YOU are the winner in the most boring episode ever!
How did this happen? On paper, this had all the signs of being a fabulously entertaining hour. You had Nina in the workroom, looking (of course) fabulous.
You had goofy fashion trends being fought over and you had a team challenge, something that a lot of readers seem to dislike, but we find to be a great source of over-the-top-drama.
Oh sure, there was some minor drama with these three but since it was all whispered, we could barely tell what they were tense about. Besides, our eyes kept glazing over.
Will Kevin finish his shorts on time? Will Rami and Jillian (who are looking more and more like a brother/sister act every week) whisper their disapproval to him? Darlings, we could barely finish the second bottle of wine, we were so tense!
We went from thinking we were going to hate Jillian, to letting our bitchy hearts open just enough to start finding her charming, to falling asleep at the sight of her. She's so monotone that it's starting to get on our nerves. Where's the showgirl wannabe from her audition tape?
As for the challenge, at first we thought it sounded like a great idea, then we thought it sounded like an impossible idea. It must've been, because the results last night were all mediocre and the winning entries just barely fulfilled the requirements of the challenge at all. Let's go to the tape:
This is cute. Tim was spot-on in his required 30-second appearance when he said all the clothes in the collection looked like something Jillian would wear. We guess that's not a bad thing. She certainly has a personal style. And it says good things about Kevin and Rami that they were willing to defer to it.
As we said, very cute and also well-executed. Here's the thing, though: are these really overalls? It's a jumpsuit with a blouse. If it had been done in any fabric other than denim, it wouldn't evoke overalls at all.
We like the blouse too. Strange, because we don't normally like that kind of frillery, but the sheer fabric works against the denim.
And technically, this isn't a poodle skirt. Seriously, had you not known the inspiration, would you have guessed that it was a poodle skirt? Or would you have guessed that it was a square-dancing costume?
Again, well-executed, but that almost goes without saying with these three designers. We like the bodice and the trim.
We realize that they weren't supposed to literally recreate the looks, but this seems to stray fairly far from the concept of a poodle skirt, what with the ruching and the bands of trim. Poodle skirts are very simple swing skirts cut in a circle without much in the way of tailoring (none, really).
We guess if you squint a little, you could say that this had a '70s flare to it, but this owes more to the '30s than the '70s, although granted, a lot of '70s fashion was inspired by pre- and post-war trends, so technically, it fulfills the requirements.
We do NOT like the top on this thing. The fabric is kind of ugly and the collar makes her look like a blooming onion.
Although we really do like the shorts, but they weren't really worth all that understated drama and we're not sure why it took Kevin so long to make them.
The final looks were decent enough but we have to say, aside from the fact that they were all rendered in the same fabric, they didn't really look all that cohesive. Kevin and Jillian's looks sort of went together, but Rami's looked like it wandered in from another runway show. [Photos:Barbara Nitke/Bravotv.com/ - Screencaps: Project RunGay]