The Challenge: Create a beautiful dress inspired by a flavor (and color) of gelato in 6 hours.
Yep. SIX. HOURS.
Most of the designers are freaking out right about now.
Some of them criticize others who choose simpler designs to execute. If you can make it gorgeous in 6 hours and its simple vs. poorly constructed and intricate.. what would you choose to show Diane Von Furstenberg?
Anyways, the designers get to shop at “Mini Mood” a room full of fabrics that they’ve brought into the workroom so the designers don’t have to waste any of their precious 6 hours on a trip there. This is unfortunate for some of the designers because given a wider choice of fabric, they may have been better able to execute their designs.
What it comes down to is that a 6-hour challenge is not all that great an idea. The designers don’t have time to show the judges their most creative work but rather what they can grind out in a short amount of time. Most of the designers insist that it is impossible to make anything in 6 hours including leggings. Hmmm.. I don’t buy that one. Michael is unfazed because he ‘frequently works with clients who want garments in 45 minutes.’ I don’t know if I buy that one either BUT he does manage to get something happening on the dress form quickly, amidst more barbs from the haters in the workroom.
I expect a rather awful and awkward team challenge pairing of Jerrel and Michael in the near future….
When Joanna arrives she brings a little cup of gelato to each designer so they get a reminder of their flavor (and a well-deserved treat!) Her visits with each designer seem more like tests of their potential as guest editor of Marie Claire than insights into the designs they are working on.
Mondo -”Cantaloupe” fresh fruity colors and a smart choice for the amount of time they had to execute.
Anthony – “Green Tea” interesting concept of hard and soft, nice skirt, too complicated on top?
Kenley – “Passionfruit” girly, summery, simple.
Rami – “Kiwi” overly complicated and garish, skirt is wobbly on the bottom.
Mila – “Milk and Sour Cherries” breezy, a bit sloppy, poor styling, like the use of color.
Jerrell – “Fruits of the Forest” chic hippy?, I like the straps and the print.
Kara – “Chocolate Cayenne” pregnant! and where does the white come in?
Michael – “Grapefruit” luxe, flowy, nightgownish?
April – “Blueberry” sad accessorizing, too short.
Austin – “Vanilla Madagascar” interesting details.
The Bottom 3:
- Anthony’s green tea gown looks more like a head of lettuce. Too complicated for the amount of time he had.
- April’s blueberry dress looks like another costume from a Tim Burton film. Poorly made, though they like the color.
- Kara’s ruffly chocolate cayenne dress looks like “a pregnant cupcake” The judges get her explanation but they don’t see it.
The Top 3:
- Mondo’s caftan, “a loose interpretation of the cantaloupe,” has everyone enthralled. Cantaloupe Magazine! Too literal?
- MIchael’s grapefruit kimono/nightgown, effortless but safe?
- Mila’s sloppy checkerboard dress inspired by ‘milk and sour cherries’-flavored gelato. Styling is killing the look. Judges are divided.
THE WINNER IS… MICHAEL.
April is OUT.