Ripping the Collections: Chris, Part 1
Now, why are we in trouble? Well, we fear you’re going to come after us with torches and pitchforks. See, a great many of you swooned over this collection and some of you even went so far as to opine that his could have won the whole ballgame, but we…didn’t like it at all.
He says his was a Sweeney Todd-inspired, goth collection and we’re not sold on that as being the best inspiration to start from. He employed rich fabrics in deep colors, but the overall effect was too heavy and too dark. On the other hand, he styled his models beautifully, took real risks with his materials, and each piece was flawlessly constructed.
Let’s start the show.
A beautiful, dramatic dress. It’s not reinventing the wheel but it’s definitely a look that will get you noticed. Not to point out the obvious or anything, but it’s the silkscreen image that makes this look. Without it, this is just a simple gown with a halter neckline.
This is okay. Not great, but okay. That Mildred Pierce silhouette is more than a little dated, though. We kindasorta like the detail on the skirt, but the fabric’s so heavy, it might just be too much for one look.
And let’s get this over with: we hate the hair trim. Not because it’s hair but because of the way he used it. Peeking out of sleeves and running across the yoke of a jacket, it just gave each girl a slightly werewolf look to her and what woman wants that?
We just don’t like all the heavy velvets he used in the collection. They dragged everything down, in our opinion. Overembellishing so many of the looks served to make them even heavier. Frankly, there’s nothing we like about this look. It looks like a velvet bathrobe and pajama set.
This on the other hand, is very pretty. Beautiful color. And we love the detail on the back.
Again, it’s looking like a very dated Mildred Pierce/’90s powersuit silhouette to us. Beautifully accessorized, but all that heavy velvet looks old and dreary.
This is one of the few looks that seemed fresh and youthful to us. We love the way he used the lace and we really love the way he accessorized, but we can’t get past that bizarre hem. It’s distracting and terribly unflattering.
[Photos: WireImage/Getty Images/Elle.com]