The unconventional materials challenge!
These challenges really are the best ones on any season of PR. They force the designers to be creative and innovative, and they bring out the best and worst in the designers.
This week, the designers were asked to create high-end looks using materials from fire department and EMT services.
Yet again, I disagree with the judges. Shocking, I know. I’m actually okay with the winning and losing looks, but I disagree with their selections for the top and bottom three.
First, he winning look…
Congratulations Sam! Mad Max realness, for sure. leaving the writing on the exterior of the fire hoses visible was a smart move. This coat dress is edgy, and it certainly calls to mind a futuristic dystopia. I also like that he used something as unconventional as a fire hose. When taken apart, it still works very much like fabric, but it isn’t as easy or obvious as the colorful bandages so many of the designers used.
So, let me address the elephant in the room. Yes, Sam is cute. Yes, Sam flirts with the judges…
But is seems to me that is almost every season of PR, there is at least one pretty designer that the judges crush on. Remember Sean from season 13? He ended up winning the whole darn thing, and Zac Posen totally had a crush on him. And for Pete’s sake, everyone had a crush on Anya, which is the only way to explain her winning PR season 9. Sam’s flirtatious personality, in my humble opinion, is not what is responsible for his wins this season. It seems that this is a claim that will be made next week, and not only is it unfair, but it isn’t even terribly original or exclusive to this season.
The other two looks in the top 3:
Ken also used fire hoses, but he flipped them inside out, which completely changed the feeling of the “fabric.” The chevron pattern he created is subtle, but chic. The top is really wonky, though. Like, it’s distracting how unflattering the top is.
This would have been more successful if she would have lined the entire skirt with those cotton swabs. As this look stands, I find it to be squarely middle-of-the-road, not top 3.
Which look should have been in the top 3 instead?
That dress is made out of x-rays that she cut up to make a textile that looked outstanding. I can’t even remember what she used to make that red coat, but isn’t that also indicative of the quality of the garment? It clearly looks nothing like what it originally was. How have the judges ignored Dom week after week? She has consistently made looks that have either been the best of the week, or top 3 at worst. Let’s assess:
Fierce. Each look is terribly chic.
Yet the judges have continued to ignore her. I’m sincerely not sure why.
Stella deserved to go home this week. This really is a mall outfit. The bandage skirt looks, well, like a bandage skirt. As Isaac pointed out, the top really does look like it came from Forever 21. Frankly, that Alien jacket she had been working on would have sent her home, too, so blaming Zanna’s critique was bullshit.
Best quotation of the day: “There is nothing less chic than an excuse.”
This isn’t terrible, but it isn’t good. Okay, it’s pretty bad….
Mostly, the problem is that it’s half-assed. She only used like three pills at the collar of the dress when she really should have created a little pattern with pills. If she was going to use pills, she should have really gone there.
This should not have been in the bottom 3. This should have been middle-of-the-road. Granted, it’s a pretty basic dress, and he used bandages, which was easy and predictable, but I still don’t think it’s a bottom 3 look.
Which look should have been in the bottom 3?
Once again, Mitchell completely lacks any sort of editing eye. If he had made a dress exclusively out of catheters, with all that “fringe,” it would have been a decent entry. But then he went and threw a bunch of crap on it. It would be laughable it it wasn’t so infuriating.
I suppose we should all be grateful that he didn’t cook his model like a baked potato, as he had originally planned:
This is actually chic as hell. It may be my favorite thing Emily has created this season. The styling is fierce. I would rock this dress.
This is a cute outfit. Yes, Layana used blue bandage tape, but she managed to make it look like blue suede. It’s a little bit Peter Pan, but overall, it’s a good entry. As I mentioned, these unconventional materials challenges really do bring out the best (and sometimes the worst) in PR designers.
This dress isn’t to my taste. It looks a little like a Carmen Miranda costume and a little like a piñata. But credit where it’s due, this dress does not look like it’s made of plastic gloves.