“You have as many hours in a day as Beyonce, so you’ve gotta get it done.” – Zachary
This will be my new mantra.
There are lots of looks to examine this week, so let’s get right to it!
Maya’s collection was my favorite of the four, so I was pleased with the judges’ decision. I agree with Christian’s observation that a brighter yellow would have been a nice addition to the collection, but frankly, who has the time to create a whole new quality piece in fewer than two days? A couple of the other designers chose to make last minute outfits, and their collections suffered because of it. Maya was probably right to stick to her guns and simply tweak the pieces she already had. And, frankly, it’s probably a little hypocritical for Christian Siriano to criticize a collection for not using color when his winning PR collection was basically all black.
And Maya won anyway, so I guess she didn’t really need a bright yellow outfit.
At any rate, Maya’s clothes are so chic and polished, but what I like most about them is that they are visually interesting from any angle, which makes them appealing from an editorial standpoint.
I like the asymmetrical zipper, but I’m not generally a fan of an overly exaggerated bell sleeve. I would have preferred a more tailored sleeve. The pants are a throwback to Sandy at the end of Grease, and I mean that in a good way. They fit really well
This is my least favorite look in Maya’s collection. The straps are too busy in the front and I’m not a big fan of a sheer skirt over a giant granny-panty.
It surprises me how much I like this outfit. On paper, it seems like everything I would hate and criticize (an impractical mesh cape over a fairly basic short dress), but it works. The cape is dramatic, and this outfit moved beautifully on the runway.
I really like this outfit. I know this is another granny-panty under a sheer long skirt, but the floral pattern on this sheer skirt somehow makes all the difference. And this simple white top with the zipper and black trim looks really expensive. This is a very elegant outfit.
These pants rock my world. I understand why the judges all raved about them; they’re outstanding. Very chic. Maya also added some interesting details, like the lace-up back, that really makes her outfits interesting from every angle.
On another note, it was stupid of the producers to require the designers to use glasses in at least one of their looks. The only designer who used them well was Samantha. For all the others, the glasses felt like an after-thought.
How fierce is the back of that cape?! The dress is okay, but the cape is very interesting.
Samantha already has a such a strong presence and sense of self at such a young age. As I’ve mentioned before, her clothes aren’t exactly to my taste, and there are a few issues with the finishing of some of these pieces, but in the end, she has such a distinct style that I probably wouldn’t have faulted the judges if they would have chosen her as the winning designer. I agree that Maya had a stronger collection, but Samantha’s clothes are just so different and innovative. She also took all of Tim’s suggestions and the judges’ suggestions, and she presented them from her point of view, which, as I’ve already noted, is something Maya chose not to do. Samantha is very smart and talented, and I’m sure she also has a bright future in fashion (heck, I really hope all these kids have long and successful careers).
Tim suggested that she consider mixing the pieces in her collection, and that really made the whole collection more exciting. Again, these clothes are for a really cool girl. People notice her.
This look doesn’t quite work for me. I don’t think those shorts are flattering. The jacket is fine, but she has made 50 or so of that jacket throughout the season. The judges suggested that Samantha infuse some red fabric into her collection, so she created red shirts for this outfit and this one:
To quote Michael Kors, the crotch on those shorts is insane. I understand that Samantha plays with proportion in her designs, but it seems to me like these particular proportions will only work on a woman who is six feet tall and a size zero.
This look strikes me as more of the same from Samantha, which is probably the main reason the judges awarded the win to Maya.
The judges wanted to see Samantha make a dress. And this is a very cute, and still very Samantha dress. I like the dress from the front, but I’m not crazy about the menswear inspired back.
And finally, Samantha made a pencil skirt, once again trying a little something different. Again, I’m not crazy about the proportions here. A skirt that cuts a woman’s leg mid-calf is rarely a good idea. And once again, a “regular” woman who is not six feet tall and a size zero is going to have a hard time pulling this off. But the thing about fashion is that a designer doesn’t necessarily have to think about fitting a real woman when creating a runway show. For some designers, the runway is spectacle, apart from a ready-to-wear type of collection. It seems to me that Samantha is this type of designer. Her designs may not be terribly practical or wearable for most women, but the ideas behind her designs can be translated into real clothes that are edgy and cool.
Peyies’s clothes are a lot of fun! If I was a fifteen-year-old girl, these are the clothes I would most likely want to wear. She has such a keen eye for mixing prints and combining colors that shouldn’t go together, but somehow do.
For instance, I would never think to match the colorful print in that top with a fringe belt made of leather with a different hand-painted gold pattern. It really works, though. I could picture someone like Kate Hudson wearing this to Bonnaroo. And I mean that as a compliment.
I didn’t find this look to be quite as successful as some of the others. It reads a little Jem to me.
Some of the same fit issues that existed with this outfit last week continue to exist, but I still really like the way she’s mixing prints, and I still really like the asymmetry of the skirt.
Though this dress shows some improvement from the shapeless sack she sent down the runway last week, it’s still not a great dress. The fabric looks too much like upholstery and the shape is not terribly flattering. I’m also not crazy about the way she’s using the painted leather around the model’s neck.
This is such a fun look! Again, it’s very Kate Hudson at Bonnarroo, but in the best way possible. I love the fit of the top and the color of the skirt.
This is another example of how Peytie has such a great eye for mixing and matching. I would never think to put a fringe belt around this long blue gown. But look how cool that looks! It was a very dramatic way to close out her runway show.
Zachary has such a great personality! He’s sweet and funny and sharp as a tack. I mean, that Beyonce line really is my new mantra. He’s so much more than a great kid, though. He is so talented! I think with a little more time and a little more confidence, he’ll be a force to be reckoned with in the fashion world.
As I said last week, I really like this. I would rock he hell out of it.
This, however, I do not like. The fabric coming out of her hips just doesn’t make any sense. Why would any woman choose to widen her hips with black tulle?
This was a last minute addition, and unfortunately, it looks it.
This has potential to be really cute, but it isn’t perfect. It looks a little like the back of the purple vest is tucked into her pants. The fit on the pants doesn’t quite seem right either. The sheer purple somehow doesn’t work as well as the sheer white capes in Maya’s collection.
I think this is elegant and dramatic. The skirt is fierce. As for the top, I’m not sure I like the purple fabric, but I like the detail on the sleeve.
Adding a belt and removing the flowers really made this a much more successful look. It’s still not to my taste, but it illustrates that he is a skilled designer who can work with difficult design elements.
Well, that completes my take on this season of PRJ. All four final runway shows had their merits, but Maya’s line really was a polished and lovely collection that showed off her vision and her skills. I’m glad she won.
I am looking forward to this upcoming season of PR All Stars, and I fully intend to blog that show as well, so do stay tuned!