…and then there were ten. Our designers meet Alyssa at the Museum of National History, where she promotes their latest exhibit “The Power of Poison.” It’s all about venomous insects. How does this relate to fashion? Apparently insects and arachnids are the inspiration for this week’s one day, avante garde challenge. The twist? They’re not dead bugs. They’re alive! And they’re in glass jars for each designer to choose!
- Elena: Lubber Grasshopper
- Jeffrey: Hairy Scorpion
- Mychael: Hornworm
- Korto: Tiger Centipede
- Seth Aaron: Madagascar Hissing Cockroach
- Christopher: Elater Beetle
- Daniel: Vinegaroon
- Viktor: Cabbage Butterfly
- Melissa: Sri Lanka Ornamental Spider
- Irina: Bumblebee Millipede
Alyssa warns them not to open the jars, as some of these bugs are deadly. Everyone gets to sketching. Then it’s off to Mood with $250 dollars. (Notice that GoBank didn’t bother with PR:AS.) Elena loses her sketch somewhere along the way and starts with the usual meltdown routine.
Back at Parsons, everyone oohs and ahhs over the new workspace. (Remember, they didn’t get to see it last week.) They are also lucky enough to have had their bugs delivered to their workstations for further inspiration. Elena continues her meltdown routine and declares she’s going to puke. Viktor realises they have 10 hours to pull this design off, and declares he’s going to pull an Elena.
Zanna arrives, and declares this challenge is one of her personal favorites.
- Mychael: His bug is green and so is his dress. Zanna declares it way to literal and elimination worthy.
- Elena: She doesn’t have anything done yet. Zanna makes extra large eyes at her, and also calls her sketch too literal.
- Jeffrey: He doesn’t have much more than a sketch either, but he’s talking about wrapping the model in foam so she’ll be cozy. Zanna digests the idea of being cozy in one’s foam.
- Irina: Zanna says “Tell me you’re not doing a bumblebee dress.” Irina says “No I’m doing….a bumblebee dress.”
Zanna: “How is this avante garde?”
Seth: “Have you seen this before?”
Seth: “Then it’s avante garde!”
- Viktor: Zanna warns him against turning into “SuperButterfly.”
- Korto: Zanna asks “So this is pants and a jacket. How is that going to win the challenge?” Korto has no answer.
- Christopher: Zanna tells him what he’s made is a million times better than last week. Too bad this isn’t last week’s challenge.
- Daniel: Zanna tells him to go berserk. Daniel twitches with joy.
- Melissa: Zanna asks why she sees a zebra. Melissa doesn’t have an answer.
After tearing them all apart she informs them that none of them are going avante garde enough, and demands to know where the talent is in the group.
The moddles come and go. Those who tossed their stuff out and started over post critique (Mychael, Melissa) have nothing to put their models in. Elena also has nothing to put her model in. So she puts her model to work, before screaming and flailing because she (Elena, not the model) sewed the whole thing wrong. The others do their best to ignore her.
Day of runway, and everyone is in a panic to finish. Jeffrey puts a fabric mask on his moddle, and tells her she’s not getting any make up. Elena needs to stop acting like she’s the only one in meltdown mode. She runs around crying as she works. She declares this is going to end her career. Viktor takes pity on her and starts helping her. They call time. Melissa looks at her finished product and bursts into tears too.
Let’s all go cry together at the failure of any of these people to do anything avante garde.
Alyssa is wearing a slightly illfitting red sheath. Again, it looks like they took something from Heidi’s closet, stuck it on Alyssa and hoped for the best. She looks like a little old grandmother in it who is still trying to wear her expensive clothes, even though she’s shrunk a few inches. The hair, eyebrows and eye makeup arguing with each other do not help. Georgina and Isaac both showed up for work. The guest judges are jewelry designer Jennifer Meyer and a PR winner who didn’t feel the need to come back and win more money, Anya Ayoung-Chee. Some winners come back as judges and some come back to be judged. I think we all know who is on the winning side of this equation.
SethAaron: It’s plastic. I love how he flees the runway in relief when called to safety.
Korto: The plastic stripes sticking out everywhere might be avante garde, but the outfit they’re attached to is not.
Christopher: This is the sort of thing we expect from him, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that it’s got a really good underlying concept. It just needed 30-40 more hours.
Viktor: It’s the germ of a great avante garde piece–which is what you should expect to get when you give them 10 hours. Also needed 30 to 40 hours to come up with a proper end product.
Irina: The only fully realised avante garde piece to walk the runway. Love the way the dress stands up by itself. Anya likes the mix of fabrics. Jennifer says she could see it on a red carpet. Georgina isn’t into the feathers around the face, but loves the dress itself. Isaac wants to know why black–Irina explains about the bumblebee problem, and that’s why she stuck to only yellow on the face. He says she’s the only one who rose to a level of experimentation and bravery in the top three. He is correct. She should have been given the win.
Elena: There’s my Romulan couture designer! I actually thought she might be in the bottom, but Georgina and Isaac seem to be really in tune with what she does. Georgina notes the orange accents giving a flattering silhouette. Isaac calls the outfit downright influential. He is right when he says it was the most insect like of all the pieces, like a skin about the be shed. Anya says it fits the “avante garde but wearable” idea perfectly. I’m surprised the way they praise it she is not given the win either.
Mychael: I love the way the collar comes up around the ears, and the way the green pops out in the ribbon frills. It turns out the grey fabric is neoprene, which is what impresses Georgina. She thought it looked like wool. (It does.) Isaac calls is “expensive and strange.” He liked that it was both structural yet soft. Georgina agrees. Anya loves the “gill” inspiration, and says that a whole line could come from that one idea. He is given the win, much to my surprise. I thought it was a good save considering he started over, but I would not have said it was winner worthy.
Jeffrey: Hilarious. I can totally see the real version of this in an M3 collection. This is not the real version though. It’s the “slapped together in 10 hours while giving y’all the finger” version. The back is straight up hot mess. Apparently the name of his Hairy Spider is Harriet, which tickles me no end. Isaac calls the hood gratuitous and starts to argue this is unwearable and a woman cannot sip a martini in it. Jeffrey argues back that his outfit is wearable once the wrap is removed, but he didn’t think he was making party wear here. I’m waiting for someone to mention M3 and their masks. No one does. Isaac demands he gets a pass on critiquing rather than continue the argument. Georgina calls the wrap clumsy, which is accurate. Alyssa gives him props for having the balls to send it out. Jennifer calls it “scary.” Anya says she could be a backup dancer for Lady Gaga, and says that’s a problem because the look should be the star of the show. They all admit his attitude on the runway intimated them into liking it more than they might have had he not defended it.
Melissa: Boring. So she’s wearing a mask. So what? The back is the beginning of an interesting idea, but nothing more. Georgina likes the detailing in it and for some bizarre reason, the hips, but says with a smile she’s just not sure how avante garde it is. Isaac says the back looks found and stuck on. He does like the spider-like straps and says there should have been more of that. Melissa admits she wanted to, but ran out of time. Jennifer agrees this is not avante garde enough at all, but she’d buy and wear it. Alyssa wanted more and says the white jacket from last week’s challenge was more avante garde than this piece. She also snaps that there is nothing avante garde about a little black dress.
Daniel: The plastic neckpiece is the only think interesting about this outfit. The construction around the neckline looks messy. Isaac wanted the neckpiece was more flattering, and he hates the length. Georgina allows that the color is beautiful, and so was the flow of the back, but that the fabrics don’t marry together well. She also says it was too literal an interpretation. Alyssa mutters about the proportions being off, which also applies to what she herself is wearing right now. Anya says the choice of fabrics cheapens the dress, and says they can’t teach him taste level.
I’m not surprised that they choose to send Daniel home. The fact is, though Melissa crashed and burned, they know she has more to show and could do better (after all, her outfit last week was more avante garde than this one.) Daniel, without Nina’s backing and group influence is far more one note.
Next week: cocktail dresses, JayZ’s 40/40 club, and hoohah.