Exit Through The Git Shop

"Up Your Aerosol" is an improvement over last week's episode, for sure -- but that isn't saying much, given the hypoxic judging that got the not-as-terrible-as-others outfit of the still-fairly-terrible Wendy Pepper ejected. If you haven't already watched this week's PRAS, should you bother? Let's break it down by key indicators.

The Challenge

After learning tricks of the graffiti trade from street artists, the designers had to spray-paint their own custom fabrics, then create "wearable art" from the results. The creation segment is too long, and non-issue backbiting about color choices made it more boring, not less.

Head model in charge Carolyn Murphy failed to define the term "wearable art" in any useful way, thereby allowing the judges to cite the parameters at their inconsistent convenience.

(And if you're hoping someone went bazoo and silk-screened an acid-washed jean jacket with a cityscape...didn't happen.)

Sewing-Room Drama

What the show wants us to believe, according to the fortnight of footage of Kayne and Ivy complaining in hushed tones: that Laura Kathleen is a braggypants. What we do believe: not that. ...Okay, fine, we do believe that, but if we must have Laura Kathleen's character disorder as a subplot instead of watching the design process, maybe get some of it on camera?

The patented "Casanova is so horrified by another garment that he loses command of his English and devolves to grunts and hand gestures" moment isn't quite enough to save those segments.

Runway

Kayne's assertion that his "model looks like Kate Middleton" is quite brilliant. Spoiler: She doesn't. The model is a Caucasian brunette; she's also wearing a parasol festooned with gaffers' tape, and sporting low-flow-shower-head hair.

Judging

Watch, especially for...Isaac Mizrahi, evidently gunning for a high-profile ambassadorship, notes, "There's always something a little bit tacky about Kayne," but it's the ordinarily insightful Georgina Chapman who seems to have huffed some leftover paint when she asserts that Ivy is "getting these tailored jackets down." Do we have the same definition of "tailored," G. Chaps? Because Ivy's jacket looks like a robot costume a child makes out of a cardboard box, with a duffle-coat button on the front.

That said, the judges got it right when it came to winner and loser. Emilio's suit isn't really wearable art, but it's cut like a diamond. Suede, already on borrowed time, sent out a refugee from a grade-school pageant about chest colds.

Kid-Glove Handling Of Obvious Favorites

Not egregious, but present. Anthony Ryan creates an unchallenging pattern, then uses it in a standard dress shape with an overused back cutout, and is praised. See above re: the challenge "criteria" -- it's not art, and it's boring and safe.

And it looks like Andraé is on the "save at all costs" list, as he's passed through on the first cut this time around on a weird maternity-ribbon...thing that gives his model scoliosis. It's possible he's still here because he runs from place to place like a frightened forest sprite, but we can live with that, because it's delightful. His gleeful-Gumby departure from this week's runway is a novella.

Verdict

Watch but fast-forward to the halfway point.

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