The Fashion Show: Congrats and Bye-bye
It’s just okay. In fact, we have a big problem with that weird collar treatment. You know, the one that the judges never bothered to ask her about and the one that was so clearly impractical and probably uncomfortable that it just got completely edited out of the manufactured version (which, we have to admit, aside from that is a pretty good translation of the look).
Don’t get us wrong, it’s an okay dress and maybe even the judges could have come up with a reason as to why this one got the win, but it annoyed us that there was an impractical, what looked like uncomfortable design element that no one even bothered to mention.
And let’s all bid a long overdue goodbye to this sour queen. Long ago, we’d decided we’d had enough of him and his bitchy comments about other designers used to cover up his insecurities about his own skills. “I don’t do pretty.” Give us a fucking break. The list of things you haughtily proclaimed you don’t do during this competition is about a mile longer than the tiny list of thing you apparently can do.
You might remember that when we first wrote about Maggie Gyllenhaal wearing this dress (from Lanvin Spring ’09) back in January, we summarized it as “From The Blanche Devereux Collection at Sears.” Time has not dimmed our antipathy towards this Flintstones-esque frock.
It says a lot that the dress that he lifted almost entirely from another designer was without a doubt the best thing he’d done during the competition. Alongside “doing pretty,” we can add “designing” to the list of things (like sewing) that he feels he’s above.
But clearly, he had one and only one dress envisioned and that dress was in a leopard print. It, again, says something that he was so intent on re-doing another designer’s work that it never even occurred to him to make even the most basic changes to it.
And let’s face it: he’s made cracks in the past about knocking off another designer’s work. He was so clearly shocked by the judges’ reaction that we doubt he ever even considered what he was doing wrong, or at the very least, a dumb idea in a design competition. Johnny doesn’t do pretty, or sewing, or even designing, and that’s all perfectly acceptable to him.
Ugh. So glad to see the back of him. What with his open nastiness to Angel, not just while he was working with her but also when he (quite unbelievably) tried to pass the blame for his “design” on to her, and then to state out loud on the runway right in front of him that Reco’s dress was “so ugly,” we couldn’t have received a better summation in one episode of everything we can’t stand about him. Undertalented, nasty to his contemporaries, highly defensive, and a rip-off artist to boot.
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