Probably the #1 thing I learned is that apparently I have bad taste, or at least different taste than fashion experts, because just about every outfit that was declared "trashy" or supposedly made a model "look like a streetwalker" was one I really liked and totally would wear. (I know, HUGE surprise, huh?) For example, Angela's "dog challenge" outfit (see pic) got laughed off the show as streetwalker-esque, but to me it looked totally funky. I don't think I could pull off a bubbleskirt, but I like the concept! Another example was Jeffrey's black and white cocktail dress, while perhaps not good as a cocktail dress, was totally cool. I really liked the black pleather (?) leggings, which I'm sure lost points in the judging. To me, there's nothing wrong with looking like a hooker, because if the clothes are fun, if you are or aren't, so what? I've hardly ever seen a real hooker who had nice clothes out on the street, have you?
Another type of fashion challenged I liked was ones where the designers had to use non-traditional material, although I also discovered that my favorite outfits differed from a lot of people's. My favorite was the recycling challenge and out of that, I actually liked Kayne's a lot. He got a lot of ridicule over that and I don't know why. There were comments on the makeup being all wrong, on the model looking like she'd rolled around in the trash, but I liked how garish and crazy it was. Too bad most people wouldn't actually wear that look out -- unlike me. I would wear it! I admired Jeffry's blue and yellow paper dress too and was happy it was chosen as the winner. I think I might be the only person out there who kind of liked that crazy ass yellow paper dress that got the designer voted off. I mean, sure, it made the model look kind of chunky, but I love the whole concept, the styling, this origami dress. I'd like to see a rework of that. Anyway, the whole recycling thing sparked some creative ideas in me and I'd like to try making up some outfits for myself that are along those lines -- things I can make without having to sew, but instead can do with duct tape, safety pins, etc. I have an idea for a skirt involving "DO NOT CROSS POLICE LINE" tape and a whole bunch more with things from a hardware store. I might try that for Dragon*Con next year.
I also found myself liking outfits that were sort of "messy," with asymetrical elements, crumpled fabric, intersting layers. I definitely enjoy a sort of factory feel at times, with stuff being sort of an artistic mess -- tailored, with a lot of work put into it, but with a look that's not so square, sleek, etc. I guess some of the stuff I like is kind of punk or industrial, deliberately going against traditional fashion models and being sort of "ugly beautiful." I know I've gone for that look a lot in my own clothes choices, like that hideous dress I bought the other day just because it's wearable and yet will call attention to itself by being such a fashion mistake. I swear, once I lose a bit more weight and fix the zipper in back, I'll post pictures. It's very much like some kind of leftover Star Trek costume.
Then there were some general things I noticed I just don't like. I definitely am not into the ultra-plunging V-necklines. I mean, I'm sorry, but that just isn't a good look, plus you can't wear a bra (certainly not a normal one!) with it, plus there has to be all this space between your tits.. or it just doesn't work. A couple of times designers made it work (I liked Laura's cocktail dress) but overall, no. I love outfits that draw attention to the chest, but not with the V going down to the bellybutton. I also am not a big fan of any dress that looks like a regular, run-of-the-mill prown gown. Several designers produced stuff over the course of the season, including Michael, whose "couture" gown is now available at J.C. Penny, or could be. I mean, why bother designing something like that which has been totally done and is totally normal? I feel the same about a few outfits I saw which reminded me of casual wear you'd find at a big discount store, just sort of dresses made out of jersey with some sparkles on it. Just: no.
P.S. For anybody who's ever wondered, yes, I think that outfit in my icon is a bit much, and I'm too big for it, but f' it, I like it way too much :)