The Fashion Show: Let’s wrap it up!
We have a bitchy gal pal with whom we’ve coined a phrase for those trying times when you want to be diplomatic while you’re talking trash about someone who doesn’t look as good as she thinks: “She’s ‘candlelight’ pretty.” Meaning, if it’s the sole light source in the room, then she’s as pretty as she thinks she is. This is a “candlelight” pretty dress. When we saw it under the 18th century Bravo lighting, we thought it looked okay, if not good.
But painstakingly stretching .5 seconds of actual candle-lit footage into a bunch of screencaps allowed us to see how not-good this really is. You have to get all CSI on this show’s ass just to see what the hell they’re doing.
We get it. It’s not the best example of the type of look he’s going for, but we get what he’s going for, if that makes any sense. She’s supposed to be young, urban, bohemian-but-hot, “artsy.” The kind of look Pat Field does well.
However, the dress is too short and also (like a lot of entries this week), too costume-y (hence, Pat Field). It seems a lot of the designers had a problem seeing their hypothetical clients as real people with this challenge.
The overall effect of plaid vest with too-short skirt had a distinctly ’90s feel to it. A little too 90210 to be considered chic.
We have to say, James-Paul is back on form with this one. It’s not a look for everyone, but we think he was one of the few designers this week who really re-conceptualized what these labels mean.
And that butt is just too silly to consider. Still, it felt like a complete, well-thought-out look and it felt like he was really expressing himself and finding a way to marry his design to a preppy label.