While it's great that the show allowed them to get supplement materials from 3 stores in addition to Mood (hardware store, dollar store and one more) shame on them for making the avant garde challenge a day; if there's any challenge that deserves two days it's that one. It was also good that they made them work with a concept behind the looks other than "Here's a weird, yet pretty dress."
I loved Biddell and Hayashi's looks and couldn't understand why they were merely safe. Biddell's in particular was intriguing to me as it dealt with bypassing surveillance; a classmate of mine created a project dealing with that topic and the "tension between the desire to freely and conveniently exchange personal information and the desire to maintain selective privacy" and the subject has interested me ever since.
Julie's speaker outfit was...okay. I couldn't understand why the judges were all over it, and it should have just been safe. I liked the movement of Irina's dress, but the little dress underneath was just basic. I absolutely hated AR's. A raincoat you can draw on? Gee. And that mess won!
For Michelle's dress I liked the idea behind it a little better than the execution.
I liked Django's but it wasn't really avant garde. Even so, he should have stayed over Sean Kelley who literally slopped up something at the last minute.
I think what won it for AR was the bright red pocket on the front. The most avant-garde, imo, was Irina (wings, right?) Not at all practical as her hands were within the structure. I don't know if the woman could free them to hold a drink.
Glad Django went if only for his attitude. I didn't understand his closing remarks of learning when he was so ready to give everyone the finger. Goodbye.
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I thought what won it for AR was because it originally was supposed to be made for JCP and they could see a version of his outfit over Michelle's being easier to translate into a sellable item.
That's exactly what I thought. I had forgotten about JCP pulling out of selling these designs. As soon as I saw AR's finished look, I thought "I bet he'll win. That sort of whimsical, childlike design is exactly something JCP would think they could sell." Honestly, though, there was nothing avant guarde about it. Geesh, it was just clear plastic thrown over a dress! How is that innovative? And why would you want to write on your clothing? What if it rained, or you bumped up against something and it smeared off?
Michelle's dress was just ugly. It pains me to say that, but it was. I work with special needs children, including those with autism, so I really wanted her to do well. I would not have put her in the top, though.
Ok, I have to say. As a woman from the South....I liked Django's outfit. Or at least the hat. I think one of RuPaul's drag queens should borrow it.