The judges were clearly passing around the marijuana brownies during the runway because I completely disagreed with most of their likes and dislikes. Or maybe I’m harboring some latent resentment of 70‘s style because my sister and I grew up in that decade and my mom mercilessly dressed us in bellbottoms and fabrics too ugly to use on a couch in our childhood.
Anthony: Anthony’s first look, the short dress with the jacket, reminded me way too much of the outfit Laura made on the 8/25 episode. Both have that weird sleeveless jacket/vest thing. The dress itself wouldn’t have been so bad but the belt needed to go. As for the maxi dress, I actually liked it, although it does look like a tablecloth strapped to the model with a big, ugly belt. LOL at the judges saying they looked like two members of the same cult.
Anya: Ironically, the cheaper outfit looked better to me. I hated the dress the judges loved so much. The boxy pattern makes the models’ body from the waist down look miles wide. Perhaps if she had run the fabric on the bottom the same direction as she did the fabric on top it would have looked ok. I couldn’t believe the judges chose this as the winning look. Ick!!
Bert: While Bert was working on his first outfit, I worried that it was too disco but the sequins ended up not being overpowering. He could have done without the overwrap, though. I thought it looked trashy and dumpy. I didn’t like his second little dress at all. Too plain, too monotone, plus how many times have the judges chewed out designers for making a dress you can find anywhere? I think this look has been done to death. It’s nothing original.
Joshua: Joshua was trying to channel Mondo with his first outfit but I think he got interference from the spirits of past bad designers. It didn’t help that he did his usual trick of adding everything but the kitchen sink to the design. I liked the second outfit. The judges said it wasn’t 70’s but I disagree. In the late 70’s, ladies wore dresses with patterns like this to go clubbing.
Kimberly: Kimberly apparently doesn’t know how to design an outfit for women’s breasts any better than Olivier did. So many of the tops she’s created are badly fitted. No wonder the challenges she’s done the best at was where she made a jacket to cover the shirt. The model for the second look looks like she ended up nude in the park and the singing nun gave her a habit to wear as a shirt and a kindly gentlemen gave her his jacket to cover her lady parts. I think it’s awful.
Laura: I’m not sure why the patterns in Laura’s first outfit don’t work together. From watching What Not to Wear, I know that black and white are neutrals and should go with any pattern. Perhaps if she had dyed the white in the top one of the colors found in the skirt, the look would have been more harmonious. I liked the outfit but it was pushing the envelope. The second look, I didn’t like the top. With the blouse tucked in and the skirt having no definition at the waistline, it looks frumpy to me. I would have liked it better if the top had been more form-fitting or if the skirt had had a more cinched-in waistline.
Viktor: I hated Viktor’s first look, despite the judges gushing over it. It looks cartoonish to me with the defined hemlines, pockets, and pinstripes on the pants. Plus, the snakeskin shirt didn’t go with the whole look. You really couldn’t even see it with the jacket on. I would have liked it if he had either ditched the jacket or made a skirt with the snakeskin to pair with the jacket. The second look was forgettable. I didn’t remember it when I started editing images today and don’t recall my impressions of it from the runway.
Here’s how I would rank the fashions:
1. Bert (disco hotpants)
2. Joshua (top and long skirt)
3. Anya (pantsuit)
4. Laura (chevron top and flower skirt)
5. Viktor (top and skirt)
6. Anthony (maxi dress)
7. Laura (sliptop and skirt)
8. Kimberly (top and skirt)
9. Anthony (dress with jacket)
10. Bert (basic dress)
11. Viktor (pantsuit)
12. Anya (jumper)
13. Joshua (top and pants)
14. Kimberly (pantsuit)