“The only ‘prints’ I want to work with is the one who wants to party like it’s 1999.” – Ken
How prophetic that Ken would have said that months ago, and that the show would air exactly one week after Prince died. Ken, we would all love the chance to party with Prince again.
This week’s challenge had to do with prints. The designers had to create their own prints and then combine them with other prints for a very on-trend (apparently) print-on-print look. Also, the winning print is going to end up on an Otter Box phone case.
Dom was thrilled with this challenge since she’s the princess of prints. She had this one in the bag from the beginning. So congratulations Dom! You have once again shown that if you don’t win this whole show, there’s no justice in the world.
It’s a cool print that will cool on a cellphone case (although that aspect of the challenge really is silly and a little too heavy-handed with the product placement). I LOVE that jacket with the hand-painted zebra-like print. Dom just has a great eye for mixing prints and she adds wonderful details, like hand-painted stripes, that make her a really unique and special designer.
Kini came in second place with what is, frankly, my least favorite look of the night. Look, I might have a lot of disagreement with this statement, but I would have sent Kini home this week. This outfit is dated and ugly. So Kini can sew fast, and he throws a lot of stuff on his mannequin to see what sticks. Is that supposed to impress me? This looks like it was rejected from the Dynasty wardrobe department. They kept commenting on how sad Ken’s print would look on an I-phone, but this isn’t any better.
Before I get to the bottom two designers, I’d just like to say that I think it’s bullshit that they made Ken and Sam sew another outfit in an hour, and then when judging those two outfits, they chose poorly. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s just say that the only thing I agreed with this week was the winning look. Everything else was intended to create television drama, and frankly, it was just mean.
How dare they say that Ken’s look was too 80s when Kini’s look was right there, just a few feet away, screaming “Joan Collins Realness!” I like this dress. think Ken’s prints work well together, and I’d wear the shit out of this dress.
While this is not to my taste, and while it was extremely audacious of Sam to choose mesh after he’s been criticized for it all season, this look is interesting and challenging. And shouldn’t a fashion competition produce looks that are interesting and challenging? I don’t like the print he created, but I understand what he was trying to do. I can also see Vanessa Hudgens wearing this to Starbucks or something. It’s young and fresh. Sam should not have been in the bottom. It should have been Ken and Kini, and then Kini should have been sent home.
I know Kini and Ken have both performed well this season, but this show really should not be about past performance. If you send Joan Collins down the runway in 2016, you should get sent home, regardless of whether or not you’ve performed well in the past, or whether or not you happen to be a fan favorite. This show relies too much on the personalities of the designers rather than their designs. I know it’s television and it’s supposed to be entertaining and I should really get off my soapbox, but it’s hard to take this show seriously when they continuously do stupid-ass shit. They couldn’t decide between Sam and Ken? That’s bullshit! What really happened is that they couldn’t justify sending Sam home, and they really wanted to, so they gave Ken one more shot.
It was mean when they did this to Korina in season 13 and it’s mean now.
They gave each of these designers two looks that they had to combine to made a third look. Here’s what they each came up with:
Ken basically took his winning look and made and cut the skirt. I see very little of the second dress in this garment. They should not have rewarded him for basically taking a pair of scissors to his gown and calling it a day.
Sam, on the other hand, took Asha’s peplum and made a jacket. A jacket! He actually constructed a whole new look out of the garments he was given. Yes, Ken’s look is more polished and finished, but that’s because he didn’t do much to it. Granted, Sam should have gone home weeks ago, but he didn’t deserve to go home this week. None of this was fair.
I should really stop getting so upset with this show. I should be used to it by now. At least they didn’t allow all four to go to fashion week, because that’s been the obnoxious trend lately.
And based on the previews for next week, the designers are gong to use NYC as their inspiration. Again. Yawn.