We had a somewhat irrationally negative reaction to this dress.
Our initial reaction was that it was "more of the same" from him, but that's really not true, technically speaking. You can put this next to his other entries and see that it's not the same, not quite.
But there IS a similarity in the broad sense: cocktail dress + technique. In previous weeks, the technique was applique; this week it's lacing.
And WAY TOO MUCH lacing to boot. We tend to automatically look at lacing as a bit of honky-tonk tackiness. Sue us, we're snotty bitches.
And while we realize Heidi isn't exactly prim in her style and that this dress would have been altered, if not rebuilt from the ground up to fit her, we think that bust is way too low for a gal as bodacious as her, especially since she'd be wearing it shortly after giving birth, when her jugs runneth over.
On the other hand, we agreed with the judges when they said they found his willingness to alter the dress right there and then according to their critiques to be a pretty admirable thing and highly useful when dealing with a cover shot.
An unestablished designer SHOULD be ready to jump through hoops if he wants his look featured on the cover, and the judges were absolutely right that it looked better without the straps. Although it only drove the point home to us how inappropriately low cut the design is for Heidi.
How fucking cute was Ben when the judges were praising his dress? You could tell he was just barely keeping his emotions in check.
We really liked this dress, but we can't agree with the prevailing opinion in the comments section that Ben was "robbed" of his win. Let's break it down.
The colors are beautiful and rich and just interesting enough to make the combination seem refreshingly different.
Loved the belt, although we're not sure if he made it or pulled it off the wall. The judging makes it sound like he made it but the material he originally bought for the belt was a metallic leather. Either way, it was a strong choice.
And we were with Heidi in loving the way he framed the cutout.
But, we're not convinced that this would have been a better choice for the cover shot than Anthony's. While we love the color choices and the color blocking, we tend to think they would have been a bit distracting on a cover. Yes, the Duchess said that this dress "punches through" the noise on a newstand, but it would also fight all the other elements on a magazine cover, namely, all that text.
Don't get us wrong, it's a gorgeous piece, but not necessarily a cover piece.
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