Thursday, August 21, 2008

"I think I need those boots."

Sometimes, a challenge such as making costumes for female wrestlers, or for not-so-female entertainers, makes the audience scratch their collective head and go, "But what does this have to do with fashion?"  To those viewers, I say..."exactly!"  It has nothing to do with fashion, mes amis.  It's up to the designer to inject their aesthetic in to the challenge.  Those who can, go on, and those who resist, are auf.  The best contestants make us see something that we can appreciate or admire, even when it's draped around a 7 foot tall drag queen.  For instance, Ann-Margret?  I want that belt!  And Kabuki princess?  MK needs those boots, please.
I gotta say, I was impressed with a lot of the designers this week.  (As previously stated, I swooned for Joe's jumpsuit.)  But some of them?  Notsomuch.  Terri has become somewhat of an enigma to me.  At first, I was screaming for the judges to recognize her talent.  But over the past few weeks, they've heeded my calls, yet, I've quit, um, calling.  I think she did a great job for her client (who was, by the way, kind of hot as a dude).  But it's just....
It's not pretty!  What's with the yellow strands?  Why the slab of silver on one leg?  I know, it's beyond me...because Nina lurved it, and MK thought it was Heaven...but I just do NOT get it.  All the same, props to Terri, cuz it flew over my head and into the judges' hearts...

I also kind of hated Jerrell's, but, for different reasons.  Mainly, that I have not seen one photo of his creation that didn't leave his queen looking like a munchkin:
SO not pretty.

And then, there's my girl Kenley, who played it pretty much safe this week. That's fine by me, but while I think she was going for Marilyn Monroe, she may have struck a chord closer to Rosemary Clooney....


Just saying.

And then, you have the three boys who have stuck to their guns from day one:


There's something to be said for continuity, unless what you're continually producing is neon, swatched, or boring.   Fellas, the jig is up....and it ain't pretty.  This week, Daniel, the repeat offender from the Republic of Cocktail Land, bit the dust...but if Keith and Blayne (yeah, I know he was safe this week, but that's only because Jerrell's outfit suuuuuucked) don't step outside their well-established comfort zones, they'll be next on the list...

The rest of the designers? They can keep on, keepin' on.  Especially Miss Korto.  Her skills for making people look like oversized produce came in handy this week, for real...

Loves it!
 

4 comments:

The Modern Gal said...

Ha ha ha, you're right on the Rosemary Clooney.

The Modern Beau and I noted that the straight dude and the gal who seemed most scared of the queens (Korto) did the best, probably because to them, drag is so vampy and out there that all they knew to do here was vampy. To the rest of the crew it wasn't such a foreign arena, so it didn't seem to occur to them that the theme of this challenge was over-the-top.

blashion forward said...

i think we should discuss "pterodactyl from a gay jurassic park". siiigh ... weekly brilliance from tim the wordsmith.

Anonymous said...

Helene, good post.

Polgarra said...

Regarding Terri's design: Wasn't the Queens left breast exposed. I mean I am pretty sure I saw a nipple and it was painted orange. None of the other queens could have pulled off that look but at the same time I don't think it is as great as the judges called it.

As for Joes design going from Elvis to Nautical, I think he deserves the praise because he was open to listening to his client. Alot of the designers seem to be ignoring all outside (and sane) advise.