Yes! Sebastian won! Finally.
I know he won once before, but it's been so long and there have been so many weeks since where he wasn't even in the top when he should've been or even won, so...
I think I've finally figured out why I don't like Elaine as a judge. I've been thinking it just seems that she has such a narrow view of what is fashionable. When she said Sebastian's design this week was "dated," that just cemented it for me.
I did like the guest judge, especially her comments regarding the differences between Jamall and Tessa, in essence, that Tessa speaks too much and listens too little, but that Jamall is willing to listen and learn. On that basis alone, I would've sent Tessa home. I mean, what's the point of her being there if she's not willing to learn? On the basis of their garments, I think either could've gone home.
I do think Jamall has a lot of talent and, while I'm sorry to see him go, especially over Tessa this week, I'm not too upset. He wasn't gonna win, as he's just not there yet, but I think he'll do well in the business. Being willing to learn will serve him well, and I do think he's grown over the course of the season.
Other than that, the judges got the placements right for the other four designers. I loved Sebastian's. It was the perfect amalgam of elegant, retro and modern, and of what the client wanted and who the designer is. I liked Garo's, too, though I wasn't crazy about the chiffon on the back. That was a great color on his client.
Christian has really grown on me as a mentor. I was dubious when it was announced that he'd be filling that role this season, but he's really growing in the role. Each week, his advice to the designers seems even more on point and his delivery of it more professional. The show is lucky to have him.
Oh, Tessa was a pill this week. Ignoring what her client wanted, lying about her color preferences to the other designers and the judges, using Sebastian's technique, albeit badly, on the skirt, making an unfinished, poorly put together design, not taking on board what the judges have critiqued her on in the past, and she willfully defends it all, like "What's the problem here?"
And I'd like to know what planet she's living on that she thinks she's never used black in her designs before. She does know this is being filmed, doesn't she?
Whoever said she's been playing it safe is exactly right. She must think she's so fabulous, she can ride it out till the final, then she'll bring her A game. It's all pretty arrogant.