Prior to watching this most recent episode of PRJ, I had no idea that #OOTD stood for “outfit of the day.” There, I said it.
This week, the designers were asked to go into the streets of New York City to find inspiration from someone’s actual OOTD to create an editorial look for the pages of Seventeen. Some designers clearly felt more comfortable speaking to strangers than others. Poor Jaxson. I think the experience traumatized him.
Here are the top 2 looks:
Congratulations to Maya and Samantha! I was okay with them sharing the win because these really were both strong pieces that look like they’re part of the same editorial spread. If forced, I’d say that I like Maya’s look more than I like Samantha’s, but these two looks really do complement each other nicely. One of Samantha’s strengths is that she understands how to put an entire outfit together. Her styling choices this week (the blue shoes) really elevate these “cargo shorts” from practical to high-end. I just happen to think that Maya’s look is just more visually interesting this week. Also, I think it’s worth noting that these two designers really have grown over the course of the season. They could go head-to-head against some of their adult PR counterparts and still come out winning.
I think Zachary is a very creative designer. His OOTD model was wearing a menswear inspired dress, so he decided to take that inspiration a step further by using menswear fabrics. He chose pinstripe for the skirt and tie fabric for the jacket. I’m not entirely sure the tie fabric works as well as I want it to work, but I really do like that skirt. Even though the gamble may not have paid off with the jacket, I like that Zachary thinks about his designs in innovative and creative ways.
Peytie is another designer who has grown this season. Like Zachary’s look, not all the elements here work perfectly (read: the pants are a little bit of a mess), but she is pushing her own boundaries and it’s really exciting to see. She has maintained a particular bohemian point-of-view, but it’s outside of her usual wheelhouse. Kudos to her; I think she’ll be one of the ones to beat.
The double-elimination this week was crap. Jaxson should not have been sent home. The little yellow dress may not be editorial or edgy, but it’s cute, and frankly, the jacket actually is quite edgy and editorial. No, he should not have paired them together, but he came closer to meeting the goals of the challenge with his jacket than Zach did with his boring top and ill-fitting shorts. Admittedly, seeing Zach feel so ashamed of what he created was really sad. When Zach told the judges “I’m sorry for this look,” my heart broke a little bit. But the fact remains that there was no reason for Jaxson to also be sent home. If I had anything to say about it, he would have gotten the Tim Gunn save. I predict he’s hanging on to his save so that all four remaining designers can show at Fashion Week. Which is stupid.