First, I have a confession to make. Last week, I said I was reserving judgment on the new host, mentor, and judges. This week, I realized that – somewhat to my own surprise – I don’t miss the old crew all that much. Sure, if you lined them all up side by side, I’d pick Michael, Nina, Tim and even Heidi, but the new team is less of a hindrance to my enjoyment of this season than I thought it’d be. Who knew? Also, I’m loving Joanna Coles – as the designers’ mentor, she’s simultaneously terrifying and sympathetic, which I wouldn’t have thought possible before seeing her on this show.
Anyway, onto the fashion. Tonight’s challenge was to create a couture opera gown…in 24 hours. I know the point of this show is to push the designers to their breaking points (I hear it makes for good TV and all), but sometimes I wish they’d give them a little more time to work with. Nothing tonight flat-out wowed me, and I have to wonder what these folks could have done with two or even three days. Perhaps there would be a bit less drama (slash emotional breakdowns), but I wonder how much better the fashions would’ve been for it.
Here’s a look at who I liked and who I loathed tonight –
- Gordana: I was bummed this wound up in the middle of the pack – I thought her look was unique compared to the other designers. I loved how it was a modern-day flapper, morphed into evening wear. I also thought it looked much prettier on the runway than how it photographed in the picture above. The color was gorgeous and the entire look was styled to perfection.
- Mila: This was perhaps too basic and “safe” for the judges to reward, but I loved this gown. I liked the zig-zag angles of the top, and I loved the glittery black fabric. Sleek and stylish.
- Austin: Everyone kept saying this should be Austin’s challenge which, in the sneaky ways of reality TV editing, I interpreted to mean he’d (shocker!) wind up making a disaster of a dress. Alas, no. The minute his model stepped out on the runway, I knew this was a winner. Gorgeous and striking, and I loved the weaved front.
My Bottom Three:
- Kenley: This look took me back to my childhood – remember Cupcake Dolls? Yeah, this looks like a Project Runway Cupcake Doll (do I smell a potential marketing tie-in opportunity?) Anyway, this was too childish for a night at the opera.
- Sweet P: This was pretty but simply NOT an evening gown you could wear to the opera. It was way too casual and bright. And for the second week in a row, I thought Sweet P’s design looked amateurish. I agreed with the judges for sending her home.
- Kara: I’ve seen this print before, and it was from one of my Easter dresses, circa 1994. I mean, using pastel Easter fabric? Ughhhh. Like Sweet P’s gown, I just didn’t think this was appropriate for the parameters of the challenge. Also, the dress was like a gigantic, shapeless bell. Just wrong. I’m going to need Kara to step up her game, pronto.
Random Bits + Pieces:
- I found it adorable that Rami was, like, scratching Anthony’s head when they were all sitting around at the apartment talking. Cute!
- You would think that, the second time around, designers would grow or change or learn from their past mistakes. But no. Kara is still the same scattered, unfocused designer she was before, which is a shame because when she gets her shit together, I love her designs.
- I really like April’s hair. Random, I know. It’s dyed a whitish/blondish/grey color, which sounds weird but looks good on her.
- Michael is driving me insane with his insecurities and complaining. Really, Michael, it’s a crime that April chose the same color fabric as you? Red is a pretty common color, dude. Get over it. Rule #76 – no excuses, play like a champion.
- Jerell is so grating. “Let’s just say, I’m reaching around and patting myself on the back for a job well done.” Uhhh, let’s just not.
Bitchy Line of the Night: “That’s insulting the world of couture to even use the word to describe this challenge. We’re just gonna say, really really really pumped up prom dresses.” (Anthony, totally on-point about the rushed nature of the challenge)