This challenge marked the LAST WEEK before the final three designers created their collections for New York Fashion Week. They were to design red carpet looks inspired by Los Angeles, which was more of a struggle than I anticipated. It was honestly a really stressful episode. I did some therapy eating to compensate.
I'll once again rank this week's looks from my most favorite to least favorite!
1. Kelly Dempsey
I still am in disbelief that craft-store Kelly has come so far! The fact that she created her own textile in two days is unbelievable in and of itself, and it was definitely the most creative look of the bunch. Her red carpet inspiration was "Katy Perry at the Grammy's," and while this look absolutely suits that vision, it's still versatile enough that it could be worn in many other scenarios (can we say Emma Stone at Cannes??) This was flawless in every way, and I'm so proud of little Kelly from the Deli!!
2. Candice Cuoco
When the designers were shopping at Mood and Candice chose black fabric, I was not remotely surprised but a little bit disappointed, because OF COURSE Candice would make a black red carpet dress. After last week's red dress, I had hoped for something a bit outside her box. That said, in the end she made a very refined, classically beautiful gown. Photographs really don't do it justice. Classic and refined. Love.
3. Ashley Nell Tipton
This wasn't my favorite look by any means, but as Ashley's first attempt at formal wear, I thought it was really solid. I adored her fabric (which unfortunately doesn't show well in photography - the gold sequins had a silver underside that was revealed when touched) and the design definitely had potential. If she had refined her construction, it would have been a stand-out piece.
4. Edmond Newton
What. The heck. Happened. I seriously can't believe that Edmond created this 80s showgirl nightmare. I get that he committed to the fabric, but he started off with a long column gown made of this fabric and it wasn't half bad. Then he cut it short. Then he opened the back. Then he added WINGS. I don't know what he was thinking. Of all the remaining designers, he probably has the best body of work throughout the competition, and this was not the final impression he should have left on the judges before fashion week.
So Edmond was sent home by the judges. Or was he?!? Tim did not make an appearance at the end of the episode to say goodbye or to tell Edmond to clean up his workroom space. My prediction is that Tim will use his "Tim Gunn Save" on Edmond, which would be fine by me. Just because he massively failed this week doesn't mean he doesn't deserve a spot at Fashion Week!
They've had four designers at Fashion Week before, so we'll see how it goes!
All photos from www.mylifetime.com