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.

Monday, November 27, 2006

(Beginning of Challenge) Model Call:
1. Ambola
2. Ana
3. Devika
4. Emily
5. Megan
6. Alyssa
7. Teeani
8. Hollie
9. Sophia
10. Raschell *(thank you!) wipes tears*
Eliminated: Nina

This time we asked you to
design an outfit inspired by the 60's mod. Go-go boots, mini-dresses, Twiggy lashes, stick-straight hair, bold patterns, houndstooth, checkers. The sixties for me were all about legs. There were so many great legs in London. It took a certain amount of courage to show them, but it was so liberating. People wanted clothes they could dance in, move in. But make it modern!!! 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: mistersnapple What a step up for this designer! Very modernized mod! We still have a basic silhouette that’s becoming his signature, but with this he utilized excellent, bold prints, and fantastic styling. Very retro, but very hip! The shaping around the bust is innovative and fun and the accsessories are perfect!

da-coppa-one One of the judges would have really liked this without the red circle. I understand that she didn't want her design to be boring in black and white, but there are other ways to add pops of color with out making your garment look like a flag. And it really distracts from the details of the garment! Otherwise, everything is perfect A prime example of what the challenge exemplified. I looked at this a completely saw the mod look but also something fresh and unseen before. Very successful! great design lines. Very successful.

lrenah Such a cool interpretation!!! you could see many young trendsetting women wearing this on the streets now! The giant houndstooth is incredible, especially with the delicate attached blouse and the huge belt is an extra cool touch! Irenah really stretched her design talent for me in this one, and it is fantastic for this challenge. Very retro, very now. Excellent work.

HoAcinom A creation that stood out in the bunch. I love the combination of prints, and the coloring and styling were superb. Definitely great to have a more fall/winter piece in this challenge, and the modern look to this gave her high marks. However It's very flowy and airy and not structured like mod dresses. The orange print is nice... But one if us was not sure about the scarf...

linzwinz Very space age! The jacket is so innovative and cool. the almost abstract planet print and cut of the garments are so mod. The seaming details are incredible too! This is something they really played up back then! Nice touch with the background! However one if us wasn’t fond of the print, and overall, though interesting, the jacket isn’t flattering.

Felicidade Very cool! The bubble gum pink paired with blue is nice. the boots are great! Everything is very mod, but I don't feel as though it has that modernized twist to it. This was something very interesting to look at, and I liked the ideas that she came up with. I wish the coloring were more exciting. The 60’s silhouette was captured very well, and I wanted something to make it more now.

ball-jointed-alice Adorable design! The bright color palette and rendering of the print around the pleats of the dress are great! the cut is simple yet very modern, and the proportions are all wonderful!

hallistorkx3 A cute and funky design!! Very playful. The colors are fun. She’s stepping out of her comfort zone with this one, and it’s applauded. I love that a simpler garment was created to utilize the bold print. Very nice. Hallistork had a fairly nice design, but it has a bit of over-design and excess in it. Definitely styled well, and a good look, but some restraint would have been even better.

Kashirohato When I looked at the scores I was like: Why is she in the bottom 3? This would be a cute design if the cut out where maybe a fabric panel. The jacket is adorable. Not sure if we like her choice of prints on this, they make me think of swimwear prints. Who wants a big cut out in the front of their dress bellow their boobs? I DON'T! Infact I don't know anyone who would! However, the purse was GREAT!!!! It does come off as a bit over designed, but the limited palette was a good choice.

OUT: Kallastyos The skirt is too simple. Think about seaming and shapes and darts, because your garments are all looking similar to me now. Also, when designing a jacket which is closed. you really need yo show a flat of what would be worn underneath!! this said, I feel that the whole outfit sort of relies on the houndstooth coat and that the coat's mod feeling relies on the print itself, with the exception of the collar, and for future reference, I think that jackets are right over left for women's clothing. This was a structured piece, but there were some ‘construction issues' and I wish that therewas something more to add interest to the peice. A decent design from Kallastyos, and the dive into digital is applauded. We will deeply miss you.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

(Beginning of Challenge) Model Call:
1. Ana
2. Alyssa *smirks*
3. Devika *smiles*
4. Sophia
5. Teeani
6. Emily
7. Megan
8. Raschell
9. Hollie
10. Ambola *claps*
11. Nina *"Thank You!"*
Eliminated: Marla *cries backstage*

This time we asked you to design a cocktail dress(can be floor length) for your model. This one was more about styling than anything else, imitating the style of the classic pin-up girl. She has just become a movie goddess and you need to design her a dress for her debut down the red carpet. The paparazzi was there so her back view should have been as extraordinarily fabulous,as the front. She wanted to look like a movie star from the old Iconic Silver Screen. We told you to think Audrey Hepburn, Marylin Monroe, and Frank Sinatra, but modern as well. The winner 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).

TOP 3 (in random order)
da-coopa-one Another great entry!! Excellent interpretation of the assignment. Before it "went out on the runway" the dress was shortened, and that was a good pay off. I love the drawback to Monroe, and the back is just as interesting as the front. It's wonderful and extremely classic! The cut is great and the garment has been rendered perfectly. The cohesiveness between the front and the back are fantastic. This is a dress that could be worn on the red carpet today or could have been worn as far back as the 40's!! Congrats!!!

ball-jointed-Alice It's become very easy to tell which design is ball-jointed-Alice. This was well thought out with attention to lovely details(the pearls and lace are excellent here). She just handled everything so well. I think it's a gorgeous entry. The soft stripe paired with pink. And the accessories, as always, are lovely and not overwhelming! I would like to know more details about the bow along the edge of the skirt and if it would be a print or an attached bow. We send caution though: While she has an excellent and strong point of view I'd like to see more range. All of her looks so far have a very limited, light pallette. I can't wait to see what else she can do.

Kashirohato wakasashe's favorite and signature designs are in the bust. Here, Kashirohato just blew me away. She created a wonderful, sensual garment both elegant and flirty. I love the look, and her bust fits so well. It's magnificently done. The details are very new and innovative! It looks comfy and functional AND sexy! And those shoes are hot and we especially like the draping in the bodice of this dress. So fun!The back leave more to be desired, but she's definitely showing a LOT of potential.

IN (in random order)
linzwinz Linzwinz really stepped it up for the challenge. I like the print used and the interesting shapes. I do wonder if the silhouette, though pretty, was too simple. A very nice cocktail dress, but a little understated for Hollywood Glamour for me. However, it's a very modern and young design. The incorporation of the jewelry into the garment is very innovative, and it's one less thing you have to buy!!!

Felicidade She created a nice, simplistic cocktail outfit. The problem lies in the level of difficulty she gave herself. The overall look for me was unimaginative, streamlined, and not 'Old Hollywood meets today'. A rather simple design. The gloves and shoes are lovely compliments to the dress but the peachy pink faux fur shawl throws the styling of this off. The back could have had more interest. We don't really see her point of view in this. If you're going to do simple, you are going to have to add a lot of detailing.

HoAcinom Understated color, bold silhouette. We like the balance she/he was able to achieve with this, and the pleating is excellent. We also enjoy the choice of colors. She makes me think of an urban princess or something. Back view is lovely and simple, the cut of the skirt is innovative. Beautiful flowers! I am very happy in seeing HoAcinom's range in her/his designs.

Very lavish, luxurious..a little over the top...but suitable! It's very current Hollywood glam. We love the styling with this, and her bold colors were so refreshing. While this isn't "technically" a cocktail dress, we think it could work because of the fun punchy colors. and really, there aren't any rules anymore, so it works for me. We love the colors used and the front view of the dress. the back view is definitely sexy. It's modern with a hint to vintage in the silhouette. The only thing we worry about it comfort because of that knot on the one side of the back.

hallistorkx3 I was a little let down by this one. A cute design. A little too simple maybe, but the ability to adjust the skirt adds an extra edge to the design! The back view leaves no interest to me whatsoever, and while the silhouette is very experimental, it a bit maternal. it's cute. i think with a better rendering (ie, making the models legs longer) the dress could have been a bigger least for me.Tthe way it's drawn now, it makes the model look a little squat/stumpy. Not flattering. We love the color(which is becoming your signature) and the neckline however .

BOTTOM 3 (in random order)
Kallastyos fared well this challenge with a very alluring drape in the top and figure fitting bottom. The look was understated beauty. I do wish he'd used a surprising color in this garment...I was reminded too much of his first challenge piece. Another overly designed garment. Two bows on the waistband look awkward and strange. You should pick one place to put one oversized bow. The skirt is also not a bubble skirt at all, rather a simple pencil skirt. the purple accessories are a nice touch. We would have liked to see either the front or the back have the ruffles...but with the over designing, we see desire and potential. He's definitely in in my book!

MisterSnapple Very minimalist. I definitely see an Audrey Hepburn, and it's interesting to see he used a print. I actually think the back view, with its intricate seams is more interesting than the front, however the front is more sophisticated than the back...The colors are off and bland and the cut is boring and the back view isn't very clear without a description. Pull yourself out of boring! You're capable of more, we saw it in the last challenge! You love retro, so utilize that with more details and sparkle.

OUT: Israfel03
This garment was so pretty and familiar. Maybe a bit too familiar. While I liked the look and the bold green...but we've all seen this dress before. Israfel03 did a great job but left out all surprise factor for me. the bow is "different" it's not reminds me of Robert Best's design in the first challenge of cycle 3 of Project Runway (I'm sorry, he was a fav, we remember his stuff) not bad. Maybe you subconsciously channeled Robert Best while you drew...who knows? This was a VERY hard decision, and we were so glad you could show us your style, and innovation! Thank you!!!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

(Beginning of Challenge) Model Call:
1. Alyssa *jumps up and down*
2. Megan
3. Hollie
4. Ana
5. Teeani
6. Ambola *works the runway*
7. Marla
8. Emily
9. Devika
10. Sophia
11. Raschell *whipes forehead and smiles*
12. Nina
Eliminated: Leah. (She helped Kashirohato win the first challenge...hmm)

This time we asked you to
design a swimsuit based upon the classic Vargas girl. This one was more about styling than anything else, imitating the style of the classic pin-up girl. We asked you to try to adapt your photos for the month you are given by either dressing for the weather, or using a holiday falling within your month. You can go with a more modern look, but the feel should have a pin-up feel. This is about being sexy without being slutty. The winner 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- HoAcinom- A very sexy and playful suit! The touch of Japanese influence and the color use are beautiful. The color and everything are perfect for the month!My only concern is that if the fabric, which is draped quite nicely in the sketch, were "whatever swimsuits are made of" (which is usually Lycra) this suit may be a bit bulky IRL. But ultimately it was a triumph with her design. She captured the sweet yet sultry Vargas girl exceptionally. The suit was a very clever play on the 40's appeal, with Japanese inspiration as well: a modern inspiration. I loved the colors, the print..everything was great, including presentation.

Ball-jointed-Alice- This is perfect. The suit is the perfect color for January! The middle of winter, the celebration of a new year, each of these things to me tie in with silver and sparkles. the cut of the suit is lovely with a touch of lace and the delicate belt. the accessories are also wonderful, especially with just a few touches for red to make everything pop! The vintage inspiration is apparent, and I could see January right away. Beautiful color palette, and intricate detailing. Bravo!

MisterSnapple- This whole suit is spot on!! the pose, styling, everything. It's very sleek and sophisticated and definitely makes me think of December! The addition of flats is wonderful and the back looks as gorgeous as the front! We loved the pose and presentation of this. Without being overly Christmas-y, this captured the wintry December. Very wealthy, seductive, and well done. A definite improvement from the last challenge! Great job!

IN (Random order)
da-coppa-one- I wish she given a better view of the suit because I can't really figure out what it looks like on a side view and with the cover-up. back and front fashion flats could have helped illustrate the structure. With that said, it doesn't look to have much structure at all! This looks more like a rendition of a Greek goddess with the flowy fabrics, but maybe that's because she had no hair... I do like the incorporation of gold and green to tie the garment into the month of March. I loved this design and the presentation was exceptional, all while capturing the alluring appeal of vintage Vargas.

Felicidade- This is a great piece! The cut of the suit and pose together definitely say Vargas. The colors and incorporation of the month are also very sweet. I like that the colors chosen were not to pastelly Easter. This also makes us think of play suits little girls used to wear. Felicidade was creative in her inspiration from spring, and the basket accessory was a wise choice and the model's pose is both adorable and striking. One of her best presentations to date, and with her design I appreciated the non vulgarity.

Kashirohato- Very stylish suit! I don't personally think of September while looking at this, but I understand the inspiration that she is drawing from. the cut and details are really beautiful and modern. And that halter is very innovative! A design that was wonderfully thought out and executed. All the detailing, texture, and color choices were interesting and fashion-forward. I enjoyed this modern play on the vintage cut of the suit. Aside that I had a hard time seeing September in this, it was exceptional.

Kallastyos- Though the suit is nice (it has interesting details and a nice cut) the styling is off. there's TOO much going on with the accessories! And not well done. The hat seems out of place (and makes me think of Vincent's basket hat), the rope belt is un necessary and and bulky and the clustered pearl necklace that is sitting in the nicely done deep v-neck top that has a broach and trim along all edges AND under the bust, does not do anything to add to this design. Less is sometimes more. You went a bit over board with the extra stuff for a suit that could have stood alone. However, August is a difficult month to work with, and I praise Kallastyos with his approach. I definitely can see Summer with this bold, interesting piece. The nautical theme was appropriate here, and stood out from the rest with the blue stripes.

lrenah- A TWO-PEICE!!!! FINALLY!
In the styling, pose, and presentation this was definitely Vargas inspired. The additions in the hair--and even the oversize leaf in presentation--were welcome additions. The look was wonderfully illustrated and executed. the suit is really sexy and the interpretation and inspiration used for this suit are well planned. One of us thought that It says more Vegas then Vargas, but it's beautifully designed none-the-less. the styling and pose are very Vargas though. A definite contender for the win. It was wonderful, and we can't wait to see your next design!!!

Israfel03- A very lovely and soft interpretation of this challenge! Nice layering on the bodice--though it seems there could be more form and compliment to the woman's body. Though it's more literal then some of the other designs, it is done very well. The colors and fabrics are nice and the sheer cover up is beautifully draped. However, we would have wished to see a flat of the swimsuit or something.


linzwinz- I would have liked to see a bit more styling to this, but I still enjoy it. The pose fits with the topic and the suit it's self looks very costumey in a tasteful way. It looks like it'd be a fun Mardi Gras costume! I also appreciate the details of how the suit would be constructed. I appreciated that linzwinz wanted to avoid being to literal with a Halloween theme, but this outfit strayed too far from that idea to
incorporate October. It is a bold decision however, and we respect that.

hallistorkx3- A nice simple suit. the color influences are lovely and work well for a springtime month. The pose is cute, but doesn't say Vargas to me. The simple accessories are a nice touch. A very basic, but not poorly done suit. There is a lot of like about this: the color combination and bust are nicely done. The pose could have been more imaginative..if I didn't know this was a bathing suit I would have guessed it was a dress. I see the month of May; I would have liked to see more Vargas inspiration.

OUT-dacendaren- Though the influence if the month are very well used, this suit is a bit to simply rendered for the amount of detail described. It also doesn't have that 'sultry' look that Vargas girls have. this might have been fixed if the pose were different. We was a little let down by this because it had so much potential. The interpretation was such a strong one and I applaud the decision to exclude the predicted red. The purple detail was absolutely fantastic for me, but dacedaren stopped there. With out that detail on the bust, we would have a plain suit. I just wish that idea was incorporated into the garment as a whole. The presentation was decent; I had a hard time seeing the pose as Vargas. We're sad you were eliminated, but we hope to see some more challenge designs from you! Thank you for competing!!!

Friday, November 03, 2006

WINNER: Kashirohato-
You really know how to accessorize! Great balance of fun, color, and friskiness. It's very post-modern...vintage style! not only did she perfectly abide to the rules, she also made a garment that is very pleasing and wearable. the over-all presentation's a killer! This outfit definitely embodies the challenge. The jumpsuit is edgy, 'frisky' and extremely feminine! The almost 'Victorian' styled cut of the blouse paired with the modern bottom are wonderful and the pose and accessories add so much to this design.
the movement of the illustration just adds to its playfulness! We just wish that you would have edited the seems a bit unflattering. But other than that, this is a knockout!

She didn't really abide to the rules, where only cotton should be used for the garment...i see gray linings/ribbons...otherwise, we adore this outfit. It's playful, sexy, cute and feminine. The draping of the entire outfit is gorgeous and gives the design a wonderful couture feeling. Since the whole illustration is so well-rendered, we can picture it with fewer trims and the outfit would still be beautifully draped and sexy. Fantastic job!!!

Kallastyos -
Though frisky, the only part of this that would work IRL is the skirt, which is beautifully draped and lovely unless you had a degree in couture sewing...or a seamstress to do it for you. We can see what you were trying to do here, but it's not done well. The shorter sleeve would not stay anywhere and the model would have a wardrobe malfunction... There needs to be a strap or the sleeve needs to sit on the edge of her shoulder. Otherwise, it just would not work...unless it was glued to her shoulder. However, the fabric was brilliant, and the styling was superb.

da-coppa-one -
We really like the idea of this woman being a frisky drummer and love the cut of the top. Though it looks like she could be wearing the dress backwards, it still works very well. The bottom of the top on the other hand, is not terribly creative or flattering. Even with the hot pants underneath, it cheapens the outfit quite a bit. We love the bag and wish that the ribbons on the boots were the same fabric. I also would have liked to see the boots rendered better. She describes them as being 'laced' by having the attached ribbons wrapping around the boot, but the ribbons look more like bulky strips of fabric. This design went a little over the top. The use of multiple accessories stand out, that they hide the entire white garment, as if over-shadowing it...those knots on the bottom are very scary...the accessories are over-used...some incorrectly...i understand that it deals with personal style, but one should consider the beauty of the work while still sticking with the direction...We DO see frisky but...we don't find this beautiful.

Felicidade -
A lovely outfit but it does not look like a suit to me. Nonetheless, it is a garment that not only followed the said direction, but also considered beauty and appeal. The
corset and blouse look like they are one garment with an undershirt. The shorts paired with the knee-high boots are the only part of this that really embody the word 'frisky' to me. If the cut of the blouse were more interesting and the sleeves shorter, this would have worked much better. We really hope to see more from you.

A fun and simple outfit, but maybe too simple. This aside, it still looks very 'in', especially paired with the thigh high boots! We wished that there was more styling to the the was a little plain. The challenge was called Plain and Simple, but I didn't mean for you to take it literally! If there might have been more seams or interesting cuts which you are known for, it would have looked a ton better.

A gorgeous lingerie gown! The drape is lovely but one of us would have liked to see the sheerness of the dress rendered more clearly with pale hints of skin tones where her legs are. That would have given the illustration a much more sensual feeling. I'm loving the collar! This also reminds many of us of the lingerie as daywear challenge in cycle four. This would have fit into that challenge perfectly.

israfel03 -
I loved all the detailing and texture. Nice proportion. It was a fairly good design, however, I get more 'demure' than 'frisky'..there is also no evidence of accessories, which should have been utilized in this challenge.

Bottom 3
MisterSnapple -
We think there's a point of view...but I'm not sure. Though it's an understated garment there is a lot going on.
I see glamour and sophistication. However...the execution is done poorly...the length of the slit almost exposes the undergarment. I understand that he was trying to boost the sexiness of the dress, but since the skirt is so narrow and the top is low-cut, a slit was not needed. I loved the jacket though and would have liked to see it paired with the dress on the model. It really could have been edited to make the whole look more cohesive, and above all, "frisky." (The cut and the pleating would not work if they were done in a cotton jersey)

We really enjoy the illustration style, but the hair has us baffled. And the drape and cut aren't terribly flattering. If it were cut to fit the torso and hips a little more snugly, it could work. The hairstyle is bizarre.....but definitely signature. We want to see more.

A very adorable dress that embodies the more playful side of the word frisky. It has an interesting cut to the bodice and paired with red accessories, it just pops! I don't know how we feel about quilting in the bodice though, especially around the chest area. We imagine it making the garment a bit bulky because of all of the extra seams.


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