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Designer Crack: Tooth Decay Edition

As anyone who's been around this LJ for previous seasons knows, I'm not a huge fan of the more gimmicky challenges, and I was kind of dreading this one. That said, it actually ended up being a fun process to watch, and resulted in some surprisingly nifty stuff on the runway!

OH MY GOD, how freakin insane was that "shopping trip?" Five minutes to grab whatever they could? (And I did appreciate that the challenge stipulated stuff from the store, not specifically the candy itself. It was interesting to see how everyone interpreted that, especially that early in the morning.) I'm stunned nobody got injured. And did they have to walk back to Parsons with all that stuff? IIRC, that's a good seven or eight blocks...

Ricky: Very cute, but probably the most costumey outing in a challenge that was destined to have several.

This looks like sort a grownup version of a the standard Kiss costume you see at Halloween. Or maybe a costume for a trade show model. But a well-costumed trade show model.

Chris: I wasn't too sure about this while he was working on it, but on a human, I'm sold. And I love it when that happens.

I don't know why the judges (specifically Zac Posen, I think -- and if they were going to bring in a big-name designer as a guest judge for something with this built-in spirit of fun, he was definitely a good choice!) were confused by the "pop art" reference and claimed not to see it in the finished product. I totally see it.

I love that if I hadn't seen it taking shape, it would take a second look or even a third to notice that the apparently abstract geometric pattern is actually slices of Hershey's and Twizzlers logos.

Kit disappointed me, I'm afraid. (*blink* And how the heck did I fail to notice that they gave Marie a fauxhawk??)

Somehow, this looks to me like what someone else would do if you told them to take stuff from the Hershey's store and make something Kit would make. It's just sort of by-the-numbers punkish with candy logos. And this after I was giggling at her wearing the name tag cut from the KitKat wrapper! I was just hoping for something with another layer of fun and unexpected from her. I've gotten too accustomed to getting it. The "studded" belt shows ingenuity (what did she use? I can't tell, and I don't recall seeing anything about it during the workroom stuff), but the bustier and skirt are just ennnh.

Completely irrelevantly to the work, however, I just about fell off the couch laughing at her blearily answering the door. "Tim Gunn saw me in my pajamas!"

Elisa: Oh, sweetie. I will miss you. :-(

Candy => Hansel and Gretel? Yup, sure, right there with you. Go for it.

Dark/morbid Gretel? (Neither of those is the word she used, but I'm blanking on it now.) Umm, okay, maybe... I prefer my fairy tales and my chocolate dark, after all; maybe it'll be something I like even if the judges don't.

That thought process => this dress? O.o Nope. Sorry. It doesn't even look like an unwrapped chocolate. It just didn't come together. And off she goes, back to Planet Elisa, having bestowed her gifts and gained new experiences to take back with her. She seems to have achieved what she was looking for, and it's probably the most graceful/gracious departure since Daniel Franco. That's something.

Kevin definitely went the "make something normal with the materials at hand" route, and successfully so.

It's all in the details -- the little silver ruffle peeking out at the bottom of the skirt, the shape of the sleeves on the jacket. Not any great revelation, but nicely done.

Christian: Neat idea, generally well executed.

It's not fitted very well -- I hatehatehate halters that show that much side cleavage, especially when it's clearly because her rib cage is narrower than the dress. But otherwise pretty nifty.

That said, I'm stunned the boy lived long enough to see it go down the runway. I was just waiting for someone to CLOCK him when he was going around poking his nose into everyone's work. They know Tim Gunn, my friend, and you are NO Tim Gunn. *eyeroll*

Sweet P: Almost no point commenting, since she started over from scratch with two hours left, and there was just no way anything of interest was going to come out of that.

I'm having a little déja vu on that -- isn't she the same one that's already happened to once? That never works out well, or close enough to never as makes no difference. And her original dress was far from unsalvageable. Hopefully she learned from this not to chicken out, as she has a tendency to do, to a greater or lesser extent. It was certainly a very close call. I was really surprised Elisa was auf'd; my money was on this being Sweet P's undoing.

Jillian should have won. Nothing against Rami, but wow.

I haven't read Tim's blog yet to see if he's still doing that unofficial "Make It Work Award," but if he is, this one should get it. After all the panic, it held together perfectly well, and Lauren didn't even seem to have to move carefully. Also, I love Twizzlers. *g* The fact that she's the only one who challenged herself to use actual candy in the garment, and it stacks up this well without adjusting for that? Dude.

Victorya: Meh.

Heidi's Dairy Queen comment gave credit for more imagination than I would have, frankly. It looks half-finished, and like something that would have been off-kilter if it had been finished. And where did that "ice princess" thing come from?

I'm making a conscious effort to be more charitable than my dislike of her persona inclines me to be, and I'm still coming up cold. I'm at the point where I'll be glad when she's gone, preferably before even Christian. And her work the last couple weeks is certainly not redeeming that in the least.

Rami: [ETA -- not sure how I managed to miss the winner of the challenge!]

Curiously, this looks like an eyebleedingly busy mess in this photo, when it didn't look that way in motion at all. Now I'm curious how it looked in person. I'm iffy about the red vinyl and the red in the wrapping paper that looks more like hot pink here. I think it looked more coordinated on TV. And that skirt is wrapping paper, and managed not to get destroyed between the workroom and the runway, so that's impressive. Jillian still would have had my vote, tho.

Models: Yay for selection from scratch! I really do miss when they did it every week. Sad to see distinctive, athletic Ashley go. She wasn't the best fit for Rami's aesthetic, granted, but I just like her and wish someone else had snapped her up. Kevin or Ricky could do awesome stuff for her. And Sweet P's model pitching in on the sewing, hee! As brainiacfive pointed out, they have an investment in their designer not getting auf'd, since it usually means they do too! And she was just so cheerful about it. Fun to watch.


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Jan. 5th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure the 'studs' on the belt are Reeses' cups. The ones from the big bag that are wrapped in gold foil. :)
Jan. 5th, 2008 04:20 pm (UTC)
I was going to say that, too. :-) So two of the designers bravely incorporated actual candy.
Jan. 5th, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
I think they're Rollos. The bite-sized Reese's cups are bigger and have more of a flare, not to mention ridged edges.
Jan. 5th, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
Now that you mention it, I remember Rolos being mentioned at some point. Mystery solved!
Jan. 5th, 2008 03:48 pm (UTC)
I agree with pretty much everything you said again! :-)
Jan. 5th, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
>"Christian: Neat idea, generally well executed."

What was the idea? I'm not being snarky; I'm honestly curious -- on my monitor, which is a bit dark, perhaps, all I see in that picture is a garbage bag ruffled up and turned into a sack dress that makes the model look unhealthfully thin.

>"Ricky: ... Or maybe a costume for a trade show model. But a well-costumed trade show model."

I'm glad you said that, because I would have missed that very valid purpose if you hadn't, simply because the model looks grim. A difference between runway modeling and trade-show modeling! :-)
Jan. 5th, 2008 06:48 pm (UTC)
My problem with Christian's outfit is that it is too much like Michael's coffee filter dress from last season. Only not as striking.
Jan. 5th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
meiran mentioned that in her recap too. I didn't think about it, but you're both right.
Jan. 5th, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
all I see in that picture is a garbage bag ruffled up and turned into a sack dress

It's all Reese's cups -- the paper cupcake-liner thingies. The texture was really pretty cool when you could actually see it. Would have been cooler if the dress had fit the model instead of, as you note, calling attention to her thinness.
Jan. 5th, 2008 08:36 pm (UTC)
>"It's all Reese's cups -- the paper cupcake-liner thingies."

Oh, that is a clever idea. Brown waxed paper: scrounging for materials on such a time limit, that's a very good thought.
Jan. 5th, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC)
My only concern with Jillian's dress was that the bodice seemed to move separately from the model, but that might be the way that Twizzlers are. It would have taken another couple of days and fitting for a perfect candy corset. I was amazed by how wearable the candy looked.

Chris created an outfit that mat the challenge and was completely wearable. I would wear it to the opera in a heartbeat.

I keep changing my mind over Rami's dress. Sometimes I love it, and sometimes it makes me think Halloween costume. It makes me think of a sophisticated Club Kid, but the Club Kid thing has been over for a decade.

I am amazed that Elisa lasted as long as she did. I thought that the mens wear would be her undoing, since she can drape but doesn't tailor. Whimsy was her strong point and she seemed to be losing that from challenge to challenge.

Now I wonder how much longer Sweet P will last, because as the group gets smaller, there's less room to squeak through with rushed work.

I'm torn on Christian. I half love him and half hate him. His clothes are very high fashion, and he does have a style BUT his style sometimes strikes me as contrived and his attitude makes me want to smack him. This week's dress was a really half-assed effort. Anyone can make a simple dress and cover it with candy wrappers. As with elisa, Christian's delusions may be his undoing. i think Tim Gunn said something to that effect in his blog as well.
Jan. 5th, 2008 09:05 pm (UTC)
Whimsy was her strong point and she seemed to be losing that from challenge to challenge.

Yeah. It seemed like she was trying to be more serious and/or designerly, and it's just not her. Still, she went well beyond my expectations at the beginning.
Jan. 5th, 2008 11:18 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think it's an accomplishment for Elisa to have made it so far. I was expecting her to last no more than a show or two beyond the first episode and then she turned around and made the top three for one challenge and was safe through the menswear. I think she learned more than anyone else in the competition.
Jan. 5th, 2008 10:05 pm (UTC)
I've been meaning to ask: what are the rules with shoes in these challenges? It seems to me that sometimes they suit the outfits outstandingly, but not infrequently they look so poorly coordinated that I've been supposing they were the last choice left from a small pile, and it was that or go barefoot.
Jan. 5th, 2008 11:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Shoes
It's probably more often the latter. They have an "accessory wall" in the workroom to pull from, which typically seems to happen at the last minute as they're all being herded to the runway, occasionally with someone still frantically stitching a model into something as they walk.

Even when they're not that pressed, they're making the styling choices the morning of the runway show when their brains are fried from working all the previous day. This time, for instance, Tim came and woke them up at 6 a.m. to go to the Hershey's store, then they went straight to the workroom and had 13 hours to make their garments. They have some extremely limited time in the morning, but can't count on it being enough to do anything by the time they get back from supervising hair and makeup.

I don't think I've ever seen someone send their model off to hair and makeup on her own. I suspect I'd at least give it a shot if I found myself in a bind; they probably know more than I do...

Edited at 2008-01-06 02:25 am (UTC)
Jan. 7th, 2008 09:52 pm (UTC)
Yep. We're in agreement. I really liked how Michael Kors spoke up about Chris March's outfit being a smart editing choice considering his past designs & background.

Rolos for that studded belt maybe?

And *I'M* getting ready to clock Christian. Okay, he does have talent but... a Legend in his own mind, indeed. Yeesh. A little humility goes a long way.

I miss Daniel Franco.
Jan. 7th, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC)
I really liked how Michael Kors spoke up about Chris March's outfit being a smart editing choice considering his past designs & background.

Yup. I wish they'd be more consistent about that sort of thing, but appreciate it when they are sensible about it.
Jan. 8th, 2008 11:57 am (UTC)
Seriously....Sweet P *should* have stuck with her original dress, I was liking it! What she ended up with was just too bland...I was shocked when she didn't get the axe, honestly.

Elisa: the puff things on her arms....uhgh. Me no likey. The dress...I know everyone was saying that it was a "tired brown dress", but looking at it, except for the arm puffs, it'd be something I'd wear. I thought it had a better look to it that Sweet P's, that's for sure.

Both the hubby and I said the same thing...Jillian should have one. While neither of us liked the fact that the bodice just wasn't fit properly [I swear there were a few times on the runway where I thought we were going to get treated with Model Boobage], we thought the dress was totally awesome. I *loved* the bodice, aside from the fit, she did a remarkable job with that. Poor dear, she was certain that she was going to be the one to go, but she worked her heart out anyway, and the awesomeness showed.

Kit...*think* those are wrapped Rolos. Look a bit thick to be penut butter cups. And I know there were Rolos about, as that's what Kevin said he was going to use for buttons for the bolero jacket.

Victorya; urr...the whole Ice Queen pose...if I'd have been the model, I'd have had to restrain myself from killing her. It was just a *stupid* idea, and the model looked aweful and stiff...didn't help the dress a whole lot either. [and dude...if you're going to use..oh crud...the peppermint patty thing...be more daring...show off more of the logo!! Of course the whole "chilling sensation" theme they use for those particular candies is probably where the "ice queen" thing came from, now that I think about it. But the pose was STILL stupid!] Yorks! That's the name! LOL At least that *looks* like the Yorks logo, sort of peeking out there.

The thing about Rami's dress though, that the pic doesn't really show, is the different stuff he used for the inside of the pleats...that only really showed when she walked, and I can't tell you with 100% certainty what he even used, as I came in on the episode about the middle. But still, liked the dress, even if I thought Jillian's was better.

Christian: oh...how I *cringed*, when I saw all those poor unwrapped Penut Butter cups in the trash can. I'd have been giving him a bowl and saying "put them *here*, and I'll eat myself sick later!". To waste all those yummy things....**shakes her head with a sigh** The effect on the runway though was Most Cool.
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