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Launch My Line: Eric's Collection

Let's send LML to bed by taking a final look at the collection that was all about winding up in bed.

Okay, this is going to be a fairly harsh review, but we want to say first that he seems like a pretty decent guy. There was no drama coming from him and we can't recall him ever saying a bad word about anyone else on the show. That's commendable. We also want to say that there's nothing wrong with a collection of sexariffic club wear in theory.

Okay, that was us being nice. It hurt. Let's move on.










Pause for a moment and reflect on the fact that the judges praised this I Dream of Hooker nightmare of a dress. This is a red carpet dress for the Adult Video Awards. All it needs are lucite heels and about 10 lbs of silicone.



This is a collection of one-button dresses. You know, the kind that fall to the floor after unhooking one strap or button, allowing you to step out of it and get on with business in your thong and fuck-me heels.

There's no greater criticism of the judges on this show than merely pointing out that this designer made it all the way to the end and even when they eliminated him, they gushed over his collection. Look, we hate to make unfair Project Runway comparisons, but Michael Kors would have been on the floor laughing his ass off at this collection and Nina would be off somewhere vomiting. Even Heidi would think some of these looks were a bit much.

Like we said, we have no problem with a collection that's all about sexy club wear. What we do have a problem with is how tacky and unimaginative all of it is. We don't exactly love, say, Baby Phat, but that's a design collection that plays in the same sandbox as this one and yet you can watch a Baby Phat runway show and not think the models are all walking petri dishes of venereal disease (Sorry, Amanda! We love you!). There's nothing fun about this kind of sexiness; nothing that starts from the point of the woman wearing the dress, instead of the man looking at the woman wearing the dress. That's why it's so easy to throw around words like "hooker" and "stripper" when talking about these looks. These aren't the dresses of women loving themselves and loving their bodies and having fun with their sexiness. These are the dresses of women who need attention from men when they go out, otherwise there's no point in going out.

[Photos: Trae Patton/BravoTV.com]


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Are those GUNS in the heels of the shoes with the black dress with silver trim?

And thank you for sticking up for real women, T-Lo. It would be nice for someone to design for us, once in a while.


Okay, so the collection is awful, but more importantly:

Can somebody PLEASE let poor Amanda win SOMETHING instead of being a model for the 2nd/3d place designer EVERY TIME?


It does look like the heels of those black pumps are Saturday Night Specials! TLo, your assessment of this collection is absolutely on the money. You've summed it up perfectly.


Okay as embarassing as this is to admit, I liked the Amanda in the porn star red carpet dress. Is it high end or sophisictaed-hell no. But I liked it

A lot of what he did was poorly designed but I actually see a little hope for him in these last few challenges.

Personally I think part of the problem was him getting paired with Galina who also seems to go for the slutty side as well. If he had gotten a different designer like Thai, he could have gotten better guidance to help develop his concept.

Now I am not saying he would have won if he had been paired up with Thai because there are too many bad or redundant pieces. I am saying he isn't a lost cause. I think he could come up with better designs or concepts given better mentoring

Plus he does seem like a genuinely nice guy and willing to learn

FRank


OMG Karen!!! I think you are right (the denim/sequin dress)

Hey Please leave lucite heels alone - not all are hooker wear.

I am glad you contrasted this.
Because when I think about my poor Jesus got slammed as "tacky" or on taste -when he only did one short, tiny and shiny (and that one was not cut down to the navel) - I feel even worse for him.

I did like the denim skirt and printed top and thought the construction of the denim/sequin was quite good. Although I would have expected him to go quite a bit earlier.


I totally agree that these looks are for desparate ladies (a term I am using loosely) seeking attention. The whole thing makes me shudder. I am sorry to see Amanda involved--poor gal.
Nothing else to say except...WANT those red shoes...and that is all.


Everything you said! (Although Amanda looks FABULOUS in that color!)

The only thing I kind of disagree with is "he seems like a pretty decent guy," -- and for the very reasons you go on to say when you criticize the collection. I mean, sure, as reality show contestants go, he was pleasant enough, wasn't too boastful or insulting, etc. But does he have any respect whatsoever for women? I mean, the guy's entire design philosophy can be summed up this way:

"Grrrrrrrrrarf!! ARF!! ARF!! Pant, pant pant!"


I can't believe they kept him that long. Hooker On Parade, nothing else.


overlooking the collection for one minute (because it is very overlook-able), where exactly did they find these LA models? the one in the blue pantsuit was particularly bad; she had no clue how to walk or pose. is this really the best they could get in LA???


Honestly, I can almost get past them praising the Red Carpet dress. What I'm still reeling from was their praising that silver monstrosity to high heaven! That is by far the worst dress in his entire collection (and, when you look at the other dresses, that's saying something) yet they acted as though he'd just sent the most ingenious thing down the runway. Even the most hardcore club girls I know wouldn't touch that thing with a ten foot pole.


It was "sexy club wear" for the Bad Girls Club. And while "Bad Girls" need clubbing clothes, it's not what you design to win a contest. Even one on TV.


maybe jaime pressley looked as upset as she did because she couldn't believe what trash her ex had put out for the world to see.


Is is a bikini... or an evening gown? You decide!! Plus it's bejewelled - show them that razzle dazzle!!


But it's not really a criticism of Eric, necessarily. He gave the judges what they wanted. If they'd gone the other way with the judging, who's to say he wouldn't have changed course?


I saw there in stunned as the judge's praised what I will heretofore think of as the "I Dream of Jeannie" dress and thought, I'm missing something. Silly Vanessa. I watched the show all season. I should know better. Amanda not only couldn't save that thing but she looked put out just wearing it (and this is a girl who has been wrapped in ass for much of the season.)

I did kind of like the pocket dress tho.


BRAVO, T-Lo. Nicely said.


I can't believe poor Amanda had to wear that dress.


(I can't dissent from anything else TLo said in this post, but would just like to point out that where prostitution is legal, hookers are by no means "petri dishes of venereal disease." They are in fact quite clean, because they have to be.)

Eric's collection looks like what the girls from Jersey Shore would wear out clubbing on a special occasion.


The one good thing I can say about this collection is I do like the blue/green palette. That's it for the praise even if you held those gun shoes to my head.


cjcat


Gun heels. Exactly as subtle as the rest of the collection. The best I can say is that he and Galina were a perfect partnership. He designed what he wanted to take off, she designed for the woman she would like to still be.

And the judges thought, "crack whores? We need more crack, perhaps if we vote them through, we'll get a discount."


TLo said: "This is a collection of one-button dresses. You know, the kind that fall to the floor after unhooking one strap or button, allowing you to step out of it and get on with business in your thong and fuck-me heels."

HA! So true. These clothes are really terrible. That's total whore-wear. They look like something that a typical young club guy would think are sexy, but those are the kinds of guys that think the tacky checklist is sexy: short, tight, and shiny. REAL sexy teases and intrigues. Tacky whores just shamelessly shows everything right away.

-Purple Leah


Okay, the IDOJ dress was a really good addition to Eric's "collection". I didn't think it was a good collection, I thought there was a lot of taste issues, I don't know anyone who would were those clothes, but that gown filled a "hole: in the collection. It was a good fit in that sense . . . and in the Amanda wearing it sense too, I thought she presented it well.
- Donna in Seattle


No more multitask typing for me: "I don't know anyone who would WEAR those clothes, but that gown filled a "HOLE" in the collection."

oi.


This is all Paris Hilton-Kim Kardashian chic, which is not chic at all.

But I liked Eric, just not so much the collection.


"Personally I think part of the problem was him getting paired with Galina who also seems to go for the slutty side as well. If he had gotten a different designer like Thai, he could have gotten better guidance to help develop his concept."

Sorry, but I'm completely baffled by this comment. What was his "concept" except to have women dress like high-end hookers and tramps? C'mon! He was nice enough, I guess, but he has ZERO ideas about fashion. Which is also why I found it laughable that, on the show, the judges commended him for knowing "who his customer was". It's not too hard to know who one's customer is when it comes down to "women I'd like to ****", is it?! The whole thing was a sad joke.


Not only was this collection ultra tacky it also had a very dated feel to it. Like it was from the 90's or something. Nothing surprised me more than when I realized that he was likely going to make it pretty far in the competition.


AMEN TLo!

Thank you! These dresses aren'ta bout making the women feel good-- but about making the man who is with them feel good, as in "Look what I have.."


ooops, aren't about....


I agree with almost everything you said. Can you guess the one line I disagree with....?


Yep:
"Even Heidi would think some of these looks were a bit much."

she would only think that AFTER Michael and Nina told her what to think. If it was just her, she would love these.


Karen said:
"Are those GUNS in the heels of the shoes with the black dress with silver trim?"

I guess they need Tim there to say "Use the accessory wall THOUGHTFULLY"


Yep, what you said. Hooker wear for the masses.

And I thought the gown was perfect for Dancing with the Stars - Edyta would love it.


Maybe it's because I'm a hetero male, but I didn't think it was all that bad. Certainly not great, but it's something I could see Fergie going out in. Imagine the last dress with Christina Hendricks in it. Do I have taste issues or am I just horny?


It's like my mom always said...if you leave nothing to a man's imagination, you will attract men with no imagination.


Imagine the last dress with Christina Hendricks in it. Do I have taste issues or am I just horny?

Certainly the latter, possibly the former. There's no way in hell Christina Hendricks would not fall out of that dress. ;-)


I agree totally with your summation of this travesty of a male fantasy on parade. Well, not totally. The girl who would buy these clothes does NOT wear underwear, even a thong.


Eric might seem like the "nice guy" on this show, but it's obvious he views women primarily as fuck objects or he wouldn't have made this collection a porn star's wet dream. Desperation City, indeed.

Bravo, TLo!!


It's probably not a good thing when all the dresses look like they belong in Phoebe Price's wardrobe.


I don't know if it's the brazilian in me or the fact that I'm a straight girl living in San Francisco (or maybe a combination of the two) but I would wear like half of this collection. I don't think he should have won and the blue gown is one of the most hideous things i've ever seen but I didn't think his collection was that bad.


I didn't watch this show (good for me,) but now I'm curious: Did the model in the long blue dress pull out a couple pairs of finger cymbals and dance around the judges? Belly!Dancer!Fabulous!

-Kathryn


clara, i'm a brazilian woman living in florida and i can see where you are coming from (specially if you are young, thin and leggy). but that blue gown wouldn't even work during carnaval (is that an evil eye on her right hip??). and that silver dress wouldn't even work in a brothel in one the worst slums in rio.


If even AMANDA can't make your gown look luscious...

woooof.


edinamonsoon

Excellent post, guys. I agree, Eric did seem like a pretty nice guy, but the fact that he was rewarded by making it to the final three made me a bit angry. Week after week he and Galina created tasteless and tacky outfits that completely objectified women. What really annoyed me was that there were many other designers with far more taste and talent and the potential to create lines far more polished and flattering to women.


edina


Oh my god...GUN HEELS.

GUN HEELS!

W. T. F??

And I must admit I liked the bellydancer gown because I am, well, a bellydancer.


"There's nothing fun about this kind of sexiness; nothing that starts from the point of the woman wearing the dress, instead of the man looking at the woman wearing the dress."

This. Then thousand times, this. And what's more, it's not even a man with a nuanced view of women looking at women. It's a man who sees women only and forever as sex objects, with "objects" being the important word in that phrase.

I do think that Eric responded to the judges when they critiqued him, so perhaps if there had been judges with a sense of women as women, who weren't on-board with his view of what hot women are, he might have moved in a different direction.


I agree very much that he improved with criticism and has potential, with solid guidance. Look at his distressed dress; it was panned and he completed tossed it and developed something new, which was half decent.
That said, I think he erred on the slutty side of the sexy line. It is a thin line so maybe next time he can fall on the classy side!


The fact that one of his models is packin' heat on her feet is really everything we need to know about Eric. And I can't stop laughing at it.


Wow, you posted on Eric's collection--that's dedication, guys.

I keep asking myself if one of the Orange County Housewives would wear this stuff and, unfortunately, the answer is yes.

The taste issue may be endemic to the region. Which isn't to say everyone in LaLaLand does the trash look, only that it's acceptable there in the way it's also acceptable in Las Vegas--along with fake boobs and fried bleach jobs.


Everything that was wrong with this show was embodied in this contestant (Eric who?) and the fact that his LAME collection for the "well-dressed ho" actually made it into the top three!!! The only thing that will draw my interest to a 2nd season would be: better contestants (does anyone even seriously believe that Eric had aspirations to developing his own fashion line – beyond the fact that it would make him money?) and better judging. Please Bravo, scrap the entire judging panel. Send the creepy twins back to Italy and off my TV screen, and return the two annoying women-with-no-taste back to the obscurity that they so well deserve.


I honestly think he made it this far because Amanda worked his tacky dresses so much


BINGO!!! Now will you come to work with me and talk to the girls who think this is stylish wear. While you're at it maybe you can get them to ditch the gold handcuff necklaces, giant knock off Channel earrings and shirts that roll up the their backs to reveal thongs and tramp stamps and remember this is an OFFICE.


This collection of porn garbage sucks, the show sucks, the twin hamsters who host the show suck, the twin judges-who-look-like-merle-who-looks-like-a-drag-queen suck. I don't get it, won't watch it every again. What is the deal with clothing lines when the designer can't design or sew? WTF? How about some talent, people?


ya nailed it!


Totally agree.

And could someone remind me... Who is Amanda?


The evening gown is perfect for an evening with Jabba the Hutt.


Great post as usual boys and the Baby Phat comment was dead on (as usual).

To be far, I did like Eric's color story and the emerald dress with the front ruffle would be better if it was a little longer (slightly above the knee, perhaps?).

I have to agree that Amanda saved his ass. Compare when she wore the discoball dress versus the blonde model in the final show wearing it. On Amanda, it almost works, on the blonde it's falling off. Once again, a good model can make or break a look.

Emma: Amanda is the redheaded model in the I Dream of Jeanie dress. She's most memorable for being on Season 3 of Project Runway (working primarily with Kayne).


If the hookergown had a more structurally sound bra...it would be a modern-day Egyptian bellydance costume....and actually more tasteful than the current wave of costumes coming out of Egypt.


The gun shoes are either the real deal [Lagerfeld's Chanel] like Madonna's worn -- or a cheap ass knock off from the corner pole-dancer supply outlet.

Kris


"Even Heidi would think some of these looks were a bit much."

You guys are brilliant and hilarious!


Ah, yes. Eric's Knock Me Down and Fuck Me line.

You know Mrs. Samuels would be all over this monstrosity. But you're right about how Miss Kors and La Nina would react. This line was offensive, but mostly because it was praised. No one should be happy about people dressing women up as whores.

Thank you for that last paragraph, T Lo.


No, dear god NO! The chanel gun heel was bad enough, but somebody out there thought it was a good idea to rip them off and turn them into a pointy-toe?


I stopped watching this show when they won their first challenge. At least the Fashion Show had some great judging on it


this I Dream of Hooker nightmare of a dress.

LOL


Poor Amanda.


" There's nothing fun about this kind of sexiness; nothing that starts from the point of the woman wearing the dress, instead of the man looking at the woman wearing the dress."

I really can't sum it up better than that. You would hope that the fact that his designer was female that she would have been able to bring a woman's perspective to the table, but it doesn't seem like it worked out that way.

Yeah, he would have been better off he is was paired with a better designer, but he really needed to think about clothing from a woman's perspective, something he clearly did not do here. There is a way to do sexy without it becoming "90s miami club ho"


You guys make an excellent point - it's not just tacky, it's SAD. These are dresses for women who only want to get laid.

Although maybe I'm just tacky, but I loveloveLOVE the ruffle dress. *hides head in shame* Everything else is crap, but I thought it was totally cute.


bitchybitchybitchy

TLo said:
This is a red carpet dress for the Adult Video Awards. All it needs are lucite heels and about 10 lbs of silicone.


Thank you! Even Amanda could not save that dress.

I could not believe the way that the judges gushed over this collection. Their collective taste level is so impaired that I find it unfriggingbelievable.


And, as Karen said, thank you, TLo, for recognizing that these were not clothes designed for confident, sexy women.


I hated every piece in his collection. He kept calling the stuff "Young Hollywood," but most of it looked like something a bleached out, overly tannned older broad would wear to try to be sexy. The last show-stopper gown looked more like a Bollywood costume. You're right, it truly was a red-carpet gown suited for the Adult XXX Film Awards.





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