Heidi Klum’s promise of something “a little bit out there” was fresh from the farm. Literally. The remaining 15 designers had to create a party look out of burlap potato sacks, which are “as old as Moses” Emilio said.
The other hitch: Models chose designers and were “clients,” meaning their thoughts actually mattered.
As usual designers did not like giving up control of the design or of the models. Period. Mila seemed very defensive when her model flipped the script and went with Atlanta resident Anthony instead. I’m thinking so what? Isn’t just like dating – who commits after just one date, or in this case one challenge?
Still she took it to heart – and then to the work room by making side swipes at Anthony (“It’s her loss”). And while she tried to clean it up by telling Anthony it wasn’t about him, Anthony had some choice words of his own (read below, if you dare).
All in all, there were some pretty solid designs this week. Jonathan had a sexy lace-trimmed halter. Seth’s attached hoodie was sporty yet sophisticated (even if the skirt looked like a lamp shade). Anthony’s short red one-shoulder dress was adorable and the only pants on the runway made me want to return to Kenya for an African safari.
Through all the dye, ribbons, zippers and buttons, somehow junk in the trunk seemed to rule the runway.
1. Jay’s dark feathery number (minus actual feathers) claimed first place. Patterns, style lines and sophistication blended so well you couldn’t tell it was burlap. I thought this was ab-fab!
2. Mila’s modern farm-to-the-future design was a great burlap camouflage, too. While judge Michael Kors was not digging the décolletage, Heidi was “absolutely in love with this dress.”
3. Amy’s chocolate dipped layered skirt, topped with a cowl and open back was the fave of guest judge Lauren Hutton (me, too). She, Michael and Nina Garcia loved the organic, yet feminine, quality.
Auf’d: Pamela’s faded denim look committed the sin of all sins – it made the model look bigger. It was too short and too tight. As the judges noted, there was a big arrow pointed toward her butt. The arrow then led to the exit sign – and one of the sweetest, most genuine exits we’ve seen.
Bottom 2. Jesus ignored Tim Gunn’s warning that he was screwing up the challenge by completely covering up the sack. He barely avoided the boot by a brown and pea-soup green string.
Ass-ets on the line: Also despite warnings (the judges question her listening skills, I question her design skills), Ping’s short boxy dress leaves nothing to the imagination. Her model’s bare butt is clearly visible. Ping cries trying to describe WTH she was thinking. The judges buy it.
Meanwhile, I suspect Anthony will never stop giving us notable quotables. At least, that’s what I’m hoping.
ANTHONY SAID …
“Did my rollers fall out of my hair?”
–Waking up on design day
“Ms. Thing has a big ol’ butt”
–Referring to Pamela’s model. The judges agreed but blamed the designer, not the derriere.
“I left my feelings in Atlanta, Ga.”
–Response to Mila, Part 1
“She can kiss me and my entire family’s asses.”
–Response to Mila, Part 2