The Challenge: The designers have two days to create a ready-to-wear look for the fashion label Milly. Their designs must be approved by the company’s president to make sure there cost-effective to retail for $400. The winning look will be manufactured and sold by Milly with profits going to Save the Garment Center.
Guest Judge: Michelle Smith of Milly, the eternally adorable Kristin Chenoweth, and for some unknown reason, Nick Cannon, who is apparently contractually obligated to mention his wife in every public appearance he makes.
Sorry, Christopher, but this was clearly the worst look of the four finalists. The skirt is gorgeous, but that top is terrible from concept to execution. And the judges finally said the thing I’ve been thinking about Christopher since his season – he doesn’t have a strong point of view. And on this show, that’s usually a bigger crime than anything else. Instead of simply auf-ing him, the judges decided to torture him and Korto with an on-the-runway, last-minute, one-hour challenge in which they had to create a look from three of their prior runway looks. Christopher didn’t fare much better there:
I mean, the fact that they were do anything but sit on the runway and cry during that final hour was impressive enough to me. This was absolutely fine, and miraculous under the circumstances, but both of Korto’s looks were better than both of Christopher’s looks., as far as I’m concerned.
I don’t care how interesting and great the colors are – I thought this clearly deserved to be in the bottom alongside Christopher. Elena refused to budge so much as a millimeter outside the very restricted box she keeps herself in – this is indistinguishable from half the dresses she’s made in the past. And Christopher’s comment about how those sleeves look like giant ears was spot-on – I can’t un-see that. The idea that those crazy shoulders would be commercially viable was a joke. I do think the lipstick matching the back of those shoes is kind of a killer detail, but that wasn’t enough to make me actually like this look.
The back of this dress is fucking flawless. I do have some issues with the fit in the front, but I thought this was more Milly and more sellable than anything else on the runway. I liked Seth Aaron’s look more than Korto’s look, because his had a lot more detail and was executed brilliantly, but for the parameters of this challenge, I’m still convinced Korto should have won. This seemed relatively cheap to make, easy to sell, and utterly adorable. Oh, and she blew my mind with what she was able to create in an hour:
She made a skirt out of pants and a top out of a skirt. Korto truly transformed the few pieces she had to work with, and created something that didn’t just look like clothes, but felt like fashion. I don’t have faith the judges will give Korto the win, but I’m still on her team.
SETH AARON HENDERSON
As I said earlier, I absolutely love this look, though I would have nixed the keyhole in front just to clean it up a bit. The styling is flawless, the execution is breathtaking, and the movement of that skirt looked so stunning on the runway. But while I love the amount of detail Seth Aaron puts into his work, those details also made this dress less wearable and more expensive to create. I know Milly will edit out whatever they think will make this dress more profitable, but it doesn’t seem right to award the win to a dress you know you’ll have to change, when Korto’s simpler look could have sold with only minor alterations. Thoughts, dear readers? Don’t be afraid to tell me I’m wrong.
Judges’ Top 2: Seth Aaron and Elena
Diva’s Top 2: Korto and Seth Aaron
Judges’ Bottom 2: Korto and Christopher
Diva’s Bottom 2: Elena and Christopher