Last week I was in full agreement with the judges top pick, this week I am still wavering. There were 3 I found interesting and one was the garment that sent a designer home. So it just goes to show lest we forget, the choices each week are based on the judges opinions and were the panel changed, the outcome would most likely change.
I wanted to show the garments with the flags, so had to place the photos differently this week. The top 3 were my favourites - Mondo, Kenley and Mila. The judges picked Mondo overall and sent Mila home, so you can see I am not in agreement.
Kenley - Chile (My choice as winner)
I continue to comment on Kenley's growth as a designer while lamenting her constantly using the same silhouette. Today she stepped away from that fitted top with flared skirt to give the judges another option - still feminine and oh so Kenley, but just twisted a different way. The 3 colour of the flag are pulled in, the ruffles are a hint at the South American flavour, yet is is modern and feminine. I personally would have given this garment the win over all. The elements of inspiration are there, but it is an unexpected interpretation. I love surprise and she surprised me this week.
Mila - Papau New Guinea (Judges sent home- I would have placed second.)
Mila has struggled a few times in recent weeks finding her voice as a designer in some of the challenges. The judges were not impressed and chose to send her home. In my opinion, this was one of the more creative garments offered. You can see the inspiration from the flag, a bit literal but still out of the box in terms of being the most unique silhouette. I liked the asymmetry and was sorry the judges didn't reward her direction. The garment is infused with her aesthetic - strong contrasts and shapes. It was a close tie for me between Kenley and Mila for top outfit. The reason I chose Kenley over Mila was that the Kenley's design was a little more subtle in the way it used the inspiration. With Mila's, you look at the flag and get it instantly.
Austin - Seychelles (Bottom 2 for me and the one I would have sent home.)
Why, why, why did Austin choose this direction. It really was awful and utterly predictable. The designer was not happy with it either which is a sure sign. Austin is a lovely person and talented designer, but I continue to find him missing the mark week after week and yet someone else is always sent home. The writing is on the wall - the judges are going to leave him in through the final despite his numerous misses. I would so rather see Rami here competing.
Jerrell is another one that, while he stays true to his aesthetic, continues be miss the mark on challenges. There are some designers who excel when given out of the box challenges - taking their design work to the next level. Others are best when the inspiration comes from the inside and their own personal intuition. I really think Jerrell is one of the later. He has won one challenge, but has been in the bottom more often than not. I think he is truly talented, but his direction in this challenge was just too predictable.