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She by Sheree Spring 2010: A Fashion Show with no Fashion Sense? How Dreadful

Hey Glamazons!

Sorry, I didn’t blog yesterday. I have truly been the walking dead (in Louboutin heels…so the wobbling dead) for the last three days.
I literally pulled myself out of bed to see the New York debut of She by Sheree, Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta star, Sheree Whitfield’s collection, on Sunday. Despite only having three hours of sleep the night before, I had to drag myself there to see what all the fuss was about. I arrived at the Red Bull Space at 10am for our interview where the publicist offered me Red Bull (Did I look that bad?!!) Two and half hours later, Sheree arrived un-fashionably late. Side-eye.
To be honest, she may have been better off with just sketches of her clothing line. The designs were uninspired and the quality was lacking. That’s not to say the corsets, minidresses, jumpsuits, sheaths, blouses and wideleg pants won’t have success on the market; there are certainly young, trendy women who will proudly rock Sheree’s designs to the club in Atlanta. But Bloomingdales and other high-end boutiques? They would surely close the store before selling an ill-fitting pencil skirt with an unfinished hem.

I am always supportive of people pursuing their dreams and am happy to see Sheree succeed (especially after watching the previous two seasons of the Real Housewives of Atlanta where she fought with her seamstress and event planner). But I have to say it is a smack in the face to fashion students and apprentices at established design houses who dream of starting their own line, that a reality star, with no experience or remarkable talent, can show at Fashion Week. I think celebrity has trumped talent in yet another industry (other corrupted industries: modeling, acting, beauty business, I could go on).

While I feel the collection left much to be desired, Sheree, who cited Zac Posen as one of her favorite designers, said the line has been well-received by “New York City and the fashion community.” The inspiration behind her popular line? “The calla lily, my favorite flower,” she said. It’s strong, bold and sexy and can stand alone. Like me.” Sheree definitely stood alone in a She by Sheree Amish-meets-Morticia dress and Pierre Hardy booties.

The crowd, who came out in their Sunday’s best and most elaborate hairstyles, brought the high-end glitz and glamour to the event. Sheree’s hairstylist, for instance, proudly modeled his Michael Kors shorts, Manolo Blahnik over-the-knee boots and a Birkins bag. “You know what the bag is giving!” he told me.

Another divo modeled his vintage glasses and a fierce, freshly permed haircut and quite frankly, his hairstyle was more exciting than the collection.

Among the fashionista/os in the crowd, we spotted Briana Bigham of BET’s Harlem Heights. Noticeably absent, however, were Sheree’s Real Housewives of Atlanta castmates. When asked if she thought her collection outshone “Closet Freak,” the latest line from Real Housewives of Atlanta star, Lisa Wu-Hartwell, Sheree simply asked that the audience be the judge. So Glamazons, what’s the verdict? Do you love the collection? Would you wear it?



Somebody Save Fashion Week: Pamela Anderson and Sheree to Show at NYFW


I’m calling in a S.O.S.! When I first heard She by Sheree was presenting at Fashion Week, I have to admit I was slightly perturbed. Fashion Week is notoriously elite and a drama-loving, reality star turned designer is as mainstream as it gets. Background info for the non-Bravo watcher: She by Sheree is the brain-child of reality diva, Sheree Whitfield, from Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta. The problem—besides her obvious lack of experience—is that her first foray into fashion went famously awry on Season 1. After receiving poorly-crafted samples from her seamstress days before the debut of “She by Sheree,” Sheree was forced to hold a “fashion show with no fashions,” just sketches. I’m hoping her Fashion Week presentation fares better.

But even She by Sheree’s presentation is acceptable compared to Pamela Anderson’s. Yes, people, Pamela Anderson is showing her new collection, “MUSE,” during Fashion Week. It hurts to even type that. Seriously, what qualifies celebrities without an ounce of fashion work experience to design and show during Fashion Week? Especially when there are so many bright-eyed, hard-working FIT/Parsons students who would give their left lung for a chance to participate in Fashion Week.

Pamela Anderson’s MUSE does have some redeeming qualities that should not go ignored. The most important factor is that MUSE is a collaboration with Richie Rich (formerly of Heatherette), who is, for all intents and purposes, the love of my life (see our pic below). Their fondness for each other was evident at his Spring 2009 show, which I had the pleasure of attending, where she worked the catwalk in a hot, gold one-piece number from his first solo collection. Richie Rich spoke to New York Times Fashion about their past collaborations: “A few years ago in Vegas, she had a T-shirt line, so I styled her show. She sent me to Michael’s, a craft store, in a limousine, and she was like, ‘Doll up my line!’ And I did. Glitter, pom-poms, you name it.” Well, there’s nothing wrong with a little glitter. With Richie Rich on board, there’s hope for Pamela Anderson’s line.

The Glamazons LOVE Richie Rich

The second factor that really sets her line apart is that it’s an eco- and animal-friendly collection, which is an amazing, and commendable, feat. Not quite worthy of presenting at Fashion Week, but commendable nonetheless. What do you think? Are Pamela Anderson and Sheree qualified to design and present at NYFW? Is it unfair to other up-and-coming designers who have experience and education in the field? Is their participation in NYFW acceptable as long as they collaborate with established designers? Are you excited (for the right reasons) to see either of their shows? Discuss.

Check out She by Sheree’s collection below: