The challenge was to roam the streets of New York and get inspiration from the landscapes.
So April. What were you thinking?! Tim specifically told you "Given your palette of the season you may want to think about just a little bit of surprise." And you're response, "Okay, yeah, I have something in mind, I promise." Where was that 'something in mind'? When I heard her telling her stylist to make yet another high bun. I yelled to the tv, "AGAIN!?" But I didn't realize how similar it was to everything else she had made until I saw it down the runway. It was the first thing that came out of my mouth. Brian and I groaned and rolled our eyes.
So I felt satisfied that the judges completely agreed but I also felt bad for April who broke down during the critique. But ultimately I believe her downfall was her own doing. Tim had warned her. She decided to do her own thing. Why? I still don't understand. And if she had been given the chance to make a collection, it would still be all black and gothy. I don't know if she has it in her to make something different. If not during this challenge, then when?
But here's my question. IF April had come up with something AMAZING, do you honestly think they would have eliminated Gretchen? They seemed to like everyone else's designs. What would they have done? I thought if Michael C. came up with a bad design he would be the one to go home. When they LOVED his look I honestly didn't know what would happen. But sending April home made sense. I would have loved to see what would have happened if April would have done something great.
So onto Gretchen. Ugh. Double ugh. How did she think that looked chic? It was exactly like bad secretary clothing. And who is about sick of hearing her cry about being poor? She thinks she deserves to win because she's kind of struggled? Who on earth hasn't struggled? Being poor isn't unique. In fact, it's probably pretty common. And whenever Gretchen's put in a corner with the judges it's painful to see her scramble and panic and ramble on with excuses.
Michael C. I was really unsure what the judges were going to say about his dress. It could have easily gone either way. It was lovely in the back but I wasn't sure about the lack of form. But they LOVED IT. And you could feel Gretchen and April's biting their tongues. Watching Michael light up when showered with the judges' compliments in contrast with Gretchen's sour face was soooo satisfying. Who was it who had eluded to him being an idiot? Who was it who said it looked like work they were doing five years ago? I only wish Ivy had been there:)
Andy's was cool too but he also has a problem with the 'sexy warrior' look. Couldn't you see his designs in a martial arts action film? And how did his design resemble Central Park again? It was a flimsy excuse to make what he wanted to make regardless of the challenge.
Mondo too. It was very similar to his other designs. What was up with that in this episode? Did Mondo ever not use houndstooth? Again it wasn't wowing me but maybe that was because I've seen it so much.
So who will the the one to go home after they've made their collection? It seems almost cruel to have someone make an entire collection and then eliminate them before they get to show it. Did they always do that? Anyway, next week will be so much fun. I can't wait to see what Michael C. and Gretchen have made!
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