After saying "Goodbye" to Jerry at last week's challenge, the designers appeared raring to go for Episode Two. Today's assignment challenged the contestants to create a cocktail dress made from eco-friendly fabric. The twist? The models picked out the materials themselves without any help from the designers. That's not all of it! They also gave direction to the designers of how they wanted their garment to look. This was a first in Project Runway history and definitely threw the contestants for a loop. Fortunately, it was Leanne's lucky day!
Leanne was ecstatic coming into the salon. Her personal clothing line Leanimal features eveningwear made out of eco-friendly materials! She told us her inspiration is renowned vegan and fashion-savvy actress Natalie Portman, who ended up being today's surprise guest judge! Leanne used chocolate colored hemp silk to create her cocktail dress, accompanied by a matching handmade headpiece.Chocolate and champagne-colored garments ruled the salon. The models complained that there were limited eco-friendly fabrics available, leaving them with very few colors to choose from. Keith's model Runa entered the TRESemmé Salon wearing his signature halter dress with an empire waist. The empire line was accentuated with a sash and an over-sized bow at the back. I thought the garment looked beautiful, but Runa was not happy! She felt Keith did not take her direction and created the dress from his own idea.
Although some hard feelings lingered amongst the designers and models, Terri and model Xaviera lit up the entire salon. "Just call me Terri 'TRESemmé' Stevens," she announced when walking in. Her animated personality put a smile on Runa's face and had all the stylists laughing out loud. Terri's design was made out of a rich navy blue fabric with ruffles on top, calling the look very "Halle Berry-esque."
Since Terri's dress was flowy and loose, we wanted Xaviera's hairstyle to resemble the garment by creating movable, bouncy waves. We first sprayed TRESemmé Thermal Creations Curl Activator Spray and curled hair from mid-shaft to ends. Then, we applied a small amount of TRESemme Anti-Frizz Secret Smoothing Crème and combed it through her locks to create soft, defined, movable waves. Terri was pleased with the end result, and Xaviera looked ready to rock the runway!Emily's vision was quite different for her model Leslie. To accompany the navy blue strapless dress with khaki and white roping, Emily wanted us to create a bob for Leslie. With her lengthy locks, this was not easy! Using tons of bobby pins and TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Hold Hairspray, Leslie's locks went from long to short in just thirty minutes. We also created tiny waves sweeping across her forehead for a flapper-like look.
After the models strutted their eco-friendly garments down the runway, Suede's Audrey Hepburn-esque classic design awed the judges, making him the winner of Challenge 2! Unfortunately, Wesley's simple, silk brown dress did not impress Natalie, and he was sent home. Can't wait to see what exciting twists next week's challenge will bring!