It feels like this show has been on for months and months. Get us to Fashion Week already!
The designers head to Governors Island. They are to take inspiration from pretty much anything from around the island. They are to make 3 outfits that show a range of looks. They have two days to complete this challenge. Wow, that’s a lot of work!
After they buy their fabric and get back to the workroom, Tim comes in with the dreaded button bag. As if three looks in two days wasn’t stressful enough. He brings in the eliminated designers to “help.” This should be interesting.
Kimberly picks Becky
Viktor picks Olivier
Laura Kathleen picks Anthony Ryan
Anya picks Bert
And Joshua will be working with Bryce
All images from myLifetime.com
The special guest judge this week is Zoe Saldana. Ooh, an actress that actually is quite fashion-forward. Cool.
Look 1: This look does not wow me at all. (I also have no idea why Lifetime doesn’t have normal runway photos of it.) There is nothing intrinsically wrong with a minimalist aesthetic, but it only works when done well, and I don’t think this dress is all that well done. The actual cut of the dress is not very flattering and it is kind of shapeless. The netting at the top does not really add much interest to the look. It’s just not an interesting look and there are some fit issues in the back.
Look 2: Hideous. Another circle skirt from Joshua. And this time it is terribly unflattering. It is too high on the waist, too short, and the fabric is stiff. And the top, ugh, don’t even get me started. The hideous stripe combined with the vest makes the model look fat. And she’s not! It is so unfortunate, I don’t think I have to say more. The picture speaks for itself.
Look 3: I liked this look relatively well at first until I realized that it was made of incredibly cheap looking sparkly fabric. It looks itchy. Joe thinks it looks like an outfit a street performer who does the living statue or robot would wear. I think there was the seed of a cool idea here, but the execution is sorely lacking.
Look 1: Despite my workroom footage misgivings, this coat is pretty cute. I would totally buy/wear it. I like the color, the cut, even the buttons are cute. I don’t really like the way she styled the look—too much boot, too much scarf—but overall, a great, wearable coat.
Look 2: Oh Kimberly, Kimberly…why can’t you stay away from the thick shiny fabrics? They are ugly and cheap looking. I have been saying so since day one. I hate the skirt. The shape may have worked in a more drapeable fabric, but this looks like crumpled tinfoil. I do not like the cut of the top. The keyhole (that’s a pretty big key!) is just too large, and I find it a bit vulgar. The belt detail adds nothing to the look. Such a disappointment.
Look 3: Once again I am not a fan of the fabric choice. Once again, a stiff metallic. I know the judges have responded positively to this aesthetic in the past, but I wasn’t a fan then, and I am not a fan now. The shape of the dress is interesting. I just have trouble separating the shape from the fabrics; as it is, I don’t think the garment is very pretty or flattering, but maybe done in a fabric with a different body would improve it. I find it so frustrating to critique Kimberly’s looks so negatively because she seems like a very nice person.
Look 1: The skirt is a total throwaway. I see very little thought put into it. It looks like muslin. The jacket reminds me a bit of Olivier’s jacket from Episode 7. It might just be the contrasting lapels and the seaming. I actually like the way she utilized the circle fabric in this look. I think she cut the fabric fairly thoughtfully, though she could have matched her patterns a bit better. I do see some construction issues, as in close-up the jacket is totally gapping at the fasteners. And it doesn’t fit the model quite right in the back.
Look 2: I don’t really see how this look connects to the previous one at all. Whereas that one was very structural (the jacket, at least) this is incredibly bedsheet-y and frankly looks poorly made. The black details appear hastily applied, the fit in the bust and waist are atrocious. This is a “week one time managment failure” offering, not a “final five” design.
Look 3: But now this look, I love. I know that she pretty much let the textile do most of the work, but this is graphic and just beautiful to me. The finishing at the side seams leaves a bit to be desired, though. When the model turns around, the dress also has some pretty glaring errors: the slit is too shallow, there is a “butt void” where there is a large circle in the textile, and her circles doen’t line up. Such a pity, it looked so promising at first glance.
Look 1: Maybe I just don’t get it, but this dress looks like it was put on backwards. The “mullet hem” deployed with the long in the front and short in the back does not inspire me. I’m really not a minimalism-hater, but this does not do much for me. I’m not sure the dress was cut as beautifully as it could have been; there is maybe something a bit “maternity” about it. And when the model turns around, the dress looks even more like it was put on backwards. Maybe it is a maternity dress that can be turned front-to-back and be worn post-baby, too! Think of the savings!
Look 2: Unfinished looking. So many unfinished edges! The wrap pants are okay, I don’t love or hate them, they’re fine. But the top looks like a bit of sail or something, especially with the oversized grommet and woven ribbon. I do like the rust color, though.
Look 3: This is actually kind of pretty. Although there are issues with the construction, I find this minimalism to be a pretty one. It is still a fairly simple-looking dress, but it does a have a certain je ne sais quoi about it. The back is a bit oddly stiff on such a flowing dress, though.
Look 1: Viktor certainly knows how to make a pair of pants, that’s for sure. I’m not responding as positively to the jacket as I thought I would. Normally I find Viktor’s pieces impeccable, but this jacket just doesn’t fit as beautifully as I expect from him. I think there may be an issue with the length and tightness of the sleeve, and the material just isn’t all that appealing to me. I do like his choice of fabric for the tank top, though.
Look 2: This is quite commercial. It looks fine and very well sewn, but I really wish Viktor would have chosen a different silhouette for the top. A collared buttondown is just very office-wear. I think the shape of the skirt keeps it from entirely being admin wear, but it’s pretty close. The pop of color on the belt is a nice touch, though.
Look 3: It’s a Little Black Dress. I’m sure he did something interesting with the seaming to add the volume at the hip. It gives the model a very exaggerated hourglass shape, almost unnervingly so. The boning has a stiffness to it that I find unappealing. It is just pulling in ways that I feel it shouldn’t. I’m quite a bit disappointed. I have loved so many of Viktor’s looks throughout the competition. I hoped that as we got towards the end, I would find myself loving everything he would send out, and I am sad that this is not the case this week.
My Top Three Looks (Ha! How you like that?!):
-Kimberly’s Look 1 coat
-Anya’s Look 3 gown
-Laura Kathleen’s Look 3 gown
My Bottom Three Looks:
-Joshua’s Look 2 separates
-Kimberly’s Look 2 separates
-Anya’s Look 2 separates
I guess I just didn’t respond well to the separates tonight!
The judges don’t really have a set top and bottom this week. So onto the Fashion Week announcements!
Anya’s in. She’ll show at Fashion Week
Viktor’s in. He’ll show at Fashion Week
Joshua’s in. He’ll show at Fashion Week
Laura is…OUT. She will NOT be showing at Fashion Week.
That means Kimberly is in and will show at Fashion
I think for Laura Kathleen’s elimination what did her in was the bedsheet second look. She needed to bring her A-game, and when one look out of the three is a complete throwaway dud, the judges just could not let it slide. It’s really too bad, too, since her third look, the gown, was quite amazing.