Dom designed an outfit that was fierce as shit, and the judges completely ignored it. But what else is new?
This week, the designers met up with Alyssa Milano at Medieval Times, where she revealed that their challenge was to create couture gowns inspired by Baroque fashions. Basically, everything needs to be intricate and ornate. They were given two days for this challenge, which in PR time is like an eternity, but the designers still really struggled to meet the goals of this challenge in the time they were given. Two days just isn’t enough for couture, much less couture inspired by Baroque fashion.
Obviously, I think Dom’s outfit should have been in the top 3. It maybe should have even been the winning look. It borders on avant-garde, which is what Dom feels may have turned off the judges. Still, this dress is totally giving off Lady Guinevere realness. She looks like the Golden Globes statue. Fierce as shit, I tell you. I don’t know why the judges keep shuffling Dom off the runway, but it’s bordering on a crime, at this point.
Here are the top 3 looks:
I never thought I’d say this, but I agree with Isaac. This is a good look, but it’s not my favorite. I think it was Mitchell who said this looked a little like a tree trunk? Well, it does. I can forgive the fact that it’s heavy because, well, it’s inspired by Baroque fashion. I don’t like the bat wings, though. Everyone else seems to like that her back is exposed, but I think that feature makes the cape look clunky. And the fact that the cape is lined with black sequins just makes her look a little like a super-villain. Nonetheless, I was surprised to learn that this is Ken’s first PR win, so congratulations to him. And I guess it was a good challenge to win because he gets to work with Marchesa on something cool (I was only half paying attention to the prize…).
I guess Valerie and Sam redeemed themselves this week, both landing in the top 3. This is a very pretty gown. I can see its inspiration, but it still reads as modern and sexy. The color is very pretty, and its a look that is sexy and flattering from all angles.
Sam also did a nice job of taking the Baroque inspiration and making it modern. As the judges pointed out, his inspiration is there in the silhouette, but the fabric is so light that it really makes the look much more modern and elevated than if he had chosen a heavier fabric. Alyssa was right to point out, though, that the fabric is doing the heavy lifting here. The design of the dress is actually pretty basic.
I should point out that the other designers have gotten pretty shady when it comes to Sam. Dom gave Sam some advice and he took it. This has been done countless times over the history of PR, and nobody has ever gotten bent out of shape over it. It could just be fancy editing to make everyone look like they’re crazy, but I actually really annoyed at Kini and Alexander in particular. Everyone needs to relax. Sam is talented, and he deserves to be there.
Middle of the pack:
This is awful. It should have been in the bottom 3 (and I have strong opinions about which look should NOT Have been in the bottom 3). The back is all bunched up. The corset is cheap looking and poorly made. The color, for some reason, reads bridesmaid to me. Not loving this at all. In fact, Asha has yet to really impress me this season. She did well when she teamed up with Alexander, but on her own, she leaves much to be desired.
Zanna absolutely read my mind when she said this look was very Halle Berry in Elie Saab:
Emily’s dress was terribly referential. To a fault. At what point should the judges call a designer out for copying another design a little too closely? Also, dare I say it, Emily’s dress doesn’t meet the goals of the challenge. Is there anything that reads as Baroque or couture about it? She’s also very lucky she didn’t end up in the bottom 3.
Yeesh. This almost offends me, it’s so bad. Is it me or did most of the designs really suck this week? Kini, this was cute when you were making an umbrella dress for the “rainway.” Now, this just looks like a bad geisha costume. And again, this does not reference Baroque fashion in any way. Maybe they were all distracted by the jousting at Medieval Times when Alyssa explained the challenge, but they mostly screwed up this week.
I REALLY liked Layana’s look. Until the critiques started, I thought she was in the top 3. Any one of the middle-of-the-road designers deserved a spot in the bottom over Layana. First of all, she paid attention to the goals of the challenge, When imagine a look that is inspired by Barique fashion, I imagine this jacket. Heck, do a quick Google image search of Baroque fashion and see what comes up:
As far as I’m concerned, Layana nailed this challenge. I like the colors. I like the back. I like everything about it. It’s very Seth Aaron, and that is a high compliment coming from me since Seth Aaron is one of my favorite PR designers. Isaac’s critique was (and I’m paraphrasing here) that it looked like department store clothes trying to be couture. What does that even mean? I really just don’t understand how Layana was in the bottom over Emily, Kini, or Asha.
To me, Alexander’s biggest misstep was that he designed for Betty Draper or Audrey Hepburn. I don’t get the pearls or the styling either. He’s a costume designer, so I expected better from him.
It was only a matter of time before Mitchell went home. He hoped that the judges would be able to look past the fact the his zipper broke, so he covered the model’s bare back with black fabric. Maybe they were able to look past that, but they couldn’t look past the awful shape, the unfinished, fraying hems, and the awful styling choices. The broken zipper fiasco was just the cherry on top of the shit sundae that was this dress.