Don't Bungle the Jungle

"Walking on the wild side immediately evoked two distinct emotions from the designers - SHOCK and TICK-TOCK!"

Snakes, tarantulas, monkeys, llamas - oh my!!!

This week's challenge of incorporating a live animal inspiration into the design of a single garment was fabulous! This week's execution by most of the designer's was less than.

As I blogged about last week, inspiration is found in life - so what better of it's principle elements than nature? Walking on the wild side immediately evoked two distinct emotions from the designers - SHOCK and TICK-TOCK! With only one day to create a look combined with the challenge of having to incorporate their "new friend" into the garment you could see and feel their stress and panic! Hence, the lack of creativity, clear thinking and vision in the end result. Kathy said something in her interview that disappointed me though, and I know it was just the pressure she was feeling talking. "I'm not going to take risks, be theatrical" - thankfully she did not listen to herself and instead followed an internal compass and DID take a chance. By incorporating the zebra fabric in her jumpsuit after Dan and Dean reminded all of the designers not to take the challenges as "literally" WAS taking a risk. Her garment was chic, sleek, cohesive to her brand - a winner.

Vanessa and Patrick - as I noted to the group during our recap, it's just not enough to say you target a specific customer or claim we don't understand you. It is up to all of the designers to find the voice within their brand and design looks that speak to it. Trust me, we shall hear, see and know your girl, woman LOUD and CLEAR! Kevin - you have an awesome spirit and energy. You go girl and be well!

Stay tuned for Week # 4

- x Stefani

It's Been Real

"As each designer introduced their collection and I saw their work unfold on the runway it made me so proud to be a part of LML."

It's been real - Kathy and Emil and Native Rose are victorious! What a finale! (How cool was Fergie? Positive, confidence building, supportive and kind - thanks for celebrating the designers rather than turning their world upside down in the last hours before the launch.)

I love that the finale was aired in 2 parts. While watching last week's episode, the stress and chaos (especially for Kathy and Emil) had my stomach was in knots and I knew the outcome. Listening to the teams reflect on our critiques as part of the creative process was awesome. We (hosts/judges) took our job seriously and are proud to have played a role in the team's evolution. As each designer introduced their collection and I saw their work unfold on the runway it made me so proud to be a part of LML. There can only be one winner, this is a competition, but in life and fashion Eric, Galina, Merle, Thai, Kathy and Emil are ALL WINNERS - BRAVO!

Eric and Galina - you stayed true to your girl from day 1. The Desi J girl loves life and is sexy 'cause she feels it. And in these clothes she will look it! You were a wonderful "mix" of personalities and talent and treated each other with kindness, class and dignity at all times. I hope you collaborate on a line and please send me the look book to place an order. Best of luck in everything, you deserve it!!!

Merle and Thai - WOW! When I saw the evening gown hit the runway all I could think about was where I was going to wear it! The asymmetrical long dress, convertible distressed look, high waisted pant - I will forward my address and credit card privately as I MUST OWN! Your vision was clear since the beginning and focus fixated on a woman like me and so many others who want versatile, beautiful clothes. I believe in each of you individually and as partners you have potential for greatness. Everything happens for a reason. I know your connection and collection will live on way past LML. Please keep in touch, I can't wait to see the future of Inside/Out. It was beyond a pleasure to spend time with both of you.

Kathy and Emil - YAY!!!! Native Rose will be launched and I can't wait to shop Rue La La and get my hands on the strapless zebra dress and black jumpsuit! I am thrilled for you. Your integrity and value for each other and the Native Rose collection was clear in both your designs and relationship. Even in the arduous moments you respected each other, never made it or took it personally. The ability to work with others, manage, lead, is a true gift and a major ingredient in the design and business recipe.

Kathy, YOU are a JEWEL! May you only experience wonderful things in your life and actualize your dreams. Emil, you exude sophistication and charm. Native Rose is going to be on everyone's radar this Spring and I hope in seasons to come.

Congratulations on it all - I am so proud of and happy for you!!!

Dan and Dean- You are my G's and I, your J. New York, LA, Mykonos, London, Milan (Italy, Europe - ha ha!) Can't wait to see you soon!

Lisa Kline - LML did not introduce us but brought us closer. In the darkest moments of your life you radiated and marched on. You are a winner and a warrior and I love you. Viki, Holly, Mark, Jen and the entire LML family - thank you for a wonderful experience.

Until we meet again

- xx Stefani