In Defense Of Christian

Sympathizing with Christian Siriano.

I never intended to go to my prom, but on the afternoon of the day, my boyfriend thought it would be "funny" to go. I hadn't made a dress and didn't have the gumption to do so, but my boyfriend's sister convinced me to go and loaned me the dress she had made for her prom -- a metallic mini-dress, and I loved it. My boyfriend was an hour late picking me up, however, because he had been busy welding me a steel rose to match my silver dress, with an "A" on the stem. It was stunning!

This week's challenge ending up being my favorite one thus far. Maybe it's because I do custom work for my own private clients and fully understand the importance of balancing their vision and my own. It can be quite difficult to balance opposing ideals, but once you find that harmonious medium, it is so rewarding. I have never worked with a client like Christian's though, and I didn't feel as if he was blaming everything on her. She gave him too many contradictory directions -- "lace here and volume there and sequence here." You have to draw the line somewhere, and I saw constraint and flexibility in his final design (though gaudy and frumpy, once broken down, it rang true to his aesthetic....) I would have been livid had he been out.

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There is always someone who must make an exit, and this week it was Kevin. Kevin understands that being on the show is a valuable experience and has a level and clear head about it, so in that sense, I think he will be fine. I'm guessing had the halter top been a bit more structured -- less fabric maybe -- than the dress wouldn't have looked so frumpy. raterunway_01_220x415.jpg

I thought Kit's dress was really cute too. It could have been hanging on a rack next to Victorya's, part of the same collection. I hope Kit gets some recognition soon. I found Victorya's dress to be chic and modern -- perfectly designed for a 17 year-old girl to wear to prom.

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