I found it really passive aggressive and pissy and would have preferred him to just come out and say what he was hinting at. When they were asked why things were so similar, Jerrell immediately started talking about how the minute they got to the workroom he started on that coat. This is completely true and I don't have a problem with what he said. The shade I was referring to is how he was pulling a ton of faces and jerking his head around. He came across like a tattletale in 3rd grade saying, "Teacher, I won't name names, but someone who is standing right next to me did something bad!"I thought Jerrell put a polite spin on the controversy, saying they both had the same inspiration rather than accusing Michael of plagiarism.
I can't recall anyone throwing so much shade on the runway as he did tonight.
I actually like Jerrell so I'm not down on him for thinking Michael was copying him. I think I would have been annoyed in the same situation. I just wish he would have gone about it in a different way. Just say, "I don't know what happened. All I know is I started this coat in this silhouette the minute we got to the workroom and it is true to my original sketch."
Ultimately it all seemed stupid for the judges to bring it up since the final looks didn't look alike at all.
I liked it, but it reminded me of an episode of ANTM when the models did a photoshoot in which they were supposed to be homeless teens (it was a cause that captured Tyra's heart for 5 minutes). I'm not saying that to be snarky either--the models were rocking a very similar look.
Jerell's coat was good, but it wasn't earth-shakingly spectacular, or unique.
When she has been guest judge on regular seasons she totally brings the machete-mouthed bitch. Which is unfortunate because I really do like her as the mentor.
Edited to add, I would replace Nina with Joanna Coles. I like what she brings to the table in terms of an honest critique without the need to be nasty at the designers' expense. I like Joanna's sensibility, in all meanings of the word.