Boys on the Bottom
Darlings, the word to keep in mind here is “instincts,” as in:
Let’s start with the fabric choice. Right there, you’ve got to question the instincts. While this might have been used to make a great jacket OR a great skirt OR a great pair of pants, to look at this and think of making an entire dress out of it…well. Those are some questionable instincts.
But the fact of the matter is, there is, in the immortal phrasing of Señorita Garcia, “a taste issue.” And the bad news for Jesus is, once the judges decide you have a taste issue, it’s virtually impossible to convince them otherwise.
Darlings, it is a little-known phenomenon that young southern black queens sound almost exactly like old southern black church ladies. All Anthony needs is a fan and a little hat with some netting and he could be Oprah Winfrey in The Color Purple.
But Miss Sophia, we’re here to tell you…
Child, you made a mess.
This is an instance where someone shouldn’t have listened to Tim because we thought he was heading in a better direction by introducing a complementary fabric to break up the heavy floral-ness of that pattern. Granted, we didn’t like the direction he was going in with it, but discouraging him from using it at all sent him on a path that was not much better than the one he was on.
But, if he’d toned down some of the elements and did them cleanly, and if he’d stuck with his instincts and used other fabrics, he could have had a truly interesting and pretty dress. There’s potential there and we think the judges can recognize a designer who just might blossom with a little hand-holding.
Tim Gunn’s Workroom:
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