Working Girl

Why the flashback to 1988?

In this week's transformation challenge, we had another situation where we were dealing with reality and a lot of them got tripped up. I think the minute you hear, "Oh she's going to work," I never would have imagined that young people would have such old-fashioned ideas. The next thing you know she's Melanie Griffith and she's taking the Staten Island ferry. She's got sneakers on and a briefcase. rate_510_jerell.jpgJerell, on the other hand, he took his girl and he gave her a jacket that felt soft and easy like a cardigan. I thought the mix of textures was great -- a little bit of shine, a little bit of femininity, nothing cliched. He also dealt with proportions in a way that I think was very flattering for her, worked well on her body, and I think overall the nice thing about it was that it was just sophisticated but not matronly. These are young women, so who on earth wants to look 45 at 22? I mean ... at 45 everyone wants to look 22. So, I looked at what he did and I thought he really did a very, very good job, and again he's turning out to be a designer of separates. He's turning out to be a designer who makes individual pieces that you would want to buy and wear on their own. So, this cardigan with the leather detailing and the little buttons they were just good pieces, and also he's starting to really understand how important it is to see things made beautifully.


Joe's design was a every bad cliche of the working girl. I mean it's just the pocket square, the pinstripes, the poorly-tailored jacket, the wrap blouse that a bad newscaster in Idaho wore in 1986. The skirt was at a bad length -- I mean he literally made her look 55 and she stepped out of a time capsule. It was just really the wrong choices. She's a nice-looking girl, so what was he thinking? And part of that, I think, also maybe comes from not realizing that the rules have so changed for women who work today, and it's about being current and being up to date and knowing what's going on. With this it shows he's really not plugged into modern life.

-Michael Kors

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