Project Runway: Valerie and Michael D.
Valerie took some time out from hitting on Carmine for a little vo-dee-o-do-do at the Pizza Bowl to step up as the de facto team leader this week.
Right? Or did we misread that? It sure looked to us like she was the one taking the reins. She was the one pushing the team to come up with a concept and she was the one who went to Casanova in the midst of his pity party and told him to man up.
Model: Tina Marie
If only she’d put the same kind of thought into her design.
This is one of those weird outfits about which we are totally ambivalent upon first glance, and then the more we look at it, the more we absolutely hate it.
Say this out loud: A white suit with white lace insets, brass buttons and chains, and zippered pockets, with an exposed zipper on the skirt.
That jacket is pure Thriller-era fugliness. We realize trends recycle, but frankly, it’s too soon for us. This looks like something Sheena Easton wore to the Grammys in 1985.
We hate the boxy shape of the skirt, but not as much as we hate the back door she installed on it.
Who wants an exposed zipper running exactly where their ass crack is?
Michael kept his mouth shut through most of the episode, which must have worked for him…
…because that’s the best thing he’s done in the competition yet.
In fact, we thought it should have been in contention for the win.
We understand why Casanova won it. His was, in many ways, a simpler, easier-to-wear look. Very bold and editorial.
This, on the other hand, you really need to take in to see what he did.
And while this dress is many things, “easy to wear” isn’t one of them.
To wit: the chains. We understand the use of the element in a military-inspired collection, but that doesn’t make us love them. We’ll give him credit for not going with a brass chain, though.
Ignoring the chains, we love the back of the dress. In fact, we think this makes much better use of the lace than either Peach’s or Casanova’s entries.
We love the hardware on the skirt, though. Although the hem could have been shortened. And we’d be remiss if we didn’t take off points for the exposed nude bra. Either go for the illusion of bra-lessness by lining the top or put her in a black bra on purpose. This half-assed solution almost ruined the look for us.
P.S. In other T Lo news we’ll be tweeting the SHIT out of the Emmy’s red carpet this evening, so follow along, unborn fawns!
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