We will say that despite the somewhat institutional issues with this show, there is a slow arc of improvement going on over the season. The show's not as dark or as sloppy as it once was. Everything's tightened up a bit and everybody is asserting themselves in their roles, for good or bad. While we didn't love everything about this episode, it was one of the better ones, just like last week's.
As far as inspiration for a look goes, Tarot's no worse than any of the other silly things they could have thrown at them. At least there was no trash or car parts involved.
But sitting them down and subjecting them to a reading? EL LAME-O GRANDE. Super-lame. Lame to end all lameness. Embarrassingly lame.
On the other hand, the clothes this week were pretty good, but that's more of a consequence of narrowing the contestants down to the more talented ones. We doubt very much that they were so inspired by this incredibly not-lame inspiration challenge that they all suddenly became better designers.
So congrats, Anna! We love this dress. It's probably not the most practical dress in the world, what with sitting being so difficult and all, but it's pretty and stylish and trendy.
And those three qualities are COMPLETELY ABSENT from the manufactured version of the garment. They went from "chic little garden party dress" straight to "Mrs. Clown." They couldn't find ANY fabric closer to the original than THAT?
Because the original fabric is really pretty. It makes the dress almost as much as that crazy skirt does.
The only weak note in our opinion is the belt, which is in too nondescript a color for so much dress. It should either have been in a high-contrast opposing color or it should have been a completely neutral black or white. That bluish gray isn't really adding anything.
Doing those pleats was a huge risk for her because of the "non-flattering" factor and also because of the "way too much" one.
Somehow, she knew just when to stop before either issue reared its head. They are exactly the right size and shape for what she was trying to do. Girl knows what she's doing.
Let's start with that coat, which we think is amazing, but the judges nit-picked to death.
And our Chicken Diva goes home. We are both sad and at the same time very, very confused. To our eyes, there is way more good going on with this outfit than there is bad. And there were FAR worse outfits on that runway.
Beautiful color, amazingly well-executed with lots of detailing. The judges acted as if there was way too much, but have they seen some of the coats out there lately? There's a pocket and a compartment for every possible item one could conceivably leave the house with.
And we thought he did a great take on the unfortunate American habit of traveling in sweat suits.
It was chic and looked great on her and also had some great detailing. On top of everything else, it was practical.
As a traveling outfit, it afforded her some comfort while still looking chic and she had compartments all over her clothing for everything from tickets to breath mints. What else do you need? Maybe he should have added some compartments for holding her shoes. The judges love that sort of shit.
The ONLY part of the outfit that undeniably sucked were those ridiculous pants with their ballooning knees. We understand that they were SO awful that they may have overrided most of the outfit's good points, but the judges completely overreacted to them.
And why did the judges completely overreact to this outfit? Because the crowd of "fashion insiders" did. That's probably our biggest complaint about the show, the judges are forced to restrict their decisions to whichever garments got the lowest and highest scores, which means by definition, the judges are forced to judge their way around other people's decisions and criteria. It's a murky process made doubly so because we have no idea who the vast majority of these people are (except for a shot of maybe 6 or so every episode) and we have no idea what information they've been given about the challenge and what the designers were required to do. "90% of the audience said they wouldn't buy your outfit." Well, okay. Who the fuck are they, then?
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