Fashion Show #2: Film Noir
Nami with Calvin, and without both Mike and Cesar, was a bit deer-stuck-in-the- headlights, which allowed Eduardo to speak up more and take charge. He is now the senior member of the house in both age and technique really (his clothes have been beautifully made so far). Nami, like Emerald, wanted a club scene but more jazz than disco, to create a nightlife environment that fit a sophisticated city girl.
I suggested to the house that jazz, though a great image, was difficult to convey as femme fatale as the immediate impression for the judges. So I thought a film noir set and mood would be more fitting. Luckily, they agreed.
The set was stacked with scaffolding and ladders, which I had painted black, for silhouette use only (there was a grip on set during building days who was always on the tallest ladders…I was always mesmerized). The look of this evoked both film set and cityscape. For the film noir mood, I had a reel count down starting with five (for five the designers) and a film strip motif run throughout until the tableau at the end, when I had “THE END” from a ‘30s film appear. As for the runway, I thought a shadowy, yet wet, looking floor would be great, as if the fatales were stalking for their victims through alleyways.
The clothes were better than Emerald’s (yes, Ro’s dress was a bit Dr. Seuss-ish, as Isaac pointed out) and Calvin’s look conceptually fit right in--though he still bullied his new house slightly by insisting on a bold red lip for his model while the others choose not to). I can understand why challenge winner Eduardo felt Calvin should be up for elimination (for the third time in three weeks) because he does not always follow along.
Overall the fashion shows worked, however, I felt the designers (on both teams, honestly) had a difficult time understanding what a femme fatale was as a reference. The houses may feel the staging and sets over power the clothes especially when the judges are critical of the garments. But the true of the matter the clothes needed the exact push to create an ambiance for this 24 hour challenge. Welcome to THE FASHION SHOW designers!