PR: Ripping the Collections – Bert

Posted on October 12, 2011

You know how we frequently say “you had to see it in person” when discussing a collection? We’re gonna reverse that for this one. At the time, we were severely under-impressed with Bert’s collection at Lincoln Center. We felt that it was too much of a piece with his insistence on understated elegance and that such an approach wasn’t going to serve him well if he was a finalist and wasn’t going to photograph well for the people watching at home. We still think this collection would not have garnered him a Project Runway win, but we were wrong about the pictures.


Like we said, simple and elegant. Beautifully cut and executed, like all of Bert’s work. We love the little sleeve on her right arm and the strap on her left arm really makes the look.


Let’s just all agree that everything is simple and elegant, okay? We don’t want to have to keep typing it and you don’t want to keep reading it. Love the neckline and the cord sash.


We think this one might be a little too ’70s referential, especially up around the neck. Dramatic, sure. But if this were a dress, it would look exactly like a Bob Mackie gown for Carol Burnett. We like the layering around the hips, but we’re not completely sold on the cut of the pants. And this would have looked a bit more exciting had it been rendered in a color.


Very pretty and modern. We were surprised to see him utilizing a print, but it was a good idea to do so. He really likes those cord sashes, doesn’t he? The skirt’s a bit stiff, however.


Another attempt at modernism that mostly works. But we think this would have looked better in a less stiff, less shiny fabric.


Along with cord sashes, he clearly loves wrapping the neck and shoulders. This is what the judges would call “too mature,” and it probably is for a design competition and runway show, but we bet it’d sell like gangbusters in a department store.


There’s something very chic and modern about this look but we really think his love of cord sashes failed him here. A chain or a belt or even a sash in a contrasting color would have helped take this away from looking kind of bedsheet-y.


Maybe it’s the fabric choice or maybe it’s the way the cut and drape make her top half look much larger than it is, but we’re not crazy about this piece at all.


Just gorgeous. We love that flounce on the side, but it seems to have slightly screwed up the drape of the skirt.


He must have figured he needed one showstopping sexy look to close out the collection. We like, but we’re not crazy about such a deep plunge paired with a halter. It kind of skews her body shape a little.


A quiet, elegant collection of very wearable pieces. The problem, if you can call it that, is that these aren’t runway looks. These are the looks you show a buyer. Since he wasn’t up for the win, this is less of an issue and may just have been a smart move on his part. He never really seemed interested in the fame or the money that might have come with a win. He was always more interested in establishing himself as a designer again and this set of looks accomplishes that nicely. He’s got the goods to get his stuff hanging on racks in stores and we hope this opportunity allows that to happen for him.

 

[Photo Credit: Getty]

    • http://twitter.com/AndreT_NY Andre Tessier

      I loved Bert and if he was trying to show to buyers and I think he was then this is the best place for him to do it. Bravo! (Which is where this padded show should be. 60 minutes was nice and clean. I hate Lifetime)

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPPCA5BEYZ5DJTLZIP7HWFIXLY johnny

        Agree totally. I am really hating all the game-show-helper (ads) in the 90 min. format. Lifetime sux.

        • Anonymous

          I’ve had to watch a couple of episodes on my cable company’s “On Demand”.  One time I didn’t fast forward through the commercial break, but counted the ads instead.  There were ten.  TEN!  In one commercial break.

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

            Well, you knew there would be a lot — they take a 90 minute show and condense it back into 60 minutes for reruns.

    • http://twitter.com/OracleKath Kathrine Marlow

      I covet that first dress and the long white one with the flounce so hard.  I practically started drooling over them.  SO beautiful and simple.  With everything that looks like it was designed by a flamenco dancer running around the stores these days, Bert is a breath of fresh air to my eyes. 

      • Anonymous

        I covet the last and second to last dresses. 

    • Anonymous

      Ah Bert. This is a pretty decent collection. Agree that it isn’t jaw-dropping or anything, but this kind of simplicity is hard to do correctly. I like that long black dress. I could totally see Ms. Jolie in it.

      I hope some good things come Bert’s way from PR. I wasn’t a total fan all along, but I did appreciate the way he got his head back in the game and came on strong at the end and stopped the asshole behavior.

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

      This is easily my favorite so far of the collections.  Nothing earth-shattering, but by far the most professional and polished and elegant of the designers. 

      I do wish he’d gone with some different colors and/or at least styled them with different models that suited the looks a bit better. I think some of them would have been MUCH more flattering and appealing if only presented on a different girl. 

      Too bad about Bert. I like his stuff. 

    • http://twitter.com/yankeefoxtrot Alex McGeagh

      I actually quite liked most of these pieces and Bert very much won me over by the last episode where he was auf’ed. Definitely a fan of the color story on this. Very flattering and classic on a variety of skintones I imagine. I want to love that last sparkly beige number with the plunging neckline (and in fact in side silhouette it’s lovely!), but from the front it pretty much doubles her hips, which is not attractive. Otherwise, love the strapless print dress and the bronze v-neck with the voluminous skirt. Very snazzy! 

      Question – the aufees that get the $10,000 to work on their decoy collections – does anyone know exactly what happens with the looks they create with that money? I assume they get to keep it and own the ‘copyright’/trademark on it? So if Bert raised the funds however which way to actually get these to buyers, he could use these patterns/looks? 

      Very curious about it.

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        I could well imagine Lifetime retaining ownership of the clothes that are made. Though they would have a hard time retaining rights to any patterns.  I really don’t know how that susses out. It would be good to hear from any insiders who might know the score.

        • Anonymous

          Kara made a veritable business bonanza off her wrap dress, so I imagine that while the actual clothes may belong to the program, the patterns belong to the designer.

          • http://twitter.com/yankeefoxtrot Alex McGeagh

            Thanks for the info guys. Be curious to hear how that shakes out for the designers.

          • Anonymous

            Didn’t Kara wear her wrap dress on the runway and get told it was better than the dress she made for the challenge? I don’t believe she designed it for the show.

            • Anonymous

              Hmmm….Maybe. Let me go back through the archives. If so, my memory is failing quickly.

            • Anonymous

              No, here it is: http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/2007/05/ripping-the-collections-kara-part-two-2.html

              And it has the picture of Kara, too. She’s wearing jeans.

              I forgot what a beautiful collection she showed and how stunning the looks were in earlier seasons.

            • Anonymous

              It was the inspiration dress challenge.  She made that racerback gown with the yellow stripe.  She was wearing a pantsuit or something and MK told her it was much more interesting than what she put on the runway.

      • Anonymous

        The production company probably owns the rights to these looks. But enforcing design copyright is very tricky; just change a fabric to a different color and change or add a visible detail and the copyright essentially no longer applies. Example; change the cord sash on look two (black with white pin dots) to a skinny leather belt, change the neckline from a boat neck to a very shallow vee and perhaps use a slightly different print; the overall look is essentially the same, but there is probably no copyright infringement.

      • http://twitter.com/SetMeOnFYYYYAH Miss World

        i remember someone mentioning that the runway show looks are auctioned off…?? not sure though :)

      • Anonymous

        Garments made for Project Runway belong to the show and are sold at online at: http://projectrunway.auction.seenon.com/

        RE:  copyright protection for fashion.  See: http://runway.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/05/schumer-bill-seeks-to-protect-fashion-design/?partner=rss&emc=rss

        • Anonymous

          Thanks for the link to the article. (I keep up with the arguments over academic & literary intellectual property but know nothing about fashion.)

        • Anonymous

          Thanks for the link to the article. (I keep up with the arguments over academic & literary intellectual property but know nothing about fashion.)

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

        No.  PR retains the rights to ANYTHING made while under contract to them. 

        The good news is that copyrights on clothing don’t exist.  So as long as a designer changes ONE teeny-tiny thing, they can release it themselves.  Designers have almost no protection in the US, and it’s not like they can do a memory wipe on the designer afterward, so you never REALLY retain exclusive rights to any pattern. 

        That’s why Kara was able to use her kimono dress so much after PR (though I’m not sure, was that in her decoy collection or was it just the piece she wore to present the collection?)

        ETA: I’m also not sure how that works in terms of the Piperlime collection for the winner.

      • Anonymous

        You know, this was exactly my question (tho’ not as well thought out) when I remembered that Bert was really looking for a new start. As TLo has said and several of the posters as well, many of these looks could be (should be) shown to buyers. I was so taken by the lovely springy print dress–oh to be a bunch of years younger, a bunch of inches taller and a bunch of sizes smaller with a bunch of $.

    • Anonymous

      I really loved this collection and thought it was very strong. His choice of models and simple styling of them served his designs well. I think Bert is a pretty smart cookie. I’m truly hoping it will jump start his triumphant return to the fashion world. Can’t think of anybody more deserving. GO BERT!

    • Anonymous

      I miss Bert already.  Three cheers for the Queen Mum!  Many happy returns!

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      I can easily see upscale stores wanting that stuff on the racks for their chic, well dressed women in the 40 and up range. Its all extremely wearable, timeless garments that would serve a woman well for many years. Minor quibbles aside, this is what investment dressing looks like.

      • Anonymous

        oh god, I read your post and realized that is me! I am the woman in the 40 and up range. Between your post and the remake of Footloose, I’m feeling very old indeed today ;)

        • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

          But think of how fabulous you’ll look in Bert’s fashions.

          I’m in the 50 and up range. I try not to feel old. but it doesn’t always work.

          • Anonymous

            Me too. But nothing perks one up like wearing beautiful clothing in which one looks & feels good.

            • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

              ‘Tis true.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=527150091 Pat Biswanger

          Yikes!  Me too.  But I don’t care, because I love these clothes so much.

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

          First of all 40 is the new 30 so don’t feel old. Besides women of an “age” have special qualities of attractiveness and interest that younger people cannot match.  I mean no disrespect to the wonderful young women of the world.

          • Anonymous

            When I was growing up, my dad always said, “Women aren’t worth a damn until they’re in their 30s. They have so much more confidence and more self assured.” I didn’t really get it, but as I aged I did. I think he helped me not fear getting older, quite frankly.

            And then, when any of my brothers dated an older woman, he’d say, “Well son, nothing wrong with doing business with an established firms!” He was a hilarious old fart. RIP

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

              My brother has ALWAYS dated older women.  His wife is 8 years older than he is, but no one he ever dated was less than 2 years older.

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

            I turn 30 in 2 years and I am NOT looking forward to it.  Honestly I never thought it would bother me until I had my kids so young.  My 20s are nearly gone and were never really there to begin with:( 

            I’m looking forward to 50 a lot, though.  My kids will all be out of my house and I can do whatever I want!

      • Anonymous

        Agree completely. Bert has always known his customer.

        • http://modernretrowoman.com DrJulieAnn

          Exactly!  He is designing for someone like me who is of a certain age and doesn’t want “youthful” designs that just read “sad” and “desperate” on women my age.  I want classic elegance.  I’m not going to go to a designer’s showroom but I’m sure going to stop into a Bert Boutique at a better department store.

      • Anonymous

        Between 40 and death, that’s me.

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

          Stop that right now!  40 is a wonderful time full of inspiration, riches and wonder. Don’t you dare lose sight of the glory of your full flowering.  Okay, so I’m a gay man, so who cares how I feel about women?  And I can tell you that the women in my world are brilliant, accomplished lovely people of a certain age.  Whatever we might think about the standards of our society and its ridiculous requirements about our appearance, people in their middle years have a great deal to offer in mind body and spirit.

          Sorry about the soap box, but I’m 54 myself and single. (it isn’t pretty)

          • Anonymous

            I’m up on the soap box with you. :)

            I’m very happy to be in that (ridiculous) age bracket that Josh made up.

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

            I think for women there’s an element of having to compete with much younger models which is daunting.  But while the younger women may have firmer skin, what are you competing with them for?  Why would you want a man who wants a woman 30 years his junior?!?  Sure, there are some relationships that fit that description that are based on love and respect, but a lot more are based on bouncy flesh. 

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1017585103 Kanani Fong

            Oh, well… actually I hit my 50′s and it’s great. What do you mean, it isn’t pretty?  Nope, this is the time to do all those things FOR YOURSELF that you always wanted. The struggle has ended, and I’m simply me. You’re 54?  A pup!

          • Anonymous

            I think Bert’s available.

            • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

              Thanks for that, But I’d never dream of coming between him and our much loved Scotty.

    • Anonymous

      Bert’s a smart guy; all of these are very real world and saleable. I hope he does well on his own or at an established fashion label.

      • Anonymous

        Indeed. I think that Bert wanted to get his name out there, and his final collection hopefully will help him re-establish him in the fashion world. It’s overall an elegant and classic collection, methinks.

    • Anonymous

      I like the classic timelessness of his collection.

      Bravo Bert.

    • Anonymous

      when I first saw the pictures, I thought most of the pieces looked quite sharp. I wish I could have seen those move on the runway.

    • Anonymous

      Love this collection because it is sophisticated, elegant and well made… and Bert looks so rested and healthy!!  Just goes to show you how much Project Runway takes out of a body!

    • Anonymous

      I am 45 and would wear Bert’s looks in a heartbeat.  He may not have won this competition but he could be a real moneymaker in the stores.  He won’t appeal to fashionistas but a slightly older crowd with a little cash would snap his stuff up.  I sincerely hope he does well commercially.  He’s got the goods.

      • http://jessieliz.wordpress.com/ Super Red

        I’m 22 and I would wear his looks in a heartbeat. =)

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1112331981 Donna Morgan

        and I’m 37 and I’d wear Bert’s looks in a heartbeat. He may be pretty marketable after all!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OSYAJATXUH3QX7ZDDF52GXG4PU Janie R

        And his little dress that was for sale alongside Anya’s sold out really fast! I think he was looking toward his future, since he wasn’t worried about winning. 

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

          I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get an offer from Piperlime.  It performed so well; if I was a buyer for them, I’d have set up a meeting with him as soon as possible.

      • Kate Pearce

        Me too, well worth the $ to look so effortlessly elegant.

      • Sobaika Mirza

        25 and I want every look in my closet.

      • Now I am The Bee

        I feel the same way and I’m close to (gulp!) 58. 

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

        Actually, I could see him really appealing to fashionistas, because his looks are very chic.  They just aren’t going to sell to trendwhores.

      • Anonymous

        Excellent, we have the 20′s through the 50′s covered!  I think the man has a future…

    • http://twitter.com/snowgall Teresa Galloway

      The one you’re not crazy about is one I think is so striking. It looks like a waterfall–just lovely.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OSYAJATXUH3QX7ZDDF52GXG4PU Janie R

        I agree! I loved the movement of the fabric (even in the still shots)

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FXRMDP4UIS3GTQ6ZW3L5Z2OQAE Oxy

        Yes!  That one is my favorite too.  Don’t know if I could wear it, but I’d sure like to try.

      • Anonymous

        Me four!

        It probably helps that the model wearing it is the most beautiful.

      • Anonymous

        Me five! I liked it, too. I thought it looked like it had wonderful movement. 

      • Anonymous

        Me five! I liked it, too. I thought it looked like it had wonderful movement. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=745465637 Nellie Wilson

        Same thought here, as well. I loved the fabric with that design. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=745465637 Nellie Wilson

        Same thought here, as well. I loved the fabric with that design. 

      • http://pissiechrissie.tumblr.com/ Chrissie

        I was going to say the same exact thing. I’ve been thinking about that dress for weeks. Stunning use of a stripe.

    • Anonymous

      I adore Bert, and I love these clothes. Yes, I’m an old, but so what? 19 year olds aren’t the only ones who need nice clothing! I hope Bert sells it all and then some. Look out Duchess, The Queen is on your heels!

      • Anonymous

        And doesn’t he just look adorable in that pic? I just want to hug him.

      • Anonymous

        Plus, more of us have the money to buy them.  Take that, kids!

        • Anonymous

          Ha! Exactly. And we won’t be photographed getting out of limos with the skirts hiked up showing our hoohas. Well, most likely we won’t. 

        • Anonymous

          Your comment reminds me of the Kathy Bates character in Fried Green Tomatoes, flattening the little convertible driven by the snarky young thangs…
          “Face it lady, we’re younger and faster!”
          “Face it, girls. I’m older and I have more insurance.”

    • Anonymous

      I hate the “too mature” critique the judges throw around. Not every girl under the age of 25 cares about looking fun and hip. I am 21 and I absolutely love the black piece with the draping around the neck and shoulders.

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

        I agree — by the time I was 25, I had two kids.  I need to look like a mom, though still stylish.  I prefer not to be mistaken for the nanny at PTA meetings, thanks!  Also, when was it decided that anyone over the age of 25 didn’t get to wear clothes?  How did I miss that meeting?  Or that women were supposed to dress like girls no matter how old they got? 

        If a dress is for a specific client, then “too mature” is appropriate.  If it looks like an outdated outfit for an 80 year old, that’s fine.  But if it skews for the 40 year old market, how is that a bad thing?  Don’t 40 year olds need clothes too? 

        And some of us are sensible enough to not want to blow our clothing budget on clothes that will be outdated by next year.  Classics are classics for a reason.

        • Anonymous

          SO right. I am fed up with the PR judges and their “What woman wants to look older?” “What woman wants to look like she has a larger behind?” and whatever. In the first place, many of us over 40 have never been sexier than we are now, and I’d like the fashion industry to recognize that the ideal state of womanhood is not necessarily under 30.  

          In the second place, I can’t tell you how many women I’ve heard wish for a bigger ass or some other physical asset. Again, the proposed ideals of the fashion industry run counter to real women.

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

            I have never wished for a “bigger” ass, but since I have a flat ass with wide hips, it would be mighty nice to find something that made my ass look like it has some shape!  As it is, anything that’s made for curvy women, which I need for my waist to hip ratio has enough room for me to stick a baby in the back end. 

            And a lot of young women wouldn’t mind looking a little older — like when you’re 20 and going on a job interview.

            • Anonymous

              Yes, women used to want to look like adults. 

            • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6RS6NLL44AED3E4QWIYTDQGU6I Psy_Chick

              I’m 34, but I look like I’m about 17. I’ve always looked roughly half my age. (Yes, when I was 20, people thought I was 12.) I would LOVE to look older. I don’t want to look like a granny, but sometimes mature looks are a good thing.

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

              Both my future sister-in-law and I had the same problem when we were pregnant — we both looked like we were still teenagers.  In reality, both of us were in our early 20′s. (Still young, but not oddly so)  We’d both get glares from people because they thought we were pregnant teens, which they shouldn’t have done even if we were, but it would have been nice to have the option to avoid it.

          • Anonymous

            I can’t tell you how many women I’ve heard wish for a bigger ass or some other physical asset.

            Remember the African-American woman on the “Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style” who told him she liked one of her pairs of jeans because it made her ass look bigger?  I thought he’d drop his teeth from the shock.  I adore the man, but he can be pretty culturally deaf sometimes.

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

              To be fair, how many times have we heard that the proportions on something are off because it makes a model look more busty than she really is.  And a LOT of women want bigger boobs — just look at the number of implants in the world.

            • Anonymous

              These people need to get out more. It’s one thing if Michael Kors wants to perpetuate the fashion ideal of shapeless boy-girls, but who is he to criticize if another designer doesn’t choose that path? It’s absurd.

    • Anonymous

      You’re right, this is totally a buyer’s show.  (Which, coming from a non-finalist is pretty smart, I suppose.)  Zero surprises and no real Wow moments, but lots of solid looks that someone would wear.  I’m sure he’ll find plenty of clients for this stuff.  This should keep him out of Project Runway All-Stars… and by “All-Stars” they mean “desperate for another 15 minutes.”

    • Anonymous

      The white dress with the flounce made me gasp in the photos because it is tailored to perfection.  Also, BRAVA Mr. Bert for not a single nipple poking through these dresses.  That really is offputting for me, because I just get caught in the headlights in other collections.  I love that he has the class to not “go there”.  I would want to own several of their pieces if I had the bod for it.  You go Bert, best of luck to you!  

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

        My mom used to throw fits about visible nipples.  To the extent that I recently used the silicone petals even though my dress fabric was more than thick enough, just in case it got really cold (at the end of August in Illinois — like that’s even possible)

    • Anonymous

      I loved his collection. I’ll have to look at Viktor’s again, but his was definitely in my top two. He might have tried harder to be more modern if he was up for the big prize but I think at this point he just is looking to get back into the game and to be a working designer.

    • Anonymous

      Like this collection a lot. I hope Bert gets to where he wants to go.

    • http://jessieliz.wordpress.com/ Super Red

      This is just a beautiful collection. I actively disliked the last dress, but everything was quietly stunning. I’d love his neck-wrap shirts over a pair of jeans and with heels any day. I cannot overstate how much I enjoyed this collection. I agree its not a contender for the win, but lordy, what I’d give to wear some of those pieces. Just lovely.

    • Anonymous

      I actually thought this was one of the better collections because it was so well tailored. I love the first two looks and the long Grecian Goddess gown.  Well Done, Bert! Perhaps I’ll see your stuff next to Michael Kors’ at Macy’s (I’m too poor to go to Nordstrom!).

      • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

        Nordstrom Rack! I had a big time there with my birthday money last spring. You should see if there’s one in your area.

        I agree re: the tailoring. It looks flawless.

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

          So did I! (Actually, I had a Groupon.)

          • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

            It’s one of the greatest stores ever.

    • http://fafafab.tumblr.com/ fafafab

      GO BERT!

    • Anonymous

      Like the collection and think the hair and make-up is smart–keeps the focus on the clothes unlike many of the other PR lincoln center shows this season.

    • Rand Ortega

      I’ll take 1 of each, please!

    • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

      I’ve been so looking forward to seeing Bert’s collection, and I’m not disappointed. This is elegant and lovely. The only misstep I see is putting the strapless print dress on that particular model. It’s not the right dress for her.

      Bravo, Bert. You keep keeping on.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6TDAYXK555ABAKZEEOAJMC25FU Stan

      What is remarkable is that he came up with these looks on the small budget and time constraint they give the decoys and he made every piece look expensive.  Even with a couple of the questionable fabric choices, the whole thing looks finished, well-styled and chic.  I think this is why I had him as a finalist after seeing the collections photos after FW.  This was one of the most put together collections and looked as if it received the kind of advice that Tim likes to give to the finalists.  Best of luck to Bert! 

      • Anonymous

        Good point about the budget. I didn’t even consider that.

      • Anonymous

        The decoys have the same budget as the finalists – at least they have in past seasons.

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

          But that budget still isn’t big.  When you’re talking clothes that can walk a runway at FW and look like they belong there, 10K isn’t a lot.

          • Anonymous

            Oh, I agree.  But I was replying to Stan’s statement regarding “the small budget  .  .  . they give the decoys”, which implied that that budget was smaller than that given the finalists, which isn’t the case.

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

              Gotcha!  I missed that when reading the original post:) 

              (Though to be honest, I still don’t understand how you have a hard time making 10 looks for 10K in 2 months… that seems very strange to me. You aren’t paying for labor or overhead, so that whole budget goes into materials. If you can’t make outfits for a grand each that look expensive and polished, you’re probably in the wrong damn business)d

    • scottyf

      I’m not into cross-dressing, and everyone knows I have a virtual crush on the guy…but I swear I would buy every one of these pieces just to hang in my closet and look at from time to time.

      It’s interesting that you blokes should posit the theory about runway vs. buyers show. I couldn’t put it into words, but I realize I was thinking something along those lines. When I saw the collection for the first time, I thought to myself: “He’s not showing this collection for the win–he’s showing buyers and fashion houses who he is and what he can do.” That’s when I knew he was probably satisfied with what he had accomplished.

      I also recognize that his aesthetic really resonates with me because we are of basically the same generation, and probably both grew up mesmerized by the glamour of that era. He certainly captured it in this show.

      *goes off to print out the first pick; hang it on the wall, and scream like a fanboy*

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

        I love your comment about the glamour of the era (which I assume you mean 70s).  Because to me, the chic, minimalist looks like Bert has here are so innately glamorous.  It’s easy to create glamour with a lot of frippery (which it’s also easy to make look tacky, to be fair) but doing it by just cutting simple looks so beautifully is very difficult.

        Though I’d hate for you to buy them all and hang them in your closet — these pieces are meant to be worn.  They’d lose something on a hanger.

        • Anonymous

          I agree — these dresses are about the women wearing them, not about the designer making them. I appreciate that they are relatively ego-free from a designer standpoint.

      • http://twitter.com/veganhellokitty veganhellokitty

        Truth is, this is probably the most salable collection ever produced for PR.  Does it pay homage to another decade, albeit the chicer side of it?  Yes, but has a marketability that all designer should aspire for.  For instance, Christian Siriano designs clothes few women can afford and wear, but his Payless shoe collection usually sells out.  Chanel was mostly innovative in her  *gasp* 40′s, but she designed until her 80′s.

        Bert may not have won PR, but after this, he has a job.  Or financial backing for his own line.

        BTW, if you end up with look #1, I need to borrow it for a wedding in the Grand Cayman…You’ll get it back.  I swear.

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

          Christian also has a direct website for accessories that is set up like ShoeDazzle, for about the same price line.  He does both of those projects because that’s how he pays for those runway collections at FW.

      • Anonymous

        Middle aged straight chicks for Bert – need to pull back out the T-shirt.  I have a sort spot for simple and elegant.

        Wait – you had a virtual crush on the guy?  Wow – didn’t pick up on that.  

    • Anonymous

      I love the striped dress except for the bow, myself.  It’s elongating and the wider top is going to make the hips look narrower.

      Yes, the looks are somewhat “older” looks in that they’re elegant, but also easy to wear for the most part.  The waist is usually natural and you can move in all of them.  What struck me about all that “simple elegance” is that when Bert gets it right, it makes it clear just how cluttered and unecessary a lot of the other designers’ work is.  Oddly enough, it reminds me a bit of Korto’s best work, which was also about flow–though Bert doesn’t share Korto’s gift for color.  

      Bert’s what you wear when you want to look good, but you don’t want the conversation to be all about the clothes.  Glad he made it to the runway.  Go Bert!

      • http://www.facebook.com/charlotte.horseman Charlotte Horseman

        Oh I miss Korto!!!  She made such beautiful clothes… imagine what she would have done with the green in the parrot that Bert rejected so completely??  No one even close to that seasons’s top 3 this time around.

        • Anonymous

          Ooh, now there’s a lovely thought.  She’d have won the challenge.

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

          Korto’s finale collection made me sad.  I thought it was stunningly beautiful, but I also thought I’d look totally ridiculous in them — I just don’t think most white women (of whom I am one of the whitest!) can wear African inspired pieces (which Korto stated was her inspiration) without looking stupid. 

          Of course, I’m the same person who can’t have Buddhist statuary in my house (or a menorah… I love menorahs) because I feel it’s somehow vaguely rude to have religious icons of other faiths as purely decorative objects.  Which is odd, since people using crosses that way bothers me not at all….

          • Anonymous

            I’m glad you said that about menorahs–I’ve always wanted to have one, too, but feel the same way. 

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

              I tried to convince myself that since my husband is Chinese I should be able to do Buddhist stuff, but since he’s not a Buddhist (in fact, was baptized Catholic as are most Chicago Chinatown residents) I couldn’t do it.

          • Anonymous

            I’m glad you said that about menorahs–I’ve always wanted to have one, too, but feel the same way. 

          • Anonymous

            Well, I think it depends on what you look like.  I’m mostly Caucasian, but my rather small drop of Native American blood gave me near-black hair and an angular face.  That and height means anything in the least bit twee looks apologetic on me–but I can do some vivid colors.  I do stay away from anything that’s too overtly “ethnic”, but Korto’s isn’t.

            As for Buddhas etc., I think it depends on why you have a piece.  I have some Hindu deities in the house, but my best friend is Hindu and the deities are ones that she says oversee my current incarnation.  They have a personal meaning for me.  There’s a Buddha in the garden–another gift, he also oversees the burial spot of a kitty cat, so that works for me as well.

            Don’t know what I’d do with a menorah.  But I also don’t do much with crosses, either.

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

              See and you have meaningful reasons.  I wouldn’t have any reason beyond “It’s really pretty!”  I’m pretty sure no one would ever be bothered by it but me… 

              I can physically do the twee bit, but I can’t pull it off — it just doesn’t suit me.  My best friend and I were talking about headbands one day and she bought this cream one with a bow on it.  Looked ridiculously fabulous on her — she works an updated 50s sorority vibe — on me, it was absolutely awful.  I can’t do innocent. 

            • Anonymous

              Yeah, if something has resonance for you then you find that it fits in, somehow.  I happen to love flowers, but ever since I was a kid the *only* florals I could pull off were on very dark backgrounds–preferably black.  So I can do little bits of things, but Laura Ashley was never me.

            • Anonymous

              What a lovely idea for your kitty cat, I have kept mine’s ashes for nearly a year, wanting to do just the most memorable thing. I think I will follow suit.

          • Anonymous

            I agree. And I’ll raise you by extending the self-judgement to others:

            [Caveat: I know it is wrong to be this judgmental, and I will admit that I've known several individuals of intelligence and apparent common sense who had them, two of whom were also over 30.]

            But, I can’t help myself. Nothing on earth looks sillier to me than white boys (girls, too, but somehow it’s usually boys I see) wearing long dreads. I’ve seen a lot of ‘em because I like a lot of the music which brings ‘em out & I like the creative end of the boho/hippie crowd who are legion in these parts.

            And it’s not middle age because I’ve felt this way since I was in my teens.

            • Anonymous

              Yes, a friend of mine says “Never wear anything more exotic than you are.”  It stands one in good stead.  Which is why she can wear leopard print and I can’t.

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

              Now, I do think animal prints can work on any ethnicity as long as they are done correctly for you.  Like I don’t think there is a correct skin tone for leopard shoes:) 

            • Anonymous

              I don’t think my friend means ethnicity specifically.  I think it’s a little more about overall look and attitude–being able to own something.  I mean, Lady Gaga started out as a small long-nosed Italian girl, but she doesn’t let that get in the way of things.

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

              Yeah… and somehow it only looks stupid when white people do it!  You see a black woman in a Mandarin dress, she looks fantastic.  You see a white woman in one and she looks like she’s culturally tone-deaf. 

              And I will admit, I am the whitest of the white — my ancestors were all Northern/Western Europeans.  The only way I could have less ethnic features would be if I had blond hair and blue eyes.  (Brown and brown, but still not even vaguely exotic)  In fact, I’m so incredibly white that my oldest — half Chinese/half WASP — gets mistaken for Latino all the time, because my whiteness drowned out the Asian features.  (The other two more often get “Hawaiian?”, as they got a tiny bit more of the almond shape in the eyes:)

            • http://modernretrowoman.com DrJulieAnn

              Yeah…I got the blonde hair and blue eyes and pure white skin.  Anything remotely ethnic just looks like dress up on me.

              But I can do “mid century ice queen” like nobody’s business!  (Where’s Hitchcock when you need him??)

            • Anonymous

              Me too. My fashion icon is Kim Novak in “Vertigo.”

            • http://modernretrowoman.com DrJulieAnn

              Kudos!  I went with (the cliche look of) Grace as my icon. 

      • Anna Maria Diamanti

        A couple of the looks may qualify as mature, but I could see a cute little tweener in #1, 4, 5 or even 7. What’s most impressive about this collection is the various pieces work well for women of different ages, sizes and styles. It’s deceptively simple in that regard, and it’s something very few finalists in this show’s history have pulled off (Uli and maybe Korto are the only other ones I can think of off the top of my head). And I love you TLo, but WTF is wrong with you that you can’t appreciate #8??? The top of that dress is beautifully cut and flattering for boobies of any size!

        I hope he finds a great outlet for his work, because I would love to have some of his designs in my closet. His dress on Piperlime sold out too fast for even a clotheswhore like me.

    • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

      Bert’s styling improved a lot compared to the show, not one 80′s ‘do on that runway! I’m gonna miss Bert, hope his career takes off.

    • Anonymous

      I wish these girls (and yes, I’ve seen plural) would stop putting tattoos on their inner, upper arms. Looks like they haven’t shaved.

    • Anonymous

      Exactly. No design breatkthroughs here, but you can’t take away from him that these are chic, attractive clothes.

    • Anonymous

      I like these more every time I look at them.

    • Terence Ng

      Really like the first dress most. Bert had a lot of weird attitude issues, but his work is solid.

      • Anonymous

        That’s Bert’s biggest obstacle – his stubborn attitude.

    • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986 Judy S

      I didn’t like the print dress first but looking at it again I realize how sexy it is–along with the other stiff short dress. Kind of “pull the cord and see what you get.” My favorites are a couple of those you didn’t like so much–the stripes and the “bedsheet” look.
      Thanks  for the wonderful analysis. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1663121863 Donna DeVore Metler

      Well, this pushing 40 woman would HAPPILY shop a “Bert” line at Macy’s or Nordstrom’s. While I loved Mondo’s and Seth Aaron’s designs, I couldn’t see myself wearing them at this point in my life. I can see myself in Bert’s clothes quite easily, and actually think of occasions to wear them. Here’s hoping it happened-that he got what he needs from Project Runway, and that he can let the kids battle it out.

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

        I’d happily rip-off a Bert line for Nordstrom’s, does that count?  I’d buy it if I could afford it, but Nordstrom’s is out of my price range.  Hell, there are times TARGET is out of my price range:(

    • http://www.facebook.com/charlotte.horseman Charlotte Horseman

      Yay for Bert!  Whereever in life he’s come from – he seems to be heading in the right direction and these pieces are all beautiful!!   Agree that I’ve seen a lot of this before.  But also agree – very wearable, and commercial.  And, that might just save his retirement plans after all.  Well done, Bert!!

    • http://twitter.com/yankeefoxtrot Alex McGeagh

      Re: the “maturity” complaints…

      90% of fashion is how you rock it. I look through an issue of WWD or Vogue and go “That is ridiculous, who would ever wear that?”. But then I see a well-dressed woman out in public in something outrageous and go “Wow, what a lovely, well dressed person.” even if I myself couldn’t wear such a thing. It’s a matter of self-confidence, the right situation for the outfit, and perhaps the quality and style of accessories. 

      Given those three factors, a younger woman could certainly WERQ the hell out of what might be considered a couple of the more mature looks. Just my opinion :) 

      • BerlinerNYC

        Yes! I said more or less the same exactly one minute later (see below). You type faster, with your young fingers. ;-)

      • Anonymous

        Yes. And frequently a woman with the sense to use a mature simplicity to set off her youthful beauty will outshine not  just the older folk, but also her contemporaries.

        This can be dispiriting for the mature woman, but that’s just the reality of Ma Nature’s desire to have us
        perpetuating the species when we’re still young & strong enough to
        do so.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OSYAJATXUH3QX7ZDDF52GXG4PU Janie R

      I love the relaxed feel of these. Like going to a spa. 

    • Nora Mulllin

      Now Mr. Joe Ze needs to get hold of him and introduce him around on HIS show.

    • BerlinerNYC

      I love the long white dress. It looks almost bridal, in a good way. The bride can then go without changing straight to her wedding reception at Studio 54.

      That “too mature” business always sets my teeth on edge. Young women would totally have worn this before everyone under 60 started looking to teenaged prostitutes for their fashion cues.

      • Anonymous

        I cannot love the second half of your comment enough.

        • Anonymous

          YES.

        • Anonymous

          YES.

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

        I’m with you on that!  I don’t want to see women dressing like old ladies (think Sophia on Golden Girls) but I don’t want to see them dressing like 15 year olds either — why is there no middle ground here?!?

        • BerlinerNYC

          Exactly. When I was a young child in the 70s, you aspired to grow up and be an adult, dress like one, chic and sexy and grownup, with all the adult pleasures that might entail (I can still visualize the commercials for Riunite or Harvey’s Bristol Cream or pretty much anything in that era of sexy advertising). At some point that generational aspiration reversed itself, and subsequent decades have left us with a far more alarming “middle ground” between kids and grownups: the sexed-up child. (I wonder if John Hinckley wasn’t the only one overly influenced by Taxi Driver? Jodie, what hast thou wrought?)

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

            You know though, I’m 28, so I wasn’t an adult until 2001, and I remember really looking forward to having an adult wardrobe.  And it wasn’t that my parents were overly strict about what I could wear — the dress I wore to homecoming my sophomore year had keyhole cutouts in the front and the back and was so short I couldn’t drop anything all night. 

            I just looked forward to being able to wear the stuff that needed someone over the age of 22 to pull off.  I have a lot of tops in my wardrobe (of my own design) that wouldn’t have been overly revealing for someone in high school, but they wouldn’t have suited that age either — they’re too chic and adult for someone who isn’t old enough for a driver’s license.

    • Anonymous

      I haven’t seen the shows of the . . . what was it like ten designers who showed. I still like the anticipation of watching the finalists on the show (and granted this year I’m a little less interested than other seasons, but still, that is what I do), so I have only seen the collections presented from the auf’d designers each week as you present them. But I have to say, of the auf’d designs so far shown, I really enjoy Bert’s the most. His sillouettes are lovely. I’d love a couple more prints and some more vibrant colors, but I say that with every collection.

      But your comments on his collection, I hope, are dead-on. He does seem to have a realistic understanding of what he is trying to achieve from this experience and, if he is doing what you have implied, he may end up being the real winner of this season. I hope y’all are right.

      And, what will appear to be a dig at Josh, even if he ends up the winner, I can’t see him doing anything with it.

      • Anonymous

        Also, I’d LOVE to have an extra on the DVD being a critique from the judges (well, mostly Nina) and Tim of the auf’d designers! Lifetime, you MUST read this best of the PR blogs and I hope you see this!

      • Anonymous

         Kind of like Nick – who was off too early but has created somewhat of a presence even if not only as a designer.  I think several of the non-winners have done better than the winners.  Hasn’t Kayne done well with his gowns?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1017585103 Kanani Fong

      He’s consistent, has a lot of confidence and it’s in every breathe he takes. There’s really no faltering when it comes to his execution of things he wants to make. For all his hardship, working through all it all has emerged both desire and vision. Bonne chance, Bert!  My good fortune and health be with you.

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

      I LOVED this collection.  I was always kind of pulling for Bert anyway, but when I saw this collection, I wanted a win for him SO DAMN BAD!  His auf was one of the most upsetting in PR history for me. 

      I really like the fabric on the striped dress that you guys weren’t thrilled with.  I don’t know I feel about that cut, but the fabric is phenomenal — that watercolor-esque stripe has such a great sense of movement and flow.  The cord belts aren’t generally my favorite, as they never lay right on me (my waist is too small for most of my body, so the thin cord either hangs enough that it isn’t serving any purpose or it gathers the material too much) but it was a good repeating element that worked with most of the pieces and would be easy and inexpensive to manufacture, which is a big thing for buyers.

      As for the necklines you were concerned about… I love them.  I can see how they would skew mature at times, but I also think they are so dramatic that on the right girl, they’d be fabulous and wouldn’t read that way at all. 

      My only criticism here, and it’s a minor one, is that I would have liked a little more color.  I know he’s into the minimalist, neutral thing and I respect and even enjoy that.  But I think a runway show of this style is livened up by at least a little color, just to keep it from reading as boring because of the neutral tones. 

    • Anonymous

      My guess is he understands the nuts & bolts of actually making a living (as opposed to making a splash) and so designed loks that he could produce for stores. I’d love to hear a follow-up and find out if he got any orders.

      –GothamTomato

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

        Yeah, when’s TLo gonna interview Bert? Let us know how he’s doing??

      • Anonymous

        Oooooo, a Bert interview! Go TLo! 

    • Anonymous

      I normally have a bit of an age bias against older designers. Not that I don’t like them, but generally I feel like if they were going to be fashion’s next big thing, they already would have done so, so they don’t necessarily belong in the competition. With that said, I just got a bit choked up seeing that photo of Bert, and viewing this beautiful collection. It’s gratifying to see this talented man present his fine work. If his story is true and not just a reality TV invention (and I have no reason to believe it’s anything but true), it’s great to see him make so much of this “second chance”!

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

        I understand that age bias, as I have one myself.  I don’t think you have to be 22, but after 50 you aren’t likely to make it real far in fashion. 

        In Bert’s case, however, he had a VERY nice career before he left fashion for a while.  Fashion was a hard place to be at that time because AIDS was hitting the fashion community so hard; I can understand why he walked away for so long — I don’t know that I could have taken it.  So I think his case is a bit different than a lot of other designers. 

    • Anonymous

      Love this collection. I love the shiny plunging short dress and I could totes see Heidi in that last sequin-y look.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1017585103 Kanani Fong

      Yes!  I just bought a Michael Kors coat at the Rack!  Loads of fun if you have the patience and try everything on.

    • Anonymous

      The first thing I see right off the bat is that the clothes look much more polished and sophisticated than the ones we often see from PR designers of late. For that alone I’m grateful. It’s a good collection. I think if stays with this design esthetic but learns to love color — even staying with neutrals, but richer and more appealing ones — he can do well.

    • Anonymous

      My favorite is the one you guys didn’t like so much. I love the fabric, the beautiful flow and cut. 

      I liked this collection a whole lot from the minute I saw it and the more I looked at it, the more Iiked it. I think it’s mature and sophisticated, but not at all age specific. I opt for classic over trendy anyway, and this suits the bill nicely. I hope he makes a go of it because there are a lot of women out there looking for this kind of aesthetic.

    • Anonymous

      Nice work Bert. But yeah, too minimalist for Project Runway.

    • Kate Pearce

      I love this collection and as one of the old gals over 40, I’d wear them too. Beautiful and elegant indeed, all in the cut and the design. good for you, Bert. 
      p.s. I love that striped gown the best, it flows beautifully.

    • Anonymous

      So far, Bert’s are definitely sellable to the average person in a department store.  I didn’t care for the last one at all nor for the really shiny opaque one, whatever it was, but most of these are easily marketable. I hope he gets a shot at doing so.

    • Lori

      They’re lovely.  You go, Bert!   If you sell them we will come.

    • Anonymous

      Much of the collection is fine and quite wearable.  No show-stoppers, but that’s okay.  I have to disagree about the drapey black top and pants, though.  To me that looks like a “fat day” outfit.  And sadly, his final show-stopper makes the model look hippy.  If a model looks hippy, us normal girls would look just plain fat in it.  Still, I’m sure there are a few sticks out there who would look “to die for” in it.  Nice collection, but as you said, not a winning collection.

    • Anonymous

      All the best to Bert, and all the best to his model too.  It was a lackluster model pool on Project Runway this year, and she was one of the best.  Fresh and healthy and timelessly elegant.

    • Anonymous

      Well said Tlo. Collection did not wow but one can see the skill and the marketability in it. 

      I was sad Bert wasn’t a top 3-er  not only because of his story but because he is so talented. Would have been interesting to see him push it more. I hope something good comes for him. At the very least he can feel like he showed at Bryant Park and he showed a collection that is wearable and sellable and lovely. 

    • Anonymous

      Apparently I’m alone on this, but I hated this collection.  It just lacked interest to me.  But whatevs, best of luck to Bert.

    • Anonymous

      Wow. He should be very proud of this collection. Classy, elegant, infinitely wearable. Beautifully styled. Bravo, Bert!

    • Anonymous

      I love this collection. The only look I absolutely hate is the bedsheet-y looking one. That model is frightening as well.

      • Anonymous

        When I first saw that look back when the collections first showed, I thought she looked like she belonged in a high-fashion prison.

    • Anonymous

      This was my favorite collection by far, but then I’m a sucker for clean, classic lines.  I knew when I saw it, however, that it was unlikely Bert was a finalist. 

    • Anonymous

      Sarah Jessica Parker ought to snap him up for  Halston Heritage. Maybe even give him a mini signature line of his own.

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

        I wouldn’t be surprised to see him return to Halston at all.  Which would be wonderful.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jenna-Ryan-Boatman/583622701 Jenna Ryan Boatman

        That was my thought when I saw his collection. Halton Heritage, stat.

    • http://twitter.com/thedogsmother thedogsmother

      I have liked Bert’s garments throughout the season. Best of the bunch. Not Project Runway stuff, which is a whole other set of criteria. Wish him all the best.

    • Anonymous

      Smart strategy on Bert’s part.  If he wasn’t going to win, he might as well go for some lovely sellable pieces that work well on a variety of women’s bodies.    

    • Anonymous

      Gonna hit 60 in less than a month, and I could happily wear Bert’s stuff without feeling like I’m trying to recapture my lost youth or dressing like I’m ready for the grave. Elegant, sophisticated, and mature, but not the least bit frumpy.

      • Anonymous

        Oh, you’re in the “40 to death” demo, so we know who has already disregarded you and your money. :-)

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

          Umm… is the answer “everyone in the fashion industry”? 

          I will NEVER understand the idea of running a BUSINESS by narrowing your potential market to about 10% of the American people!  Half of Americans are already out due to gender.  Then we narrow that by probably half again due to pricing.  Then we have to take out anyone under 5’4″ or over a size 12.  Then we lose everyone who isn’t between the age of 18 and 29. 

          HOW ARE ENOUGH PEOPLE LEFT TO RUN A FREAKING BUSINESS ON?!? 

          I know, creative types don’t generally go to business school, but maybe more of them should start taking at least one or two business classes, ’cause that’s no way to make money!

          I have said before, and I’m sure I will say again, if I ever go on this show and win, the line I launch will have 3 parts: misses in size 0 to AT LEAST 24, plus from size 10 to 40 (because your size does not necessarily match with the proportions dictated by “misses” and “plus”) and GROWN-UPS, for women over the age of 30 who have no interest in wearing the same dress as their teenage daughters.

          With the current make-up of the fashion market, I’d make a killing!

          • Anonymous

            Don’t forget petites. Pygmies need clothes, too!

          • Anonymous

            Go Shannon!

          • Anonymous

             Shannon Stewart – the size part is also so on the money!

            We went to Nordstrom looking for a dress for my nephew’s wedding – for my mother and myself both are in the plus size category (also I can wear larger “misses” cuts).  We normally shop more in the TJMaxx/Marshall’s area because they actually have clothes that are not bland, ugly and “old”,  But trying Nordstrom and the like looking for more formal wear.  NOTHING.  like one rack with sacks. 

            And I’ve noticed for years that at many stores almost all of the clearance racks are filled with XS, and S – lucky if you see a few mediums, no Large or XL.  What a decision – sell XL at full price or XS as 80% off – what great business sense!

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

              When I was heavier, I had a horrible time trying to find anything in the plus section that would fit because it was all cut to plus proportions, so it was too long, especially through the shoulder (and I am not lacking in bust) and the arm holes were far too big.  Because I didn’t need a plus size 18, I need a misses 18.  My sister-in-law is normally a size 0, because that’s what her body goes to naturally.  Shortly before her divorce she got up to a 10 — which isn’t a big size at all, but on her it was.  She couldn’t find anything that would fit her stomach (where she carries extra weight) that wasn’t swimming on the rest of her.  The two sections need a lot more overlap than what they have now. 

              Stores are continuing to buy based on old demographics;  that’s why they have so many small and extra small left over.  As the country gets bigger on average, buyers should have started ordering more in larger sizes but they don’t because a lot of garments lack hanger appeal in larger size.  Dresses that are flattering on a large size range need a body filling them out, particularly in the L or XL size, to look good — when on a hanger, they don’t lay right and they look much bigger than they would with a woman in them.

              I don’t understand why something that is supposed to about personal expression has turned into a hammer to beat people into societal molds with!  I know, I go off on these rants all the time, but I find the way women are treated by the fashion industry to be so upsetting (maybe this is true for you gentlemen as well, I don’t know as I don’t shop in your department:)!  Shopping should be FUN!  Getting dressed should be FUN!  It shouldn’t make you cry.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1006374212 Berna Starling

      I love almost every piece of this collection. A little bit more color would have been nice – but I still love it. Good work, Bert, and I really hope, you`ll find your way back into the industry!

    • Anonymous

      Just beautiful.  Classy and classic.  

    • Anonymous

      I loved the one with the stripes (after the “bedsheet-y” one)  I thought his collection was the best and sad it wasn’t in the running.  They may not have been “RUNWAY”  but but ugly and crappy is not Runway in any way I’d like anyway.

      • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

        There’s something very alluring and mesmerizing about #8, like a dress a Bond girl would wear to throw James off his game.

        The woman modeling that dress is stunning, which doesn’t hurt.

    • Anonymous

      Olivier, take notes.  THIS is how you do a chic, minimalist collection.

    • Anonymous

      I think Bert is adorable, and I love him to death. Unless he’s wearing a velvet shirt here, then I may have to rethink it.

    • http://twitter.com/SarahBeth81 SarahBeth

      I want the first 2 dresses SO hard.

    • Geno Boggiatto

      The collection as a whole is forgettable for me, but the first look is where I think he really succeeds at being chic and modern.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPPCA5BEYZ5DJTLZIP7HWFIXLY johnny

      I’m sorry, but a lot of this looks like something uber-hot extras would have worn standing beside a large pool during a scene from a .007 movie, say circa 1979 or so. I also think some of these outfits are suffering from “odd-model-body” syndrome. The sequin number looks like a somewhat preggers mermaid… some nice elegant looks, but some very odd choices too.

      • Anonymous

        “a lot of this looks like something uber-hot extras would have worn
        standing beside a large pool during a scene from a .007 movie, say circa
        1979 or so”

        Which, looking at some of the recent collections, is becoming something of a niche in fashion today.  So while it may not be truly fashion forward, I think it could be successful.

    • http://profiles.google.com/eszubert Elizabeth Szubert

      My favorite dress is that little one with the print.  It’s adorable and I sort of like stiff skirts.

    • Anonymous

      Overall, his work shows a nice balance to it. Very understated and restrained, and it looks so *finished* and complete when compared with the other entries. I hope this gets his name back out there and that someone gives him a job. I think he has a lot to offer the fashion world. 

    • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

      I kinda love that striped gown.  And I adore the Halston references.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      I see a lot of Calvin Klein in here.  I really liked it. It may not be a show stopping collection, but damn, it’s nice to see real, wearable clothes from time to time.  

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

        Better than Calvin Klein.  Too much CK stuff only works for the very thin.

    • Anonymous

      Just lovely!

    • http://twitter.com/jennsaysmeow Fifi LaRoux

      I actually like the striped dress.  I think it makes her look really long and lean.

      • Mary McClelland

        me too. It’s striking and I think if you made the skirt knee length it would be an adorable summer day dress. 

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

          I really would hate to see it cut off.  I think you’d lose a lot of the beautiful flow if it was shorter. 

    • http://twitter.com/warontara Tara

      I really really like this collection, and it’s not just my Bert bias (well..maybe its 3% that). I hate it that lean, simple lines and etc. are considered “too mature.” I’m 26, and part of the “fashionista” demographic (even though I’ma few years old for it now, I guess), but I love to keep it simple sometimes, in fact, I find it necessary. If my hair is all big and crazy, or if I have a killer pair of shoes, or an amazing piece of statement jewelry, I don’t always want my outfit competing with that. I especially want that first white dress!! Bert’s clothes are really about the woman in them, and I love that.

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

        Or if you know that you’re going to be a room full of the latest trends… Looking simple and timeless and impeccable is the best way to stand out in that crowd.

      • Anonymous

        I would fight you for that first white dress.  

    • http://twitter.com/madamesuggia Madame Suggia

      Whack up the styling a notch or two and you’ve got almost every collection Michael Kors has ever sent down a runway. Bert may not have won PR this season, but I guarantee he’ll be selling shed loads of his stuff on somewhere like QVC very soon; he’s the one most likely to actually make something out of this season.

    • Anonymous

      I like the understated elegance of most of the pieces, but even more than that, I hope that Bert achieved what he wanted, whether that was proving to himself that he could design again, or getting his name/work out there for future opportunities.  Wish him only the best!

    • Anonymous

      Would have been a worthy entry in the Top 3, I think.

    • Anonymous

      PR finalists are in a bind. They need to do runway looks to win, but they need to do wearable to survive afterwards. Because Bert isn’t a finalist, he could just be himself and I think his collection is fabulous, probably better than it would have been because he no longer has to worry about what they think.  I thought the neutrals were all just fine, but didn’t sometimes work with the skin tone of the models wearing them.  That was particularly true with the camel color.    

      Bert has the most potential to be successful of any of the designers, and I liked his FW collection a lot more than anyone else’s. I’m really rooting for Bert to succeed. And I too think that the Duchess’s continued success is because he designs similarly to Bert, yet calls Bert’s stuff dated.  If that’s true, most of Michael Kors’s designs are past their pull date as well. 

    • Anonymous

      sweet collection and I hope he lands a contract with Nordstrom.

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

      This is why I read you guys. It’s like “Runway for Idiots”. Everything you say makes perfect sense but I would have never thought of it on my own. I hope Bert does well for himself because it sure looks like he thought things out pretty well. Smart man not to piss away this opportunity.

    • Anonymous

      That last look looks just weird, but otherwise you’ve got a collection that would make sense for a lot of women going to a lot of events. That might not win PR, but it does help you make a living, and that’s probably more important in the long run.

    • Anonymous

      what a joy to look at.  hope bert gets his 2nd time around.

    • Anonymous

      Where can I buy these clothes? Want.

    • Anonymous

      OK, so he got auffed, but this is a really nice bunch of dresses. 
      Maybe it’s not runway FASHION, but if there are any Ladies-Who-Lunch out there, I bet they’d love them, and buy them!
      He knows how to make ladies look good which is more than I’d say for some of the remaining designers. Good Luck, Bert, wherever you are.

    • Anonymous

      That last gown is a total Aniston look if he’d put a slit in the skirt.

      Nice boring dresses.   

      That’s not a problem really because most people want boring clothing and that’s what they wear.  Including me.

      • Anonymous

        You’re spot-on with Anniston, but my first reaction was that Heidi would get herself one, albeit shorter.

    • Anonymous

      These looks are very elegant, and I would think very wearable, and thus sellable.  I think this was a smart move on Bert’s part…classy looks never go out of style.

    • Anonymous

      These looks are very elegant, and I would think very wearable, and thus sellable.  I think this was a smart move on Bert’s part…classy looks never go out of style.

    • Anonymous

      For some reason, i always wondered if Bert was using this show to get hired as a designer (by a company) rather than sell his own line.  No evidence for this, just a feeling.  If so, i sure hope that he succeeds and gets hired somewhere, since I think that he would do a terrific job.  Good luck Bert.

    • Amanda in Austin

      I really like a lot of these pieces. I just wish he hadn’t done everything in neutrals and black. Any color would have been welcome.

    • Anonymous

      +1 on your last point.  Hope his turn on PR brings him further career success.

      On an unrelated note, I am getting a banner ad on this posting for a prescription medication that appears to be intended to eliminate belly fat.  What twisted programming logic made that happen?!  I like Bert just the way he is.

    • Anonymous

      That gold minidress is all Serena van der Woodsen.

    • Anonymous

      I do not care for the final dress at all, but otherwise I like Bert’s collection. It’s not what the judges would want from a PR contestant – but Bert has said that he decided not to worry about what the judges were looking for, which, given that pleasing them no longer mattered, was smart. As a runway collection, it’s maybe a bit underwhelming, but as an attempt to insinuate oneself back into the fashion industry, it may well be just right.

      I disagree about look 8, which is one of my favourites actually, but you’re right about look 7 needing a different belt or sash – something contrasting and a little more dramatic would have made the dress stand out more.

      • http://www.facebook.com/claudeth.forbin Claudeth Forbin

        I thought look 8 was stunning.  I can see a whoooole lot of celebrities wanting to wear his look.  From Anna Hathaway to Helen Mirren.

    • Anonymous

      I love everything!  Gonna miss ya Bert!

    • Anonymous

      I love everything!  Gonna miss ya Bert!

    • Anonymous

      I really like this collection–it celebrates the minimalism that was sexy and stylish in the 70s.  The styling was done well too, in particular, the choice of the bangle bracelets, which moves the dresses from a little too simple to quite chic (though I would make the hair a little less severe).  Maybe it’s a bit of a cheat that you’d need to accessorize the looks properly for the full effect, but wouldn’t you need to anyway?  If these looks end up on the red carpet, I hope no one forgets the styling.

    • Anonymous

      I really like this collection–it celebrates the minimalism that was sexy and stylish in the 70s.  The styling was done well too, in particular, the choice of the bangle bracelets, which moves the dresses from a little too simple to quite chic (though I would make the hair a little less severe).  Maybe it’s a bit of a cheat that you’d need to accessorize the looks properly for the full effect, but wouldn’t you need to anyway?  If these looks end up on the red carpet, I hope no one forgets the styling.

    • Anonymous

      Maybe it’s my age, but I have a preference for this type of simple, understated chic over clothing that screams FASHION!!!! 

      I want the woman to wear the clothing instead of the clothing wearing the woman, if that makes me hopelessly old fashioned then slap my ass and call me Granny!  Nice job, Bert, it’s my personal favorite of all the collections.

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

        I think it depends on the wearer, not the age.  I have been known to wear dresses that scream like that, but that’s me — I’m more than a little over the top as a person.  (In fact, one of the first things I did when I started designing and making clothes was line up friends and family who weren’t, so that I could get experience with other styles)

        But I think sometimes when you see pieces like the ones you’re thinking of, they aren’t being worn because they suit the woman beautifully and she loves them and feels good in them — they’re being worn because they’re trendy and the woman seems to be seeking approval by wearing the latest thing. 

        And it can’t be your age, because I’m 28 and this was my favorite collection too:)

    • Anonymous

      Maybe it’s my age, but I have a preference for this type of simple, understated chic over clothing that screams FASHION!!!! 

      I want the woman to wear the clothing instead of the clothing wearing the woman, if that makes me hopelessly old fashioned then slap my ass and call me Granny!  Nice job, Bert, it’s my personal favorite of all the collections.

    • Anonymous

      Y’all hit all my talking points:

      simple & elegant
      sell like gangbusters
      smart way to pitch to his intended audience
      hope he gets the opportunities he wants from the PR experience

      I don’t know enough (that is, – anything -) about what working in the fashion industry is really like to say this with confidence, but I suspect he may be happier with the PR experience & get more of what he wanted out of it, than a significant minority of the PR winners.

    • Anonymous

      Y’all hit all my talking points:

      simple & elegant
      sell like gangbusters
      smart way to pitch to his intended audience
      hope he gets the opportunities he wants from the PR experience

      I don’t know enough (that is, – anything -) about what working in the fashion industry is really like to say this with confidence, but I suspect he may be happier with the PR experience & get more of what he wanted out of it, than a significant minority of the PR winners.

    • Anonymous

      Quiet, elegant, wearable: Not much else to say. Hope this kickstarts his career.

    • Anonymous

      Quiet, elegant, wearable: Not much else to say. Hope this kickstarts his career.

    • Anonymous

      Bert seems like the one most likely to succeed from this season. He makes clothes, not costumes. I wish him the best.

      • Pennymac

        Yes! He makes elegantly understated classic clothes. Refreshing in its lack of cracktastica. Go Bert!

    • Anonymous

      I love this collection. I knew it wouldn’t be considered “Fashion”, but to me it just looks elegant and classic. I couldn’t wear the wrap things as I’d look like a Weeble wearing a scarf, but I think other women would look great in them. I love the whole thing.

    • Anonymous

      The fourth from the bottom totally looks like something MK or A Olsen would wear.  There were a couple I would wear. I’m glad to see him go more minimal with the makeup and hair. No weird headpieces or props.

      • Anonymous

        Or eyebrows. 

    • Anonymous

      A lot of these looks don’t thrill me the way I want to be thrilled by a PR designer, but I think this was an extraordinarily smart move by Bert. He’s saying to the audience and the industry, “Sure, I’m not the fashion world’s next innovative wunderkind, i.e. what the judges were looking for, but I can make clothes that women want to buy and wear.” Smart, smart, smart.

    • http://twitter.com/ShelfAfterlife Shelf Afterlife

      I was really starting to like Bert again, after he quit being an ass.  Lovely collection. 

      • Anonymous

        Seconded.  I was sad to see him go.

    • Anonymous

      Very pretty, and for the most part well executed.  But I completely agree that a lot of these looks would be great with some color.

    • MilaXX

      I wasn’t crazy about this collection the first time I looked at it, but as the designers started getting auf’d and I returned to look at it I liked it more and more. I’m still not in love with it, I really hate the bed sheet dress and the way the glittery dress shows the model’s thong is distracting, but I think it’s a nice collection. I would love to see what Joe Zee could do with Bert.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=527150091 Pat Biswanger

      I want to lose a lot of weight so I can wear Bert Keeler clothes.  I think I’ll get gastric bypass surgery.  Seriously.  It would be completely worth it.

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

        I did Weight Watchers and lost over 80.  (Shameless plug for the system because I was so thrilled with it:) 

        Now on to the idea of doing it for the clothes:  Many of these wouldn’t require a particularly model-esque build.  Depending on your body type, there’s a lot here that may suit, and would do so at any size.  Looks #3, 6, 8, 9 and 10 would all be VERY doable in larger sizes, and all except for #1, could be done larger depending on the exact build: the short skirt looks, for instance, would be fine for someone with some extra weight but great legs.  Look #1 would be very hard to pull off in a larger size because the arm strap would make your arms look larger and I’ve never known ANY woman who is carrying extra weight to be okay with her upper arms.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=527150091 Pat Biswanger

          Wow – that’s great, Shannon!  I’ve lost weight before on a program (of my own devising) similar to Weight Watchers, but now that I am 55, I want something that’s more permanent.  I want to spend my last 15 or so “good years” wearing great clothes!

          Thanx for your observations on the clothes too.  I think that’s a sign of what an excellent designer Bert is, that not all of his designs require the wearer to be stick thin to look good.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Karen-Stephens-Bassett/1503492602 Karen Stephens Bassett

      This is the best of the nine collections.  I hope Bert gets lots of job offers and has a  wonderful, fulfilling life.

      • Anonymous

        Amen!  Someone will snap him up, I’m sure.  He does beautiful work and he has an elegant eye.  I agree that these are looks you show buyers, rather than a runway collection, but how beautiful!  That second outfit?  Mine, mine, MINE! 

        Only the best to you, Bert. 

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

          I’d hire him.  In fact, I’d want him for a design partner, not a subordinate.

    • Jessica Goldstein

      To me, the most striking thing about this collection is its maturity. Not mature as in “old”, but mature as “knows how to make a statement without resorting to gimmicks.” It’s quiet but interesting, and I like it very much.

    • http://phdoula.blogspot.com Rebecca

      I’m pretty sure I owned the velour shirt Bert was wearing, ca. 1995.

      • Sara__B

         I’m pretty sure I owned the shirt Bert was wearing, ca 1972, except mine was brown, and probably something my dad wouldn’t wear so I took it.

    • Diana Ye

      What a lovely collection. I feel like Bert is one of those PR contestants who doesn’t produce his best work in the format of the show. His strengths as a designer are construction and a quiet thoughtfulness as opposed to crazy creativity, which is why it was hard for him to get inspired by things like birds and pet stores. I still wish he had tried a little harder to have fun with those challenges, but I do applaud him for pushing himself by being on the show in the first place.

    • Diana Ye

      What a lovely collection. I feel like Bert is one of those PR contestants who doesn’t produce his best work in the format of the show. His strengths as a designer are construction and a quiet thoughtfulness as opposed to crazy creativity, which is why it was hard for him to get inspired by things like birds and pet stores. I still wish he had tried a little harder to have fun with those challenges, but I do applaud him for pushing himself by being on the show in the first place.

    • Coco Cornejo

      The first dress reminds me of a young Princess Stephanie (of Monaco).

    • Anonymous

      So refreshing to see simple, elegant clothes for real people.  I love all of the long dresses, and it makes me happy to think that Bert’s happy.  Definitely my fav. designer and personality of the bunch.  I loved his “drop dead”at the sewing machine to Joshua, mainly because one doesn’t hear that phrase much anymore.  The way people curse at one another these days, myself included, it sounded so kind of quaint and refined.  Very very Bert. And that last golden dress with the model’s killer tan–Rio de Janeiro 1977 for sure.  And would totally sell out now.  Love being able to see her underwear too.  Not at all easy to make provocative not look slutty.

    • Anonymous

      Very nice.  I hope he has a long & successful career.  I’m going to miss him on PR!

    • Anonymous

      I kind of wish if he hadn’t wanted to do color, he had gone for all black and white.  The two strongest pieces in my opinion are the long black dress with the draped neck and the one shoulder white dress with side flounce.  A lot of the neutral fabrics look cheap, which to semi-quote Danny V takes things from Calvin Klein basic to JC Penney basic.

    • http://profiles.google.com/dchockeyguy Trevor Burroughs

      I see a lot of referential works here, especially Bob Mackie, as you mentioned.  I think I see a bit of Halston here too.

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

        Oh there’s more than a bit of Halston here.  Which makes sense.  Bert obviously has a very Halston-style or he wouldn’t have worked there.

        • Anonymous

          He not only worked there, he was part of the team hired by Revlon to turn the company around after Halston’s exit, back in the day.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jenna-Ryan-Boatman/583622701 Jenna Ryan Boatman

      I love you, scottyf. Truly, I hope you and Bert get to meet one of these days. (No fainting into a puddle of glamorous goo if you do though!)

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_63FW2Y5BWUARL7PJGWK54TUDGE Carrieanno

      Gosh, I hope somebody fed that poor model in the short, shiny, full-skirted halter frock a hamburger (or six or seven) after the show.

    • Sara__B

      The striped gown that you don’t like,T Lo, is my favorite gown of all of this season’s runway shows. As Tim Gunn might say, À chacun son goût”.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IHWCJIMARF4OOW6PQZQS3RFOOA JillK

        I completely agree. It reminds me of a calm running stream. Absolutely lovely. I’d buy it in a heartbeat.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IHWCJIMARF4OOW6PQZQS3RFOOA JillK

      I simply adore this collection. Every single piece except the one on the Asian model who looks like she has her shoulders pinned behind her back. Terrible, terrible posture. Perhaps a better model would have made that dress look better (though perhaps not).

      Since I didn’t watch this season, as promised after the Gretchen win, I don’t have personalities to go from, and nor could I care a whit. So looking at this without “prejudice” as to his “character” on the show, I can’t see how he shouldn’t have been the winner. Maybe he’ll be like many of the American Idol runners-up and have a better career than the eventual winner.

      Best of luck, Bert! Too bad I’ll never be able to afford your label.

    • Anonymous

      These aren’t runway looks?  Not so sure about that.  I have poured through enough crap from Bryant Park to know that similar pieces make the cut in far less cohesive collections.  I think he did a bang up job and totally redeemed himself.  The execution is flawless.  And the striped gown is divine.  

    • Anonymous

      Other than the last dress which is just not flattering at all on the model, Bert’s collection  is  well done. I just want to give  Bert points for just being himself on a reality tv show. Almost everybody has a friend like Bert–you just put up with their sh-t by telling yourself that the good outweighs the bad. I hope Bert parlays his PR run into a career renaissance. The Keeter Kollection? Have those tacky Kardassians kopyrighted the use of the letter K?

    • Anonymous

      Love!

    • Anonymous

      everything is very, very well made, if a little under-designed.

    • narita_rayna

      out of all of the final collections, this was my favorite.  it’s too bad he didnt make top 3.

      • Lisa

        Yeah, isn’t that something?  I really love this – it’s too bad he’s not still in it.

    • Anonymous

      I would buy and wear any of these pieces except for the last one.  And that is the first time I have ever said that about any designer on Project Runway.  Great job, Bert!  You laugh all the way to the bank!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=739505579 Amanda Aziyade

        I’m with you — I love everything (even the sequin dress, but I couldn’t wear it properly.)  I love the wrap thing around the neck and I’m in the 40 to death demographic. Fabulous collection. I agree that some of the skirt fabrics appear too stiff to be worn comfortably, but I can’t judge how they feel on the body just by looking at pictures. Bert is definitely my favorite of all this season, last season, and several seasons before, if only because I think his clothes are truly beautiful and would make me look and feel beautiful wearing them.

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

          My mother, in seeing the pictures, commented that the wrap necks were wonderful for women over 40, because “You can get a boob lift or a facelift, but your neck and hands will always give you away.” 

          Also the reason that I faithfully use skin firming lotion on my neck and hands….

    • Anonymous

      Love this collection…absolutely love it!  I WANT that black outfit (#2).  And I think both of the white dresses (short #1 and long #9) are stunning.  Like others have mentioned, I would put any of those draped tops with jeans & they would be fabulous!  I hope this brings Bert what he wishes.  I agree with others that hopefully this was the point where he really wanted to be at the end.  Not to necessarily win, but to reestablish himself and reintroduce himself as a marketable designer who can design and sell real clothes to real women!!!! Something  rarely seen from  a PR contestant. I am firmly in the “love Bert” camp!  Really do hope to own something of his and soon!! 

    • Adella Thompson

      Hate the last one, but otherwise I would buy so many of these looks in a heart beat. The many does know how to blend great tailoring with an effortless drape. Maybe not the most exciting collection, but the one that would stock my wardrobe essentials. 

    • Anonymous

      I wonder if Bert’s weeks on PR had any real influence on what he made for this collection. 

    • Anonymous

      I wonder if Bert’s weeks on PR had any real influence on what he made for this collection. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1540233153 Malve Lyborg

        I guess not much, for he really likes his own point of view – but on the styling. He did what Michael Kors said in one of the first episodes: sleek.

        • Anonymous

          That was what I thought too and I was pleased that Bert stuck to what he knows and does well. After all, there wasn’t exactly a whole lot shown by the other designers that would have inspired him to change what he was doing. The proof was in the pudding when his dress sold out so quickly on Piperlime and from the comments here, there would be many women waiting in line to buy these designs if they were available. Using neutral colors and a couple of simple prints was a smart move too as it gave a cohesiveness to the collection but it also doesn’t take much imagination to see that these designs would work well in many colors. I don’t know about others, but I sometimes have a problem imagining a dress in a different color from the one presented, especially if it’s a bold color, as the original keeps superimposing over the imaginary one. 

          I also agree with you on the styling which let him down a number of times on PR although the hair and make-up in general during the series wasn’t exactly stellar. Given that Bert was out of the fashion scene for many years, I imagine that he hasn’t had to worry too much about styling and makeup especially as he’s working out of his home. 

          I wish Bert nothing but the best. Going on PR must not have been an easy decision for him. 

    • Anonymous

      Now this is a designer putting it out there to drum up business and show what he can do.  Bert accomplished it.  Great job and I hope we see him in the stores soon.

    • Anonymous

      My favorite collection. I love how polished and finished it is. I love the deceptive simplicity of it, how every line and every angle counts.
      I’m tired of taupe and bored with beige, so I wish he’d gone with a little more color. Other than that, though, this is the winner to me. So it’s not sporting whatever the current flavor of fooferaws, flapdoodles and ruffley bits is. That shit will be out of fashion (and a lot of it will suddenly look ridiculous) momentarily. These dresses, however, will ALWAYS look good.

      Good on ya, Bert. I hope some smart, high end design house, one that understands what women (not 19 year olds or ladies who want to pretend they’re 19) want to wear when they want to look like a million bucks, hires you toute de suite. They’d be crazy not to.

    • Anonymous

      My favorite collection. I love how polished and finished it is. I love the deceptive simplicity of it, how every line and every angle counts.
      I’m tired of taupe and bored with beige, so I wish he’d gone with a little more color. Other than that, though, this is the winner to me. So it’s not sporting whatever the current flavor of fooferaws, flapdoodles and ruffley bits is. That shit will be out of fashion (and a lot of it will suddenly look ridiculous) momentarily. These dresses, however, will ALWAYS look good.

      Good on ya, Bert. I hope some smart, high end design house, one that understands what women (not 19 year olds or ladies who want to pretend they’re 19) want to wear when they want to look like a million bucks, hires you toute de suite. They’d be crazy not to.

    • Anonymous

      Bravo, compared to some of the collections, this is a great collection. Agree with more department store charge, but there is nothing wrong selling stuff there.

      • http://twitter.com/mme_hardy MadameHardy

        Remember the stiltwalker challenge, where they totally judged outfits on stilts for how saleable they were in department stores?

    • Anonymous

      I know a number of “seasoned women” who are already trying to hunt his stuff down with about the same level of intensity they went after Laura Bennett’s work. 

      As Tiger said, these looks will ALWAYS look good…in a wierd way they sort of remind me of Rudy Genreich (sp?) for some strange reason.

    • Anonymous

      While I could currently wear very few of Bert’s designs, I loved the striped dress, and the two black outfits. One shoulder and bare shoulder looks have never appealed to me, certainly not now as ‘between 40 and death’, and a larger size woman, or under 40, when I was slim and probably could have worn them, but I recognize their appeal and the classic lines and the impeccable craft that went into them.

      Clearly Bert will be the contestant most of us will remember fondly from this disappointing season. I think he produced the smartest possible collection showcasing his aesthetic, and I wish him the greatest of success in reinventing his career. I was sad to see him aufed, and believed that he could have easily been in the top three with this beautiful collection. Based on the majority of the kittens’ opinions, a collection from Bert is the one we most hope will make it to a department store near you.

      [Without irony], Bravo Bert! Wouldn’t it be delicious if Michael Kors felt some competition from him?

    • Anonymous

      I love this collection, that’s all I have to say.

    • Anonymous

      The model in the solid color silver dress that you said needed a chain – this model looks like she wants to kill someone with an ax.  Freaks me out.

    • Anonymous

      That last sequined dress is straight up Oleg Cassini circa late 1980s.

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

      i have to say i am really proud of bert for just about everything he did this season. it could not have been easy to go from having been a designer for halston, through HIV, through AA, through post-AA, then coming out the other end to compete against people young enough to be his children, all of whom–to a person–have no more talent than virtually anyone else w/ whom he went to design school, then not even to win this nonsense but, in the end, to show a collection more expertly & exquisitely designed & crafted than anyone else’s from the program.

      it’s not my kind of thing, i’ve always preferred vivienne westwood to halston. but it’s beautifully done &, at least from the photographs, exceptionally &, of course, professionally shown. i dearly hope the design world takes notice or, at the very least, he finds himself a fabulous & fabulously wealthy clientele for whom he can create fashion until he finally no longer wants to. one or both of those things i am sure will happen. congratulations.

    • http://www.fatladysings.us/ TFLS

      I think just about every single one of these looks would sell like hotcakes.  Maybe not for 20-somethings….but the thirty and above crowd would be standing in line.  On the whole, a tad too conservative for my particular tastes – but I do appreciate Bert’s sense of elegance and style.  

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

        I think it would sell very well to a lot 20-somethings too.  I know the media likes to believe we all want to be Paris Hilton when we grow up (that girl has a gift for making expensive clothes look cheap), but it’s not even close to accurate.  No, most girls in their 20s won’t go clubbing in Bert’s stuff.  But going to class, or to work, or meeting a serious boyfriend’s parents, or just going for lunch?  Absolutely. 

        • http://www.fatladysings.us/ TFLS

          I hadn’t thought about that.  You’re right.  They’re very ‘ladies lunch’ or ‘breezy afternoon’ kinda clothes.  They look comfy too – and I like easy, stylish, comfortable clothing.  Bert’s clothes look lovely and WEARABLE.  No pinching or binding.  No being careful how you sit.  So I agree.  I really can’t see a Paris Hilton or Lindsey Lohan wearing anything like this.  But I could see someone like Selena Gomez – especially in that cute, short, black number.  Killer neckline.  Maybe not red carpet – but very chic and photographable. 

    • Anonymous

      Just joining the chorus in wishing Bert the best.  It will be interesting to see where he goes from here.

    • Anonymous

      GEE, Bert’s instistance on understated elegance, style, design, good fabric,  good tailoring…… INSTEAD OF WHAT?????!!!  your opinion of fashion which is awful fabric, slut appeal ( or should I say celeb-utante appeal which equals slut appeal), no style unless EVERYTHING is showing, no design, no knowledge of sewing or draping, THIS IS WHAT YOU PEOPLE LIKE????????
      Give me a REAL point of view and a REAL understanding of elegance, style and design……. Bert has forgotten more about fashion than ANY of you will EVER know!!!

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

        The fuck…?

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5KDTLDJA7ZBCPDP6HV4FZMJDII Indigo

           me thinks that maria believes that traditional and simple elegance should be valued more than dramatic or edgey looks. Because edgey means slutty or something? eh?

          I need breakfast :I

        • http://twitter.com/yankeefoxtrot Alex McGeagh

          we’re all clearly reading an entirely different blog entry than mariap1919 up there…’cuz it seems universally liked for the vast majority of the looks, from what I can tell.

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

        how many days in a row have you been awake this time?

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

        Who are the “YOU PEOPLE” in this?  ‘Cause it sounds like this is posted at a group who doesn’t like Bert’s work, so I’m not sure what it’s doing HERE…. In case you missed it, everyone here has had nice things to say about this collection, and Bert in general.  In fact, a lot of us said it was our favorite of the collections.  So what up?

        • Anonymous

          Maria, did you mean to post your screed on some other blog?  Where the majority of people have expressed disdain for Bert and his mad skills and his elegant eye?  Where people think that the crap produced by Clinique Counter and Ozark Barbie is real fashion?

          Because if not–if you MEANT to post it here, you’ve got your head up your butt.  The group you describe as “YOU PEOPLE!!!!!!!!”  don’t live here.

    • Anonymous

      Simple never stopped Calvin Klein. I like that he is not designing for the 12 and wanna be 12 set. There is this thing called a woman  (shes like a girl but better) who wears clothes too. these are all pretty tasty pieces any of which could be executed in any fabric. 

    • http://twitter.com/mme_hardy MadameHardy

      The thing about Bert’s collection — which I have adored since the moment it leaked — is that it gives women what many of us say we want.  That being a beautiful piece of clothing which isn’t “of the moment”, which will look as beautiful in ten years, twenty, … as it does now.  That is not what professional fashion critiquers — as opposed to buyers —  want.  Who cares if it’s “on trend” when you’re the best-dressed woman at the party?  

      I agree with everybody else — if this doesn’t get Bert a job somewhere he is respected, there is no God.

    • Anonymous

      I never thought Bert wanted a win. He was using the show to showcase his talent so he could get a good job afterward. I think his clothes are beautiful, if a bit too beige for my coloring. But I grew up during the 70s and I miss some of the drapey simplicity of that time. Bert: please design a red-carpet look for Cher. That’s my ultimate dream for you. I’m glad he got his head together and came across better during the season because I think he’s very talented.

    • http://twitter.com/anywhoo Leigh David

      I wish I could see how the striped dress would look without the model’s hands on her hips. I loved the fabric. I thought that the construction of the short shiny halter dress was impressive when I saw that the top was totally backless. Kudos to Bert for lovely, beautifully made clothes and charming styling. I wish Bert the best for his future. In the words of Walt Whitman and a tip of the hat to Bette Davis THE untold want, by life and land ne’er granted, Now, Voyager, sail thou forth, to seek and find.    

    • http://twitter.com/laura_valerie Laura Curtis

      I love it.

      I think out of all the designers, Bert has an aesthetic that will be the most successful on the market (if he gets his big break). His is one of the best decoy collections I have seen out of all of the seasons of PR. Very polished, chic and wearable. He knows what he is doing.

    • http://twitter.com/LAMusing LAMusing

      Love love love his collection – I’d wear any one of them.  Gorgeous, sophisticated, classic pieces  you could wear for years.   Best of the collections I’ve seen.
      Wishing Bert the best and hope I have a chance to someday own one of his designs.

    • Anonymous

      After viewing last night’s show it is abundantly clear that Bert was a major influence on Anya’s mini collections. I wish him all the best.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_O3BDDB3LQUETA3DN24FY33UW6U Lucinda Moore

      WOW  I love it. Especially the first two looks…Bert’s become a sort of loveable curmudgeon ..for awhile I wished I would never see his face again but this is a beautiful collection.

    • http://twitter.com/magicalrealist Magical Realist

      Once Bert was auf’ed, his runway collection finally made perfect sense to me.

      Before, I was underwhelmed by the presentation (even though I do like and would wear some of the clothes). But since it’s a decoy collection, choosing to dispense with drama and showmanship in favor of showcasing actual, wearable clothes that could go into stores right now, as-is was a smart move. I haven’t always liked Bert’s personality or attitude, but the guy clearly knows what he’s doing, and I respect the hell out of that.

    • http://twitter.com/evergreen_g G and G

      It might have already been mentioned but I heard Bert on an interview in another PR fan site that he was was struggling with coming up with a collection that would impress the judges until he realized that he should just stay true to his own style and aesthetic as a designer and come up with beautiful outfits that women will want to wear for many years as their go to pieces. This collection is exactly that.

    • Anonymous

      I LOVE the little black dress AND the little white dress.  Hate the shoes and the hair.  Not the freshest bunch of models, but then, I’m sure the decoy designers had to make due with whoever was still available on the first day of FW.

      I can see Bert going to work for Oscar de la Renta. or Carolina Herrera.

    • Anonymous

      I love the first, second, third, fifth, sixth, and ninth looks. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Clydette-Wantland/673315286 Clydette Wantland

      I would buy every single piece!  Excellent.

    • Nonya

      I’m just gonna say it.

      Boooooooring….