Althea Harper Spring 2012 Collection

Posted on September 26, 2011

Althea Harper Spring 2012 Collection

Full disclosure: Althea Harper is one of our favorite Project Runway alums. Sure, she’s stunning in person and a lot of fun to chat with at a party, but she’s also one hard-working girl who knows fashion better than her appearance on the show let on. We’ve always tried to feature her collections here because we think she’s got a lock on a sort of freewheeling, sexy, urban chic thing that we respond well to, but this is the first time we were able to attend one of her shows. Fashion Week makes it difficult to hit all the PR alum shows going on in New York at the time, but we were firmly committed to making it to this one and we’re so glad we did. It’s a shame the venue was so dark, because the pictures aren’t as clear as they could be. Picking up on the trends of flowy prints and minimalist black-and-whites, this collection ranges from simple body-conscious pieces to more dramatically sexy and wearable prints. Like a lot of – and some of the best – female designers, the clothes look like something Althea herself would wear (and she did, in fact wear one of the pieces for the show). That’s not necessarily a bad thing, since the customer she’s seeking is clearly similar to herself: a stylish, 20-something girl with a city sensibility and a desire to look sexy and confident.

Althea Harper Spring 2012 Collection

Althea Harper Spring 2012 Collection

Althea Harper Spring 2012 Collection

Althea Harper Spring 2012 Collection

[Photo Credit: altheaharper.com]

    • http://twitter.com/uknowmebetter Tomás

      Yikes

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jude-Brown/1350939326 Jude Brown

        Not a fan of the floppy wings hanging off the tie dye.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Heather-Waddell/10401341 Heather Waddell

      I like the version Althea herself is wearing way more than the model version. Did she just button it or did she do other modifications too?

      • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

        Is that her in the middle of the group picture?

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Heather-Waddell/10401341 Heather Waddell

          I think so….

    • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

      Second one up on the right almost looks like she has a black bar across her crotch.

    • Anonymous

      Nice  and chic,  Boho – Soho collection. Clean lines with a good use of texture, prints and color.

    • MilaXX

      Althea seems like a cool chic to hang with, but her clothes aren’t really my style. Perhaps if I was graced with being a 6ft Amazon I’d like them more.

    • Christina Brennan

      Maybe they looked better in person, but I am underwhelmed by these photos.  They look… oudated?  And sort of messy for my taste.

      • Anonymous

        They look sort of 80’s to me, and not in a new-revised-interesting way.

      • Anonymous

        I agree, when I saw these I thought they looked outdated, perhaps chic years ago? Confused

    • Anonymous

      Well . . . I don’t see it, but maybe they look better in person? A lot of it seems sort of like stuff from the late 80s, early 90s, and not the good stuff.

    • Sara__B

      These designs don’t seem appropriate for a fashion week runway show. They’re department store and catalog clothes — nothing special in terms of design, fit, fabric, construction, or even styling. I hope she sells tons of them, but I’m underwhelmed.

    • Judy_J

      I’m not really digging this collection, but then I’m not “a stylish, 20-something girl with a city sensibility and a desire to look sexy and confident.”  I’m more of a 50-something woman with a city sensibility and a desire to look sexy and confident.  That’s something all together different.

      • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

        I am a stylish 20-something with a city sensibility and a desire to look sexy and confident and I’m not a fan either.

      • Anonymous

        I would posit that looking sexy and confident doesn’t necesarily mean that a woman of any age is going to go for barely there slip dresses and midriff baring clothes.

        • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

          I’m certain not!  The entire reason I got my tattoo on my upper hip was so my clients would never see it — I have no intention of exposing it to them!

    • http://twitter.com/thedailymax Maria Alcantara

      Very boring.

    • Anonymous

      Really fun urban collection. kudos to her and thanks for posting Tlo. 

    • Anonymous

      Some of the pieces have a nice, laid-back sophistication; but the belly-baring looks just aren’t my taste. 

    • Anonymous

      They’re nice clothes and could be favorites in someone’s wardrobe, but nothing exciting. The sleeveless dyed top at left in bottom row is the most interesting.

    • Anonymous

      /aren’t most of these, with the exception of the floppy tie-dyed pieces, just mall clothes?  Though that’s no surprise as that’s all she ever made on the show as well…

    • Anonymous

      The print pieces are interesting, but everything else is kind standard and not very distinct or memorable. I recall her doing the same sort of looks while she was on PR. *shrugs*

    • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

      Sorry, but I don’t see that those little slip dresses are any more designed than Bryce’s collection.  A slipping strap is NOT A DESIGN! 

    • Anonymous

      Yawn.

    • Anonymous

      I feel like I’m missing a fashion appreciation gene or something, but these are as basic and ho-hum as you can get. I don’t hate them, I just wouldn’t give them a second glance if they weren’t by a PR alumni. But then I never liked her clothes on the show either.

    • Anonymous

      I did always like her.  The clothes and styling really work well together.  She knows the client and she’s showing them the clothes they would want, a savvy move from a small designer.

    • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

      Not impressed. I only like the first one in the 6th row, with the flowey colored top and the white skirt. 

    • Anonymous

      It all looks so depressing…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QCJEZMOV4VYMXC5WJALLZNYEB4 Mari Rose

      I don’t get it. It looks pretty H&M to me.

    • Anonymous

      Don’t really see anything original here.  All could be bought at Forever 21 or H & M.

    • Anonymous

      Not my style (though I love the one Althea herself is wearing), but I do happen to know a young city-dwelling hipster who would wear every single thing here. Go Althea!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V77DRPCI3IDSQ6S4ACTGLIBRMQ Tigbit

      ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

    • narita_rayna

      i really like the first dress

    • Anonymous

      Yawn. Collections seems lazy and boring. Not a thing of interest and all the bare midriff makes the collection look unfinisihed/unpolished. Maybe the lighting is really bad and so we’re not seeing what you did, but one would think that since photos are how most people are going to be seeing the collection, you’d want them to be lighted perfectly. 

      I really think this looks worse than most decoy final collections on PR.

    • Rand Ortega

      The prints are nice.

    • Anonymous

      Pretty but impractical. Even “stylish 20-something young girl(s) with a city sensibility and a desire to look sexy and confident” need clothes for activities more mundane than partying: Work. Looking for work. Running errands. Walking the dog. Whatever. So many young designers get caught up in making party clothes when they would be wise to think of the total woman and work to meet all her needs. Donna, Liz, Diane, Tommy, Ralph didn’t become huge successes with careers that span decades by working in a narrow niche.

    • http://profiles.google.com/elaine.childs.magda Elaine Childs

      TLo, I’m starting to think you’re hitting the crack pipe yourself: these clothes are boring and predictable, and I’m the target audience. You could buy this stuff anywhere: it’s mostly cheap- and skanky-looking.

    • Anonymous

      Not as in love with this or April’s general output as T Lo is. This all looks really ordinary and basic to me. All the best to her, though.

    • http://twitter.com/AileenBartels Aileen Bartels

      I love the longer white slip dress.  Althea is fresh in my mind because I just finished watching Season 6.  It’s nice to see what she’s up to now, and I liked her on the show partly because of that fabulous studio she created for herself in Dayton, and because she seemed generally nice and Irina was unfair about the “copying.”

    • Anonymous

      Um.  I usually defer to TLo.  But this just seems boring to me.  Don’t get me wrong – I liked it.  I’d like to wear those pieces.  But I’m a person who needs to wear minimalist sorts of things to work.  They look “comfortable” which in some ways is the Kiss O’ Death.  I don’t know – it just seems – basic, traditional – what is there to be excited about again?

    • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

      maybe it’s cos i didnt watch all of season six that i dont feel the same as a lot of people do but, for me, well, i’ve seen all this stuff a zillion times over the last zillion years, no question, not a single one. it’s not even conspicuously well done–at least not in photos. i’ll give you that it might look better in person. the print used in the first dress & further down is probably the highlight. the rest of it, at least to me, is inexplicable.

    • Anonymous

      some gorgeous pieces here (especially that dress in the first pic), but some of these look like standard club-wear to me.

    • Susan Crawford

      I like Althea, too, but this collection doesn’t move me. Nothing wrong with it at all – just that every piece is something I’ve seen before. But it is definitely filled with pieces that will sell strongly, and kudos to Althea for that! She has proven herself to be a savvy designer for young urban types, a good business woman, and not one to let her PR opportunities go to waste.

    • Anonymous

      I’m thinking this stuff looked way better in person.

    • Anonymous

      As Nina would say “They’re just clothes.  Where is the design?”

    • Anonymous

      When TLo introduces a collection with such praise, I really want to love it.  I tried to love it but I just can’t.  They are either boring or same ole night-club clothes.  And someone please tell me high-waisted, loose-fitting, 2-inches-too-short pants are not coming into style. What body type could pull that off?  

    • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

      i hate to say it, she was not my favorite or anything, but here’s leanne’s stuff on etsy. it’s way better:
      http://www.etsy.com/shop/Leanimal

      edited to add:
      then again, her casuals are, well, lets say theyre playing ball on the next field over inside this selfsame ballpark. but her gowns– her gowns.

      • Anonymous

        Her dresses are really nice! but why can’t she afford a decent camera? some of those pics are total crap.

        • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

          i should have added that i was surprised at how much better i liked leanne’s. i tend to promote things i think are good, i guess &, outside of the etsy machine, i have seen her covered less frequently than i wouldve thought. i wouldve liked to have liked althea’s better.

          i dont get it, really, w/ etsy photography. a lot of it’s pretty bad. they are always telling people how to photograph, but i dont think they really know how to do it themselves cos so much of it turns out just like this. it’s kind of an off branch of the central trunk that is the etsy aesthetic, i guess. i’m a designer who wound up doing a lot of photography & i have an etsy store & it looks pretty much the opposite.

      • Mary McClelland

        I think Leann’s stuff is cute, but it has not evolved at all since the show! It’s definitely a look though of vintage inspired, Kate Spade-y girls who like the “cutesy” schtick and they look amazingly well produced. Also, props to her for having professional photos and great set-ups on what is often Wrech-tsy. 

    • Anonymous

      I’m glad I’m not the only one “meh”zmerized by these clothes.

    • Anonymous

      They evoke the clothes my cousin wore when she was a model in the 80s…and I’m not really sure if that’s a compliment.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=12432538 Nariman Celia Alkhatib

      want!! this is totally my style

    • Addicted2Glamour

      Whose flip-phone was borrowed to take these pictures !?

    • http://twitter.com/onetimeko maybe more

      I don’t get it, TLo. All of these looks already exist not only in department stores, but many of them at sub-dept. store level. I feel like I could easily pick up a version of each of these pieces at Forever 21 or H&M. 8 pieces out of the 18 pictured are body-con dresses with little to no design to them, and isn’t that what you just criticized Bryce for just the other day? You were right then. What changed, aside from personal bias?

      • http://www.tomandorenzo.com Tom and Lorenzo

        We saw both Bryce’s and Althea’s collections up close, and in our opinion, there is absolutely no comparison.

        • http://twitter.com/onetimeko maybe more

          Because of what, though? What’s the X-factor that separates the two? I really am genuinely curious because all I can see based on the photos is that Althea’s collection is better sewn and more cohesive — but not more interesting or better designed.

          • http://www.tomandorenzo.com Tom and Lorenzo

            You’re asking for an objective explanation for a subjective point. There is no “x factor” here. Bryce’s collection was sloppy and had little cohesion to it; Althea’s was well-produced, cohesive and on trend.

    • Anonymous

      I like the prints.  That’s about it…the rest is boring, and I don’t care for the styling.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=506473106 Mori Clark

      some of these pieces are pretty strong, but others…honey, someone’s already made a plain pair of white slacks. 

    • Anonymous

      Well, citron is going to be a big color.  “You might also like;” Versace, Kors, Versece Mens, Marc Jacobs spring 2012 collections.  Thumbnails all featuring bright greenish Yellow.  Except the Kors, which got dropped in the mud so now features dingy greenish Yellow.

    • Anonymous

      meh. She is unrecognizable…got herself some tweaks – good ones too.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

      Bland and uninspired. Sorry, TLo needs to put down the PR judges’ crack pipe.

    • Anonymous

      The photos are awful, and they are so important for promoting your work in this industry.

    • Anonymous

      yeesh.

      the clothes are mediocre and OMG THE HAIR… especially that blonde girl’s bouffant: tragique! reminds me of the hair from the PR stilt challenge lol.

    • Phillip Wilde

      Wow, those photos are way overexposed. I wish I could see what they really look like.

    • Mary McClelland

      Um… its a bit referential and a bit easily mistaken for major designers work, but I like the look of easy separates and dresses for a city girl.  I would wear a lot of them, well I do in fact own a lot of clothes that look similarly. Except for the printed pieces nothing is too exciting. I wish the photos were a little sharper, but I recognize T.Lo is not professional photogs, just professional fashion devotees! 

      • http://www.tomandorenzo.com Tom and Lorenzo

        We didn’t take the pictures.

    • http://www.facebook.com/samuel.j.donovan Samuel Joesph Donovan

      I think it’s beautiful–I’m honestly surprised she can do such polished looking work!

    • http://twitter.com/mme_hardy MadameHardy

      None of these pieces can be worn in the daytime.   “Sexy and confident” is all very well, but part of being confident is that you don’t keep the family china in the breakfront *all* the time.

    • cheesepuff74

      kind of underwhelming. nothing I haven’t seen/can’t go out and buy
      very pretty though!

    • George Mortimer

      She’s always been one of my faves too. And, in fact, was one of only 4 designers that I thought deserved to be in this season’s ‘All Stars’. Love this collection!