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During my rehearsal with the ladies (we all held hands and took five deep healing breathes before started our choreography), I spoke to them about John Singer Sargent portraits to set a tone for their performances down the pike (as Isaac calls it).
These ladies were GREAT! Lauri perfected the haute nose in the high pose and attitude, and Gretchen looked like a movie star, though the goal was socialite. (Gretchen's body is amazing in clothes!) Poor and gentle Ashley had to lug all that dress, which seemed like three tons of fabric, wires and boning, that combined together to create a a maid of honor gown thrown in a Theyskens, Galliano, and Montana mash-up. Why do designers have issue with a ladies bustline?! Why are boobs such an issue?!
This show was serene, purposely to wash away the East Coast-bias that West Coasters are "over the top" (though I do love over the top, that just wasn’t this week’s challenge).
Fashion Show #2 Campy and Classy
Nami was lost from the start. Dominique was raw and shaken (losing Ro, plus losing to Emerald the previous week, never mind seeing David wimp, threw her off it seemed); Calvin was making too many gowns for one challenge (though he did have the unpredictable Teresa to dress); David was too conceptual for genteel (the triangle two-dimensional green things he attempted to put on his gown were dinosaur-like). Eduardo seemed the most focused, and created a gown that had beautiful hidden pleating at the waist and bust to hold Dina in place (take note!). The one and only thing they could agree on was that they wanted old Hollywood starlets (just like Emerald) and the song "Moon River" (from Breakfast at Tiffany's, at least it's set in NYC) to be their show's inspiration.
At this point, I thought if you can't beat them join them, so I jumped on the Old Hollywood bandwagon.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.