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The last couple of
episodes have been terrific! Last week, the four remaining designers were treated to a day among the exclusive world of haute couture. The jet-setting Uli, Emilio, Joshua and Anthony enjoyed a first class one day, yes one day, trip to Paris where they were given a tour of Maison Valentino, sketched designs while over-looking the Eiffel Tower, ate, drank and shopped for luxurious fabrics. The designers created "couture-inspired" runway looks using the fabrics they bought in Paris.
Uli got grilled by the judges for the illusion lining she used throughout her dress. They felt it took away from the design. Isaac Mizrahi said the dress looked like a very expensive RTW gown rather than couture. Carolyn Murphy wasn't keen on the back zipper and heaviness of the trim around it. I don't entirely disagree with them but it's Uli who had the last laugh in a "fuck you" moment at the very end as pointed out by guest judge, designer Cynthia Rowley. And bleeped out by Lifetime.
There's a time to try out new things. A time to experiment on Project Runway... BUT this was not the challenge to go there as Joshua did. And it cost him dearly. The first problem I had was with the skirt fabric, aside from the hideous factor, who goes to Paris and comes back with a fabric that ugly with designs on couture?!!! I guess Joshua was inspired with Jekyll and Hyde because there were two polar opposite looks there. There's the black sheer top which was gorgeous and then we got to the cascading floral vomit. Like the judges, I get where Joshua was trying to go with this look. Too bad he got lost.
I'm exhausted. Anthony Ryan wins. Again.
This is the dress that should have WON! Emilio Sosa delivered such elegance and sophistication. The fabric was so amazing and the design was dramatic and show-stopping. The ONLY criticism he received was from Isaac Mizrahi who felt the dress should have been five inches shorter so you could see the shoes.
*I have a theory/fantasy about what may happen: Golden Boy frontrunner wins All Stars.
the producers/judges have been messing with us all along, leading us to believe Anthony Ryan will win and in a dramatic finale twist, he doesn't! So do we go with the obvious or the twist? #TeamUli here.
Speaking of twists. The bottom two designers, Uli and Joshua, were given a new challenge and one hour to complete it. They had to reconstruct their couture gowns into something entirely different. Uli turned the unpopular lining into a dress and won the mini-challenge, hence safe and on to the big finale!