A Softer Edge

The tougher the challenge, the better the work?

This challenge was one of my favorites. Once again I think that when the designers are pushed against the wall and you say, "Creative, creative, creative, you gotta work it." I think that somehow a lot of them seemed to work better in that kind of difficult situation. Again, I think, gorgeous sportswear for them is a bigger challenge. What Leanne did, I think, she first off turned the material into something you didn't even know what it was. She found a way also I think to make it look expensive. I loved the silhouette. I think the silhouette's very modern looking and hip and I can see women in the music industry putting this on in a heartbeat. Like, Fergie would wear tomorrow. She found a way to take something ridiculous and actually make it covetable, wearable, walkable, and also surprising. And she also took something initially really hard and she balanced it and made it hard and soft. I thought it was great. I think Keith did on the other side of the coin ... in every other challenge where he was supposed to be something that was a little user-friendly, he went overboard. And suddenly here, where it's meant to be a little audacious ... and a little outrageous ... he gave me a tank top and a pencil skirt. There seems to be no transformation to it. I also think that he really has a tricky time figuring out what's flattering on a woman's body. He adds volume in the places volume shouldn't go. He doesn't know how to balance big and little. And I just think he got very safe, and certainly at this point in the competition safe is not what you want to see.

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