Lidia

Lidia is wary of the challenges and the prizes at this point in the competition.

Jun 4, 20090

Being in the bottom of two put me in the spotlight position of this week’s challenge. Our day started with a Mini Challenge to sketch an outfit that Kelly was wearing from a memory which was a trick to ask as we were fascinated by the dress that Issac brought. So when I found out that we actually had to capture details of Kelly’s dress it caught me by surprise because my eyes were distracted from a busy pattern of her dress and I totally did not pay attention to it. But somehow my visual impact stayed in my memory and I was able to express it in my sketch, and no surprise, my sketch ended up in the top three. Issac and Laura’s comments were that I totally captured the mood and essence of the dress. I was happy and satisfied and yet totally fine that I wasn’t the winner. This time, because I sensed that the winner’s prize could be a trick as well. And here we go; the winner of the Mini Challenge will be choosing the person who is going to be in the bottom three.

Our big challenge was a surprise as well but I had a sense that this time going to NY Model Management didn’t necessarily mean that we were going to design for models as we’ve previously done. My next guess was that we might be designing for the staff of NY Models. But, here we go: The project is to design for real women and my model was the total opposite of me. Now we have to create an outfit that would enhance the positive and hide the imperfections. During the fabric shopping I had a chance to get to know my model and study my customer. She mentioned only her height to be a problem as not being able to find clothes that would fit her in length, as she was too shy to talk about her other body issues. The issues I noticed was a small chest, wide hip bone, and flat behind. So I’ve decided to even out her height proportion and make her fuller in the bust and behind area.

The fabric colors were to brighten her beautiful face and to step away from black, which was her color. I was happy with my garment the way it came out and my customer was satisfied and excited with her new change and look. It’s Fashion Show time and I was glad our guest judge was stylist Rebecca Weinberg, because my look composed a complete, polished, and finished look as ready to wear in a stylish way that Rebecca would appreciate.

Our respectful judges complimented on my outfit and it felt very satisfying because this was a moment for me to prove to myself the reason that I’m here in this competition. They commented that they were happy with last week’s decision for me to stay on the show. I proved to myself again that I would never let our judges down as my work speaks for itself.

5 comments
Kathleen
Kathleen

Lidia! You deserved to win this challenge! I think your garment looked really fresh on the runway! It had originality, creativity and perfect execution. Even judges saw how good it was made when they saw it on the runway! It fit the needs of your customer and thats what is most important being a great designer. You rock! Keep up the good work!!!!

VICKI
VICKI

Hi there Lidia, I think you are really undermining yourself!!!! What an awesome job you are doing, and I agree with Alex McCord from the Real Housewives of New York and what she wrote about you. I sincerely hope you are in the competition for the long haul, but if for some reason the judges lose sight of who is talented, and who isn't, do not fret. Your career is NOT over by any means. It is just beginning. Look at the American Idol contestant's, and see where all the runner-up's are going and doing. You are very savy, and poised and a go-getter. AND, you generally figure it all out, sooner or later, like most people learning and climbing the designer ladder. It is hard, but you will do it. So, sweetheart, hang tough, work hard, follow your heart, learn from your mistakes, and don't let ANYONE hurt your feelings, because it isn't worth it. Just remember what BERNADETTE PETERS SAID ONCE;

" YOU'VE GOTTA BE ORIGINAL, BECAUSE IF YOUR'E LIKE SOMEONE ELSE, WHAT DO THEY NEED YOU FOR? " SINCERELY, VICKI (A FAN) ( AND FAN OF ALEX AND SIMON'S )

Katie
Katie

Lidia, you should have won this week! Your garment was very polished and beautifully done. I would wear it anytime! I don't understand what the judges saw in Daniella boring black dress, it looked like a simple grandma dress turned robe. Well, anyways, congrats on keeping up the good work and making it to top 3 in mini challenge. You seem to kick ass in those mini challenges, hope to see your line out very soon!

Me-B
Me-B

Loved the design! Great job! :)

Lana.    NY.
Lana. NY.

Dear Lidia, Please don't pay attention to people's views like "LeisaL" and "Viewer" because these people don't understand nothing in fashion. I wish you all the best, you're definitely designer for real people and you're one to watch. Best of luck, your BIGGEST FAN Lana from NY!!!!