PA: Your Accessories Are Flaccid and Uninteresting

Posted on November 01, 2011

Let’s run down all those accessories designers who didn’t manage to impress the judges in any way whatsoever, darlings.

Adrian



Remember what we said earlier about the big, chunky pieces being this show’s version of Project Runway’s sleeveless cocktail dress? Case in point. The proportions here are terrible.

 

Chris



The braiding isn’t bad but it’s certainly nothing new or exciting. We’ll give her some credit for trying to do an up/down pairing with the chandelier crystals. Not bad, but not great, either.

 

David



HATED that cuff. We thought the necklace would have been great without that fabric swatch or whatever hanging off it. We like the buckle for the belt but the belt itself is too large and awkward.

 

Kelly



A lot of good ideas here, executed very well. We’re not big fans of this sort of Memphis Group-style aesthetic, but Kelly does it well.  The bag and the belt are too big and too Star Trek, but that belt is really interesting. In fact, it’s one of the best pieces of the week.

 

Rich



Huge incongruity with the wispy jewelry paired with the MASSIVE belt that looks more like a restraint of some sort.

 

Shea



The wrist thing was a little weird but the neckace and belt are kind of fantastic.

 

It’s a little disappointing no one branched out and made a hat or a pair of shoes. Still, there’s some talent here and we think the format works, even if it’s a bit too referential of its parent show. The judges need to have several fires lit under their asses, but we’re entertained enough. If you’re the crafty sort, then Lifetime has a blog written by Project Runway alum Laura Bennett (who is herself a very crafty sort) where she recreates the a piece from the winning look each week with step-by-step instructions for the DIY bitches out there. This week, she did Rachel’s winning belt. You can check it out here.

 

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  • Anonymous

    Did Adrian make the clutch? I don’t remember noticing it on the show but I like it, maybe without the black pocket things on the sides.

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

    Wow, this stuff is so ugly. Still not gonna watch…

  • http://twitter.com/glastea Coralie

    You might like Kelly’s belt, TLo, but I don’t think anyone wants an arrow pointing to their vagina.

    • http://profiles.google.com/grandiva1968 e jerry powell

      I don’t know, there may be times in a woman’s life, particularly in the company of a dense man, when such things might be appropriate…

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

        Hilarious! And true.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZBFH32YG44LIIZYLSQPMBXMYCU Sarah

    This is a perfect example of how scale is so important. I think a lot of these things are neat, up close (of course, I am a crafter, too, so I appreciate what these people had to do) but when you see them on and paired together, it’s like WHY is that belt so frikkin’ huge? (Rich) or that clutch so GIGANTIC? (Adrian). I do like those wispy feather earrings, though.

    • http://twitter.com/susanpcollier Susan Collier

      That was my main beef most but the top two, the scale is off. Most of the necklaces fall to that really unflattering length and are busy to boot. You can’t have it both ways.

  • Anonymous

    I LOVED Shea’s necklace and I actually liked David’s cuff. I’m not a fan of huge belts, though. Anyone over a size 2 looks really bad in them.

    I am just so done with feather jewelry. They are the exposed ass zippers of PA.

    • Sobaika Mirza

      I LOVE that cuff. Maybe in a scaled down version, but I want it. Nice to know I’m not the only one.

    • Sobaika Mirza

      I LOVE that cuff. Maybe in a scaled down version, but I want it. Nice to know I’m not the only one.

    • Anonymous

      But feather jewelry (I’m also no fan) is selling like hotcakes right now.  Ass zippers, not so much.  To my knowledge.

  • Anonymous

    Shea’s belt is pretty terrific

  • Anonymous

    I love David’s cuff! Also love Shea’s necklace, and a scaled-down version of Adrian’s belt would be interesting.

  • Anonymous

    Kelly’s pieces are cool, but don’t work at all with the T-shirt and jeans.   If you imagine those pieces on an orange strapless cocktail dress, it’d be pretty fab. In a way, this was almost two challenges in one.  First, make accessories from trash, and second, make accessories for a T-shirt and jeans.  A number of these designers seemed to get the first part, but not the second.

    • http://profiles.google.com/grandiva1968 e jerry powell

      You may be onto something.  The belt is really too much for anything white, but there are some other ways it could work really well.

  • Anonymous

    There’s a whole lot of clunky going on with those belts. 

    Loved Shea’s necklace and belt. The feathers were interesting, but can you imagine trying to store those pieces? The feathers would be shredded within a week. I also really liked the chandelier crystals with the braiding. It was a nice combination of textures; loved the neutral color of the braiding–those pieces would go with a lot of different outfits. 

    I’m confused about the prize of a year’s worth of hair styling. Does the accessory industry have shows like the fashion industry does where this would be useful? It seems to me that it would be more useful to give them some dollar amount in supplies or tools or something like that. 

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

      I’m confused by the year’s worth of hair styling too. I mentioned it in an earlier thread, and someone told me that accessories designers do have runway shows. It doesn’t seem like the most efficient way to show accessories, but apparently it’s a thing.

      I also loved Shea’s belt and necklace. Very cool. I hate the cuff though. I’m imagining myself accidentally dipping the fabric into my coffee, my water, someone else’s coffee or water, getting it caught on something, etc., etc. etc.

  • Anonymous

    I love me some big jewelry, and would wear Adrian’s necklace in a hot minute. Not with that belt, mind you, but I would, nonetheless. I also loved David’s cuff. Hated the feather stuff (and I am a fan of the feather), but just didn’t like it here. I’m excited about this show – it has promise, but then, we’re only one ep in, aren’t we? I guess the show’s integrity could go the way of the Dodo here too, just as it did on PR.

  • Anonymous

    I do like the last necklace.

    Some of these models are pretty hilarious.

  • MilaXX

    I think most of the designers wanted so badly to impress the judges that everyone went for giant jewelry. The truth is most women will only wear one  chunky accessory, so seeing a large belt/necklace/earrings combo is just too much. Some interesting ideas, (I’m partial to the Star Trek looking bag), but overall too much of everything.

  • Joyce VG

    Ugh I don’t know about this show.  Some of the work looks like it came from the prop set of the Blair Witch Project. 

  • Amanda B

    As TLo pointed out, the runway staging is awful and it pretty much forces the designers to do these big, oversized pieces since intricately done, but small pieces just won’t be seen. If they’d slightly changed the arrangement to have a large screen beside the judging panel where magazine-style photos of the pieces were projected, it would be much better.

  • Anonymous

    Lifetime could have just saved some money and payed that Zanna woman to host an hour of TV in which she shows off posts on regretsy.

  • Anonymous

    Lifetime could have just saved some money and payed that Zanna woman to host an hour of TV in which she shows off posts on regretsy.

  • Anonymous

    Adrian was on to something with that purse, though. Could have been gorgeous with that material, just junk everything she sewed onto it and go with better, clean-cut leather (red? cyan?) straps.

  • Anonymous

    do the judges only see the work on the models & not up close?

  • Anonymous

    I’m just amazed that anyone is watching this show so soon after the PR debacle.  You all are a whole lot braver than I am!

  • Anonymous

    I would guess that the reason no one made a hat or shoes (even though some of them specialize in those areas) had to do with the materials. I don’t know.

    There are way too many big and ill-proportioned pieces, but I think some of that had to do with trying to make a first impression and some of that had to do with trying to make accessories the central feature.

    A few comments:
    I had trouble remembering anything that was made on the show. This does not bode well, but I am still holding out hope.
    Kelly’s pieces are definitely interesting, have a style to them, and, though they are not to my tastes per se, I am curious.
    I love Shea’s necklace, like her belt, am unsure about her bracelet, and fear for her “connection” with James.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1326120071 Gaby Ripoll

    Those wispy feathers gross me out for some reason. It just seems like it would make one uncomfortable all night, the way they’d touch the skin. Ooh, I’m disgusted just thinking about it. 
    Loved Kelly’s pieces, though I wish she’d made the belt less awkwardly wide. It’s the nerd in me – I covet that Star Trek clutch. 

  • Anonymous

    Kelly’s stuff all looked great in the workroom, but on the mannequin, every piece looks upside down. 

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

    This is an entertaining post on a show I didn’t see. I am beginning to see my way to not watching future seasons of PR but just reading this blog…

  • Anonymous

    I thought Kelly’s clutch was fantastic!  I’d buy that in a heartbeat.  Very different both in color and materials.  And Shea’s model could be Minnie Driver’s twin.

  • Anonymous

    I would read a blog written by RuPaul where he gives step-by-step instructions for recreating Joshua’s makeup from this past season. “YOU BETTER PLUCK”

  • oohsparkley!

    I like quite a few of these pieces.  I’m a crafter and I love accessories too, so of course I would.  I love Shelly’s clutch and Adrian’s too.  I wish they’d just stock a storeroom with all kinds of nice materials and give them time to actually think about and make something great, instead of hurry, dig through garbage, you’ve got 4 hours.  (I don’t know how long they gave them).  Of course then you wouldn’t have as much drama and more realistic competition and results.  Or, give them all the same materials and see how different the results could be.  I like to see them solve problems creatively.

  • Anonymous

    I LOVE the nuts-and-bolts necklace.  I would wear that (see, I’m pretending to be a guest judge.)!

    David’s belt buckle is pretty cool.  I still have to watch the ep…gotta see what personalities are behind these pieces!

  • Anonymous

    Most of it looks like random junk.

  • Anonymous

    I love Chris’ juxtaposition of crystals and rope.  I’m probably out of touch but I’ve never seen it before.  Shea’s pieces are awesome as well and easily wearable but David and Rich failed to inspire me.     

  • Anonymous

    HATED Kelly’s belt.  It looked like her stomach was wearing a tie.

  • Anonymous

    I just watched it tonight (no power for the past 3 days) What was with the way Kelly’s model walked down the runway? Is it just the belt or does she dislocate her hips for the sport of it?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lucía-Gavello/1253586868 Lucía Gavello

    I must say, I am loving Laura’s DIY blog! Great idea. Shea’s necklace looks utterly modern and original, I might turn that into my own DIY project too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/robin.layton Robin D. Layton

    I’m a crafty sort so I thought this show would be right up my alley.  I’m disappointed that they show the pieces so briefly and all at once so that you really don’t get to absorb.  Thanks for showing more in-depth stuff TLo.  Shea’s pieces look more like jewelry to me. 

  • Anonymous

    glad I am avoiding the show – looks like drunk crafting to me.

  • Now I am The Bee

    Some interesting stuff here–and I really like watching the process (as I used to love on PR…ok–I’m over it.)  I hope we continue to see more of the workroom over the course of the season.

  • Anonymous

    I’m still happy with Adrian, since he’s a hat dude and the black cocktail dress (very nice and likely continually-true observation T&L) with the bad proportions is still okay, especially if not together.  I can make a better necklace, but I can’t make a hat as nice as that set he did. I want to see what else he can do.

  • Anonymous

    Ugh. Rich’s thing looks like a steampunk chastity belt.