THE CHALLENGE: Be inspired by the aerial view of New York City to create an editorial look for a powerful woman. The winning look will be featured in Marie Claire magazine.
My Top 3:
1. Cornelius Ortiz
This is 100% the best thing Cornelius has ever made, and it 100% fit the bill for the challenge. He was inspired by shapes he saw from the aerial view of New York to create the style lines, and this is definitely a powerful look for a powerful woman. I love that this dress is completely ageless, and I think it would be great for an editorial in Marie Claire. I want it and my mom wants it, which is hard to achieve, and his execution and styling was spot on.
2. Rik Villa
This look wasn't perfect, and I agree with the judges that it would have been nicer had the draped fabric continued on the back, but Rik deserves mad props for creating such a beautiful textile, and I could definitely see this photographing beautifully in a Marie Claire spread.
3. Mah-Jing Wong
Like Rik's look, this wasn't perfect by any means. The patterning of the boobs was placed too high, and some of the tweed stretched in weird places. That said, this is probably the most creative dress Mah-Jing has made, the fabrication was interesting, and I appreciate his aesthetic take on what a "powerful woman" should look like.
Honorable Mention: Erin Robertson
This is not my favorite look of Erin's, but it is SIGNIFICANTLY better than the looks she's made the past few weeks. The color story was bright and fun, and the "business-on-top, party-on-bottom" design was creative and chic. It looks like Erin is making a comeback!!
My Bottom 3:
1. Nathalia JMag
There really isn't anything positive to say about this look. Nathalia decided that a "powerful woman" needed to be a futeristic superhero, and the result looked like cheap, poorly made student work. After her inexcusable proportions last week and her poor showing this week, I think it was definitely justified for the judges to send her home.
2. Dexter Simmons
There are so many things wrong with this look. To start, his jacket was an exact re-creation of his jacket from week 7 that the judges all hated. Second, he spend all his time on the jacket and his dress ended up simply being a single drape of fabric with arm holes. To top it all off, the only interesting design feature was the model's lingerie, which Dexter didn't even make - the model brought it herself. In a design competition, you can't put all your eggs in one jacket (yeah? see what I did there?) and expect it to go well for you.
3. Laurence Basse
I was really shocked that the judges didn't rake Laurence over hot coals for this. Sure, she did some nice leatherwork in the waistband, but a touch of good leatherwork just isn't enough at this point in the competition. The back of this dress is a design feature she's done before, and the bottom is just way too short. As a whole it looks like a really cheap homecoming dress, and Laurence can do so much better.
So in the end, Nathalia went home.
AND DEXTER WENT HOME, TOO.
This was the most deserved double elimination ever, and I couldn't have been more thrilled to see Sassy Pants Diva Dexter go home.
AND, I couldn't be more happy about Cornelius winning the challenge, which as you know, is never, EVER something I thought I would say. This was a much needed redemption after Tim used his Tim Gunn save.
All photos from www.mylifetime.com
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