Down and Out in Denver

The Displeasure of la Garcia. And the Vindication of Blake.

Posted in fashion, tv by Blake on March 19, 2010

Nina Garcia looking sour

I knew it, I knew it, I knew it!  Nina Garcia, god bless her, is not on board with this Seth Aaron adulation.  My evidence, you ask?

1. While she liked some parts of his jacket last night, she also clearly thought that it was dated and overworked.  I could not agree more, Nina.  Too many bells and whistles.  And buttons and zippers and flaps and asymmetrical nastiness.  It may be well fitted, I’ll give him that much, but it looks like it emerged from a K-Mart circa 1989.

2. In the final moments of deliberation when Heidi asked the other judges (this time Garcia, the irritating Molly Sims, and Francisco Costa of Calvin Klein [sitting in for Michael Kors]) if they had reached a decision, Nina gave a grimace but nodded her assent.  And who should win?  Seth Aaron and Emilio.  In other words, Nina had been outvoted, and by that silly Sims!

Needless to say, I was as displeased as la Garcia.  To my mind the winners should have been Anthony (sporting that adorable ladies’ cardigan from Talbots, complete with brooch) and Maya.  I was also ready to see Jay Nicolas Sario head home.  His outfit had nary a fan amongst the judges and it was completely ill fitting.  Yes, Amy’s shirtdress looked like a kindergarten teacher’s painting smock, but at least she designed something and executed it well.

The other great tragedy of the evening, however, was the elimination of Holly on MotR, largely because Emilio, cocky from his win, decided to go with the judges’ favorite, Lorena, instead of remaining loyal to Holly.  I thought Holly was great, not as wonderful as my favorite, Cerri, but still pretty good.  And I loved that Cerri, throughout the process, gave Holly enormous props, talking about her beauty and her “ridiculous” (in a good way) body.  Oh, Emilio, what were you thinking? Bad choices all around.

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  1. Alastair said, on March 19, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Garcia is looking fine.

  2. Blake said, on March 19, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Do you mean she looks good or that she doesn’t look displeased in this photo? I agree that “sour” might be going a bit far but I searched for a better one to express her displeasure and I couldn’t find it. She has scoured the interwebs herself and eliminated all of them!

  3. squadratomagico said, on March 19, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    I’m not sure… she did complain that S-A’s jacket had a few too many things going on, and seemed to indicate she felt it was saved by Emilio’s interventions with color… but at another moment, she said that the look she felt disappointed in for that team was Emilio’s. I have to agree that it was hideously fussy — I go for a more streamlined look, myself — but again, awfully well constructed and fitted.

    The dress I liked best on the runway, sort of, was Jonathan’s. Yes, it was poorly executed b/c there wasn’t enough time for something that ambitious; and yes, the dark panels made it heavy. But, if the entire dress had the cutout-black-net-over-tan pattern, I think it would have been superb. Great, great fabric design; but poorly executed into the final garment.

    And I loved Cerri complaining about how Amy made her “arse look ginormous.” I rewound to hear it twice.

  4. Blake said, on March 20, 2010 at 10:53 am

    I agree on all three counts. I do think you’re right that she found Emilio’s dress not so good. And I agreed with her. It was awful, and worse than even the fussiness of of SA’s jacket. So she was displeased at them winning instead of Anthony and Maya.

    I also didn’t think Jonathan’s dress was nearly as horrible as everyone else seemed to. I didn’t even really see the heaviness of the panels. But maybe that’s why I’m not a fashion journalist or a designer?

  5. Alastair said, on March 20, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    I loved Jonathan’s dress… though it was clear he was at fault for taking on more than time allowed. I was immediately reminded of the Neue Galerie located, ironically, on the Upper East Side. Something about it felt very Art Nouveau to me… I could see a little Gustav Klimt or Adolf Loos in the patterning, and I loved the pleats (ruching?) below the neckline.

  6. squadratomagico said, on March 21, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Alastair, I agree completely.

  7. mamamonroe said, on March 24, 2010 at 8:17 am

    Alastair – I agree about Jonathan’s dress! Loved. Sad to see Amy go … I really think she had potential.

  8. squadratomagico said, on March 26, 2010 at 9:04 am

    I’m so sorry to see Anthony go this week! But, as he reminds us, you don’t have to have a crown to be a queen.

    OTOH, I’m glad Jonathan squeaked by, though they really roughed him up. He’s become one of my favorites.

    • Blake said, on March 26, 2010 at 10:28 am

      Don’t even get me started. Well, I already did start. See my two posts about last night, not off the presses!


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