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PR Australia Juli Grbac Spring 2010

Project Runway Australia season 1 winner Juli Grbac presented her Spring 2010 collection at Rosemount Australia Fashion Week.
































...and we can find nothing objectionable with it. Which probably seems like a weird thing to say, but that was our reaction: "Inoffensive." Pretty, basic, wearable clothes. Nothing earth-shattering or unique, but that's probably for the best when you're starting out and trying to make a name for yourself. There's not a piece here we dislike enough to mention, but on the other hand, there's little here that stands out enough to mention. It's all very feminine and pretty and goddess-y.

[Photos: Coutorture.com/Getty Images/Vogue.com.au]



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I like! Very J.Crew.

Thank dolls,
The Glamorous Housewife


I love that last dress, but I'm not a fan of the color. Mostly because it is the exact shade of my skin, and so I could never wear it.


Very pretty! I really love the short dresses (for the most part). In my thinner days, I could see me wearing everyone of these pieces.

But is is too much to ask for SOME color?

SisterZip


Oops, that was supposed to be 'thanks' dolls.

(oh and, FIRST!)


I agree with you boys... Pretty, feminine, versatile, with some subtle details and lovely construction.

But shit on a shingle, when is someone going to try something besides neutrals????

Really, I like cream and taupe but come on...


Very pretty, very wearable. But is lack of color now a global trend?


I liked it.

A bit on the cutesy side, but it looks like stuff women would like to wear.


They're pretty but as you say, nothing wowed me either for good or for ill. I could see picking up these pieces at Banana Republic; not that there's anything wrong with that...


i like the palette of subtle colours. (so sue me. just because there's no colour on PR-USA this season doesn't mean i can't admire a pretty neutral anymore.)

i LOVE the middle-ish look with the cami top, the ruffled skirt, and maple leaf belt. *sigh*


thank you boys for posting about Juli!
you're right, her collection is not earth-shattering, but it's the perfect party dress aesthetic for here in Australia :)
Lue - the contestant who came fourth in Project Runway Australia season 1 - was a.m.a.z.i.n.g, I really hope he has a chance to show a collection somewhere


Having watched the entire season, I was happy when she won. I like this collection. You're right that nothing is offensive, but I think the last dress does stand out. It's quite beautiful, delicate, and yes goddessy. I'm looking forward to see what season 2 winner of PR Australia will produce. Nothing safe there. . .


Juli is so pretty, and clearly she is her own muse. It's a very nice collection


Blah, blah, blah. I watched some of PR Australia online and this is exactly what I would have expected from her. Their best designer couldn't really hack the constraints of the competition and didn't make it to the finals, which was a shame.


I like it a lot for its subtlety and femininity. The colors or lack of ... fine with me. I even like the harem pants.


I feel compelled to comment on the hairstyling for this runway show-- WTF? The women who are not sporting distracting poodle ears too full on their faces have burnt up, fried hair from too much heat or product! Can they not afford a keratin treatment to tame those messy tresses?


Lemme guess: The winner of PR Austrailia gets their own JCPenney's line.


The word that kept coming into my head over and over again was "wearable." You could put it all in a higher-end department store or a little boutique, and sell the shit out of it. I like the sculpted shoulders on the jackets--they're a nod to the '80s retro thing, without copying it.

But I agree with others who have lamented the lack of color; there are pices in Juli's collection I'd wear if they were an actual color--that peachy shade is unflattering on an awful lot of women, and taupe? Taupe just needs to be relegated to office furnishings and house paint, where it belongs.


1 word: puckery

those garments have serious execution problems


winninghamster

Where do I know the model with short hair, in the short, pink dress, from?


Hate it. Mostly because I'm sick to death of the lack of color. So much so, I can't be bothered to pay attention to the collections anymore to actually form an opinion.


My friend and I were really disappointed when Juli won the first season. She was the most commercial of all the finalists, and her winning convinced us think the judges valued wearability over design. However, in the next season, they went and picked the most unwearable designer (who had been great during the show BUT who had decidedly muted his final collection). Where does that leave us?


bikerchick said: I feel compelled to comment on the hairstyling for this runway show-- WTF? The women who are not sporting distracting poodle ears too full on their faces have burnt up, fried hair from too much heat or product! Can they not afford a keratin treatment to tame those messy tresses?

Is is supposed to look that way? Holy cats, that's some crappy looking hair. I think the hair stylists went to Althea's School of Cosmetology.

I like most of this. It's very pretty and wearable. But, yeah, there's nothing earth shattering here. And I hate the white suit with the ruffly skirt.


"Blah, blah, blah. I watched some of PR Australia online and this is exactly what I would have expected from her. Their best designer couldn't really hack the constraints of the competition and didn't make it to the finals, which was a shame.
"

Thankfully that was far from the case with season 2.


I must protest TLo. I think these clothes are completely wearable, beautifally made and flattering. If this was Kors or Klein would we be saying that they are blah? Must every new designer have a peacock coming out of his model's butt to make a statement? I think she is going to make a lot of money...


I think she used the same color palette as the PR Canada people used in their collections. Nice, but bland.


It's...........pretty.

It sure as hell isn't much else.

I really loved the styling of the hair on most of them. Some went from big and soft to Amy Winehouse after a weekend bender, but I liked it for the most part.

The makeup on the other hand looks like the designers 6 yr old niece* put it on them. Yikes!



*disclaimer:I do not know if she has a niece. lol*


Cranky Old Fart

Very pretty and wearable. I get a Michael Kors vibe from a few of these. I even like the first two with the deep V neckline, a look I normally hate.

It certainly makes one wonder if neutrals are indeed a global trend. I generally don't mind them except for that dreadful peachy color that others have mentioned that is unflattering on anyone without a dark skin tone. But saying "I don't mind" them is damning with faint praise, isn't it?

On the other hand, wouldn't it be interesting to take an instant poll of all of us reading right now. How many are wearing neutrals? How many are wearing very simple lines? How many of us are in our sweats? LOL


Cranky Old Fart said...

......On the other hand, wouldn't it be interesting to take an instant poll of all of us reading right now. How many are wearing neutrals? How many are wearing very simple lines? How many of us are in our sweats? LOL


So true! lmao I happen to be in a black sweater and black capri's but I am wearing a big fluffy hot pink bathrobe. Does that count?


Did anyone else get a decidedly "for the mature woman" vibe from the first four looks? Even with the low cut on the second one, for some reason.

Anyway, it got more youthful as it went on. Even if she was determined to stay boring and inoffensive, she could have at least put some color in there.


I have to say, I do love that belt with the gold leaves in 16/16b.

I think they are pretty clothes and I actually like the idea behind the styling (although the execution was less than perfect). I think the Brigitte Bardot thing works nicely with pieces that are so girlish.

I have to diagree with the previous objections to the neutrals we are seeing in spring 2010 as well--I think neutrals can be very flattering, but it is difficult to find that perfect shade that reads more like a subtle blush than an extension of your skin. However, so far the shades we have seen (this show, Valentino, Fendi come to mind) are probably more flattering then they first seem. Think of the beautiful things in your grandmother's boudoir...


Pretty, pleasant and "luxe" as they say each week on PR. Maybe something a contemporary version of Betty Draper would wear to either a Junior League function or a Sterling Cooper event.

One thing that I did find a bit distracting was the makeup and facial expressions on the models. They all had "mannequin makeup" and a very flat, slightly odd expression on their faces.

- edina -


Cranky Old Fart said...

......On the other hand, wouldn't it be interesting to take an instant poll of all of us reading right now. How many are wearing neutrals? How many are wearing very simple lines? How many of us are in our sweats? LOL
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I'm wearing a black t-shirt with hot pink lettering, hot pink undies, and fluffy socks (one baby blue, one light pink). I don't fit any of those categories.

But I probably just outed myself to a lack of taste. LOL


jill said...
If this was Kors or Klein would we be saying that they are blah?


Yes, and we have. Well, at least some of us have.

It's pretty, and as one PR judge said once (I forget who; Nina?), pretty isn't good enough in the fashion world.


Cranky Old Fart said...

......On the other hand, wouldn't it be interesting to take an instant poll of all of us reading right now. How many are wearing neutrals? How many are wearing very simple lines? How many of us are in our sweats? LOL


I am wearing: Striped shirt in eight shades of pink and one of turquoise. Fuchsia pink vest. Dark denim skirt. Kingfisher green tights. Dark brown knee high boots.

Now can I have some designers using colour, please?


I was so bored with the color, it was hard to pay attention to the details. I suppose I liked--I didn't hate anything. It's meh for me.


Is the model on the left in the fourth row from australia's next top model?


Cranky Old Fart said...

......On the other hand, wouldn't it be interesting to take an instant poll of all of us reading right now. How many are wearing neutrals? How many are wearing very simple lines? How many of us are in our sweats? LOL


lol - yesterday all black and blak with jeans. Today bright green t-shirt and long black sleep shorts.
I NEED a job (a reason to dress)!


not a bad collection, not crazy about all the shininess. I quite like the strapless mink-colored dress at the end, the drapey, Rami-Greek looking one. Very pretty. Nothing mind blowing, but I did like the neckline/cut of the first outfit (wide pants and short sleeved jacket/top), and of the white suit with ruffly skirt (hated the skirt).
i also wonder where all the color is in this evidently grim, causasian-nude world of ours. these look like toenail polish colors for the unadventurous.

for the record, I am currently wearing: purple jammie pants and several shades of blue & brown long sleeved t-shirt comfy shirt. in public, i wear a lot of blue, black, grey, brown, khaki.


I think I like the separates better than the dresses -- but gods, yes, COLOUR. Seriously!

On the other hand, wouldn't it be interesting to take an instant poll of all of us reading right now. How many are wearing neutrals? How many are wearing very simple lines? How many of us are in our sweats? LOL

Black slacks, jean jacket, black scarf -- but a bright fuschia polo shirt and white-and-orange socks, so make of that what you will.


Definitely nothing earth shattering, but every piece is very pretty and I would wear them in a color. Neutrals do NOT work well for pale redheads :-P. I particularly like the girly cream suit with the layered skirt.


Hate the hair


I like to gold waist details, but overall i have to say BOH-ring.

but pretty.


On the other hand, wouldn't it be interesting to take an instant poll of all of us reading right now. How many are wearing neutrals? How many are wearing very simple lines? How many of us are in our sweats? LOL

Fun question!! ^_^ I like hearing what everyone's wearing. Me: black leggings, black lace-up boots, black turtleneck, long, chunky dolmen-sleeved heather-gray sweater (evidently invented by Irina), white bebe flower headband. the only bit of color is a lapis lazuli necklace i got in Greece.

But colorless or not, it's not BORING, dammit! lol!


Very pretty and very marketable which is a good thing to be if you want to make a living as a designer these days. Fashion can make a name for you, but you still gotta sell the clothes unless you're living off your accessories line.

The hair reminds me of a particular place and time: senior class photos 1967-68.


I was so hoping that you would say you hated this collection. All I kept thinking as I was scrolling through it was "I might as well shop at Sears or Kmart." I usually try to only say nice things, but this was soooo boring.


I found myself thinkgin of Michael Kors's comment on PR once: "If you're going to go simple, it has to be flawless."

Giorgio Armani has never shown a new silhouette (that I can think of), but we love him anyway because his clothes are perfect.

So, for me, that flawless execution was what was missing here. To borrow from Mr. Kors again, clothing that "looks like it hasn't been touched by human hands" is thrilling, even in a safe silhouette and a neutral color. -victoria


Hmm. Somebody has been watching Hercules & Xena.


A very attractive collection.

The standouts for me were the dress with the huge cowl neck and ruffled skirt, and the wrap dresses with the oversize lapels and pretty bows.

Everything else looked like RTW and many had boobie issues. Much of this looked like something Althea would produce.


It's nicey nicey. I'll take futuristic lizard people anyday.

On the other hand, wouldn't it be interesting to take an instant poll of all of us reading right now. How many are wearing neutrals? How many are wearing very simple lines? How many of us are in our sweats? LOL

I'm wearing dark jeans, tan socks, and an over-sized seafoam green sweatshirt that says "Savannah". My undershirt is fire engine red. Not my most glamorous ensemble, but I've got floors to mop.


Cranky Old Fart

Oh, FUN! We've got a fashion show! Some of ya'll sound damn cute!

To the runway:
TVKimmy
Jules
ros
ASK
kittens not kids
Charis
Elaine
Nicole
COF

And, we've got COLOR!
pink, turquoise, fuchsia, green, brown, purple, blue, orange, gray, tan, red, black and white

I confess I'm wearing black leggings, a ratty gray CalTech sweatshirt, but I've got lavender undies!

Let's all head over to the Lounge...


i am wearing a HOT PINK BRA, bitches.


zzzzzzzzzzz. i scrolled through the whole thing and the only thing that gave me even the slightest pause was the peach satin party dress with the two birds on the necklace.
very pretty and well executed retreads of done-to-death ideas. i'd happily own or wear 95% of it, but for a runway show i am underwhelmed.


another laura

Is it just me, or do the ruffled skirts remind anyone else of Leanne's PR finale collection?







tee hee


"Inoffensive. Pretty, basic, wearable clothes" pretty much sums up her point of view and was largely the reason that she won. That's pretty much all she turned out in season 1 and what she was praised for most, 'commercial, saleable, ready to wear, bore me to tears clothes'. The judges seemed to want a department store/catalogue designer at the time but, given the choice between what she turned out and the ghastly collections that the other two produced I can’t fault them. It’s just a shame that she hasn’t stepped an inch outside of her comfort zone. I'd love to see your write ups for PR Australia, season 2 was more interesting.


The big hair on the models was a bit distracting but overall, I like the collection.
I actually loved the pink ruffled dress which is funny- because I normally hate anything pink and fluffy.
Well, I'm unlikely to ever wear something like that but I still like the look of it.
~L


It's cute, but soooooo distractingly bland and boring! Where is the color??


I couldn't see the clothes because I was so distracted by the styling of the hair. Blergh. Reminded me of Grace (of "Will & Grace") on a bad hair day.


honesty.not.pc

Boooooring. Wake me up when she uses a real color.


It's all so cute, except for the last dress which reminds me of when I went to a carnival and my friend got sick and puked cotton candy all over the ground.


Love the first look... and the whole collection overall. Yeah, the colors are soft and subtle but I think in this case it really works! Simple and pretty...


I just wanted to say that I'm wearing a red t-shirt and olive knit gauchos (ugly, I know, but comfy, way comfier than the tan pants I came home wearing). I'm on a red overload now that I'm working retail. :)


My favorite look is the fifth one with the satin harem pants and the tailored jacket with the pagoda shoulders.Im not a big harem pants fan, but those are very well made, and i love the shoudler details.Proportionas are all great on it.

But the rest of the collection was a bit of a bore. All very well made, but very safe too. That last gown is gross though.


Anthony (winner S2) was a giant leap forward from Juli, although I found her story and her immigrant daughter/barbie doll existence charming. This collection is much more grown up than her winning one. The textures and colors remind me of lingerie. Some contrast would've been exciting.


beautiful. wearable. flattering. elegant. interesting. i loved this collection!


I'm surprised that you didn't mention the lack of color. The non color palette bored me while the lines of most of the clothing was lovely, agreed not very adventuress, but all wearable.


Kinda boring, no? Perhaps it's the lack of colour b/c the clothes are, as you say, unobjectionable.

What's with the models' hair - are they all wearing wigs?


i hated that she won.

oh well..


Dreamy! Very luxurious. I'll take one of each.


I know I'm so far down the list that no one's going to see this, but... as an engineer, seeing a runway show that has stuff that is work-appropriate is an amazing rarity. Sometimes it feels like designers are seriously out of touch with what normal people (not fashion/ magazine/ advertisment/ entertainment industry types) can get away with on a day-to-day basis. This is GREAT.


Some of these are a little unremarkable, but man oh how do I love #5.


I sense Judy Noodles...


Anonymous
Is the model on the left in the fourth row from australia's next top model?

It's Courtney from Make Me a Supermodel Australia :)


Season 2 of PRA was fantastic. I kept hoping Tom and Lorenzo would download it and review the shit out of it. It was miles better than the current season of PR, and the winner, Anthony, was basically the Australian version of Princess Puffysleeves, but nicer. And he sent some male models down the runway in his collection, because he himself wears men's and women's clothing indiscriminately and wanted to showcase that possibility. A really great season, and a deserving winner.





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