Well, we are halfway through the season, and we have all witnessed meltdowns, brilliant designs, and some truly bad outfits. For this week’s challenge, the designers were put into two teams and told to create a collection for the new Marie Claire magazine, Marie Claire: Work. The first team (called Team Six) was comprised of Elena, Melissa, Dmitry, Sonjia, Alicia, and Raul. Team Six made a Fall collection in dark colors (black and navy blue) and edgy aesthetics that would appeal to younger women in the workplace– I really liked their collection, and I would wear Melissa’s electric blue dress and Dmitry’s blue and navy color-blocked dress. But there were bad looks in the collection– such as Elena’s boxy and exaggerated jacket and Raul’s ruffled top (the only thing that saved that look was the navy blue pencil skirt Sonjia made to go with it). The second team (called Team Five) was comprised of Gunnar, Ven, Christopher, Fabio, and Nathan. They went for a more Summer collection with a color scheme of white, pink, purple, and black details. Unlike Team Six, Team Five was able to cooperate with each other and also created a collection that could go beyond young women. I really liked Christopher’s shredded, printed skirt and blazer, as well as Fabio’s black-and-white dress– but I did not like Gunnar’s outfit (the top looked like a collapsed pastry), I hated Nathan’s pants (why was there that flap in the front of the pants?), and I was not overly impressed with Ven’s look (it was good, just not memorable). But the strangest thing about this episode was that both teams ended up with the exact same score, which I believe is a Runway first.
The bottom three designers were Gunnar, Elena, and Raul. Gunnar had that horrible top; Elena had a jacket with hugely exaggerated shoulders; and Raul had that ugly top. In the end, Raul (see photo 1) left the show for a second time (his outfit is in photo 2). The top three designers were Melissa, Christopher, and Alicia. Melissa designed a gorgeous electric blue dress; Christopher made a lovely pencil skirt with a shredded pattern along with a shirt and blazer; and Alicia made two gorgeous trousers. In the end, Melissa (see photo 3) won and I wish I could get that dress (see photo 4).
What do you think of this episode? Do you have a favorite and/or least favorite outfit from this competition? And do you have a favorite and/or least favorite designer for this season?