Stefan Campbell

Stefan loved how the houses presented completely different views of a NYC getaway.

on Dec 22, 2010


Emerald (mainly Cesar) wanted the Hamptons and the world of Ralph Lauren as inspiration for the collection and show. This was to be all about Americana and a fantasy ideal with crisp, easy breezy over tones. Because Cindy, being a West Coaster, had never been to the Hamptons (nor really heard of them) she was trusting in Cesar's vision of what that life entailed. 

The mood I wanted to create here was an adventurous lady of leisure, who travels the world (a nod to David's Safari look) but resides in South Hampton (a nod to Cesar’s three creations). The set would be a view of the ocean behind giant windows and a foyer with white blowing chiffon curtains (it's my fantasy to have a three side house on the beach of Costa Rica with draping white curtains), that leads to the a private beach from her private boardwalk. All the props, including the bike and luggage, which the team member received from Lost and Found, were painted stalk white along with the lifeguard chair that could fit a family of four (All the white paint I wanted ruined my new Paul Smith black summer suit. A true fashion tragedy!).

Though the set and scenery was Hamptons inspired, the clothes were not. Could you imagine any of those looks coming from Ralph Lauren? Though Cesar's sheet pants and bustier were well conceived (I would love to see a woman rocking that look minus the sweater), they felt more St. Tropez or Lamu than WASPY Hamptons.

I loved the contrast of the two shows and how each house interpretation of resort and getaway dressing for NY was so different. I only wish they would have had as much fun and sense of adventure with building the clothes as I did building the runway presentations with 24 hours notice. With "nutty" David gone, I don’t know if Dominique will be having as much fun but I'm sure she will gain some much needed focus. Look what happened with him simply being on another team for this challenge. Congratulations, Dominique, for your win this week!