Ripping the Collections: Michael, Part Zwei
This collection is getting shinier with each outfit. Ignoring the color and fabric choice, which is of course nigh-impossible, we still don’t like this one. The proportions seem off; belt too thick, waist too high, pockets in weird places. Just not working for us on any level.
We’ll say one thing, that is one striking model. They had to Zamboni the runway to clean up all the attitude she splashed around.
Whither art thou, Pam Grier? There can be no better example of the difference in Mychael’s work when he has guidance, because this is nothing more than a cheap knockoff of a much finer piece he did on a much lower budget.
We don’t even know what to say about this one. Tacky, too-tight in the wrong places (hello pelvis!) and just bad, bad bad.
This isn’t bad. Like every other piece in the collection, there’s too much going on but we like the proportions, the belt’s not bad and the styling works. It’s still hooker, mind you, but it’s toned-down hooker.
Did Kayne help him out on this collection or something? Take away a couple of elements and it’s a great dress, but it’s hard to see under the distracting print and the beading and the excessive shininess. And we hate to say it, but she looks like she bought that bag off the back of a truck. Maybe that’s why Clarissa looks so pissed off.
While it’s true that Mychael wisely offered a range of looks and that’s to be commended, unfortunately his looks ranged from “hooker by the pool,” to “hooker out for drinks,” to “hooker doing her shopping.”
There’s nothing wrong with sexy or even hootchie as the focus of a collection. Like everything else in fashion, it works if it’s done well and there’s real thought and expression behind it. We have no doubt that Michael really thought about it, but we think he’s got some growing to do before we really see what he’s about. This was too young, too raw, and just not sophisticated enough. Like all four of the finalists, he’s a major talent with a future ahead of him but not everyone can get it right on the first try.