This week, the designers worked in teams of two to create two looks for Kimberly and Karen from Little Big Town. They were told that the theme for the designs should be “opposites attract.” Apparently, Kimberly and Karen have very different styles when it comes to fashion, but they are often photographed together on the red carpet, so the designs should be based on opposite ideas (hot and cold, ying and yang, black and white…), but they should also complement each other. As an added bonus, the ladies agreed to wear the winning looks on the red carpet of the Academy of Country Music Awards.
Confession: prior to watching this episode, if someone had put a gun to my head, I would not have been able to name one song by Little Big Town.
First, Congratulations to Asha and Alexander:
These two made a great pair! They did the best job of meeting the goals of the challenge – and I was pleased that Isaac called out the other teams for not considering how the two looks would work as opposites or how they would appear when photographed together on the red carpet. Asha and Alexander chose “light and dark” as their inspiration. I agree with Isaac that the horizontal slit along the front of Asha’s dress looks out of place. I’m not sure about the sleeves, especially now that I’m looking at them in pictures. They make it difficult to make-out a shape when looking at the dress from the front. The back of the dress, however, is very flattering and sexy. Meanwhile, I LOVE Alexander’s dress. It’s so romantic and glamorous. And you know, despite the fact that he chose dark fabrics, there’s still a lightness to it that is very appealing. The ladies of Little Big Town will look great on the red carpet. By the way, I think it’s really cool that Asha is actually a fan of the band, having actually seen them perform in concert, and now they’re going to be wearing her designs. That was a sweet moment.
Sam and Kini:
Sam and Kini chose and “east and west” as their inspiration. Sam is from Boston, which is serious and cold. Kini is from Hawaii, which is paradise. Sam’s look is really sharp, but Alyssa was right to point out that it’s not right for a red carpet. It’s a fabulous outfit for a cocktail party, though. Karen (or Kimberly… heck, I don’t know which is which) very astutely stated that a tuxedo pant would have made all the difference in elevating this look for a red carpet. Kini’s look? Also not appropriate. It’s more resort-wear than red-carpet. Isaac was correct to point out that these looks don’t look like opposites, nor do they look like they’d photograph well together on a red-carpet.
Ken and Dom:
Ken and Dom were safe this week. They also chose “light and dark” as their inspiration. I think if Sam’s look had been paired with Dom’s sleek white dress, that would have made much more sense than the pairing Sam and Kini produced. Dom’s dress is gorgeous. It fits beautifully, and it’s simple, yet visually interesting. I’m not sure why Dom hasn’t scored better with judges. Thus far, I have really liked her designs. Ken’s outfit is just okay. I think the length of the pants is way too casual for the red-carpet.
Emily and Layana:
Emily and Layana chose “bride and groom” as their theme, which was a horrible idea. Layana’s outfit looks like a bridesmaid dress, which I guess is kind of the point? But why would they want to conjure bridesmaid when that word easily has some of the worst connotations in fashion? Emily’s work looks sloppy this week. She could have made something much more fierce to conjure “groom.” Consider this:
Missed opportunity to channel some Marlene Dietrich realness. Both ladies seemed appropriately embarrassed by their half-assed contributions to the runway this week.
Valerie and Stella:
Valerie and Stella chose “naughty and nice” as their inspiration. I must say, Valerie’s jumpsuit is striking. It’s just gorgeous. I want one in every color. Stella’s look, though, is egregiously bad. Heck, it was bad enough to land this team in the bottom two. The judges saw the potential in it, but it’s just hard to get past the cheap-looking leatherette and the visible panty.
Mitchell and Daniel:
Once again, I disagree with the judges. Mitchell and Daniel chose “pleasure and pain” as their inspiration. Georgina Chapman, in this judging session, was the voice of reason. Yes, Daniel’s dress is tacky and borderline offensive, but if the skirt would have been lined, then it really wouldn’t be a bad-looking dress. Mitchell’s dress, on the other hand, is beyond repair. There’s nothing pleasurable about that look. He turned his model into a deconstructed marshmallow peep.
Daniel should have been sent home two weeks ago, so I’m not crying for the man, but this time around, Mitchell really should have been sent home. I can’t help but think that the producers like his drama with Sam and his odd friendship with Stella enough to justify sending Daniel home over him, but I can’t imagine they’ll be able to save him much longer.