I Hate Jill Zarin The Fashion Show – Guest Blog Jan 19, 2010
Thanks to Quincy for another great guest blog, has it been nine weeks already?
Quincy, it says they have to create 9 fashions in 7 days? Wow, I can see some nervous
The Fashion Show Week Nine
Jeffrey and Dominique are lamenting the loss of their fellow designer, Eduardo. Dominique does not want to work with Calvin. Calvin tells us that “Eduardo was good designer, but only one dimension. Never expect him to be in final.” “The fashion mail” envelopes are slipped under the door. “Inspiration is in the air. Meet me at Pier 62. Iman”
Iman meets the final four: Calvin and Dominique of the House of Nami and Cesar and Jeffrey of the House of Emerald on the pier. Iman tells them that this is the last challenge as a house. The House of Nami has won 4 challenges. The House of Emerald has won only two. The prizes for the two designers of the winning house in this challenge will be a car for each and a place for each in the final challenge.
There is a boat with the name “Manhattan” that will take the four around the Statue of Liberty so that the designers will find inspiration with earth, air and water. Calvin is excited and happy. Calvin tells us, “All of my Feng Shui study, all of my ancient culture, and all the thing it flash right through my head.” The designers will have one hour to experience earth, air and water from the boat in order to come up with their design.
Jeffrey is inspired by the horizon and the meeting of air and water. The House of Emerald will use greens and blues to create 4 beautiful gowns with fabrics that move like the sea with the wind. The House of Nami is under the control of Calvin. Dominique feels that her best opportunity to win is to go with Calvin’s concept. She is clearly unhappy, but she wants to win. Calvin tells us, “The concept hit me and come to me on the boat ride alone. You have to pick the colors. The ancient Chinese black represents water, brown earth, white air.”
Cesar feels that the House of Emerald is “two peas in a pod.” Jeffrey has picked a crown from the vintage store as the accessory that he will use in the collection this week as his prize for winning the previous challenge. The crown is large, gold in color and gaudy. Cesar loves working with Jeffrey and tells us that “he’s got my back.” Isaac loves their colors and concepts.
The House of Nami explains their color choice of camel, black and white. Calvin and Dominique describe their pieces as structural and use the word, “fluidity.” Dominique confides that she feels a lot of pressure. Isaac tells her, “You do best when you enjoy the process.” Calvin is determined to do his own thing and he will not change his concept for Isaac. Calvin tells us, “No I don’t want to see wind blow. I am concrete idea.”
The teams go to the fabric store and we see them working together with the color schemes. Jeffrey has some reservations about the type of cloth that Cesar has chosen and Cesar’s desire to dye his cloth. Cesar is uncomfortable with the choice of white for a jacket that Jeffrey is planning. They decide to purchase silk and jersey for the flowing effects they hope to create.
Dominique is creating a long flowing poncho with the assistance of Calvin who doesn’t like the idea of a long flowing poncho. Calvin tells us, “Are you kidding? Final competition and you are giving me poncho? Are you retarded?” Dominique tells us that Calvin is difficult to work with, but they have an understanding. Dominique is from a small town in California and she does not want to stay there.
Cesar is dyeing fabric and Jeffrey is concerned about Cesar dyeing fabric. Cesar wants Jeffrey to dye his very white jacket. Cesar criticizes the opposing House of Nami telling us that their color pallet is boring and says, “It really goes no where.”
Calvin is high on the challenge and he has karate movements to show that he is a fighter. The fact that Calvin seems so happy makes Dominique feels more assured. Calvin and Dominique are going to take a risk and have their models walk barefoot through snow.
The House of Nami will have a pregnant model. Dominique is happy and she calls their collection, “an art installation.”
The Fashion Show
The House of Emerald walks first. Jeffrey’s first design is a sea goddess wearing a crown. There is a very white jacket and a sarong skirt. The skirt moves like waves of water as she walks down the runway. Jeffrey’s second design represents the bottom of the sea. The dark top and the ripples in the skirt are to represent the water moving over rocks. The shapes are geometric. The third design is a sea foam green column skirt which Jeffrey believes is peaceful, yet powerful. Cesar’s first model is wearing a “puffet (?)” jacket which is puffy. He claims the jacket is a “Origami coat.” Cesar is very proud of his single seam, hand painted bias dress inspired by water and waves. Cesar’s final design has the shades of the ocean, is hand painted, and the back has “detail and flair.” Cesar tells us that the House of Emerald’s collection is “wearable clothes that make women look beautiful.”
The House of Nami’s Fashion Show stars with the models all on a dark stage that becomes lighter revealing the models. Dominique’s first model is a homeless looking girl. The camel colored coat flows over an organic skirt which Dominique describes as “airy.” All of the models have white paint on their faces to give the appearance of ghosts. Dominique’s second design is a white fluffy cloud top with a short tan shorts which are not hemmed. There are seams down the front of the shorts. The audience applauds this design. The third design is a black draped cloth that flows over the shoulders and head and into the lower part of the model’s body. The folds represent the waves in the sea. Calvin’s pregnant design represents the birth to him. This is his favorite look. He has instructed his model to walk with her hands on her back and there is folded white cloth in front representing the baby within. Calvin describes this design as “a huge risk to me.” Calvin’s second design is brown/camel and represents the shape of mountains. Calvin’s final piece is white to show the renewal of life. The dress has one shoulder and many folds. The model walks to center stage and the wind blows through the dress. Calvin believes that he can go home happy.
There are two guest judges this week as well as Iman and Isaac. Gilles Mendels is a designer for the stars. Glenda Bailey is from “Harper’s Bazaar.” Isaac compliments both houses and says that their collections make it difficult for the judges to make their decisions. Both houses worked well with the theme of earth, wind and water.
The House of Emerald is complimented for their choice of colors, but Jeffrey’s white jacket does not work well with the collection. The judges hate the vintage crown and feel that it does not help the collection continuity. Cesar’s choice of fabrics for one design is taken to task. Isaac calls Cesar a master for his ability to create the one seamed dress. Iman says that a single dress can destroy a collection. The judges describe what they like and do not like, but they disagree with each other.
The judges have issues with Calvin’s pregnant design of the House of Nami. Isaac calls the design malignant. Isaac loves Dominique’s shorts, but Glenda does not like them. Calvin’s camel coat is called “fashion forward.” Calvin’s use of fabric is complimented.
The judges decide that the House of Nami is the winner of “The Ultimate Collection.” Dominique and Calvin are given the keys to their new cars. Dominique giggles. Calvin tells us that his concept was accepted.
The House of Emerald is now on stage. Both Jeffrey and Cesar had a design that the judges criticized. They are sent to the back of the stage to change the design in 45 minutes. They return having listened to the judge’s critiques. Both designs are complimented. The judges decide that Cesar is “out of fashion.” Cesar hugs both Isaac and Iman. He tells us that he wanted to win, but will be happy if either Dominique or Jeffrey wins.
Next week, we have the finale of “The Fashion Show.” Each of the designers will be asked to create 9 designs in 7 days. WOW! I can see the fur flying already…
Until Next Time…