Season 7 has arrived and no, it's not too soon to remove the bad taste of Season 6 out of our mouths.
Looks like Lifetime and Ms. Klum listened to the bitching and moaning from all of us and are back to New York (Tim Gunn breathes a sigh of relief and throws his flip flops into the garbage disposal). Nina Garcia and Michael Kors don't have to fly back and forth to L.A. (oh wait they didn't, that's why we never saw them last season....)
So that leaves my biggest gripe about last season, and that was the lack of originality of the challenges: make something pretty out of fabric, repeat, make something pretty and blue, etc. This will remain to be seen as the season progresses.
(Side gripe are these terrible Lifetime commercials: "Pregnancy Pact"????)
My bubbly was ready for the inevitable rooftop toast with Heidi and Tim. Wait a second...I just time traveled à la Lost. I just have to remember-Heidi's belly is my constant. So.... this aired sometime around the all-star challenge, but before Season 6 was filmed, but after (or before?) Season 6 finale, oh.... nevermind. A toast to this sesons' designers!
The designers are taken to Central Park (see, they really are in New York!) where apparently bolts of fabric and a runway are waiting. They have 3 minutes to choose their fabric. So far so good, they're still working with fabric. Then Tim instructs them to edit down to 5 bolts of cloth. Still, not so bad.
The first episode is just overwhelming with designers! I forgot they started out with so many. I can't keep up yet with who everyone is, but we have some young, some old, some with bangs, some with faux hawks and some with some big egos already.
Saint Tim comes into the workroom and sprinkles his wise words on the designers. "Doing it on you, does it allow you to be objective?" "Finish empeccably" "Why would you introduce a fourth supporting player?" "We've never had anyone......not finish"
Quirky designer award goes to....Ping
And the Crybaby Award and Starting a New Look Last Minute Award goes to.... Janeane
Since there is just no winning trying to grasp who everyone is and what they're about, we move on to the runway. The top of the picture is my first reaction, and below is after posting the pictures.
Fierce and fun
I would have put this in the top 3 after seeing it again. It's very chic and young looking.
Trying too hard. But I do like the cuteness of dress
The back of this dress is what makes it a top contender. And how much thought he put in to everything about it. Did he modify the shoes too?
Snake skinListen, to quote Carrie Bradshaw, this dress could only be worn by a "stick figure with no soul". It's not really classy, it's not stylish, but it grabs your attention, and you do know who Jesus is as a designer. (Oh man I'm gonna giggle everytime I write up about Jesus. Let's keep him Lifetime!)
I don't get it. I know he's trying to do something a little different, but it just falls flat for me.
Someone always has to do rosettes
After looking at this again, the design of the dress is well made. Then he ruins it by making it so tight and short and sticking those damned flower tumor things all over.
Pink. Pink. Pink. Don't like the backI don't hate this per se....I just think it's unoriginal and the color choice bothers me.Yeah, nothing else to add to that.
Flirty and fun.
All I can see after looking again, is dang this model looks buff!!! Seriously, it's a Very Cute Dress. And you know that Heidi likes a Very Cute Dress.
Top is on backwards? Secretary.
There was some tricky runway thing with the top on this one, but the fact is, this is drab fabric, poor fit and lack of design.
Flowy and....interestingI'm guessing Ping decided that she would carry the plaid fabric instead of draping it around her? I think she couldn't bear to not use the fabric but it really would have weighed the look down and made it seem as tho not much was sewn. Was anything sewn on this? I don't care, it's still intriguing.
What's going on with back? Don't like fabricEek. See judges portion.
One boob is differentWith some more time and editing, this could be something great. But the one breast being different is very distracting.
Lame and boring. Glasses don't hide that it's simple.
I'm surprised that the judges didn't call her out on this dress. It looks slapped together. And it was.
Not a bad one, but too many prints togetherNot understanding the brownie skirt with this ensemble but I'm so distracted by the fug grid print, it doesn't matter.
Cute dress with rolls on the side? Hmmm
While I'm not too into this dress, I don't agree that it was bottom 3.
MK says Anthony's model could take come champagne bottles home in the folds. Well at least there's a reason for them!!
Model looks washed out in these colors
Yup, still looks washed out and plain. Out!
Done before. Chris March made this in his sleep.
Sigh. I don't hate it, it just feels like I've seen this so many times. On this show alone.
Not sure why Seth Aaron called his dress Little Tokyo and I don't know why he's dressed as Tommy Lee's circus show's ringmaster. I do think his dress is cute and made well, but I'm surprised they didn't think his overall look wasn't going for "costumey" they actually really like the styling.
Ping's outfit is growing on me, it keeps my attention wondering about it. I hope they don't kick her off too soon- we can't all have boring designers like last season. Nicole Ritchie may have saved Ping this week, she called it her favorite design of the runway!
Jesus' gown is called a "huge crocodile trunk exploded on an evening gown" by Michael Kors, and something that would be worn by a lounge singer in the 70's. Ouch. On the positive side, it seemed to be tailored well, it was that middle of the leg seam that bothered the judges.
The judges love Emilio's dress. I do too, but some spots where the strips don't match up bother me, but considering the time restraints, it's pretty fab and fun.
After 7 seasons, you could compare many of the designers; Anthony is the new Kayne, Ping is the new Elisa, Seth Aaron is a calmer Jeffrey, etc. It will just remain to be seen where they go from here.
Christiane's dress is a hot mess. It does not fit well, it's not put together well. There's just not much of anything that is right about this dress. The shininess of the fabric mixed with poor construction gives her the Out. I personally wouldn't have auf'd her because I want to see where she can go with color. My auf choice would be crybaby, but the producers might have squeaked her by because we do need a crier.
However, based on the people they had in the top and bottom, I agree with who got auf'd and who won the challenge. Honies, I am just so happy this show is back and they've (so far) brought the show back to what it was and why we love the show! Until next week.....