I love how cocky the designers are getting. As you can start to see with each challenge and a bit of education how intense it is to stay focused on keeping their line cohesive. I loved the trend forecasting, I think that was important for the designers to understand what that is. Having the jellyfish and butterfly as part of the design, Venice Beach was a great place to go and get inspired. I grew up in Los Angeles and went to Venice Beach and I always took out-of-town guests there. I love Venice Beach, it’s a crazy place full of creativity and insanity! The beach in the background makes it is a very inspirational place. I love that the designers were on their own, and not with their experts, so it forced them to do the design on their own. The designers seemed a bit overwhelmed walking around Venice Beach!
Back at the studio, I loved Thai and Merle and think they are a great team and designed a great outfit. I think Coco wasn't being a great partner and I felt bad for Marilyn. I didn’t know how bad it was between them, and Coco’s attitude stinks and I would be bummed. As the show unfolds I do find humor in the stress and frustration that some of the experts have with some of the designers. Besides Coco and Marilyn I found the partnerships between David and Julie, as well as Roberto and Patrick challenging. The partnerships that I liked a lot were Merle and Thai, Louanna and Jim, and Eric and Galina.
I think orange is a difficult color in general to design with (not to mention I can’t stand that color) but I put my feelings aside when judging the orange in the designs!! (Not to worry!) Some did it great and some did not! That was not an easy incorporation any way you looked at it!! It was hard to eliminate since a few weren’t that great. As judges, we were very fair and hashed out what we thought and who was going to be eliminated as to how they followed the challenges and all the other requirements. We had a lot to judge them on.
Stay tuned for next week!! I thought episode 2 was really exciting!