When Ru first introduced this runway I honestly thought she said “Friends” and I was very confused as to why you want 13 drag queens to do Phoebe Buffet cosplay? Although lets face it Yvie would have come as Mrs. Whiskerson. But no, the category was fringe and in the words of Willam Belli “My favourite colour is fringe!” It was also however a runway of three categories: The Aesthetic Nightmare, Your Garden Variety Bodysuits and The Ones Who Did Something.
The Aesthetic Nightmare
13. Mercedes Iman Diamond
I kind of wish she had just walked the whole runway with the hat on her head looking like a cartoon character pretending to be a lampshade but no she took it off and walked around like a waitress trying to find the table she’s meant to be serving and when you looked at it from the one side you could see it was badly constructed. I feel bad for ranking her so lowly but really…
Your Garden Variety Bodysuits
12. Ra’Jah O’Hara
By far the most basic of all the fringed bodysuits, and even she was more excited about the boots which she already wore in episode 1, it was also a very wiggy wig and it was all a bit monochromatic in a not-too-fabulous kind of way.
11. Plastique Tiara
Maybe it’s because Valentina already just wore 2 of these on Allstars as basic dance number but this leaves me absolutely cold.
10. Dr. Ganache
Well we saw in the Untucked why this was such a shapeless mess because for some reason Silky thought she might be lipsyncing and is clearly from The School of Eureka O’Hara. She sold the shit out of it though and it’s all very Pride Float, even down to the face painting stall swirly thing on the side of her face. It’s at least a fun fringe, nobody wants demure fringe.
9. Scarlet O’Hara
It’s perfectly polished but it is just a little bit basic show girl outfit and she was very excited about the fact she had fringed her nails, which several other girls had done too so it wasn’t anything particularly special.
8. Miss Vanjie
The latticed placing of the fringe really saved this from being bottom of the pile, it managed to look really interesting when she walked which let’s be honest is exactly what fringe is for.
7. Ariel Versace
I enjoy this aesthetic and it suits Ariel – we’re finally seeing her Lisa Frank Nightmare coming through. I still really hate mismatched eyeshadow though but it’s clearly having a bit of a moment with her and Naomi (in her fashun cat lady outfit) having done it in exactly these colours. I think it’s really towing the line on the fringe though, I think if everything had had maybe 1 more disc it’d have read as more fringey.
The Ones Who Did Something, Anything
6. Brooke Lynn Hytes
Why is this giving me heavy Trixie Mattel vibes? All she needs is a autoharp. It’s slightly skimpy on the fringe, could have done with filling out the skirt a little more but at least her hair provided some movement to make up for it.
5. Honey Davenport
It’s like Grace Jones playing Death in a remake of The Seventh Seal and I kind of love it, but I always love a fuck off massive hat.
4. Nina West
You try getting a screenshot of this as Nina bobbed her way down the runway without standing still for even a second like a very excited Hungarian Puli. I am going to need Nina to invest in some shoes that I wouldn’t wear to the mall though because that is a day shoe. I think it’d have also been a lot more fabulous had it not been in a shade of janitorial mop beige.
3. Shuga Cain
This is gorgeous and incredibly interesting, I wonder if she almost went blind stoning this thing? The reveal also worked on a narrative levels, it wasn’t just taking off our housecoat to reveal a basic bodysuit, KAMERON MICHAELS AT THE FINALE I AM TALKING TO YOU. And it’s always fun when a queen starts experimenting with their heritage and roots – it’s much more personal and engaging and makes me think Shuga might actually make the top 5 or 6?
2. Yvie Oddly
I shall call her Squishy and she shall be my Squishy. I said it last week and I will say it again, God bless Yvie Oddly and her silly little cartoon umbrella. She’ll get called out eventually for being too conceptual and will then land in the bottom two for doing Just A Gown™ but at least she stepped out of Grunge Drag and did something that is really quite ethereal and pretty. I can’t wait to see what animal she anthropomorphises next and will it be as horrifying as Monet’s pink panther?
1. A’keria Davenport
The obvious and only true winner of this runway, she just looks so regal and it’s shame she had to lipsync in this because quite frankly she should have been safe just because of this – it’s not her fault Ross was too slow to realise the “A” earrings stood for Ariana… And then you find out she made it herself and really, A’keria is here to win.