Bravotv.com: What were you looking for in this finale fashion show?
I wanted to see several fully realized collections … with a point of view that were beautiful, well-made and marketable, clothes that people would want to buy, own and wear. I wanted to see a spark that says ”I’m here to stay … I have something to add to the fashion industry.” I wanted to see a collection of clothes that would convince me that these designers would in fact be around in a few years, and they wouldn’t just become a name attending parties forever as a former contestant on a reality TV show.
Bravotv.com: What did you think of the four final collections (individually?)
I think they each did an admirable job, some more so than others.
I’m also always interested when they have a chance to speak in front of an audience and explain themselves. Communicating and describing a concept and relaying their passion is a big part of the world they are entering and it is important to communicate clearly, and this time they had to “set the stage” for what we were to see.
I liked Anna’s collection a great deal, as it is very saleable, colorful, wearable and feminine. She referenced Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights painting which was quite ambitious and inspirational, but her clothes did not have much of a connective thread through the collection.
I was pleased however to see how Anna emerged as the season progressed. In the beginning she was quiet and unassuming, never seemed to be in the fray, and she just stayed steady, and got better and better and became more of a person/designer we wanted to know and hear from. Through most of the season, the “girls” were much less interesting personalities than the “boys” … but in the end, I really think the girls rose to the top and for the right reasons; their talent took them there.
Daniella was clearly the youngest and spunkiest of the girls … but she also has something to say, which she always did — both verbally and creatively through her clothes. I was impressed by her introduction to her finale collection which “paid homage to all the strong women in her family”… it was a nice touch. Her collection truly held together as a “collection.”
She hit on several strong fashion points and used her fabrics in an interesting way. She “treated” her leathers, layered her looks, made the shoulders a focal point which held throughout the collection. She is definitely going to be someone we will see again.