We started with a Mini Challenge of making a campaign shirt for a girl running for class president at her school. My shirt was themed "Mean Girls" but I did not understand exactly what a "mean girl" was. Danielle explained to me that a mean girl was similar to a drama queen. I hated it.
For the elimination challenge we had to include our shirt theme somehow into a new garment. Horrible. I had to transform an ugly duck into a swan. I was a little disappointed and frustrated because I wasn't 100% sure what a mean girl was and didn't know how they dressed. So I made my own version of a "mean girl." I think each one of us has some sort of mean girl quality inside us and we use it when it's convenient to disguise ourselves and stay in the social world we'd like to stay in. I ended up winning the challenge, but I think Lidia should have won because she was the wisest in this challenge.
I have realized that Havan, Danielle, and Anna think that they can go through life pushing and trampling everything that is in their way. The cameras do not show who they really are.
Barbie is not more than the competition but in all the ways that follow I'm thinking that Haven does not have anything in her head and it is contaminated by the aerosol that she uses for her hair but it's good because it acts like an exterminator and kills off all the flies. Kisses, Barbie.
I'm a professional designer with years of experience over and beyond some of my competitors. Although this challenge was outside of what I do in my normal day-to-day business, I'm a professional and can pull a little magic out of my hands to pull off any challenge. My outfit was totally wearable and my idea of a "Mean Girl" is a snooty uptight woman, the kind you might find in Bel-Air.I was a little disappointed because I ended up in the top two in this challenge alongside BARBIE. It's like comparing me with a bicycle without wheels, Lidia i feel would have been a much better match.
Hola , Guapo he hee ... I hope you win !!! in reality you and Reco are my favorite designers in this show and don't be so hard on yourself I totaly get your point by being upset but you did great and your mean girl look was fierce and sexy .... At the end of the day always stay possitive and wish you the best ...Oh yeah esas chikas son muy cursis lol they must be wearing thir pants to tight they hate on everybody and are so stuck up anyways, Adios Xoxo-Jenn
merlin, im so glad you won! your outfit truley represented the upper east side, unlike that 'mess' that was said to represent skater, keep it up!
I am so glad somebody here can keep the viewers with reality. The show has hidden the true designers, the real talented designers, that should get the credit they deserve. Some are only viewed more to get ratings. So good job merlin for keeping the viewers updated! You are truly an inspiration and you're style is incredibly unique! Keep telling it like it is. GOOD LUCK!
I LOVE YOU MERLIN!!!!! YOU ARE TRUELY CREATIVE STICK TO YOUR UNIQUE STILL!!! CONGRATS ON THE WIN!!!!!!
merlin you are an amazing designer but your adittude is not even a cenimeter close to the high quality of your designs. Please. such a mind filled with ingenuity should be careful of how you talk to people.
Felicidades!!! Me fascina tu estilo que siempre es fresco, nuevo y resaltante. Tienes un fan en Nuevo México.
We're going to see this gentleman on the finals. I assure you.
I don't get the Barbie reference for Haven at all. Barbie dolls have big boobs, long fake hair, tacky clothes. Hollywood 60s starlet-style. I think she has talent and is working hard to sew her garments. Johnny is the one who doesn't belong in this competition. It's not Summer Camp for lazy designers. He doesn't even want to win this competition, so why is he there?
Thank goodness that you are in the fashion business. Its refreshing to see your desire to create beautiful things and not having gone to fashion school. Now thats good! I am wondering if Danielle has always been this mean. I consider her to be extremley unprofessional. Ignore her!
Good luck to you!
dear merlin.....oh honey....ur mean girl concept was on the monies...hv more faith in urself darling...i too wish that the jacket was for sale...loved the cut...they truly need to rethink selling it along w/the top n smart ass looking pants...good luck!!!!
Bravo Merlin! How articulate you are. I am absolutely rooting for you. You have a complete fan in Singapore!!!
Merlin, you've been one of my favorites from day one! You really deserved to win this one. I can't wait to see your designs in the upcoming challenges.
Bravo! Your attitude shows that you care about the design, not just the petty feuds. Certainly you are abrasive at times - as are most of the others in their individual ways, but your depth of passion for the experience is exciting, along with your honesty regarding the quality of your and other's work. I wish you well.
Jo Columbus, Ohio
I loved the outfit you designed for the mean girl outfit. It was sexy and colorful. The wide hip with the thin belt brought my attention to it and it would be beautiful on any thin girl with the right figure. It made me wish I was thinner. Let me know when it goes on sale. It would look perfect on my sister.
YOU'RE RIGHT ABOUT EVERYONE HAVING A MEAN GIRL QUALITY IN THEM.................RECO IS ONE OF THOSE GIRLS. CONGRATS ON THIS WIN.
I think that you are a very talented designer and I am proud to now that you're Honduran as I am. However I am extremely disappointed to the fact that you called our Beautiful Country a "JUNGLE" on last competition. Perhaps you had a very difficult life when you were living in Honduras; I did have some troubles of my own, but I will never, ever put my own heritage and an entire country down like you did. Shame!
You're great. Be judicious about the editing, and the fabric choices. You can win this all, hermano.
Merlin I just love you and Reco. And I love how you call Haven Barbie. It's hilarious! Oh, and when you all were on teams and you checked Daniella when you let her know that you were the leader---PRICELESS! Stay true to yourself and as long as you are a person who is open to new ideas and knows how to remain teachable, you are headed to the top. I always tell myself that no matter how much I know, I am teachable because I don't know everything. Love you, G. from Mckinney, Texas
You are wise. Your garment was so cute, not for me (age) but I could totally see my 24 year old niece wearing it. She loved it, she does not write to the show, but I do. Those pants fit the model like a glove and made her derriere look perfect. I believe you are going to sell a lot of them.
I also loved Lidia's garment, it was my favorite, the jumper, overall, whatever you call that, was so different, and with the red belt, and the shoes, wvwrything looked good. I say you are wise because you saw that she should have been there with you.
I like you a lot! I lot of my friends that don't write to the show also like you the best and you are so entertaianing with your wild outfits!
Don't give up, you are a true artist.
You are so talented! You are a true professional and it shows.
Pay no attention to the Barbie girls who act like spoiled madonnas.
You are AWSOME Merlin! You are my fav. designer on the show and your outfit last night was wonderful! Congrats on your win.
I'm cheering for you. On the show it doesn't show you have a big ego-you are just down to earth. Design any mens fashions? I'm.a big fan of Andrew Christian. Anyway knock them dead with your creations; Down here in my household we're cheering for you. Peace.
Merlin, You are doing a great job! True fashionistas see the emptiness going on in this train wreck of a show.
Merlin I love you, but I don't think you should be so hard towards Haven. I think she does her best and tries to show what she likes as far as design goes- even though everyone might not share her tastes. Your one of my Favs! At least she is a seemingly honest and straight forward person. Kisses to you!
Hey, Merlin...yours was simple...the mean girl was right there with you...all you had to do is look at how Daniel dresses...there you go! LOL! She is as mean as it gets...and for her age, to be so mean...no telling what happened in her young life...but, she surely fits the picture.
OMG I love this outfit. I hate pink but I wouldn't have change anything about this look. The jacket was to die for, I do also wish you stuck with the orginal length of the sleeve but still it's beautiful. Congrats!
Merlin, you won this week... but you dont stop your attacks. Cant you act with grace??I think you are insanely jealous of the other designers, especially Daniella, who has out-shone you every week. Pursuing and adding to what is your blog, the only prize you should win in this competition is one of being the meanest, most ungraceful person on the Fashion Show.
I LOVED THE WHOLE MEAN GIRL OUTFIT, BUT WHAT CRUSHED ME WAS THAT I WANT TO BUY THE SWEATER AND IT IS THE ONLY THING THAT IS NOT ON SALE. IS IT GOING TO BE ON SALE? OR WILL I WAIT IN VAIN...
Do not pretend you have no idea what a mean girl is...you see one every morning in the mirror ...with your backhanded comments and your juvenile digs, you are cattier than the chesire cat
MERLIN!!! I wanted to give you a hug when you started crying! Yo soy de Honduras y estoy orgullosa de ti :). I love your outfit and was very happy that you won!! You have been mentioned a lot in the newspapers from Honduras... regarding your participation in this show. Everyone is supporting you. Team Merlin :)
I for the life of me do not understand why Bravo has them change the winning designs so much! I loved this top the way that you made it and could not wait to buy it, but i will not be buying now that I see what changes they made to it.
I LOVE YOUR DESIGNS , LAST WEEK I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD OF WON . BUT YOU CAN'T WIN THEM ALL , BUT KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK .