Disappointing Duplicity

Iman let us which collection was a bit of a snooze which deserved straight-to-DVD treatment

Bravo: This episode is inspired by femme fatales. Who are some of your favorite femme fatales through time? Do you count yourself as one?
Iman: Cleopatra, Lana Turner, Jessica Rabbit, and Sharon Stone. I would never count myself as one!
Bravo: You mentioned that the House of Nami’s design’s lacked sexiness, but was more cohesive. What do you think they could have done to up the alluring quotient?
Iman: The essence of a femme fatale is intrigue and sex, but dangerous seduction is the heart of the matter. The House of Nami's clothes were well-executed but lacked the duplicity of a femme fatale.

I would call their collection femme fatale "lite." I would have done some soft trenches, tuxedo pantsuit with unbottened silk blouses showing a bit of décolleté--even the overused animal print, but in a red leopard print, here might have given it some heat!
Bravo: The House of Emerald went a little off-the-wall with the "disco vampire" concept, what did you think of their overall design?
Iman: Just the thought of disco vampire conjures a straight to DVD movie! And their collection definitely came off like that, especially with Ceasar and Golnessa's outfits which were a bit tacky! And then there was Tamara who was in a completely different movie! Now, when I think disco I think excess and extravagance--outrageous sexual imagery now throw in vampire, and it could have sizzled. I can feel the heat just talking about it! But alas, it didn't have any of that.
 Bravo: You mentioned you’d wear Eduardo's dress. What about it did you find so successful?
Iman: The chicness of Eduardo's dress is what I loved most and the construction of it. He is so good at these complicated structures that also have movement, which is a feat.
Bravo: Were you surprised with Cesar's dress, as it was a major departure for him?
Iman: I was astonished! It was a huge let down. Maybe he believed his own hype at the beginning and he has let his guard down. He chose the colors of the House of Emerald collection and guided the team to their defeat! Also, he should have spent more time finessing his garment than helping the opposing team! Beware Ceasar!
Bravo: This week we saw a few designers leaning on each other: Ro and Cesar, Calvin and Tamara, and Cindy and Golnessa. What do you think of these sort of communal relationships? Does it make you as a judge worried you aren’t seeing the whole picture?
Iman: As judges we never the see the full picture anyway and our job is really to judge the product and not the characters, unless you are Calvin!

The concept of the show encourages teamwork but it doesn't mean one should ignore their individual looks. So far I find most of the allegiances are good and healthy with the exception of Cindy and Golnessa. Since they worked together before you would think it is perfect but I think it is a little bit off-kilter. But only time will tell which one will be still standing in the next couple of episodes!
 Bravo: What other pieces did you really enjoy, or despise this week?
Iman: I loved Edwardo, Calvin, and Dominique’s designs. But, I wasn't crazy about Golnessa and Ro's outfits.

I really had a hard time eliminating Tamara because I think she is talented and needed more time but we were there to eliminate the weakest of the looks, and I think I did my job accordingly. After I eliminated her my hands started shaking...bless, Isaac, for holding my hands. We just lost the girl who made Calvin endearing to all of us! She showed us that he is human after all and not some crazy egoistic monster.
Bravo: What did you think of Calvin’s attempt at self-sacrifice?
Iman: Calvin is a snake they better all watch out... just kidding! I think he means well but is a bit an egocentric.

Red Red Whine

We celebrate our Ultimate Collection winner, and bemoan a missed opportunity with Mary J. Blige.

Let's start with the most important issue we need to address in this here blog: The oddly satisfying symmetry of our finale guest judge.

And I'm not talking about you Glenda Bailey (though I love me some Glenda Bailey, call me gurl). I mean Mary J. "Real Love" Blige.

If you've been watching this season (and reading this here blog), you recall that in the Femme Fatale challenge Tamara Jones channeled her inner-MJB.

How did no one ask her about what she thought about this outfit?


And Tamara was even there helping Calvin! It was just so convenient!

Did Tamara at least get a complimentary gift basket of Carol's Daughter products for her trouble? I'm muy curiouso of what MJB would have thought of the garb, of herself as femme fatale, and most importantly if she would have put it on immediately and "911" with Wyclef Jean while wearing it. Alas, like sand through our fingers, those moments passed us by.

Ok, now we can focus on the task at hand, recapping and relishing in this final episode of the Season 2 of The Fashion Show Ultimate Collection (sorry I'm inspired by Eric Ripert's always identified vlogs and wanted to make sure you knew what you were reading).

I had the opportunity to chat with our final three for The Dish this week and was just taken with how really impressed I am with this bunch. Firstly because they are a precious little triad:


(Not pictured Jeffrey's amazing cupid printed pants and leopard scarf. You didn't think he was dressed that calmly did you?)

Secondly because these three each have vastly different perspectives. From unisex space-invader, to geisha/homeless Manhattan youth, to all-black-everything, the runway was graced with three super special shows.

Let's discus. . . .

When in doubt always wear red, says Bill Blass and GB, but me I'm not so sure. I haven't worn red since kindergarten (I adored that Laura Ashley jacket) or a small scarf here and there I'm not much for crimson waves.

But leave it to Jeffrey to change my mind. His collection was flawless. Wings of an angel good. For a man that wears moo-moos, he creates incredible clothes. I don't care that Iman thought some of those furry neckpieces were a little too straight jacket-ish. Send me to Shutter Island and let's call it a day (particularly since it's been 6 degrees in NYC this week). And his dress dedicated to his mother was officially the sort of thing that brings tears to my eyes. God bless the woman that made our Little Richard Robot Jeffrey. He's going big big places that one.

As for Calvin, he did prove that behind all that gumption is a little bit of true grit. I adored his fabric selections, and even though Iman was iffy on the suit, I thought it was a touch of excitement amongst a collection that was beautiful, but not so daring for me. Now that hell has here go came, don't we all think that maybe Calvin wasn't so bad after all? Or is it just that my heart is growing Grinch style for nostalgia's sake?

But I want to take a moment to talk about Dominique. Our brave little toaster might not have won. And her outfits might have been designed for only the most slevete amongst us, I adored them all. From the fabric-pooping skirt, to the jackets (she's always with the jackets). I feel this gal can go far. Tie your little geisha sash and go forth my dear! I don't think this is the last we'll have seen of her.

And that's it! We're out. It's been amazing season, thanks for watching with us, and we'll see you all over the Bravotv.com galaxy!