Tims Take

The model's choices really played a big role in this challenge!

on Jul 23, 2008

Making matters a little more complex, the designers' models would do the shopping, and without designer consultations. MOOD tagged all of the green textiles, so they could be easily identified. The models had 30 minutes to shop and a budget of $75. Given that they are not designers, I reminded them that they should purchase closures and color corresponding thread, plus any other notions that they believed would be necessary.

The divine Natalie Portman is our guest judge. Not only is she more than capable of critiquing a cocktail dress, she's an environmental activist with a vegan line of footwear, Té Casan.

Suede WINS! From the perspective of innovation and experimentation, there was no one close to Suede. Astutely, he mitigated the harsh visual impact of the silk/hemp blend textiles by cutting them into bias strips, which he overlapped in seemingly random, but harmonious, patterns. These red and white strips constituted his bodice, while a ballerina skirt in white sat suspended upon an underskirt of tulle. Suede's innovation also embraced high levels of risk-taking; that is, it could have been just as easy for the judges to have lunged and attacked. Instead, they celebrated, as do we. Congratulations, Suede!