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  1. Ellaria Sand

    S17.E14: Finale

    A little late to the party here but I'm thrilled about Sebastian's win. Its been a rare PR winner that combines a heartwarming personal story with exquisite skills and vision. Combine that with a relatively drama-free season and contestants that seemed supportive of each other and it is safe to say that Bravo deserves kudos for this "re-boot." I love Christian as the mentor.
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    S17.E13: One Elle of a Day

    Poor Bishme! Such a fine young man and a talented designer. I wish him well. From the limited view of the remaining designers collections, Sebastian should have this win in the bag. That orange look was stunning. Having said that, I’m concerned about the enthusiasm for Hester’s looks. I get the sense that they decided early on that they wanted a winner that represented “young and fun” and that led them to Hester. Of course, many of her looks are silly and not wearable. Garo has skill but I don’t particularly care for anything he has done.
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    S17.E12: The Art of Fashion

    Good riddance, Tessa! I was thrilled when she was given the last choice of models. Guess the other designers enjoyed her about as much as I did. I am not a fan of much of Hester’s work but at least she wasn’t a total pill like Tessa. Looking forward to seeing what Bishme and Sebastian will produce. Garo is talented - and his winning look tonight was quite interesting - but I don’t love anything that he has created. Sebastian’s construction skills are superior to the others. He has been my pick from the start but not sure if the judges - especially Elaine - share my sentiment.
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    S17.E11: New York City of Dreams

    Well said. I never understand why some of these designers have issues with adapting their "look" to a client's desires. They can't make sleeping bag dresses for the entirety of their career. I'm not wild about Elaine either. Alternatively, I like Brandon. Maybe because he sees through the BS and excuse-making of the designers. Danielle Brooks was a worthy guest judge. Tessa's arrogance increases week by week. The judges' criticism that she is playing it safe annoys me because that isn't the problem. She considers herself above critique. She's not willing to listen and learn. She lies to defend her choices. Either she has reached her limit as a designer and can't do anything else OR she simply doesn't want to.
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    S17.E11: New York City of Dreams

    I thought this was more successful than past “real women” challenges. At least there were a few designers that worked hard to please their clients even when it didn’t necessarily equate with their own design aesthetic. Then, of course, there was Jamal’s dress that was sliding off his client. She told him that it was loose and she still had to walk the runway in it. Sigh. His time was up weeks ago. Tessa needs to stop talking. She is nasty, envious and self-important. Sorry to see that she will be around for another week, at least. Finally...a deserved win for Sebastian. His dress didn’t look dated to me but I didn’t care for the color. Regardless, his construction skills construction are superior to the other designers. That was a beautifully detailed dress. Garo worked hard to please his client. That color was stunning. Christian’s reactions throughout the episode were absolutely priceless.
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    S17.E10: What Do You Care About?

    Sorry that Venny was eliminated but I think it was his time. Loved his t-shirt. He seems like a good man. I was hoping that Garo would leave because that dress was hideous and he annoys me. The guest judge added nothing to the critiques. And I am completely over Nina and her admonishing looks. The top three dresses were lovely but I think that Sebastian should have won (again). I think that he is the stand-out among the group but he doesn’t seem to breakout in the eyes of the judges.
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    S17.E09: The Stitch Is Back

    Yes, I’m aware that she had immunity. Wasn’t she in the bottom a few weeks ago even though she had immunity?
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    S17.E09: The Stitch Is Back

    How on earth is Hester safe for creating a disco rooster? And Tessa finally got critiqued appropriately. Loved Bishme’s look! Garo’s look was stunning but his self-importance irritates me. Not sure about Jamal’s look - it did not suggest Elton John. Venny got lucky because the train on those pants was silly. He seems like a nice guy but I don’t think that he is long for this competition. Not surprised that Lela was eliminated. I can’t remember a single look of hers - bad or good - before this episode. I can’t wait to see “Rocketman.” I was lucky to see Elton and his signature looks in concert. What a showman!
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    S17.E08: Blame It on Rio

    Judging by the results of the last two weeks, I would agree with this statement. However, the pants were horrible (color and fit) and the blouse did not nothing to enhance the look. It was a tough choice between Renee and Jamal for elimination. Since Jamal had immunity and Marni "got" (!) his look, he stays. Ugh! Agree. Sebastian was robbed...again. Bishme gets praised for a lovely red top (a standout) and white pants ("the palette cleanser"). I love white pants but can find THAT style of white pants everywhere. And please, why is a reversible bathing suit desirable? I guess I'm missing something.
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    S17.E07: Elegance Is the New Black

    This season started out as fun and refreshing after the nonsense over on Lifetime. Somehow, I'm not enjoying these last few episodes. IMO, two of the more interesting looks - Sebastian and Garo - were safe. I liked Vennie's use of color (which was lacking in many of the other looks) but felt it should have been "safe." Same for Lela's look - I've seen versions of her look everywhere. Tessa continues to get screen time for being opinionated and entitled. Her outfit was neither elegant or modern. It should have been in the bottom. She has talent but not nearly as much as she thinks she does. And I'm not interested in her opinions. Liked Jamal's look despite the unflattering "poof" in the front and I'm glad that he got the win. Don't think that Sonia deserved to be eliminated. Yes, it was nothing "special" but it looked stunning on her model. Agree. This has become "The Hester Show." Regardless of what she designs (good or bad), she ends up with lots of screen time. Over the last few episodes, they seem to focusing on flamboyant or outspoken designers rather than splitting screen time equitably. Frankly, no one should have been eliminated. Hester's look was ridiculous and an obvious ploy for attention. Tell her that she was lucky to have immunity or otherwise she would been gone...and do not send anyone else home.
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    S17.E06: Power Play

    Can’t say that this challenge interested me. Very tired of Tessa’s smug expressions and superior attitude. I’m also over Nina. I appreciate that they wanted to carry-over someone from the “original” PR but I would rather hear from a new voice. I’m not sure what the Gamer Executive offered as a judge of fashion but I guess that they had to include someone that was representative of the challenge. Didn't love any of the looks...perhaps because I didn’t get a good look at most of them. Many of the looks that end up as “safe” seemed to go by in a split second. It was a fine line between fashion and costume in this challenge and I’m not sure who succeeded and who did not, regardless of the outcome.
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    S17.E05: High Fashion to High Street

    Agree. I dislike her dismissive attitudes towards the other designers. Her early win and positive feedback have made her a legend in her own mind. And yet she doesn't seem to be a pariah in the workroom. Maybe they see something that we do not. I did not know who Dapper Dan was. If that means that I don't know fashion...that's fine. I'm not here claiming to be a fashion expert. Like the rest of us, I'm here offering an opinion on a reality TV show that I enjoy. I'm also not getting the impression that anyone here is actually mocking Dapper Dan himself. Despite not knowing who he was, I appreciated his interaction with the designers and wish that we could have seen more of it (and a little less of Jamal's indecision about his look). Bishme and Venny were tied for the win, IMO. Garo's look...while probably well constructed didn't thrill me. Hester's look was a bit silly, just like Hester herself. Jamal should have been sent packing because that was hideous (fabric choice, construction, etc.) Nothing else was memorable, good or bad.
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    S17.E04: Survive in Style

    I usually enjoy the unconventional materials challenge but this time...I didn’t get it. Are tarps and sleeping bags really “unconventional?” Construction was crucial and there was some questionable construction in many of the looks. Why did they have to sleep outdoors? Why was the runway outdoors? Everyone involved looked miserable. I would guess that this challenge took place in mid October. Living in NY, I can attest to the fact that the weather at that time of year is unpredictable. I liked Hester’s look. I wasn’t wild about Renee’s with mugs and fanny packs attached to it but, again, I didn’t understand this challenge. I also liked Bishme’s look. It was impressive that Tessa weaved her own fabric but she basically made a vest. Do not understand why Kovid was kept over Afa. Neither impressed in this challenge but, IMO, Kovid hasn’t demonstrated any real skill to date.
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    S17.E03: All the Rage

    Nadine was a pill and deserved elimination. Don’t think I’ve ever seen a contestant criticize her model in front of the judges with the model standing next to her. Good riddance! Her elimination seemed to be telegraphed from the start of the episode when she was yelling about the dirty dishes (although that would drive me crazy, too). Can’t stand Hester but her outfit was cute. I would have given the win to Sebastian again. That was simply gorgeous. Didn’t care for Kovid’s look but he seems like a good guy. Hope the positive feedback helps him. There were a lot of interesting looks tonight. Wish that we had more time to see them on the runway.
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    S7.E13 All the World's a Runway

    That is very sad. Much too young. RIP.