This week's episode answers a question about the designers showing at Fashion Week. It was noted that the top 10 designers got to show at Bryant Park; a lot of decoys to catch up on due to the fact that the fashion weeks are still behind due to the Lifetime/Bravo war. For some reason, although the beautiful Maya was doing even better than Top 10, she did not show at Bryant Park. Strange indeed.
This was answered last night, but it was not for any dramatic reasons; no health scare, no cheating with sewing books, etc. She simply didn't feel "ready". She just got out of fashion school and does not want to go to Fashion week and show something that's not "her". Well. How mature is that? It does feel a little like a cop out, as Emilio stated- she should have made the most outrageous piece and gone out in a fiery explosion! However, Seth Aaron sympathetically told viewers to F off if they didn't understand that they are doing 18 hour days 7 days a week under the scrutiny of cameras and judges, and to come try it themselves. Have I mentioned that I love him? <3
And then....a ray of sunshine walks in....Anthony!!! *commence little girl squeals* Our Alabama Mama-Jama comes in and it's like he never left us. I had heard another rumor that Lady Gaga was going to be a guest judge, but alas, they are designing for some non-committal red carpet look for frau Klum. Heidi wears some interesting looks on the show, but her red carpet looks are usually basic and pretty, so this shouldn't be a problem for Miss Anthony. He did win the previous Heidi challenge this season.
Mrs. Samuel nee Klum walks around with Tim Gunn this time around, which although intimidating and annoying for the contestants, is a probably a good thing.
Jonathan has the worst time with this critique, as Heidi calls his intricate cut-away technique "curtains". This drives Jon crazy and he scraps his idea and tries another look. Unsatisfied with that one....he scraps it at the 11th hour (literally-it was 11:30) and goes for a 3rd look. Sometimes, you can get away with doing this and get the safe pass, but unfortunately, we're down to 6 designers, and there's no one to hide behind. Jay has the best time with the critique, as Heidi shoes her the assets up close.
Onto the runway....
Mila "I lost my bangs-twin" Hermanovski
Mila does a really strange look. She gets gunmetal gray and gold to do a "different" look. For some reason, she picks the least red carpet look length of dress, it's neither short nor long. It doesn't fit well, and honey, when you're designing for Heidi Klum, the first area she goes to is the bust area. The straps were too wide, the length was all wrong and it was not exciting at all. I'm not hating the back, so I'm wondering why she didn't make it a floor length gown?
Jay "I like big butts" Nicolas Sario
Jay went for the second area you don't want to mess with: the butt. He tells us "I guess I just like big butts!", well you cannot lie, because you made this skinny model's ass look voluminous. I also don't like how the bust fits on her andI hate the bottom, I don't know why he likes these poofy looks.
Emilio "Judges love me" Sosa
And the first winner of this challenge is Emilio. *groan* In fairness, this IS a red carpet worthy look. The problem is that Emilio just won the last 2 challenges, and he didn't really have the best look either time, so this win is deserved, but not appreciated by moi. This did fit really wonderful in the front, it hugged the body, and I did love the fabric he used, the sparkle is the wow factor here. I did not like the little exclamation point on top. Perhaps a little something else for the embellishment I would have loved more, that little jut of fabric was more distracting for me than appealing. Interesting how much Ms. Alba knew about the building of the under gown to make this look amazing. But then again, how many red carpet looks have I worn? For the record: 0
Anthony "Stacked, packed and ready to attack" Williams
The second winner is Anthony!!! *more little girl squeals* Anthony is wishing that every week they were designing for Heidi. When this look came out I loved it, but thought the judges would think it was too plain. When Jessica Alba said she loved it, I thought, wow this really was made for Jessica, not Heidi. So it really came as no surprise that our Anthony would win the challenge for Jessica Alba. Congrats Anthony!
Seth Aaron "I lost my model to Donna Karan" Henderson
And the third winner is Seth Aaron for his red carpet look for Miss Q! Seriously, why did they not like this look? Am I as blinded for my appreciation of Seth as the judges are for Emilio? I know it's dark, but Heidi's dossier showed black gowns, it's a red carpet look with fine detailing and it looked impeccably tailored. I could see her wearing this, or even better-Dita Von Teese. I know Heidi also wears a lot of red, so perhaps if this had been a more vibrant color they would have seen the detail in this and had more of a "wow" moment? I thought he did a good job of editing himself too. I also didn't appreciate that they wanted more drama in the bust area. Hello, then don't have a 100 lb. model showing off the gown with no bra on. You want a wow moment, put someone with a wow curvaceous body in it!!!
Jonathan "Eleventh hour drapey project" Peters
Jonathan. What a rough week for Jonny boy. His Amy left, then Maya, and he got ripped a new one on the last challenge. And then he goes for the opposite effect of making something he "hates that the judges will probably love" and it just failed. Poor guy. This dress is clearly not red carpet, although I could see Heidi wearing this somewhere else, due to the shortness of it. The front is just so bad, I'm sure he knew he was going home as soon as it turned the corner. The judges loved the back drapy effect. Of course the hem was atrocious, he made it in 30 minutes.
Jonathan was a designer with such a big heart and a real passion for doing something different with his clothes. As overworked as his looks could sometimes be, he did do some amazing looks. We will miss you Jonathan!
Check out Maya's interview with Tom and Lorenzo: http://tomandlorenzo2.