It seems that the general consensus is that Epperson should not have gone home this week. We agree. However, here's where we part from the general mood: it wasn't Logan that should have gone home; it was Christopher.
Don't get us wrong; we didn't WANT Christopher gone but to our eyes his look was clearly the worst. Let's break it down.
Hunh. How about that. We can't break it down.
Why? Because it's tip-to-toe AWFUL. There is literally nothing else to be said about this dress.
The proportions are terrible and unflattering.
And while we don't have an issue with the textured metallic idea (Prada did it well for spring '09), this attempt at it simply did not work.
Which brings us to our main issue: Christopher was apparently perfectly fine with this look. He said as much when he declared that this dress really represented who he was as a designer. We always have a problem when contestants can't admit that what they're sending down the runway looks like shit. It either speaks of a willful blindness based on ego or it speaks of a designer who has no tools to self-assess their work. We tend to think it's the latter since Christopher hasn't really demonstrated a drop of egotism.
Now don't go assuming that just because we think Christopher should have gone home that we also think Logan produced anything better. He didn't. It was a very tight race to the bottom.
The client said she didn't like to show her legs and Logan quite reasonably decided that pants were the way to go. He'd have been better off figuring out a way to make a gown that didn't look like her wedding gown.
Unfortunately, he got a deal on that wool and that was all she wrote for this look.
Here is the one nice thing we can say: we like the closures. Other than that, the whole look is a disaster.
Once again we have a pair of manpants on a woman. You know, one of these days they need to do a challenge where skirts are not allowed just to put the designers through their paces. They can add that sleeves are required.
It amazes us that he tried to do that ruffle thing on the neckline since Louise got auf'd last week with a dress that had a very similar detail on it. And just look at those "cups," which aren't really cups at all; just fabric shoved in to the vest.
And can we just say that if you're going to do one of those "Saint Pauli Girl" vests that go under the boobs like that, it really only works on slim women with small boobs. This client has a perfectly nice figure but she doesn't have the figure for a boob vest. Most women don't.
And finally, we'd be remiss if we didn't point out the ridiculous cuffs.
It's to his credit that he, unlike Christopher, knew that he was showing a piece of crap. Here's why we think he eeked out a spot slightly above Christopher: if you made some minor tweeks to the design and if it was perfectly executed, it wouldn't be all that bad a look. We really can't say the same about Christopher's at all.
Now, a lot of people are assuming that Logan was kept in for his looks and youth. We can't speak to the truth of that, but we can offer a slightly different tinfoil hat conspiracy theory. Take it as a discussion point because we have no idea whether there's any truth to it.
He was kept in the game in the hope that his looks would lead to a storyline. He seems like a nice enough guy, but he's not exactly setting the screen on fire with his personality. Instead, we've been hammered over and over again with sound bites that all the girls think he's hot. Which, again, nothing against the guy, but he's "only" an attractive young guy. He's cute, but he's not world class or anything. Because these are all discrete, relatively low-key tossed off comments, we tend to think that, aside from Fatma's Fatal Obsession, most of the other girls don't really think much of it. Logan's hot; the sky is blue; water is wet. But because it's been thrown at us so many times, we can't help but wonder if Bunim/Murray are trying to desperately to create a Real World-esque romance subplot between Logan and one of the girls and THAT'S why they're still keeping him around. Discuss.
[Photos: Mike Yarish/myLifetime.com - Video: myLifetime.com - Screencaps: Projectrungay.blogspot.com]
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