Is it a shock that Reco didn’t know anything about Halston? A little. While it’s a shame he couldn’t reference his work in any meaningful way, what really set the judges off was Reco’s constant assertion that he had no idea who Halston was.
Sure, there’s a bit of a snobbery aspect to the judges’ collective outrage, but they weren’t completely without a point. Part of being a designer is knowing at least a bit of the history of design. While Halston doesn’t necessarily rank up there with Chanel or Saint Laurent, he’s still pretty high up in the pantheon.
And despite the snobbery and the overreaction on the part of the judges, the fact is, they had a point. He had no idea who Halston was and produced a dress that failed on every level of the challenge.
BUT. We’re still a bit confused. Let’s look at the next dress to see why. Follow us.
See, to our eyes, Anna “interpreted” Chanel about as much as Reco interpreted Halston. About the only thing that says “Chanel” about this garment is the dropped waist and the color scheme. Everything else was a pure Anna addition.
Bottom line: Reco made a long, drapey, red dress with an asymmetrical neckline, all of which are Halston trademarks. He ruined it by adding a corset. Anna made a black and white cocktail dress with a dropped waist, a Chanel trademark, that she almost ruined with some very UN-Chanel pleating and a big incongruous pink jacket. One of these looks got praised and one of these looks got so trashed that the designer burst into tears. There was as much Halston in Reco’s dress as there was Chanel in Anna’s. So why the huge difference in judging criteria, judges? Could it be that your decisions are oftentimes arbitrary and that you all have a tendency to make a big deal out of esoteric bullshit (i.e., b-girl)?
Perish the thought.
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