Fern Mallis

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

on Jul 2, 20090

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.

23 comments
Albert
Albert

I love Isaac and Fern! I don't think Merlin should have left at that moment of the show, but I was not aware until recently that his commentary and opinions were the cause of his leaving the show.......this would make sense....you can not badmouth the people that are trying to help further your career.....I think I know who will be the winner....

Lone Star Lil
Lone Star Lil

Dear Fern- I am a huge fan of the show, and I mean "huge" in both ways. If this show is supposed to be about "real fashion for real people," then how about making the designers create something for large people (or, as I prefer to say, "people of size"). I did notice that a few of the winning outfits were being offered in larger sizes, but HEY! Why not all the outfits, and why not go all the way to 3X? It's hard to be a fashionista when you're a plus size babe!

I'm going to miss Merlin too. What he chose to wear each day was often more interesting than any of the outfits the designers created!

Viewer
Viewer

Ugghh! Anna's dress over Reco's pantsuit?!?!? If you think her dress is such a great design, I would like to see you wear it out in public. Please post pictures when you do (although I know you never will wear that dress).

Robert C
Robert C

Hello Fern, You're the icing on the Fashion Show cake. So glad you're on board each week. Your comments are insightful, and your expertise is required to give this new show a 'credibility boost'.

Anna's dress was the OBVIOUS winner last week. I couldn't agree more.

Being a LIBRA, I'm always searching out 'balance'. Therefore, I really liked Reco's design, but had difficulty with his difficult, childish behavior. I'm still thinking the Halston fiasco should have encompassed his last appearance.

What's up with James Paul? Do you think he will still be able to somehow "WOW" us? I really hope he can pull it off. Besides Anna, he is the only hopeful that I see with the potential to pull it off.

Best Regards and Keep up the Good Work, Fern!

diva
diva

i cannot believe you chose anna over rico's look. maybe if she had turned the tulips upside down on the bottom of the dress. NO_ONE would wear that dress whith all that fabric around the waist and buttocks. so many times on the show you and other judges have been critical of a design b/c of the way it would look on women--but her look was not critiqued with this honesty!!!!

Viewer
Viewer

Fern, I so disagree with you on Anna's dress. It may be fun and colorful, but unless you are 10 and under, this dress would not look good on anybody. Even the skinnest of person wouldn't want all that material around their butt. Imagine trying to go through the TSA booth at the airport with that dress on. Now I could see wearing it at a Halloween Party. I really loved Reco's design and thought he should have won the challenge. Merline's outfit was colorful like you said and quite cute. Grant it he should have just made the pants straight instead of cut-off at the knees and the jacket was to die for, but it was a hell of a lot better than that boxy looks James Paul created. James Paul should have been gone a long time a go. I don't get the creative design you say James Paul has. Nope, can't see it....

Viewer
Viewer

I loved Anna's fun, colorful, flowery, flirty dress. It is young, bright, playful, and perfect for many summer occasions.. dress it up to attend a wedding, dress it down with flats for a picnic, lunch, etc. James Paul's was plain unflattering to any woman/butt!!!.. and Reco's was very cool/stylish, but, Anna's just made me smile and want to wear it for something fun in the summer...and it seemed to fit her psychic reading perfectly.. I did not, however, like the Bravo version for sale. They made it in polka dots and it resembled a "Wonder bread" wrapper. What a shame that they ruined the flowery, red, colorful design that fit the challenge so well.. Merlin's was OK, especially after most of the gaudy past items he designed. He is too flamboyant and his color choices too crazy and trendy for most women/consumers to want to spend their hard earned dollars on. Merlin's designs will come and go too quickly..and, he just doesn't even seem to like women.. let alone design for them. I hope that Reco can focus on his talent and designs rather than running his mouth and criticizing others all of the time. There is a difference between confidence and cockiness. He doesn't need to "tell" us how great he is.. He just needs to keep quiet and show it. His catty remarks will push people away and he may need a friend or two to get through the rest of the competition. Perhaps if he were nicer, Anna wouldn't have given him Halston.. I am sure that any of the other designers would have been much "meaner"/competitive had they had her advantage in picking the designers for the rest in that challenge.. esp, Reco and Merlin...!! They probably would have used that strategy much more to their advantage to sabotage than any of the women would!!! The show is getting better/more interesting each week. The remaining people are all good and it must be getting harder each week for the judges as well.

Sharon N
Sharon N

Fern, Would I love to wear Reco's outfit--YES!! Would I ever consider Anna's--NO WAY!! The judges were wrong again. Nothing ususual there, you seem to have forgotten the people buying are not fashion gurus--we either like it or don't. Anna's little pocket thingys are a don't. As for Merlin's, at least people could wear his and not be embarrased to be seen in it. It was indeed a good idea and done really well. JP's on the other hand-words can not describe how tired I am of the boxy ugly designs--he needs a new concept cause to quote Issac, We just aren't buying it.

diann
diann

I am really surprised at the mean spirited attacks on you and ur job on the show. I really feel you and Issac give it an air of authority. I would love to see more of the two of you. Good job Fern. I was however really sorry to see Merlin go.

patty
patty

James-Paul's outfit was horrible!! The worst thing all season and there's been some pretty bad stuff. But he stays? I loved Merlin's jacket. The zippered sleeves fit tight or loose--depending if your clothes are bulky. The craftsmanship was impeccable and the yellow color was so fun. I would buy that jacket. Nobody would buy that awful dress thingy. Patty, aka customer

Viewer
Viewer

I am shocked at the attacks against you here. I personally find you fabualous,intellegent and very viewable. Gee what is wrong with folks. I do love Reco alot. His final collection has the most depth. I just cant see how people think it is fixed. Every party needs a pooper I guess.

manina
manina

Hi Fern,

I totally disagree with you this week:

Nobody can wear Anna's dress. It was pretty like a vase, but you can't wear a vase...

Anybody could wear Reco's design, elegant, sexy, comfortable in a cool night in NY...

Nobody can wear James-Paul design, that model has an absolutely beautiful body and she looked like a scarecrow...

Merlin's design was very cute, the colors great. OK the pants were not great but you can pull them up or roll them up and the coat was beautiful.

What did he actually do to get kicked out? It was not the outfit, come on, we are not that gullible.

Johnny's was beautiful, I give it second place...

Daniella's outfit was horrid! Something you see in those $9.99 and up stores in strip malls. We are done with the organza jackets and the cheesy chintzy prints.

brentbent
brentbent

@viewer from 1:14pm There are six looks so people won't know who are the finale three before the episodes air. If you could look at only three collections today you'd know who was eliminated in the upcoming episodes before watching them. It also gives designers a chance to show what they can do given the time and money to put together a collection even if it won't be in the final three it'll still be seen by all the people at the show.

Viewer
Viewer

Reco should have gone for that red dress and all the judges knew it. At least her outfit wasn't a costume! His looked like a Halloween dress. The judges are trying to keep Reco on the show for some reason and I bet you will make him the winner no matter how bad he designs. The show is fixed.

Thomas
Thomas

You should look up JT Trafficante....he's the best there is Fern!

teri marie
teri marie

brovo magnifeso try and say that my dear. i recagnize your talent. thank you. always teri marie

helen
helen

BIG mistake..letting merlin go...he WAS the show!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Carol
Carol

That pocket dress reminded me of a kithen apron on crack Ugly. everybody that I know that watched that show wanted Reco"s outfit to win. Maybe the "top designers" are the ones that are out of touch. and Merlins Jacket looked beter than that messy looking outfit of Daniell's. By the way Kudos to the lady from Sax I think everybody gets why

Viewer
Viewer

One more viewer who agrees with Mimi389. I realize that I'm a Midwesterner and therefore, invisible to you fashion types, but Reco's outfit inspired me. When I have achieved my fitness goals, I'm going to contact him and see if I can't buy that suit from him directly. I must have it. A printed dress with giant pockets all around the bum? Not so much.

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Viewer

Fern M.,

Your just proof of all the crap that is out there. You have no idea what you are doing anymore. Please step down and let someone else do your job. Its over for you. You have horrible taste. Please give it up and go lounge around in the hamptons with all of your rich friends or something. I have lost all respect for you and Issac.

KatWil
KatWil

Hi, again, Ms. Mallis. I agree with Mimi389 100%. 'Nuff said.

Viewer
Viewer

Why are there 6 Final Shows on the Website...does Merlin get to "come back" what is going on, and why are these being shown already, I do not understand!

Mimi389
Mimi389

Fern I have great respect for your judgment...but Anna's over Reco's ?? I would love to buy Reco's...where on earth would you wear Anna's dress? Besides that ... where are you going to sit?? Not good.