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Bravotv.com: First, how was it reuniting with all of the eliminated designers?
It was fun, and it was also a bit tense at moments. Many of the contestants had lots to vent about. But all in all it was very rewarding to see them all together and get a sense of who we will definitely see and hear more from, and to hear how the show has changed and impacted their lives, and it was clear that they all won something.
Bravotv.com: Why did the judges choose who they did to win?
Daniella pretty consistently had a strong design aesthetic, and her final collection was very thought out, beautifully made, it was young and refreshing, and totally her own. She even did the music and lyrics, and sang it too … but that wasn’t part of the decision. She is talented, and we felt she deserved to be acknowledged. It was tough. However,I also think James-Paul is a real gem, and he did a very intelligent and interesting collection … maybe a bit too esoteric for most viewers.
Bravotv.com: Were you surprised by who America chose?
Not at all. I think we all walked out of the final fashion show and said, “Anna will win.” Her clothes communicated to many people, were colorful and pretty … and also quite good. From our professional comments, it didn’t hold “together” as a collection, but the viewers weren’t voting with the same criteria we were. We were not disappointed though. We felt any one of the three finalists would have been a great choice — that’s why we whittle it down to them.
Bravotv.com: What advice would you give to the winner?
Anna should take her time … slow and steady wins the race. She should invest that money smartly, talk to Glenda and everyone else who can spend some time with her, and I think she needs to think long and hard about starting her own line. If that’s the direction she goes, wants to go, she should sit with some smart industry people about a business plan, investors and learn all the aspects that need to be understood before she “opens” her business. There’s a whole universe to succeeding beyond just designing pretty clothes.
Pretty predictable. Nothing spectacular all season. Bravo will have to do more to make it interesting.
Loved the Fashion Show and I hope it will be on for a second season. I voted for James Paul personally I just thought his collection was much more interesting and thoughtful. I like designers that are more outside of the box such as Alexander Mcqueen, Yohji Yamamoto, Jean Paul Gaultier etc. etc. but I wish Anna success in her career as well as the other designers. How about more men's clothes design challenges.
I loved the 'Fashion Show' and looked forward to future shows. I have always loved Isaac Mizrahi, from his daring blend of colors in clothing to his talk show (sorry it's gone), so I was thrilled to see him in my living room again each week. The show was fun, and the audience interactive vote at the end was great. I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the outfit that Fern was wearing at the finale (turquoise and coral), she looked fabulous in the ensemble and the ensemble looked fabulous because of her. Who is the designer and can we get an outfit based on that designer made available for the average consumer? If not - no matter - Fern, you still looked great!
who/what/where !!!!! i loved the teal blue outfit fern wore on the show tonight for the finale - does anyone have info on it?
I get why Reco was eliminated but what I do not get is why the one who the voters selected did not get any money or anyone saying that she would be introduced to other designers. U all need to revamp your show because what Anna won was empty and that is not fair! This finale was really dumb.
I love the fact that Anna won!! I would "so" wear her clothes. As you stated before, not every woman is a small size, and I could see these clothes being made for larger women, and not feel like we are wearing grandma clothes. We want to feel good about ourselves, and it's hard with the lack-luster trend to awful materials.
Daniella is one to watch. She has a strong voice and powerful passive aggressive style, but she will be feisty in the industry.
Thanks for being on the show. I loved hearing your point of view!
I went to shop online, because I really did love love love several outfits that Anna had created. I was sad to find that none of the sizes were large enough for me to purchase. I know that model skinny people are the only ones who are really ALLOWED to wear nice clothes, but I was kind of hoping that since your show made an effort to mention sizism and did a real woman challenge, that there would be a variety of sizes.
I love the Fashion Show. I enjoyed the whole season and am so glad Anna won. Now my greatest interest has to be what is Fern wearing and where I can get some of that fashion that she wears. I love the clothes she wears and is it hers or who is the designer, or does she shop off the rack like I do?? Kat
I was so happy for Anna, she made clothes that all women would love to wear and have in thier closets. I will be purchasing the knit dress!!!
Fashions Icons are wonderful, I'm a middle aged woman and lived through the Dior, Channel etc. eras via mag covers and movies. But to embarrass a young designer for not having more than a passing knowledge of them is ridiculous. To his credit, not knowing about them validates that his fashion is indeed his vision. At our age, all fashion is reruns, either through history or personal experience.
Let the young be young, studying icons is a dangerous path to "knock offs". When people of our age groups judge youngsters, we risk admiring fashions that remind us of our youth, not good. We are also wise enough to know it's their time and it's new to them, let them run with it.
Great finale.. As you stated, they are ALL winners.. Anna is the "Whole Package" as far as the premise of this show went. She is creative, constructs impeccable clothes/tailoring/sewing/technical skills..as well as being the most focused (stayed out of the drama/did not criticize her colleagues (like most of the others did), kept her ego in check and listened to what was asked of during the challenges and the constructive criticism offered each week from the judges. Too many of the others had a "one tract mind", were too cocky to listen to what was asked of them in the challenges presented or accept any criticism or learn how to evolve in this business. The one trick ponies will come and go, but, in the end, Anna is the kind of designer that will be able to work with, learn from, and move ahead in the fashion world with her mentors and peers.. She is a great role model for her students, as well.. She listens and learns, but, keeps her vision. America voted for her and will buy her clothes... Hope the other contestants learn from Anna.. I liked how she stated in her blog that "a little Humility goes a long way." On a side note, I loved your dress in the show last night. Very pretty and great, turquoise color..
I so enjoyed the Fashion Show on Bravo TV.......and I am so happy with out come. Thank you for a wonderful time!
Is this all who watched the show? Nine PEOPLE? Justice will prevail by seeing what the future really holds for these designers.
Fern has mentioned that she is going back to Mumbai, India to get her fashionable tunics and ensembles, she has been wearing during "The Fashion Show." From hindues fashion forward new designers. Amazing colors and fabrics. I love James Paul collection, unfortunately not very american style.
Reco had one bad outfit the wedding dress, daniella had several and most of James Paul outfits were bad. Reco deserved to be in the finale final 3. Issac praised Reco's collection but you cut him off in mid-sentence with unwarranted comments regarding construction. I was entirely disappointed with the finale. I like the fashion show audience format for initial elimination and future designers should key their creativity toward the composition of the fashion audience for each show in order to be successful week in and week out. I must say that I did not find your comments constructive but bias. Disappointed.
I loved your grace, your intellect and you knowledge and that you shared it with us in a way we could all understand, even us fashion wannabes. Merlin I am so glad he finally admitted he is not a fashion designer! He wants to do Broadway, stage shows huge productions, not what can I wear so people look because it's beautiful, not freaky.
So Isaac tells Daniella she is a 'sizeist' and the judges say she is their choice, then the clothing is not produced in larger sizes. The ultimate vicious circle.
The finale was lame. Was actually pulling for James Paul, but happy for Anna. Thrilled Daniella didn't win (although it was obvious she was who the judges wanted). Sad that Reco wasn't in the final three as he deserved to be. Fern, you looked fabulous in the finale.
You are the best part of the show and I would like to see your role change to include critique/teaching in the work room, the other 2 were a joke. The show itself needs serious changes to ever rise to the top .. find some new writers and editors... more looks into design, fabric, actual construction, and the designers. Less phony lines... hanging by a thread etc. Come on now, Fern, talk to Bravo and get this done. Stop the cookie cutter shows, Bravo... lead us again into a new TV experience. And increase Fern's exposure - she's the magnet.
Hi, My name is Zulema and I so watched The Fashion Show every day hoping that Daniella ould of won. I love her fashion eye cant believe she did not win..
It was so clear that you were disappointed in America's choice for the wnner. You and Isaac could barely manage a sincere smile and manifest enthusiasm. I think your blog said it all though. America doesn't see the complexity of the issues when choosing a designer. They just see what they want to buy. But for the first time, I would like to buy those clothes. And wasn't that the concept of this show?
I am very happy for the winner. Ann with gusto, congratulations. Good work. And go out into the Fashion World and work it girl! I just feel you are going to do good things in your life. bye Fred of Redondo Beach, So.Calif. 90277
I am very disappointed by this show and probably will not watch it again. First of all, Reco should have been in the final three. Second, I don't know why the judges are always down on the designers who think "outside of the box" like Merlin and James Paul. Yes, their stuff is not mainstream, but it is a very unique perspective that I think should be applauded. I am glad Merlin defended himself.
I thought james Paul's collection could have been in Paris or Milan. Very Avant Garde and made a statement. Anna had very pretty and wearable dresses but did not look like a cohesive high fashion line. All four were very talanted.
I think you kept James Paul in the final 3 because his winning design sold out on your website. You must have thought there was a demographic out there that you hadn't quite identified that might very well push him over the top.
Well, that backfired! What a bust.
Hi Fern! I'm glad Anna won. I really got what she did--more of a boutique collection rather than "cohesive" which industry critics look for. She played it perfectly to the audience. Who wants a closet full of Daniella's clothes?
I hope Anna can open a boutique in the right location and design a variety of things for her future customers. It's absolutely her niche!
Thanks for added comments, post-finale, Fern.
You were the best part of the show and I'm still hopeful that next season you will play a much larger role in each weekly challenge. I would really enjoy seeing you further mentor and critique during each designer during the creation process. The producers / editors can build a more intelligent level of drama in to the competition by doing so.
Is the fashion show coming back? I hope so, I loved it. Fern, I hope you will have a larger role in the second season. Bravo needs to rethink Kelly. I don't think she added much to the mix.
I watched the first couple of episodes and I regret not following the show until the end, because I am a big Project Runway fan.
Fern it was my pleasure meeting you in a Manhattan store yesterday! Fern suggested I come over here to check out the blog and I am glad I did. I'll be back to get caught up.
Congratulations to Anna!
You have been a wonderfully unbiased judge throughout the season. Your comments were constructive in tone. Thank you for that.
Although I am satisfied with the finale outcome regarding Anna's win (based on what I could actually see), I must say that it was a truly ludicrous way to go about choosing said champ. The audience was expected to pick the best collection based on a scant seconds perusal of each piece. Not only that, we are not right there at the runway to really see the fabrics, craftmanship, fit, or finish of each piece. A long distance view is preposterous. No wonder most people probably went for their favorite personality vs innovative ideas. If there is a next time, leave the final decision to the experts (i.e. professional judges) who are up close to the collections.
I would love to see a second season of this show. It is a great tool for young designers who are lurking in the shadows. I think we all can agree that Bravo wants to be responsible for the credit of producing the next great American fashion designer. I loved the entire cast of judges and Kelly made a great host.
I love to watch the show to see what YOU are wearing each week. Your clothes are so lovely and each week I am surprised by your taste and the design of your attire.
Can you please tell me if any of your clothes are available to purchase anywhere?
Thank you so much
Loved the fashion show, Isaac and Kelly are the best, Though I was rooting for Reco to be in the final show I'm glad Anna won it, she is very talented and will be around for a long time but I was disappointed when no one that is affiliated with the show didnt recognize that Anna"s design from the Chanel challenge and the finale had been done by a designer on Project Runway, I'm referring to the wave pattern. Check it out!
I think the show turned out great.. was hesitant at first because we all, of course, were comparing it to "Project Runway". Once we got the gist of it, it was different and fun. Anna was the perfect winner.. She delivered the whole premise of your show. She was creative, listened/followed every challenge, and created clothing that real women would want an could wear! The rest were acting like "Divas" and complaining and whining and bragging about how great they are while Anna worked... We don't care what the commenters say about Reco or Daniella.. They were so self-absorbed/ego-mainiacs and real people do not like that or want to support that kind of person.. They need to grow up and look and listen to "real people".. the ones who will buy their clothes.. not just their vision of the perfect/sexy size zero woman and their envision that everyone will just have to love it/buy it? Hello?
Tired of the whole "Reco" drama... It has ruined the whole show and the premise of what this show as about.. People need to get over these prejudices if any show is ever to get off the ground. The designers on this how were all from different backgrounds/ countries/educations/visions.. Anna followed the rules and challenges and met the standards and was the best. We are tired of hearing the complaints of people who are only favoring their favorite personality, etc. Anna won and deserved to win.. Why can't people be nice and happy for her.. Why do they post "Reco" or other things when it is over.. SHE won.. and they are all going to be fine..the judges and America decided.. That's IT!!! Go and buy Reco's or James Paul's or Daniella's designs on their websites, etc. Just don't be mean to Anna.. That really upsets me.
I think the outcome of the show was correct. Anna followed the rules, created beautiful designs that will actually be wearable to the public and they voted for her.. So, the rest of the whiners about Reco need to go to his website and buy his clothes. he was not the best and his models couldn't even walk in those clothes. Daniella is great , but, designs only for the very young, ultra model thin who have no money.. James-Paul is great and belongs on Project Runway or some place in the high fashion world. The thing that separated this show from Project Runway was that it was supposed to be more for "normal" people who actually buy the clothes.. Anna did that.. with grace, no complaining, and dignity. Why can't all embrace that and just be happy for her instead of all of the whiners about how Reco should have won. He did win.. He won the media with his loud/abrasive bragging. I think Merlin did the same thing.. They are going to be fine with all of their screaming and have become noticed as just that.. Daniella will be great with the very young /ultra thin buyers..and Anna should fair well with her students with her grace and dignity and she is a great role model for young people who need to learn how to work with others, yet, keep their vision.. I commend Anna for doing all that was asked of in this show and not criticizing others to get there. She stayed focused and worked it for all. She didn't brag or step on others to prove how good she is.. I think we should all be very happy for her and those who disagree..should just buy stuff from the other designers without complaining or making negative comments about her or lauding the ones that did not win. Be nice..
Fern Mallis was the best thing on an incredibly horrible show. By incredible, I mean "beyond belief". By horrible, I mean "dreadful."
Notes for next year: 1. Lose Kelly 2. Axe the Mizrahi as Mentor routine. Tim can do it. Issac cannnot.
FERN I DISAGREE WITH YOU ASSESSMENT OF DWIGHT'S TIE. I LOVE IT! I THINK THE CONCEPT IS UNIQUE' AND TOTALLY FASHION FORWARD. I MYSELF IS A "TRENDSETTER" AND I WOULD WEAR THAT LOOK IN A HEARTBEAT.
TELL ME WHO'S COLLECTION YOU WOULD MOST LIKELY SEE ON THE "RED CARPET" RECO'S OR JEAN PAUL'S??? I REST MY CASE!
I met you this past June when I was in the Hamptons with my friends from Ralph Lauren @ the God's Love We Deliver Event. You were so nice and inviting to me that I thought I would write and thank-you for making me feel so special and appreciated. A true sign of class to make someone feel so right at home. Thanks again. You are the Greatest!
hi fern, just wanted to let you know you have some beautiful and creative ideas for fashion. I love The Fashion Show my mouth is wide open the whole entire show it is one of my favorite show's. Ana I think is the best choice for The Fashion Show winner her designs were very wearable and retail friendly unlike Reco's. I agree with you Reco needs to research some designers instead of the Aztec Empire!!!!!