Fashion Show #1 Golden Girls
Emerald, lead by Cindy and Golnessa, started their consult focusing on the wrong coast. They mentioned Hollywood red carpets (Oscars, Emmys) and the grand theaters on the West Coast, even though the challenge was clearly Upper East Side, NYC. When I reminded them of this, Cesar and Jeffrey started talking about The Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute's Gala (fashion's grand society ball). They showed me their color palette of taupes, nudes, and golds, while talking about romanticism, real glamorous "Hollywood" goddesses (no mention of Slim Keith, Babe Paley, or Pat Buckley). Perhaps the idea of The OC Housewives confused them a bit. This challenge was all about transformation.
With Hollywood still to heavily on Emerald’s mind, I decided to focus on a movie, The Age of Innocence based on Edith Wharton's novel. To create their fashion show, I wanted the newly transformed Housewives to enter through a red velvet curtain as if their names where being announced to the "grandest of New York society," like a coming out ball, as they enter the "grand salon." I started the show with a rotating spotlight effect, for a fairytale-meets-movie-premiere moment. Then I had the lights in the room fade in to mimic golden candlelight.
Instead of a red carpet, I asked the art team to source a stark white carpet as a play on the clean, simple runway of fashion week. However, they came back with a more dingy brown that would have looked too matchy-matchy for the clothes.Instead, we went for a matte white runway surface with no shine, and hoped for the best.
Instead of high voltage music, I had a string trio play live, giving the ladies a pleasant lightness of being, while still keeping them commanding and regal as they walked the runway.
They applauded for Jersey because the show was LEAGUES better than the OC show. Forget the ladies or the clothes, the direction for the Jersey show was great.
It’s great to see Bravo back in the Fashion TV game. I love this show. Isaac is hilarious and Iman is beyond! The Housewives, Iman and Isaac on one show!?! Andy Cohen (or whoevers responsible unbelievable combination of Bravo fashion) is genius. I love Stefan’s insight and behind the scenes take on things. I was a big fan of Papers “Stefan Campbell Presents” blog. Keep blogging Mr. Campbell.
Wow, what a turn of events on the show!! I just knew the House of Emerald had this in the bag originally, but when it came down to the Runway, Nami did it again. I was so in awe with Eduardo's dress that I was ready to grab it through the TV Screen! And can you say MIRACLE, because that's what David's dress was, to go from Peter Pan to perfect in a few hours was clearly a show of Team Work and dedication. I was a bit dissapointed in Caesars dress, I love him as a designer, but he got lost in this creation. The dress was not figure flattering at all and I don't understand how that could happen with a bustier. In the end, I think the right person went "out of fashion". Golnessa has struggled although she was beginning to show more confidence, so we will see if next week the House of Emerald will step back up to the plate and knock it out of the park!!
Stefan, thanks for blogging. I love your behind the scenes 411. Mr. Wiggles is actually named Grandma Wrinkles but I see how you could get that mixed up. The audience clapped for the NJ Houswives cause they are representing for the East Coast! The ladies of NJ keep it real as only residents of the tri-state area can! It's a NY/NJ thing, those West Coast ladies wouldn't understand! lol. I love the OC ladies too.
God I love what you wrote. The ladies are NOT READY for the UES. The John Singer Sargent comment is perfect, but the housewives wouldn't know subdued elegance and chic if it hit them in the face. What was up with all the skin showing? This was a disturbing comedy of errors, and I felt sad for the designers who had to contend with what passes as chic in NJ and the OC. Not chic in the least.