Oh, Elisa. We hope you stay awhile.
“I ended up taking some silk chiffon and I decided that I would imbue it with a natural element and use grass stain as a staining method. In my own work often times I use teas, oils, and herbs to feed the fabrics.”
“Yeah, that’s great. Do you also use dog shit? Because you just did.”
Oh, we’re gonna like this one, kittens. What’s better than a complete whack job of a contestant?
A complete whackjob of a contestant with fantastic technical skills and that PR perennial, a “strong point of view.”
What’s that? Do we hear shock? We’re pretty sure you all assumed we were going to trash the hell out of this dress, but hear us out.
First, go back and look at the above picture, but ignore the fabric tumor. That dress, until you get to the bottom, is GORGEOUS.
The sleeves and the bustline are absolutely beautiful. It fits her perfectly and the color is stunning. We agree with The Duchess. She had us at “Hello.”
Say what you will about the tail, but there’s just no denying that this bitch knows what she’s doing from a technical standpoint. Look at that seam.
See, all too often on PR, they put these designers in who have “strong points of view” but seemingly, little or no technical skills and we wind up seeing a lot of hot messes walking down the runway.
Yes, that tail was ass, but the dress itself was not a hot mess, not as far as we’re concerned.
The thing she needs most – and we admit, we don’t have a lot of confidence that she’ll learn this in time – is the ability to edit herself. The dress would have been beautiful without the tail at all, but she actually could have made the tail concept work with about 10% of the fabric she used.
She also needs some help in the accessorizing area because those boots were an atrocious choice of footwear for this dress.
For any dress, really.
To be honest, part of the reason we want her to stay is because so far, this group seems to demonstrate a rather high collective opinion of themselves, and we would love it if the dirty girl in the corner of the cafeteria would show them up once or twice. Maybe even snatch a win away from the ones who are clearly already “judges’ pets.”
Go, Puppet Girl!
Just lay off the “natural elements” from here on out, mkay?
[Photo: Barbara Nitke/Bravotv.com - Screencaps: Project RunGay]