The Challenge: It’s the Lord & Taylor challenge, so whoever says the words “Lord & Taylor” most in one episode wins! Oh, that wasn’t actually part of the requirements? Sure felt like it to me. Anyway, the winning look gets produced by L&T, sold in their stores and online, and featured in their windows on 5th Avenue.
Guest Judge: Rachel Roy filling in for Zac Posen again, and some important Lord & Taylor exec.
MICHELLE LESNIAK FRANKLIN
Michelle’s look was head and shoulders above the rest – modern, chic, incredibly wearable, easy to reproduce for a profit, and everything else you could want in a sellable look. The inspiration of the Lord & Taylor rose was subtle (if it was there at all) – I mean, the model herself looks kind of like a flower, with her body as the stem and her hair like the top of a dandelion or something, but nothing about this recalled a rose, and specifically the L&T rose, in any way. But I still thought it deserved the win over everything else on the runway.
Atrocious. By far Daniel’s worst work of the season, and in my opinion, he deserved the auf for this. The construction on this dress was horrible – the fabric was thick like upholstery, making that uneven, puckering slit in the skirt look absolutely terrible. I don’t know why the judges were raving over those uneven shoulderpads, because they only made this dress even more dated and unwearable than it already was. I couldn’t imagine any modern woman who isn’t employed as a professional Barbie doll wearing this dress.
The matching shoes are killing me, and the back of that top isn’t nearly as nice as the front. But all things considered, I thought Patricia was going to have a much harder time with this challenge than she actually did. The pants are well-constructed and the L&T rose inspiration is clear, even if the styling leaves a lot to be desired.
Way too ordinary for a design competition, and there was something a little funny about the length, but I loved the boat neckline and the cool, laid-back chic vibe I felt when this look walked down the runway. The color is phenomenal, but a belt or another design element would have helped.
The print is awful – dated, tacky, and to borrow a phrase from Nina, “it’s aesthetically not pleasing!” I also thought the leather accents were poorly constructed, making the dress look even cheaper. I just didn’t think there was anything in this look that made it special or attractive to a modern client.
Cheap beachwear. Richard’s time on this show should have run out quite awhile ago; I’d have aufed Daniel for his terrible Barbie dress, but that doesn’t mean Richard still deserves to be in this competition.
I was sad to see Samantha go – she was the last person left in the competition whose personality I didn’t find completely impossible to stomach. But this twee little dress is overworked and underwhelming, and that heart cut-out was just a terrible idea from the start. Not so terrible that she should have gotten the auf over Richard or Daniel, but still pretty bad.
Judges’ Top 2: Michelle and Daniel
Diva’s Top 2: Michelle and Stanley
Judges’ Bottom 3: Richard, Layana, Samantha
Diva’s Bottom 3: Samantha, Richard, Daniel