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    Sneak Peek of Johnny's First Collection

    http://nymag.com/daily/fashion/2011/..._weir_tk.html#

    New York Magazine has an interview with Johnny as well as a slide show that provides a glimpse into his first collection which will appear on www.edressme.com on April 30th. Some of my thoughts:

    - They all look alike or similar and very safe/conservative
    - His constant referring to himself as a girl is making me think, "The Lady doth protest too much methinks" and that was not meant as a pun. I just wonder what the future will hold for Johnny based on his comments
    - I suppose I could do some research but does anyone know beyond edressme.com, who is providing him with financial backing?

    Would love some thoughts about this!

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    I think the dresses are quite pretty, but I think this comment is kind of misleading: "No matter what condition your legs are in, you always look skinny in that style dress". I'd believe this if the pictures showed real-sized women wearing the dresses, not stick-thin teenage models.

    And the short skirts are short enough that even slimmer women might have second thoughts about wearing them.
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    I think it's pretty easy to predict what direction this thread will go in, if it's about Johnny.

    I like the dresses. Even though he says any woman can wear them, they're definitely geared toward younger women, I'd say. (He's 26, so that makes sense.) That said, I'm pleased he has a couple of longer (just above knee and very long) options, as well as both fuller and fitted skirts. They're very basic, but he says he made them that way on purpose, for universal appeal in his first go at dress design. Sounds like a smart move, as does getting more adventurous in later collections. Each one does have a LITTLE detail that makes it different, which is nice. So I'd say they're not up to par with the design masters, but they're nice and wearable and have appeal. And I think that's a good thing. He knows his limits right now, and I'm glad he's brave enough to try new things.

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    I agree with Justathoughtabl; the designs are pretty but nothing ground breaking. I did expect something a little more high fashion coming from Johnny but not bad at all for his first effort. I'm not all that surprised that Johnny has his own collection; looking at his skating costumes it's been clear that fashion is a huge interest.

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    I think that the dresses are a nice start. There is no question, though he says no, that there is a figure skating influence. But, that is his world. I will reserve judgement for a broader collection.

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    The third dress is fugly - It looks like it needs to be both pulled up at the bodice and down at the skirt - in other words, a Kostner costume. I've seen ladies wearing that style, so I guess it's not a poor construction issue, but it's a style that is flattering on NO ONE. Plus it appears to be made of satin The next dress is a far better example of how to make a short skirted dress.

    I love the lines of dress #5, although the epaulet straps are a little distracting from the simplicity of the dress (I'm guessing that's the point). It looks a bit like a nice skating practice dress with a mockup of something that might end up on the final costume

    Overall I'd say not too bad, but nothing exactly new or notable.
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    I really like the black one with the cap sleeves. I'd wear it.

    Nothing new or notable, but pretty.

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    Certainly they are too tame and ordinary to make it through Project Runway, but they are lovely and simple (in a good way).
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    I'm happy to see some simple and actually (mostly) wearable-by-real-people designs. The stuff you see on runways? Way too out there for actual, real people.

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    I never would have thought Johnny would produce "simple but pretty" type dresses. I really like some of them. Not breathtaking, but not bad at all.

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    Not much to it, but they are nice. I like that he tried to do simple because it was unexpected.

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    I really liked 4 (classic little black dress, elegant and classy), and LOVED 5 and 6 (woohoo, elegant, understated, and NORMAL)!


    1 is exactly the sort of dress I could see myself wearing (with a slightly lower waistline at the front and maybe straps as not everyone has the equipment to hold up strapless dresses ). I really like the skirt, it's really feminine and pretty. I'm a big fan of elegant, feminine dresses. I'm so glad it's coming back

    I may not be a fan of Johnny, but I could definitely be a fan of his collection...

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    There really isn't much "design" going on, is there? They look like okay dresses if you like strapless, but every single bridal line in the world that does bridesmaids' gowns has that last one already. They're all so ready-to-wear they're dull. Johnny is supposed to be outrageous. Where is the outrageous? I certainly can't see a drag queen going for any of them, they're just too plain. Even the colors are dull. Unless one is supposed to buy them and paint/stone them oneself.

    If they are boned and the corsetry is done well and there's a really good tight waistband and it's cut right for the person wearing it, they'll stay up, but still...he also might be mis-timing as all speculation says Catherine the Princess-to-Be can't have a strapless gown (thank God) tomorrow as it's inappropriate for the venue, so hopefully it will start a new trend in bridal and formal for something other than the strapless bodice. So strapless boning might be 'out' for quite a bit.

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    Did you read the interview? He said he purposely went for mass appeal (read: not outrageous or too different) with these dresses and wanted to use this opportunity to show that he's capable of doing clothing with simple lines. I guess we'll have to wait to see what his limits are.

    Also, that long gown looks like it's just simple and pink, but I think there's a big black bustle and/or train in the back and maybe some black tulle as well.

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    These are elegant and sophisticated.
    I'd like to see more.

    I wish Johnny success and hope that he will be taken seriously.

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    They are certainly wearable if I were into the strapless thing. However, I wasn't overwhelmed by an irrepressible desire to wear one.
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    Strapless doesn't look good on anyone over a size 6 or so. Maybe not even then. I could certainly not wear one. And the thin, thin straps don't work very well either. So, I could wear the one dress that isn't either of those.

    Pretty though.

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    I think I might buy one for my graduation party.

    ETA: Check Ashley Wagner's twitter-she tried some of the dresses on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by victoriaheidi View Post

    ETA: Check Ashley Wagner's twitter-she tried some of the dresses on!
    Did she like them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by IceAlisa View Post
    Did she like them?
    It sounds like it-and they looked great on her, too.

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