Like everyone else this week, Anthony pulled something out of his trickbag. It’s probably a dress he’s made a hundred times before. It’s certainly a dress we’ve seen a hundred times before.
All this folded, tricky, origami-style stuff is very much in Anthony’s wheelhouse, but it’s not the kind of thing you can execute well in such a short period of time and it’s also not the kind of thing you can do half-assedly. On a normal one or two-day challenge, we have no doubt he’d have been able to turn this out impeccably, but with so little time, it just looks a mess. Besides, even if it had been done impeccably, it still would have been a dress we’ve seen many times before.
This was a “good on paper” dress, we think. That’s not to say we don’t like it; just that we think we like the idea of it more than the actual end result.
The good parts: It’s unexpected. It’s still graphic color-blocking, but the edges are rounded and red is being used instead of black. It’s got a chic, easy feel to it and probably could be dressed up or down (terribly styled here, we have to say). And it’s eye-catching.
The bad parts: Like Anthony’s, it’s a dress that needs kickass execution and while this is admirable given the time constraints, it’s still somewhat sad and raggedy-looking, which works against the graphicness of it. Also, we agreed with whatever judge said that the red parts with the sheer white overlay seemed a little … off. It almost looked like soaked bandages. If the red and white were more high-contrast instead of allowing bleed-through we think the dress would have worked better.
Don’t get us wrong; it’s a good dress and deserving of Top 3, but it did have some issues.
[Photo Credit: myLifetime.com – Screencaps: tomandlorenzo.com]