Whatever Wednesday: Tiiu Kuik for FLARE, Project Runway Winner, Shameless Suit Ads and more

In this week’s edition of Whatever Wednesday we tackle a stunning new photoshoot from Flare Magazine, Project Runway’s winner, a controversial, sexy, suit-selling editorial and more.

Tiiu Kuik for FLARE Magazine, December 2010

This is one of those editorials where I end up coveting some of the pieces the model is wearing.  Tiiu Kuik looks absolutely amazing in this photoshoot by photographer Max Abadian.




In this case, I am coveting every. single. piece. (except maybe the red feathery dress – that isn’t me).  But the rest, wow!  I adore everything about this shoot.  Gorgeous styling, a striking model, great photography, and to die for clothes.  Perfect!




All images via ZAC Fashion Photography

Project Runway-gate/Mondo-gate/Gretchen-gate

I don’t even know what to call the season finale of this year’s Project Runway.  The day of the finale, I posted my own thoughts on the finalists and called Mondo Guerra for the win.  I just knew Mondo would win – how could he not?  He was clearly the front-runner in every way imaginable.  He had won the most challenges, including the “create a high- fashion piece” challenge.  His designs were original, superbly constructed, exciting, and lustworthy. His final collection stayed true to that aesthetic and craftsmanship, and he put on a true high-fashion runway show that designers the likes of Betsey Johnson would have been proud of.

Gretchen Jones’s work, on the other hand, declined as the season progressed.  She started off strong, winning the first two challenges, but her designs were very two-dimensional and – frankly – boring.   Her final collection was an improvement, but the pieces and patterns were very repetitive, and, save for the accessories, I wasn’t impressed.  I was certain Mondo had it in the bag.

I was literally stunned as I watched Nina Garcia and Michael Kors push for Gretchen’s designs.  The two of them focused on Gretchen’s marketability and the ready-to-wear aspect of her designs.  They praised her for the accessories she designed (and then outsourced), but gave Mondo no recognition for the fact that he designed and made all of his own accessories. Further, they continuously emphasized their belief that Gretchen had her pulse on where fashion was going.  I am sorry, but if that is where fashion is going – it is going out the window!

Heidi Klum and guest judge Jessica Simpson, meanwhile, fought in favor of Mondo.  They were the only two who seemed to understand that the runway shows weren’t held to showcase ready-to-wear pieces.  Runway shows are for high-fashion.  They are meant to be theatrical, exciting, and fun, and the pieces in each collection should reflect that.  All four judges admitted that Mondo’s final collection had the same characteristics and strengths they had praised him for all season. Yet, all of a sudden, this wasn’t acceptable to Nina and Michael anymore.   They appeared to be more focused on the fact that Mondo did not listen to their advice and replace the showstopper dress in his collection with something else. All this despite the fact that both Heidi and Jessica said they loved and would wear the dress in question.

Ultimately, Heidi and Jessica were unable to sway Nina and Michael, and Gretchen came out the winner.

In an interview with ew.com, Gretchen shared her own thoughts on why she thinks she won:

In the end, Mondo’s collection was fun and playful and exciting to watch. He’s a master when it comes to textiles. But my goal was not just to put on a great show. It’s to dress women. And my collection spoke to real women.

I am a real woman, and Mondo’s collection spoke volumes to me.

Mondo also shared his own thoughts with ew.com:

Gretchen’s line was good. It was well-made, it was pretty, but I think it is a mater of taste. Giving her the win because she has her finger on the pulse of fashion — What? What did I have? But I’m like, one day you’re in, the next day you’re out, and hopefully I have some longevity.

You will definitely have longevity, Mondo – and you have your finger on the pulse and heart of fashion!

Finally, Tim Gunn himself shared his own thoughts on the finale:

You go, Tim!

“Shameless” Suit Advertorial

Have you seen the “Shameless” ad campaign by Dutch Label Suit Supply?  The advertorial has caused a bit of a stir because of it’s NSFW nature.  The company even had to pull the photos from their facebook page because they were deemed offensive.  The advertorial certainly is graphic and sexy.   As always, sex sells, and in this case, they are clearly trying to ramp up the sex appeal of their product.  Unfortunately, in my case at least, I find the suits quite unappealing.  The campaign, however, I think is brilliant – it certainly is memorable, and that is the point, isn’t it?

Click on any of the images below to see the rest on their website.




All images via Suit Supply

What if it isn’t Blogger Burnout?

Some of you may have noticed that I haven’t been posting, commenting, and visiting your blogs as much as usual in the last couple of weeks.   I keep reading a lot about Blogger Burnout, and have read countless tips on how to combat that type of burnout.  But what if it isn’t blogger burnout?

What if it’s really just “There Isn’t Enough Hours in the Day” Burnout?

Between work, which for fundraisers like me, ramps up dramatically at this time of the year, and my personal life, I feel like I barely have time to eat and sleep, let alone blog.  But I want to blog.  How do you deal with this type of burnout?   I can’t create more hours in a day, and I can’t seem to find the time to write and schedule posts in advance, so I am at a loss. Any tips from the seasoned blogger’s out there?

Random Comment of the Day

In yesterday’s update on Isla Moda I shared that I had received an email from Karl Lagerfeld’s Communications Director.  What I didn’t share was – it was completely unsolicited.  She contacted me.  Little old me.  All on her own.

I know, she probably did a search on Isla Moda and sent mass emails out to anyone who had recently posted about the resort and Lagerfeld’s reported involvement, but the fact that I made it onto that list made me feel special for a moment.  My blog had actually garnered her attention and warranted an email response.  It just made the blog – and it’s potential reach – all the more real to me!

What is new in your world? Is there anything you want to discuss this Whatever Wednesday?

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  • Monique November 5, 2010, 1:09 AM

    Love that that editorial shoot! and take a breather we’ll all be here! we all need a break every once and a while! I face the “blogger burnout” often too when I do I just put it aside till I’m refreshed.
    xo M

  • Bere Parra November 5, 2010, 12:55 AM

    The pics with Tiiu are really beautiful. I hadn’t seen her in ages: had no idea she’s blonde now! The clothes are to die for, of course, but more than that I’m coveting the hairstyle ;).
    Right now I don’t have cable tv so I have long lost the clue of Project Runway. I think it is good television, but find that many times the approach of the judges is way too stiff. There are times when they will appreciate couture and Art, while most of the ocassions I get the feeling that they only want designers who do Michael Kors-style pieces. This is just my opinion of course!
    The Suits Supply ad campaign is risqué but also kind of tongue-in-cheek I think. Even though the situations depicted are “R rated”, I don’t think the images look trashy or vulgar at all, which must have been difficult to achieve. The lighting is perfect but I do agree that the clothes fall on a very 2nd place. The situations are just way too distracting! 😀
    So far I haven’t heard of “blogger burnout”. I think that these days (specially during the last 2 months of the year) we are all forced to handle way more than we’re capable of, either by circumstances or by people we oughta support. Right now I’m in an extremely busy time myself and I thought that I would end up slacking a bit on my blog posts. However, I have realized that blogging keeps me balanced. I know it’s an additional task and it takes a lot of time but, somehow, it’s like meditating for me. Sort of a reminder of what matters for me, you know? I guess that I’ll have to organize my schedule this weekend so that I stop worrying about not blogging/not reading blogs, maybe leave 1 day each week just to do that. I’ve never had a ‘schedule’ before so you can imagine how new the whole ‘busy’ thing is to me!
    Your blog makes me smile, it’s full of intelligent insights! THANK YOU XX B.

    • Beautifully Invisible November 6, 2010, 2:14 AM

      Tiiu’s hair is gorgeous, isn’t it? Mine looks like that on a good day, In my dreams. HAH!

      I think your analysis of Project Runway was right on for this season. The runner-up was couture, while the winner was mainstream MK.

      I agree that the Shameless ads are quite cheeky. I think that is why I like them, Unlike the CK ads that have caused all that controversy, these are clearly playful.

      Thank you for the words of wisdom about scheduling, etc I have never NOT had a schedule, so I think, for me, having to step outside that is what is freaking me out. It is slowly falling back into place though:)

      Finally, thank you for your kind words. They are MUCH appreciated 🙂 *hugs*

  • Casee Marie November 4, 2010, 4:32 PM

    Love Tiiu Kuik! That shoot is gorgeous. I love the second piece especially.

    I’ve never really watched PR, but I remember Gretchen’s looks being my favorite in one episode I saw. I think it was one of the challenges that she won. From the little bit I remember, it seems like Gretchen was sort of Liz Claiborne to the show’s Alexander McQueen taste? Very mainstream. I think I read that she designed eco-friendly clothes before PR – I think that’s fantastic, but it just doesn’t fit into the image I get when I think Project Runway. I have a feeling that given the viewers’ frustrations and the recent Marie Claire debacle Nina will most likely be out next season…

    I don’t really have an opinion on that advertorial – except that the first one made me lol for some reason. Just your average guy lookin’ up a girl’s skirt in public, no big deal. It looks like they’re trying to channel Don Draper, but this fella doesn’t quite have Don’s prowess. He just looks rather bored.

    I feel you on There-Isn’t-Enough-Hours-in-a-Day burnout, though in terms of writing posts I’m doing well and actually feel like I have a decent groove going. I’ve been feeling stretched thin for weeks, though, and rather than address it I took on NoNoWriMo this month (which involves writing a 50k word novel before December). The writing time – both for the blogs and for NaNo – as well as the mountain of correspondence I have waiting for me leaves very little time for blog reading/commenting. Factor in pesky things like meals, sleep and hygiene and any chance of being a successful and supportive blog-reader goes out the window. If only we could create more hours in a day!

    • Beautifully Invisible November 6, 2010, 2:10 AM

      You are right about Gretchen, she did design more eco-friendly clothing. I am assuming she will go back to that now. We’ll see. Her style is definitely more mainstream, I just find it dull. Unoriginal. Mondo’s work, on the other hand, is creative and inspired. I wonder if you are right about Nina being out next season. It will be interesting to see how the fallout from the article, combined with the fallout from the winner of PR, plays out.

      As for the Shamelss ads, if they were trying to channel Don Draper they failed miserably. LOL But yet I like the cheekiness of the ads.

      I applaud you for taking on that writing challenge again this year, and wish you all the luck in the world. I actually considered participating for a second, but there is no way I could ever do that at this time of the year! Meanwhile, if I ever figure out how to create more hours in a day, I’ll let you know! 🙂

  • Anonymous November 4, 2010, 1:03 PM

    I love that shoot and that red dress is a bit over the top, would’ve like to see it with a bra. Blogger burnout is real, trust me. But I couldn’t agree more that sometimes there just isn’t enough time to do it all. Blog at your own pace and ride out this busy time. Life is about lulls and you’ll have more time again in the future. Congrats on the email! I would have died!

    • Beautifully Invisible November 6, 2010, 2:04 AM

      I agree – a bra would have helped the styling of that red dress immensely.

      I have no doubt blogger burnout is real, I just think I am suffering from a different type, is all 🙂 I appreciate the advice. You are certainly right in that life is about lulls – I am looking forward to the next one! LOL

  • Anonymous November 4, 2010, 2:56 AM

    I LOVE the editorial, and I blog if I want to, no pressure
    Take all the time you need if you needed a rest, as for not enough time in the day, just take it easy and prioritize, II don’t think it’s worth stressing over, breathe babe, hope this helps 🙂


  • MJ November 3, 2010, 6:54 PM

    That editorial shoot is fabulous and I so want those boots!

    I know we talked on Twitter about this but I am still just as upset that Mondo did not win. I would’ve been slightly okay if Andy took it, but Gretchen???? Are you kidding me??? You’re right, a runway show is that a show! Besides the fact Mondo has a style all of his own, while Gretchen’s can readily be imitated. Tim Gunn is right, Nina and Michael are smoking crack! ( I love Tim Gunn I tell yah!)

    Blogger burnout:
    From someone who juggles a million, trillion things, burnout is a fact of life and I think what helps is that we don’t feel guilty that we aren’t posting as much as we want and commenting as much as we want to. I think our readers will understand. Plus its so important to schedule that “me” time so when you do post, you’re on top of your game. Trust me girl, you are no alone! 🙂


    • Beautifully Invisible November 6, 2010, 2:02 AM

      Hi MJ, I completely agree about those boots. Perfect!

      I think I am still in a state of denial about PR. In my heart, Mondo is – and always will be – the winner!

      I know that I shouldn’t feel guilty about burnout, but I can’t help it, I get frustrated when I want to be doing something, but I just don’t have the time! Thanks for the pep-talk, though 🙂