It’s Time Again for the PONO Holiday Sample Sale!!


Black Friday, Schmlack Friday! Here in NYC it is all about the Sample Sale. And Fashion Nexus is more than thrilled to provide the sample sale details for a fave jewelry brand of mine — PONO by Joan Goodman. All of the major details are right on the flyer above —

  • Location: 347 W 36th St., Room 405
  • Dates: Dec. 3 – 12
  • Times: Weekdays ONLY, 9 am – 6 pm


With this Sample Sale you can save 50-80% off bangles, cuffs, necklaces & more! You can collect stunning accessories like the Italian resin jewel-toned Ski Jump bangles at $20 a piece, originally $50. The sensational Sea Rope link necklace is on sale for $60, original price of $265. Or there is the new retro 70s style color-blocked Catamaran necklace, originally $200, now set at $50. A vast array of elegant, yet eclectic bangles are priced at $40, original price of $250. Designer Joan Goodman will be present. And I can attest that she is such a kind and creative spirit. You do not want to miss out on the chance to meet such a talent!


PONO offers so many options, lots of colors, varied styles, and there is so much you can do with these pieces to compliment your day to day outfits, or looks of a more special occasion. The pieces are truly statement-making, very eye-catching. You will not go unnoticed, whether at the office or for a night out on the town! Personally, I have had tons of fun styling my own looks for various occasions.




Attend this Sample Sale, find some just as amazing pieces, and trust me, no doubt you will find some jewelry you instantly fall in love with and will be so ready to incorporate into your own looks!


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And hey, it’s not just me! PONO is even seen on hit shows like The Good Wife. So getting a really phenomenal deal on top of now being able to accessorize in true style, this is the precise definition of a win-win!



PONO is a true friend of Fashion Nexus, a supporter since I launched my fashion blog. Check out my many other features on this dynamic brand — introducing PONO, 10th Year Anniversary, PONO at Accessorie Circuit, 4th of July feature, & collaboration with fashionable sports apparel brand Slater Zorn — just to name a few! There is plenty of time to hit the PONO Sample Sale, and if you are like me, hitting a sample sale twice is quite alright too!


Happy Thanksgiving from Fashion Nexus!


The best way I can think of, to truly say HAPPY THANKSGIVING, is by compiling a fun list of what I consider to be Thanksgiving-inspired attire. And by that, no I do not mean apparel that has turkeys or falling leaves on them. When I think of proper Thanksgiving attire, I go more to colors or prints. And the hues that I think best say THANKSGIVING are varied shades of brown, taupe, muted gold, burnt orange, crisp burgundy, olive green, and perhaps even mustard yellow, if it’s the right shade!


So here is my list to help get you thinking about what to wear for Thanksgiving! You might not have time to shop, but perhaps this list will serve as inspiration or a starting point. I have it all, looks to wear to fancy affairs or down home gatherings. Looks from go-to shops to more high fashion brands. I have separates, formal/informal dresses and the like. So enjoy! Get inspired! And most importantly, get ready to be thankful, eat, and enjoy time with friends & family!



Jun & Ivy Metallic Dress

Romita Sweater Dress


Elsie Floral Dress




Copper Degrade Dress


Sights to Season Dress


Collar it a Day Dress



Pine all Mine Dress

Feathers Too Much Fun Dress




Printed Flared Skirt & Knit Cowl-Neck Sweater



Short-sleeved Jumpsuit





Indication by ECI Chevron Shift Dress

IZ Byer California Lattice Back Top



Beaded Dress





Flight Feather Blouse


Desigual Sacha Skirt



Desigual Berta Blouse



Inverted Pleat Skirt


Washable Herringbone Pullover




Textured Scuba Knit Skater Dress


Slub Knit Tunic Sweater



Cowl Neck Sweater Dress




Contrast Piping Portofino Shirt

Best Dressed at the 2014 AMAs

And it’s safe to say with my list, entirely black ensembles ruled with more than half of my Best Dressed contenders in all black get-ups. But nonetheless, this Best Dressed list was still top-notch, with a great deal of shining stars, dynamic duos, and looks brimming immaculate details. Check it out & ENJOY!!



In my eyes, it seems Kate can do no wrong. She always looks phenomenal. And this white plunging V-neck Kaufmanfranco ensemble is no exception. It’s sexy, chic, and fitted to perfection. Kate is for sure rockin’ this look! Coordinating perfectly with her outfit is her silver Lee Savage clutch and diamond serpentine Bulgari necklace.



Julianne has had me questioning some of her more recent red carpet looks, but with this bright tangerine Zuhair Murad gown, there is no doubt this look is an A+! I love the details, the flowing train, the thigh-high slit, and the intricately detailed triangular cut sheer bodice. She completed her look with a gold Lee Savage clutch and gold Tamara Mellon sandal heels.

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Actually, one other stunning detail for Julianne’s bright get-up was her edgy gold Jacquie Aiche jewels! Her entire styling team deserves some major props for this job well done — hair stylist Riawna Capri with Nine Zero One Salon, Spencer Barnes for Make-up, Anita Patrickson for styling, and Kristy Sowin for running the show!

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I am still head over heels with how gorgeous Danica looks in this emerald lacy gown by Mac Duggal. She looks breathtaking & I’m in love with this look!

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Fergie made a major comeback with a new single at the AMAs, but with the red carpet, it’s a double comeback! She knocked it out of the park with this sexy thigh-high slit number from Halston Heritage complete with gold detailing at the waist and neckline. She kept up the overall sexy vibe with some fierce accessories, including black Versus Versace ankle-strap heels & Loree Rodkin jewels, namely a killer serpentine ring.



As I said, entirely black looks ruled my list, and Selena’s demure open back Armani Prive gown is at the top of that list. She looks so classy and sophisticated, yet this number still has a hint of sexiness to it.


Clearly I think it looks great from every angle!


And to give the all black look just a little bit of color, the necessary amount of sparkle, are some exquisite pieces of jewelry, such as these burnt red & gold Neil Lane danglers.


I’m not sure of the designer for Selena’s performance look, but she also looks just as stunning here, a very soft number to go with her heartfelt performance.


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Every red carpet attendee doesn’t need a full on gown to still look amazing and Megan proved that point very well. She looks super elegant in this black Ted Baker London cocktail dress. The lacier top portion provided just the right amount of red carpet appeal to land her as Best Dressed! I’m also head over heels for her sparkly red lips clutch, if only I knew where it was from!



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Bailee could have worked a more younger piece, but I still think she looks so prim, proper, & perfect in this eye-catching Walter Collection by Walter Mendez frock. I just had to include her on my list! She looks happy & if she wants to go the ladylike route, fine by me since she looks as great as she does here.



Even outside of the country music awards scene, almost any best dressed list of mine would not be complete if I don’t include Luke Bryan and Caroline Boyer. As long as these two are at the show, they never cease to amaze me. They are a dynamic fashion red carpet duo for sure. I’m never quite sure who Caroline is wearing, but she still deserves Best Dressed recognition, especially in this beautiful strapless red gown with a black lacy belt at the waist.



I am so sad that I couldn’t see a red carpet look from Ariana! I guess I will have to settle for this gorgeous black lacy number she wore while performing. I mean come on, she looks stunningly beautiful right! I just wish we could have seen her on the red carpet, let her rack up those best dressed red carpet numbers because I think she could have had an overall best dressed night had we seen her on the red carpet. But I do love this black gown!

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Another black gown, another knockout! Carly looks divine here. This sparkling lacy gown is perfectly fitted for her and perfectly fitting for the night!



With so many black looks on my list, you would think I would tire of them or be bored. But I can’t be when they all look so different, so great, and bring something new to the table. Charli XCX blew me away with out elegant and sophisticated she looked in her head to toe Vivienne Westwood ensemble. So yes, Vivienne Westwood black draped gown and gold Vivienne Westwood jewelry pieces.

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I must include on my Best Dressed list a few short, sexier numbers. Becky G’s white sheer long-sleeved mini is the perfect example and the perfect addition to my list. I love how hot she looks, but still somewhat understated and not over-the-top.

And what about that gorgeous makeup, the poppin’ pink lip and smoky eye, all courtesy of CoverGirl, NEW Colorlicious lipstick and Bloom mascara!



Another sexier, short number, but I literally couldn’t take my eyes off of Morgan’s nude long-sleeved mini. The dress had so many eye-catching details, it was definitely more than basic!



One Direction has a whole always looks handsome and dapper. Loving their mix of looks from eclectic hipster to refined gentlemen!

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At first glance you might think Jenny is donning a plain black dress. But take a gander at it from the back, an open back trimmed with pearls, I’m adoring this lovely detail! This is just a gorgeous dress from Cushnie et Ochs, no doubt. She gave her look a little extra sparkle & bling with adorable Kotur clutch.


In addition, for even more special touches to Jenny’s gorgeous look, there is a statement making beaded necklace by Erickson Beamon and Graziela Gems earrings. Her overall look is just spectacular, including her luscious waves courtesy of Justin Presnell of the Rossano Ferretti Salon in Beverly Hills.




And finally, one last great looking pair with Kandi & Todd. Todd looks laidback and relaxed, but still very handsome and well put together. It’s a modern spin on a suit, leather pants as a substitute, sans tie. And then Kandi looks smokin’ in her fitted white bodycon dress!

PRAS Designers Get Personal this Week


That’s right! The designers got very personal this week, wearing their hearts on their sleeves. Everyone was off to the Hearst Building, home of PRAS partner Marie Claire, to receive the challenge details. To provide these details, Alyssa was joined by creative director of Marie Claire Nina Garcia and Zales VP of Marketing Scott Davies.


Davies introduced Zales’ past, present, and future jewelry collection. In fact, the winner of the challenge would win a $10,000 Zales gift card and a diamond pendant from this collection, worth $15,000. The “past, present, future” element carried over into this week’s challenge. The designers had to create a colorful party dress inspired by their personal relationships, their own journey with love. Each look needed to incorporate an element representing the designers’ past, present, and future with regard to love and relationships.


You would think with such a pricey prize package at stake PRAS could have afforded a little more than a mere $100 Mood budget. With that in mind and only a 1-day challenge at hand, I was very impressed by what the designers created. At Mood, we quickly knew we would be in store for lots of red looks! And of course with the challenge being so personal in nature, we would hear many designer tales about their love lives. There were stories of happiness, such as with Kate’s marriage to a life-long friend and companion. But there were also some quite sad memories being brought back up, such as with Helen’s on & off again boyfriend struggles, or Gunnar trying to work thru a recent split.


It was then time for Zanna-time. She reminded the designers to add surprising elements into their looks, there needed to be a Wow-factor! We got to see how creative Justin was being with his hand-prints painted treatment. I was impressed, just as Zanna was. As Zanna was departing she let the designers know she still felt as if their looks could be a little more representative of their personal journeys; there needed to be more vulnerability.


Generally it’s after Zanna-time that a designer might be prompted to change up their look. But for Kate, this happened after her model fitting. She wanted to create a more sexier outfit so she began making changes. But with the morning of the runway, Kate was not the only one still scrambling away with last minute changes and work.


The judging panel this week consisted of Nina Garcia, filling in for Georgina Chapman who was missing again. But we also had 2 guest judges, fashion blogger Danielle Bernstein of WeWoreWhat, and last season’s PRAS winner Seth Aaron Henderson.


The designers put on a fairly impressive runway and Zales took note of that as well. In addition to an already amazing prize for the winner of the challenge, each designer would receive a $1000 gift card — SUPER NICE & KIND OF ZALES! While the runway put a smile on my face, the judges baffled me somewhat this week, so let’s just get right to it, looking at the top 3 and winner for the week.


Helen being in the top this week was confusing for me. I wouldn’t have put her in the bottom or have sent her home, but this dress seemed kind of boring to me, so for me, a safe look should be just that, Safe! But the judges flipped over Helen’s red dress and not only was she in the top 3, but she also won. Hearing the judges and Helen talk about the elements of her dress and how it reflected the “past, present, future” part of the challenge sort of began making sense. I found her dress to be a little more interesting. But I still don’t think this look was enough of a wow-factor to make it a winning number.

Chi Hair Care shout-out — this is such an exquisite and gorgeous up-do!


I was even further baffled that there was so much debate between Isaac and Nina over who should win this week. I guess I just didn’t get it with Helen’s look. But I will give a shout-out for the Mary Kay beauty look, love this bold, deep red lip!


Once again, the judges were in a heated debate over who should win between Helen and Sonjia. And with that, I would have picked Sonjia. I’m not sure that right when I saw this look that I was totally head over heels for it, but the way the burgundy lace worked with the cobalt blue under-garment, there was something very eye-catching about it. Zanna gave Sonjia some great advice about making sure her look wasn’t too matronly. I think she turned it around very well, but I still felt as if there was a slight matronly vibe in play. The judges flipped over the back of the look, but I’m not sure why.

Chi hair care shout-out for another stunning up-do!


Sonjia created a very intriguing look this week. She was very smart, picking such an interesting lace fabric with eye-catching details, and then taking that eye-catching appeal even further by pairing the burgundy lace with the cobalt blue. QVC shout-out for these perfectly coordinating cobalt blue heels. Also, Mary Kay makeup shout-out for another gorgeous bold burgundy lip.


But once again, all in all, Dmitry would have been my winner this week, just as I pegged him as my winner last week. Come on judges, two times now, let’s show Dmitry some love! But thankfully, he’s at least still making top 3 so that is good! When Dmitry first said he was working with vinyl, and that it was his first time ever doing so, I was a little scared. But his work with it was freakin’ awesome. The incorporation of vinyl panels made his dress stand-out; I was intrigued. This look had such an impeccable fit. It was sexy, but still tasteful.


The debate between Nina & Isaac over the flounce, I’m not sure what side I land on. Is it my favorite aspect of this dress? No. But I think if it were to not be there, the dress might have been more hoochie, or like another bodycon dress you could find at Bebe. Chi hair care shout-out, love this side-swept braided look, gorgeous!


So for the most part, the top 3 made sense, exception being the winner. I will also say the bottom 3 made sense, with the exception of Benjamin being a part of it. I loved his flowy gold dress. First off, in a sea of red, pink, and purple, it was commendable he went with gold. I also thought his work was very much the epitome of a party dress. This should not have been in the bottom 3, especially over some other questionable looks that came down the runway.


We have to also do a minute love-fest on this back detailing. I mean come on, this is stunningly gorgeous! I got what Isaac was saying about not wearing chains then, but those can easily come off.


Thankfully though, Benjamin was not in the bottom 2 so the judges at least got something right after wrongfully placing him in the bottom to begin with. He was thinking outside of the box by not going with red like so many others did. I love this dress so I say to Benjamin, Great job!


I’m going to move onto the designer who went home, Kate. Because as much as I disagreed with Benjamin being in the bottom, I too fully disagree with Kate being sent home. I knew Kate was going to be in trouble this week. She changed up her design last minute. And then there were some obvious execution issues since she was running low on time. The judges also didn’t love her use of a neutral color.

Chi hair care shout-out, lovely up-do.


The bottom was messy, but the top beading work was beautiful. I think this should have been enough to save her this week. Gunnar was the other bottom 2 look this week and I just didn’t see a saving grace with his look. I also think his execution issues by far surpassed that of Kate’s issues. QVC shout-out, killer gold sandal heels.


I do love Gunnar, just not this dress. He spent so much time on these details of his dress, the flaps, but it all just came across as messy. The backside was even worse than the front, just so sloppy looking. Gunnar was trying to convey chaos and this look was chaotic, just not in a good way.


I think the slight popping out of the printed fabric he chose was a commendable element, but I was disappointed this dress just had so much wrong going on. And again, I love Gunnar and didn’t want him to go. But over Kate, he should have been out.








Kenley Collins — This Thriving Designer Marches On!



The lovely Kenley Collins is a long-time friend of Fashion Nexus so I’m very pleased to continue to show my support of her outstanding work! So here I am now to feature her latest collection launch, “American Geisha.”


Fans a Blossom crop top & skirt, and Geisha Garden Party dress

First though, just as a quick recap, here is a brief bio on the insanely talented Kenley. She made a huge name for herself by appearing in 2008 on the hit competitive realty TV show, Project Runway, season 5. A few years later she made a stint on the 1st season of Project Runway All-Stars. Since then, she has been working diligently as a fashion designer, creating collections that not only I love, but that truly speak to the heart of any burgeoning fashionista. Her collections make me smile, touch my heart, and make me feel so nostalgic. She takes an inspiration and really makes it come to life. She’s gone “As if” with Clueless


said it’s Grease lightning with her Pink Ladies line


taken us back in true fashionable style with her Marilyn Monroe inspired collection


and gave us her take on PopArt!


Her current holiday collection is once again entitled “American Geisha.” This line has all the Kenley touches that I have come to know & love! As always, I can see Kenley’s unique designer POV & hand in each piece. Her amazing work is ever-present and more captivating than ever. Her work is vintage, an era of long ago, but as with any Kenley piece, there is still a modern vibe.


Hummingbird party dress & Cherry Blossom Fan Wiggle dress

Her looks are always playful and full of character, demonstrating a genuine spirit for whatever underlying inspiration she is creating from in her mind. She is doing again with these American Geisha pieces what she does so well — fully embodying a given concept and making it come to life in true Kenley form & fashion. She designs for the masses and it’s so hard to not instantly fall in love with every print, style, silhouette, and piece.


Land of the Rising Sun dress

As always, you can make this collection work for you in a dress or separates piece. Here are some more amazing pieces from the American Geisha line!!!


Birds a Humming crop top & pencil skirt, and Land a Rising crop top & pencil skirt


Geisha Garden Swing dress


Cherry Fan Mandarin dress


Hummingbird Mandarin dress on left


You can now shop online for these amazing pieces! And yes, there are still some fun menswear and accessories pieces to peruse as well!





You can also shop for Kenley at Slapback in Brooklyn. And check out Slapback’s owner having a great time in Collins’ American Geisha pieces!




Besides designing imaginative and stunning collections, Kenley has achieved other great feats as well. A huge success for Kenley is her custom design work for major pop star Ariana Grande. Since I’m obsessed with both Kenley & Ariana I have to share Kenley’s crazy cool pieces for Ari!

















Most designers are generally pleased if a major celeb dons one or two of their pieces, but clearly Ariana loves her some Kenley originals just as Fashion Nexus loves to feature them! Until the next collection launch……eagerly awaiting…….can’t wait!

PRAS Designers’ Showdowns — Good v Wicked

Well the set-up was all there. The challenge was couture inspired fashion. The underlying inspiration was the Broadway hit musical Wicked. We had the drama, huge showdowns between equally talented designers with “Good v Wicked”. But all in all, I was somewhat underwhelmed this week. I wasn’t WOWED by many of the looks. I was expecting some touch choices to be made between pairings on who had the best design. Instead I witnessed a battle of who had the worst look. The episode wasn’t all terrible, so first let’s backtrack a bit and get all the details on this week’s challenge.


Alyssa descended upon the Wicked stage to greet the designers and provide the challenge details. Joining her were Wicked’s stars, Christine Dwyer (Elphie The Wicked Witch) and Jenni Barbour (Glinda the Good Witch). A major theme for Wicked is that every story has 2 sides. So as a tribute to the musical and the witches’ rivalry, this week, the designers would too rival one another by facing off and presenting a couture look representing the concept of “good” or that of “wicked.”


The pairings were set —

  • Justin (wicked) v Fabio (good)
  • Kate (wicked) v Sonjia (good)
  • Ben (wicked) v Helen (good)
  • Chris (wicked) v Michelle (good)
  • Samantha (wicked) v Jay (good)
  • Dmitry (wicked) v Gunnar (good)


Part of the issue with the designers’ work this week I think could partly be blamed on the challenge details & parameters. Couture work means so much more work than a mere 2-day challenge. That is PR though and even in short time frames we’ve seen some stunning work come down the runway in the past. I did feel as if a $250 budget for Mood seemed a bit low for such a high stakes challenge. I’m looking for a bit of blame though because I still feel as if something was off with the work this week. I felt with many of the designers I didn’t dislike their entire look. There were aspects I very much enjoyed and was impressed by. Some had a decent start and I’m not sure whether it was a lack of time, a bit of nerves, or maybe not enough of a budget, but somewhere, somehow, things went off course a bit.


As the designers headed back to the workroom for their 1st day of work many recognized some stiff competition for themselves with who they were paired against. I think head games might have been a factor with lackluster looks. Gunnar seemed to be the only one with a diehard spirit on wanting to truly beat out his competition — Dmitry. The 2nd day of work brought us Zanna-time and model fittings.


Zanna announced a prize for winning the challenge. The winning look would be on display for all to see at the home of Wicked, the Gershwin Theatre. Sadly though, this incentive nor were Zanna’s encouraging words enough to boost many of the designers’ looks. Zanna encouraged the designers to think couture, replace crafty with exquisite details. Samantha & Fabio were likely given the harshest critiques. Samantha was told her original look was a snooze-fest so she started over. Fabio’s dress/pant combo had Zanna worried so he hesitated on moving forward. But ultimately he stuck with his gut and his original look that he loved.


The morning of the runway saw a few designers working away, lots still to do. But for others, there was confidence and a ready-to-go spirit, such as with Chris, Dmitry, and Jay. Of course, not all of these designers had true reason to be so confident! The judging panel was sans Georgina this week, but there were 2 guest judges — eclectic designer Betsey Johnson and star of ABC’s hit comedy Modern Family Ariel Winter. Betsey was a little on the nicer side, but Ariel, to be so young, I was very impressed by a lot of what she had to say. She knew what she was talking about and what she liked. Not sure why Georgina was out, but it was probably best because we didn’t need 5 judges, let’s keep it at 4 every week!


The only designer I want to give a side shout-out to is Kate. I think the Kate/Sonjia pairing was the only one where both designers went all out. For every other pairing I was able to pick the high score, except this one. This was certainly no white dress or bridal type look this week. I love this skirt, the vine detailing and the tons of tulle covering up the skirt. Also, Mary Kay shout-out, great call being dramatic with the make-up. A lot of the designers for “Wicked” went with a bold, dark lip and a dark, smoky eye. But Kate mixed it up and was wise to try out this “white-out” eye. Gorgeous!


From here, we can easily transition to discussing Kate’s face-off partner, Sonjia, who was also this week’s winner. Sonjia wasn’t my pick for the winning look, but she definitely did a good job.


The judges loved this cover-up skirt over a shorter fitted dress. I was not a fan of this aspect. It took the luxe, couture factor down a notch for me. The reason I think I disliked it was actually because of how much I loved what Sonjia was doing with the under-dress, the lacier portion.


The neckline, the sleeve detailing were all just insanely gorgeous. I think a dress going more in this direction, all of this type of work, would have been a total knockout and a winner for the night in my book.

Shout-outs for QVC, love the metallic gold sandal heels, & Mary Kay beauty look, subtle smoky eye & semi-dark lip combo worked beautifully together and with this look!


You can see above Sonjia’s winning look on display, but my winning look for the week and more fitting for a Wicked display was Dmitry! This dress was full on wicked and it was stunningly eye-catching. The feather detailed work, the cut-outs at the waist, sheer tulle overlay, the stunning back, I mean WOW! I can’t believe Dmitry wasn’t even in the running for the win, so yes top 3, but to then not be top 2, really?!?


Michelle said you could see the model’s cooter in this dress, yet then we saw Isaac & Betsey wanting more skin. Not sure about more skin here, I think we can see enough! I’m not sure I could rock such a high slit, but it’s definitely a red carpet trend right now and Dmitry was smart in knowing many celebs and starlets would love this aspect.


The back and the neckline did it for me with Dmitry’s very wicked-esqe dress. So sad it was not the winner, but had it not been in the top 3, that would have been a true travesty!


No disrespect to Samantha this week, but I in no way believe she even thought she would be in the top 3. Actually she was in the top 2, very near winning this week, which is still a bit mind-boggling to me. We as viewers got see her many troubles over the 2 days in creating this look. But even had that not happened I still wouldn’t have pegged this look as a near win. The entire back side is very disappointing, poor execution, nothing special going on.


Chi hair shout-out for this gorgeous fishtail braid though! I’m just not sure how the judges overlooked the entire back side of this dress. I will say her showdown pairing with Jay wasn’t as much of a slam-dunk as Jay thought it would be. Jay’s dress was not amazing at all so Samantha being the higher score made sense. But top 2, still scratching my head on that one.


Even the front had execution issues to me, but I think the judges called this “raw” or “organic.” The sequins are gorgeous, but really are Samantha’s saving grace this week. They did all of the work to make this dress sparkle the little bit that it did. The dress had potential so Samantha going this direction made sense. And I’m sure with more time it could have been so much better. But maybe since so many dresses this week were safe or lackluster, the judges decided to grade on a “Potentials” curve.  Mary Kay beauty shout-out, beautiful cat eye and deeply bold wicked lip color!


Fabio was the first of the bottom 3, being saved from near elimination. The judges said this dress/pant combo was not couture and I agree. He clearly has an aesthetic, but his style has a way to transition into a couture look and this was not it. If the printed pants weren’t enough to catapult this look into a non-couture zone, the harnessed back certainly did the piece no favors.


Fabio already won a challenge and I think the judges took that as well as couture work not being in his wheelhouse into consideration. But he can’t let his work be so confined into one box or one type of design work. He needs to be able to show growth and development.


Mary Kay shout-out for this sweet & delicate beauty look and QVC shout-out for these cute black sandal heels. Great choices to help in some way for this look!


During this episode we saw Helen working tirelessly away on ruffle details. I was super-excited to see where she was going, but this end result was not great. I knew she would be in for some trouble. The ruffles didn’t marry well with this embroidered fabric. Also, the ruffle placement was too much for the look. It made the garment really heavy feeling. The judges were spot on in saying just because something takes you so long to do, it doesn’t mean it will be the best part of an ensemble.


Helen works with eveningwear so this letdown was a bit of a surprise. I’m not sure what she was thinking here. It’s clear she really wanted to do these ruffles so the only way I think she could have made it work was maybe to make use of them at the bottom of the dress? And then even as gorgeous as the vines on the shoulder were, I’m just not sure how all of these elements were supposed to combine and work together harmoniously.


Love these QVC ivory sandal heels though, so QVC accessories shout-out!


So with Chris rounding out the bottom 3, sadly this meant it was goodbye Chris. I know Chris has talent, but something did veer off course here. It was not his best work. The judges expected more from Chris on this challenge, and coupled with his bottom appearance last week, were reasons leading to his ouster this week.


It was no surprise Betsey loved his dress. In fact, the bottom portion looked very Betsey Johnson-esque. But to me, it kind of felt costume-y. Chris didn’t want his “Wicked” look to be black, guessing like a few others. But there are tons of colors you can go wicked with, really anything dark, browns, blues, purples, reds, etc. Being wicked is not all about color! Color aside, this shredded detailing didn’t help either.


The fabric, the shredded detailing, it just didn’t feel couture or high red carpet quality. Sad to see Chris go so soon, but I’m sure that will be a constant sentiment for many designers on this season of PRAS. Another QVC shout-out though over another pair of heels, dying over these silver sandal heels!


Best Dressed Round-Up!

Red carpets are always ongoing. Here is a list I put together of some best dressed looks that caught my eye over the past week or so! ENJOY!!

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Jessica looks like a princess in this Andrew Gn ballgown while attending the Baby2Baby event. The gold leaf printed bodice is quite captivating. And adding some more perfect gold speckles of color are her Brian Atwood clutch and Tiffany & Co. jewelry.

Elizabeth Banks


It’s as if Elizabeth is wearing a work of art in this exquisite Elie Saab plunging V-neck gown. She was attending the London premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. 


Her gorgeous dress had flickers of sparkle all over, but were not the only bits of shimmer for her look. Diamond Suzanne Kalan earrings and Casa Reale rings certainly added the right amount of additional sparkle to top of Banks’ look!


Needless to say, this ensemble is a stunner from all angles!

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Can you say Gucci from head to toe!?! Well that is exactly what Kate is rockin’ with this breathtaking look for the 2014 LACMA Art + Film Gala, which was honoring Barbara Kruger & Quentin Tarantino. She is glowing in a fitted blush pink Gucci gown. She paired perfectly with her outfit a sparkling silver Gucci clutch, as well as Gucci heels, which you really can’t see, but they are there! While not Gucci, her Chrome Hearts jewelry pieces were great touches to pair with her overall look.


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Simplistically minimal looks can still be spot on & great red carpet looks. Take for example this chic, fitted black Michael Kors dress, complete with sparkling embellishments and a sexy side cut-out. She sure made for some hot arm candy to support her husband Jason Sudeikis while attending the UK premiere of Horrible Bosses 2 in London.


Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer makes for another great looking attendee on the red carpet for the London premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. This floral embroidered Dior high-low dress was a good choice for her, elegant, sweet, and flirty! Perfectly coordinating with her look were Norman Silverman Diamonds earrings.



Jennifer Aniston

I’m all about some lace and I love this sexy lacy, floral-embroidered Zuhair Murad dress Jen is rockin’ while she was attending The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards. She went subtle with her jewelry choices wearing a lovely gold Melissa Kaye bracelet.

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Back to back stunning red carpet looks for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards. Jessica looked divine in this ivory Nina Ricci dress. The look is understated, but I still love the details, such as the lace on the plunging neckline. She made use of some great accessories to complete her look — silver Nicholas Kirkwood shoes, silver Ivy ring, and diamond Le Vian earrings.


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Uma is sportin’ a great black dress at The Bambi Awards, always a staple on almost any red carpet. Her fitted strapless number is Atelier Versace. She had just the right accessories — black Jimmy Choo sandal heels and lots of exquisite diamond Chopard jewelry.

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Lookin’ chic & fashionista-esque while attending a screening of Miss Meadows in N.Y.C. This is a more laid back event look, but it’s perfection to me. I love this LWD, coordinating well with this black leather moto jacket.

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Keri is pulling off another more laid back red carpet look, but she nonetheless looks smokin’! While attending the Glamour’s Women of the Year Awards she rocked a mainly black leather J. Mendel jumpsuit, paired perfectly with black Gianvito Rossi heels and Jacob & Co. jewelry.



Reese Witherspoon

Reese went with a great pop of bold color at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards. Her bright pink Ralph Lauren collection dress was gorgeous. And I love the sheer textured neckline. The nude sandal Manolo Blahnik heels were a great finishing touch, as were her diamond Harry Winston jewelry pieces.

Every detail of a best dressed look deserves recognition, the make-up to the hair to the overall styling! Lauren Andersen truly complimented Reese’s overall look here, especially with a spot-on perfectly pink lip! Her locks were severely straight & amazingly styled that way by Adir Abergel. And of course I can’t leave off the list Reese’s talented stylist, who put this whole look together, Leslie Fremar.


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And finally, take a look at another excellent looking attendee for the London premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. Julianne looked awesome in her fitted black Balenciaga dress and black Balenciaga sandal heels. This dress has so many eye-catching details, sheer side ruching and a textured caged neckline. And to top off her sophisticated and polished look were some diamond and silver Jessica McCormack jewelry pieces.








More on Pop-up Shop Creeds Collective — A Fashionably Good Cause & Events Galore!


So last week I introduced a brand new NYC pop-up to my readers, Creeds Collective. They opened Nov. 1 and will be open until Dec. 28 — so just a short 2 months! I urge everyone to get there quick and often! But even with such a short time frame, the pop-up still had so much more to discuss so I thought it best to do a follow-up post. There are just so many details to go over — more brands, a charitable partnership with Global Citizen, and in-store activations and events! But first, once again, here are the shop basics —

  • The location, 54 Crosby St., between Broome & Spring Streets
  • Hours of operation, 7 days a week, 11 am – 7 pm


Moving on, I want to elaborate more on the pop-up’s work and involvement with Global Citizen, being that it’s such an admirable cause. Creeds Collective and the brands carried are of course all about top-notch, high quality fashion. But they too have a more mutual cause, giving back! Creeds Collective brands are selected not only for their superior talent,” explains co-founder and Conscious Consumerism expert, Phillips, “but for their social impact and motivation to shift the industry paradigm” she explains. Moreover, 10% of all net sales made over the entirety of the boutique’s presence will be donated to a specific charity working with the pop-up, once again, Global Citizen.


Global Citizen is a nonprofit organization that is building the movement to end extreme poverty by 2030. As Global Citizens, we stand against the greatest injustice of our time: extreme poverty. Global Citizen is a tool to amplify and unite a generation’s call for justice. It’s a place for you to learn and act, to bring an end to extreme poverty. We celebrate the efforts made to cut extreme poverty by half, but recognize more still needs to be done. We use Global Citizen to learn more about issues, so we can take effective action for change and find opportunities to support campaigns and organizations creating sustainable change. Global Citizen features new issues, with the latest information and action opportunities, so you can take effective action for change. Learn more about Global Citizen here.
Creeds Collective has a number of in-store events and activations going on throughout its 2-month time frame. Events that are open to the public are their “Sip & Shop” Trunk Shows, which are every Saturday & Sunday from 4-6 pm. Another fun event you might want to check out, “Pop Up Visionaries — The New Retail”, which will be on Dec. 8th from 7-9 pm.
Beyond clothing, accessories and beauty baubles, the seasonal retailer will further house a THANN Natural Hair & Skincare lounge, a Primp and Polish nail art bar, #hashtag photobooth, “new-tech” station, art exhibitions, and a speak easy menswear lounge entitled “Grotto de Homme.”
My intro post detailed only half of the brands Creeds Collective will be carrying. Here are the rest!
Angela&Roi meticulously designs minimalist handbags in a variety of silhouettes and colors. With a classic aesthetic and touch of modern every bag is then made with vegan leather and durable fabric.
Roman born designer Claudia Desideri’s background is Art and Drama. Her love of architecture and nature inspire her to create unique pieces that combine both “hard” and “soft” elements. Collections of rings, necklaces and earrings are made using Swarovski crystals, natural stones and fresh water pearls. These one of a kind pieces are a perfect combination of organic and futuristic materials.
Parme Marin necklaces arouse curiosity and each unique piece is made by hand. The designs are inspired by tribal art, African textile design, the architecture of the 1930’s and vintage fashion.

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Lauren Cecchi New York is a luxury leather handbag line that strives to inspire women to make the most of every day. Made from the finest Argentinean leather and crafted in New York City’s Garment District, Lauren Cecchi New York handbags are inherently elegant.


Lionette NY by Noa Sade

Lionette was born with the vision of creating a brand and a collection that was both glamorous and unique, that would stand out in the industry and be the perfect accessory for any occasion, day or night. Over the last 4 years, the brand has evolved organically and the designs have proven to be distinctive from the rest, leaving an indelible mark on the jewelry jungle. Every piece is handmade in NYC with a lifetime guarantee policy.

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Jess Rizzuti’s innate creativity and extraordinary artistic abilities allowed her to indulge in interests such as mural painting, which further encouraged her to unearth her many design influences – travel, art, history, nature, textures and exquisite colors. We now see that come to life with some gorgeous handbags & clutches!

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Founded by designer Gretel Going, the original concept came about two years ago when she came across an insightful fortune, shoved it behind a refrigerator magnet, and forgot about it. When the fortune kept falling on the floor, an idea was born. The resulting line relies on jewelry and accessories to bridge the gap between the value people place on fortunes and the lack of dedicated places to keep them. All signature fortune-holding and fortune cookie pieces come with an original fortune. Written by Going, the fortunes shy away from the prophetic and arbitrarily optimistic, and instead focus on the intersection of hardship and light at the end of the tunnel.

Reason to be Pretty


Inspired by everything pretty, designer Nophar Haimovitz captures her distinctive aesthetics of beauty, grace and delicacy with her unique line of handmade fabric jewelry. All hand dyed, handmade, crafted and plated in USA, Reason To Be Pretty aspires to create an exquisite, unique and comfortable day to night jewelry to prettify any outfit, from a T-shirt to and evening gown, so that the customer will feel and look pretty at any at given moment. As Haimovitz always say, there is always a Reason To Be Pretty…

Victoria Road  447855_orig

A luxury boutique with an eye for style and sustainability, Victoria Road works with socially conscious designers in emerging markets to bring you one-of-a-kind finds. Assisting small business owners in emerging economies by establishing sustainable avenues of trade and distribution to the U.S. marketplace. By empowering these driven entrepreneurs and the skilled artisans they employ with connections to new markets, Victoria Road is supporting a healthy global economy from the ground up. Victoria Road travels the world in search of exquisitely hand crafted luxury items, bringing together a carefully curated collection to complement your lifestyle.


 8869700_orig  Made by VOZ

VOZ empowers indigenous artisans and their craft through collaborative fashion design. The hand-made garments feature premium quality natural and ecological fibers, hand dyed and woven to celebrate ancient traditions. Voz works to empower women and their communities financially, creatively, and professionally.

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In 2005 Bridgette Morphew launched Paradox Designs where she sourced and curated an archive collection of 5,000 vintage prints and shapes that industry leading designers seek for design inspiration. Currently operating in the heart of the NYC fashion district she again revamped the industry with bringing MORPHEW to the forefront of the industry..

2219482  Romy & Ray

Romy & Ray is a new Parisian brand that designs high-quality knits that are innovative, comfortable, and perfect for every occasion. Romy was sourcing the finest quality yarns (wool, cashmere, silk, cotton…) and creating the best styles for the top French fashion brands for years.

Bela Criacao  350009

Portuguese for “beautiful creations” Bela Criacao is inspire by the sights, sounds, and cultures of South America coupled with a love for pace and intensity of the modern woman’s lifestyle. Designer Felicia Persaud speaks to today’s woman on the go with her distinctive contemporary sportswear collection where quality fit and fabrics are her priority. A collection of staples designed to seamlessly fit in to a woman’s wardrobe and take her from day to night, Bela Criacao is a collection for the woman not afraid to indulge in fashion among the demands of her daily life.

148473_orig  Sofia Roman

Made in Argentina with the best French and German silks, Italian brocades and Argentine Leathers. Designer Sofia Roman has created a line the speak volumes for females with a simplistic touch of edge and toughness.


Dharma Eyewear  4434972

Dharma creates high quality sunglasses and eyewear, inspired by classic vintage silhouettes. Every item is $99.00 and gives 5% back to Optometry Giving Sight. Helping underprivileged individuals globally to gain access to eye care and exams.


Enter Accessories

The Enter Accessories brand was born out of a love for vintage clothing and fabrics. Inspiration lies in the style and heritage of the golden ages of music, fashion and sport. Enter offers a range of products from simple everyday items featuring classic fabrics, to premium all-leather travel bags constructed using tradition methods and machinery. The more you use an Enter Accessory, the more unique it becomes.

Conscious Step  2882972

They believe that the world is changed by the small actions of many people. That’s why they created Conscious Step: Socks That Fight Poverty, so that the purchasing decisions everyone makes everyday could add up to big impact. Conscious Step was founded by three twenty-something social entrepreneurs – Hassan Ahmad, a medical doctor and past WHO intern; Adam Long, an industrial designer and marketing strategist; and Prashant Mehta, a finance major and microfinance expert. You will find their our team working in Sydney, Australia and in New York, USA, although you may also find us tracing our supply chain from the organic co-op cotton fields in India through to our Fair Trade Factory.


979580  Flickable

Flickable is putting the pop back in your pucker. This quirky themed sweet lollipop lux lip gloss won’t just give you the cool kitty cat badge of approval, but their non-sticky formula is moisturizing, provides volume, sparkle and shine. Flickable’s 5 choice colors are all a girl needs to perk up and pout out. Flickable is animal cruelty free and proudly Made in the USA.


CLEANSE by Lauren Napier

Over a decade has passed since Napier began her career. Her works have been seen in the world’s most recognizable publications and media outlets including Vogue, Vanity Fair, and on NBC’s long running Today Show and late night comedy institution Saturday Night Live. Lauren has worked with some of the world’s most famous celebrities, including: Academy Award winners, civil rights activists, Olympic gold medalists, indie film darlings, Billboard chart-toppers, silver screen royalty, a Beatle, and even an American President.



White Faux Taxidermy

WhiteFauxTaxidermy, strives to ensure clients are receiving a truly superior experience- from the time they add their new, name-brand faux taxidermy wall sculpture to your cart, to the moment you receive it and have it adorning your wall.  Each animal sculpture is completely special to them, which is why they make sure consumers are 100% satisfied.  They have developed numerous and professionally/artistically crafted sculptures to meet your wants and desires: recently, we have introduced faux unicorn head wall mounts, added a wide array of mini deer and moose heads, redesigned our elephant heads, more vivid gold bear and lions heads, and much more.

9769081  Libratone

Libratone is one of the most innovative audio companies in the world. We believe in design and we believe in freedom. Founded in 2009, in the age of streaming, our goal is to emancipate music from the slavery of stationary listening and to give it the freedom modern wireless technology allows. Quite simply, we are reinventing speakers for the 21st century. At Libratone we create all-embracing, high performing sound refined through organic wool for a warmer, brighter listening experience. We call it 360 Scandinavian. 360 alludes to their FullRoom technology, where sound is dispersed in all directions, like an acoustic instrument. It also refers to the Scandinavian design heritage.


I Love My Type

I LOVE MY TYPE is a cool typographical poster universe with posters that will inspire you to make a difference to others and benefit fully from what life has to offer. You will find positive and life-affirming statements that match your life and personal development as well as posters that you can offer to people who are special to you. I LOVE MY TYPE also produces posters that are quite unique and specially designed with you favorite quotations, personal greetings, names and remembrances etc.


The awesomely talented team behind this boldly innovative pop-up are as follows —


Partners of Creeds Collective


Kate Pankoke for Elaya Vaughn — “Behind The Gilded Veil”



Kate Pankoke should most definitely ring a bell when it comes to the fashion industry. She was on season 11 of Project Runway, aka the “dreaded teams season.” Fortunately she was then back in action on PR for season 12 as a redemption designer winner. And now, she is ready for “third times a charm” as she is competing on PR All-Stars, season 4. Kate was kind of enough to provide Fashion Nexus with an exclusive quote regarding her current time on PRAS —

“I’m not going to lie, I was very reluctant to go on Project Runway All Stars. This is my third time in a row and it is a big emotional roller coaster, not just for me, but my family as well. Everyone was very supportive of my decision to go back on. I think that All Stars was great because it felt less like a competition and more like a design conference or something. You will see the occasional catty remark, but for the most part, everyone was pleasant to work with.”

I know I can’t wait to see how Kate does on this season of All-Stars. But reality competitive TV aside, she has also launched and been focused on her burgeoning luxury bridal and accessories brand — Elaya Vaughn.


Since the line’s launch in 2010, it has gained international prestige, earning praise for its high quality materials & construction, luxurious embellishments, and unmatched fit. Elaya Vaughn caters to brides around the world who want a couture experience without having to pay couture prices. All of the gowns are made-to-order and manufactured in the United States. In addition to highly praised collections, Elaya Vaughn gowns are frequently featured at red carpet events & galas (including the Oscar’s red carpet), charity functions, and acclaimed media publications.


It was such a pleasure speaking with Kate and featuring her exquisite work for her 2014 collection last year on my fashion blog. And now with the most recent launch of her 2015 line and some amazing accessories, I am more than happy to showcase this recent stunning work with my Fashion Nexus readers! The 2015 collection is entitled “Behind the Gilded Veil.” It features clouds of light-as-air tulle, crystal encrusted illusion necklines, and brushed gold accents.


Pankoke describes the collection as being the “first collection where I feel that we didn’t have to compromise on anything! I had so much fun selecting all of the textiles for this collection from the delicate beaded Chantilly to our custom beading along the necklines and trains of the gowns. As a designer, it is so exciting to see your vision come to life.” Eleven gowns comprise the collection, but here are some of my fave standouts. Make sure to check out the entire line here!!


Lanier is a voluminous silk taffeta A-line gown. The skirt is generously bustled in the back. Intricate beading highlights the illusion neckline and the train. The back of this dress, the way it lays, STUNNING! I also am a fan of the intricate beadwork seen throughout this collection, amazing work!



Ella is an ethereal tulle ball gown. The strapless sweet-heart neckline is draped in silk organza that continues into a delicate peplum. This silhouette is a classic style with some Kate touches. The fit, every subtle detail is gorgeous!

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Bella is an ethereal tulle ball gown. The Kate Pankoke signature corset bodice is draped in tulle that falls delicately off of one shoulder. I enjoy this off the cuff twist on bridal, with that of nude coloring — always great to have more than just white options!



Alana is an elegant lace gown. The delicate scallop of the Chantilly lace accents the strapless neckline and the wrapped drape of the skirt. Very understated, yet elegant option. And of course the lace detailing is divine!



Ana is a brushed silk charmeuse column gown. The sloped-shoulder illusion neckline is covered in intricate beading. Flawlessly executed gown, very angelic and breathtaking work! I love the back, a little sheer, but open, still with a hint of beading.



Georgina is a classic A-line tulle gown. The signature Kate Pankoke corset top is covered by a beaded lace bodice. The romantic sleeves are fastened with brushed gold stud buttons. The delicate lace grows into a keyhole in the back.


So again, make sure to check out the entire 2015 collection, “Behind the Gilded Veil”, online! But a recent development with Elaya Vaughn, is that now, the brand also carries bridal accessories! This is a great extension of the bridal line and I hope you all are as excited as I am to see what additional Elaya Vaughn touches a bride-to-be can add to her bridal look!


April Veil

Aubrey Belt


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Evangeline Veil


Kate Garter

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 Luelle Belt


Marianne Veil/Cape

Theresa Comb

theresa_comb_front-500x323Here are a few stellar press recognitions for Elaya Vaughn —

  • “off-the-charts phenomenal” – Style Me Pretty
  • “timeless and classic” – Eric Daman in COSMOPOLITAN
  • “simple yet still completely feminine and never boring” – theknot
  • “a signature point of view with a fundamental understanding of tailoring, structure, and essential femininity” – The Glass Magazine


For various information on where you can purchase Elaya Vaughn pieces, click here. For the USA, there are locales in CA, GA, IL, IN, IO, NY, & OH. Purchases can also be made internationally in Japan. To contact the Elaya Vaughn team, check out this page, or you can check them out across various forms of social media — Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, & LinkedIn.

I can’t wait to again see how PR All-Stars plays out, especially with how Kate performs. And of course, I eagerly await Elaya Vaughn’s future collections!


PRAS Designers Are on a Runway to the Danger Zone!


Well so the runway was not quite a danger zone, at least for some of the designers. The danger zone was in fact the inspiration for this week’s challenge. The designers met Alyssa at the Skylight at Moynihan Station, which serves as a runway for many major designers.


Currently it’s under construction, leaving the designers with tons of construction related materials for their challenge. The designers were to create feminine looks from the masculine materials at the construction site. So yes, check mark for the cliche PR group challenge, and now it’s time to get another one out of the way, the unconventional materials challenge!


The designers had 15 minutes to gather the materials for their 1 day of work. As the horn blew everyone began crazily running about, grabbing as many materials as they could. PR often highlights who might be in danger of elimination for a given week. And this week we saw a somewhat Alexandria-centric episode, beginning with her intensity as she was gathering her materials. She was clearly not around to play nice!


Everyone was back to the workroom, which for this week can be rightfully dubbed as the “new danger zone”! The designers had traded in their sewing needles & machines for toolboxes filled with screwdrivers, glue guns, and wire cutters. Jay began ripping to part the tarp he was planning on using, driving some of the designers bananas! But a clear issue soon became about designers working with similar ideas/concepts, or with this week being all about unconventional materials, it was really the use of the same materials.


Earlier on, Ben & Justin feared their looks might be too similar as both would be working with zip ties. As we later saw, both wanting to use zip ties was where the similarities ended. But Chris & Dmitry passed a mere similarity fear with Chris straight up calling Dmitry a copycat! So Dmitry was working on a green garment, but was not loving it. We didn’t really see this, but he apparently went by Chris’s work station, and all of a sudden wanted to work with ropes, just as Chris was doing. I’m not sure why Dmitry wanting to use ropes makes him a copycat, materials were limited this week. And if Dmitry gathered ropes to use, why shouldn’t he be able to use them. Just as we saw with Ben & Justin, the looks could have ended up being distinct, but Chris decided to change his look up. More on this later, but for now, let’s get to some Zanna-time!


Zanna made it clear from the get-go, she didn’t care what materials the designers were using, she still wanted to see feminine and dreamy fashion forward looks. She thought a few of the looks were going in one wrong direction, Michelle — sporty, Alexandria — goth, and Kate — bridal. But only one designer actually went with a completely new direction, a new look, Sonjia.


It was soon time for the the model fittings, many of the designers poking fun at Alexandria’s crazy use of a wire for the bottom portion of her look. But no time for poking too much fun because the morning of the runway was quickly approaching, and as per PR usual, many designers were still frantically working away.


The guest judges this week were reality TV stars, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Jenni “JWoww” Farley, as well as acclaimed fashion designer Elie Tahari. But wait, what was PRAS thinking this week — did we really need 6 judges?!? There were way too many cooks in the kitchen, way too many voices and styles in the mix. And what we were left with was a major lack of agreement on the top and bottom, and ultimately who should go home. I’m always intrigued by the unconventional challenges, just to see what looks the designers put down the runway made from these odd materials. I could definitely discuss a few other designs, but let’s stick to the judges’ “top” and “bottom.” The top made the most sense, not as much disagreement, so let’s begin there.


At first glance, Justin’s look this week did kind of take me back to his finale collection during his season on PR. He used a lot of white, the completely adorned dress of test tubes, and his work with 3-d fashion printing was clearly re-visited in this look. I don’t think this is a bad thing, but clearly this area, the use of non-traditional materials, is where Justin thrives, leaving him with a well-deserved win! His look came up short last week so I applauded his bouncing back so strongly. Regardless of a reminiscent type look, I was still intrigued and pleasantly surprised at how intricately crafted this look was. It was also positively shocking it was mainly made of zip ties.


Even though the judges, namely Isaac, found a way to nit-pick just a bit, I felt this look was the most well executed considering the unconventional materials being used. The black ombre into the white was beautifully done, very black swan-esque. I almost want to give a beauty shout-out for the make-up here, but it was a little too over-bronzed, or orange-y for my taste. But hair shout-out with Chi, love this chic up-do!


Jay was the other contender for the win this week. I think the main criticism came from Isaac over the use of nails to make this statement necklace. I didn’t love the sleeves as much as the judges did. For me, they were way too crinkly, just not showing the best craftsmanship. But we are dealing with tarp here, not fabric, so that aside, Jay did a commendable job this week. And caution aside, this necklace of nails was pretty eye-catching! I thought it was smart of him to mix textures, giving him an extra special element. A tarp dress with over-sized sleeves wouldn’t have been enough and it’s great Jay recognized that.


Snooki had a few interesting comments as she critiqued the various looks. I think she meant them as compliments, but they didn’t seem that way to me. Jay was the recipient of one such critique-pliment — “this reminds me of a dress made of garbage bags”? Apparently her & JWoww attempted a garbage bag dress, failing to do so as well as Jay did. Either way, great work from Jay & lots of shout-outs from me. Hair shout-out from Chi with this perfectly chosen structured ponytail. Make-up shout-out from Mary Kay, making use of more pops of blue and burnt orange, great bit of color on both the eye and the lip here respectively. And also, QVC shout-out, great way to coordinate more with burnt orange with these heels!


Kate rounded out the top 3, despite some slight criticism from Mr. Tahari. He thought the dress should have been longer, which is odd since all episode Kate’s goal was to steer away from being too bridal. Wouldn’t this dress, being longer, have been way more bridal than the shorter version?? Discussing this bridal point, I’m not sure why it’s such a big issue. Yes, this dress, I could see some bridal qualities. But last week, just because she made a white dress, doesn’t mean it was automatically bridal. If that’s the case, then I guess the white dress I own is bridal too right! Ahhhh, NO! I say get over it.


I think Kate landed in the top because Snooki might have been having some bridal fever. But a couple of other judges had some great comments to add. Even if Snooki’s scoring wasn’t the reason, I didn’t see this look being anywhere near the bottom. The bodice was intricately crafted and it was stunningly gorgeous. She was right in keeping the length shorter. Even though the top knot bun didn’t make this look any less bridal, I still loved it, so hair shout-out for Chi! But also Mary Kay shout-out, the more edgy, bolder eye worked here!


Chris landed in the bottom 3, but I am super excited he was in no real danger of going home since he was not in the bottom 2. I agree with the judges and am happy they were able to see Chris had more to offer. But Chris did mess up this week. He changed his design and it threw him off. I would say next time, if that were to happen again, just screw it. But here is why I am not so sure if that statement should be made. The top portion of Chris’s look this week, from my understanding, was what Chris was working on when the “copying” issue popped up. This is the part of the garment the judges took most issue with though. Because Chris decided to change up his design, this is how the skirt came about. The judges loved this. So I think Chris making the change actually helped him a bit this week.


But we wont’ know because Chris didn’t fully do what he wanted and that’s never best for any designer. What he ended up with, with this top & the bottom, it wasn’t harmonious. But a couple of shout-outs, QVC shout-out, love these black booties! A little too much on the Curly Sue-esque hair, but great, subtle beauty look, so make-up shout-out for Mary Kay!


Michelle was in the bottom 3 last week, but not the bottom 2. This week though, she barely escaped elimination, not only landing in the bottom 3 again, but actually the bottom 2. I’m shocked this wasn’t given more consideration. I think the judges rolled around the concept of this being a basic, safe dress, which sort of was an issue last week. Neither look had much going on design-wise to really stand-out. And bringing up the “safe” aspect, generally a designer who does too little goes home. That was not the case this week. I guess what really helped with Michelle staying was maybe the fact she won her season??


Michelle got one of Snooki’s critique-pliments, comparing this dress to duck tape. I actually thought the exact same thing and I know I didn’t mean that thought as a good thing! And one other perplexing thought for me on this look was why was there was no discussion on the chevron points, that of the same colors, being so way off, not meeting up properly. I’m not a designer, so I’m not sure what the proper terminology is, but I’m fairly certain on almost every other look I’ve ever seen on PR that had points meeting such as this, if they were off, even just the slightest, it was brought up. So why not here?? Also, what was Michelle doing with this model’s hair, trying to blind her so she couldn’t see the runway. It’s called a bang trim people!


I’m not the hugest Alexandria fan so her being eliminated didn’t bother me so much. But I hadn’t seen any dreaded drop crotch pants and I liked her look last week so I think she should have stayed this week. The wonky wiring on this look was crazy & not needed. I agree with the judges in that it was way too 80s, but I would just call that dated. It was also too costume-y. I think Alexandria would have benefited more from trying to do something with this wire on the neckline.


Poor JWoww tried her best to make a case for Alexandria, but she was never going to outweigh Isaac’s vote. And Isaac did not like this look at all, so I think that was what led to Alexandria’s elimination.

Can’t wait for next week, Wicked, good v evil, and showdowns!