Bravo: This week the designers were asked to design outfits for not only real clients, but for Real Housewives from OC and NJ. First off, do you watch the Real Housewives? Were you familiar with the ladies?
Iman: Yes, I do watch the shows, and it is much harder to design for "clients" especially these Housewives who are very opinionated. They are no shrinking violets! In my opinion, some should not have been so opinionated, and others had good reasons to be. If a housewife is known for her ample badonkadonk and tatas, I mean, going demure once in a while is a good thing! Right? Most women tend to have a "signature" style that sometimes gets them in a rut! Change is good... that would have been my only advice to the Housewives.
Bravo: You've been dressed for many an event, what do you hope a designer keeps in mind for private clients like this?
Iman: I think a designer should listen to what women don't like about their bodies first and foremost because if you can tackle that then you can help and show her new ways of dressing that is out of her comfort zone. It is about trusting the designer to bring the best of you and highlight it. Designers are there to direct, to help, and to inspire. They can find the good parts of your body, and let's not forget personality, and enhance those bits.
Bravo: You mentioned that it's better to wear color on the red
carpet as opposed to skin tones. What other red carpet tips and tricks
have you learned over the years?
Iman: From my experience color looks great on the red carpet, and you stand out, but also at times black is great, especially if it is dramatic. Make sure the dress fits you well and sometimes it helps for you to take a photo of yourself in the dress so you can see how
actually it looks in photograph. Remember how many times you have read that a celebrity's dress actually looked better in real life? Well, if you are at a big event that doesn't matter, it is the photograph that matters and sometimes outlives you! Especially bad ones! I love to experiment with new looks for smaller events so if it
fails it doesn't fail big time on the world stage and although I love
change I wouldn't suggest a new haircut and color and a new look all at
once for an event, it is a recipe for disaster... do one change at a
time and live with it before the big event.
I am so glad that Iman is judging. As much as I like Kelly and her style, I think Iman works much better. She's very harsh and critical which is what is needed.
I appreciate your bluntness with the designtestants and here on your blog. Please, never change your style of communication. You make the show more fun to watch.
Iman, I saw you with Andy. I have always thought you were gorgeous, and have felt affinity because you married one of my fave rockers. However, direct you are on the show, you are a funny charming, gorgeous woman. Wow, I am now making sure to get every show. Trish
Hey Iman, youre such a great judge and you really bring the drama to the catwalk- keep up the great work!!
Eduardo is an amazing designer and am certain we will be seeing much more from him in the near future. His signature gowns are amazing and one shoulder and will be his trademark as DVF's wrap dress is hers. It would be nice for him to venture to no shoulders or both shoulder dresses for a change and even some seperates that those of us who lead not so glamourous lives live. When the OC housewife Gretchen whipped out her designs to Golnessa and she went with exactly what her client wanted I feared she was the next to go. Instead of showing Gretchen what she could make for her to acccentuate her body she chose to roll over and play dead to let Gretchen have her way. It wasn't a move I would have made. Part of the reason and success that the house of iman won was that the Jersey Housewives were totally uninhibitted and rocked that runway! Just because someone bleaches their hair blonde and wears a spray tan does not make them the most attractive. It felt like looking at a bad blonde essembly line between the sameness of the color and their copycat looks. Watching it made me proud to be a brunette and also realize that it doesn't really matter how much money you have because many of us ordinary middle class women look better than they do in our forties sans the plastic surgery and fortunes worth of makeup and designer clothes. Okay I admit I am a designer bag junkie....we are allowed one vice right? Anyway this Chicago girl thought the Jersey girls looked amazing.....but they would have in anything with their fearless attitudes. Issaac is a sweetheart, but you beauty are my favoriteee...love to see what you are going to wear and even with your truthful remarks to the designers your heart of gold peeks or moreso shines through. No one can help,but admire as well as love you! You are an icon and THE most beautiful supermodel of our time! xo Issaac is a sweetheart, but you beauty are my