Fern Mallis

Fern Mallis reveals her familiarity with astrology, and gives some advice to Merlin.

on Jul 2, 2009

Bravotv.com: What  did you think about the designers having their fortunes read, using the Tarot cards as the basis for this week’s challenge?
I think it was a clever challenge … it certainly got some of  them thinking, and it was interesting to see how they individually  interpreted the readings and applied that to their  work.

Bravotv.com: Do you visit  psychics? Do you believe in that stuff?
I love “that  stuff." I have consulted with many different psychics  throughout the years … even ones that you work with over the phone. I haven’t been too consistent however … I guess I am waiting for the one who  tells me everything I want to hear. Then if it comes true, I’ll follow up with  another visit.

But I do consult  with an amazing and brilliant astrologer, who is also quite psychic, and his  readings are always immensely interesting, topical, and personal … and I trust  him implicitly. I am an Aries … in case anyone was wondering.

Bravotv.com: Which looks stood out the most to you? (for better or worse?)
Once again, the final four  looks — two from the top and two from the bottom — stood out for the best and worst  reasons.

Anna’s dress was really very cheerful and pretty, and her reading said she should have fun, use color, and flowers, and it was very her. She has been coming into her own and is  beginning to have a "signature style."  

I do think that  Merlin’s outfit was unfortunate. I accept that he was trying to do  something "out of the box" – at least for him, but it just didn’t work. I also thought watching the show and hearing his commentary to his colleagues  was very unnecessary and cruel ... and wanting to make pretty clothes, that would appeal not only to the judges, but to the audience (aka customers) is exactly what this particular competition (and industry) is all about. Sorry,  Merlin.  I know he is an engaging/amusing personality, but ultimately “it’s all about the  clothes."

And while James-Paul’s look had problems … he still is a “thinking” designer who needs to keep working through his ideas, and he needs more time in real life to really get it perfected, but he makes us always want to see where and how he will take his ideas next time.