Early in the game there is another team challenge with the entire group separating into two teams. The teams have to create a cohesive, fashion forward work collection that is editorial and wearable. They also will direct a photo shoot where 3 of the photos will be shown on the runway. It’s always interesting to see how the teams are picked, and Sonjia started off the selection by picking Elena. Great that she has fab tailoring skills, but after watching this episode I think she will be the last one picked instead of Raul. One team had 5 people (Ven, Fabio, Gunnar, Christopher, Nathan) and the other 6 (Sonjia, Elena, Melissa, Raul, Dimitry, Alicia), hence the name of the groups, Team 5 and Team 6.
Right out the gate Team 5 had a theme, made a plan and was organized. They worked well together, but Gunnar was micro-managed throughout the challenge. I liked that for the most part they were calm, cool and collective. The fabric they chose was mostly silk and chiffon and not all women wear that to work all the time so I thought that wasn’t ideal. As a group they did pull together a cohesive collection that was evident to the judges and they got points for that.
On the other hand, Team 6 decided to go the route of each person focusing on their strengths and create pieces that each would do well. It would then somehow come into a collection hopefully. Because there wasn’t a true vision, everyone had a say, there were arguments, and in the end the pieces could have come from different places. Elena was the one person who just brought too much stress to the team by barking orders, putting people down and cursing every minute. Didn’t she say she doesn’t like working in teams? Their collection was definitely more modern, editorial, and fashionable. So who’s look on each team stood out good or bad?
Out of all the looks presented, Melissa’s was the true standout and the “power dress” of the workplace. I absolutely LOVE the royal blue color of this dress, the neck style of the front and the sexy zipper design in the back. Any woman in this dress will feel like they are running the show while looking fabulous and get work done. Kudos for her for breaking out of black and selecting this amazing hue to design a great piece! I was so happy she was picked as the winner because she definitely deserved it.
Elena has a thing for puffy shoulders, but her top is not for the workplace. I didn’t like it all and the way she carried herself during this episode was inappropriate. I’m glad Raul dogged her out at the end, and that the judges didn’t like her look. Who wants to work with someone so rude and loud? She needs a reality check that in the design world you must be able to work with all types of people!
I don’t agree with the judges positive review of Fabio’s design. To me it reads as cheap, plain, and unflattering, especially the turban headband. Looks like someone didn’t finished getting dressed.
Everyone on Team 6 got asked who was the weakest link and Raul was the target. There is too much ruffling going on in the front, and the top doesn’t look flattering. He did stick with what he felt was right, and sadly that was wrong for the judges. He was eliminated again and his comeback was short-lived. Hopefully now he has learned some things to polish his sewing skills and taste.
Do you agree with my thoughts on the show? Feel free to chime in and share your opinion!