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AUF WIEDERSEHEN, SEASON 12 Did the right designer win?
Before showing off his looks, Justin thanked Tim Gunn for "saving" him. For people who hadn't seen the show yet, that comment was probably a little confusing, but I think everyone could easily picture Tim saving someone in every way a person can be saved. (Gloria Stuart reference). I still loved Justin's pipette dress, but compared to last week, I found Justin's full collection a bit disappointing. The 3D printed pieces started to get repetitive, and at one point there were a ton of cheap-looking sheer fabrics. Kerry especially loved the soundwave-inspired dress, and Nina wished she'd seen at least two more wow pieces. (Also, I know I said in an earlier recap that Justin should be able to reference his handicap as often as he wanted, but tonight, I felt like he brought it up one too many times).
Alexandria had the most stress-filled run-up to the runway. Right before she went out in front of the audience, she shouted "F***!", seemingly right in a production assistant's face. It was a very Naomi Campbell moment. She began her show with her sweatshop/phonebook gown, which I thought looked too much like a dress made out of phonebooks -- she didn't transcend the material enough for me. Even though her looks didn't pop, they did look the most wearable compared to any of the others. Heidi called her collection "young, hip, and now." Nina loved it much more tonight than the night before. Kerry appreciated the fact that there were so many pieces, so she could mix and match. I still hated the pants-gloves, but overall, I was surprised how much I liked Alexandria's collection.
You know, I liked Bradon's collection much more than the judges seemed to. I was skeptical about his decision to do florals, but his looks were much more subversive than that. I liked how they were mostly monochromatic with one panel of gorgeous, explosive color. I thought he definitely had the best Tide Pod washable look. I actually loved his opening look with the shiny gold fabric -- the gown looked like a giant, sensual orchid. However, Nina the cohesion queen complained that the looks didn't go together as seamlessly as they should have. Honestly, I've never cared as much about cohesion as much as overall effect, and I thought Bradon had it.
But when it mattered, the judges got it right, in my opinion. Dom has such a fresh point of view, and it really showed in her final collection, which was unusual and stunning. Dom defied the Runway rule about only designing for very young women and made a surprisingly mature-looking collection of outfits tailor-made for a diva like Sophia Loren on vacation. But in a good way. It had a wonderful, decadent '70s vibe, straight out of a Joan Didion novel. It also looked like Dom cast some slightly older models to go with her pieces. I definitely recognized Leslie from ANTM as the model wearing the opening look. Nina found the whole show quite entertaining and could follow the whole story without words. Kerry thought the looks were tribal yet architectural. Zac loved everything except for the bathing suit. He made the point that bathing suits on the runway were usually a nod to the straight dude(s) in the audience. Heidi loved Dom's unconventional materials dress, which featured sparkly door hinges. Overall, a tasteful and bold collection worthy of a win.
For such a young designer, Dom has incredible personal and aesthetic maturity, and I'm so glad we finally have an African-American winner. What did you think of the final collections? Did the judges get it right?