Episode 7's inspiration? Design a costume for a character in Godspell who is rich and ostentatious. The garment was to be colourful and eccentric - totally out of the box. It also had to be donned while the actor on stage and should look like it was assembled from items in her closet. The reward? It would debut on Broadway with full credits in the program. I think each and every one of the designers salivated. How cool to design a unique costume for a play like this instead of something read-to-wear. It was a chance to really show off their incredible skills in an innovative way.
My top pics were Mondo and Michael. I loved the eccentricity of their designs and colour palettes. They nailed every detail put forward by guest judge Sutton Foster. While either choice would have been a good one, I personally think the judges were bang on in there selection. There was something about Mondo's aesthetic that worked particularly well for this play. The colour palette was a little more subdued, but the prints chosen ensured the garment still popped. You could imagine this being thrown together from someone's closet. It just had that undefined something that took it to the next level for me. I love these designers and was unbelievably happy to see both excel this week, but think the judges made the right choice.
|Mondo (Winner) and Michael
|Austin - Jerrell - Kenley
Finally are those I put in the bottom 2 - Kara and Mila. I have been saying from day 1 I didn't think the challenges this show were up Kara's alley. She is a lovely person and a decent designer when in her own aesthetic, but has been asked to step outside of that box many times. That's not easy for her and the stress has shown. This is the week she finally went home. I think most viewers saw it coming, but as she is so personally appealing, it's impossible not to experience at least a little pang of regret. Mila - HMMM! I am actually a fan of Mila's work over all, but she is also one of those designers who struggles to put their stamp on a challenge that is too far outside their normal aesthetic. The ideas are there - eccentricity, colour and the ability to be donned in front of an audience - but unfortunately at this level in the competition, the judging is tough and you have to be bang on.
|Kara (sent home) - Mila
For Canadian Readers - videos of episode 7 and 8 can be viewed at http://www.slice.ca/Slice/Watch/Default.aspx?ID=v. This may change to 8 and 9 after tonight.