The First Day
OK so finally all the anticipation is over with! I met all the contestants (or the competition!) and dah dah dah dah: THE HOSTS! I totally went head over five inch heels when none other than the fabulous Isaac Mizrahi walked out the door! I mean from Unzipped to his line for Target, I heart Isaac! And then, his sidekick, the beautiful Ms. Kelly Rowland, appeared at his side. And yes, she is even more beautiful in person! Aw, and they make a hella cute couple! OK so confession time … I’ve never really met anyone famous. I’ve met local celebs (like Mayor Daly of Chicago … wait, are mayors celebrities?) So that was super cool that my first two famous peeps are these guys. As for the rest of the crowd … everyone seems “nice.” It’s still too early to figure out everyone, but let me tell you … there sure are some characters in the bunch! Thank goodness I’m the blonde (except for Haven but she’s a little more sandy brown I’d say). After the great meet and greet we were quickly put to our first mini challenge — making a LBD from a black t-shirt. Oh yeah, we only had an hour to do it. I didn’t win the challenge but I was definitely a front runner. Side note: anyone who left pins in their garment should have been disqualified! Total B.S. My thoughts behind my dress: while Laura from Harper's Bazaar said my dress was too girly looking, I went for sweet and sellable. I would have liked it to be a tad more fitted but c'est la vie. So I got picked for Keith’s team for the challenge and after meeting our team went shopping and overall compromised on our designs. We’ll see what happens tomorrow! Rock on, Kristin
The First Elimination
New York City is cold. But so is Chicago and thank goodness I have a cute coat and my cowgirl boots to keep me warm. I’m pumped to get down to work! I’m just very nervous about my skirt concept. I may be the youngest in this game but I know this: unless my design is executed correctly, it won’t work. We should be making this skirt from jersey that has way more stretch than the chosen stretch wool. Ugh. But my plan is to just mind my own business and get my work done. There’s a little communication in the group, but I really feel like we’re not meshing together. Plus, I’m super annoyed that Keith isn’t taking a very dominating role as our leader. He should be steering us to victory, not monitoring everyone’s feelings.
Towards the end of the day, I feel fine about my look. But looking around I’m getting panicky for my fellow teammates. I love the direction Anna is taking, but what in the world is up with the boys in this group? Andrew’s top is turning out beautifully, but I’m sorry … Jonny and Keith, what are you thinking? I can tell that Johnny needs some help, but I have my own garments to worry about finishing. Sorry dude.
Isaac and Kelly don’t look impressed either. My great mood I was in this morning has landed in a pile of scraps under my sewing machine.
So the day of our first fashion show has arrived. I’m a little nervous because there’s a weird vibe in the workroom. My group is trying to be positive but it’s feeling a tad fake to me because deep down I know that my idea wasn’t made the right way. So of course it’s going to come off discombobulated to the judges! But I’m trying to make the best of it. I think my girl looks like a doll!
It’s strange to watch the fashion show on a monitor though because we literally just put the finishing touches on our garments and BAM! it’s on a runway! I really think the competition is up in the air. I have no idea how the judges will react to any of it, but I know exactly how I’m reacting!
I have to say the judges were way off!!!! Your outfit was one of the very few that I saw tonight which I wanted to wear. I loved the white flowing shirt vest and skirt. My only problem was you could barely see the "must have" item. But honestly I think the idea was so much better then the other designers.
My mom and I friken loved your outfit and could definately see it in stores. It was very depressing to see it in the bottom two, but I'm glad that other guy went instead of you.
Kristin, I think you rock! You're totally my favorite on the show, even if I'm not even done with the first episode. Keep up the good work, no matter where your designing takes you!
I actually do think your design was good. I know a lot of my friends would wear that (if we could pull it off). I think maybe the tights and shoes threw them off, but I liked the direction you were going! keep up the good work! ~ forloveprincess.blogspot.com
I think you are adorable and so honest!!! I love it and will be rooting for you! I also googled your line and love it!!
Do not be so hard on your self I loved your outfit maybe because I have a 19 year old who wears white heels that feel not right to me all the time dont use being 23 against ur self Christian was younger use that youthful age an advantage keep ur chin up I actually thought the pencil skirt the best idea HAREM PANTS NOW WHAT ARE THEY THINKING???
Yes Kristin! You kept your cool! Thumbs up! You did your job! Your right Keith didn't lead, I was extremely upset when one of the designers said that he wasn't sure if a person like you should be in the business. AHH What!!! Harem or Halrem pants! Are your serious! Has he not looked at your website, to me that comment was "oh she is 23 doesn't need the money and does this for a hobby." No sorry I do this because this is my love and passion! Not you or anyone else will stop me! Just because I have money in my bank account doesn't mean this is a hobby. You did well, heck of a lot better than most of these people, and did on the fly! Great job! At least they made the right choice and sent the right one home!
I actually thought your outfit was really cute when it went out on the runway. Definitely young and sassy and now. Don't let this sway your confidence so early in the game. You've got way more talent than some of those bitches!
Your ensemble was cute, but it has been around for quite a while. I saw that look in boutiques 6 years ago.
I just finished watching the first episode and yours was one of my favorites! I am not sure if Issac has been on the west coast lately, but your still would totally rock over here on our college campus!
obviously the judges don't know what's in style. your outfit was amazing! i would LOVE LOVE LOVE to wear it. it was my favorite BY FAR. it was so cute and just perfect. great job. i'm rooting for you!
In my humble opinion? WHITE shoes are ugly ..have always been..always will be... They draw the eye down and away from everything else a person wears... No one's feet ever looked good in white shoes... When I saw your outfit, I liked it.. and you.. When I saw the white shoes? Ugh!! It totally distracted from the rest...
Keep going Kristin, Very creative and very wearable. I really don't know what the judges or the audience were thinking. Like the "harem pants" were more wearable or saleable then your outfit. Keep up the good work!!!
Kristin,great work! I don't know what the judges were thinking. Your outfit was adorable. I'm sure your parents are proud of you. Keep going with the good work. You're right,where DID they find these people.
Keep your chin up, ditch the white shoes next time, and hoping that You and the real GIRLS will kick Merlin's flamboyant/"flamingly" "fugly" butt!!
As a fellow Kristin (that spells it with an I as well...it's so annoying when people spell it with an E), I'm rooting for you. You are by far the sweetest, most humble person there and i believe that on that alone a person should win something. I found your line online and am impressed. I will be watching just for you. Go Girl
I'm truly sorry that you left. I think that this was an something that you could have learned from. Think of all the talent that you had around you. If you think that the real world is going to be different from this I'm afraid you might be disappointed. Real, everyday people can be harder to please than these judges.