Since the reality show is still early in its run, 10 collections were shown so as not to ruin the surprise. Here is a quick lowdown of each.
Jay: The collection was my favorite, and I hope he will be one of the final three. First up was a fab high collar coat with wonderful knit details. The collection had a lot of emphasis on the forearm, waist, and shoulders. Cocoon and wave-like steps which worked best on a bustier dress, jacket, and bolero were shown. While these are not easy looks to pull off given the abundance of carefully crafted, bold details, I wouldn’t mind giving almost every piece a whirl.
Janeane: An easy, breezy cool collection (think loose fitting tees, blazers cut short in front and long in back). While there were some nice staples, there was nothing particularly original.
Jonathan: Inspired by insects and birds that fly, the collection appeared to be a Mexican fiesta. While Jonathan may have played with lots of technique and fabric manipulation, the likes of jeweled neckline baby dolls and wrapped bustiers failed to impress in originality and fabric choice (iridescent red, swirling orange print, washed out grey).
Anthony: Over the top with paillettes, sparkles, ruffles, and clashing colors (wide sleeved purple satin, with silver paillette bottom). Again, the skill is there – but the taste is questionable.
Jesse: Crime novels, film noir, and a woman on the run served as the inspiration for this show which translated into two-toned body conscious minis, fitted geometric-shaped tops, travel accessories, and old school flight attendant-like hats. Not every piece was memorable, but it was a cohesive collection with a clear direction, and I hope this contestant will be one of the final three.
Seth: Think 40’s military with this collection. There was lots of red and leather, coupled with dark black cat eyes and tightly bound hair that resulted in heavy, dramatic looks. Towards the end, however, the collection began veering towards army meets pin-up meets rocker that made for some hit or miss looks.
Emilio: “Color me Bad” was the name Emilio gave his collection. He showed some nice staple pieces that were well crafted, but again nothing terribly exciting. Ironically, given the name of the collection, I did think the color choices were on the ‘bad’ side.
Mila: The designer showed a collection inspired by shadows, which for her meant plenty of geometric cuts and patterns, including some hard to pull off but appealing striped looks that kicked off the collection. Unfortunately, it was downhill after that, with dowdy colors and silhouettes that were neither commercial enough to be saleable, nor visually interesting enough to easily sustain one’s attention.
Ben: This was a very futuristic collection. I loved the structure of his outerwear which had, at times, a young Nicolas Ghesquiere quality. I only wish he didn’t pair a good portion of his collection with blue tights.
Amy: Focused on photographic digital printing, there were a number of beautiful, light prints – particularly on a fluttering layered mini and a tiered shirt dress. Clearly, prints are the designer’s forte, so I wish she had gone the way of Dries Van Noten or vintage Pucci. That said, a rosette coat and completely pleated dress were exquisite for the runway, even if the wearablity is somewhat questionable. Then again, Jason Wu had a similar rosette coat in his collection last year that seems to be selling…
Images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.