The Fashion Show: Congrats and Bye-Bye
Let’s start with the challenge itself. It was stupid and pointless. Generally speaking, adults do not dress in the same style as their high school years and adults that DO dress in the same style as their high school years are generally considered not particularly stylish people. They might as well have called the challenge “Design a look for an immature loser!”
We have nothing more to base this on than a hunch, but we suspect this look and his first winning look are as close to his own design style as he can get on this show. Merlin likes to pile on the textures and the colors and just keep building up.
But we have to say, the fit and the execution was top notch. We were starting to get a little worried about our Chicken Diva. He’s been so low-key these last couple of episodes. Not only did he come roaring back with a pretty great design, he also gave us our new catchphrase:
We don’t mind when contestants smack talk each other in confessionals. In fact, when they’re good at it (Santino, Laura, Nick), they’re entertaining as hell. On THIS little trainwreck, though, they’re just nasty as hell. In fact, we can sum up our whole problem with this show: it’s a meaner, nastier, darker version of Project Runway and who the hell wants to see that?
Of course, we kinda can’t blame her for coming up with a dated look because in the brief for “B-Girl,” they gave her those sunglasses and that cap to define the look. Who WOULDN’T come up with a dated look around those items?
We’re not going to pretend like it wasn’t bad. There were reasons to send her home last night but the judges didn’t cite them. Instead, in an effort to make this dull as dishwater show seem more exciting, they raked her over the coals for not knowing what hip hop style was. Guess what, assholes? YOU DIDN’T ASK HER TO DESIGN A HIP HOP LOOK!
What you asked her for was a “B Girl” look, and while we can get behind the criticism that a designer should know what hip hop is, we think it’s a bit ridiculous to act so offended that she didn’t know what a B Girl was. In fact, Kelly managed to do something she hasn’t been able to all season: provoke a reaction in us. Of course, that reaction was “Oh, SHUT. UP.” She found Angel’s design “offensive.” Puh-leeze.
We’ll let Angel have her say, because she said it better than we could in her Bravo blog:
“Normally, I would do a bunch of research, read all about the group, take pictures of b-girls looks on my wall for inspiration and really immerse myself in that culture. I would go to the bars and clubs that they hang out at and really study the way they dress. In this challenge, however, we could not do any outside research. In fact we have been cut off from the outside world since Day 1 of the show, so we cannot do any kind of research at all.”
“The judges criticized the look because they said it didn’t look b-girl at all. Actually, on their notes, it said it was b-girl/hip-hop. Had I known I was supposed to do a hip-hop style, I would have designed something more fun and sexy. I didn’t know that b-girl was synonymous with hip-hop. With all the ’80s references in the backpack and b-girl written on the folder in graffiti letters, I felt it had more of a break dancing vibe. It seemed trendier and niche than the hip hop category that they thought I was assigned to do.”
Okay, two things before we turn the floor over to you: 1) We’ve reached a point where we’re fairly disgusted with how this show is playing out, but we still think it has potential and we plan on doing a mid-term report card in the coming days to point out what it needs to do to improve, and 2) Even though we came on a little strong in this post and we can tell from your comments last night that you’re as pissed as we are, we once again want to ask people to monitor themselves a bit. Specifically, no calls for violence (not even “I want to smack her”) and keep the nasty name-calling to a minimum. Now. Have at it.
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