Ok, I admit it. I’m addicted to Bravo and their reality fashion shows. Why?
a). I’m a fashion-school dropout.
b). Unlike reality shows that rely on sexuality and bad manners, it takes actual talent to create an outfit from a spool of thread and a hunk of cloth.
c). It is kind of exciting to live vicariously through these designers who have the guts to either succeed or go down in flames on televison.
It is unfortunate that Project Runway got bought/cancelled. The Fashion Show is an okay substitution. The final four contestants competed with very different collections in the runway show. My picks for top banana are Anna and James Paul. Anna, whose collection not only referenced painter Hieronymous Bosch, and used models of realistic proportion, but was infinitely wearable and desirable earns my top pick.
James Paul, the diminutive Asian Londoner, comes in a close second with his collection based upon the idea of Indigenous peoples utilizing Western garb. His collection reminded me strongly of the work of Japanese designers such as Rei Kawakubo/ Comme des Garçons, and Yōji Yamamoto during the late 1980s and early to mid-1990s. Voluminous shiny black and grey swaths look good only on the daring and divinely tall, but are desirable nonetheless.