Let's start with the top (haha!). He seems sweet, but perhaps a bit too serious. He turned out a pretty fine dress this week, but he strikes us as the type that may overthink things a bit too much.
Not that there was evidence of that this week. It's just a hunch we have. One thing's for sure...
...he turned out a killer look. It's not revolutionary or anything, but it's a beautiful dress with a lot of wonderful details.
We loved all the pin-tucking and the treatment he did at the shoulder.
And we think that trains on red carpet dresses can quite often veer into obnoxious territory, but this one was restrained and classic.
And we loved the back of it.
Our criticisms are thus:
He managed to stop just before he got into overworked territory and that's something he needs to keep under control. The color is boring and we think it's the main reason why the judges said it looked like a dress for a mature woman. Had he picked a more vibrant color, it would have looked more modern and trendy. And finally, there were some technical issues. You can see every seam and pucker from 20 feet away and the bust doesn't fit so great. We think that these are the reasons why he came in second. It is, as we said, a beautiful dress, though. He's definitely one to watch.
And in the "words that'll bite you in the ass" category...
"I love pressure, give me as much pressure as you can give me and I will make something beautiful."
We can just picture the producers hearing that and running off to fill out his model card, trying mightily to stifle their laughter the whole time:
Hips: 14 1/2"
At which point, they all fell to the floor, rolling around and clutching their stomachs in laughter, tears rolling down their face.
So what did Mitchell do when he read his model card?
He went for a "Ma Ingalls in ABBA" dress that defies belief. We haven't seen smocking like that since Holly Hobbie was a fashion icon.
He's damn lucky his model turned out to be gigantic, because if he'd sent that misguided attempt down the runway, Nina's and Michael's heads would have exploded.
There was so much else going on in the episode, but looking at this screencap...
... and this one, it looks like he attempted two more looks before he settled on the final dress.
Finally, in a burst of last minute desperation, he put a smocked pseudo-Elizabethan collar on a sheer curtain and called it a day.
We can't believe we're saying this, because the "dress" he sent down was so sheer and so barely put together that it bordered on imaginary, but we can kinda see where the judges were coming from in keeping him.
Despite its lack of...well, almost anything, there was still a certain style to it. Like something Lola Falana would have worn for a TV special in 1972.
Yeah, that collar was pretty ridiculous, and the outfit was more about her panties than about any technical skill Mitchell brought to the table, but he benefited from Ari turning out something far worse and we think the judges were a little impressed that he pulled something together that had a little style and attitude to it when he was up against the wall and had almost no time to course correct.
Two bits of business before we go: As you know, we have a TON of dresses to rip, so we'll be posting throughout the weekend. Keep checking back. Also, check out the cool new widget on the sidebar of the front page, which keeps you up to date on all the supplemental posting we're doing on our Facebook page. We're so tired, kittens! We want to take a shower and a nap!
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[Photos: Mike Yarish/myLifetime.com - Videos: myLifetime.com - Screencaps: Projectrungay.blogspot.com]
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