This week’s challenge was called “Rebel with a Cause.” Alyssa introduced the designers to Yvonne Niami, founder of N:Philanthropy, a fashion line that donates a percentage of its proceeds to pediatric cancer research. The designers were asked to create a sophisticated summer look, with a bad-ass edge. The winning designer would work with Yvonne to create a look for N:Philanthropy.
I thought it was pretty funny that all the remaining designers felt very strongly that they typically design for bad-ass women. I mean, who’s going to say, “my client is a mousy wallflower,” Of course they all think their clients are bad-asses!
So congratulations Emily!
Zanna and Yvonne really steered her in the right direction when they suggested that she shorten the skirt. The hair was a nice touch here, but I agree with Zac Posen’s opinion that the shoes are all wrong. Still, the vest is edgy and the shorts are breezy and summery. Georgina said the skirt makes the outfit feel like a naughty school girl’s skirt, which was a great comment. I love that Isaac said that this outfit made him feel like he’s old-fashioned. What a great compliment, and what a great choice for the winning look this week.
Kini was the other designer in the top 3 that deserved to be there this week. It’s great that the judges weren’t sure how they felt about those pants, because shouldn’t good fashion challenge us and make us question our own opinions? Bravo Kini. And I’m pleased that he decided to scrap that awful jacket:
Although the jacket did inspire Zanna to say the words “disco banana,” which was awesome.
Sam rounded out the top 3 with my least favorite look of the week. I would have sent him home over Asha this week. Look how flat those pants make her ass look! Look how unflattering that bib around her neck is! She looks awful. And I’m sorry, but as soon as Sam said “When I think of bad-ass, I think of a jumpsuit,” I realized that he had no idea what it means to be a bad-ass. Who chooses to made a searsucker bib for an edgy, bad-ass challenge? And why would they reward him for it?!
To Ken’s credit, he made that top in five minutes. And the top is my favorite thing about this outfit. Unfortunately, everything else about this look is wrong. The belt is cheap-looking and the pants are unflattering. Also, the hem is unflattering, but Ken wanted to hear nothing negative about it. He definitely needs a thicker skin for criticism.
While this isn’t the best thing Dom has ever designed, there’s no way in hell this is worse than Sam’s look. Put this outfit next to Sam’s, and it’s clear that Dom’s girl is much more chic and edgy than Sam’s girl. Her fabric choice may have been off, but this is a trendy and edgy summer outfit. Dom’s dress should not have been in the bottom three.
I was sad to see Asha go this week, especially since I can’t get over Sam’s crazy placement in the top 3 this week. However, this is not a well-made dress. The seam on the back of this dress creates what looks like a gray vagina on the model’s ass. I hate the straps on her neck, but they look lovely on her back. The color choice was wrong for the challenge, too. Zanna and Yvonne warned Asha that this dark oxblood color reads as more fall than summer, but I suppose there wasn’t much Asha could do about her fabric once it had been purchased.
Besides, I predicted that Asha would be the one sent home this week. The producers totally gave her the loser-edit.