As part of this week's challenge, the designers went on a field trip to the New York Botanical Garden to find inspiration for an evening gown. For this elegant episode, Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman was the perfect choice for the guest judge, as her line embodies pretty eveningwear that offers delicacy and detail.
As the models started heading down to the salon, I instantly fell in love with Kenley's fuchsia, black, and purple snake print dress for model Topacio! The sleeveless dress had a mock turtleneck and was very form-fitting. My favorite part of the dress was the explosion of petals at the hem. Her silhouette reminded me of a mermaid. To make the dress modern and fashion-forward, Kenley cinched Topacio's waist with a 1" black leather belt. Kenley came to us confident in her design, describing her dress as "really high fashion, very edge-y." To show off the unique neckline, we put Topacio's hair in a glamorous up-do. I had the most fun creating a modernized evening hairstyle for Korto's model Katarina. Since Korto got her inspiration from an orange tropical flower, she created an orange satin and silk floor length halter neck gown. She added beaded lace panels at the side and on the skirt to add additional texture. To take this backless number from the prom to the red carpet, I knew I would have to give her a trendy hairstyle. First, I started by generously misting Katarina's hair with TRESemmé Thermal Creations Curl Activator Spray to create and hold her curl. After, I took a horseshoe section from the ends of her locks to her temples and teased to create volume. I pinned the rest of the hair up into a horizontal French twist and loosely curled the top section of Katarina's hair with a ½″ curling iron. Next, I fingered through the top for an undone look and finally, pinned the ends into a twist. I finished the look by spraying TRESemmé TRES Two Ultra Fine Mist Hair Spray. Jerell designed a sleeveless sweetheart-neck gown that was dark purple, deep pink and bright green.
Jerell's use of color and the voluminous skirt made the dress look like a flower. He added antique buttons and lace patchwork over the center of the empire bust line to accentuate the fitted top. Since the dress was very bottom heavy, we wanted an elegant look for Nicole. We started by working in TRESemmé Thermal Creations Straightening Gel and blow-drying her hair back into a sleek ponytail. Then, we teased the ponytail for maximum volume. Next, we lightly brushed the surface of the pony for a smooth finish and tucked the ends under creating a rounded shape.
Jerell's elegant creation made him the winner of the challenge! The most surprising twist of the episode? No one was eliminated! It was a bit of a relief because each challenge has become an emotional ride for us, as we have seen each of these designers bloom.