In this episode, the designers are tricked into thinking they are going to be doing menswear, when TWIST, they are going to design for the man's lady- based on their ideas of what their lady likes. Luckily, they get the women's measurements from some other source besides the menfolk, because according to them, they all have huge racks.
The women are added to the mix later, which only makes it harder for the designers, especially Olivier, who probably has nightmares from the movie title "Real Women Have Curves". The challenge with working with a client is walking the fine line between Designer and Dress Maker. As Michael will surely point out numerous times, it's not "Project Dressmaker". Some people are naturally better working with clients, and I have no doubt there are some famous designers that are no better at working with people than some of our PR contestants. (Thankfully Oliviers' clients gave him a good pep talk to get him through)
After a lot of talk about boobs, boobs, boobs (this time not from Heidi...yet), we make it to the runway for this week's crack smoking by the judges.
Granted, when the looks come out on the runway each week, it's getting harder and harder to decipher who is going to be in the Top and who is going to be on the Bottom. We have to just rely on who the judges feel like picking on that week, and who they can praise for doing possibly nothing more than someone else to win. As in the case this episode. I'm not sure it would do much good to show all 9 designs, as they all look like a basic dress or basic top with basic skirt.
Here is the Winning design and ShouldHaveWonDesign:
Winning look by Josh:
Granted, this is a very chic dress, with some subtle detailing that looks good. It helps that the woman wearing it looks about model proportions and the bright shoes to compliment were a smart idea.
I'm not saying it's bad by any means, it's quite cute. I'm just thinking it really is a LBD on a thin blond with cute shoes from the PiperLime.com wall. Where's the innovation the judges used to expect, even demand?
Viktor's look which was a close Second
where I feel a little crack was involved. Here Viktor worked really well with his clients, put together an overall cute look for her, and made something that was just a little bit different, and you could tell fit with her personality. I loved the clutch he put with it, and how much she owned the look. Yeah, I'm not crazy about the necklace with it, but they do have to use the accessory wall, do they not? Viktor is always the bridesmaid....
I don't know why, but I just don't like this. Kudos to the bold statement and doing something different. She is also very smart to not do something too intricate and tailored to offset her non-sewing skills. The print is memorable and again, she can MacGuyver around the fact that there was probably not much sewing involved in this look. I hate the one sleeve on this. I don't feel like this was praiseworthy, just safe.
Bryce, sorry you're Out.
Well, it seems the emotional designers are dropping like flies. Bryce was just trying to skate by the first few weeks just to be safe, not a winner and definitely not wanting to be a loser. Unfortunately he didn't give the judges a good view on who he is as a designer.
For this challenge, he made a dress that his client wanted, and worked with a color outside of his comfort zone. The judges thought it had too many design elements. That's the crack smoking, because then how is Anya's dress not too many elements? If it's too plain, how about the safe looks and even the winning look?
I'm not going to argue for him to stay. It's a perfectly boring look that, unfortunately, he's done too many times.
Dahlings...what is one of Tim's best advice lines?
Don't. Bore. Nina.
Sigh. I'm barely watching this season, it doesn't seem to have that thing- that je ne sais quoi it's had in the past. Who to root for? It's also really anyone's game to win or lose this season, which is one of things that is so frustrating.