I really loved the flashback to Mondo’s season, when he used a plus sign as the basis for his unique print, stemming from his HIV+ status. His look was winning in its own right, but the personal connection really sent it over the reality waterfall edge. It was more than memorable. For once I don’t mind the HP product placement, since in this challenge the touch-screen capabilities [and side note: a Mondo-inspired laptop bag] really do enhance the abilities of the designers. Wasn’t Elena super cute when her mom walked in? I of course loved that her mom had an equally edgy look. My only real complaint with the challenge was that the designers were forced to create a garment inspired by their personal history.T
- This was a forced connection with Mondo’s very real reveal a few seasons ago
- Shouldn’t they always be designing from a personal place? Sure, they aren’t designing for themselves literally, but they’re supposed to always send something down the runway that truly speaks to their inner designer selves.
However, this is a minor complaint, since usually the prints are uniformly fine; it’s more a question of scale (too big = gawdy…too small = indistinguishable) than the individual drawing that ultimately becomes the pattern’s unit.
Lastly, the cuteness award goes to Fabio’s boyfriend.
Anyway, on to Loves It / Hates It! You can see all of the looks here.
DM: Loves it. Great cut and print. The only thing that throws me off a bit is the shiny waistband. What’s that about?
DM: Loves it. This is actually my favorite for this challenge. I think the print is young and hip and also the feature of the ensemble. And it keeps in Elena’s aesthetic. I think this is how she has been wanting to design all season. But she’s still heinous…
DM: Hates it. The dress is ill-fitting and boring. And I don’t get ladybugs from that print at all… which is sad, because I think if it has been more ladybug-esque it might have been more interesting.
DM: Hates it. I was so ready for him to go home this week. But the fit of this dress isn’t amazing. And the print is not exciting. He’s definitely designing for a Real Housewife with this one.
DM: Likes it. This garment just looks like someone who looks like Fabio designed it. I like that the print is understated, but it’s almost too understated to actually win a challenge like this. Oh and that model’s hair is ridiculous and I love it.
DM: Loves it. I want it. I love the high neck in the front and the lower(ish) back. It’s sexy sophisticated. The bump-it look is so Texas though…
DM: Hates it. There are no words for how bad this is.
DM: LOVES IT. This is one of those rare moments on Project Runway where there is a genuinely new design. That jacket is crazy in the best way possible. HOW did he do that? And his print is just ok, so I actually think the peek-a-boo effect was genius on his part. Did I mention I’m obsessed with this jacket?