Alyssa met the designers at Mood this week, telling them that the fabric choices have been wonky this season, so the judges are taking the choice of fabric away. Ken handed out different colored enveloped to each of the designers, each one containing a different type of fabric.
Here’s how that shook out:
Ken: silk charmeuse.
Layana: lightweight cotton
Dom: jersey knits
The designers spent some time and money at Mood, selecting their chosen fabrics. Once they returned to the workroom, Alyssa was there waiting for them to announce a PR twist: the “Bait and Stitch.” The designers had to create resort-wear using fabrics that a different designer had chosen. Here’s how THAT shook out:
Ken took Asha’s neoprene
Asha took Dom’s jersey knit
Dom took Valerie’s linen
Valerie took Layana’s lightweight cotton
Layana took Ken’s silk charmeuse
Emily took Alexander’s upholstery
Alexander tookEmily’s denim
Sam took Kini’s brocade
Kini took Sam’s lace
Some of these designers obviously made out better than others.
So FINALLY, congrats to Dom for winning her first challenge this season!
It should be noted that Dom created the textile she used for her skirt with two different fabrics that Valerie had chosen. The judges were on point with their critique of her outfit. Isaac was right to point out that choosing a black-and-white striped belt showed excellent instincts on her part. Georgina was right to point out that the skirt provides visual interest in the front, and the top provides visual interest in the back. Alyssa was right to point out the textile Dom created looks a little like a beach towel, but Dom was also right to assert that this was an intentional choice, since the challenge was to design resort-wear. All around, this outfit just shows, once again, that Dom is the one to beat this season. She pays attention to the goals of the challenge, and she makes good choices as a designer. She’s crazy-talented, and she is delightful. I sincerely hope she wins the whole thing.
The rest of the top three:
I stand by the fact that Sam is a talented designer. This outfit is eye-catching. You truly can picture this woman walking down the lido deck of her cruise ship. Alyssa felt that it looked a little “home sewn,” but I don’t see that at all. This is a heavy fabric that he managed to turn into a light and chic dress.
Ken took a fabric that is ordinarily quite casual and made a gown. He took a risk, which is perhaps one of the main reasons the judges praised this the way they did, but to me, it doesn’t work. Everything about this look is bunchy and heavy. This looks like a prom dress in an 80s movie. I don’t understand why it landed in the top 3.
Middle of the pack:
I find Alexander’s look to be more successful than Ken’s. This looks like resort-wear. Alexander inherited denim with flowers on it. That is another heavy fabric that Alexander managed to make look light and chic.
Oof. This should have been in the bottom 3. I don’t care if he inherited bad fabrics. Nobody wound up with the fabrics they had originally chosen. Part of the challenge this week was to work with what they had. Kini was unable to successfully work with the fabric Sam had chosen. Arguably, I suppose one could assert that Kini made a cover-up for a swim-suit, which is, I guess, resort-wear? That’s a stretch, though. He really should have been called to the carpet for this.
Asha’s outfit is really pretty. It’s a little bit Gatsby goes on a cruise. I’m not sure if it’s just the pictures that are the issue, but it looks as though she’s tripping over the bottom of the dress, no? At any rate, I really like this look.
It’s interesting to me that during their deliberation, the judges pretty quickly decided that, though she was in the bottom 3, Emily was not in the bottom 2. To me, Kini and Emily had the worst looks of the week. This looks like a clown costume for a woman who wants to go as a “sexy clown” for Halloween.
Layana’s dress was the third-worst of the week. It looks cheap. And how dare Alyssa call out Sam’s dress for looking “home sewn” when this mess walked down the runway!
And yet, the judges sent Valerie home for making a really chic orange jumpsuit? Are they insane?! Isaac rightly criticized Valerie’s styling choices. The turban and the necklace were a bit much. But I find it really hard to believe that they would send a designer home for poor styling choices! Especially when there are other looks that are so egregiously bad. This jumpsuit is well-made. I love the back. It’s very Studio 54, but in a good way (I couldn’t help but roll my eyes at Alyssa and Isaac discussing the difference between “vintage and retro.” To quote Michael Kors, “Lighten up; it’s just fashion.”). Bottom line: Valerie did not deserve to be sent home. Her look was actually quite chic. I am beginning to wonder if the judges do these things just to upset me.