Allllrighty — back from Australia, very jetlagged, and catching up on three episodes before the winner is announced tonight!! I was sort of sorry not to see any t-shirt mini challenges as I’m in need of inspiration. After washing my favorite t-shirt several times, it still smells of the koala I carried around last week for the amusement of the men in my family. It was damp and also kept trying to grab my nose. Hmmmph.
Episode 9 – was kind of bored through the sleepwear and the tarot cards. Having experienced a tarot card reading on TV as well, I think that even if you are with a reader who is truly gifted, it’s hard to get an accurate reading on camera — there’s so much going on around you and such a strong desire on the part of the reader to create a good impression that it can easily be skewed. However, it can make good foreshadowing when edited right! LOVED Reco’s look and would buy it; Anna’s too and I’m so glad she won that week — she really deserved to. The only ones I wouldn’t wear out of this episode were Merlin’s or Daniella’s, and although he was not the weakest designer of the bunch, due to that garment Merlin definitely had to go home.
Moving on to Episode 10 – I loved the draping challenge, and thought pretty much everyone but Johnny did a good job. I got really excited when I saw the Swarovski crystals and couldn’t wait to see what the designers did with them. It was really great to see some of the designers come back, and I was so happy to see Anna and Keith teamed together — I think her look was very Anna with a little bit of Keith splashed in. My favorite detail was the usage of crystal on the inside of the bow, and although I thought using the cup detail two weeks running was risky, it didn’t matter in the end. Daniella’s neckline was stunning and I’d happily wear it. I sort of wish that the skirt was a little more tailored but I don’t know how you’d do that with that fabric. Reco’s dress was cool and sexy; I’d choose that for a day into night sort of affair, where the red carpet is in daylight so you can see through the dress. I was really disappointed by James-Paul’s, but he’s a great designer overall so I think this was his week to try something and fall on his face. It was too princess-y for my taste, which was really surprising as I wouldn’t have thought he’d ever go that way. I have to say that I actually would wear Johnny’s dress, but once I saw the Lanvin dress he’d referred to, plus his sulky, cover-your-tracks, blame it on Angel sort of behavior, I knew he had to go. Come on, even my five-year-old rarely acts out that much when I catch him red-handed.