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Kenley - Vintage Fashion Cockroach or Tim-Dissing Disaster? Discuss.
     Remember when Wendy Pepper was advised not to Defend the Shoes, waaaay back in Season One? Remember how she whined and whinged and held pity parties for herself?
     I liked Wendy Pepper more than I like Kenley this season. I like Suede more than I like Kenley. Suede at least tried occasionally to get out of his box. He also wasn't mean or unnervingly ept at sabotaging fellow designers. 
     Understand that I don't think any the five designers necessarily had it easy with the silly "Dress Each Other Up in a Musical-Style-Themed Outfit" challenge with which they were presented this week. A lot of discussion about the episode over at TWoP has centered on the silliness of expecting modern music to set a given style for its practitioners. Musical genres are less rigid than the producers and directors - and judges - seemed to think, and musicians now largely dress in whatever the hell they want, with some caveats.
    But Kenley whined about how difficult her genre was in a way none of the other designers whined.
    And worse - much, much worse - was her childish, petulant, rude response to Tim Gunn when he very politely (he can never be anything less than polite, mind, because he is *Tim Gunn*) questioned her grasp of hip-hop. 
Frankly, even though his understanding was a trifle dated, he had a better grasp than she did, which made her overconfident assumption of Purfekt Nolidge even more grating.
Don't Defend the Shoes. Bitch.


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Sep. 25th, 2008 02:06 pm (UTC)
I seriously said "don't defend the shoes" like 5 times. My roommate, my knitting friend and I spent the whole episode yelling at her. A)Her outfit was shitty. B)She complained and whined about it the whole time, and was bitchy on the runway. C)SHE WAS RUDE TO TIM GUNN. AND she said he doesn't know what he's talking about, and that she knows more about hip-hop than he does. Mmmhmm, that's why you think Alicia Keys is hip hop.

This was a difficult challenge, and really Korto was the only one who pulled it off--although, I actually think Suede did a pretty good job--Jerrell did look rock star..ish. I agree that it probably needed to go further over the top, but whatever. It was better than those fugly high waisted jeans. I was more worried for Leann. That was...not flattering or cute in any way. Unless I just don't understand country. It's possible.
OOh, I'm lying--I liked the outfit Jerrell put on Kenley. So yeah, Korto and Jerrell.

I still hate Wendy Pepper more than Kenley, though. Not only did I think she was a crazy bitch, but she also did ugly clothes, and essentially was the reason Austin didn't go to Fashion Week. And I love Austin. I know essentially he's a bit costumey and over the top, but I love him. And Wendy Pepper sucked. I do like some of Kenley's clothes, even though she's pretty one-note. She is neither the Wendy Pepper nor the Santino of this bunch--but somewhere in between.
Sep. 25th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
I hate Kenley so hard. And not in a love-to-hate way like Pepper. Not in a pretend-to-hate way like Santino. Not in a I-understand-why-he's-hated-but-I-love-him way like Jeffrey. Just plain HATE. Why is she still there? I would trade ANYONE from this season for her to go away. I can’t believe I started out liking her for a few episodes. She is awful. So entitled and I cannot believe she still refuses to listen to Tim. Has she never seen the show before? You ALWAYS listen to Tim! Gah. And you just know she’s going to make it to Bryant Park. I hate speculating on who she’s gonna kick out. Korto, Leanne, and Jerrell all deserve to be there. Man, the boys last night looked awesome. I mean, who would have thought frickin’ Suede had any hotness in him?! Crazyness.

I know what you mean about how do you narrow down the genre. But the thing is, if you actually believe in your work and talk it up, that goes a long way. Kenley is so argumentative and defensive and just mean and sarcastic that she’s not going to be given the benefit of the doubt. She could have explained that she was going for a more stylized, Andre 3000 hip hop look and been able to rationalize the bad pants that way. And all Suede needed to do was put some scarves on Jerrell. He’s skinny enough to pull off either Mick Jagger or Steven Tyler, he just didn’t have the accessories. Gah!
Sep. 25th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)
I felt guilty disliking Kenley at first, because she looks a bit like Bettie Page, who I love. But as each week passed, I was more and more annoyed with her. (Also, I don't think Kenley would know Andre 3000 if he came up and shook his green-trousered hips in front of her all day.)

I hope so much that she doesn't go to BP. She really doesn't deserve it.

I am really fond of Leann and Jerrel; Korto I respect, but there's a distance in her that precludes any easy affection toward her.
Sep. 26th, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
Yes. I definitely know what you mean about Korto's distance. I don't think there's any chance of her winning fan favorite but she certainly deserves to be this far in the competition.
Sep. 26th, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I think my fave three would have been Terri, Leann and Jerrell. Obviously that won't happen now, so Korto Leann and Jerrell work just fine.
Sep. 26th, 2008 10:54 pm (UTC)
Thinking on it, I might dislike Kenley more. She was rude to Tim! That is unforgivable. And Wendy was more fun to hate. (I am still bitter about Austin, though.) I liked her too! Kaffyr clearly caught onto how evil she was before me. I swear, I will be so annoyed if she makes it. I love Korto, Leanne, and Jerrell. Especially Leanne.

I think you're right about talking it up. I don't think Kenley knows a damn thing about hip hop, and was bullshitting out the wazoo. She tried to blame it on Leanne, on Tim, on everyone. YOU SUCK, Kenley, embrace it.
Sep. 27th, 2008 10:35 pm (UTC)
Entertainment Weekly has caught on to the Kenley hate. The latest issue has her like 13 pages off the bullseye for going "from adorable retro pixie to obnoxious judge-baiting shrew in three episodes." HEE!
Sep. 25th, 2008 06:17 pm (UTC)
Leann's piece for Korto impressed me because it proved she could create for non-stick figures. I agreed with Kors (I think it was him, anyhow), who said he liked the color scheme - it looked fabulous on Korto. The fit on the skirt was about 95 percent right, and it erred on the side of showing off her bootie, which is just fine in terms of country these days.

Kenley annoys me more than Wendy, because (believe it or not) there were some of Wendy's clothes I liked; possibly because her color sense was occasionally fantastic. Also, she was just fucking crazy. Kenley's just mean.

(Although I, too, think Austin should have got to BP.)
Sep. 26th, 2008 07:11 pm (UTC)
Wendy's Banana Republic dress really was perfect. And she had some variety - though in the end she wound up too matronly. Kenley just does the same damn thing over and over and over and over.

Austin's decoy collection was amazing. His, like Chris's decoy last season, I think really benefitted from the costumey elements and background. There was an elegance lacking in the output from both Wendy and Rami.
Sep. 26th, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
Rami's stuff was just that. Stuff. Wendy's at least had a lovely color palate. I never got the chance to see Austin's decoy collection. I forget why - probably our computer at the time wasn't graphics and image-friendly.
Sep. 26th, 2008 10:57 pm (UTC)
Austin really did do a great job. I love his stuff and I like costumey stuff, but that may be because that's my world.

OOokay I'm going to stop replying to every comment now. :)
Sep. 27th, 2008 12:29 am (UTC)
Oh, no! Feel free to reply as much as you want! :)
Sep. 27th, 2008 10:36 pm (UTC)
It's our own private PR forum!! (I haven't checked out TWoP's at all this season, which is surprising because I normally hang out in there at least a little bit.)
Sep. 27th, 2008 11:22 pm (UTC)
Hey, let's meet back here next week - it's going to be the decisive week, at least in terms of who goes to Bryant Park. I check in at TWoP's thread, too, but sometimes the level of snark there turns toxic (certainly not as much as in some of the other threads I tend to steer clear of, like the Heroes thread, but this old lady has a lower threshold for snark than I once did.)
Sep. 26th, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC)
I think the shirt just threw me off--I'm not sure why. The skirt did look good.

As belsum says below, the Banana Republic dress was good. I think I was just so frustrated by the really, really bad things she did that scraped by. Which happened with Santino, too, (TURKEY ICE SKATING) but I loved his other stuff so much that I wasn't quite as annoyed. Plus, Tim Gunn imitation.
Sep. 27th, 2008 12:28 am (UTC)
What? You didn't like the ice-skating turkey?
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