Posted on August 29th, 2008
This week, the ten remaining designers found themselves on the roof of a NYC parking garage with several Saturn View Hybrids stocked with car parts and materials. The designers were then given another green challenge: to design an innovative garment using as many materials as they could grab from the cars in 4 minutes!
The Design Room
After the crazy scramble, the designers were back in the design room trying to “make it work” with things like headlights, seatbelts, car filters, and leather seating. Meanwhile, drama ensued as usual: Keith’s bad attitude became more pronounced as he barked orders at other designers not to screw up sewing machines and scolded his model for sitting down in his garment. My heart went out to Kenley, whose model dropped out of the competition, leaving her to resize her garment on a different model. And I was a little worried for Korto, whose ambitiously woven seatbelt coat looked like a stiff scarecrow.
It was fun to see the final outfits on the runway. While some designers like Leanne and Jerell created some imaginative outside of the box designs, others like Terri and Suede succeeded in making edgy and wearable garments that didn’t even look like they were made from car parts! And Korto was able to tailor her coatdress to chic, sophisticated perfection.
The designers that fell short this week included Blayne, whose fringed seatbelt dress was spoiled by its’ construction and fit problems. Refreshingly, Stella tried to depart from her leather and grommet roots, but the girly skirt and edgy top gave her outfit an unbalanced bipolar effect. Keith decided to completely abandon his aesthetic and instead focused (too heavily) on designing for the judges- which backfired big time.
The judges named Leanne’s molded-hip dress the winner, and while her concept was fabulous, and well constructed, I can’t help but feel that Jerell’s work in general should receive more props.
As Heidi gave a farewell kiss to Keith, I thought “It’s about time!” Not only has he grown increasingly obnoxious, but this week he became so obsessed with the judges’ criticisms that he betrayed his own style and ended up with a boring garment that neither he, nor the judges was happy with. In the end, Michael Kors offered some great words of wisdom for any designer: In a publicized and subjective field such as fashion, there will always be criticism- you can’t please everyone all the time. The best anyone can do is let negative comments roll off your back and move onto the next project.