Bravotv.com: What did you think about the designers having their fortunes read, using the Tarot cards as the basis for this week’s challenge?
I think it was a clever challenge … it certainly got some of them thinking, and it was interesting to see how they individually interpreted the readings and applied that to their work.
Bravotv.com: Do you visit psychics? Do you believe in that stuff?
I love “that stuff." I have consulted with many different psychics throughout the years … even ones that you work with over the phone. I haven’t been too consistent however … I guess I am waiting for the one who tells me everything I want to hear. Then if it comes true, I’ll follow up with another visit.
But I do consult with an amazing and brilliant astrologer, who is also quite psychic, and his readings are always immensely interesting, topical, and personal … and I trust him implicitly. I am an Aries … in case anyone was wondering.
Bravotv.com: Which looks stood out the most to you? (for better or worse?)
Once again, the final four looks — two from the top and two from the bottom — stood out for the best and worst reasons.
Anna’s dress was really very cheerful and pretty, and her reading said she should have fun, use color, and flowers, and it was very her. She has been coming into her own and is beginning to have a "signature style."
I do think that Merlin’s outfit was unfortunate. I accept that he was trying to do something "out of the box" – at least for him, but it just didn’t work. I also thought watching the show and hearing his commentary to his colleagues was very unnecessary and cruel ... and wanting to make pretty clothes, that would appeal not only to the judges, but to the audience (aka customers) is exactly what this particular competition (and industry) is all about. Sorry, Merlin. I know he is an engaging/amusing personality, but ultimately “it’s all about the clothes."
And while James-Paul’s look had problems … he still is a “thinking” designer who needs to keep working through his ideas, and he needs more time in real life to really get it perfected, but he makes us always want to see where and how he will take his ideas next time.
Bravotv.com: Did you agree with what the audience chose for the winning looks?
I agreed with their top choices of Anna and Reco. I liked Reco’s suit a great deal, even though I did not like the blouse underneath, but the curvy edges and rolls of the jacket and the sexy piping on the pants were terrific. But once again, when it works well — this is a season of color, and the print was beautiful and the dress was a real stretch for Anna — it was a difficult dress to pull off and she did. I have been saying all season that color is what we need. So I think the audience did make the right choices.
Bravotv.com: And finally, without giving anything away, how was the final shoot?
The “final” shoot was terrific. I think everyone rose to the challenge. It all looked great; each of the designers really communicated and expressed both verbally and creatively what they were trying to achieve. And as is always the case … someone disappointed us – and we weren’t expecting that to be the case.
The audience was fantastic, and it felt like a fashion show that we produce in the tents … with all the energy, excitement, media, and celebrities.
Bravotv.com: What advice would you give the eliminated designer to move forward with his/her career?
First and most important would be to check your ego at the door. There is no time or place for it at this stage. We all know enough about everyone to either like or dislike them … so the clothes have to now do the talking. And like they say, the key to performing at Carnegie Hall or soon for showing at Lincoln Center is “practice, practice, practice.” Don’t read the press releases, spend time honing your skills, style, and point of view. Twittering will not bring orders or credibility for a designer.
Bravotv.com: Anything else you’d like to add?
Make sure you all tell everyone you know, and e-mail, Facebook, LinkedIn or whatever to all your pals and buddies, tell them to watch these last few episodes and VOTE for the winner!!! You can be part of fashion history and make a career for a talented individual. Everyone always has an opinion, and I’ve been reading all the blogs and comments … so YOUR chance to really tell us what you think and who deserves to win The Fashion Show is coming up. Stay tuned … and find out more. There will be a limited number of hours to register your VOTE … but please do so. I can’t wait to see who America chooses (although I have a good idea ….)