Sunday, March 04, 2007

lrenah- Look1 Look2 Look3 Look4 Look5 Look6 Look7 Look8 Look9
Lrenah's BohoLuxe was a fantastic and satisfying testament to her work throughout the cycle. This is so clearly lrenah's collection! She has presented to us a well-rounded, beautifully designed and deliciously vibrant, colorful and playful collection! It combines, bold colors and very sensual cut. The use of yellows were fantastic, and her fifth piece, the chiffon and fur piece, was dramatic and scene stealing. The sixth ends the yellow hues rather abruptly, as her shift into rich violets rise, maybe a bit too late: we wished we could have seen more experimentation here. Her use of earthy browns were such a welcome against her usual bright, almost exotic colors. Lrenah opened with a WOW, that gave us a clear point of direction. We were a bit lost with the second look, and could have had that taken out completely. Neither Bohemian nor very luxe, it should have stayed on the chopping block for us. Her bohemian influence is clear cut and her take on it is wonderful. The fabrics used are spot on and the accessories are really fun and add that extra bit of style that accessories should add. I also thinks it's fantastic how well she thought out the colors of the garments and how they would work as separates. Many of the tops and bottoms are totally interchangeable (it's very, very smart to think of the functionality your designs have and should have.) Even some of the dresses would look stylish paired with the pants she's designed! And I'm in aw of her color story! It works beautifully throughout the collection. However her final look, a good looking layered piece, was demure, but a miss for one of us. We simply wanted to be left with her flowing chiffon and fur stole piece, which leaves everyone panting for more.

linzwinz- Look1 Look2 Look3 Look4 Look5 Look6 Look7 Look8 Look9 Look10
Linzwinz knows when to pull out all stops. Her collection was BEAUtiful. She drew from great photographs andcreated something totally her and totally modern. The styling of this colorful collection, though masterfully restricted in hue, is very NOW. A playful, lovely and modern collection of dresses (and some sportswear) inspired, very clearly, by birds and by the flapper dresses of the 1920's with some drawback to 80's pop culture and almost 'flower child' touches, we have a very fresh pallete. Both of these things have been mixed beautifully together in her designs. The first 5 designs in the group picture really pop due to the colors and the bright colors that are mixed with soft neutrals. One of use however, loved the neutral greys balance with such bold, limited colors. Each is handled masterfully, and the cohesiveness strengthened her story. Her highlights for us were looks four and seven. Both have structure yes vary in tone and presentation. They both have a very commercial appeal. These clothes would be suitedin a magazine like NYLON. Very fresh, youthful, and fun. But the last 4 designs are lacking in both of these areas. The poses aren't as playful and the bright colors are kept at a minimal, making them seem a bit drab. The dress designs are also not as interesting and really show that linz's strengths are in designing separates or in garments with multiple layers. The collection has anexcellent view and presentation. Linzwinz only minor flaw I canquible about is the final look, which above all else, seems so dated. Its color choiceis spot on, but its cut and styling..sets me back. The moderness of this collection deserves more pages in its book. The dresses feel forced. The accessories are wonderful though! Great work.

da-coppa-one- Look1 Look2 Look3 Look4 Look5 Look6 Look7 Look8 Look9 Look10
A tough one to judge for us. It's unfortunate that Da-coppa-one has fallen ill and probably hasn't had time to add color to her designs. All of the silhouettes were so great. The design sketches are lovely and detailed but some of them are a little confusing because of how much detail is present. color would have helped with this a lot, and would have helped tell the whole story. Other then the lack of color, my only nit-picky complaint about the collection is the over accessorizing with the strands of pearls that are present in designs 2,3,5 and 6. The designs have such a modern flair to them (and a really nice masculine touch) that I feel like the pearls and necklaces (designs 4,6) are her way of adding femininity to them, but it doesn't work to her advantage. The clothes really speak for them selves and need nothing more then fantastic boots and handbags paired with them to add extra style. This collection is lacking color and finishing, things substantial enough to make or break its value. Currently, we're not quite reading the theme of travelers, nor the idea of ready-to-wear vs high fashion. I like some of her separates, and looks 6 and 10 are very accomplished. Look 10, her final, is perhaps the strongest of final looks that all 3 Project Designers are showing. t does indeed leave us wanting to see more.

No matter who wins, we all loved your collections...seriously.

Monday, January 15, 2007

(Beginning of Challenge) Model Call:
1. Ambola
2. Ana
3. Hollie
4. Devika
5. Alyssa

This time we asked you to
design a fun party dress for your model. But you also had to design it accordingly so that it fit into my current collection! The winner of Project Designer will receive the title of The Next Big DeviantART Designer along with melancholycreations, lashanthao, ladylucrezia, and ceazar. You will receive two interviews with top fashion websites, a mentorship from moi ^^ lol, and their final ten piece collections redone by none other than George Nelson (wakasashe-fashion).

linzwinz Utterly on point. Wow and double-wow. linz is very successful when she is given a lot of color! You know, one of us really wanted to see a more minimal dress in my collection, just having the details show off the silhouette. Innovative, the seaming and the patterns running down the dress are fabulous. It's really a fun, almost space-age, futuristic dress, which is very Lindsey. the shape of the dress and the small touches really bring into my collection though. The hill design in a small cutout is an interesting touch as is the faux belt under the bustline. The pompoms are amazing and NOT arbitrary, the belt is great, the fur could've been executed better but that's fine. Great utilization of the hill design.

da-coppa-one We're not really super impressed with this. This was a little too much... The stockings are fantastic, and the dress paired with the green bag that I have already presented in my collection is fun. It's not overly sexy, it looks like a GREAT fit, it definately looks rich. We understand what she was trying to do with the dress itself, but it looks awkward. the top looks very low cut, and the front panel just looks like it's just tucked into the front and the skirt is loose and unflattering... we feel like it should have been a bit more fitted. The color and small details fit really well into my collection.

lrenah renah's look had me on the fence.
We're not sure how much tiering is in my collection, but the dress is still fabulous, the coloration is great and the use of the hill design is great. renah really melded her playful, flirty, sexy design with my Goldigger collection VERY well! This is sexy and we'd be fine with this being in my collection. It's kind of simple and safe for the last challenge, but there's nothing wrong with it, really.

OUT: MisterSnapple Though this dress has all of mistersnapple's personal style, there are very few things that We see that connect this to my collection. The buttons, double breast, bangles, signature detailing and poofy sleeves are very lovely touches to a, well, sort of plain dress. The hills are nice of course... but I think it's just not enough to continue on. The idea is there, but it needed to be pushed quite a bit more. The jacket is interesting, but attaches to the dress? We imagine that would not be very functional at all. It also looks like it's just part of the dress. The dress itself is a very simple silhouette, and not well rendered on the model. It looks as though it will just slip off at any moment!!! And the model does not look like a golddigger. As a mistersnapple design, it's a lovely, expected dress. But when it tries to merge with my collection? It won't work.

OUT: Kashirohato This is kind of a big mess. We really don't have much to say or add as far as a critique goes. It's messy and kind of poorly thought out. The colors work, but the details on the dress are really unflattering...The shape and cut of the dress is lovely, but the details just look messy. She looks a bit like she's wearing a bell-boy outfit with the pill-box hat. But I'm learning about Kash, as I am about each of the designers, and she finds it difficult, if not impossible, to leave well enough alone. Kashirohato, restraint!

Look a George's website tommorow for the winner.

Monday, January 08, 2007

(Beginning of Challenge) Model Call:
1. Ana
2. Ambola
3. Devika
4. Hollie
5. Alyssa
Eliminated: Teeani *falls on knees*

"Tee, honey? Seriously, you have to go."

*looks at designers*

"I mean it. They're going to turn the lights off soon. Now, pull yourself together and get off the runway. I don't want to have to pay the crew overtime."

*walks off set*

"Thank you.


(Taken from Project Rungay)

This time we asked you to design functional but fashionable sportswear for the gym.
The winner of Project Designer will receive the title of The Next Big DeviantART Designer along with melancholycreations, lashanthao, ladylucrezia, and ceazar. You will receive two interviews with top fashion websites, a mentorship from moi ^^ lol, and their final ten piece collections redone by none other than George Nelson (wakasashe-fashion).

linzwinz linzwinz wins her second challenge overall! VERY fun and playful workout outfit. It seems very wearable, the colors are fun, the details, though few, are spot on. linz took this challenge very, very seriously. Although never surrendering Fashion, she was just as intent upon delivering the necessary functionality. We weren't very sure about the functionality and comfort of the hood though...It seemed that it might not work out well, if you were working out. But kudos on the pose this week and Another victory!!!! In order to make it to DeviantART Fashion Week, you should solve the design topic like you have done with all of your wins, but make sure it isn't boring like other design solutions (except for your freakshow design).

MisterSnapple A cute outfit more golfing, maybe... But that is about it. On the one hand, his concept was a good one: incorporate some adaptability into the clothing. But we're talking FASHION everyone, so that means that these designs have to look sensational & emdash; or how about good, at least & emdash; on the runway. The top is very cute and sporty but the shorts look unflattering and kind of over done. In order to make it to DeviantART Fashion Week, you should look at the topics very closely from know on.

da-coppa-one The design is very glam and fashionable, but we just don't find the ribbing on the thigh very nice looking. I also don't like her choice of fabrics. Fleece as a workout fabric for gym wear just doesn't seem comfortable to us...Especially satin backed fleece. And when you have the fleece side on the inside of the garment? We know this girl is more likely to choose fashion over function, but it she actually tried working out in that, she would be drenched in sweat, since fleece is a water replant fabric. It seemed like we went back to the first was too sexy...We also know the heels were for presentation, but why not design some fancy sneakers? It would have been more cohesive. That said. We love the design on the track jacket. In order to make it to DeviantART Fashion Week, you should look at the topics very closely, and making it TOO sexy.

lrenah A great, bright outfit! Her design retains the sexiness and spirit of renah's usual work, but it also embodies her response to the comfort and practicality issues that is obviously needed in the gym.
We don't know how we feel about the body stocking...but the workout dress is adorable! The only qualm we have with it is that it defiantly needs straps to be functional in any way, and we're curious about how the back looks. But do not distress, if linz's design hadn't been so perfectly on point, this would have been our winner. In order to make it to DeviantART Fashion Week, you should look at the topics very closely as well...not that you didn't' solve this one well.
Kashirohato delivers a fabulous design and
a fun little outfit! The print is cute, the fabric choice is good, the pose is adorable! The only concern we have is the detail of the hood attachment. That little blue strip of coming from the center front looks odd. She has been the runner-up on the runway so many times that I will confess my disappointment that a win, long overdue in my opinion, has eluded her grasp. In order to make it to DeviantART Fashion Week, you should look at the functionality of your garments as well as the color combos.

Voting is so close, and since this is one of the most important eliminations I'm having a very hard time calling no one has been eliminated. All five designers will participate in the next challenge and the results from both the 'Work It Out' topic and the next topic will determine which two designers are eliminated...which will give us our final 3 that will make it to DeviantART Fashion Week.

Sunday, December 31, 2006

(Beginning of Challenge) Model Call:
1. Alyssa
2. Devika
3. Ana
4. Hollie
5. Ambola
6. Teeani
Eliminated: Megan *cries* All of the girls go and hug her

Guest Judge(s): alexseth & jadexx

This time we asked you to choose ONE (at a time, no mad rush like with the Barbies) to build an outfit around. The outfit must not merely complement or "go with" the accessory, but must INCORPORATE IT as part of a single thought. The outfit and the accessory must look as though they were made to be together.
The winner of Project Designer will receive the title of The Next Big DeviantART Designer along with melancholycreations, lashanthao, ladylucrezia, and ceazar. You will receive two interviews with top fashion websites, a mentorship from moi ^^ lol, and their final ten piece collections redone by none other than George Nelson (wakasashe-fashion).

MisterSnapple We
thought his inspiration with the Japanese pop was dead on with his accessory! When I saw it, the one thing we noticed is that it just looked so put together and nothing looked like it didn’t belong.We loved the top, the relation was of course FABULOUS. The only problem is that the yellow stockings might slip unless there are new stockings that can stay up that we haven't heard of. We enjoy that he mimmicked the girl on the guitar and turned her into his model, this is helped by the top, which elongates the neck quite a bit. The lace trim is lovely and is a great match to the flowers on the guitar but they look awkwardly drawn in the design.He really was able to capture a complete essence of rock and roll, and Mistersnapple did an awesome job this week.

linzwinz Everyone was so good this week! Linzwinz, I thought, did an ingenious job matching the outfit with the accessory. We felt the innovation wasn't there, except for the jacket, matching the socks, the belt of course was totally matching the shoes but the skirt for me was very plain and too long, if it starts at the waist we think it would complement the figure/body more if it ended just before the knees or at least have more design in it so as not too look plain. However hurray on the jacket and pose! Although I felt, again, that the design could have had a bit more innovation to it, maybe something else besides the godets with the skirt, Linzwinz really did a great job with those shoes...and the fabrics are great!

dacoppaone This was such a sophisticated piece. Very pretty, you can see the shoes, but its not WOW GLAM. We like the bust gathering, however we think you should have picked a brighter accessory because you can't really see the details when on darker skin with this black accessory. But it does go very very well with the shoes, we have to admit. The details on the bolero are lovely and the trims match the shoes perfectly.It was classy, and the demure outfit went very well with the sexy shoes; if she had made a sexy outfit to go along with the shoes, it could’ve been a hooker-disaster. Although we thought she could have done something more with the skirt, this was another great showing from Da-coppa-one!

lrenah The bodice is TOTALLY WICKED, we are soooo in LOVE with it.
The silhouette of the gown matches the shape of the necklace perfectly. The colors are so soft and delicate as are the shapes in the bodice. However, we do not know why she choose pink, it was a huge risk...and it paid off! We liked that she went beyond the color scheme. The necklace we feel, complements the outfit ,but only complements, we think is the brown the detailing at the bottom of the dress and purse is what brings out the necklace but still does not show it off. However, -salivates at bodice.- it IS a gorgeous dress.

Kashirohato We think the dress compliments the shoes perfectly, if we were to see this girl at a party we would absolutely go WOW gorgeous shoes! This whole dress revolves around the shoes, it just shows them off. I'm especially loving the back and the sweetheart neckline the only thing that bothers me are the leather flappy things at the bottom of the dress, the color didn't go, and the little flappy shapes bothers most of us. The neck piece that connects to the back is very innovative but
In reality, in terms of innovation, she could have done just a tiny bit more, because of course the shoes are strappy...and there were straps...we just wished that it could have been pushed a tiny bit further...hoever, I loved that she wasn't crazy withthe colors, and it was still beautiful, evocative, and inspiring as usual.

OUT: HoAcinom

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

(Beginning of Challenge) Model Call:
1. Hollie
2. Megan
3. Devika
4. Ambola
5. Alyssa
6. Ana
Elimanated: Emily

Guest Judge: JDeMarco

This time we asked you to
create 3 looks for a store called Strawberry Smoothie, but they only have a limited amount of products. 2 Shirts, 2 Bottoms, and 1 jacket/coat. It's up to you to create 3 different looks to attract customers to the store using 2 Shirts, 2 Bottoms, and 1 jacket/coat. Additionally, your model is going on a trip to the Bahamas, so you should have styled and designed accordingly.
The winner of Project Designer will receive the title of The Next Big DeviantART Designer along with melancholycreations, lashanthao, ladylucrezia, and ceazar. You will receive two interviews with top fashion websites, a mentorship from moi ^^ lol, and their final ten piece collections redone by none other than George Nelson (wakasashe-fashion).

linzwinz Linz is cute. I know she thought a lot about this challenge, and she showed a clear point of view. The coat is kinda obvious (everyone would know she's a detective too) and its futuristic in a 'cheesy'/funny/cute kinda way (with the color pallete she chose and all), but as I said before, she thought about the challenge. She made the story, she made a 'comic' as a presentation telling the story, she showed how comfortable for a spy this coat would be, she thought about all the things her spy would have to carry, and well, I know she tried her best and It's creative and cute. My greatest concern, is that her designs usually are a bit cheesy, although they're very creative.
Fun, futuristic, interesting design lines. All very noticeably Linz's design aesthetic! The poses are playful and add to the story. The belt is pretty badass. She thinks about the challenges, but the taste level isn't there completely, sometimes I just don't see her designs as fashion forward as we'd like. For the first time I became really interested in what a collection from linzwinz might be... She's still hanging in there, though.

da-coppa-one What can we say? hahaha... Dacoppa's great. Her presentation was FLAWLESS. It's exactly the type of thing I'd like to see from each of the designers for this challenge, a SCENE! She used all the resources given for the challenge. The story was great, the pose, the scene, the cigar... everything. Awesome. The coat is kinda 'old'. We think we've seen the same idea many times before. It's obvious she put some of her own things into it, but it wasn't as innovative as it could've. It still looks good and sexy on her model and well, it'd be PERFECT for any noir/spy movie, anytime. I guess it could be comfortable enough, although It might be a bit too long to be comfortable in certain situations. That's just speculation, though. In conclusion, I loved her presentation. Fantastic use of pocket placement!! I just wish the rendering was a bit cleaner (coming from her) and that it had a bit more interest then pockets, because it's sort of typical otherwise.The coat wasn't all that great, but I felt this challenge was more about presentation, story/creativity and dacoppa EXCELLED once again in that!

lrenah A dark, seductive trench! Very interesting and quite sensual. This was an original silhouette of the bunch, and had Irenah's stamp of design. It's quite lovely, but it looks more like a dress then a coat. Especially since it is being held on by a corset. Coming from you I would have expected it to have more details, but you were in the ER, so functionality aside, it is still quite fabulous (hope you get better!). But this was a great, original piece of the bunch. Nice look, nice story!

Kashirohato Great use of the challenge resources, her 'story' fit perfectly with the coat, with the character. We could picture this girl exactly like ~Kashirohato described her, being a young, fun and hip spy. We love her presentation and her poses. Although the coat isn't really noir, it could still be seen in a modern spy movie. , perfectly suited for the type of character she designed the coat for. She would probably stand out more then she should in this coat and we think that the coat looks a bit bulky, and its a little too narrow in the bottom so it could be uncomfortable in certain situations, specially if you're a detective and need to endure some tough physical situations. Anyways, it was still completely ~Kashirohato, with the colors and the energy. She remained true to her style and well, we liked her design.

MisterSnapple I liked the general look of his model. I can actually picture this coat really well IRL. I think it's cute and chic, but I don't really see it as a coat for a spy. He even said it had large pockets for the spy's gadgets, and I don't want to imagine a spy 'throwing' all her gadgets and weapons on a large pocket to mix up and stuff... haha. I usually love his colors...but this week they were a bit "off" we're not entirely sure how well that green works with the lovely plum colored coat. it looks a bit dowdy.. Also it looks almost too 'delicate' for her to wear in really intense situations. I wish he had thought more about the challenge, and what was it really about. I liked the coat, so that's why I can't really complain. I personally thought the dress underneath was better than the coat. At least my perception on what the challenge was about.

The coat is really fashion forward and you could easily picture it in a noir modern movie, I love how she added the lower layer to make it possible to wear the coat in many different environments. I had a bit of problems 'picturing' clearly the design, but it was a problem of the illustration style, the strokes or something, I just wish she would have used a 'clearer' illustration style. The colors fit, the color palette wasn't bright and colorful but wasn't boring either. I think she did a good job. It was sad to see she didn't post the 'story' of the garment, I think that was a great chance to make it more interesting. The design is a bit unclear to me, but looks very interesting around the neck and arms..
We had hoped to see a lot of situational drawings, more than 'posing models'. The colors seem nice, if not rushed, and it appears a bit complex. I feel more editing could have been done with this to make a great piece. The cowl neck was nice, and with better presentation and description I definately could have enjoyed this quite a bit.

OUT: Felicidade I liked Felicidade a lot in the first challenges. I'm sad she took the easy and BORING way of this challenge. Her model looks so obviously like a detective. It's like, ANYONE ANYWHERE would know the girl's a cop haha! And well, I don't think that was the intention of the challenge. The design is safe and boring, she didn't take ANY risks. It's a long coat with a lot of buttons. Boring colors, boring BORING accesorizing and hairstyle... bleh. It's like she didn't even try. She could have made it more interesting by making the colors more bold, or something...she had all week! the coat would be kinda comfortable... and good to see she thought about all the fake buttons for the cameras (although she'd only need one) and the hidden pockets, and... that's about it.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

(Beginning of Challenge) Model Call:
1. Ambola
2. Ana
3. Emily
4. Megan
5. Alyssa
6. Hollie
7. Teeani
8. Devika
Eliminated: Sophia

Guest Judge: beepie

This time we asked you to
create 3 looks for a store called Strawberry Smoothie, but they only have a limited amount of products. 2 Shirts, 2 Bottoms, and 1 jacket/coat. It's up to you to create 3 different looks to attract customers to the store using 2 Shirts, 2 Bottoms, and 1 jacket/coat. Additionally, your model is going on a trip to the Bahamas, so you should have styled and designed accordingly.
The winner of Project Designer will receive the title of The Next Big DeviantART Designer along with melancholycreations, lashanthao, ladylucrezia, and ceazar. You will receive two interviews with top fashion websites, a mentorship from moi ^^ lol, and their final ten piece collections redone by none other than George Nelson (wakasashe-fashion).

lrenah Very fun!
It was as evident as ever that her experience as a designer had provided her with all the right stuff for strategic decision-making and problem-solving. First of all I LOVE the energy! It's just radiating throughout the pieces! The illustrations + colors are great! That first top/jacket is wonderful! Has a kind of strength and elegance to it! Very professional..almost Diane von Furstenburg like. The second top lacks a bit of creativity. I've seen it a million and one times. Though I do love that the outfit is all white! Very clean and crisp. I love the way the third top is illustrated! A nice watercolor effect! The orange and white combo is fun and summery! I love the drape of the top! Great resort wear pieces, very comfortable and sleek. the use of fabric is PERFECT since bamboo fabrics have some amazing qualities like absorbing moisture super fast and repelling bacteria. and it's super soft, which adds to the comfort levels that this collection already has. Great job!Very fabulous!

da-coppa-one coppa continues to be a smooth and steady designer. The second perfect collection in this challenge! Well thought out, extremely wearable. The choice of fabric was great and the renderings are the best I've seen from her yet. everything is interchangeable and the cuts are perfect for resort wear. Coppa investigates her options, lays them out carefully, and ponders the possible outcomes. The outcome for this challenge was an homage to belted jackets and silk blouses. It was wonderful to see the outcome.

Kashirohato Hmmm...interesting. The shirt's okay but we love the shorts! Nice buttons! The Jacket and skirt combo are great! I love the colors and cut! Although those bright strong colors and patterns with the shirt underneath don't work to well. they clash. The last shirt is ok but it also clashes with the shorts! I would work on continuity, and making things flow! Good ideas but they need some touching up, and it would be nice to see some restraint with the colors.

HoAcinom Acinom succeeded while still being Acinom. A fun, edgy collection. resort wear for the more fashionable, rocker type chicks. Everything is interchangeable and everything looks extremely comfortable. The cut of the first halter is really lovely. Her "Cannibal Couture" "carnival" outfit and "frisky" solution had been fun, but she had yet to produce real clothes. Accordingly, I was prepared for Acinom to engage in major compromises about who she is as a designer. Not so. I marveled at how she was able to retain and translate her design philosophy into this challenge. Her silhouette, color choices, construction details, and overall look, were laudable. Can't wait to see more!

MisterSnapple Ah. I've got to say I'm a bit disappointed in the showing for this challenge so far. The first outfit is okay. The top is nice but I can't say I'm too fond of the fabrication or the cut of the skirt. The length isn't very flattering either. The second outfit's weird shawl thingy is nice looking...but that top is horrible. First of all it's just a plain tube top! No darts or pleats or seams or ANYTHING! We like her idea with the pockets although their print clashes with the overload of print on top. Not your style....but it's decent.

Felicidade As much of a jerk as we will sound like in saying this I'm just going to be honest. At this point in the competition my standards are much higher. Not one of those outfits is appealing. Not one. Not ONE THING about them seems to be young, fresh, and flirty. And in the words of Tim Gunn, we only want you to succeed and have a fun experience. Not ONE person I know would buy any of these pieces! And the choice of colors and prints? Oy vey! They're hideous! The two prints she chose look horrible with one another....that was another part of the challenge. realityundersiege TRIED to tell her that the colors looked bad...but no. You didn't listen. We tried to say it in the nicest way possible. It's just a fact of and purple are two very hard colors to get to work with one another! Maybe if you used less harsh cuts and lines, it would look better...because squares and harsh cuts make the look seam masculine...try more curves.

linzinz It's obvious she didn't spend much time on it, but she did have an excuse...her reviews, and obviously life is much more important than PD. But dismissing that, I feel like we've gone back to the first challenge...The shirt looks like a bad knock off of a baseball shirt, the skirt looks a bit young for a woman going to the Bahamas. However we like the next top. And there is a nice cut and design on top. We know you can do better....and since your reviews are over, we better see some fabulousness!

OUT: ball-jointed-Alice

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

(Beginning of Challenge) Model Call:
1. Ana
2. Teeani
3. Alyssa
4. Hollie
5. Megan
6. Emily
7. Sophia
8. Ambola
9. Devika
Elimanated: Raschell

Guest Judge: kittyvane

This time we asked you to
design an couture outfit inspired by carnival, circuses, and clowns. I assigned you each a sideshow act to design around, and you should have incorporated this into your design as well as the overall topic
. The winner of Project Designer will receive the title of The Next Big DeviantART Designer along with melancholycreations, lashanthao, ladylucrezia, and ceazar. You will receive two interviews with top fashion websites, a mentorship from moi ^^ lol, and their final ten piece collections redone by none other than George Nelson (wakasashe-fashion).

WINNER: da-coppa-one Always a pleasure looking at Da-coppa's work.I felt she could have taken her idea further, but her garment is very appropriate for the strong woman. Interesting cuts--revealing--but she wasn't afraid to go there for her design! It's obvious what the inspiration was and the outfit conveys strength very, very well. While chain mail is an unusal material to choose, I think it's the perfect choice for this. Metal is strong and tough, just like the strong woman of the circus. Even with such an extreme material, the outfit is still very feminine and sexy, and in it's own way quite delicate.

lrenah This was such an impressive showing from lrenah. I was absolutely thrilled to look at this piece. It's ver stricking and incredibly opulent and it does represent fire very well. I also like the fact that I can immediately tell that this is one of Irenah's designs; she's managed to keep her own style and still keep to the topic when it's more than easy to lose your own voice doing something lke this. Great shape, proportion, styling and color...This was a jewel in my eyes. Bravo!

linzwinz A very, very brave design! A very daring piece. Stylized? A bit vulgar? Under designed? Whichever the decision on these questions were, I liked the inspiration, the research, and style. The colors used were well selected, and the details are very welcome. I was curious to the way she would do this and now it know! I think she took a very interesting approach! With the whole idea of her being very erotic to makeup for her facial hair! Very intriguing.I just wish it were less revealing (however it is very couture) and seeing the beard more incorporated into the garment. But considering the topic, I think this is hit the nail on the head. The outfit is almost aggressively feminine with the pastie covered breasts and big skirt and it's the perfect way to counter the masculinity of the beard. It's full blown theatrical even down to the choise of materials; plain fabrics with elaborate decorations to make it all look fancier than it is. This is what circus fashion is about, being completely over the top and showy. The whole ugly-beautiful concept of the side show freaks is well represented too.
Oh, and the albino "wolf" is brillant.

MisterSnapple This was a difficult one to judge. Independently it is a nice dress.
I was expecting to see more colours on this one. To me tightrope dancers' costumes should be bright and colourful so they're easier to see high up in the air. Also, I'm not sure how practical that skirt would be when actually walking the rope, but I guess that's not the point here really. Lovely presentation, very structured...but not very couture nor circus. The top has issues; I question its support/coverage, and I feel that the bottom is very tightly fitted for tight-rope walking inspiration. I do like the look of the skirt though, the chiffon frill at the hem is a nice nod towards the tutu traditionally worn by tightrope dancers and I like the stripy fabric on the bodice and the little ivory elephant on the top of the parasol is wonderful. The overall design is very pretty, but I would have expected more vibrant colours instead of the somber tones of this. A great piece, but could have fallen in the boundaries a little more.

ball-jointed-Alice She did have a difficult one to work with, but sometimes you have to make it work. Lovely! The stripes were a great choice. They would be great for accentuating just how flexible this woman really is! The collar around her face is fantastic. Everything about this design screams circus! But in the best way possible! It's innovative, fitting to the character, and well thought out! However, This was a simple garment and though definitely fit for a circus, I don't think so couture. She had n interesting point of view with this, and we wish she would have had her model demonstrating the stretching talents. This is a whimsical design and while it's a bit more mine/clown, rather than flexible woman, I still like it. I like the optical illusion that the stripes would create as the contortionist twists themselves. Also, the outfit is something a real contortioninst could wear and perform in (that is if the corset wasn't boned, it's not mentioned in the design's comments). Ball-jointed-Alice is also one of those designers who's work is instantly recognizable. Her almost monochromatic colour scheme doesn't fit this challenge though, as again, I'd expect to see much brighter and sparklier colours on a contortionist.A decent showing.

HoAcinom A decent showing from HoAcinom. While the tattered look definitely worked well, and the expressive presentation very chaotic, we can see some rush in the design that is not intended. She did some great work with the bottom of the dress, and the designs are interesting. DO we right away see Cannibal? Not really, but it's in the realm, with that deconstructed look.


Kashirohato A very bold piece. She did some interesting things incorporating he polkadots. Well they look like they belong in a circus...but other than that I'm not too sure about this one. On one hand I like it but on the other something seems off about it. I don;t fell that it represents Siamese twins in any way. Although I have to admit that I was most looking forward to seeing this one as the conjoined twins are one of my favourtie side show acts, so I really had my hopes up. This outfit is almost clown-like and I fail to see how it represents conjoined twins (besides having the model mirrored in the design sketch). As just an outfit, it's nice and I like the layering of the poofy minidress with the longer chiffon overdress. Also the colour combination is good, it's nice and attention grabbing which is good for a side show. One of us did like the use of color very much, however.

Felicidade As the topics become more intricate, so must the efforts of the designer. I was not wow-ed by this creation. A bit too simple for the couture challenge. It needed to be more intricate and detailed. The feathers coming off of her shoulders give me the feel of an alien rather than bird woman. I also don't think it looks like she belongs at a circus at all. Even though it lacks the side show feel (there's nothing circus-y about this and had I had to guess, I'd have said the topic for this one was animals or birds) it is nice to see someone be brave enough to pick a strong, showy colour. Still, design wise Felicidade could have pushed the envelope a bit more. Instead of adding just a few whisps of peacock feathers, why not go all out and add the whole bunch? I should think that with a topic as wild as side shows there'd be atleast some of that wildness in the designs, and not only in the form of wild animals. Lacking in creativity(peacock inspiration has been done many times, and far more interesting), and not so couture, I can not see this being fashion forward in reality or circus.

OUT: hallistorkx3 A design with potential. I like that this wasn't too literal, but it could have been styled a little better for a bolder, couture look. I like the overall silhouette and detailing in the bust. It's definitely very feminine, flirty and pretty with all the frills and ruffles. I love the bodice & the pears are a brilliant touch. The ruffled skirt & green-blue tones are a great way of conveying the mermaid feel without being too literal or obvious. That being said, it's not very circus-y, which I was sort of expecting given the topic. It would definitely add to the elegance if you presentation is a little more elongated as well.