Team Christian

Why Christian Siriano should have won.


I always wonder what are they going to come up with next, and this week I was surely surprised. After all of the Eco-friendly, earth-conscious, organic fabric fashion shows and events I've been attending this Fashion Week, Spandex hit me like Vanilla Ice. I've been to Spandex House in the garment district and -- my god -- it's an adolescent living in the early 90s' dream. Fabric you'd tap dance in ... or wrestle in.

Once again I think Christian had the best ensemble, and I stress "ensemble." Team Fierce made chaps, leggings, a bustier and a jacket ... and he also had the wits to finish his sketch. He has continually shown not only conceptual and finely-structured garments, but he has projected a very precise and keenly tailored vision all season. His ensemble stood out even more so because of his fabric choices. They looked expensive (in Nina's accent) and didn't look like they came out of spandex hell (sorry Sweet P).  raterunway_06_410_220x415.jpg

The shape of the hood on his jacket, I believe, is what made Chris take home the gold -- it was lovely. The straps of the bustier were sultry and well-made as well, but I feel as if you would see his on the mannequin next to Christian's as "the toned down" version .... raterunway_01_410_220x415.jpg

Jillian's work and craftsmanship has really grown on me and I thought her piece today resembled most closely an actual wrestler's outfit. It could have an Everlast label on it. Sponsorship? raterunway_03_410_220x415.jpg

I am glad Ricky had a positive outlook on the outcome of today's challenge, as you wont survive in the fashion industry without a sense of conviction and love for your work. He will shine on. Buen trabajo amor.

I find it hard to really gain a solid understanding of what a designer is capable of when he or she is given challenges that are out of their normal design realm. In some challenges, one may be lucky enough to fall into their niche, while at the same time, others struggle because of the unchartered design territory they must blindly walk into. However, we can clearly see when someone has a strong personal style as it will shine through regardless of varying challenges, and that is how I detect a really great designer. I see this in Christian and I saw it in Victorya, and brilliantly Victorya had the wits to have a show this Fashion Week. I also see this talent in Jillian and Rami, and my old pal Jeffrey has it too.

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