The designers had their first unconventional materials challenge of the season. They were asked to use materials from a car wash for this challenge. The judges were so impressed that they actually had four top looks and only two bottom looks. I was not nearly as impressed as the judges, and I think they could have easily determined a top three and bottom three. There may have been a lot of tacky on that runway, but the longer I look at some of these outfits, the more I see what the judges were talking about.
The Top Four:
I like the textile Peytie created using a mop. It’s very pretty and cool. I do not, however, like the skirt or the fit, but once again, this outfit shows that Peytie has a particular beachy, bohemian design aesthetic. She’s very talented, and I think she’s definitely one to watch.
I didn’t like Jesse’s look all that much when I saw it going down the runway, but I like it so much more upon further reflection. He used a sun-shield and key chains. It fits really well and it’s well made. Kelly Osborne was correct to notice that it looks like something that she or Katy Perry would wear. I’m not really into the whole futuristic space suit look, but that’s just a matter of taste. He used the unconventional materials well and made something interesting and wearable with a particular customer in mind.
Samantha had immunity, so she was safe this week, but she still managed to make it into the top four with this muppet dress. She used hand towels and made a shapeless sack. In fairness to her, the judges liked that she made something kind of mod and they appreciated her color-blocking technique.
Zachary – Winning Look
Zachary is another one to watch. If I had to guess, I would say that he, Samantha, and Peytie will be the final three. I don’t like the floor-mat skirt as much as the judges did, but the top is impeccably made. And it’s made out of pinwheels! I might have gone in a different direction, but I understand why the judges chose this as the winning look, even if Christian Siriano said she looks a little like J-Lo on a budget.
The Safe Designers:
I thought this might be in the bottom just because it’s so safe. But I suppose pulling off a basic little black dress is an achievement when using unconventional materials.
If Michael Kors was on the judging panel, he would have called this a disco piñata.
This is very cute. Clearly middle-of-the pack, but it’s very cute and wearable.
The top is cute, but the skirt is a mess.
Which brings us to…
The Bottom Two:
I like Matt. He’s adorable, and he’s a great sport. And he was inspired by Jean Paul Gaultier, which makes him a pretty cool kid. I totally see the inspiration, too:
The skirt he designed reminded me of this Gaultier dress that Rihanna wore to the Grammy’s. Nonetheless, it’s hard for a designer to recover when his model can’t even walk properly. The skirt may have had a good idea behind it, but it’s still poorly made. And the top is a disaster. His idea for the bustier was similar to Bridget’s, but Bridget’s look is better executed. Matt shows a lot of potential, so I’m glad they are giving him the chance to redeem himself.
Ysabel – Losing Look:
This elimination was tough to watch because Ysabel really is a sweet girl with great attitude. This outfit is pretty horrible, though. It looks really cheap and trashy. Ultimately, sad as this was, I agree with this elimination.