Tims Take

Leaving the designers with something to think about.

on Feb 27, 2008

But, it was time for a "Listen, Sister! ...," big daddy talk. I placed him in the context of his competitors and reminded him of his relative youth and inexperience. In my view these very same conditions caused Daniel V. to lose to Chloe Dao in Season Two (not that Chloe didn't deserve to win, but the judges' work was made slightly easier by Daniel's circumstances). So, I implored Christian to thoughtfully consider how he will respond to the judges. I also advised him to devise a business plan, thereby allowing him to respond to that probable arena of questions.

Jillian works in a space carved out of her living room, which is bright and glistening, thanks to floor to ceiling windows that take in a view of Manhattan to beat the band. I was wowed by the amount of work and by the cohesion that she achieved through what could have potentially been disparate parts. I use the word "disparate," because each piece in the collection possesses a thought and an idea that could stand alone. When assembling a collection, it's essential that there be cohesion. Color, pattern, and print can achieve this, in theory at least, but that's never enough. Each look needs to resonate the same DNA. What I loved about Jillian's collection is that it teetered on the cusp of failing to congeal. But it did, and because it did, it thrilled me. And I could wax rhapsodic about the knits: spectacular and altogether Jillian.

One issue caused me to worry about the final success of the collection. I was blunt with Jillian: "Why are you designing a gown for the final look? It's not who you are." She responded that she thought it was necessary. An evening look is necessary, but that doesn't mean a gown. Jillian, be you!