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Executive decision: I'm not going to get caught up on the weeks I missed. Just too much timesuck. Sorry, guys.

And so, without further ado, I bring you the beginning of the end.

Since I have skipped the last few (and not without misgivings, especially about the WWE Divas one, which was WAY more fun than it had any right to be, and which I may go back and retroactively post about sometime for that reason), I will say that I'm all over the decision to keep both Rami and Chris for one more week. I'm not at all convinced it wasn't concocted in advance, but I still like it. (Also, what was up with the flirting on the reunion show? Are they dating, or just messing with us? Because there was a WHOLE lotta cute going on there that I did not see coming.)

Having them pull three out of their twelve looks for the one-on-one was an interesting way to do it, and makes me curious to see how each full collection comes together as compared to the samplings. (But no, I'm not looking at them yet. I want to see the ones on the show in action first, and then I'll check out the coverage of all five.)

I know seeing Tim go visit the designers, meet their families, etc., is always pretty much the same, but I never get tired of it. :-) Seeing everyone's home workspace is always fascinating and telling -- oh, Christian, honey, you really are a cute little fashion monk in your cell there, aren't you? But I *facepalmed* really, really hard when he described the concept of his collection as "sort of gothic romantic," because (a) Kit, maybe, but Christian? No way, and (b) Um, didn't high fashion just do a goth phase about four years ago? Aren't the last trickle-down knockoffs of it still on the clearance racks at TJ Maxx? And yes, I notice these things 'cause it's convenient when they happen, which is kinda my point: I'm likely to like it, but I really don't think it's cycled out of "tired" yet at the high-fashion level.

Of course, then he showed Tim the big foofy pleated collar thingie and the OMGWTFFEATHEREDPANTS??, and I said "Okay, we can completely disregard that comment and move on. Check."

And then came the showdown.

Rami: One...



(Unfortunately for those of you who read these posts and don't have access to see the show, there are no posed stills this week, and this is the best of the shots used for Rate the Runway. :-/)

Obviously this one is All About The Coat. Which is a fantastic coat, and not nearly as much Too Much Look as Nina was proclaiming. The dress is extremely basic, which is what it needs to be because it's All About The Coat. Nice color. Adore the sleeves, love the sort of spiraling asymmetrical thing going on with the collar.

Two...



Rami Does Draping AND Rami Does Different. At the same time. I dearly, dearly wish there were a better picture of this, because I am in outright awe of the way he used the gradient of the print.

This had some sort of cape or jacket with it too, but damned if I can remember what it looked like.

Three...



Floor length gown. And then some, actually -- Jacqueline had to hold the skirt up the entire time, and I was a bit surprised nobody commented on that. The judges were divided over the oval detailing bits on the hips; I'm not thrilled with them, not just because of the "unflattering" issue but because they just seemed unnecessary and sort of slapped on. Liked the shape of the skirt, which of course you can't see here.

Okay, so here's my problem: These are all good pieces. Which do not look like they belong together. That might change when I see them in context of the rest of Rami's collection, but it's something he should have considered when pulling the three looks, and I'm frankly stunned he didn't get called on it.

Chris: One...



*drooool* I'll take two, please. The wrap too. Don't care that she had to walk like Morticia Addams. Will deal with a workaround for the neck-to-floor slatted peekaboo. WANT. Heck, I'd give a fair amount just for a closeup look at the actual construction of that front panel.

Two...



Cute, cute, cute. Reminds me a bit of the flapperish dress Kirsten Dunst wore to the Oscars several years ago. Great lace, I'm a sucker for jet beading (or even approximations thereof), and the hair-fringe skirt is a neat shape and has great movement.

And here's the part where I say What is up with the freaking about the human hair??? He had the, in my opinion, BRILLIANT idea of using hair-extension wefts as fringe. And it WORKS. All the judges admitted it. While looking like someone was tugging on their teeth. WTF? It's not like he pulled it out of his sink trap, people! This stuff is manufactured for the purpose of being worn on one's actual head. Why on earth make icky faces about wearing it on one's clothing? Does. Not. Compute.

Three...



Completely useless picture. Jaw-droppingly amazing engineering feat of a gown. The entire skirt is constructed of black safety pins -- I think Chris said each row took about five hours? The hair trim is used very well on both gown and jacket. And I'm pretty sure there was something else really unusual that I'm forgetting because I can't see it. But OMG, the overall picture is amazingly stunningly gorgeous. This thing is a masterpiece, with not the slightest whiff of camp, despite what one would expect from the materials and such.

So... Here's the thing. Both guys, to the judges' obvious consternation, sent out mini-collections of Dark and Dramatic Stuff. Heidi made a good point about them wanting to go for the biggest drama they had on tap for the head-to-head, but still, it means they HAD it on tap. And remember what I said up top? Not expecting to see the big guys cycling back to the goth phase for another couple years at least. (With obvious exceptions who just live there -- God bless Betsey Johnson!) So, um... what?? Sure, Angelina Jolie will love 'em if they drag it back early, but I'm not holding my breath.

Which I have to think is what ended up tilting the needle all-but-imperceptibly against Chris. And it kinda grates my cheese, because (a) his individual pieces are just plain more impressive, and (b) his mini-collection looks like it belongs together. I would have had a very, very hard time choosing between them, but ultimately, these would be the deciding factors, and on Planet WiliQueen we'd be seeing Chris on this week's finale.

In conclusion, I am DYING to see Jillian's stuff, as we really haven't yet apart from that coat, which I desperately covet OMG.

And am abjectly terrified of Christian's.

Comments

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padawansguide
Mar. 3rd, 2008 03:21 am (UTC)
It's not like he pulled it out of his sink trap, people! This stuff is manufactured for the purpose of being worn on one's actual head. Why on earth make icky faces about wearing it on one's clothing?

Yeah - I know, really! People (ok, some people in fashion) don't blink twice about using animal fur - which is just like hair. Except it's from an animal. And (theoretically), the human wasn't killed for *their* pelt. I don't see why the horror and shock. Chris used it very well.

I think I agreed with all your comments - and I liked Rami's coat - I disagreed with Nina.

All five of them showed at Fashion Week to avoid people figuring out the final 3 or 2...
wiliqueen
Mar. 3rd, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)
All five of them showed at Fashion Week to avoid people figuring out the final 3 or 2...

*nods* I avoid the news coverage because I like to see the episode first, but the fact that it happens does make me happy. I still say Kara Janx had the best collection of her season's four, even though she was the one who was out!
quasievil_bunny
Mar. 3rd, 2008 03:33 am (UTC)
What you said. Seems the mobile phone vote went with Chris too. His set was way more a cohesive whole than Rami's.

I'd love to really know how close the scores were.
wiliqueen
Mar. 3rd, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
They must have been REALLY close. Tim says in his blog that the runway Q&A went on for hours.
oxbastetxo
Mar. 3rd, 2008 05:19 am (UTC)
No kidding! I wanted Chris to win so bad!!!

*pout*

That wrap has me wanting to seriously track down my instructions for how to do crocheted broomstick lace. I have the gear to do it. I just need to figure out the stitching.

I am so bummed now that Chris is out. I loved him talking to his clothes. *blush* I've done that, but usually, I'm a bit more rude. :-p
wiliqueen
Mar. 3rd, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
*giggle* I talk to anything I'm working on. My costumes get the full gamut...
cjmr
Mar. 3rd, 2008 02:46 pm (UTC)
I really loved the broomstick (hairpin?) lace. How Chris used it on the dress was awesome, too. The safety pin skirt was a work of art. I didn't like the hair. Sorry. I don't like fur or even fur print, either. I really think he did it for the shock value, too, not the aesthetics.

I think what Rami had going for him over Chris was that Chris' stuff has to be crafted, but Rami's stuff can actually be manufactured. and sold.
wiliqueen
Mar. 3rd, 2008 04:10 pm (UTC)
I really think he did it for the shock value, too, not the aesthetics.

Mmmm. I think it was both, but it's hard to tell which was the driving force. Me, I thought the texture and effect were really cool, so I tended to focus on that.

I'm still confused by shock even being an issue, but clearly it is -- I've seen a lot of very strong reactions to it.

Tim says in his blog that Chris could have gotten the same visual/textural effect with high-quality synthetics, and that the insistence on human hair makes it clear that it was for the shock value. I'm not completely convinced, only because I own both human hair and high-quality synthetic wigs, and can definitively say they don't behave the same way.

Obviously, it was a gamble regardless, and it didn't pay off.
cjmr
Mar. 4th, 2008 01:03 am (UTC)
I think what weirds me out about using real hair is that I've donated my hair before when I had more than a foot cut off. I've always assumed that it was getting used for wigs/extensions or for testing shampoo. The thought that my hair could end up sewn on someone's clothes is just...errgh!

(Actually, it's just about time to get my spring haircut. I think I'll ask where the hair is going, this time. I can't donate to Locks of Love this time, the hair is in too bad of shape.)
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