Posted on September 29th, 2008
This week’s challenge tested many designers by taking them out of their comfort zones. The 5 remaining designers had to design a garment for a fellow contestant based on a randomly assigned musical genre.
The Design Room
It’s plain to see that Kenley’s superior know-it-all attitude is getting on everyone’s nerves. When Leane offered to “go gangster” for Kenley’s Hip Hop design, she quickly dismissed the offer. Later, Korto had to “shoo” Kenley away when she tried to interrupt Leanne’s collaboration time with Korto. I definitely enjoyed watching as the other designers complacently stood by while Kenley drowned Leanne in gaudy chains and earrings in a last minute attempt to make her design look more “Hip Hop”.
There have certainly been some unpleasant designer egos and attitudes on this show before, but I don’t think any of them had dared to be as rude to Tim as Kenley was; at least not to the point where he felt the need to suggest an attitude adjustment. Part of being a designer is being able to take criticism and use it to improve your work. At the very least, show basic respect. She’ll have a hard time finding anyone willing to work with her in the real world if she continues this way.
It was fun seeing the designers embody different personalities on the runway. Korto totally got into the Country vibe as she strode down the runway in Leanne’s outfit. Jerell’s “Kenley Spears” outfit turned out fabulous, looked great on Kenley and completely embodied the essence of “Pop”.
After boasting that her outfit was “totally Hip Hop”, Kenley placed the blame on Leanne for “not selling the look”, saying that she looked like a “poser” on the runway. C’mon now honey, if you’re outfit was as great as you thought, it would have sold itself. Wake up and take some responsibility for yourself and stop blaming everyone else for your shortcomings.
Even though she was nervous about designing menswear and the Punk music scene couldn’t be further from Korto’s design aesthetic, she was able to really nail the look and create an outfit that not only fit Suede really well but transformed his image completely. In particular, the distressing techniques she applied to the jeans with bleach looked amazing and gave them an edgy, over the top look that couldn’t have been more perfect.
I can’t even begin to describe how upset I am that Suede was auf’d over Kenley. His outfit may have been on the safe side, but at least it conveyed Rock and Roll. Kenley’s garment didn’t even resemble Hip Hop, was poorly sewn (did you see that fly front?!), and on top of that, her attitude is so condescending, defensive, and just plain rude that the other designers don’t even want to deal with her. Not to mention Tim and Nina are clearly tired of her lip service. This clearly had to be one of those instances where the producers decide to keep her on the show for added drama, because at this point her design skills just aren’t cutting it.