At first I thought, "Sheesh, another gimmicky challenge that has nothing to do with fashion," but I must admit that the cheerful charisma of the "divas" won me over, and I swooooon over the winning outfit!
You know me, I'd wear leopard print (and bell sleeves!) every day of the week if I thought I could get away with it, so that woman is living my dream (probably in more ways than one). That is one hot look that Chris put together -- green leopard print, by the way -- it tells her story without being too costumey, and it has some really nice tailoring touches like the surprise sparkly lining. Yay for Chris!
The other outfit I liked was Jillian's blue and white all-American-girl look (except the shoes -- I guess they don't have much wrestling-diva-appropriate footwear at Bluefly.com). Sporty and classic and a little flirty, and it shares with Chris' creation the advantage that the top will probably manage to control enough boobage to keep it safe for prime time (some of the other outfits, not so much).
As for the other designers, Christian's look was hot and worked for that diva's archetype, but I am a little tired of Christian's poofy jackets with skinny legs (I saw it referred to today as the "Puss in Boots look"). Sweet P was saddled with a tacky, tacky client with tacky, tacky taste (remember, ladies -- if you are going to be a sexpot, be "a classy sexpot, not a whore sexpot" -- um, and star-shaped cutouts on your bum are classy??) and she just didn't have enough courage to do her own thing. Ricky is auf, and rightfully so. Am I the only one who saw echoes of the first incarnation of Wendy Pepper's Big Bird Grammy dress? And poor Rami was trying to make spandex do things that spandex just isn't meant to do. Dreadful.
I was a little bummed out by Tim's disparaging remarks about Eva Gabor's wardrobe on Green Acres, since that is my favorite television show of all time. There, I said it. That is my deepest darkest secret, and I just wrote it for the whole world to discover. Good thing nobody reads this blog.
In related news, I spent all day at work stealing furtive glances at the pix from the final PR runway show, which was held in the big tent this morning. All five remaining designers showed, so does that mean one decoy and four finalists, or...? I have a definite favorite but I won't say more until it airs. And I don't think my favorite is the winner, unfortunately, but we shall see. Last year I had a much better understanding of why Jeffrey won when I saw all the collections in motion. If you can't wait and want to see stills from all five shows, go to gettyimages.com and search on "project runway 4".