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Process...... I was so bummed not to be able to accompany Lisa (who did a fab job) and the designers to the Citizens of Humanity wash house. Though, with baby, husband and business in NY I needed to leave the "bubble" and get back to TRUE reality for a bit. Gerard from COH is the denim guru! I have known him for 10+ years, we met when he first launched Seven for all Mankind. What a privilege for the designers and Lisa to enter his Willy Wonka denim factory.
The process of denim design through production is truly an art and I thought it was a brilliant challenge to incorporate a distressed fabric as this week's element. The designers (even anti-denim Merle) embraced the challenge and equipment - don't mess w/ Louanna's technique, Kathy! Actually, I was rather impressed by how professional both ladies were when Louanna felt Kathy was more imitative than innovative. We have witnessed many devolve, it was nice to see true grown-ups.
Jim did an amazing job creating the L jean, inspired by Kathy and the road trip to the wash house, but the strapless top was a total missed opportunity. I loved Merle and Thai's dress, it has the potential to be a key item in their line and signature to their brand. Rarely would one see a jersey fabric look sophisticated distressed but this versatile dress totally worked. I definitely don't see the muse, Louanna, ever wanting or wearing the brocade jacket (nor did she) but I would love to see her in the gorgeous dress!
Then there was Lady Marmalade, created by Patrick and Roberto. I was "torn" over the dress, but knew in my heart it was the weakest work in the challenge. Patrick -- you are not only a "dandy" you are a true GENTLE-MAN. It was a pleasure to work with you and Roberto, watch you bring out the best in each other and learn to celebrate your dissimilarities. I also want to note how beautiful your sketches were. I wish both Patrick and Roberto a wonderful 2010 and do hope our paths cross. (Maybe Venus, perhaps New York??).
Watch what happens...... x Stefani