How to be a Gracious Loser, and Other Things I Don’t Know

April 17, 2010 | By | 3 Replies More

Dear Sportswear Trackers,

Where the f- did we go wrong?

…..”I rather not be in the show with the rest of you guys than to be in the show without you”, I overhear one friend of mine sharing with some others.  That is loyalty. That is a friend. That is…complete and utter crap.

We’re all friends here, and we all recognize each others talents, which made Friday’s grand announcement doubly difficult to digest. For many of us, we have to get over both the shock and disappointment of our own rejection and that of our brilliant classmates. Indeed there were many exchanges of

The Rejects. Boo....hiss....boo!!!!

The Rejects. Boo....hiss....boo!!!! So my crocheting's a little wonky, but oh my cotton-my glorious cotton!!

“I thought for sure you were going to get in,”

“I don’t get it, your stuff is amazing,”

“You?! You didn’t?! No way, no way”

and the still lingering consensus of:

“Why?….why……?”

and my personal favorite:

“This….is some….bulls—”

Even Lil’ Humphrey still can’t believe his little monkey ears. He had his favorites like the rest of us. (Mine included, of course. Also, he did help out at some point so he’s taking this rather personally).

Look at him. He's taking it so hard.

Look at him. He's taking it so hard.

I can’t help but take it personally. I understand that design is subjective but it’s not like there were only 3 judges. And people like those on our panel–professionals held in high regard in their prospective industries– well, wouldn’t I want to appeal to their tastes in the first place? So why feed me crap about how this decision has no reflection on how good I am as a designer? No, it doesn’t mean that I’m a bad one. I know that I’m not and not everyone can be in the show. In fact, many of the people that were cut, I thought to be brilliant, shining examples of what the “Future of Fashion” is really all about. So, no, not getting into the show doesn’t make me a bad designer– I happen to think I’m a very good one–but it tells me that I’m just not good enough. They only wanted the best. So I’m not the best….and isn’t that what we all want to be?

Both looks w/o their perspective outerwear on. Chic, classic, understated elegance...me.

Both looks w/o their perspective outerwear on. Chic, classic, understated elegance...me.

Look 2 with look 1's sleeveless jacket. The whole point of a Sportswear Collection to me, is that all the pieces work with eachother.

Look 2 with look 1's sleeveless jacket. The whole point of a Sportswear Collection to me, is that all the pieces work with eachother.

Frontal view of my Cotton Inc. Garment. I thought for sure it would get in.

Frontal view of my Cotton Inc. Garment. I thought for sure it would get in.

Back view. It's a mercerized cotton jersey top with cotton voile binding. Bindings on knits...give me something for even braving this.

Back view. It's a mercerized cotton jersey top with cotton voile binding. Bindings on knits...give me something for even braving this.

The "multi-top". It's one of my signatures, being able to change the garment. I made it reversible with a layered look. Here it's even on backwards as a boatneck.

The "multi-top". It's one of my signatures, being able to change the garment. I made it reversible with a layered look. Here it's even on backwards as a boatneck.

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Category: Sportswear, Yissel

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  1. Manca says:

    i love the garment :)

  2. Yissel says:

    Thank you so much!

  3. Yissel says:

    Thank you!

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