Ripping the Collections: Daniel, Part Two
As manipulative and cruel as the “13th look” was, Daniel should have kissed a couple producers for coming up with it.
Remember when we said there was one other look we hated more than the puffy shirt? That would be this one. She looks like a little girl trying on her mother’s clothes – all of them at once.
An ivory pleated skirt is a tough sell, but pairing it with that mismatched top and vest was definitely not the way to go. And that stuff coming out her armholes – what is that? She looks like an upholstered chair after our cats get a hold of it. Nope. Don’t like this one at all.
On the other hand, we really like this one. Great proportions. There’s yet another mismatch in color, but the pants are sexy and we like the buttons, but there’s probably too many of them.
Another teacher heading to the faculty lounge while those little bastards kill each other on the playground.
There’s nothing particularly wrong with this look; it’s just that it’s so dull for Bryant Park. Sure, there’s a little interest with the sleeves, but for the most part, you could find this outfit at any Target.
And can we just take a moment to talk about the bags he loved so much? Those handles! They look like knitting bags. Stick a couple skeins and needles in there and you’ll have something to do during those boring faculty meetings! Sorry Daniel. These just weren’t as fabulous as you thought.
As St. Tim would say, “That’s a LOTTA look.” Had he toned down one or two elements or maybe worked in a more…sophisticated color, we probably would like it more, but there’s just too much going on here. The sleeves, the collar, the embellishments, the lace, the overwhelming grapejuiciness of it …too, too much.
And those are the wrong shoes.
Let’s ignore the fact that this looks like it belongs in a different collection. It’s still kind of a weird dress. There was no need for it to be that long. It was not only impractical, but aesthetically, it’s just distracting.
Then again, this look was nothing but one distraction after another. Oy gevalt, the TASSLES! And what’s going on with that trim around her armpits? It’s never a good sign when someone has to ask this question, but is that on purpose or just poorly finished? We can’t tell.
At first we were all “Take a couple elements away and it would be a perfectly fine dress.”
Then we saw the back. What the hell is going on there? That looks like the front of a different dress. In fact, that looks so much like a bust that she has this weird, Death Becomes Her twisted-head vibe going on when she walks away.
We’re really getting our bitch on and it sounds like we hated this collection, but that’s not it. It could have been a very basic, if a little boring, American sportswear-inspired collection and that would have been fine. Problem is, he went for all these crazy embellishments, which, one after another, became more and more frustrating. Plus, taken as a whole, the collection is pretty disjointed. It’s good that he showed a range, but he had no through-line. It wasn’t helped by the fact that there were too many colors (blues, purples, ivory, light green, browns, not to mention the plaid and that black and white print or jacquard). We still think he’s talented and he’s got what it takes, but he needs someone standing over his shoulder and editing him.
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