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Wow, I am more than half way done in the incredible journey. By doing so much work, you lose sense of time completely and you get completely dissolved in this process. The race for winning grows on me with every single day. Today’s Mini Challenge became even more challenging as we are designing for a high school clique, which we don’t even know yet. I was to create a t-shirt for a “nerd." I have very random stuff in the backpack I received: a ruler, calculator, book on history of the U.S., physics, and cute nerdy looking glasses. The first thing that came to my mind is to create a t-shirt that would actually promote getting a better education and for kids to love to study. In the front I put a patch of U.S. flags with a phrase “We can do it, yes we can!” just to be in the sarcastic side of it and in the back a math formula with a, b, c’s. Guiliana, our customer, is running for a president and I thought she would like this idea. But it caught me by a big surprise that now we have to use this actual t-shirt in our big challenge and create an outfit for a young woman in her 20s. I was like omg, how am I going to implement that. But then I got really inspired by the colors of the US flag, and I decided to create an outfit for a very positive nerd-looking girl who would actually be looked upon as an excellent student instead of made fun of, which I would totally associate myself with. Back in my high school I was that “nerd” who loved to study and had excellent grades all the time in a front row seat, lead my fellow students, and was an inspiration to every social and educational activity in the school. My inspiration went back to my homeland; we used to wear school uniforms as these cute aprons over a wool dress with collars and cuffs that would change. The color palette for my outfit is inspired by “Americana” — red, blue, and white. So, I created a very polished look in very modern high fashion “school” uniforms and yet very original crispy white cotton shirt with a red taffeta and blue t-shirt — what I used in the mini challenge as a “pioneer” tie that we wore in my school — paired with an English blue high-quality wool in an “apron”-inspired skirt trimmed with a red grain ribbon. I had a lot of fun with my outfit and was very satisfied with a look that I sent down the runway. Our respected judges yet again commented on my outfit and they mentioned again that they are proud of me that I continue my “A-game" in this competition. I feel very fortunate and privileged that my work gets recognition and gets commented on, and it’s OK that I’m still waiting for my audience to respond to my work, as judges' opinions count as a huge plus to me personally, and yet I’ll be patient to find my audience. I know this time will come soon. The tension however is growing in the load of work as we had only 11 hours for this challenge and the tension among the contestants is growing as well. Many people in this competition working the sense of self-esteem as they are watching what other people are doing instead of worrying for themselves. We are all tired, we are all overwhelmed and tense. It’s really surprising that so many people play it “safe” and make something, which is very redundant looking originality and sometimes a copy from very famous designers. As for me, I never play it safe, I was always an overachiever, and philosophy of my design is originality that my work speaks for itself. I just hope that the audience will see it and really choose an original talent at the end.
Lidia, I thought your outfit was adorable this week!!! I wish there was better lighting on the show and runway, and I wish we got to see comments on all the designs and not just the top 2 and bottom 2. Many weeks some really terrible looks are just sliding by without a word being said. Anyway, I would have loved to see more of your outfit than just that smoke filled room glimpse . . . and I wish the website would post more angles of the designs as well.
I think, like most people watching this, I am a project runway fan, and esp. because they actually give constructive criticism to most of the contestants every week. When Isaac and Kelly go to the work room I feel like they mislead contestants, to the point of sabotage, and that's just mean spirited! I didn't like Merlin's look this week, but I would have thought they hated it with the looks they were giving him. Is there a reason they can't say, looks great with the sleeves that length, good work! they should just stay away from the work room if they have nothing to add, or can't help.
You're one of my favorites, hope you make it to the top! Best of luck!
Your garment was my favorite. I was happy that Merlin won because I also like his designs but yours was so pulled together, the shoes, the glasses, everything. The girl looked like a sexy student and very cute. I've never seen a dress, jumper, or whatever you call it, that was so different, unique. I also think you are a very elegant designer, your garments are a reflection of the way you always look. Good luck!
Lidia, your nerd outfit looked so awesome! Keep your A-game like judges mentioned and your work will definitely be recognized, it's just a matter of time. I love the fact that you never play it safe because originality is exactly what makes u stand out. Keep up the good work! You have made it thus far already and should be very proud of yourself. Good luck! xoxo
I am curios how the voting process works on the Fashion Show? It was my understanding that the voting closes at 4:00pm on Thursday. Here is what happened:
1. Second Episode: at 3:55pm “Lidia” was leading with 27% vs. “Ana”- 25%. Well in third episode you announced Anna as being a top designer of the week. 2. Fifth Episode: at 3:55pm “Lidia” was leading with 39 %(!) vs. “Reco”- 28%. In sixth episode you announced “Reco” as being a top designer of the week.
There is a note on the voting page that the results shown are not final… OK…let’s assume that this is what happened with the second episode where the difference was only 2%... However, I cannot understand it with the fifth episode where the difference was 11%???
It looks to me that the Fashion Show is trying to mislead the viewers and promote the certain individuals mainly those who are making drama.
The Fashion Show must portray the truth without editing the data to suit their need! By reading the cast blogs it came to my attention that there is so much editing, deleting, setting up and changing goes on in the Fashion Show. Some of the participants are no more than highly scripted and poor thespians! No wonder the show has a very bad rating…
I am sure this concern will be raised by other viewers! Also, the reputation of BRAVO is questionable… How Bravo monitors Voting??? Why Bravo allows the announcement of the fake results? … Is there the same situation with any other show on Bravo?
Lidia, I think you are doing a great job! You are professional and thats a good thing...keep on trekking!
Lidia, I really loved your outfit. I say keep your calmness, your awesome ideas, that lovely creativity going, and we're seeing you in the finals. You are opening up more with every challenge and I hope you keep growing. I really like what you are showing us.
Hi from New México!!!
Dear Fans! Thank you very much for your support, warm comments and great cheers, it's really pleasant to read that the TV audience on this show is very intelligent and knowledgeable with a good taste!
P.S. As for voting I hope Bravo will resolve issues arose.
Lidia, From your personal taste to your garment construction, you are far and away, IMO, the cream of the crop. :)
You're my favorite designer of all. You're so talented and creative and your style is tasteful and flattering. You seem to be the only one with a level head on your shoulders. Keep it up girl! It's definitely your time to shine!