Tims Take

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

on Jul 23, 2008

Kelli entered this challenge with immunity from her win of the last challenge, so she knew that she could take risks and be safe. I don't know whether it was risks that she took, other than challenging the boundaries of taste. Her champagne silk skirt was uncontroversial, but that teal top with the champagne ruffles was rather over-the-top in my opinion. Then when all of the asymmetry is folded in, well, you end up with something that's either thought provoking or ... not.

Kenley was among the top three designers in this challenge. The judges responded well to her look: a simple shift in champagne organic silk with a dramatic ruff and a simple black waistband. I feared that the collar was a bit clownish, and I never know which way the judges will lean, so I merely cautioned her to be prepared to defend it. Still, that very basic silhouette needed something! Yes, the dress was basic, but it was also very well-executed.

Korto totally eluded me with her "inside-out dress," as I dubbed it. When I first approached her workspace, I was certain that I was looking at the inside of the dress, replete with darts and seams in process. But, alas, I was wrong. All of that not-very-pretty stuff was on the outside and would remain, intentionally. Egads. I didn't understand. I merely hoped that she could successfully defend her design to the judges.

Leanne overthought and overdesigned. I supported her concept, but when I saw stacks of padded ellipses, I feared that she was going entirely too far. After advising her to step back from her work and consider editing, I let it be. Edit she did not, and I was perplexed to see that all of those ellipses that she applied round and round the mini-dress lay as flat as tissue. The volume that she had aimed to achieve was nowhere in evidence.