This week the designers got to see the Broadway production of Finding Neverland, which became their inspiration for the challenge. They were able to create absolutely anything based on this inspiration, which is the most freedom the designers have had all season!
My Top Three:
1. Candice Cuoco
This look had so many good things going for it, and after last week's tech-y disaster, I was really impressed with her effort. The coat had great movement with so many ethereal layers, and to contrast the softness of the coat with her signature leather pieces underneath. Well deserving of the win!
2. Edmond Newton
The judges were divided on whether they liked the vest (I, personally, am a fan,) but there was no question that his pants and top were flawless. His styling was brilliant, and he pulled off a fantastical, futuristic Tinkerbell.
3. Merline Labissiere
I was pretty sad that this look was only safe. As Tim Gunn always says, the success of the look is determined at Mood, and Merline probably had the best fabric choice of the bunch. I want to see this on the Queen of the Night in Mozart's Magic Flute. So gorgeous.
My Bottom Three:
1. Laurie Underwood
I saw the photos of this look before watching the episode, and it definitely photographs better than it was in person. Good grief. Her top was COMPLETELY sheer, the only reason her butt wasn't out on the runway was because she added a panel at the last minute, and there were just too many ideas going on at once. I guess, in the judges eyes, too many ideas was better than not enough, but this look was just a rough time.
2. Lindsey Creel
I didn't think this was all that terrible, and I would probably wear it if I needed a pretty gown. But I'm a normal person who doesn't need superbly fancy clothing, and I can understand that in a fashion design competition, it's a little boring in comparison to the other designers. The judges have disliked her style for some time and it's not surprising that she went home.
3. Ashley Nell Tipton
This look wasn't all that bad, and the idea was definitely good in concept. The top had some fit and proportion issues, and her draping wasn't very successful. All in all, she struggled with the fabric and it showed.
Special shout out to the EVER GORGEOUS guest judge, Coco Rocha. I've been in love with her forever and I always love when she's on. Even here, in a totally candid shot, she's flawless. UMPH.
All photos from www.mylifetime.com