Okay, if this is Jennifer's alternative to making a white dress more "interesting," than I'd suggest keeping it simple. I like that Jerell used a lot of different materials, but the whole design lacked initial direction, and the finishing is kinda killing me. The longer bits hanging off the hem, the off-balanced princess lines (especially with that fabric) and the circular disks just seem like they were stuck on willy-nilly. I think if Jerell had taken some of the various fabrics and brought them throughout the design, the overall effect would be more cohesive and less jarring. I do kind of love the hat though... very SJP/Sex & the City London premiere!
Adorable dress: fun, sexy and well made. It's just not right for this challenge. There's only so far a designer can go on this show. Playing it safe works, but eventually they must step up to the plate and risk a negative critique. Let's hope that Keith keeps making great clothing, but also clothing that fits the challenge and is a bit more risky.
Wesley is one of two designers that I knew previously, both from my FIT college days. He is a sweetheart, and though he's a bit of an introvert, he's a very talented guy. I really like this dress, but I think he played it a bit safe, though not as save as Keith. I enjoyed how he snipped apart the plastic spatulas to create the texture on the dress. Like many designers this challenge, let's hope he takes a deep breath and dives in! Joe
Props to Bravo/Magical Elves for FINALLY finding an unchartered demographic: straight males with families. I already love Joe, because he just seems like a no-nonsense sort of guy. He's just so refreshing, especially in comparison to some of the queens exclaiming that they're the best every five minutes. I place him in the "Kevin Christiana" category: not the biggest risk-taker or the most fashion-forward, but someone who knows his strengths, and sticks to them. At first, I thought this design was a bit contrived and art-project-like. But looking at it from afar, I must admit that I kind of like it. The chevron pattern of the contrasting pasta, the fit of the oven mitt top, and the pair of shoes that not only match color-wise, but also style-wise with the rest of the look... not bad for a straight guy, not bad at all. ;)