The Fashion Show: Anna’s Collection
As you may know, we liked James-Paul’s collection quite a bit. We loved Anna’s equally, but for different reasons. As you also may know, we recently offered up a typically long-winded diatribe about what’s wrong with the show and what needs to be improved.
In our minds, Anna’s collection represents what we think this show should be about. In fact, it’s what the show often proclaims itself to be, but doesn’t live up to: “real clothes for real people.” JP offered innovation; Daniella offered the latest trends; but Anna offered the kind of clothes that most women look at and want to own.
Let’s start the show.
There was some criticism from the judges about Anna’s use of “old lady” fabrics, and while we can see this dress on a more mature woman, we don’t think there’s anything particularly dowdy about it, which is what they implied. We’re not too crazy about the dart placements, though.
Funny thing about this dress: we thought it was gorgeous in person but when we saw the pictures we were disappointed. You’ll have to trust us that in person this wasn’t the effect, but in pictures it makes the model look much wider than she actually is. A shame, because we really like this one.
Adorable. Yes, the criticism has been made that she returned to the creative well one too many times with the same concepts and we’ve certainly seen her do those pleats enough times but we can’t complain because it’s such a cute look.
This was the only look we didn’t like at all. For one, it felt totally incongruous. All the previous looks were cute and girly and then she ends the show with this big Oprah-esque dress that didn’t feel like it belonged at all. Further, you can see every seam and pucker in this thing from a mile away.
Another major criticism of this collection was that it was not particularly cohesive, which is true, but we can’t say it doesn’t all look like the work of the same designer. We suspect she just wanted to pull out everything she had in her trick bag to prove what she could do. On that level, mission accomplished.
To our way of thinking, the win is down to her and JP. It all comes down to what kind of show they want this to be. Guess we’ll just have to Watch What Happens.
[Photos: BravoTV.com/WireImage/home.actlab.utexas.edu - Screencaps: Projectrungay.blogspot.com - Video: BravoTV.com]