So let's get to the shouting.
The most insanely obvious winner's edit of all time.
We don't have much to say about the finale. Despite our bitching, we do like this show, at least in theory. We're fine with its L.A.-based, retail-centered approach. We don't want a bunch of Project Runway ripoffs in the fashion reality TV pool, so it never bothered us that this isn't PR. We like the concept, liked the cast for the most part and liked more of the challenges than not. It's been a big, cheesy, brightly colored game show and we are absolutely a-ok with all of that.
What bothered us is the sheer inanity of the judging. It got to the point where it was torture having to listen to any of them speak. The two female judges are just as much mirror images of each other as the two male judges and there's really not all that much difference between any of them. It made for a very narrow, and very dull judging panel.
Our first impulse was that Merle should have won and to be honest, we still believe that, but we kind of talked ourselves into Kathy's win when we really sat down and examined it.
This was a knockout dress and she sold the hell out of it. We dig the hem.
She kind of loses us with the overabundance of zebra print. Although we do like the pantsuit and the cocktail dress.
It's all right. The judges made a big deal out of that kimono back and it is nice, to be sure, but we can't help thinking that the materials don't look rich enough for this gown.
We liked it better with the red sash.
Because we really hate that gold and turquoise color combination. This is our least favorite piece.
No complaints here. This is beautiful.
And we like this one too.
To be honest, we think this look was a big factor in her win. As we said, we really liked Merle's collection, but it wasn't without some weak points (which we'll get to later) and it was in some ways, fairly standard, Hollywood glamour with a little bit of NY style.
Kathy's was more unconventional and because of that, it had a stronger point of view. Now, color us surprised that those judges would even consider such a criterion, but we think that may have been it. The use of unusual colors, wild prints, challenging sillhouettes, and her braiding technique all combined to make a collection that definitely gets your attention and easily has some salable potential.
We'll have more on the other collections when we're damn well good and ready, kittens.
[Photos: Trae Patton/BravoTV.com]
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