By The Lovely Les
It’s December and so another week goes by in a flash! TT is super busy with her usual blog posts and CJ Bomb is still recouping. So after an unplanned dinner hosting out of town guests, The Lovely Les is ready to have her day in the jungle.
The show starts in reflection mode and let me tell you – heads were spinning and if they weren’t they were pale, pale, pale. Each of the remaining 14 were COMPLETELY shocked by the double elimination – Welcome to our world from last week! Dayoung is undeniably tired and stressed out. Everyone else says the double elimination is a huge surprise and a rude awakening to the what this competition is really about.
Sigh! The Show will go on… Umm but not really. The penthouse comes into view and an ambulance is underway to the building. It seems a bit obvious from the reflection and previews that Dayoung is not doing too well. Unwell enough to call the medics as she is aching all over, numb and really can’t move her body.
The medics ask for privacy and next thing we see is Dayoung barely walking along with support from nurse to a wheelchair to be taken away to the hospital. The other 13 are very concerned and are hoping for the best as the door closes on their heels on the way to the workroom. Brittany says it best – taking care of “us” is key or you literally will not see this competition through. It’s a good group of designers who seem to be very genuine and care about the well being of each other.
Change of Scenery
Designers walk into their workspace but with one HUGE addition! A giant size door the height of Karlie Kloss times 3! And so the animal print challenge is out there as this door was part of the set for the movie – Cats. Karlie is wearing leopard print. Marquise is wearing leopard print. I swear there were a few more sporting the print in the designer group so the challenge is perfectly played.
The challenge is to use the re-imagined world of the Cats movie as the inspiration to create a chic street style look using animal prints. And there we turn our ears back for some of the designers who have NEVER worked with animal prints. Hissing…Some say animal print is the new neutral…more hissing.
The Lovely Les agrees with this new neutral and has been adding animal print into her wardrobe for the last 15 years. So clearly, this is not a FAD! I have antelope print carpeted stairs. I have leopard print on a bench. If I do anymore of this in my house, people will say stop…it’s that bad. My closet – it’s a bit of the same. I tried to see what a leopard print top with a leopard print cardigan would do – thought to myself – would Marni say yay or nay? Back to Bravo, it is a 2 day challenge and it is an INDIVIDUAL challenge. Brittany has immunity and plans to keep her prior model. Big sigh of relief!
Sketching the Mood
Marquise is crazy about this challenge as it is made for him – meantime he is twinning Karlie Kloss’s outfit with a leopard print button down shirt and later revealed – animal print shoes that are spectacular. Veronica can not find an animal print in her silk chiffon selection. Christian gets a bit frustrated with her as she has SOOOOOO many options of fabrics but limits herself in such a way. Delvin stumbles across an amazingly beautiful green feather fabric and decides to runaway from the usual suspects of snakeskin and cat prints.
Meanwhile, Brittany is “sweating like a whore in church”!!!!! Nancy has 8 fabrics and tells Christian that she has narrowed the selection down to the 8! Christian says she must be creating a collection. Christian then turns to Geoff and says his design is not street enough and that sends Geoff mentally over the edge again. It’s a repeat from last week. Geoff will seem to always stress the most at Mood because he can’t locate what he wants. Then he questions his design and then he is down in the dumps and the sweet designers have to emotionally pick him up. I see the routine.
Back to the Workroom
Everyone gets down to business as they know from the first episode that they can not send down unfinished garments. There is an elevated level of get it done this go around. Alan plans to do some type of coat. He envisions an old cat sporting a stylish look as if I am not too old to wear young??? Delvin is doing a classic coat dress with a double lapel. His go to is luxury over status quo. He will not be doing his southside of Chicago streetwear – which is where he grew up – but the rich streets of Chicago instead. Brittany has immunity and plans to do a very utilitarian coat while painting her animal print on the chosen fabric. Sergio, of course, will have a train on his garment. Thoughts?
Geoff down-”streeted” his look into a hooded/pant ensemble that eventually is labeled a track suit of sorts. He is just beyond mental and can not seem to come out of his rabbit hole. Sweet Chelsey has to remind him that he almost won the last challenge.
Marquise is making a pleated skort and a puffer shoulder sleeved shirt with multiple animal prints. His goal is to make his piece universal.
Christian Swoops into the Jungle
Christian updates the designers with the status of Dayoung. She has returned to the penthouse. He sympathizes with the designers on what a tough job they have. The limited amount of time they have to take care of themselves is not really a thing on this show. The TV show makes it look fun and easy but it is not. Reality TV is not reality!
Christian starts his rounds first with Victoria. She has made a white and snakeskin dress. The dress is not finished but Victoria is more focused on making her yellow bag as a statement accessory. Christian says to bag the bag and finish the dress.
Listen To Christian!
Tyler is making a Tokyo underground streetwear design that incorporates his love of Tokyo and origami. Tyler goes on to describe himself as a perfectionist as he was raised as an only child. Christian turns a frown on this look. He challenges Tyler with the pants – it’s done over and over again – be more creative – get out there. Tyler’s response – I like my look. Well, okay then.
Shavi is using only 1 fabric/print for his dress. He is repositioning the fabric to make it look like it’s more than 1 print.
Veronica is super stressed because she can’t really figure out her identity with the fabrics that she chose. She has black leather and a soft blush chiffon animal print. Christian tells her to find her boho look and go for it. The lightbulb goes off and she says blouson shorts it is!
Christian tells Alan to stop taking snack breaks since he has Yoda on the model form. LOL! Alan takes it in stride and shows his 2 other designs on the sketch pad. Christian tells him to get going on his other 2 fabulous ideas and hang the Yoda camel coat up. Alan is definitely scared. Later we also find out that Alan is here in America as one of the Dreamers!
The time has come to head back to the penthouse and everyone is looking forward to seeing Dayoung. Sweet Fancy Nancy assumes the mama role and takes to Dayoung’s room to check in on her improvement and plans to do the challenge. Dayoung says she is regaining her energy so that she can fight her way back. She has only 1 day to complete the challenge and she has never worked with animal prints. But she knows that she will only go with a tiger print since it is such a symbol of China.
Back to the Jungle – Day 2 of Challenge
Veronica has her blouson shorts with a puffy leather top that has no inner lining which is taboo apparently. Dayoung shows up and says she is doing a cotton coat with silk cutouts. Christian visits and announces that Marni Senofonte will be the guest judge. I throw my hands up with excitement as do the designers. I don’t know why Marni makes me so happy! Christian highlights that Marni truly epitomizes street style.
Victoria is worried about her accessories and alas her dress is still not finished. Christian observes that it looks like a wedding dress – isn’t this a streetwear challenge? Sergio has constructed a super lady like look that is NOT street style. Sergio goes on to explain that he does not design inexpensive clothes for the younger lady. He designs for the 45 – 60 year old rich lady!!!! This does not roll over Christian very well.
Sergio says he will not change his aesthetic for a random challenge such as this. So Christian finally meets in the middle and tells him to make a total haute couture dress for someone shopping at the grocery store.
From Yoda To Beyonce
Alan has made the leap from Yoda to Beyonce – Christian walks by and says check! Alan is relieved! Geoff is still working with muslin and has made very basic garments that have no wow factor at all. His animal print isn’t even out yet to make into anything. Nancy is working on shredding her print materials (remember she has 8 fabrics) as if a cat is working on it’s scratching post. Nancy says that in each of her designs, she collaborates with the fabric. She listens to the fabric to find what journey it wants to take on.
Night before Runway
Veronica makes a facetime to her mom and daughter. She is quite emotional with having to leave her little girl behind. She recently became a single mom and she desperately wants to prove to her daughter how risks can evolve into something amazing. Sergio pontificates his geo-political statement in his dress? He goes on to say it portrays the future extinction of animals. That people love animal prints but they do not take care of the animals. One day there will be no animals. Tyler literally calls bullshit and gets up to leave the room. Geoff rolls his eyes.
The designers have 2.5 hours to finish everything. There is lots of work to be done. Delvin in his sashaying lab coat just prances around. Poor Dayoung is making the best of her problem with amazing spirits of positivity. While Delvin has been done since day 1! He has been avoiding Christian so he won’t be slapped on the hand for sitting around and doing nothing. Christian finally gets onto him and says his classic line – nothing is ever “done” on this show.
Victoria is working hard on her coveted purse that is now being compared to a block of cheese and does it even match the look of her wedding dress? Geoff, again, can not decide on his accessories. Decision making is not his forte. Veronica sees that she has designed diaper pants – and an oh shit moment has been captured. Delvin decides to watch everyone helping Dayoung instead of lending a hand. I think at least 4 designers were helping her and he literally says that enough people are helping and that it is totally okay that he isn’t. Hmmm – let’s see where that gets him later in the season.
To The Runway
Karlie comes out with a killer laced up ensemble that immediately creates cat noises from the gallery. She quotes Coco Chanel – “Fashion that does not hit the streets is not fashion”. The winner of today’s challenge and the fan favorite look will be made by the 19th Amendment and sold on Bravotv.com.
Tyler’s look is described by Nina as a karate kat! The leather crop top is really awesome with the mock neck and button closures. But the pants don’t hold up to the top. Super baggy looking pants that are hard to really read or understand what they are.
Victoria’s dress is very Herve Leger. Lots and lots of construction design going on but little animal print. Her goal was to impress with construction and her yellow bag which she eventually does. Christian exclaims that he hates the bag back behind the runway. Hehe.
Geoff has created this really cool hoodie that has this awesome flapping in the wind factor but then everything below the neckline is boring. Is it a cape? Anorak? Shawl? Poncho? It’s just lost in translation. Geoff seems very detached from his creation which I think stems from the fact that he does not work with animal prints.
Oragami Gone Bad!
Brittany sends down another mullet cut out form in a skirt with a painted pattern on her trench coat that is hard to really see on the runway. I do not care for her bra like top that is very flowy under the oversized trench. Too much swaying going on.
Alan watches while Nina smiles at his outfit! His design is definitely creative.
Shavi has a basic silhouette of a dress which also does not lend itself to streetwear. But his play on the juxtaposition of the same fabric is great. The dress fits his model perfectly.
I don’t know what to make of Melanie’s outfit. Judges are unsure if her fabric is even an animal print. Her dress looks like an origami project gone bad and has undone it’s folding. She mentions she had nightmares about it all last night!
Delvin’s goal was luxury and that is what he displayed. The color choice was definitely a big hit with the judges.
Chelsey rocked it! So did her model. She made sweatpants into flowy culottes. Loose and comfy crop top – total street wear!
Marie Antoinette Meets Scarlett O’Hara
Veronica’s diaper pants actually do look a bit better on the runway but her top needed more shape. Veronica is worried as she spent her time creating a ballerina look for the dancers of the movie Cats…
Oh Sergio Oh Sergio! While his look is impeccably made, I see Marie Antoinette pretending to be in her little house in the backyard of Versailles trying to go unnoticed at the pretend farmers market. Then the model turns around and I jump forward to Scarlett O’Hara from Gone with the Wind. This is not street wear chic.
Dayoung’s look is nothing to write home about. It was a cool concept and she had very limited time to create it. So she went with a safe design that she hopes will not fall apart on the runway.
Marquise has created a new take on a skort and his button down shirt is amazing. I love the 3 print top with the simple camel skort to balance out everything. His styling was spot on. Remember – Marni is judging.
Nancy’s shredded top was interesting and you really felt a sense of a cat waiting to pounce on you!
My top picks are Chelsey, Marquise and Nancy with Chelsey for the win. My bottom picks are Veronica, Victoria and Melanie with Melanie out.
Judges pick Geoff, Victoria, Marquise, Tyler, Delvin and Veronica for the highest and lowest scores. Geoff’s tracksuit had too many ideas. Brandon coaches Geoff to reign in his nerves. They are getting the best of him. Victoria is one of the highest scores. She guessed that she was in the top – which made me stop and wonder why I had her in my lowest category. (Side note – this is when the judges are not consistent with rewarding the challenge vs. the construction. Victoria’s look had no street sense about her). Marquise’s look is understated elegance. Tyler is too costumey. All of the judges love Delvin’s look – loved loved that he took a risk with the feather print. Veronica’s look is just bad yet Marni liked it which meant a lot to her.
Judges agree that Victoria’s look is very old school Herve Leger – thank you Elaine. So she drops out of the running as the winner. Delvin’s look eventually comes down to it not being streetwear enough and the win goes to Marquise!!!! Yeah!!!!! I may get to buy his shirt!
Tyler’s look was not great but his attention to detail was very high. Veronica’s design was unfinished and Geoff’s had no vision. The judges agree that it’s time for Veronica to go home.
Next week – get ready for the unconventional challenge!
PS Sorry this is so late. The Lovely Les had the recap turned in in record time. I got off to a late start and the first one of the season takes several hours to get everything to fit. Too many designers!