Mondo Guerra's Take on 'Project Runway': 'All Stars' Champ Critiques Designers' Creations
This is a cute dress. I think he coped well with the oversized scale of this print and delivered a silhouette that would be flattering on a lot of girls. And it's versatile too. Pair this with a cropped leather jacket and a micro bootie and you've got an edgy day look. A solid design from Alexander.
The judges couldn't get enough of Bradon's shirt-dress, which surprised me a little. The front draping technique isn't very flattering and this design seems tricky to mass-produce. It's an innovative, unexpected use of fabric but it seems more experimental than commercial to me. I guess I just didn't "get it."
Heidi said Kate's model looked pregnant in this dress, which is a criticism I've had with a few of her past designs. But I disagree with Heidi here. Sure, she could have offset the skirt so that the print didn't create a big "8" down her body, but I think the volume works. Kate delivered a dress with vibrant, expressive colors and feminine details -- which is what the challenge asked for.
Ken supposedly had a big advantage with this challenge, being from the South and all, but the judges tore him apart for playing it too safe. While they liked his color choice, John Thomas said his first look was borderline bridesmaid dress. I agree -- it just doesn't have enough impact.
The judges thought his second dress was too short but said that it was still a big improvement. It was definitely more modern but I thought the design seemed very unresolved. Not a fan of either version. And honestly, not a big fan of Ken in general.
From his jacket to the print, Jeremy's first design felt very dated, mature and pedestrian. Zac Posen likened the jacket to a flight attendant's uniform and Heidi even put it on to demonstrate. But Jeremy should get some credit for completing separates in a one-day challenge.
For the second look, he was able to capture a more youthful ease but honestly, it was kind of a snooze. Still better than his first attempt, especially considering the one-hour timeframe, but the color completely washes out his model. The design is a bit anemic.
Nina Garcia said the colors of Dom's first dress reminded her of scrubs. I thought it was a very pretty design but it did need some more "oomph" to make it runway ready. Had she followed her instincts and designed this silhouette in the print, it could have been a wow moment.
But everything happens for a reason. Dom was able to use the print for her second dress and it redeemed her with the judges. Aside from some strange fit issues in the bust (can we say lopsided boobs?) this design delivered her modern, sexy, fun point of view.
The Judges' Decisions
The judges named Bradon the "clear winner." And in an unexpected twist, Dom's one-hour look not only saved her from being auf'd, it also earned her the second challenge win. Talk about a comeback! Both designs will be produced and sold at Belk stores and Belk.com.
Jeremy couldn't deliver what the judges wanted and he was sent home.