This week was the Sally Beauty challenge, also known as the "real women makeover" challenge. Any time the designers have to create looks for women who don't have model bodies, you know something is about to go down. This season, to add an extra special wrinkle, the designers were creating looks for Project Runway crew members. Which meant the judges were extra invested in the results. Oof.
There are only 6 designers left, which means EVERYONE IS JUDGED THIS WEEK!
My Top Three
1. Merline Labissiere
2. Edmond Newton
3. Ashley Nell Tipton
This dress wasn't all that great, and because Ashley is a plus-size designer I expected better from her. That said, I understand her not wanting to create the same shape she usually does and to get in trouble for that, and I think she got all designed out. I really didn't mind the print like the judges did, and I think if she had moved the waist up three inches and kept the peplum solid, it would have been an okay piece. Not the best, but definitely not the worst!
My Bottom Three
1. Candice Cuoco
Good. Lord. I don't know how Candice went from "the client's favorite color is blue, so I'll create my signature style with pops of blue" to "I'll make an 80s street walker dress and throw everything but the kitchen sink on top of it." Seriously. No woman in her right mind would ever leave the house in this unless it was Halloween. Candice should know better, and she's done better. I'm over it.
2. Swapnil Shinde
I understand to a degree why they sent Swapnil home for this. He had been on the judge's cut list for weeks, and in the end his model wasn't happy with the finished look. THAT SAID. His model was incredibly difficult. She never fully expressed to Swapnil what she wanted (other than long sleeves and covered legs) and when she didn't like something she couldn't tell him why. He had no direction at all, and with no direction and a few hours to whip something together that she might not totally hate, this was a fair attempt.
3. Kelly Dempsey
I seriously can't believe this look won. IT WON. A pair of purple pleather overalls won the design challenge. Seriously. What. Even. I get that the client is really into overalls and tank tops. But pleather?? It's not practical, it's not comfortable, it's not cute. No. No.
So. After Tim's explosive blowup and one of the better designers getting sent home, I don't know where things will go with the top five. We're in the home stretch!!
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