Bleeding for Fashion
“Are you there, God? It’s me, Jillian.
I- I don’t know how to tell you this, but…”
“…I really fucked up.”
Oh boy, did she ever.
But check out her little cha-cha skirt! Shake it, Anita!
Oy. Where to start. From the top, we guess. But first, let’s talk about washes. Specifically, that these are the wrong ones. That light, brushed denim is very not in right now and no matter what she tried to do with it, it was going to look drab and out of style. She addresses this in her interview at the Bravo site:
“It seemed a lot of the designers were going for the darker washes. As soon as the challenge was presented to us, I had the design in my head and I imagined it in an almost white denim. Instead I ended up with light denim (in the two seconds we had to make a decision). I realize that, presently in fashion, it’s all about the not-so-washed dark denim, but … alright, I messed up! And OK fine — the coat looked a whole lot better in my head!”
Okay, okay. No need to get testy there, girl.
But you see darling, that just means you’re a woman now!
Anyway, back to this monstrosity.
Alright, from the top: the collar might’ve worked had it been executed better but we hate the shoulders on this thing. Bad enough she went with a different wash for the sleeves, but then she attached them at such a weird point. It makes her look broad and droopy.
The bodice is plain and flat-looking – especially when you take into account all the frippery she placed on this thing.
Exhibit A. We’re trying to envision a way in which this might have worked, but no. It just doesn’t.
Exhibit B: There’s just no way something like that could ever work. If you’re not sitting at your desk at work, say this out loud: “Denim sleeve ruffles.” See? It sounds ludicrous. That’s because it is.
Okay, even if you are at work, say it out loud. When your cubicle mate looks at you funny, smile mysteriously. They’ll stop hitting you up for birthday club money.
We also hate the proportions on the skirt. Too full for a trench coat, let alone a denim one.
Everything about this was a complete miss. Wrong color choice, bad proportions, too much frippery and to top it all off, terribly executed. She’s better than this. For that matter, so was VictorYA. It seems to us that they were both so thrown off their game by having to work with an unfamiliar fabric, that they both defaulted to their previous almost-winning design and tried to duplicate it.
The only reason VictorYA got the auf was because Jillian clearly put more effort into her design. The results were just as bad, but at least she tried. Plus, she finally managed to do the one thing that VictorYA never could.
Allow emotion to register on her face.
[Photo: Barbara Nitke/Bravotv.com - Screencaps: Project RunGay]