Darlings, who doesn’t love the unconventional materials challenges? Besides the less talented designers, that is?
No real complaints, though. Sure, that vagueness meant that the designers weren’t all on the same page and yes, the judging is clearly about telling a story rather than rewarding the most worthy design, but after 12+ seasons and eight years writing about this show, we just roll with it now. Life’s too short. And besides, it’s just a silly game show.
We reserve the right to LOSE OUR SHIT about something down the line, though. You know we will. Especially since the show’s working so hard to tell its stories this season.
The jury’s still out on this one. You could either see her running to Tim as a manipulative move or the move of a drama queen. “People are being mean to me!” is not a complaint an adult should be making to another adult in a setting like this. It’s true that there was an unusually high level of “I can’t believe she won” resentment for so early in the competition, but suck it up. You won. Crying that people don’t love you for winning just looks self-indulgent to us.
Similarly, you can either see Sandhya as someone with a strong vision who knows how to defend her work, or you can see her as someone who doesn’t listen to collaborators and tends to railroad them. The editing wasn’t particularly clear. Carrie was passive aggressive in a lot of ways herself. And never, in the history of any team-based reality show competition, has the sentiment “Let’s just go off and do our thing and try to pull it together in the end” ever been a good idea. Hernan and Carrie tried to make it sound like the team’s failure all came down to Sandhya’s stubborness but it looked to us like it just came down to poor communication and management all around.
Even so, we’re getting the impression that Sandhya finds herself in the middle of drama quite often.
And speaking of which:
We just hope she’s staying hydrated, because she cries out about a gallon of tears each episode.
Let’s get to judging:
We’re afraid we’re going to start giving the impression that we have it out for Amanda or something. We greeted her return with mild annoyance last week, but that’s because we have little patience for the “I’m coming back STRONGER than EVER because I’m EXPERIENCED and SELF-ACTUALIZED and I WON’T APOLOGIZE FOR MYSELF AND yaddayaddayadda” storyline that’s being sold so damn hard with her. And while we honestly pinky-swear that we don’t hate the gal, this win is just more of the same silliness, as far as we’re concerned. There is no way anyone with a functioning nervous system thought this was the best garment on that runway. Not that it’s completely without value. She definitely worked her ass off to make something interesting, but at the end of the day (or the runway), it’s just a muslin dress with a lot of shit hanging off it; exactly the kind of entry that sent designers home in other unconventional materials challenges.
We liked the idea more than the reality. We really don’t like that shade of green at all. The letters were a good idea on paper, but looked stiff and awkward in the real world. We like how she constructed the bust, though.
Hideous. She better kiss Amanda’s ass (or kiss the producers’ for coming up with an “Amanda’s redemption” storyline), because in other circumstances, this could have been up for elimination.
Gorgeous. We would have given this the win. It was unusual and eye-catching. It looked chic in a very editorial way. Not particularly practical, but then again, why would it be, given the challenge? This was, to our eyes, the most interesting thing to walk that runway last night.
Yeah, no. Big fat mess.
The top part looks too stiff and comes too close to obscuring her face, but the skirt is pretty amazing.
The judges didn’t like this much but we thought this was pretty. Definitely not worth all the drama involved, but a chic, eye-catching look nonetheless. A lot was made about how it didn’t fit into the collection, but to our eyes, it stood next to Sean’s straw dress much better than Fade’s insect carapace did.
Overdesigned and not as innovative as he seems to think.
This was really well done, although we suspect it looked better in person than on camera, judging by the amount of praise everyone was giving it. It looks a little heavy and shapeless for us to praise it that much.
This was the best of this team’s entries. We’d even go so far as to say it was one of the best entries on the runway, in terms of taking an unconventional material and making a believable and wearable garment out of it. But like all the entries from this team, the design itself was pretty standard. He’s to be commended for how well he used those CDs, but the entire team’s aesthetic was just “glue a lot of stuff to a basic dress.”
Which is, to be fair, what most unconventional materials challenge entries come down to, but the aesthetic here was unimpressive.
Neither the techniques nor the designs were interesting or original. That’s why they were waved through. A for effort, but not a design win. For once, the judges were right.
As for the losing team…
Her team mates were right to point out to Sandhya that her immunity meant she could do whatever she wanted and not fear repercussions. She gave them good reason to be nervous. And the so-called design process is almost impossible to parse out, because the editing deliberately obscures who made what decisions when. But we’ll say this: her design was the best of the three. If this team deserved to be in the bottom for making the same dress over and over, she didn’t deserve to go home for it, since she made the best version.
Hernan made the second best …
… and Carrie’s was the worst. Sorry, Carrie. It sucks and all, but your complaining about the competition just looked like sour grapes. It’s season 13 and this is how team challenges are scored. This is how immunity works. These are how these things have always been done.
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