Ripping the Collections: Wendy, Part Two
This is where her collection seemed to go off the rails. While we had some quibbles with some of the earlier stuff, for the most part, it was cohesive. An autumnal collection of pretty if uninspired clothes. Then this comes down the runway. First off, it’s unusually sloppy-looking for Wendy. Second, we suspect she was trying to be Jay here. Edgier, asymmetrical, with the illusion of deconstruction. It just doesn’t work. Pretty colors, though.
Wendy, Carolina Herrera called. She wants to talk to you. She sounded pissed.
This is very pretty. Uninspired, but pretty.
Y’know, if she hadn’t gone all HELLO NIPPLES! we would have really loved this outfit. That skirt is beautiful and the top is nice too although we’re not crazy about the poof.
Mmmm. We want to like this. On paper, this should be a pretty dress, but it’s just not working for us. Is it the color? The bodice certainly looks a little puckery. We think it’s the feathers. They just seem to stick out like a shelf.
That sound you hear is a collection derailing. Where did this come from? It doesn’t look like it belongs in this collection at all. And it feels all wrong for Wendy. We admit, the top is somewhat interesting, although it looks more than a little uncomfortable. It’s the skirt that ruins it.
At any rate, we really don’t hate the collection. Admittedly, there was more for us to hate than in the other two, but for the most part, these were perfectly serviceable, wearable clothes for women. On that level she’s fine. As a designer, not so much. The best pieces in the collection were uninspired and the worst pieces were instances of Wendy trying to be something she’s not. We repeat what we said earlier: catalogue clothes. Nothing wrong with that. She could do very well in that milieu. It’s just that in a search for the next great American fashion designer, clothes like this are going to get a nice nod and smile from the judges and that’s about it.
It’s a shame. Wendy’s scheming didn’t really get her to Bryant Park. All it managed to do was taint her reputation. Looking over this stuff, she really could have done very well for herself. She makes sellable clothes. Unfortunately, we suspect her reputation ruined any chances of anyone wanting to do business with her.