I tell my students all the time that it’s really important to carefully read paper prompts and make sure they meet the goals of the writing assignment. Even if a paper is well written, if it doesn’t meet the goals of the assignment, it can’t possibly be an “A” paper. I bring this up because this week was the first week on All Stars where Dom completely missed the mark and, frankly, did not meet the goals of the assignment. But I’m getting ahead of myself…
The designers were taken to a ballpark where Alyssa informed them that this week, they would be designing an “athleisure” outfit for her clothing line, Touch. By the way, is it me, or does the word “athleisure” also strike you as ridiculous?
As the story goes, Alyssa went to a ballgame and looked in the merch store for a hoodie, and was sorely disappointed in the clothing options for women in her team colors. You see, I don’t have this issue because I wear what would be considered “men’s” hoodies and t-shirts all the time. But I digress.
So here was Dom’s look:
It is certainly a high-fashion and editorial look, but there is no way this would have been selected to be mass-produced for Alyssa Milano’s clothing line. In that regard, it misses the mark. High fashion doesn’t usually translate to mass appeal. Also the snaps on the detachable skirt aren’t that cool (they’re a little bit 2005), and they don’t make the impact Dom had intended if it’s a huge production to remove and replace the skirt every time. However, the judges seemed to like Dom’s look well enough, earning her a spot in the top 3 this week.
As soon as Kini made the comment in the workroom that the only two remaining designers who had not won challenges this season were himself and Layana, I had a feeling he was getting the “winner edit.” I also had a feeling that Layana was going to go home. Here’s Kini’s winning look:
Frankly, I’m not sure how practical a long trench-style baseball jacket is. I’m okay with this being chosen as the winning design, but only because everything else this week was either wonky or boring. Here’s how he jacket looks as part of the Touch line:
Obviously, customers don’t need to choose the Denver Broncos logo, but you get the picture. The jacket looks strange, no? I’m telling you, that fabric just isn’t right for a trench-style jacket.
I don’t recall whether Sam or Asha rounded out the top 3. The judges seemed split on these two, so I’ll just start with Sam:
This is a ridiculous dress for the challenge. It’s a cocktail dress made out of mesh. The blue fabric under the mesh looks stupid and the lace details look stupider. Georgina and Isaac liked the dress, though, with Georgina going so far as to say that this is exactly what she would wear to baseball game, proving just how out of touch she is with American popular culture.
I like the idea of this more than I like the actual garment. It looks costume-y and juvenile. And while nobody mentioned this (or perhaps even remembered it…) Asha made a very similar shirt-skirt in her season of Under the Gunn, only with more successful results. In fact that outfit won that week’s challenge:
This look was understandably safe. I like it well enough, and if I saw this woman at a ballgame, I would certainly notice her outfit. I might have even put this in the top 3 over Asha/ Sam.
As for the bottom 2, I’m pretty sure that I would have sent Ken home this week:
This is trashy and tacky and poorly made. Just look at that hemline! It looks like he took a pair of scissors to it five minutes before his model had to walk on the runway. I also agree with Isaac in that I have seen some version of this look a million times. The only thing that saved Ken this week, in my humble opinion, is that Layana has already been in the bottom 3 several times this season, whereas Ken has been deemed one of the designers to beat. It’s unfair, to say the least, that past performance wold factor so greatly in the judging, but I guess that’s how the game is played now. Nick Vereos and Austin Scarlett weren’t given such leniency during seasons 1 and 2 of PR, but the times, they are a-changin’. The judges have liked Ken and they haven’t like Layana, and that matters.
Also, what was the deal with Ken’s tantrum? Are the designers just allowed to leave the workroom, catch a cab, and go wherever they want during filming? That’s not against the rules? I just find that odd.
Poor Layana. She worked so hard on those darn pants and nobody could even notice the details. All anyone can see is that it looks like she put a white sports bra over a black crop-top. Still, I would have sent Ken home over Layana this week.
Honestly, I feel like everyone called it in this week. Very disappointing all around.