LEANNE WAS ROBBED!!!! Robbed, I tell’s ya!
How beautiful and classy and chic-with-a-(literal)-twist was this outfit? It’s a blouse and skirt, and I would wear both of them, together, separately, any which way I could. And she accessorized it perfectly with that gold necklace and the Gucci Eva wing-tip inspired platform pump.
On the other hand, the actual winning outfit (Kenley’s) did indeed look like it was made with… what did Joe call it? Ft. Lauderdale pool furniture cushion fabric. From the 80s. Not in a good way. I’ll give it that it was interesting and well-made and a good interpretation of the photograph on which it was based. And it gave us our first double shoe usage (the emerald green Robert Cavalli sandal from episode 1). But I can’t put this dress in the top 3 at all, let alone give it the win.
Who would I say was deserving of more love (and perhaps a spot in the top three instead of either Kenley’s or Terri’s (which was also interesting, but the dress over pants thing is old hat, and hers seemed to have a lot of extra messy fabric that made it look flouncy rather than streamlined sexy)?
Once again, Jerell. He made a whole gown, for chrissake! And it’s perhaps more limiting in what kind of “night on the town” you can wear it to (a black tie gala? a flamenco performance?), it’s beautifully made and a gorgeous dress. And worn with shoes that are not quite the Kenneth Cole Hit or Miss, but pretty close.
I’d also give a shout out to Kelli for this rocker Mad Max number, which went perfectly with the Gucci Ebony sandal, which isn’t available anymore, but I remember well from Chris March’s Hershey outfit last season.
I mean, I even didn’t hate Blayne-licious and his neon frills. Though I didn’t much like the blah shoe choice (something along the lines of the Charles David Devin pump).
Emily’s losing “little black dress with a corsage” (Tim Gunn is always right, people. Listen to him!) wasn’t great, and one could argue that the Gucci Eva maryjanes (guess it was the night for Gucci Eva shoes) were the most fabulous part of the outfit.
But in this, too, I think the judges went wrong. Because I swear to you that I would much sooner be seen in public wearing that dress—which is at least kicky and has an energy to it—than Jennifer’s dowdy and depressing silk charmeuse number, which looks like maternity wear for a ladies club luncheon rather than a dress for a night on the town.