The Challenge: The designers must create a date night dress for Marge Simpson, TV’s most iconic housewife, to wear on a hot date with Homer. This might sound like a joke, but the winning look will be animated and worn by Marge in an upcoming episode, and that is undeniably awesome. Finally, some product placement I can get behind! More Simpsons, less Heidi Klum for New Balance, please.
Guest Judges: Little Miss Sunshine star Abigail Breslin, who makes us all feel old just by her mere existence as a 17-year-old; last season Project Runway All Stars winner Anthony Ryan Auld, who wore a piece of black tape down the center of his head that I still don’t understand; and Stacey Bendet, of Alice + Olivia.
If the challenge had been to create a date night dress for Lucille Ball, Christopher might have had a chance at the top. But he heard “housewife” and translated it to “Donna Reed,” which didn’t work as well as he’d hoped. This wasn’t particularly innovative or interesting, and I don’t think the print would have looked great once it was animated. (I barely like it as it is.) So I’m glad Christopher got a slap on the wrist for this, but the decision to keep him on was a good one. There were way hotter messes on this runway.
I like the jacket, but it’s awfully stiff yet kind of strangely pillow-like in the sleeves, and I don’t think it went with the dress or the Marge Simpson aesthetic. But I did love the sexy gown she made for Marge, particularly the draping in the back. Effortless, laid-back glamour isn’t exactly Elena’s forte, so I was surprised she pulled off this gown with such precision.
I’m not sold on a woman over the age of 27 actually choosing to wear this dress over a more modern, less girly silhouette. But out of everything on the runway, I think Irina’s look best balanced the date night concept with the cartoon character. It was event-appropriate, but much more fun than anything else on the runway. So color me surprised – I think I actually agree that Irina deserved the win!
Just another in a long string of terribly executed and insanely underwhelming looks from Jeffrey. He probably should have gone home weeks ago, but the judges didn’t want to admit that one of their former season winners didn’t have the chops to be an All Star. The droopy, floppy front of this dress just makes me depressed, and the back is about as boring as can be. Throw in pearls and those ridiculously bright shoes, and you’ve got a hot disaster that’s about as far away from “Marge Simpson on a date” as you can be. So I’ll happily send Jeffrey on his way – I’m sure he still has talent, just not the kind that translates to a reality competition. (That might be the nicest thing I’ve ever said about him.)
This was my runner-up look, for sure. It was much more age-appropriate for Marge. (I can’t even write this with a straight face – like a character who hasn’t gotten older in 25 years needs to restrict her imaginary wardrobe for age reasons. This is all ridiculous, and I love it.) Korto was clearly inspired by what she herself (also a wife and mother) would wear on a date with her man, and it worked very well. A brighter color would have been more fun in animated form – that’s my sole reason for picking Irina’s dress for the win over Korto’s.
SETH AARON HENDERSON
Seth Aaron made something like six dresses during this episode, each one worse than the last. It’s almost hilarious, because Anya made a hundred thousand dresses like this, but way worse, and she won her fucking season for it. But Seth Aaron has actual, real talent, and everyone knows it, and so he was almost eliminated for phoning it in. Thank goodness he lives to see another challenge, because he’s still one of the ones I’m rooting for. I consider this a rare misstep – he got completely lost and just tried a million different things until he ran out of time to try anything at all. I think he’ll be back on form next week.
I’m too busy giggling at Marge creeping in the background of this photo to actually take this dress seriously. I liked it, but Viktor may have actually taken this challenge a little too seriously. This is something a big-city fashion bitch would wear on a date. Marge? I’m not convinced.
Judges’ Top 3: Irina, Elena, Korto
Diva’s Top 3: Irina, Korto, Elena
Judges’ Bottom 3: Christopher, Seth Aaron, Jeffrey
Diva’s Bottom 3: Christopher, Seth Aaron, Jeffrey