James-Paul describes his style as "experimental." - Bravo
Though "The Fashion Show" and its predecessor, "Project Runway," share a handful of striking similarities, one of the biggest differences between the two shows is that "Fashion Show" viewers have the opportunity to purchase the winning garment from each episode via Bravoshop.com every week. Considering the success of designer collaborations for retail stores like Target, H&M, Payless, and Kohl's, bringing high-end designs to the mass market is a smart move on Bravo's part.
The first elimination challenge divided the fifteen contestants into three teams. The teams were tasked with creating a "must-have" piece of clothing that each designer had to replicate and incorporate into their individual outfits. The five different looks needed to create a cohesive collection centered around the "must-have" item.
The team that created a bolero jacket as their feature piece of clothing won, although the judges -— Isaac Mizrahi, Kelly Rowland, Fern Mallis, and guest judge Elie Tahari -— were not very impressed with any of the pieces. Neither were the designers, fashion experts, and buyers in the audience during the live fashion show.
The winning look came from James-Paul, who paired the navy bolero jacket with a Rubik's Cube-inspired sleeveless black dress. The LBD is a staple in every woman's closet, but James-Paul's rendition has a unique silhouette: a cowl-neck top and sculpted, asymmetrical hem. The jacket is versatile enough to be paired with jeans and a fitted t-shirt or dressed up for a night out on the town.
Click here to purchase James-Paul's piece. (The dress and the jacket are sold separately).
Be sure to check out tonight's episode where the designers create outfits for a New York socialite, and one quits under the pressure of the competition.
Jean-Paul's winning design is available for sale online. - Bravo