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It was great to see Issac’s bonus clip about repairs this week, because during the mini challenge I thought to myself that I have done three out of four of those — some pretty often. Although the last time I made an article of clothing was a truly horrible candy-striped mini skirt in a middle school “life skills” class, I constantly sew on buttons, fix hems, and even a zipper once for myself and the three clothing-obsessed members of the male species in my house. Lidia did a great job on the shoulder pads, but I wondered if Haven accidentally tacked up part of the skirt with the zipper. Who messed up the buttons? Can’t remember now, but that’s something that dry cleaners in the city often screw up. How many times do you get back a shirt with a button sewn on in a different color thread? Take the time to do it yourself and you’ll never have that problem.
A coat is not a moat, a boat, or a goat. Sorry, I’ve been reading to my three-year-old. Seriously, I have to agree with Keith — a coat doesn’t really need to do anything but keep you warm or dry, unless you are Inspector Gadget. However, I think that may have been the point of the challenge, so was interested to see what people came up with. I was excited by the end – most people really did well overall.
Lidia’s raincoat – loved the color, the crinkly fabric and the hood – reminded me of a Judy Jetson coat with a dinosaur frill hood (and I mean that in a good way.) I also really liked James-Paul’s coat, though I preferred it zipped up; he did his job with the sleeping bag but I thought it looked slicker all done up. Daniella’s design really wowed me but the fabric didn’t seem like it would be comfortable. Keith’s coat was a great idea – if I were wearing it I would probably just take off the bottom par, tthough it’s cool to be able to completely take it apart. One of those situations, like James-Paul’s piece, where you can do something with the coat but you don’t have to.
Johnny’s coat would look nice over a cocktail dress – I don’t actually remember what it “did” so points off for that. Angel and Merlin had interesting designs but I was getting confused with all those zippers. Anna’s coat looked the warmest and the most functional. Yes, it wasn’t a big surprise that the gloves were hiding in the sleeves, but really that was the one that could go straight onto a rack at Bloomingdale's. Which brings me to Reco. It was a really cool idea and very original, though white for a coat isn’t so practical – was it Fern who suggested cobalt and black? Great idea. It will be interesting to see whether Reco’s confidence inspires the group or annoys them.
Practicality is what killed Haven and Markus. Haven’s needed a lot of help but wasn’t awful. The idea of hairspray and a mirror in the coat just made me think you’d never be able to sit down in it. Glad she’s still in and hoping for more from her. With the opposite problem, Markus had a wonderful idea with the jewelry holder. You could walk up to airport security, take off your neckpiece and send it right through the machine. Awesome idea. Bad execution. I’m sorry, Markus, but please don’t forget that one. When you do your next collection, work that concept out a little more because out of all of the things these coats did, that seemed like the most original that someone might want to try using.
Andrew’s coat was cool. Yes, Daniella obviously helped. Did she need to make a huge deal about it? It’s probably good that she did so in an environment where she could get feedback from wonderful designers who have been around the block a million times. She’s in her early 20s and hopefully learned a life lesson.
One thing I would have loved to have seen is an opera coat with pockets for glasses and a libretto. In the meantime, have a great Memorial Day weekend, everybody!
Alex, Glad they brought you into the mix. You always look very nice and you appreciate the art and hard work that goes into clothes. You understand silhouettes. Please, keep up your great taste, and find a way to help get it down to the low end of retail. There is WAY TO MUCH garbage out there.
I have to say that the reunion show was a hoot and made for good television, but I wanted to compliment you on your behavior, you were the only one that didn't come off as being an idiot, I love how you say what you need to without sounding like a crazed woman, you really were the only one that showed any sense of class, intelligence and common sense - good for you not to fall into the den of want to be diva's.
Dear Alex, thank you very much for your comment on my coat, it made me really smile :) Please step by to read my blog, it would be interesting to hear your comment what the judges had to say on my rain coat as well. All the Best, Lidia p.s. I loved your look in the gown from Maggie Norris in the Real Housewife of NYC! I had my first fashion show in NY along side with Maggie herself in 2003.
i THINK THE GIRLS ARE HARD ON YOU AND SIMON BUT LET ME TELL YOU I THINK YOU BOTH ARE THE MOST MATURE AND HANDLED ALL THE SITUATIONS WITH CLASS AND MATURITY BRAVO.
Alex, I like you as a person but your husband is making you look stupid, submissive, and classless. You have poise, and often respsond appropriately. You are CONSTANTLY making excuses for him, just like the blow up in the taxi. It's like your raising three children. You agree with his decisions, although you know they are not good, Alex it shows on your face. You are way too submissive, and I think you are confusing love and devotion with doormat! Seriously, think of how many times he has embarassed you. Now think of how many times you would NOT be embarassed if he was not so self absorbed. Come on girl,being a good wife and mother demands more respect than he shows for you. Make your own decisions and choices. I know many men who have left their wives for bold outspoken women. Watch out! As soon as he gets enough money and fame - BAM! A relationship takes 2 strong people. I get the feeling you come from a family with money. If that was cut off, where would Simon go next?
Alex, I can't believe I am loving this show. I think out of all these women you are the one with the most class. You never act like your in high school like the rest of them. You never seem to be caught up in the B.S. Nice going!
Loved reading your opinions on the coats! I certainly agree about an "opera coat" as I wind up with so many things in my hand that at the intermission I'm looking in the gift shop for a tote bag. I haven't been to the Met in so many years and bet they have them by now. Living in windswept Oklahoma, I think many here would like a coat with "built-in" hairspray and brush spaces. But since I like to carry all my personal stuff (meds, jewelry, etc.) on a plane with me, I know I would use Markus's "drapery" thing as just that. Maybe I should try making my own as it would have to work during non-coat wearing seasons as well! Keep commenting and blogging!
i JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW i think that you handled your self excellent at the reunion very classy and professionally .Your husband is a true gentleman.
Gosh, you are such a good writer, and -- forgive me -- so much more appealing and accessible in prose than on the Real Housewives. I applaud your move into the blogosphere and encourage you to do more with the written voice.
How odd that you are here...
From my view, you are no fashion plate. You are more like a fashion victim. You'll wear anything that is expensive or has a designer's name attached. However, that doesn't mean that everything you wear actually looks good on your shapeless frame. Please hire a stylist to help you out. Your malewife doesn't do a good enough job because his taste is only in his mouth!
I think that this group of "ladies" really does keep it "real". There is a lot of truth in this show and not everyone gets along. That's life. You depict a true picture of what is going on in the relationships between you all and I think that's the appeal.
I have to tell you that we love you and you handled yourself with such class, grace, and dignity. (Especially at that catty reunion!) By far the classiest housewife on that stage! We could all tell that your relationship with Simon is next to perfect, the other housewives must be jealous.