Laura Brown

Laura Brown isn't sold on this week's pattern, but there are some bright spots.

on Nov 30, 20100

Bravo: For episode four, this week's challenge had a lot of different parameters. Contestants had to draw from the past, modernize it, stay cohesive within their house and incorporate plaid. Overall, how do you think everyone did?

LB: thought a time capsule was enough, but it was like, now it's plaid! It was a typical Bravo twist. But plaid makes me sad. I'm sad for plaid. All of that considered, the designers did a pretty good job, overall. I think the key to success was an innate understanding of the time period that we were referring to. For example, Rolando's dress looked nothing like 1969. As a designer, knowledge of fashion history is absolutely vital. You need to be able to immediately identify different eras. And those that were able to did much, much better.
Bravo: So if you were building a time capsule for 2010, for the designers in the future, what would you include?
LB: 2010 is totally schizo. It's been part khaki-safari-leopard; part minimalism — which didn't last very long, thankfully; and, as we're heading into spring, it's citrus. It's Spring 2011, but us fashion girls like to jump on things early, you know. But all up, I'd say it's the brief return of minimalism and the leopard invasion (I am guilty — I have leopard shoes on as we speak).
Bravo: So, as we were talking about before, plaid conjures up these negative connotations and you're not a fan. What are some great examples of modern plaid that you've seen lately?
LB: Yeah, plaid reminds everybody of school. Or golf. But Alexander McQueen's tartans and plaids were the best. They nodded to history, but they looked rebellious. The same goes for Vivienne Westwood. I think designers who can handle plaid particularly well seem to be British — look at Christopher Bailey at Burberry, as well. He has made what could be a really old, stodgy plaid…cool. You need that kind of British anarchic sensibility. That's why I liked what Dominique did — she made it grunge and street. I think it worked. The way to treat plaid is to punk it up. Punk it up or funk it up.
Bravo: So really exciting, the House of Emerald finally won. What do you think put them over the edge?
LB: Fluidity, I think. Nami's collection was just clunkier; a couple of the designers — David and Rolando — did really poorly. The clothes didn't fit well (perhaps you could tell by my wincing face). Emerald's just came together more seamlessly. Jeffrey's dress really exemplified the spirit this week and when he really rocks it, you can't beat him on his fluidity, his body consciousness, and his sense of ease. There's a Stephen Burrows-ish thing going on with him — his clothes move well and you feel good and skinny — very important. And the fact that he had the idea to take the dorkiness out of the plaid by adding that half-capelet thing was really clever. It looked  — what's our favorite fashion word? — modern.