There was an attempt to wring some sort of drama out of this pairing, but it fell flat. Sure, these two high-strung, too-serious ladies had a collaboration characterized by their high-strung, too-serious attitudes, but to their eternal credit, they just kept working. Team challenges tend to be a study in professionalism and quite often when teams implode, they get a serious finger-wagging from Michael Kors about learning to work with other people. Neither Cecilia nor Danielle have come off particularly likeable so far, but we’re definitely impressed with their no-nonsense, “let’s get this shit done” kind of attitude.
We are decidedly less impressed with their entry this week.
We suppose part of the reason this made the judges’ skirts fly up is because the look features elements that are on trend right now; the use of sheer fabrics, the unusual color pairing, and the sort-of palazzo pants.
They were also quite justifiably impressed with the technical skill needed to make this look come together.
But sometimes we think the judges can’t see the forest for the trees. Sure, you can pick out a couple of elements that remind you of elements seen on runways and in magazines, but at some point you have to step back and admit that she looks like she’s starring in some sort of bizarre stilt-walker version of 9 to 5.
Sheer blouses are trendy, but sheer blouses with heavily bedazzled collars and baby-poop brown chiffon pants do not automatically equal chic, judges. Especially… when the wearer is sporting …
Total “Hee Haw” hair. Seriously. That is probably one of the worst hair styles ever seen on this show. In fact, it’s so bad that it obscures all of the things the judges were praising. No matter how trendy the colors or materials, there is absolutely nothing chic or trendy about a look that’s topped off with “televangelist’s wife” hair from 1978.
Exactly why was the hair and makeup so uniformly bad this week?
It seems that they did something interesting with the volume of the sleeves, but it was really hard to tell in the high winds and they just looked bulky back in the studio.
And it truly is impressive how they put those pants together. We’re not taking that away from them.
But the judges can often get distracted by shiny things, especially if they’re close to current trends. To us, and we suspect, to the majority of the viewers, this looked like drab, sad, old-fashioned secretarial wear. The judges were able to pick out the things that they liked, but they let their fondness for certain details obscure the overall feel of the look. At any other time, Nina would have been apoplectic over that collar, and especially over that hair.