This year I was the judge for ELLE's annual FIT fashion competition. I was along side judges
Christina Ricci, Alexa Chung, Brad Goreski, Steven Alan and Ken Downing from Neimans, who were all the co-judges of the competition. There were about 20 contestants and each were tutored by Anne Slowey and Joe Zee from Elle.
The top honors are ELLE's FASHION NEXT Design Award ( $25,000), Maybelline New York Design Awards ( $25,000) and a third prize, the People's Choice Award, worth $10,000, is being chosen by users on ELLE.com.
It's always a horrible feeling judging someone's talent, but at the end, I try to analyze their skill, craft, color sensibility and long term potential in the market place.
Here are a few pictures from the event:
(In order of photos posted)
1) Me on the step and repeat.
2) Ken Downing and I.
3) Some of the pieces that walked down the runway
4) Some of the judges.
I designed a crown for Lady Gaga's new tour. I wanted something futuristic and we slammed it!
Her styling is INCREDIBLE in the interview, the juxtaposition of her looking like a California girl from 1989 with a massive spike crown on her head is provocative and memorable.
Lady Gaga rocks Miss Havisham earrings. They were made from hand sculpted wood and are accented with gold metal bird beaks.
Pink's new video Blow Me (One Last Kiss) just came out and she's wearing 3 necklaces designed for the video. She's gone very feminine and is looking incredibly elegant. Basically, she looks great.
Here are some still's from the video:
In Milan we just debuted the collaboration between Alberta Ferretti and I for Spring 2013.
Alberta Ferreti is known for her amazing detail and execution of ready to wear. There is always a sense of femininity to the collection which also reflects the modernity of today. We decided to sculpt clear Lucite so that it resembled the way the fabric would be pleated. Each bracelet was encrusted with inlaid rectangular and square crystals, which accented the curves and angles of the bracelets. The clothing combined metallic’s with a softness for the season. Below are some shots and the reviews from WWD which just got posted.
Get the look:
Here's the write up from WWD:
That the buzzwords bandied about backstage before Alberta Ferretti's show included “sensual”,"feminine" and “luminous" was not a news ash. Throw in “ethereal" and ”goddess" and you've got Ferretti's aesthetic vocabulary virtually covered. This collection, too, sprung from the designer's well of hyper-romantic beauty, which never seems to run dry. Puns aside, a wet look was intentional in the lineup, where the goddesses were more like sirens, the kind lonesome sailors shipwreck over in fairy tales or Ice Capades, in the case of a short, skaterly blue dress with nude tulle embroidered with lace. (There were also hints of McQueen in the aquatic.) The liquidity was conveyed in a couple of ways.
First came fringed dresses, some of which featured fringe embroidery, veiled in a layer of sheer, pale organza that resulted in a foamy iridescence. Then, at the end of the show, Ferretti worked slick lamés in black, blue, green and ivory on her signature fluid gowns, here done with an artfully tattered sensibility. There's almost an absence of gravity," she said preshow. “As if the fabrics are floating around the woman." That was precisely the effect on pretty cutaway chiffion tops worn over cropped pants - Ferretti's newest proposition for evening and the array of tattoo lace-on-tulle gowns that seemed to melt off the body.