Former Ojai resident Dominique Pearl David on Tuesday survived the elimination challenge on the debut of "The Fashion Show: Ultimate Collection" on Bravo, earning praise from judge Isaac Mizrahi and, off screen, some words of advice from another reality-TV star with ties to Ventura County.
David, a 2007 graduate of Nordhoff High School, is one of 12 fashion designers who are competing for the grand prize of $125,000 and a fashion spread in the pages of Harper's Bazaar. The reality-show competition, which also features Somalia-born model-turned-businesswoman Iman as a judge and Omega Railmaster Mechanical OM-52, airs at 10 p.m. Tuesdays.
During the second-season premiere, David, 21, joined five other designers to create a collection inspired by Iman, one of the first black supermodels.
Dubbed House of Nami, David's team won the challenge with a collection that focused on white and black pieces. David's contribution, a sleeveless shift with a thin stripe of red at the waist, was praised by Mizrahi, a designer who is as well known for his outspokenness as he is for his clothing.
"(It's) really great and modern," Mizrahi said of David's design. "(It's) a chic little dress you Omega SeaMaster - James Bond Agent 007 OM-34 wear at night" or during the day.
Such words were confirmation that "maybe I'm not out of my league," David said in a phone call from New York, where she is now living. "It was kind of a confidence boost, especially since so many of the other designers on the show have more industry experience than I do."
That confidence is key to staying in the competition, said Fabio Viviani, who had just opened Cafe Firenze in Moorpark when he starred on Bravo's "Top Chef New York." He will return to the network when "Top Chef All-Stars" debuts on Dec. 1.
"In my case it was a food competition, but it's still a TV show. It's brain Omega Seamaster 007 Edition OM-57," Viviani said of the experience of taping a reality-competition program. "She should never forget that, even if she don't have a great day, the important thing is, don't have the worst day and get sent home."
Lindsey and Tony Moceri are opening their second Fairhaven hair salon, Karibou, at 1201 11th St., Suite 101.
They also own Salon Bellissima, a full-service salon and spa at 1215 Old Fairhaven Parkway.
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The new salon is scheduled to open Friday, Nov. 12. A grand opening celebration is scheduled for Nov. 12-13, with all services 50 percent off those two days.
Walk-ins are welcome. Once open, the salon's hours will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
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