So, I’ve decided to do a little experiment: I will be publishing my recap a week after the episode airs. I’m really loving this idea for various reasons, so we will see if it works! With that being said, here we go:
The designers leave Heidi on the runway and head out for some “fresh air.” Tim is waiting with the Chief Marketing Officer from Justfab to introduce the challenge. One hundred women exemplary of the Justfab customer come out “from the left, from the right, from the north side, south side” and they are charged with creating a look for the everyday woman–“any size, any shape, any age.” But they are not using any of these women as the models, so I’m wondering if the “real women” challenge will be later in the season with this being the sponsor/commercial challenge. The winner’s look will be reproduced for sale on Justfab, so that instantly raises the stakes. Tim reminds the designers that “versatility and diversity among your clientele does not mean hum-drum.” We shall see…
Season 15 continues to build the pressure right out of the gate with episode 2 being another potentially difficult challenge. Both the sponsor and the real women challenges have posed problems for the designers who don’t design for us regular women, whose aesthetics are avant-garde or for a very specific clientele, or who do not know how to give a RTW garment their signature while maintaining commercial appeal. And then there are those designers who just don’t get the fact that mid-thirties stay-at-home-moms (one of the everyday women) who don’t live in yoga pants and athleisure wear ALSO don’t go to Target for diapers and laundry detergent wearing heals…ANYWAYS…
The challenge order here has been exciting. I like how the designers are being pushed out of their comfort zones immediately and that their creativity is being tested. We get to see, presumably, the best the designers have during the auditions; these challenges show us who can step out of the box, who can make the box into something else entirely, and who is possibly out of their element. The first two runways have been so exciting because the skills being assessed: creativity, innovation, synthesis, and adaptation. The former teacher in me is really loving the sequencing thus far 😉
Over the last few seasons, however, it has become apparent that shade is part of the game…but really?! WHY OH WHY must we have drama to start the second episode of the season? I GET that this is a show, it has to be entertaining. I used to be an English teacher, I KNOW that a good story has to have conflict. But COME ON!!! Just get to the designs…if I wanted drama, I’d be watching The Real Housewives of [pick a city]. This is supposed to be a design competition…
Yay! Let’s go to Mood!
Despite the anxiety, the “make it work” optimism is really balancing. This particular group of designers collectively (as of right now) have a great energy.
SIDENOTE: Um, Heidi, WOW. Just WOW. There is no longer any wonder in this house what your nipples look like. Now, don’t get me wrong, we love boobs and nipples in this house, we were just REALLY surprised.
In the middle:
Rik: Now, I love a good shirting, ESPECIALLY for women’s wear, but this is just okay. The pattern on the back and bust felt too small for the runway. The other pattern either didn’t work with the smaller pattern (at least not on TV and in photos).
Jenni: I LOVE THOSE PANTS!!! Jenni, I want to buy a pair. Seriously. They are perfect. They are drop crotch pants, but they look like a skirt too. The jacket, not so much. It has an 80’s vibe with those shoulders–not my style.
Nathalia: Meh. The top looks like a tankini top, and I’m not a fan of an oversized, droopy cuff in white. I don’t care who you are, you’re dragging that cuff through something gross and then it’s stained. No thank you.
Sarah: Nothing new. I’ve seen it at Khol’s. It’s nice; the print on top is cute, but it’s nothing new. The fit at the top of the back of the skirt could have used some attention.
Mah-Jing: Oh, I really like this! I think I’d wear the top with a slightly longer skirt, but it’s cool. I like what Mah-Jing does with denim.
Cornelius: This didn’t work for me. Personal preference: I hate the print of the skirt. Yes, I said hate. Either the way the pattern is arranged around the neck or the placement of the angled seam throws the proportion off and makes it look as though the model’s neck is too short or something–the more I look at it, the more disturbing it looks.
Tasha: YAAAAAAAS! Without the peek-a-boo of the midriff, I would wear that NOW. It looks trendy and interesting and comfortable and sexy. Tasha, I would love to buy this outfit and wear the hell out of it.
Dexter: No. It looks like my 6 year old wearing my coat. Not my taste.
Roberi: It was ok. It had a Vera Wang for Khol’s feel. The print on the skirt was nice.
Kimber: I’ve seen it in a bunch of stores. Crop top with high-waist, wide-leg pants. Nothing special. I felt soooooo bad when she sewed her shirt backwards; anyone who has been there (including myself) feels that pain. Way to stick with it and bang it out!
Brik: The crotch is not so good. The rest of the look is rather ordinary and uninspired. The jacket has potential. I was really expecting this look to send Brik home, and the “auf” was a hard call.
Linda: The poor fabric choice was part of the reason it didn’t work. The IDEA of an urban kimono was really fun, and I really wanted it to work. After all, this was a challenge in which we expected her to excel. The jacket was blah and the knit for the dress…so much no. The sleeve shape and the cutout was quite fun. I would have liked to have had the opportunity to see more from Linda, but Heidi gave her the “auf.” Best of luck, Linda!
Alex: I like the pants quite a bit! I don’t think they are as innovative and gush-worthy as Nina, but I’m also not Nina ;). The pop of color underneath brought some depth to the black, along with the variety in fabrics. Very rarely do I agree with Zac, but I agree about the bow–it’s been done. All together, it did have appeal. I feel like a kindred spirit with Alex–that organization and desire for perfection are totally me, too. I love your list, Alex! #organizedpeoplerock
Erin: Lo and behold! I can’t believe it, but I agree with Zac AGAIN: Erin’s voice is clear (Yes, Erin, #glitteralways). However, what girl is wearing this and where is she going? It screams Alice in Wonderland in a very animated way, but more like Sponge Bob animation and less like Disney animation. It DOES look MUCH better with the belt, and I agree with Heidi that no sleeves would make it more of a selling point for me.
Laurence: I WANT THAT JUMPSUIT!!! I CANNOT WAIT TO BUY IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So, I wrote that as I was watching the episode. When the Justfab version came out, I decided that I’ll try to make one of my own (I want black or grey anyways). What I loved about the runway original was the straighter, longer lines and the slouchy ankles; the big back pockets placed lower and the contrast drop-waist panel across the butt are perfect. The Justfab version slimmed the fit and changed too many other details. Despite the fact that the other designers pointed out the vagina-like nature of the slit in the back, it’s still cool. Laurence deserved the win with this one. Well done, and I cannot wait to see more!
Episode two ends on a “Justfab” note, so let’s hope the designers can continue to produce exciting runways.