Posted on September 5th, 2008
This week, the nine remaining designers were taken to the glamorous showroom of designer Diane Von Furstenberg. Their challenge? To design a piece inspired by this fashion icon’s fall collection based on Marlene Dietrich’s character in A Foreign Affair.
The Design Room
As the number of designers has dwindled to almost half, the competitiveness started to heat up. Terri has previously shown her “here to win” attitude and was dubbed as having “two faces” by Jerell a few episodes ago. Now, the other designers seem to be cautious of her as well- and they might have good reason, after all Terri does have making perfect fitting pants down to an art. Then again, if I headed into just about every challenge with a pair of pants, I’d have it down packed too.
While the rest of the designers presented layered looks that kept the theme of Diane Von Furstenberg’s collection, Kenley opted for a single dress. It was well made and finished, but I think if she had put together at least one more garment, the overall effect would have been more powerful. (And what the heck was Kenley wearing?)
My favorite outfits were by Korto and Leanne. I loved the contrast of the black and white print with the bright burst of yellow peeking through Korto’s long evening gown, and the jacket was just adorable. Leanne’s 40’s inspired gown was gorgeous, however I think the jacket could have been constructed better. It looked much cuter (and shorter) in her sketch and I would have liked if real thing better represented the sketch. I’m not sure if the judge’s were privy to the sketch, but they voted Leanne as the winner for the second week in a row.
I was shocked that Stella was auf’d in this challenge. The judges said that the design wasn’t “Stella” but I disagree: It isn’t in Stella’s nature to do anything that’s not “Stella”. The garment was an attempt at a classier tailored look and the poor execution was her downfall. On the other hand, Joe’s outfit was just terrible from head to toe. It looked like a costume- and to top it off, was badly constructed. I’m glad that Stella started to venture outside of her box while remaining true to her aesthetic and I was sad to see her go.