I remember when I was a child reaching that point where I became interested in chores. I was a lonely boy with few friends, and I have a strong memory of loving to dust and wash dishes. Also one reaches a point in their childhood where they are ready to just get on with the damned thing called life, frustrated by the societal expectations of small children to be unemployed. I have a strong recollection of standing at the sink in my parents' kitchen and, as they will, a mug slipping from my grip and breaking on the counter. I was horrified, expecting to be asked to pack my belongings and find somewhere else to live. My mother reassured me that it was fine, don't worry, things break all the time, and "it's just stuff." I imprinted on this experience that people are more important that stuff, a lesson I am fairly certain that my mother intended to communicate from that situation. I feel that a disappointed or angry parent in that situation may instill a highly inflated importance on material possessions on a small child.
Kirsten chose to wear a Porsche t-shirt to the party (I am so increasingly discouraged to live in the age of the t-shirt) and she fashions it into a something like a dress top, but more something like a t-shirt cut apart and stitched loosely back together.
Laurie: I consider wearing any item with the brand name of an expensive car on it to be a cheap attempt at looking expensive. I would think owning the vehicle would do nicely.
Paul: Yes, and a Porsche t-shirt is a bit like a Happy Meal with an Ivy League theme.
In and of itself, it is bad design. But there was a key element to this episode, glaring in its omission. The lady had a silk scarf at the party with sort of a gold Versace pattern on it. She did not use it in her runway outfit. Her reasoning is that it was an heirloom or some such nonsense. This does not explain why she did not simply tie in around the models neck. It is not used and it was one of the more elegant materials at her disposal. Opportunity: Squandered. Home she goes.
Laurie: I agree. She didn't even have to cut it. She could have draped it over a hip, or tied it around the neck, knotted it into a bustier, or basted it with discreet stitches to some other fabric. This incident, for me, represented an inexcusable imagination gap. Even as a little girl, the presence of a scarves in my mother's dresser drawer captured my whimsy. I loved to pull one, or all of them out, and test a hundred ways to wear them. This is the unique magic of a scarf. It's very existence in its unprescribed form, hints at a world of lovely possibilities.
Besides this, I'm sure each of these folks watched Season One and should have remembered that there was a similar challenge then. That time it involved cutting up their pajamas, but I don't know why anyone who was going to be on that show would risk packing a single item of clothing he or she was not willing to cut up.
Paul: Consider Santino's design in light of this. He reveals on the runway that he was wearing his favorite jacket, but that he saw it as his opportunity to make something beautiful out of it. He sees that it is just a thing and I'm sure it stung to take a scissors to his favorite jacket. But he did it and it looked fabulous.
I've said before that I think Santino may very well be our best natural talent this season. I think the lesson of this episode is clear. Everything is transitory. Create beauty where and when you can. Don't cling to things so tightly. I felt that it was one of the better lessons explicitly and intentionally taught by the series so far.
I have little doubt Daniel F. will give us more to talk about than just clothes in upcoming shows.
Paul: Yes, we haven't heard the last of Daniel Franco.