Fern Mallis

... although Fern does have some words for Reco if he wants to be successful.

on Jul 16, 20090

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.

169 comments
Viewer
Viewer

I am proud of the judges cause I did not expect them to discharge Reco cause he seemed to be there favorite. They were very fair cause yes his collection was the least best of the 4. Also do not understand the talk about it wasn't fair to Reco and the love for him. He came of so arrogant. I liked a lot of his work but definitely not his final collection. The judges did a great job and I liked this show.

Disappointed Viewer
Disappointed Viewer

I find it strange that Fern took Reco to task for his attitude, yet said nothing about Daniellas - of the two, I found her much more offensive. To single out one contestant for "attitude" is not an example of a fair-minded judge.

I feel strongly that Reco was eliminated not because of his collection or his attitude, but because he might win the viewer's vote over Daniella. I don't think any of the judges expected James Paul or Anna to win over Daniella.

Sure there were a couple of mistakes in Reco's final collection, but that could be said of all the rest as well. His designs throughout the show were the most beautifully constructed and original. He earned the right to be part of the viewer vote. The judges clearly played favorites as Fern has so ably shown.

If one of the criteria was wearable clothing - James Paul fell quite short in that regard. Daniella's clothing was designed for a very small segment of the female population, was dated, and had several garments no better constructed to fit than Reco's wedding dress. In my opinion she won points for presentation, but that was it.

Anna got my vote simply because she had the most wearable clothing. I didn't feel her clothing was overly original, but she took risks with her fabric choices and made well constructed clothes that could be adaoted to larger sizes.

If you are going to have a show where the viewers get to decide the winner, the judges are there to offer their expert opinions, but not rig the results.

Mavin
Mavin

As a viewer, it was clear to me that the show dampened the results much of the time for the designers overall in two main areas: very limited time in fitting models (hence Reco's unfortunate disaster with the wedding dress where none of the models could wear it as it was first sewn), and the unimpressive variety of footwear. Aside from changing some of the pieces to bolder colors, I guarantee that if high boots had been provided and used in James-Paul's final collection his look would have definitely been more widely appreciated. Hands down, I still think he should have won out of the three.

I also think that Merlin's sweatshirt fabric travel suit was very fresh and spoke of what I like at any time, traveling or not - comfort and style. If there is any way I can get either the top and pants from Merlin or the pattern itself, I'd make it work for me in a hearbeat, and I'm 45!

Viewer
Viewer

To those who keep complaining that Reco didn't win, yet they want clothes that Real women will wear? Two of his designs were so tight ..he had to refit/resew and, then, the super skinny models still couldn't even walk in them!! How do you suppose average women could wear Reco's corseted tops, micro-mini skirts and skinned tight pants, or even, Danielle's ultra short/tight skirts/pants and clothes? They both seem to focus on skinned tight/"hooker" looks!! At least Anna's clothing will fit and flatter normal women and are fresh/colorful, and unique.. Danielle's were fun for now/this year, maybe. Reco's feather dress looked too much like what we saw in the last Project Runway finale...

sherbug
sherbug

Since Fern believed Reco thought he already won, I believe that biased her opinion. Black designers really have a hard time getting into the mainstream, even when there is a Black First Lady. MObama never wears any designs by black designers.

I hope that Reco finds a niche for his work.

Viewer
Viewer

I wish that the judges would realize that the majority of us who are watching out there in TV Land are just plain people. We won't ever attend Fashion Week or purchase couture gowns. Therefore do not expect our opinions to match yours. We want real, attractive, comfortable and sometimes exciting clothes. Yes your wealthy friends and clientele live in your world but most of us do not-yet we admire real fashion that we would actually wear. When you eliminate the self-taught Riccos in favor of the formally-trained John Pauls just remember fashion to most of us means "What will WE wear?" .....not what will make the cover of Harper's Bazaar or the runway during Fashion Week.What looks wonderful on a size 00model who is 6 feet tall just does not translate in our world.In other words.....keep it real if you are a television show that is trying to attract an audience of millions.

Viewer
Viewer

Reco Reco Reco....didn't anyone notice that his models had trouble walking and looked awkward because his clothes were way too tight and constricting? Get real!

Viewer
Viewer

RECO was robbed!!!!!

Viewer
Viewer

All of the designer's collections were flawed. James Paul designs are futuristic starwars costumes. Fern may wear this clothing, but she is one of the few. He should not be in the finals. Daniella clothes were poorly designed, trendy 80’s style, and tacky. Her classic gray evening gown off center cut during the season should have been the inspiration and staple for her designs. Anna is a designer, but she made several commercial pieces not a collection, and the cone pockets are not appealing. Reco is a designer; the black pants suit and snow suit were incredible during the season. His collection had great moments, such as the blue coat, black suit, and red dress. But, because he is so good everyone expected more. He should not have been penalized for our expectations, because his talent was proven throughout the season and during the finals. The final vote should be between Reco, Anna, and Daniella.

cag
cag

Well I just watch enough of the show. It took about ten minutes to see that the judges are still going on about how well they did in selecting the finalist of the fashion show. I know that even if Reco hadn't the strongest collection, but neither did Anna. It's concept was allot of disjointed pictures in one frame. The collection was saleable, but there was no cohesion to it. So if she was out then Reco loved by all the viewers would be fan favorite. That was too much money to give to the person that was trying something new in his collection. What they should have done is given the big money to the judges pick. That way Reco could have stayed. You led us on all season. I personally will watch next season but with a different attitude. Fern by the way anyone that can say that a designer designs for extra skinny people has a problem. P.S. Daniella's clothing makes a woman's crotch seem strange.

Viewer
Viewer

Well ... I happened to have agreed with you. His was the weakest of the 4 ... I didn't get those big, blocky geometrics (and certainly didn't buy them as representative of the "Aztec" empire). I was most disappointed in Anna's collection because, as the weeks went on, I really began to appreciate her vision and talent. I completely agreed that hers was more a mosh pit of fashion ideas BUT the clothes were more werable, saleable and pretty than Rico's. I agreed that James Paul and Daniella both had fully realized collections and should have gone on (like him or not, he had a definite point of view and executed a great, if spooky, look). So Rico drew the short straw because he (as he admitted) spent too much time "researching" and not enough time constructing a collection. People here are giving these judges way too hard a time. And while I loved Project Runway, I really came to adore Isaac and his interplay with Fern & Kelly. I'm just not a lifetime viewer so I'll probably never see 'em again but I think with some maturing next year this is a worthy replacement standing on its own.

Viewer
Viewer

Reco is an excellent designer and if u in fact go back thru the show they stated it time and time again. Reco was not liked b/c of his attitude as Fern so eloquently stated above. So they didnt give America the opportunity to vote for him b/c there is no question that he would have won. Isaac even stated how much he liked his pieces and until FERN started to talk about how much she didnt like them.

Aaron
Aaron

Ive been a fan of project runway, and as a fashion student I think giving aspiring designers a chance to express there creative aesthetics is brilliant. When I that bravo would be airing a new show I was very interested to see how it would turn out. This season I have been extremely dissapointed with more then one aspect of the show. Not that I am an expert, but i felt this show lacked some important things. The challenges seemed uninspired, a lot of the the contestants represented themselves unprofessionally, and for a group of professionals, the contruction was poor. The show claims to want clothes average people will buy and wear, but in the end rico was eliminated and james paul stayed. Rico throughout the entire show represented himself how someone who is passionate about their work should. Even though he may have been able to do more in the end, he made the show all season, and was unfairly judged. The other designers james paul was unable to prove himself all season and got multiple chances. Rico should have been rewarded for the entire season as well as a final collection that was the most wearable. Overall i hope next season is much better.

Linda Smith
Linda Smith

I have enjoyed the show from the beginning; however, last week was the end for me. Throughout the show including the last episode, we were told we would vote for the winner. However, when the judges discovered we were not voting for their choice, they decided to change the rules and let us vote for their choices. BAD BAD Decision. Stick by the rules you established at the beginning.

Viewer
Viewer

After reading Sandy's review, I got a clue. Danielle's creation resembled Michael Jackson's outfit.....Aha! I was wondering where did I see that outfit. Thanks Sandy for your clue. I was clueless before maybe like all those judges too?????

Viewer
Viewer

I am dissapointed that the judges keep on saying push the envelope not so simple or classic cause the thing is that in reality NOBODY would ever buy those outfits. For example, in episode 4 Lidia should have been sent home instead of the other guy because his is actually wearable in the real world!!!!! Not only worn in NYC which the outfits that "push the envelopes" won't sell there either!!

Red
Red

Well on the whole I just learned this show exsisted and watched a lot of the marathon or just re-runs whatever it was today. I will not say that I don't like the show I do. It does have the feel of project runway but then I say why fix what is not broken. I did want to write because I too thought Rico should have been in the final three. I enjoyed his style of design, he seemed to bring glamour and lady like femininity that seems to not be in the everyday fashion I see. He showed women and girls that you can be sexy without being whorish. It was pure elegance, even the feathers, I don't know anyone who would wear that dress but for a runway show it was right on the money. Over the top and popping. And I do think there is sombody somewhere and bravo proably already knows who, Will pay good money for that dress and the many more that will be made to look like it.

(reponse about Kelly) I like Kelly Roland and I do think she would have a deffinate opinion about fashion. 1. she is a star and always on front street as it relates to what she wears. (something any woman learns being under public scrutny. 2. Being a part of the Knowle family she would have grown up around fashion and design. Her (God Mother) (hope I am not stating that out of hand just the way I understand from what has been talked about on television) designed most of the costumes and clothing that Destinies Child wore as a group. And they have a fashion lable (hello). To me those reasons alone are more than enough to explain her presence.

But the suggestion is why not take us inside the world of celebrity fashion. More specifically male and female actors, singers, althletes etc. I think to get away from the project runway feel, that there needs to be something about Fashion Show that is different. I have no idea what it takes to costume a concert, or to have just the right gown, dress, or tux, or whatever for this event and that public apperence. But I do know that it has to happen for things to be a success. So why not incoprate that into the show. A great designer is sombody who can handle all of those things and keeps people in the hottest fashion. I guess I am saying change up the challenge aspect and let them work with real top billing clients. Then we can see through out the week or however long each challenge will take what that is like, how did they deal with that person, how succesful are they at intrepeting the need of the client (while staying fashion foward), I think that is something I would watch and a lot of other people too. I really liked project runway, and will proably watch it when it comes on again. But I would love to see some of the other sides of fashion. The real work, the real grind. Don't designers also become successful because of who they know (net working) and customer service. We get to see how they are with one another. And that does not matter in the job world. However, how they deal with clients does matter. You know like for a challenge they can compete for the top design to win a contract with a music person who is going on tour and needs custumes for their show. Once a person is picked as the winner, then take us through the process of outfitting a celebrity with the costumes for a concert. Mabe have a show working with stylest on creating a look for a client. Anywho let us see some of the other avnues of fashion. Some of the real behind the scenes. Oh final thought. Someone said today that Rico should go to paris or travel the world enhance his skill. Or to work undersombody for awhile. Give us that to, show us that being done. Most people have to start somwhere before they become their own brand so show us that part. But I could go on and on so I will stop here I have already typed to much. I look foward to next season to see what you guys do different if anything other than switching the contestants.

Viewer
Viewer

I am very disappointed that none of you fashions come in a full figured woman's size. I guess we do not matter to the fashion industry.

Viewer
Viewer

I watched the episodes advidly each week to see what the challenges would be and how well the designers carried out the challenge. The last show was a big disappointment for me. I did not vote but I am sure millions of viewers did vote. Anna in my opinion did not have a collection it was just pieces that we had seen during the season, how she made it to the end is beyond me. I am still wondering who would wear James Paul/John Paul's collection. I know you could care less how I feel about the end results, but I had to express myself.

Viewer
Viewer

Fern, Such a pity that you have to bear the weight of all of our negative comments about you. It's my opinion that these comments should be directed to "HARPERS BAZAAR REPRESENTATIVE" and not to you. Does she have a blog???? How is it that she chose the winner and not THE ORIGINAL THREE JUDGES and of course we AMERICANS?

I feel that she should not have been a judge since she was not a member of the judging panel throughout the show. WELL, if she thinks that choosing Daniella will make people buy their magazine or her clothes -- THINK AGAIN. Perhaps this show should take a lesson from America's Next Top Model when it comes to judging!!! Her comment that Reco should work for another designer is totally absurd. You of course as well as the the other two judges appeared to be trying to find words to support her decision. Small wonder their magazine sales are down.

Recco is popular because of his designs throughout the show, i.e. Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, the US Gold Medal swimmer, Elvis Presley, and of course the late Michael Jackson, ALL POSSESS NATURAL GOD GIVEN TALENTS. So does Reco. HARPERS BAZAAR is not on the cutting edge of talent.

Alas, Leann over Cato and now Daniella, JP and Anna over Reco??? Daniella will not go far in this industry--it's called Karma.

I'm 63 years old and would,t buy Daniella's, Anna's or JP clothes.

Bye Bye, Fern and HARPERS BAZAAR.

pissed off
pissed off

It's a damn shame they way they did Reco!!! In the final deliberation you knew they going to pull some B.S. just as soon as Issac said it was not a popularity contest. Well if it is not, why the hell do you have America voting... I will not vote either of the top three finalists (doubt if I will ever watch the show again)... And Kelly Rowland, please disconnect your name and image from a show with such disregard for real talent...

Viewer
Viewer

i watch you show all the time but all was wrong about rico

Viewer
Viewer

I don't see how James Paul made it all the way to finals (what a depressing collection)? I was disappointed when Merlin was eliminated (he showed much better skill, quality & innovation in his creations) more so than James Paul and Mr. Knock-Off.

Emma
Emma

What a mistake, Reco was if not one of the best one, but you let him go.Reco let me no when your line come on the net.i would buy from you.keep your head up

Viewer
Viewer

What was this show thinking by allowing only a few hours (overnight) to vote. HAVE YOU FOLKS HEARD OF TIVO??? By the time I could watch Friday evening, the voting was over. You should have allowed your viewers until Sunday midnight to vote. As for the fashion, why did no one call Reco out on the red mini butt cheek skirt. Good god, that was reason enough to bounce him. John Paul's collection was so dark, heavy and monochromatic. The female form was totally lost. Daniella-gimmicky and lacking maturity. Anna's did lack a theme, true, but each individual item had the consumer in mind. A real woman could wear her garments in the appropriate size. The show needs maturity-better challenges-no cliques next year, pahleeze. GO ANNA!

maureen
maureen

Its clear from the comments this would of been a popularity contest. You can't have a model who has to pull down the short skirt and a so called bridal gown tripping down the run in contenion as a finalest I thik Anna's collection was the best. Many women would wear her outfits. Had I been her and I am no I would of simmply said,our first lady has brought back color in different styles. Fern thats the first thing I thought of. My vote is for Anna

Fashion - Really?
Fashion - Really?

No wonder I can't find any clothes I like when I shop. The people in the fashion industry have no idea what women like me want and need. If I wanted to be a bag lady, I would buy JP's clothes; if I wanted to be an '80s Madonna redux, I would buy Daniella's clothes, although I would have to go on a starvation diet, but wait - the pants wouldn't fit right even then. Anna's was at least wearable, but just the same thing she made throughout the competition. I get it now, if you know how to dress a woman and make her look good, if you can actually get women excited about buying clothes, you lose.

j.roberts
j.roberts

The Fashion show is bogus!!! Rico was robbed- the judges know it- the public knows it!!! You do not have to worry about me watching anymore- the true winner is no longer.

MzMainyc
MzMainyc

And another thing that comes to mind. How can Fern say Reco needs to quiet down? What does that mean in terms of winning talent? He was not arrogant or mouthy at judging and were they watching footage from the backstage/workroom/apartment filming? horrors... And indeed Reco did help a lot of designers on his team get their work done. Did the judges see that footage?

disappointed
disappointed

I am disappointed that I could not vote for Rico, and them when I went to vote found out that only those who wanted to reveal their cell phone numbers could vote. Shame

Disappointed
Disappointed

Fern - you seemed so objective but your blog is clearly biased. The judges let the viewers down in eliminating the most talented contestant Reco. His collection was the most beautiful, innovative, inventive, wearable, stylish collection that would appeal to women of all sizes. Anna gave us a repeat of her previous work and was not cohesive. Daniella took us back to the dreaded shoulder pads and her famous camel-crotch pants for only a Twiggy size person. James Paul's color pallette, though dark was great but weird. The judges should have left it to the viewers to make the final call based on the work of all 4 contestants.

Viewer
Viewer

I think Reco's feather dress was very, very similar to Christian Siriano's dress. I was surprised no one mentioned that..especially after all of the flack about "knock-offs".

Patty U
Patty U

You were my favorite Judge, always honest, explained things so those of us not in fashion could understand and were encouraging without being fake. Would you please ask Issac why he said those horrible comments about Danielle. He thought she was rude and out of place, how about he and Kelly going in each week to purposely make the designers nervous and doubt themselves, he said more mean things than she did. Anyway great show i really look forward to seeing more of you.

Rrose Selavy
Rrose Selavy

You made the right choice. Reco's collection was not innovative, and some of the pieces bordered on tacky. James Paul's collection had a strong point of view and creative construction, materials, and design. The two girls' collections were strong as well, but not as cohesive (Anna) or inventive (Daniella).

Disappointed and Will Not Watch The Finale
Disappointed and Will Not Watch The Finale

Dear Fern

I completely disagree with your comments and decison about elimating Rico from the show. I loved his collection and felt he has been the most consistant through out the season. I feel like you have a personal grudge against Rico, at least that's the way it came across. By the way I loved Rico's feathered gown and would wear it in a second. I took it as an personal insult when you said you couldn't imagine any women wanting to wear that dress. I might not be in the fashion idustry but I am still a professional women in hear late 30's working for a fortune 100 company.

Allie
Allie

how could you!! you let Reco go!! why??? he knows how to dress women!!! ya he couldve edited his stuff alittle but it was beautiful! im sad T~T

ROBERTKCOY
ROBERTKCOY

Fern is just AWESOME, and so very insightful. She is my favorite part of the show and if there's a Season 2, I really am hoping for a lot more screen time for Fern.

I do have another suggestion for next season - let several more if not all of the designers display a final collection. Let the fans pick a winner and also let the judges pick a winner. I really would love to have seen a final collection from the likes of Merlin, Keith, or Haven (among many others).

Keep up the good work, Fern. You're terrific.

Nena
Nena

some of the best artists of this world are self taught and do not have any formal "training". Isn't this the main purpose of the show is to go out there and find talent in people who may or may not have the same chances others have. Who cares if it is a popularity contest or not? Isn't this show about finding a designer for a real person and having us choose as a result? Why have the audience vote at all? Otherwise, it will be a "knock off" project runway. You have lost a viewer!

Aja
Aja

RECO WAS ROBBED!

Sharon Joseph
Sharon Joseph

I beleive that judges made a BIG mistake. Reco was the best designer. His clothes are beautiful, modern, and realistic. They are for "real" women. The two women had some great designs, but I have no idea who John Paul is designing for. His first design was very nice, but he went down hill in my opinion after that. I hope that Reco gets a chance to study under some great designer and become even better, because everyone has room for improvement. This is my first time responding to anything on the web.

Viewer
Viewer

I normally do not comment on blogs, but I was disappointed with the outcome of the show. Although each designers' collection had flaws, Reco's designs appealed to the masses. I believe that was the premise of your show- "Real designs for real people." Some of the pleating in Ana's garments was remincient of a previous winner of Project Runway. Jean Paul's designs were out of touch with what most viewers would wear; this includes the most fashion-foward group. Yes, Reco's comments were a little high strung, but he is entitled to his opinion. Like many designers, he is very confident in his ability. If the show survives another season, my desire is to actually see designs that are wearable by the general public.

Sandy
Sandy

I can't believe that no one has referenced Daniella's collection with Michael Jackson concert clothes!!!! I know it's 80's but the judges should have at least remembered, talk about knock off!!! I will admit I was for Reco, I loved that feather dress!!! John Paul clothes, really??? If I wanted to look like a homeless person I would go to good will!!!! I also loved Anna's collection, they judges stated it was not cohesive, if you have ever seen the "Garden of Earthly Delights" she took everything from that piece of art and styled her collection around it. It was, to me, the most cohesive of them all.

Marie
Marie

I can't find the place to vote on the site. Can anyone tell me?

Thanks.

viewer
viewer

I don't normally blog, but I had to say something. No I didn't go to fashion school or do alot of fashion research. What I do know however is good cloths when I see them and Reco made good cloths. Cloths That I felt like I would buy and wear in all occasions. The judges stated that they didn't want it to be a popularity contest. So I guess we the viewers should like the designers who can't design well at all!!!! lets be honest if it was about talent then Reco should have been in the finale for us the viewer to dicide. I understand we all are intitled to our opinions including the judges, but don't insult our intelligence buy saying the audience will decide who wins and kick off one of the most talented designers you had on the show all season!!

Dee
Dee

I agree completely with most of the other bloggers. As much as I like James Paul I have no idea what his collection is and would never want to wear it. Did you keep him to make sure one of the girls one? Reco at least would have given them a run for the money. His collection was sexy and I can see many women wanting most of it. None of them had a perfect collection but Reco deserved a chance. I believe more people would buy his than James Paul's

Viewer
Viewer

Recco, I know you wanted to win, you should have been in the final 3. Between this show and Project Runway, you are, by far, the most talented designer and being black is the icing on the cake. You have the most creativity and you had your own style that none of the other black contestants have had thus far. Honestly, I just watched the episode and Daniella's collection did not move me at all. I did not find one piece I would wear. Ana, now that is a different story, I really enjoyed her pieces. I would purchase. Ana, dont listen to their comments about the collection, it was your vision and it was beautiful. John Paul, surprisingly, was consistent with his style. I did not see anything that was out of the norm for him. I am sure his collection would be ideal for a specific group. Daniella's collection should have been voted off. Recco, please do not worry, I will not watch this how again after this. Take Care.

jackie
jackie

The Judges got it wrong. They don't like Reco and they knew he was the fan favorite. So, he would have won. I bet if he would have went to some famous design school or worked for a famous designer he would have still been on the show. But he is just a self-taught designer. Shows that he must have real talent.

Viewer
Viewer

I have never been on a blog before but I had to say this, I know everybody has their opinions, I have watched the show since it started and I think the judges made a mistake when they let John Paul stay and sent Reco home. I would much rather wear Reco's designs than John Paul's designs. I think the show needs to improve on their thinking about who will wear the clothes and not what kind of art pieces they are. The judges need to think about everyday women and not stars.

Linda
Linda

I thought reco clothes line was better than all the other contestants the judges even made the comment that his clothes were made the best this season youshould have let the fans pick I thougt that was very unfair. I.m not going to watch the winner....

Diva
Diva

I do hope James Paul will win.His last episode fashion show is really great and clean cut.This is new and I can imagine if he did win many of his design will fly out of the rack.The other 2girls we always see the design everywhere for me a bit boring .