James-Paul

James-Paul describes 'The Fashion Show's' first challenge and his win.

May 7, 20090

The First Day
Today’s experience was a roller-coaster of emotions. The sharpest experience was this inward pressure to create a shirt into a cocktail dress. The rest of the contestants had very strong personalities but they have soon fizzled as they get focused on their work. I have met different people from different places with different experiences. I knew firsthand that I was going to be different through the way I have created the cocktail dress I was asked to make. The majority of the dresses were fitted in silhouette and line. Most have a very high commercial appeal. From the way of how fashion is perceived in today’s world, I felt that the designer contestants were going to appropriate to the trends of today. Indeed the task of making the cocktail dress was of classic look. Although I must ask as to when and who decides the classic cocktail black dress becomes this classic piece and what makes this a classic? As I observed the differing modes of production of this concept at the classic black dress, how does this philosophy deviate from the real fashion as its fullest concentration compared to or even identifying this notion as only a marketing language of fashion media i.e. fashion magazines and television. My approach to such a challenge was a women’s vision different from most women’s identification to what is feminine. To reflect on the challenge even further I believe that the concept of fashion to the whole of these fashion contestants is that a great majority of them believe in a traditional and general belief.

The First Elimination
Today was a difficult day. I had so much to do with my dress and it was not to my expectations. I had planned to bias bind all the seams and with the time constraints I had made the decision to sew the dress in a fashion that I would not do. There are many ways of doing the craft of cutting and sewing clothes. I do believe that such practice should be of quality. I did have problems with the choice of workmanship and craftsmanship of Merlin. I have no qualms at how people do their way of making clothes although Merlin does not have the graceful way of directing as a leader and for that it reflected his relationship with his teammates. In the end of the task, we as a team finished. Lydia had finally pushed herself and she could make her concept work. Angel did excellent in being patient with fixing the miscommunication.

22 comments
Shannon
Shannon

Wow..ur sooooo hotttttt! You are an amazing designer too!! I'm pretty sure you're going to be in the top!! YAY!! JAMES-PAUL!!!!!!!!

xoxoxox

Momo
Momo

you are awesome! that dress was beautiful and now that i've read your blog i know why. you're really smart too. you are definitely going to win.

Viewer
Viewer

Your design was the best. I'm so happy you won. I hope this show gets better. or you will have no competition

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

James, soooo proud of you! You've come a long, long way! Good luck to you on this competition and knock them out! Take care!

Viewer
Viewer

Your design was the best because it was so well thought out and was sellable/wearable. Actual women could wear this dress/jacket. Many of the others were just too off the wall and not what any woman could buy/wear..which was part of the challenge. I liked that this show had that standard. Not just typical, crazy runway shows that are freak shows and clothes that will never be able to be actually worn or fit women. Successful designers who want to make a living, have to be creative, but, also, able to make women want to buy and wear them or it's no more than an "art exhibit".

Poindexter
Poindexter

Great dress, James-Paul. You are talented and one of the more pleasant contestants to watch.

Summers
Summers

I look forward to adventure your about to take us on... Congradulations to you and fashion!!

Erica
Erica

Having done what you do for 20+ years commercially I can truly say you are the only Creator on this show. Stay true to your vision, stay true to yourself, and do not let yourself get drawn into the ego driven manias and pettiness that will be the downfall of most of the other contestants. Fashion Designers are common, Creators are rare.......

Viewer
Viewer

I thought your dress was fantastic - keep up the great work. I look forward to the rest of the season to see what else you'll put out.

sonam
sonam

I love your designs.

Viewer
Viewer

Your garment was fresh, innovative, and impeccibly constructed. Your work reminds me of a young Issey Miyake (spelling). Bravo!

Dr. Margo
Dr. Margo

I agree with Chantal - love the abstract black dress, I buy all I can with this kind of unusual but chic feel, but lines that only go to 10 I never buy from as that feels so discriminatory. Also, sleeveless is tough for so many women - upper arm not a flattering part of the body even on many models. Keep up the good work, but remember that it is the more mature women that really have the need and $ to spend on cutting edge fashion - seen it all, tired of stuff people think we should be wearing at our age - Chanel is "over", and have the $ and self esteem to treat ourselves.

Vic
Vic

You're the only one who created high fashion for the first competition. Kudos for the win.

madkitty
madkitty

Love the dress, I wish the one for the public was a little closer to youactual design. I would have bought it then. Keep up the good work.

Viewer
Viewer

Your winning outfit was absolutely amazing and genius. Keep it up!

Viewer
Viewer

You did a great job. Stay true to who you are. Talent speaks for itself. Merlin screams/yells/presents himself as an aggressive, intimidating personality.. in order to gain attention. That speaks for itself. If he has True Talent, he would not have to dress, act, and "show himself" so blatantly and try to intimidate people, including, his own teammates!! He will ostracize himself..and when other team challenges surface, No One will want to work with him/back him up... He just wants his face/name on TV.. That does NOT mean that he has any talent. They may keep him around for the drama, but, viewers, judges, designers who watch will figure him out quickly. Your visions seem to have intelligence and creativity without "screaming"... and.. of course, some of this competition has to do with women actually wanting to wear/buy the clothing!! Too many fashion shows/designers are just that... "SHOW"... of course..we all like to "look"... but, in the end?? If designers do not create clothing that real women can wear, then, what's the point? ...unless the designer just wants their art portrayed in pictures... and, that's fine, too.... but, no one can make a living on that. I guess that's a hard choice for designers to have to make.. Merlin is one who just wants to be "noticed".... That doesn't win this competition or pay the bills.

Luxury On Crack
Luxury On Crack

Loved your dress, but love your views on the transformation of the "must have" piece even more. After reading your blog and other contestants' blog, I think what seperates you from them is that you have a clear idea and a set of concepts about what fashion really is, as compared to others who kind of use the blog to justify their behaviour on the show.

Keep up the good work bro, the US needs more innovative designers! And yes, Vivienne westwood rocks!

www.luxuryoncrack.blogspot.com

Viewer
Viewer

You are an amazing artist! I am rooting for you to win the whole thing. Your first piece was gorgeous. I would wear that personally, but can't afford to buy it at the moment...;-) Keep it up!

Katie B
Katie B

Oh, I don't know, you did a great job under the circumstances, and it's time to be a little more forgiving. Merlin is not a team player normally, yet you all managed to do the best, over all, and that was despite Daniella (supposedly, if we are to believe TV) being truly difficult. She seemed downright UNHAPPY that you guys won the challenge. What do you think about that? What does it feel like for a team member to be unhappy that the team won, even if she was not voted the best?

Chantal Tarver
Chantal Tarver

I love the dress ,,, want to buy it BUT ,,,, my size is not there errr ,,, size 0-10 are not the only sizes out there you know ,,, well i love the dress anyways love ya hope you win it all.....

Shelah
Shelah

John Paul- I loved your outfit! It was truly fabulously- fierce. It was not the usual cut (boring!). It was fresh and different. (wearable art) I am looking forward to your future designs. I am inspired and admire that you really took a risk to be yourself. Your outfit was wearable. The best to you!

Ariel
Ariel

I asolutely love that you won the challange. As my mom and I watched the show we both hated that the jacket had to be worn. We felt as if it took away from your design. My mother, who was once a model, is looking forward to buying one of your dresses