|Anthony, Emilio, Jay, Mila, Seth Aaron
It was circus freak fun this week for the remaining five designers. They met up with Tim
(who was not dressed as a clown
or riding on an elephant
to everyone's dismay) at Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus
for a big top rendezvous. For this final challenge before Bryant Park, the eager beavers
had to draw inspiration from watching the jugglers, acrobats, clowns and the great ring leader. With the exception of Miss Thang
's (aka, Anthony
's) blue dress, most of the ensembles created this week were literal interpretations near carbon copies of the ring leader's outfit.
, who needed to rent another Atlas apartment just to fit his ego in the building, won the challenge yet again. For his design he used black and white stripes
as the bulk of the skirt, adding black and white polka dot chiffon
at the hem. The floor-length dress was bunched in the front, making a reverse bustle
look happen. He slipped in details of red and grey stripes
, and a deep red lining
on the underside of the skirt. It was masterful, yes, and innovative. But aren't we all just so sick of seeing Emilio win week after week? I thought this was a competition I was watching.
and Seth Aaron
each made a pair of pants and a wild jacket to match. Jay decided again to make bottoms that added volume to the lady's physique, which the judges didn't even seem to notice. It was hard to see anything past that red, black and gold jacket that screamed MJ. So, essentially, Jay made a beefy pair of trousers, a black tank top, and a jacket that may have been lifted from some Hard Rock Cafe Michael Jackson memorabilia case
. It wasn't cute.
Mila (who we all hate, but I think it's important to take a moment and recognize that she is the only woman left in the challenge
and there's no doubt she's holding her own with the boys) made pink shiny pants
to go with the shiny gold top
, that was under the shiny black and white jacket
. This jacket was nicely tailored: cinched in the waist, flared from the hips to the thighs in the front, down the the knees in the back, and fitted with a super high collar that Maleficent
would kill for. Both Mila and Jay will make collections, but only one of them will proceed on to Bryant Park. This shit's about to get real Thunderdome
Continuing on the Beetlejuice
train, Seth Aaron made a black and white striped version of the same jacket he always makes
and left on stupidly long sleeves. Looked like some kind of straitjacket jawn
. Like Mila and Emilio's design, the front was shorter, and the back cascaded down like coattails. To top off this Mad Hatter
finally gets committed little number, he put the model in a pair of dumpy red leather pants that were high waisted, but not fitted. And yet he came in second. If this competition is rigged, they're doing a terrible job of hiding it.
Poor little Anthony was sent home for the second time when he made a blue dress that Heidi
pointed out was made of $300 worth of polyester
. Gross. There was a plunging neckline that shaped ruffled wings
that were inspired by those graceful acrobatics. At least the man didn't replicate the ring leader's clothes. But the bottom of the dress was floor length, flowy and slit high
. Um, that's pretty much exactly what he did last week when he won. Everyone else is doing the same thing over and over (I'm looking at you, Mila, Seth Aaron and Em), so why shouldn't Anthony? Because his work isn't as strong as the others', that's why. It's a cruel existence when the person who consistently wins and will be one of three sent to Bryant Park is the guy who he wanted the judges to "pee on themselves" when they saw his design.
Anthony, you'll be missed. Again.