All-Star Sweet P
This is the part where we talk about her personality on the show and blahblahblah. Nothing against her, but except for a minor and highly edited storyline about a rivalry with Uli, there’s nothing to talk about, so let’s jump in.
Let’s start off by admitting one thing: Sweet P has an aesthetic; a sort of shabby romanticism of faded flowers and hippy chick girliness coupled with an ever-so-slight L.A. edge to it. It’s not our thing at all but it’s a perfectly commendable aesthetic and you can do a lot of interesting things with it. We’re going to try and bear that in mind in our critiques. It’s only fair to admit upfront when something’s just not your thing.
This was a pretty nice dress. Somewhat plain, and we don’t like the color, but cute nonetheless.
Our main criticism is the fit on this garment. Generally speaking, Sweet P shies away from fitted garments. That’s fine, but this is clearly a dress that’s meant to fit the wearer a little better than this. Admit it, if your girlfriend came out of the dressing room looking like this, you’d say, “Let’s go down a size and see how that looks.”
It’s also not a color that we particularly like but if you like that sort of thing, if you’re one of those airy, poetry-writing, flowers-in-your-hair, boyfriend-rides-a-motorcycle types, then this is the dress for you.
We should add that we DO like those frayed ruffles as well as the frayed and ripped fabric roses. A nice touch.
If you read our previous posts on the show, then you know we felt this collection received higher scores than we felt it merited. The three previous looks deserved whatever praise the judges wanted to heap on them, but we were totally befuddled when the judges all praised this look.
It’s not awful, mind you (at least this part of the dress isn’t); it’s just so incredibly basic and style-less. Plain Jane. And regular readers know how little we like big floppy bows as embellishments for grown women.
It’s really not a bad collection at all. As we said, it showed some growth and expansion on her part (as well as some improvement) while remaining totally within her aesthetic and identifiable as her work. We have no doubt that she has or could have a decent sized customer base to build a line on. We just think the judges over-praised and over-rated it. In our imaginary judging, she would have rated a solid 5th place, possibly 4th, but definitely not ahead of Uli’s.
Which, come to think of it, is probably why the editors worked so hard to create an Uli/Sweet P rivalry.