While it was good seeing some of my old PR friends, I would remiss if I didn’t point out that I mostly found this week’s runway show to be underwhelming. Zanna was correct to point out that the designers didn’t really meet the goals of the challenge when she visited them in the workroom. But I’m getting ahead of myself now…
First things first.
Alyssa, honey, you’re wearing a cross between a couch a potato sack.
So the challenge this week was for designers to think back to the moment they knew they wanted to be fashion designers and create fashion-forward looks based on that initial inspiration. I enjoyed some the clothes in the show, but largely, I didn’t really see any of these inspirational stories in most of the designs. It felt more like the designers knew the looks they wanted to make, and then sloppily tried to get their stories to fit those looks. Let’s take a closer look!
First, the top 3:
Congratulations Valerie! Full disclosure, though, this would not have been my choice for the win. But my choice wasn’t even in the top 3. Heck, my top two choices weren’t in the top 3, but that’s another issue. Valerie’s outfit would probably be my third-place look. I do see that the execution of this design took some skill. It’s actually a romper, not a dress; so those are shorts, not a skirt. That’s actually a cool touch. I do like the way the different colored fabrics are placed in perfect puzzle pieces at the neckline; I think that’s really pretty. But when the camera gets up-close, it looks a little Holly Hobby to me, largely because the white fabric that shows underneath the puzzle pieces looks cheap. To her credit, I will say that Valerie’s story was nice, and it is clearly identifiable in the final look. She was actually moved to tears as she was telling it on the runway, which I’m sure the judges and producers enjoyed. She was inspired by the fact that her friend loaned her the money to buy her first industrial sewing machine, so she practiced sewing different shapes together over and over to hone her craft.
Ken came in second place. It’s a pretty outfit. I especially like the skirt. It’s sexy without being too revealing. However, there was another edgy black dress that I would have placed over this one. It is a very well-made dress. It was nice of Isaac to say that Ken is the one to beat this season. I just think the peplum has been done to death on PR. As Zanna said, it’s a little 2005.
The fact that Layana’s dress is in the top 3 is evidence that the judges have collectively lost their minds. I know that pale pastel colors are apparently a thing now, but I just can’t get past the fact that they always make a woman look like an Easter egg. The design isn’t bad, I suppose, but I hate the fabric and just can’t get beyond it. Periwinkle will always read “bridesmaid” to me. Layana did say that her mother inspired her to be a fashion designer, so perhaps “mother of the bride” is a more accurate description of how I see this dress. And as far as Alyssa Milano’s comments about this dress, is it supposed to be a compliment to say that it looks comfortable? This isn’t Project Bargain Basement, Alyssa. Who gives a shit if it looks comfortable?
Asha’s inspiration was supposed to be her African heritage, but I’m having a hard time seeing the connection here. Also, her heritage doesn’t overtly speak to what inspired her to be a designer, does it? She needed to connect the dots a little more clearly between her heritage, her inspiration, and this design. The outfit itself is, unfortunately, cheap-looking and boring. It was a poor showing from both Under the Gunn contestants, if you ask me.
Mitchell’s story was one of the better ones on the runway last night because it really was a an honest telling of that moment he knew he wanted to be a fashion designer. When he was a child, he used to play a lot of video games. One of the things he used to enjoy doing was drawing additional outfits for his video game characters. One day, one of his friends told him that his drawings were really good, so he decided to try his hand at sketching designs for actual clothing. Unfortunately, as much as I liked his inspiration, it did not translate well in his look this week. The top is so wonky! Alyssa was right to point out that that the neckline makes her boobs look lopsided. Also, the skirt is ambitious, but poorly executed. This is just a big ol’ mess. But, it’s not as bad Daniel Franco’s look…
I get that Daniel Franco is PR royalty. As Ken said, seeing Daniel from seasons 1 and 2 and Stella from season 5 is like seeing Jay Z and Beyonce. But this look is embarrassingly bad, and it should have sent him home. Nothing works here. The color is blah, the design is blah, and it’s executed poorly. When he was in the workroom, he said stylish coats are what inspired him to be a fashion designer. Then, when he was standing before the judges on the runway, he started talking about the first time he met his wife? I don’t get it. And I think it’s bullshit that nobody was sent home this week. I have never, in the history of PR, seen an outcome so blatantly manipulated by producers. The only reason Daniel is still in the competition is because he’s Jay Z, not because he deserves it.
I would have chosen this as the winning look. Full disclosure, I can’t remember what inspired Dom to be a fashion designer, but she did create a very fashion forward look. This was one of the more exciting looks on the runway.
This is very Stella, but it’s like the softer side of Stella. It’s lovely and delicate somehow, but still rock n’ roll. This was my second-favorite look.
Sam created a confusing little outfit, did he? It looks a little like exercise clothes, but really ugly and impractical exercise clothes. Also, the fit on the chest is horrible.
Fade’s fashion designer story is all about freedom. In particular, the sense of freedom he felt when he was able to escape East Germany. Therefore, he drew his inspiration from graffiti on the Berlin wall. I like Fade’s style. His stuff is always really modern and hip. I like that this outfit evokes freedom, as Fade intended, but also somehow celebrates clean lines and structure. The more I look at this outfit, the more I like it.
This outfit is just trying too hard. I don’t like it, but it wasn’t the most offensive thing on the runway.
First of all, there’s no way that his real name is Alexander Pope, but that is neither here nor there. This is a cute little dress. Zanna initially expressed concerns that the dress was going to be too matronly, but he fixed any issues it had. Alexander was inspired to be a designer by 80s goth and new-wave music. I can see the inspiration and he did a nice job of making an outfit that speaks to that inspiration without being too literal.
As usual, Kini can sew the hell out of some fabric. I like the back of the dress, but I don’t understand the bunching in the skirt. It’s odd and looks like an accident.
I’m going to be very upset if two designers are sent home next week due to this week’s fashion-forgiveness nonsense. I will be especially upset if two designers are sent home and one of those designers isn’t Daniel Franco.