Previously: The judges smoked cracked before crowning Amanda the winner of the unconventional challenge.
The Challenge: For the 20th anniversary of Marie Claire, the designers must use inspiration from 1994 to create a magazine-worthy look for the year 2034. Isn’t it adorable that Nina thinks print magazines will still exist in twenty years? Anyway, in one day, the contestants must show an editorial version of the future of fashion, filtered through their own aesthetic, while staring at pictures of themselves twenty years ago. Some were babies! Some were not! Hijinks ensued! Anyway, I found it quite refreshing to see the designers sketching out their ideas, instead of having to awkwardly sell us HP tablets.
Guest Judge: Marie Claire‘s Anne Fulenwider and British photographer Amanda de Cadenet, who was basically there just to promote her own Lifetime show. Also, was it just me, or was she only British at the ends of her sentences?
Poor Alexander. He’s a sweetheart, but he ran into a lot of trouble this episode, and he should have gone home for sending this down the runway. But I absolutely hated the criticisms the judges gave him. They criticized it for being too sad, as if we’re all supposed to believe that twenty years from now, everything will be happy as can be, when basically the world is currently falling apart. Yes, this is a sad dress, but that wasn’t the problem here. The problem was that it was shapeless, and very poorly made, and clearly thrown together at the last minute after his previous look didn’t work. The problem was that it didn’t have a strong point of view. But I guess helpful, constructive critiques that an extremely young designer could actually use don’t allow Heidi, Zac, and Nina to say the word “sad” eight thousand times while pulling faces. So yes, I believe Alexander should have been eliminated for this. But the judges (sans Tim, mentor extraordinaire) should have been eliminated for their obnoxiously limited view of the future of fashion, and for their refusal to give criticisms that could actually help a 22-year-old become a better designer.
Heidi is apparently making a habit of telling someone in the “safe” pile how terrible they are every week, and it’s not enjoyable to watch. I’ve never liked Amanda, and even I don’t want to watch Heidi tell her how shitty she is when she’s not in the top or bottom three. But Amanda was insane to talk back to the judges about how three of the models wanted to wear the pants she designed. First of all, the models are not judges, so their opinions are irrelevant for these purposes. Second, even if their opinions were relevant, maybe everyone wanting to wear your pants that are supposed to be for 20 years in the future isn’t actually a good thing. Maybe by nature of designing something for the future, she should not have created something everyone wants to wear today. Third, and most importantly, SHE KNEW THIS WOULD HAPPEN. While in the workroom, Amanda acknowledged aloud the ridiculousness of creating a very 1970s bellbottom pant for a 1994/2034-inspired challenge. She knew that it didn’t fit the challenge, and she did it anyway, because designers get to do things like that when they have immunity. But to talk back to the judges about how EVERYONE ELSE loves your pant, when you know you didn’t bother to play by the rules? Ugh. That’s just obnoxious.
I don’t think Angela deserved to go home quite yet, but I must say, I’m relieved her time on this show is over. Not because I don’t like her as a person, but because the editing of this show was trying SO HARD to depict her as the biggest emotional wreck imaginable. They put a clip of her crying no less than ten seconds into the episode - that in particular felt sloppy and manipulative. Yes, she’s clearly a sensitive and nervous person, more so than her competitors. But the producers seemed like they actively wanted her to break, and I found that made for very unpleasant television.
That being said, this look had a lot of problems. Angela was trying to make a futuristic suit, but I don’t want to live in a future where successful women have to wear skirts too short to sit in to work. It’s not even about appropriateness – it’s about comfort. And the top of this does look a bit like Judy Jetson dressed up as a flight attendant – though I’m not actually sure that’s a terrible thing, given the challenge. But the sewing on that skirt was quite terrible, with its bubble butt and puckering seams. At least you could see an idea here, whereas Alexander’s dress lacked even that, in my opinion. So although this look was definitely in my bottom three, I still don’t think I would have sent Angela home.
I enjoyed this look, but I think Char could have pushed herself creatively just a little bit more. This looks five years into the future, if that; twenty, not so much. I do like the colorblocking on the pant; it’s a forward-thinking technique. But this look needed more of that to really make it futuristic.
For a little while, this was my favorite look on the runway. But after some thought, I realized that was only because Emily’s model is by far the fiercest woman on the runway. This girl can WALK, and she sold the living shit out of this look. When she took off Emily’s “Ewok” cowl-neck shrug-thing and revealed the jumpsuit underneath, it was a total wow moment. But I have to agree with Nina – we’ve seen this jumpsuit before. It’s not futuristic. It might even be a few seasons old. I think Emily is creative and this was a strong look, but she better hold onto this model as long as possible, because she’s at least half the reason Emily was in the top three.
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Don’t get me wrong – as a blogger, AKA a person who wishes she never had to put real pants on, I would love to live in a future where we all wear pajamas all the time. But even with the mixed-prints, I’m not sure there was enough creativity here to make up for the incredibly basic silhouette of the top and pants.
In Hernan’s vision of the future, women wear “Sexy Witch” Halloween costumes as real clothes! And I think to myself, what a horrible world. Hernan got very lucky that this somehow escaped the judges’ attention, because it was a mess. The straps in the back were well-executed, but that was the only thing I liked about this look.
I don’t think this is particularly futuristic, but I am amazed that Kini made those pants in one day. That bodes incredibly well for his future on this show. Most designers can barely make pants in a two-day challenge, and he churned out this fabulous pair of jeans like it was no big thing. Everything else was SMORF (Standard Middle-Of-the-Road Fare), made payable to the judging gods for ignoring unremarkable looks because they’re too busy critiquing the hot messes.
I completely forgot about this look between last night and today, but lord, do I hate this. Korina’s model looks like Kristen Stewart in a hurricane, and that’s not a good look on anybody. Sadly, the fact that she actually designed anything at all means that she escaped being in the bottom three, since not every contestant really managed to do that. I might hate this, but at least I feel anything at all about it, unlike some outfits (sorry, Alexander, sweetheart).
Way to go, Kristine! That coat and its cut-out sleeves were absolutely magnificent. It looked killer on the model and fit like a dream. But while the sheer separates were really interesting and funky from the front, the execution in the back left a lot to be desired. If the back of the outfit looked as good as the front, this could have snagged the win.
It could’ve been a fantastic look if the stripes actually lined up properly, and if the pants fit a little bit better. As is, this deserved to be in the safe pile, though it will be quite useful when Mitchell’s home state of Florida is underwater.
I would wear this outfit in a heartbeat, which means it’s probably not futuristic enough. Perfect for my dream wardrobe, but only okay for this challenge. Regardless, Samantha is one of the few designers that I’m excited to see more from, so that’s something. Apparently, the future is full of cowl necks and infinity scarves, so let’s hope climate change brings some global cooling instead of warming.
This was incredibly weird, and completely unwearable by most modern women’s standards. But… isn’t that what makes it perfect for this challenge? I mean, why is it that no one except Sandhya even thought to do futuristic makeup? It seemed so obvious once Sandhya did it - what could turn everyday pieces into 2034 editorial looks faster than futuristic styling? It’s not like the Aldo accessory wall is going to be too helpful in that department, so why did every other model on the runway sport hair and makeup relevant to the 20teens instead of the 2030s? The fact that Sandhya actually thinks about these things says a lot about her as a designer.
I understand why people don’t like Sandhya. Her unconventional aesthetic is absolutely not for everyone, and I hate that they gave her two wins in three challenges when there’s so many other people who haven’t been recognized for their talents yet. But nothing on the runway came close to fitting the challenge as much as this dress did. And for that, I’d have given her the win too.
I adore Sean, but I’ll admit this was a bit of a disaster. It lacked imagination and creativity. Also, what, one unconventional challenge and the guy thinks he can create a hat out of a Mood shopping bag for no apparent reason? Sorry, honey, but that was the mopiest little hat in the world. And not in a cool, post-apocalyptic way.
Judges’ Top 3: Sandhya, Kristine, Emily
Diva’s Top 3: Sandhya, Kristine, Emily
Judges’ Bottom 3: Sean, Alexander, Angela
Diva’s Bottom 3: Sean, Angela, Alexander
Next time: The designers repurpose men’s suits for womenswear, which actually sounds pretty fucking fabulous, in S13 E04 – Remixing an American Classic.