For episode 9 the designer had to create an avant garde garment using lighting technology. The guest judge was Pharrell Williams and the winning look would be worn by one of his celebrity clients. First stop was the Barbizon Lighting Company. I have to admit I was impressed with the wide range of lighting options available. I suspect each of the designers would have liked a little more exposure on how this amazing array could be used, but true to reality TV, they were thrown in the water with no life jacket.
It would have been impossible for them to do any design work before seeing the lighting option, so they really had to think on their feet. Most went for the wow factor, but Austin dreamed of fairies and selected delicate options without colour. Then off it was to Moods for the accompanying fabric. I loved the fact they gave them hand-held black lights to check how the fabric would look on the runway. A side room was also created back at the studio with black lighting so the designers could go in and fine-tune. A great bonus that some used more than others.
Top 3 for me seemed to be in line with what the judges felt this week and I agreed completely with the winner. Austin was true to form and created fantasy. In the workroom you could easily see the garment was really just netting and a frame to hold the delicate lighting into it's starry final shape. But on the runway with black lighting, one dreamed of fairies in a dark forest. I loved the way the fragile lights swooped up over the model's head and the single strand draped under her chin. They created an appealing glow on the neck and shoulders.
Jerrell was sent home this week. At this level there is no one doing a BAD job with a capital B. There are those small details that set each designer apart. First what I loved - his use of optical fibre lighting which created movement as the model walked the runway. He was the only designer to use them. What the judges didn't like was the black pencil skirt thrown in and the over-the-top styling. Those weird glasses in particular reminded me of a costume for a black light Jetson's movie. I also felt the design was over busy in the middle. If he made the skirt a bit more subtle and spread out the lights more instead of bunching them at the hips and shoulders, the outfit might have been more balanced. I am sad to see Jerrell go as I do like his point of view, but in general don't think he has excelled this season at the challenges.
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