If we thought Tim’s critiques were hard, the designers have their own comments on each other’s work:
- “Helen’s gown is like the sixties threw up.” (Alexander)
- “It looks like the dress Harriet Tubman wore when she received her freedom.” (Ken on Bradon’s)
- “Jeremy’s look is just old.” (Bradon)
- “I think it looks like a tablecloth.” (Dom on Bradon’s)
It’s always interesting to see what the designers say about their own looks as they go down the runway (in cutaways because the runway show is “anonymous”):
- Ken: “Muy bon chic.” Mixing multiple languages you don’t speak is hip?
- Helen: “No way I can lose with this look.” Because she’s on such a winning streak and expects it to continue forever.
- Justin: “Keeping it simple, but bold in the colour” Tim saved you — in the workroom this time — from going Halloweenie.
- Alexander: “Striking, vibrant, energetic…exactly what the Belk woman should be” confident, anyone?
- Alexandria: “I chose some difficult fabric. I should have gone with something less pleated and had less structure and body.” No confidence there.
- Bradon: “I take risks. That’s what my work is about.” Nobody does a plaid
shirtdress like me!
- Dom: “Exactly what a modern southern woman should look like.” Oh honey, I see a disappointment coming.
- Jeremy: “My look is not only southern, but nationwide.” Has never been to the south and has no plans to go there.
- Kate: “It’s everything Belk said they wanted. I’m really proud of myself.” Not sure I would be proud of just producing what you think the customer wants…where’s the design?
- Bradon’s: the judges ALL love it! Plaid-o-rama!
- Jeremy’s: Zac says it is not Madame, because that would be positive and hates the jacket. Nina, however, only likes the jacket.
- Ken’s: Zac calls it a “beautifully cut purple nightgown”, earning a frown from Ken and the when Heidi calls it unflattering he does another look. Heidi calls him on giving her a look and they have a silent stare off for a while. I expect him to cut one of the judges someday, probably Zac. John Thomas riffs on Ken’s assertion that it belongs at a formal wedding into “it went a little bridesmaid.”
- Kate’s: everyone loves it, except Heidi, who thinks the model looks pregnant. John Thomas is sure they could sell that at Belk’s — well, the south does have higher rates of unwanted pregnancies, doesn’t it?
- Dom’s: Stacy thought Dom’s wanting to “scale it back a little” might have gone way too far and Nina hated the colour, comparing it to hospital scrubs (good one Nina!).
- Alexander’s: more gushing from the judges about the third plaid, its colour and movement.
- Zac thought if you put Jeremy’s jacket on Heidi, you would have Air Klum, whereupon Heidi put the jacket on and did a flight attendant impression of where the safety exits are. Zac doubled over laughing at his own joke.
- Zac thought Ken’s fabric was too heavy, calling it “sweaty Betty” fabric.
- “Brava” (Zac)
- “Edgy yet easy” (Nina)
- “Classy but also sexy” (Stacy)
- “A great coming and going dress.” (John Thomas)
In the end, Dom is also pronounced the winner, meaning that her save me dress will also be produced and sold at Belk. That sort of cheapened Bradon’s win, but he’s probably just lucky that they didn’t take his win back! Down to Ken and Jeremy. Jeremy is sent home for being boring (true enough) and Ken is kept, either for the drama he is likely to produce (to the delight of viewers like you and me) or because the judges were afraid he might leap off the runway and cut someone. You know who. Next week’s preview promised the former (the drama), so I can’t wait to see that!