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FIVE designers left this week: Helen Castillo; Fabio Costa; Michelle Lesniak; Dmitry Sholokhov; Sonjia Williams
Designers head out over to the Marchesa showroom and Georgina Chapman and co-founder of Marchesa Keren Craig greet them to introduce the challenge. They meet a bride-to-be and will be assigned a bridesmaid for whom to design a dress. Alyssa Milano will officiate the wedding on the runway. Why? Because she can. And so the bride gets a free Marchesa wedding gown.
This week’s challenge: design bridesmaid dresses suitable for multiple events
The winner will be a VIP at Marchesa during New York Fashion Week, receives beautiful china set as well as a Marchesa diamond ring.
The bride said her color choices are navy, plums, taupe and gray.
“I love love. I’m so excited for you,” Michelle gushes.
Helen says: “I love bridal so I’m so excited.”
They sketch at Marchesa until heading to Mood with a $150 budget. “I never know what my things will look like until I start working,” Sonjia admits.
During dinner Sonjia starts crying. “It’s hard to challenge yourself every single week to come up with a great design,” she explains. “I’m exhausted. It seems whatever I’m doing isn’t working.”
“Why did I pick this bitch organza?” Fabio laments
“Looking around the room, I think mine is the most romantic here,” Michelle opines.
“Everybody is more developed and everybody is more experienced. It’s the best of the best. So it’s harder to compete,” says Dmitry in maybe his most humble comment yet.
Michelle: “Helen’s three words are wool crepe, cap sleeve and lace. Every design that’s what she does.”
—says she designed a fit and flare
“It’s really flattering.” –guest judge Cat Deeley
“It is a very nice dress. I just wanted a bit more.” –Georgina Chapman
“It’s really flattering but it a little heavy. It skews a bit older.” –Alyssa Milano
“Tasteful is good but I’m looking for a bit more here.” –Isaac Mizrahi
—wanted the bridesmaid to be comfortable and have fun in it
“I’m conflicted. You got me thinking. It’s one of the more exciting dresses on the runway.” –Georgina
“I’m baffled. Too much drapery.” –Isaac
“I love that Studio 54 feel.” –Cat
“This was my favorite dress. I love this dress. I gave it the highest score of the day.” –Alyssa
—said he wanted to design classic and modern simultaneously
“It’s a little bit of a departure for you. Hemline kinda a mess.” –Alyssa
“I love the shoulders but would like the sleeve to come down more.” –Cat
“I’m getting a little phallic from this center applique piece and the bottom to me looks a little circus.” –Alyssa
There’s something unresolved about the sleeve and it’s a pretty ide what you’ve done. I appreciate that you pushed it a little bit. –Georgina
Later Georgina adds: “Michelle is onto something more interesting than Fabio.”
—aimed for elegant but modern
“It’s so unattractive. I don’t know where to start. The Cleopatra neckline, the draping at the bottom.” –Isaac
“Not your best week All-Stars!” –Isaac
“There’s nothing new about this dress. –Georgina
Later Georgina calls it “offensively dull.”
“I kinda like this dress. But it’s safe.” –Cat
FABIO is ELIMINATED (after weeks in the bottom)
Heidi tells the designers they’re getting the morning off for a Southern-style brunch at Juliette. During brunch, Tim arrives to inform them of the latest challenge. It’s for the southern woman. He reminds them that Southern women love bright colors and dresses vibrantly and expressively. She likes feminine details and uses accessories.
Belk Challenge: Create a day or evening look for the modern, Southern woman.
**Winning look will be sold at Belk and at Belk.com
Helen gets yellow with a lace layering—“sunflower dress”
Dom gets a lovely black and white fine zebra print
Kate gets a pretty print for dress
Alexander has plaid silk charmeuse
Bradon also chooses plaid fabric
Alexandria has a blue plaid fabric
Ken is using a deep purple
Justin has orange and black
“This is terrible that this stereotypical southern woman that people up north have in their mind.” –Ken
Alexander—building a bodice, cocktail dress
Bradon—“I love this textile,” Tim says. Bradon’s worried that it’s a bit too 50s
Justin—Tim worries it looks too Halloweenish with his color combos
Jeremy—“excited to be working on a tailored jacket” in red. Dress underneath in a print that’s long and fitted and mid-calf
Ken—Tim seems happy with what he’s doing and most designers think that he’s the biggest threat
Helen—“inspiration was fresh and outdoors”
Dom—“designed a basic maxi” and Tim asks if it’s under-designed
Alexandria—“it’s reading very Bohemian-like,” Tim says.
“I do like it that it is super short in the front and long in the back.” –Heidi Klum
“Working in madras or plaid can be risky. It felt fresh, modern and very Southern.” –Zac Posen
“You chose an expected fabric and you designed something unexpected.” –Nina Garcia
“The dress looks beautifully made.” –Zac Posen
“I think she looks sexy and sophisticated.” –Heidi Klum
“The volume on the bottom has a good balance for the fit on the top.” –Stacy Kiebler
“This is a really fun use of color.” –Stacy Kiebler
“I’m not a fan of this dress. It’s not flattering.” –Heidi Klum
“I thought the execution of this dress was great. I could see that on a rack.” –Tom from Belk
“I think we all agree this doesn’t look very modern. I’m not very happy about the silhouette.” –Heidi Klum
“It looks like a casino jacket.” –Zac Posen
“It doesn’t seem very hip and the length seems very hip to me.” –Stacy Keibler
“I’m not that interested in the dress. It’s not a wow piece to me. Fashion is about taking those smart risks.”–Zac Posen
“It’s very unflattering regardless of where she’s going to.” –Heidi
“It read a little bridesmaid to me.” –Belk guy
“I could see this in a mall but it’s not fashion-forward.” –Heidi Klum
“I hate the color it looks like hospital scrubs.” –Nina Garcia
“I need to see what oomph you have as a designer.” –Zac Posen
BRADON is the WINNER of the challenge.
Bottom three designers have one hour to re-design their outfits or start off and show the judges a more modern look. They can work with one other designer. Jeremy works with Alexander. Ken chooses Kate because she can sew quickly and she “knows how things work.” Dom picks Helen because she’s the “only one she trusts.”
Here’s what they end up with:
The judges ADORE Dom’s rework. Tom from Belk is SO impressed that he decides that he wants to reproduce her look for Belk stores and online.
Marie Claire Challenge: Create a look inspired by a pair of shoes
Kate reminds us and the other designers that she was previously eliminated during the seventh challenge in her prior season. The designers gather at Marie Claire office in the wardrobe closet surrounded by shoes. The designers then choose shoes after answering fashion history questions. I actually knew the answer to the question: What designer created the essential little black dress? Coco Chanel of course!
Suggested budget: $250
Alexander and Miranda both choose plaid material. And they’re both making pants.
Alexandria—Gladiator shoes that had straps wrapped all the way up to mid-thigh. playful. “Making a statement piece without the bondage.”
Justin—multi-colored pump. Wants to make three piece outfit.
Miranda–Red patent leather flats. High-waisted pant and blouse, jacket. Tim: “fabric looks inexpensive.”
Alexander– off white platforms. was concerned about plaid pants due to Miranda but Tim said as long as he distinguishes his design.
Ken—black heel with open ties in front. Making a coat dress and it’s ballooning out in the bottom. Tim: “it’s looking dated. Don’t over design it.”
Bradon– sparkly flat and designed a champagne silky dress with a special French ruffling technique but Tim’s not all that impressed because he wonders where she’s going. “Don’t you think she’s going in it?”
Kate– interesting red patent platform. “I want to play up the surrealism of the shoe.” She’s making pants.
Jeremy– boots. Designing a chiffon sweater.
Dom– skater girl quilter dress with multi-colored creeper shoes.
Karen– beige and yellow pump. She’s designed a yellow and black dress. Tim: “Are you concerned about the matchy-matchy?”
Helen: Shoe with a studded toe. loads of applique. “Heavy and deluding into nothing.” Tim says that he sees Kate Middleton but with everything added he sees her mother.
Before the runway, Ken says: “I don’t care for Miranda’s look at all. It looked like Amy Winehouse after she OD’ed.” Alexander had to sew his pants onto the model. Bradon’s really rushing with the look. Kate thinks Bradon designed way too mature a look.
Gladiator ‘bondage’ shoe
“I think you did the perfect think for those shoes. I like that it’s whimsical and feminine.” –Heidi Klum
“These needed something very soft and relaxed.” –Zac Posen
“it’s so bold and shows such confidence in yourself. I like the lace at the top. It’s so feminine and sweet.” –Kaley Cuoco
Ankle boot with studded toe
“There’s something minimal and classic about your look. She looks refined, she looks sophisticated.” – Nina Garcia
I want now. This is so fantastic. It’s so well fit, sexy, chic. –Kaley Cuoco
It’s chic. It’s sophisticated. It’s fits immaculately. –Zac Posen
“I love this look. It’s sleek and chic.” –Heidi Klum
Open front tied heel
“She looks very sophisticated, hard. You took it to another level. I like the fabric. It has a beaut texture.” –Heidi Klum
“Maneater I love. She’s showing a lot of leg but she’s very covered up. She struck a great balance.” – Nina Garcia
“I love this. I think it’s so cool. It’s actually cute and cool at the same time.” –Kaley Cuoco
Black high boot
“I don’t think it looks current or modern to me.” –Heidi Klum
“I think it’s a little much. There’s a lot going on.” –Kaley Cuoco
“You have this edgy boots. This should’ve been something cool. Something rocker. Simple.” – Nina Garcia
“I’m starting to question who you are as a designer. Your techniques and your skills and I really need to skills.” –Zac Posen
“I thought of swing dancing and Happy Days. I would have preferred a sleek suit. It’s so old school. I didn’t love it.” –Heidi Klum
“Those flat shoes are fabulous. I wish I had seen it with a little A-line dress. You went so tortured.” – Nina Garcia
“The silhouette and the fabric just feel frumpy dumpy. You have to start thinking of the amazing techniques you do and how to bring them into something that feels fresh for today. –Zac Posen
Red patent loafer
“I didn’t particularly like this look. She doesn’t look like a cool girl at all. I don’t even know what era she’s from.” –Heidi Klum
“I sort of like that it’s not a cool girl. It’s nerd alert. I just think maybe it’s not kooky enough.” ––Zac Posen
“The whole look feels very retro but not in a new way.” – Nina Garcia
HELEN is the WINNER.
MIRANDA is OUT.