Laura Brown

Self-described "koala" Laura Brown talks Strawberry, Steven Burroughs, and sophistication

on Nov 10, 20100

Well, first off, this is the rejuvenated, reborn, re-Imaned Fashion Show. And there's two big differences this season: We have Iman onboard who's genius. She's so funny, she doesn't suffer fools and obviously knows fashion inside and out. I think that her presence has given the show such a boost. And then there is Isaac who is an institution--and is so warm and so wise. And then there's me, their pet
koala.

Bravotv.com: How do you think having Houses this season will affect the competition?

Laura Brown: There are two separate and distinctive fashion houses. All of our designers show up on the first day ready to hustle and do their own thing. They get the shock of their life when they're told they're going to be working as a team. But this is reflective of how real fashion works, of how real design houses work. There has to be somebody with a
vision and there has to be people that will implement it. But also, this is TV, hijinks ensue, teamwork is tricky. This show is as much about entertainment as it is about the process of making clothes. People who can't work in a team get a quick smack in the ass.

Bravotv.com: Speaking of, Calvin is quite difficult; do you think his attitude will adversely affect his success in the competition? Why?

LB: I find bad attitudes really boring. I think Calvin must have read, "How to get attention on a reality show for dummies." He's not a bad guy actually, he was just acting out. More attention was paid to him in the first episode for his character, for his sort of cattiness, than for his designs. As a judge, I wanted to see him make great clothes, not keep
talking about his attitude. Also, I think that he has better taste than what his design reflected in this first episode. Of course we love drama, but we're here to see fashion. So, hopefully he will learn that as the season progresses.

Bravotv.com: Iman was supposed to be the muse for this competition, why did you feel House of Nami better honored her iconic style than Emerald Syx?

LB: The House of Nami's collection was just more sophisticated. You’ll notice we start to use our favorite word, "cohesive," but it was! Where each designer has to excel and show off a dress that will win, the collection needs to stand together. Nami just got Iman better. She's a sophisticated, well-dressed, polished woman. With Emerald Syx's collection there were some pieces that I really liked, such as Jeffrey's jersey minidress and Cindy's jumpsuit (well, the front of it anyway). They had a couple of good, fluid looks, which were kind of Halston, Steven Burroughs-ish, the type that Iman looks great in. And I think she really appreciated those looks too. I think the print didn’t help them, and some of the designs looked too young and cheap.


Bravotv.com: Francine was sent home and you said her dress felt "like a prom dress." How could she have avoided this?

LB: A prom pre-party dress, actually. (Is there such a thing?) Now, a Strawberry-style dress is fine for Iman's daughter, but not for Iman. The print, the cut, the ruffle, everything was stuck-on and haphazard. Iman isn't going to wear a mini and a teeny-bopper print. Francine
showed a lack of understanding of who she was designing for. You have to pay attention, be a sponge! The best designs showed that, they showed a real understanding of who Iman is.

Bravotv.com: Was your decision to pick Cesar's dress as the big winner unanimous? Was it your personal favorite? Why?

LB: It was unanimous! It was the most grown-up, the most regal, the best executed and the most dramatic without being camp. There were a couple of other ones I liked but he really put the elements together best for Iman. Cesar is a little more mature, too. He has worked in the industry and his customer is a grown-up. That benefited him. Some episodes going forward will challenge him more.

It was fascinating to see the designers rise and fall depending on the challenges. It was also great to see the ones that didn't distinguish themselves from the start really go for it.

I love clothes and I really want everyone on this show to do well. As an editor, I want to see designers making beautiful things, and as a girl who loves clothes, I want to see something I want to wear. I know we’ll see more of it as the season progresses. Godspeed, kids!
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13 comments
ironyrules
ironyrules

what is with all the designers bragging on themselves!!!confidence is one thing but all the one upping is gross makes me not like any of the designers because they are all too consumed with how great they are, by some "fashion" hierarchy, that they seem to have lost their passion for design

Nevertooldforfashion
Nevertooldforfashion

Thank you, thank you, bravo!! After my complete disenchantment with this season's PR (more aptly should be renamed Project Sobway), I thought that was it for me because I won't be watching it ever again. Then I stumbled upon Bravo's Fashion Show! I love it and am a fan already!

sonya.b
sonya.b

where can i buy the dress Rachael Roy was wearing

Jorge
Jorge

I just want to say i love the show, glad there's a new one on....I also am glad to see Iman an Izack love both of them to death....Now I was really hoping that calvin would have been thrown off on the frst elimination cause i hate his attitude thinks he's better than everyone else. if it was me i would not have worked with him at all. I mean common not wanting to work as a team. does he really think that any fashion is all about one person, no it is not. And i do hope he gets booted off soon. Cause really if i was a women i would not even buy or look at his line and would make sure that none of my friends would even dare buy it in any store....But i love everyone else so far...And cannot wait for more to see...Love you iman...=)

tarotlady2
tarotlady2

Since there's no message board, I'll have to use this venue to express how pleased I am to have this show. Like many others, I was a PR fan from the start, followed it to that other channel & have been very, very disenchanted at the was it has gotten progressively worse over time. Now I have a new place to visit and enjoy. I like the new format & really enjoyed the first episode & look forward to things getting even better over time. Since I missed little bits and pieces of the first episode, I hope to view it again as a rerun so I can get more familiar with everything that went on. Thanks to Bravo for filling the 'void'!

SGee
SGee

Maybe if everyone stopped comparing this show to Project Runway, they could like it for what it is. I like both (although PR has gotten progressively worse since the switch to Lifetime) and there's room for both. Although I hope the episodes to come are edited to show more of the fashion and less of the "drama".

Also Laura, can you address why two designers who own a collection together were allowed to compete together? Seems like a disaster in the making whether they were both talented enough to make it or not.

Sharon Mather
Sharon Mather

While Iman may be a fashion icon, she presents herself in a haughty and arrogrant manner. Iman's comments were not constructive and she appeared to relish criticizing the contestants.. Issac is great and has a more nuturing attitude toward the designers. I think I will pass on this show. A little Iman goes a long way.

M3
M3

A knock off? Yeah, but it's done well & the more the merrier! (Just hope Iman doesn't become unbearable.)

GINI
GINI

ISAAC rocks!!! and the show was fabulous of course!!!

Ablolu
Ablolu

You might be a nice person but 'nice' didn't come across in this first episode. Your criticism wasn't constructive, it felt as if you were 'acting out' like Calvin. I apologize if I'm wrong.....it's the way you came across on the show.....in your blog, you sound better.

Marciglove
Marciglove

The show was great! I loves Iman's queen bee attitude.The designs were miles above the caliber of Project Runway, and this is only the first challenge. THe judges have way more personality and style than Michael Kors and Nina Garcia who has been due for a makeover for several years now. Can't wait to see more.

di-ann
di-ann

This show may be a knock off but I didnt even tape PR this season. How can you out "Tim Gunn" Tim Gunn ? Issac Mizrahi of course!! {and I love Tim Gunn} How can you out Heidi Heidi?Well...............................................Even if she scares me a little. The House of Nami from the name to the designs was better then ANYTHING ever on PR. The designs were beautiful and the choice of winning team plain to see. Now the winning dress was harder to choose and a better prize should have been given to him. PULEEZE It was a beautiful show of white and grey. It was a great night of TV and design

AND WHO'D EVER EVER THUNK ISAAC MIZRAHI WOULD BE THE STRAIGHT MAN ON A SHOW? Love him. {and I am a middle class middle aged broad from Middle America but I have loved him since his bandana and flip flop days!!!}

And You my dear are a cuddily addition Loved the show. YAY

Temporarily In PA
Temporarily In PA

I think I will stick with Project Runway.....this show is a horrible knock off!