The Fashion Show: Congrats and Bye-bye
We will say that despite the somewhat institutional issues with this show, there is a slow arc of improvement going on over the season. The show’s not as dark or as sloppy as it once was. Everything’s tightened up a bit and everybody is asserting themselves in their roles, for good or bad. While we didn’t love everything about this episode, it was one of the better ones, just like last week’s.
On the other hand, the clothes this week were pretty good, but that’s more of a consequence of narrowing the contestants down to the more talented ones. We doubt very much that they were so inspired by this incredibly not-lame inspiration challenge that they all suddenly became better designers.
The only weak note in our opinion is the belt, which is in too nondescript a color for so much dress. It should either have been in a high-contrast opposing color or it should have been a completely neutral black or white. That bluish gray isn’t really adding anything.
Beautiful color, amazingly well-executed with lots of detailing. The judges acted as if there was way too much, but have they seen some of the coats out there lately? There’s a pocket and a compartment for every possible item one could conceivably leave the house with.
As a traveling outfit, it afforded her some comfort while still looking chic and she had compartments all over her clothing for everything from tickets to breath mints. What else do you need? Maybe he should have added some compartments for holding her shoes. The judges love that sort of shit.
The ONLY part of the outfit that undeniably sucked were those ridiculous pants with their ballooning knees. We understand that they were SO awful that they may have overrided most of the outfit’s good points, but the judges completely overreacted to them.
And why did the judges completely overreact to this outfit? Because the crowd of “fashion insiders” did. That’s probably our biggest complaint about the show, the judges are forced to restrict their decisions to whichever garments got the lowest and highest scores, which means by definition, the judges are forced to judge their way around other people’s decisions and criteria. It’s a murky process made doubly so because we have no idea who the vast majority of these people are (except for a shot of maybe 6 or so every episode) and we have no idea what information they’ve been given about the challenge and what the designers were required to do. “90% of the audience said they wouldn’t buy your outfit.” Well, okay. Who the fuck are they, then?