Darlings, we haven’t forgotten our favorite fashion show. It’s just that with two different All-Stars favorites debuting last week, we got a little behind on our reality TV coverage. Now, with the season finale AND Hurricane Sandy bearing down on us tonight, we’re feeling the need to wrap this sucker up, pronto. Let’s hope we manage to get to the end before the power cuts ou–
Meet Ina Soltani. At first we thought she was going to be a raging bitch, but at worst, she was mildly difficult. She turned out to be one of Joe’s better projects this season.
Ina designs rather stuffy-looking evening wear, for the most part. She’s gotten some celebrity coverage of her work, but she hasn’t been able to translate that into actual money.
Doctor Joe swings into the scene and immediately informs her that she needs to forget about gowns and concentrate on separates.
He bases this assessment on this look, which is a pretty sharp one, we have to admit.
Joe does the usual sit-down with the designers team and they all seem to not know each other very well.
But the gist of the conversation is what it always is with these designers: they need to focus, and they need to listen to their team more. Ina has problems on both fronts.
Later, Joe takes her to a tourist trap in order to sell his point about modern, chic separates and to inform her that he’ll be making a dress for Ashley Madekwe to wear on Revenge, in character as Ashley Davenport.
Ashley Davenport is such a deliciously perfect soap opera name, isn’t it?
Anyway, Ashley, who later that night told us on twitter that she loves us, sending us into embarrassing gigglefits, turned out to be quite aggressive in her critiques; more so than the usual starlet who tend to weakly offer up vague criticisms. No, Miss Ashley knew exactly what she wanted.
Fortunately for Ina, Ashley wanted this look, with only slight changes made. It really does look like an Ashley Davenport outfit, doesn’t it?
Joe tells her that he set up a buyer’s appointment for Shop Bop, which seems like a good fit for her.
Later, he brings T Lo fave Merle Ginsberg of the Hollywood Reporter in to assess her work. Merle, like Ashley, proved to be more aggressive in her critiques than a lot of her colleagues were; more on point and precise.
Merle likes quite a few of the pieces and agrees to write a piece on Ina. That’s a first for the season, right?
Anyway, yaddayaddayadda, there was some minor drama in there about her not following Joe’s advice and not listening to her team, but it all seemed to resolve itself (or at least blow over) by the time presentation day rolled around.
That jacket is killer. We like the maxi-dress, but we don’t love it paired with the jacket. We think that, aside from editing the work, the biggest problem Ina has a designer is a less-than-impressive skill at styling looks.
This is what we mean by styling. We’re pretty sure a couple Shop Bop buyers could be convinced on a pair of pink, pleated pants if they were styled right, but this whole look is problematic. Nothing really goes with anything else. Having said that, we liked the jacket.
This is just okay. We were more interested in what was under the vest.
This is different and unexpected, but it looks a little Star-Trek-y to us. Too costumey. We don’t love the pea-green-and-brown combo and we really don’t like the brass closures.
She lost us on this one.
We’re back to killer. It’s a bit overdesigned, but that’s an enviable trench coat and any buyer would be crazy not to consider it.
Which they did, of course.
Darlings, don’t forget to catch the season finale tonight on the Sundance Channel with Nicole Ritchie. You might even see us for a little bit. We hope our power holds out long enough to watch our pretty faces on TV again.