Dame & Diva Deathmatch
Awwww, how sweet was that?
And how unsurprising was that outcome?
Poor Chris. Never was a PR contestant more jerked around than he was. Auf’d, returned, made it to the end, eliminated at the last second after working on a collection for five months. Danielle Steele novels have less plot twists.
As hard as it may be to do so, we would recommend not taking out your frustrations on Rami. It’s not like he plotted Chris’ downfall or anything. He just did what he does and the judges liked it more.
In fact, we would recommend you do what we’re struggling mightily to do and not look at this from a personality perspective at all. We all love Sissy Bear, but let’s try and be a little objective here.
To be honest, this was one of those times where we’re glad we’re not judges because this would have been a tough decision to make.
They both submitted very dark, heavy, over-the-top designs and from our perspective, there was a hair’s breadth of a difference between them. We don’t want to get too far into analyzing the looks because we’ll be doing that extensively in the weeks to come. Suffice it to say, both collections had good points and bad points.
This coat would be representative of the latter. WAY too many elements for one article of clothing. Overwrought and overdesigned.
As an aside, this coat did not appear on the runway in Bryant Park and that strikes us as something of a big advantage for Rami. He got the opportunity to edit something out of his collection that he knew the judges didn’t like. We wonder what Christian and Jillian thought of that.
As for the human hair, it was a risk and we applaud him for taking it. We think it shocked the judges and that can only be a good thing since they needed to be shocked out of their RamiLove.
Did Tim overreact to it? Sure, but that’s Tim. He has a pretty classic, staid view of what works in fashion and human hair resides way out of his comfort zone.
As for us, well… we think it’s an interesting choice but we think that, coupled with some of his other choices, just pushed the collection past the point of fashion and into costume. His looks were too heavy and too goth for us to get on the Sissy Bear Train.
Although to be fair, the safety pin skirt was pretty amazing.
It’s not that we LOVED Rami’s mini-collection. To be honest, it had almost as many problems as Chris’. The operative word here is “almost.”
What probably won it for him was this dress, which the judges rightfully loved. It was the most wearable thing on the runway last night.
People don’t seem to like it when the “costumey” tag gets hung on Chris’ clothes, but from where we’re sitting, it’s pretty damn accurate. We give him all the credit in the world for really bringin’ it last night and we loved that the judges were shocked by his work. Yes, they made the decision that we all suspected they would make, but they were clearly struggling with it and that, in its own way, was a bit of a victory for Chris.
Auf wiedersehen, Sissy Bear. Thanks for bringing the fun this season.
Read Chris’ exit interview here:
“After seeing Rami’s collection, did you know who would be going home? The judges’ comments seemed pretty deadlocked between the two of you.
Well, to be completely honest, this whole thing was very difficult to navigate. I so wanted to do a collection more along the lines of Christian’s (complete over-the-top couture fantasy) but we all know the judges would slaughter me for it. If I was TOO safe, I would get nailed the other way. To be completely honest with myself, I don’t know if my heart was completely in it. I never thought they would let the “costume designer” guy into the finals. I guess it’s my own fault, and I feel like I let down so many people who were rooting for me. Rami is a wonderful man who lives and breathes fashion. After I was eliminated, we were backstage and Rami hugged me and asked if I was OK, and I told him I was fine and that I was happy that he won, because it was what he needed, not what I needed. I am so proud to have lost to Rami. I hope people understand that.
Were you surprised with the decision?
No, not at all. It was the pure and right choice. And trust me, to have made it that far after being brought back and hearing such praise of my work was so gratifying. I always felt I had to do my best with this incredible gift the producers gave me. I will be eternally grateful.”
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