This group of designers isn’t as polished and lack the precision of last season’s.
Which isn’t to say they’re not talented or creative. They are. In fact, they remind us a bit of the Season 1 group. Younger, rawer, and more willing to throw some crazy shit down that runway instead of pulling dress #64732 out of their professional trick bag. With this group you really have no idea what they’re going to do and that’s a great thing. It also means, in the words of one previous season’s designer’s text to us during the show “There’s a lot of ass on that runway (guess who said that!),” but that’s a byproduct of creativity.
And another thing before we get to the dress…
Celebrity judges. Hate ‘em. Especially when they’re not really known for their fashion chops and they’re not acting as the client. Last night wasn’t about dressing Sandra Bernhard. It was about having Sandra Bernhard spew her uninformed opinions about clothing she had no interest in. Give us a celebrity that wants to wear the winning entry or feature it in their vanity line, but don’t give us disinterested has-beens whose latest face hasn’t settled in.
True story: we were watching with a gaggle last night and when Kenley was announced as the winner there were shocked gasps and outrage, but Lorenzo just smiled, leaned back, put his hands behind his head, and said simply “Well, I love it.” When greeted with the chorus of “WHAT??!”s he countered with “Balenciaga, Spring 2008.” THAT’S why the judges loved it.
Certainly it’s not a direct ripoff, but she’s clearly working in current trends. The bold, almost tropical print, the high collar and puff sleeves, the general proportions – it’s all there.
In the light of morning, Lorenzo’s sticking to his guns. He still loves it.
Tom doesn’t love it, but he sees what she was going for and he appreciates that.
Regardless of your thoughts on the style of the dress, she nailed it in the execution. There was some unusual construction and fit with this look and it all looks flawless.
Even if you don’t like the tulle, you have to admit it’s perfectly utilized. She made it conform to the line of the skirt and it doesn’t look bulky or unruly. It forms a perfect compliment.
What got the judges moist is that this was such a modern look. Ripped straight from the runways, as it were. Leanne’s piece was quite beautiful but in the end, it was a lot of “seen-it, done-it” in terms of fashion. This wasn’t.
If we have to criticize it, we really think she almost lost it when she picked that fabric. As we said, it’s such a modern shape and silhouette, but that fabric looks like the DNA-infused bedspread in an ’80s motel.
She went on and on about her inspiration and how the fabric really captured it and we don’t see it at all.
The other criticism we have is with the proportions. It’s so tight and fitted in the top and then it balloons out around the hips. It’s a somewhat severe look and it doesn’t entirely compliment Shannone’s body.
Still, it was modern and interesting and different. We know a lot of you will disagree, but we think she deserved the win. We also think her combination of style, risk-taking and flawless execution make Kenley The One To Watch from here on out.
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