Hey guys! Total apologies for the tardiness of this blog. I know I know, Christian won last week and its old news by now, but c'mon, I'm a busy man and its worth celebrating!
NYLO Hotels had their big grand opening last week, which is why I was down in Texas to attend their huge kick-off party, complete with live bands and a wicked little fashion show by yours truly! Everything was going to plan until crazy drunk, bi-polar Mother Nature decided that it would be funny to throw a snow/sleet/wind/apocalyptic-type storm on North Dallas! This is crazy -- it's Texas and I'm looking at inches of wet snow on the ground. Damn, I guess I brought all my short-shorts and cowboy boots for nothin'.
Well, we obviously had to make some last minute changes since hell was now coming down from the skies, but soon after a large tent, a few heating lamps and a reconfigured runway went up -- we were money!
Long story short, the show and party were a complete success. The models were phenomenal and the clothing looked great. I had 10 girls and 5 guys and their first looks were all NYLO head to toe: cleaner, more work appropriate, and then second looks were styled with pieces from their own wardrobe -- very downtown, very hip, very sexy! Phew -- one hotel down, 50 more in the next few years. Oh, and bags are being produced very soon so I'll be sure to post when they're available for sale -- amazing!
Now, onto the juicy stuff -- THE FINALE. Well, my thoughts were as follows: During the show I really liked Jillian's work. At the actual runway show I thought Rami deserved the win, and now that everything has had time to simmer, I really do think that Christian deserved the win (I'd be a horrible judge -- I change my mind too much!). It's undeniable that the final three are all talented designers, and though there were flaws and highlights in everyone's collection, I do think that having a fashion show, especially when its part of a television show, is about slapping people upside the face with how good you are ... and Christian certainly left a stinging sensation on the cheeks of many.
I do wish that he had shown a bit more diversity and range with his colors and or/textures, but thought that what he did do, was great. I loved the silhouettes, however repetitive they were, and think that they were sublimely chic. I do still have a major problem with the fact that I feel his final look seems to be a replica of a McQueen dress from his fall 06 collection, but obviously the judges didn't care.
That being said, I think Christian couldn't have asked for a better guest judge than Victoria Beckham. I think those two complement each other divinely. I wonder what the outcome would have been if one of the past finale judges had been this year's, and vice-versa; the love of sportswear may have won out if the roles had been reversed. Alas, high-end frivolity was at its peak and Christian was there to scoop it up.
I honestly, and sincerely, wish all the contestants the best of luck in finding success post-PR. The lives that they've been leading suddenly change back and they soon realize that they're left to do with their lives and careers, what they want. I really hope Christian focuses on the important elements of getting his beautiful clothing actually produced and sold, and parlays his win into something substantial that we all can enjoy. Best of luck to everyone and get ready for your post-PR withdrawal ... it's going to kick in soon!