Laura Brown

Laura reflects on Mike's big talking, and admits she has no patience for "the tricksy dicksy"

on Nov 16, 2010

What other outfits were you really impressed with this week?

From the Emerald collection, my favorites were Jeffrey and Calvin. Jeffrey's was very body conscious but very graceful — it reminded me of Roland Mouret or Victoria Beckham. With Calvin, even though I liked the dress, I thought, "Why a backpack? Why?" He loves that sort of tricksy-dicksy stuff. At the time, I said, "Throw that backpack off the stage, it's distracting!" And the model threw it off the edge. Poor backpack. But that said, his skirt had a lovely fluidity to it; it walked well. Even the hideous yellow dress with the diamante from the first episode moved nicely. All up, though, it was a close call between the houses this time. They both did really well.

Where there any outfits you were disappointed in?

Tamara has so many bits and bobs and tricks — you might remember that in the first episode, Iman told her not to put everything in the same dress. You shouldn't be able to smell the effort. That square thing on the bodice, I still don't know why that was there. And I don't want to be the one to say, "Oh no, your dress isn't working and your hem is falling down. Darling, get a bit of sticky tack." But lord, you have to at least get the hem right. I like Tamara, though — I just wish her personal charisma would come through in her clothes.

Obviously, this episode ended with a rather huge twist. What can you tell us about how the judges came to that decision?

Nobody expected Mike was going to go. Even though Emerald did better this week, they were still challenged by Calvin — and Nami was working so well. It's a show of Cesar's maturity that he stepped up and switched teams. The show's producers are perfectly wicked — they are great at throwing in those little zingers and there will be more of them as the season progresses. As there are less and less people, it becomes kind of like Fashion Survivor. But without the tiki torches.

Read more at Laura's blog and on Harper's Bazaar