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A Menswear Challenge!

By Antonia L. Thu., Sep. 22, 2011 ,5:37 pm EDT

This episode (9) of “PR”9 was refreshing! A challenge that was GUARANTEED to make the designers sweat ... A MENSWEAR CHALLENGE! The eight remaining designers had to create look for unsigned recording artists The Sheepdogs. For the winner: the piece would be shot for, and worn on a red carpet event for, Rolling Stone magazine.

Much to my disappointment, it was a team challenge. I TOTALLY get why it is a team challenge, but as a designer, you really want the opportunity to sound your voice as a designer. BUT, that's neither here or there.

 The Teams:

#TeamHarmony
- Anya
- Bert
- Anthony Ryan
- Laura Kathleen

#TeamUntitled
- Josh. M
- Kimberly
- Olivier
- Viktor

SIDEBAR: Was I the only one noticing the unwarranted LOVEFEST among the members of #TeamHarmony??? I mean, even at Mood, Bert not only gave Laura $150 of his budget because she was over hers, but they sealed the deal with a HUG! (Macaulay Culkin “Home Alone” face!) LMAO!

 After the trip to Mood, the designers are off to work. And wouldn't you know, Olivier is already — AGAIN — bitching about how his client Ewan (lead singer of The Sheepdogs) is too “BIG.”

SIDEBAR: At this point, Olivier has lost ALL credibility to me as a designer. GRANTED, high fashion is known to be a little “size-ist,”but at the end of the day, you don't design garments for a SIZE, you design garments for PEOPLE — REAL PEOPLE WHO COME IN DIFFERENT SIZES. I think it's so lame to complain about.

As all the designers' fabrics/designs began to be revealed during Tim Gunn's consult, I was feeling most of the designers' selections seemed a little ... fem. Lol. The first look to come to mind, BERT'S. I MEAN REALLY, purple denim, WHICH IS COOL ... when it's not paired with a purple, floral BLOUSE (as Bert dubbed it). Josh. M's look was “tilting” as well, in addition to Olivier's chintzy print used for Ewan's shirt and Kimberly's “top” (I used “top” because men should never wear “tops”, lmao!).

SIDEBAR: Do you know whose look DID have amazing fabric & color choices??? TIM GUNN! His ensemble worn during the designer consult was SMA-SHING!!! Love the colors. Love the mix of prints. Love the fit. (I know, I know ... MAJOR SIDEBAR, LOL!)

The day of the runway, many of the designers are still working on their looks. Actually, THEY ALL ARE! I don't blame them, though. I've designed/constructed men's garments, and it's all about FIT & DETAIL! BOTH take time. Looking at what is done, no one's look is “striking my fancy.” Olivier and Kimberly's “tops” still look ... well, like tops. I'm kinda confused by Josh M.'s look, and Laura Kathleen's looks a little inexpensive. But much to my surprise, Bert really rocked his design out! Me likey!!!

The runway show, which actually doubled as a rock concert, was pretty cool. You were able to see the garments actually being LIVED IN. Looking at all the designs as a whole and as a team effort, the #TeamUntitled looks had more rock-star appeal … MINUS a look or two.

The individual designs that I feel really tackled the challenge and gave the artist “a look” were the ones by Bert, Viktor and Josh. They looked totally rocker and were extremely well executed. The looks that I didn't like so much were the ones by Kimberly and Olivier. Poor Kimberly. I'M A FAN OF KIMBERLY, so I won't burn her too bad. We all have a bad day. (For me it was the “Couture Challenge”! Lawd have mercy, lol). Olivier's ensemble was just vanilla and oatmeal. It gave “full nothing.”

The decision was made, Viktor was the winner and Olivier was sent packing! I TOTALLY agree with both decisions. Viktor's design was so well thought-out and completely a look. With Olivier, I'VE BEEN READY FOR HIM TO GET HIS PINK SLIP. I think he is a good designer, but his lack of being able to work with “plus sizes” (as he said) just doesn't fit (TO ME) in the world of fashion. Maybe it's his youth, who knows. BUT WHAT I DO KNOW is he won't be around to deliver a bowl of “design porridge.”

NOTABLE QUOTABLES
“Being that the guys are from Canada, I don't really see them in those SHADIKIES, whatever they are.” - Bert (LMAO! It's DASHIKI, sir.)

“That top looks like, 'Do you want that with biscuits?'” - Bert (LMMFAO!!!)

“I think he's like REGGAE JESUS. He looks like he has a suede lobster bib on. It's like a Brady Bunch dashiki.”
”I think he looks like Peter Brady at autumn harvest.”- Michael Kors (LMAO! Perfect!!!)

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