You know, all season long, I have been Dom’s biggest cheerleader. I have said several times on this very blog that she had better win this whole competition.
I’m very surprised and sorry to say that I did not like her final collection.
The designers were asked to create an 8-piece collection inspired by New York City. They were given four days and a budget of $3000 to create this collection. One look out of their 8-piece collection had to be menswear.
The time-constraint laid upon the All Stars designers is perhaps my biggest issue with the All Stars finale shows. During a typical season of PR, the designers have months to create a high-quality collection that is suitable for a fashion-week runway. Why on earth would they take designers who are arguably the best designers the show has to offer, and only give then four days to create eight pieces? It’s not fair, and it’s not enjoyable for the viewing public. I don’t want to watch them struggle to piece together fabric and put together a mediocre show (which, let’s face it, is what happens every season). I want to see talented people create beautiful and interesting clothes. Let’s not take these figurative Olympic athletes and figuratively cut off their legs before asking them to run a marathon. It doesn’t make sense!
Sure, they got help in the form of former contestants:
But even that seemed a little strange to me. On Top Chef, at least the final contestants get to pick their sous chefs. Why the heck would they just assign Alexander to Dom, Layana to Ken, and Asha to Kini? I don’t understand the logic. And why those three? None of it made sense to me.
At any rate, let’s take a look at the clothes, shall we?
Dom said her inspiration was her first impression of NYC: getting out of a cab and seeing all the color and movement and life. It’s a beautiful inspiration, and certainly one that many of us can relate to and understand. However, it doesn’t translate all that well in the clothes. In particular, I felt that her hand-painted fabrics came across as sloppy and a little Holly Hobby.
Of all her painted pieces, this one is the most visually interesting. I don’t mind this one at all. Sure, this model has no shape, but I kinda like that she looks like she’s wearing a painted canvas.
But she gets a little heavy-handed with the painted fabrics pretty quickly in this collection. And wait until you see the ungodly abomination that is her OTHER painted fabric. The grey sweater looks like it was picked out of a bargain bin at Walmart.
I like the top, but the skirt is an after-thought. Frankly, though, it just reinforces how dumb the whole four-day-challenge thing is. With more time, she could have come up with a more interesting skirt to go with that top.
And here’s a black column of fabric.
Seriously, is that not the most hideous fabric you’ve ever seen? It reminds me of the the fabric Mila created in Project Runway, Season 7:
The very same fabric Michael Kors hilariously referred to as a “Mexican serape gay flag.”
And the worse part is Dom prominently used that hideous fabric in 3 out of her 8 looks.
It’s just so bad.
I actually like the top, but the pants are wrong. They have weird bunching in the backs of her legs. I don’t like he stripe down the front of the pants either.
And her last look…
…was the worst one in the bunch. Dom can do much better than this. Heck, Dom has consistently done better than this all season. These things usually come down to just a matter of taste, but in my humble opinion, Dom’s collection was actually the weakest of the three.
Ken’s inspiration was the architectural and structural elements he saw in the buildings of NYC. To my surprise, his collection was my favorite of the three. It wasn’t perfect, but I found it to be polished and expensive-looking. Isaac gave him something of a back-handed compliment when he said that Ken’s collection was the most marketable, and ordinarily I’d say that this competition should be about creating Fashion (with a capital F) and not marketable clothes, but I think Ken managed to create the most marketable collection that also happens to be the most interesting. When Ken stated that he knew that Kini and Dom would be in the Top 3, I have to say that I agreed with him. From the beginning, I would have (correctly) predicted that those two would be in the final 3. I would not have predicted that Ken would be there, but he ended up having the strongest finale collection.
I love this jumpsuit. Love it! He was trying to create the overall shape of the Empire State Building, starting with a wide base and ending in a thin point. I think it’s inspired. Sure, when she turns around, her ass looks a little wide. That’s a small price to pay for such a chic look.
I would have loved it if Ken would have utilized this beautiful cream-colored wool fabric in other looks in his collection. It’s such a delicious fabric, and it’s under-utilized in this collection. I’m not sure I like that stripe on those sleeves.
And this dress once again solidifies why giving these folks four days is a huge mistake. I suppose the hemline and collar give it some visual interest, but not much. This is a big ol’ nothing of a dress. It’s a Hefty bag cinched at the waist.
This is from Captain Hook’s wardrobe in Once Upon a Time. Another miss from Ken’s collection.
Sex on legs, as Zanna said. the neckline might be a little too wide, but that’s probably the shape he was looking to create. I would like it more if the plunging neckline was more plunging and less wide, though.
Now that I see this from the back, the skirt looks a little cheap, no? I still think this is eye-catching and sexy. The way he plays with textures here is cool.
I am pleased that he chose to incorporate that yellow fabric. Again, maybe with more time this outfit would look more polished, but in four days it’s just a basic look.
And this was a smart look with which to end the show. This model looks eight-feet tall. Just lovely.
I was actually surprised that the judges didn’t award the win to Kini. His collection was the one they seemed to praise most during their critiques. He was inspired by NYC’s grid system. As usual, though, Kini’s stuff just doesn’t ring my bell. Yes, he can sew fast, and yes, he can construct well, but his designs always seem too deliberate. There’s more to interesting fashion than puffy sleeves.
This is probably my favorite look from Kini’s collection. I like the skirt quite a bit. The length is just right. The jacket is fierce.
This woman has a giant loofah coming out of her hip.
Ughh. None of the designers got the menswear quite right, did they?
This looks like something Cher would have worn in Clueless. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.
Speaking of Clueless, I just can’t get behind all these brightly colored plaids. I will always think of Cher’s iconic bright yellow plaid suit. I hate the idea of a bubble hem in general, but I hate it even more when it’s mullet bubble hem (business in the front; party in the back).
Just because Kini won the Alice in Wonderland challenge, that doesn’t mean that he should have recreated that silhouette. What woman is going to wear this? Where is she going? How will she get there? She certainly can’t sit in a car in this dress. I’m not quite being fair to Kini now, and I recognize that. Fashion isn’t usually about practicality and comfort. Still, this looks gimmicky.
That bow is awful.That skirt is unflattering. And I haven’t mentioned this before, but I hate his styling choices.
Horrible. This is a Mad Hatter costume. I can’t stand anything about it. Not even worth discussing further.
So congratulations Dom!
Another season of PR has ended. Despite all the heartache and disagreement, it’s been fun! I’m not sure if the next season premieres right away, but I will be blogging the new season once it starts! I look forward to seeing Heidi, Tim, and Nina, and I will still miss Michael Kors every week, and I will roll my eyes whenever Zac Posen speaks.