S11 - Michelle Lesniak
Posted Mar 15, 2013 @ 10:46 PM
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Posted Mar 17, 2013 @ 7:44 AM
LOL - I have a stupid butterfly! Well mine is in flight, so I argue it's a little different (maybe.....).
I'm not a big fan of tattoes in general, but better something individual than a stupid butterfly.
I don't know that I would get Michelle's tattoos for myself, but they don't really bug me. I actually don't have any reaction to them.
Edited by geeweeze, Mar 17, 2013 @ 10:37 PM.
Posted Mar 17, 2013 @ 7:55 AM
Edited by Sayaka, Mar 17, 2013 @ 8:06 AM.
Posted Mar 21, 2013 @ 6:17 PM
Of course she could prove me wrong (it's okay, I'm used to being wrong) and she could mess up the next challenge, but it would really surprise me if she did.
Posted Mar 22, 2013 @ 1:09 AM
Posted Apr 13, 2013 @ 7:49 AM
Posted Apr 13, 2013 @ 8:30 AM
Never mind that all the designers talk about the work of the others, not just Michelle. She is just the one who gots shown the most. I guess because a lot of her remarks are really funny. I especially loved when she was self-aware enough to remark that the print she designed is one you either love or hate...paired with her spot on Nina-imitation.
I also wouldn't call Michelle needy or insecure. Everyone deals different with pressure. Michelle is one of the people who vents her feeling - but apparently not one who keeps a grudge. I think it's a healthy approach. And she seems to find her own balance in her designs. She feels overhelmed - she creates a screaming face. She feels down because she has to stay in New York - as soon as she starts designing, she immediatly starts to feel better. It's more or less the opposite of what most of the other designers do when they are frustrated, they just fall apart and it shows in their designs. Michelle just takes those fellings and creates with them, not against them. I like that. I really, really like that.
Posted Apr 14, 2013 @ 11:17 AM
I think she's a little arrogant, though she comes nowhere near Christian Siriano levels. Obviously, she's opinionated. I don't see any hostility, inward or outward, toward her fellow designers, and she always seems willing to lend advice. Stanley, on the other hand, was shown several times praising the work of his fellow designers to their faces, but was dismissive in the talking heads.
I don't mind it at all simply because she is usually right...like you are not paranoid if they are really after you, you are not arrogant if you simply tell the truth.
Posted Apr 14, 2013 @ 3:12 PM
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Edited by geeweeze, Apr 15, 2013 @ 3:46 PM.
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Edited by dialyn, Apr 27, 2013 @ 2:50 PM.
Posted Apr 27, 2013 @ 3:19 PM
Posted Apr 27, 2013 @ 3:55 PM
It will be interesting to see if she lightens up on her material choices and colors over time.
Posted Apr 27, 2013 @ 8:08 PM
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Posted Apr 28, 2013 @ 12:19 AM
But it was long obvious she had the winners' edit, even with all the negative stuff they allowed to show on air from her. She got 4 or 5 times the talking head time, in total, of anyone else--not only having MORE, but also complete thoughts versus little fragments. She always went first, and usually last, in any sequence of talking heads--having both the first and last word in other words.
Her clothes were interesting though, so I guess that's what it comes down to. Stupid wolf imagery put aside, I mean.
Posted Apr 28, 2013 @ 1:47 AM
The idea that she went through the competition, and now had to go for the final kill, was simply a description of her feeling, put in a powerful image.
Posted Apr 28, 2013 @ 4:17 PM
You could just TELL how fake Michelle is as a person.
How can one tell this? I posted about this in the finale show thread so I don't want to repeat myself, but fake is really the last thing I think of with Michelle. Blunt and prickly maybe, but not fake. I will end there.
I thought the wolf imagery was beautiful. That knitted sweater was gorgeous - I thought the wolf pattern there was subtle actually. I've had to point out where there were wolves in that design to some viewers. There was a wolf on the handbag for the final dress, but other than that I didn't see too much blatant wolf imagery. I thought Michelle did a beautiful job of abstracting her inspiration in her pieces, and then going a little more literal - but even the literal wasn't that obvious.
Stupid wolf imagery put aside, I mean.
Edited by geeweeze, Apr 29, 2013 @ 5:55 AM.
Posted Apr 28, 2013 @ 7:39 PM
I find that the narratives that designers make up for collection are contrived. There's no way I would ever buy a novel written by them. However, after 11 seasons, I recognize that it's a useful exercise that can help someone win. As stupid as the wolf idea sounds, the clothes represent a utilitarian and engaged outlook. The clothes feel like they belong to a woman of action rather than a woman of leisure. Beyond the obvious use in the sweater, I don't see lone wolves so much as women who need tools and who demand respect.
I liked the "lone Wolf" story, because it wasn't about "I was alone from the start"...it was the other way around. Michelle said she started in a pack with 15 other people, and she lost her pack during the competition.
ETA: I find it interesting that all the models' legs were covered in her collection.
Posted Apr 29, 2013 @ 3:40 AM
I think that it's noticeable if a designer really thought about the collection and actually used a narrative or at least a symbol to hold it together, or if they just did what they liked. Sometimes the collections come together nevertheless, but then it works mostly because the designer keeps attention to colour palette, fabric and stylistic elements.
Posted Apr 29, 2013 @ 3:36 PM
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Edited by geeweeze, Apr 30, 2013 @ 8:09 AM.
Posted Apr 30, 2013 @ 1:18 AM
But I also see a very big market for Michelle's "unrestrained" work. For one, she naturally could team up with Joe again and make a killing with a line of sweaters - or she could start to design prints. Because, Imho, if there was a really talented print designer in the show, it was Michelle, with her eye for patterns and proportions. I can see designer who want a print which is a little bit more unusual to consult with Michelle. And even for her more "out there" stuff I see a market. A lot of younger people like to dress a little bit more "fantasy" nowadays, especially those, who can actually afford designer clothes tend to like something a little bit more unusual, which makes them stand out from the masses.