The Challenge: Whore yourself and your glittery, spray-painted wares out on the streets of Manhattan to raise money for your fabric budget. Then, in teams of three, create two cohesive fall looks, with at least one incorporating outerwear. Oh, and try not to murder each other.
Guest Judge: Anna Sui. Or, as I defined her to my boyfriend, “You know my ridiculous white stockings with the cherries on them? Those are Anna Sui!” (Ugh, I miss those. It’s really hard to pull off cherry-adorned stockings in law school.)
I love this jacket. I knew Nina would love it, but I could only have hoped that it would snag the win as it did, because I never really trust the judges to pick my favorite piece for the win. But the way it closes has a delicious Givenchy feel to it, and the two-toned sleeves with the tiny little button embellishments are to die for. Gunnar’s dress was lovely, but it was obviously this jacket that stole the show.
This coat got a fair amount of love, but I wasn’t nearly quite as sold as our dear judges. I think it’s got some execution problems and the color isn’t my favorite. Once again, the dress had some lovely leatherwork by Gunnar, but this look was a little more overwrought than chic.
Throwing a cape on top of the same dress you’ve been making every goddamn challenge? Seriously? That’s the level we’ve deteriorated to already? And I actually kind of like this weird giant scarf (though I think it’s much more winter than fall). But if he expects me to drool every time he churns out a tight jersey dress, he’s vastly underestimating the expectations of the Democracy Diva.
Elena, you are the only woman alive who thinks that boxy, shapeless coats that make women look like brick walls are chic. And that collapsing collar is awful. But I couldn’t disagree with this week’s auf-ing, as Alicia never really showed the judges what she’s capable of. The top and pants were throwaway pieces, and for the judges, boring is often a worse crime than hideous.
Team Fabio/Melissa/Ven: Look 1
jacket and purse by MELISSA FLEIS, top by FABIO COSTA, skirt by VEN BUDHU
I liked this jacket, but I didn’t go as crazy for it as the judges did. And I think it’s obscured by some of the frumpiest, least stylish pieces I’ve ever seen. And I didn’t even notice the fucking SOCKS during the runway show. An Amish-length skirt and mauve socks with heels? They’ve got to be fucking kidding.
Team Fabio/Melissa/Ven: Look 2
coat and top by FABIO COSTA, pants by VEN BUDHU, purse by MELISSA FLEIS
I’m offended that anyone would even try to label that sad, shapeless sweater-thing as a “coat.” Fabio’s lucky he’s got a decent track record with the judges, because he easily could have been sent home for his truly underwhelming work this week. But Alicia’s yet to really show anything to impress the judges, and so Fabio lived to see another week. Let’s pray we can’t say the same for Ven, whose departure I am still anxiosuly awaiting.
Judges’ Top 3: Sonjia, Christopher, Gunnar
Diva’s Top 3: Sonjia, Gunnar, Melissa
Judges’ Bottom 3: Dmitry, Fabio, Alicia
Diva’s Bottom 3: Elena, Fabio, Alicia