Create a day-to-night look that's impactful in daylight and under a black light, inspired by Transitions lenses.
This was definitely a fun challenge and put the designer's artistic creativity to the test, but also a little weird that Transitions lenses decided to sponsor the challenge...who has Transitions anymore?
My Top 3:
1. Erin Robertson
Erin was the obvious winner. I can’t get over how the three looks she has created this season are so different, and yet you can tell they came from the same designer and her aesthetic is the strongest of the bunch. I loved her fabric choice and her ability to create such a beautiful textile in one day is remarkable. With a little more lining I would definitely wear it. SO GOOD.
2. Dexter Simmons
I haven’t been a huge fan of Dexter’s work so far, but this was a stand-out look for the challenge and I can’t believe it was only safe. His all-white look had great runway impact in the natural light, but he managed to get some of the white to read negative in the black light, which allowed for really unique contrast. He showed the best use of fringe that I've seen since Sean Kelly, and I'm interested to see what he'll design in the coming weeks.
3. Roberi Parra
Tim Gunn always says that a challenge is won or lost at Mood, and Roberi made one of the best fabric choices of the bunch. The effect that the fabric distress had under the black light was remarkable, and while it all may have been a happy accident, sometimes the best designs aren't what you meant to create. I'm into Roberi's ethereal aesthetic, and I'd love to see him make it to Fashion Week.
Honorable Mention: Cornelius Ortiz
The transformative nature of this dress from daylight to black light was impressive, and the emoji concept was culturally relevant and cute. THAT SAID. Cornelius is really lucky I'm giving him an honorable mention because his attitude is crap, his ego is DOUBLE CRAP, and I want someone to bring him down to earth and tell him that he's not the be-all and end-all of the world. I mean, he said that Erin's look was just a box-pleat dress with "stuff" glued on it. GET REAL. Your dress is just a shift dress that you taped and spray painted. You are not the most talented designer in the universe. He gets an honorable mention because the design was good, but he's on my very. last. nerve.
My Bottom 3:
1. Kimber Richardson
While I didn't think Kimber's look was the absolute worst last week, it wasn't the best either, and after two not-so-successful looks in a row, I was fine with her going home. This dress was pretty average under the normal light, and in the black light it just didn't do anything, so she completely missed the mark of the challenge. At the end of the day, her design aesthetic simply isn't up to the level of competition.
2. Rik Villa
The judges were right to put him in the bottom for this 80's raver nightmare. I think that's really all that needs to be said.
3. Sarah Donofrino
I am so unbelievably bored by Sarah's looks. This definitely wasn't the worst look of the week, but I've had her in the bottom each week because her looks are SO FREAKING BASIC, and while I'm all about quirky vintage ModCloth style, her skill level simply isn't up to par with everyone else, and since she's clearly not going to win the competition I don't know why we're bothering with keeping her around.
But let's give Erin another CONGRATULATIONS!
Quite honestly, I'd be fine with skipping ahead and just declaring her the winner of the whole competition, because at this point, no one can hold a candle to her. Is that possible? Can we just have a super short season? No? Okay.
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