it a coincidence that the producer is Harvey Weinstein and they control the banks, and the winner's check will come from a bank?

I think the answers to all these questions of coincidence come from the ancient Mayans who saw all this coming. In fact, on the wall of one of their temples is a drawing that looks just like Althea, dancing on the head of Gordana. It's all right there in black & white (or stone & chisel).

Sadly for those nutty Mayans, they spent all their time concocting nutty conspiracy theories instead of figuring out how to survive the drought, which is why none of them could make it to Fashion Week. Or is it a coincidence that 'Mayan' is so close to 'mayonnaise' and models don't eat mayonnaise because their cruel overlords demand that they stay unnaturally skinny? Is that to keep the ancient Mayans out of Fashion Week so they can't expose the plot to give the greatest prize of all time to Althea???

--GothamCoincidentallyATomato


She made 12 looks, but maybe 4 different outfits. And her construction is a mess in every one. Shirin should have stayed, or Gordana.

Speaking of Gordana - despite the fact that she was eliminated, you should "ologize" her, and Christopher too. They made it through all 12 challenges and I'd like to see a review of their work. Maybe after the finale. Thanks!


GothamTomato said...
Sadly for those nutty Mayans, they spent all their time concocting nutty conspiracy theories instead of figuring out how to survive the drought, which is why none of them could make it to Fashion Week. Or is it a coincidence that 'Mayan' is so close to 'mayonnaise' and models don't eat mayonnaise because their cruel overlords demand that they stay unnaturally skinny? Is that to keep the ancient Mayans out of Fashion Week so they can't expose the plot to give the greatest prize of all time to Althea???



There ain't no such a thing as Mayans that ever existed.

I'm sitting here with MJ and Elvis laughing at all this stupidity!


"oti said: OT, but is it a coincidence that Althea is from Dayton OH and that is the headquarters to Victoria Secret ie Heidi's REAL bosses?"

Another anon had already written what I was going to say - I thought that VS was in Columbus not Dayton. Granted they are only an hour and a half apart - but I guess to the "coasters" since it is fly over country - we are all the same and all know each other ;o)

Oh an just watched the car parts episode. So Suede having gone to Kent State which is very close to Akron - the "rubber Capital" should have gotten extra credit for using the rubber floor mats - (I liked his dress)


"anon said: There ain't no such a thing as Mayans that ever existed."




Yes there was. Just adjust the fillings in your teeth and Glen Beck will tell you all about it. If you can't tune in, it must be that Tlo are jamming the signal (they control the media. shhh. don't let them hear us talking).

--GothamTomato


I'm going to go against the grain of so many comments and say, yes she has an aesthetic. Like TLo said, it can't be boiled down to a soundbite, but it is there, and I think it explains her lack of print (probably not color though).
Her aesthetic plays with slim lines contrasted with volume or ease. She likes to create texture and a print like effect using strips of fabric. Using a print fabric would likely make the lines she is creating harder to see (of course, her oft-mentioned execution issues do that as well).
Rethink: it is possible her preference for self-made lines and textural details leads her to neutrals. Otherwise, with texture, volume, lines-toss in color and you might have "too much."
Althea also gravitates to separates- which may also contribute to her color choices to improve interchangeability.
Her issues, as have been well discussed, are proportion and execution. How much the short 1 day time allowances they typically had contributes to that is the big question. Her execution may be better with more time.


@GothamTomato: Brilliant theory. Maybe the Mayans regarded Althea as a god due to her stature as a giantess.


She's Saffron Monsoon's more boring sister.


I agree that seen as a whole it's pretty strong. She has a recognizable esthetic and her looks are young, more ambitious and more on trend than anything else on PR this season. It pains me to say it since I love Carol Hannah and would like to see her win but I do think Althea produced the stronger body of work. Yes, she clearly has some issues with construction but that doesn't bother me too much. After all, it's not "top seamstress." I'm more interested in the design than in the construction. And her execution isn't nearly as bad as some of the ass we've seen in previous seasons, brought to us by Sweet Pea, Stella, Suede, etc. The lack of color also doesn't bother me in the slightest - maybe because my wardrobe is primarily neutrals, as are the wardrobes of most of the women I know. Nobody wants to look like an Easter egg these days.

And I really have to laugh when I read all these comments saying "I wouldn't wear it." I'm sure these are many of the same people who are lambasting Heidi for giving similar critiques. I hope you do realize how ridiculous that sounds.


Sadly, her collection is my least favorite of the 3. And this is regarding both the BP finale collection and the looks she has produced throughout the season. Often they are sloppy. She truly has not used color other than blue.

She has talent and vision. But she needs a lot more practice. I do not think there is a conspiracy theory. She may have just lucked out. Or she may be the closest to the Western beauty standard.


Not strong, repetitive, emphasizing the "tit".

Outside of her most successful pieces - the newspaper dress, the maternity dress (though those girls were ready to hatch) and the Mackie dress, it's been a jacket of some sort with a horrible skimpy tank with ill fitting bottom. That has been Althea's vision. Over and over. Her noir look is okay overlooking the distracting bouncing boobs. The gowns all have similar silhouettes - plunging neckline, barely holding up the girls.

The wedding dress makeover blue-boobed mess is a travesty. She should have been on the bottom and up for elimination for that.

I don't mind Althea at all, so this is not Althea-hate. She seems harmless and perhaps a bit ditzy. But her work is not up to par. She needs more time to develop her inklings of aesthetic. She has some interesting modern dressing ideas. She just needs to move out of the trashy office slut vibe she often churns out. It's not pretty, flattering or innovative. Fredricks of Hollywood can do it better, if you've seen their forays into daywear.

Her final collection is all over the place. Her strongest looks are the pant looks. Everything else is jacked in some manner or another, from fit to lack of color to lack of clarity.


Seeing the whole corpus together I just think, "Wow, what a mess." Her sense of proportion is really, really bad, and plenty of others have already noted the terrible construction.
She had the most beautiful and talented model this season and managed to make her look sloppy. And it has to be said: this season's styling was the worst EVER. I mean, fugly doesn't begin to describe it!


Presumptuous Insect

Tacky.

Seeing all of these designs together, I cannot think of a more appropriate word.

I didn't realize how much suckage was there.


I guess the old adage that goes something like "you can't save bad execution with good design" doesn't fly anymore. I don't see straong when I look at all those pieces together--I see bad fit and messy seams. And all those necklines--one just like the other. Don't ya just wanna see a crew neck or something once in a while?
I just can't get behind this mess fest.


There is one thing that I agree with Althea on: bras are overrated.


Santino part duex


Ok, I never have left a comment, but? That pop of blue you mentioned? Fully because of that loathsome "make a blue garment" challenge. Not that I expect you sweethearts to remember just everything, but....


" Smelly Melly said...

Ok, I never have left a comment, but? That pop of blue you mentioned? Fully because of that loathsome "make a blue garment" challenge. Not that I expect you sweethearts to remember just everything, but...."


Uhh...did you actually look at the pictures? There are three other blue looks besides that one.





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