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TFS: The Mini-Challenge

Darlings, it's shoe week!


See? This is why we were always behind the idea of a mini-challenge - because creating a new print for Olsenhaus vegan shoes is exactly the kind of fun concept that works for it.

And it was fine for once if the results were less than perfectly executed. The task was to come up with a design prototype, not a finished product.

Now put your judging pants on.

Andrew:
It's alright. We're not crazy about where the line cuts across the front. We can't really form an opinion on the "did he steal the idea of fringe from Reco, who invented it" question. We can't shrug hard enough.

Angel:
Kind of cute. The leaf detail is perhaps a bit too prominent.

Anna:
It's alright but it looks a little dated.

Daniella:
Kind of a bold move on her part to cut away almost the entire shoe. Points for that. The design itself is basic but at least it's on trend.

Haven:
Not badly designed but definitely not our taste. It's, unsurprisingly, a little '80s crossed with a little Ugg.

James-Paul:
Rubik lost the concept this time. These are FUGLY.

Keith:
Very cute. Not crazy about the colors, but the design is nice.

Lidia:
Another bold choice. Also has a trendy feel to it.

Merlin:
Jesus Christ. Stay away from shoe design, Chicken Diva.

Reco:
The judges on this show often say silly things but we kind of agreed with the whole Halloween critique. These look like they should be paired with a drugstore-bought sexy witch costume.

Johnny:
When we first saw these we were all "Ooh, those are the winners right there. Perfectly done and very current." When the Harper's bitch announced the win, we nodded our heads in approval...




Until they flashed on the final product. Uh...something got lost in the transition.

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73 comments:

I'm just glad that they've whittled the field down so we actually get to see ALL the mini-challenge pieces, unlike, say, the LBD challenge in episode 1.


the sellable product somehow lost all the sleekness that came with a higher heel. they look clunky, heavy, and wide. badly done.
though LOVE THE CHALLENGE. love being able to see ALL the designs.


First of all, thank you for all the screencaps, it's nice to see the designs for more than 5 seconds.


I LOVED Johnny's and Daniella's. Right on trend.


Johnny had the best design, by far. Angel designed a nice pair too. I could see her shoes in a fancy store with some editing; like make the leaves (?) a little smaller.


Plastic shoes aren't cruelty-free, if they still feel anything like I remember.


Mariana (The Unoriginal)

I really liked this mini-challenge, it was quick, creative and produced great results. No more sewing buttons or The Price is Right, Bravo, please.


I didn't like any of them. I thought the idea for the challenge was good, but the materals (and time) they gave the desigers to work with reminded me of the Girls Club when some anonymous philanthopist donated 2 dz cigar box purses and we had to decorate them using house paint.

Did anybody else find it odd that every single designer made two-tone shoes? Personally I like shoes in one color or ...flower prints :/.


This was a good quickfire challenge. I feel that TFS should only do a quickfire challenge if it's not stupid (like the T-shirt dress challenge and this one), not unlike the occasional "pop design" on Top Design. Don't make us watch 8 minutes of stupid hosted by Schecky Bazaar, when we could be watching some actual designing and creativity, please!

How awful is it that I didn't like any of the shoes at all? It might have had to do with the short allotment for the design and execution. I guess like like some edging or piping instead of bold color blocking on my shoes, but there didn't seem to be enough time to cut out a shoe form and cut up and assemble all the pieces.


Until they flashed on the final product. Uh...something got lost in the transition.You got that right, boys. Johnny's original design was very cool and sleek. Now they're dumpy looking. I love a round toe, but the proportion is all off. Poor Johnny. He does something nice and it gets all mucked up.

This mini-challenge was so much fun. Even the shoes I didn't much like deserve some appreciation.

Lisa, you are correct. Plastic shoes are from hell. Did you ever try to dance in them? Yikes.


Was an interesting, unique and NEW challenge.


On the subject of Olsenhaus's cruelty-free schtick-- it seems a bit contradictory to damn the use of animal products, then create shoes that intentionally mimic animal skins (see the 'reptile' used on the production version of Johnny's design). Atwhay ethay uckfay? (Talk about messages being lost in translation!)


Also thought Johnny Samurai's were super cute. But as usual, Bravo found a way to fuck it up.

And Keith's were too elementary-school art class. All what was missing was the chain school garland to go with it.


Most of them shoes were ugly as shit. So of course, Daniella is going to find fault with everyone's except her own.


Lisa,
I know the usual reason for mimicing a natural product, such as snake skin, is economic one. The man made product would be far less expensive and certainly less rare.
I suppose the "cruelty free" reason would be acknowledging that the skin, fur , or hide of an animal is beautiful, but that it is not necessary to kill the animal to enjoy it for yourself.


Lisa said...

On the subject of Olsenhaus's cruelty-free schtick-- it seems a bit contradictory to damn the use of animal products, then create shoes that intentionally mimic animal skins (see the 'reptile' used on the production version of Johnny's design). Atwhay ethay uckfay? (Talk about messages being lost in translation!
)

Not really. They damn the use of animal products because they don't want animals hurt or killed, not because of the aesthetic appearance of the skin or fur or whatever. If it's fake, who cares if it's supposed to look like snakeskin? Not the same thing AT ALL.


"Jesus Christ. Stay away from shoe design, Chicken Diva."

One of your best lines, ever!

Yes, something did get lost in translation. As Maura said, "Johnny's original design was very cool and sleek. Now they're dumpy looking."

Exactly.


As for the remarks about cruelty free shoes, I think the lady doth protest too much. What's the problem? Are you in the cattle industry?

Don't assume all vegan shoes are plastic and uncomfortable. I've had leather shoes that destroyed my feet and vegan shoes (cute ones) that were actually comfortable.

I'd never heard of Olsen Haus before the show, but according to what they say, they are indeed trying to be ethical. www.olsenhaus.com/philosophy.html.
I see no reason for disparagement.


I think the biggest problem w/ the mass-produced version of Johnny's shoes is the shape of the toe. They looked much sleeker when the toe didn't look like white clown shoes.


Many, Johnny's shoe did not translate well. It reminds of of the kind of thing people in Alaska wear to be "stylish" in the winter time.


This was definitely the best mini-challenge so far. I think Lidia's were my favorite. Since the shoes are just a proto-type, I think they would have looked the best as real shoes. Johnny's were okay, but seriously fug when mass produced... Anna's would be cute if they were a different color.


Lord. None of them wowed me at ALL. Lidia's were possibly the best, but without anything at all which would make them catch my eye on a sales rack. (Keith's would catch my eye all right, but not in a way to inspire sales). At least Johnny's prototype was original and kinda cute. The manufactured version, as stated by an earlier, had too round a toe. And it really didn't work as a wedge. And overall just turned out ugly as sin.


It doesn't even look like the same shoe. They ruined it.


LaFemmeFataledeNY

" Ally said...

This was definitely the best mini-chalennge so far. I think Lidia's were my favorite. Since the shoes are just a proto-type, I think they would have looked the best as real shoes. Johnny's were okay, but seriously fug when mass produced... Anna's would be cute if they were a different color."



I agree, Lidia's would've looked the best as real shoes. Very modern looking. I would totally buy them.


I thought Keith's was very playful and sassy. They reminded me of the color-rich sketches that Manolo Blahnik makes.


These screencaps are great! Thanks for the opportunity to really study these designs.

I liked the winning design the best, but the final marketed version disappoints.

First, the gathering on the middle band of color was on the top, drawing the eye upward. On the marketed version, however, the gathering was moved to the bottom of the middle band, drawing the eye downward.

Second, the toe box was changed from a smart pointed look to a kindergarten-style round toe box of the type found on cheap plastic snow boots. This is such a shame, particularly since the above-mentioned gathering change now leads the eye right down to it. It's a downright travesty.

From fabulous to fugly. Sorry, Bravo, you took a win and made it a FAIL.

Also, it's surprising that six of the designers chose to stick with the basic boot outline rather than cut it down. I thought that showed a certain lack of daring, putting all the designer's eggs in one basked as far as the covering went, and only Johnny Poodle Head made the most of that choice. All the others in that category looked "done" largely because their designs did not make a distinctive enough shoe from this common and usually somewhat blah silhouette.


For me, this episode captured the biggest, most welcome difference between TFS and PR -- the respect for the shoe. So often with PR and that damn Bluefly Wall, I find that I have to subtract the shoes from the outfit when assessing the designer's work. I am very much enjoying not having to do that on TFS. And I very much enjoyed being able to drool over the tootsie treasures in the main challenge.


Final product: Zero sales.

Johnny's product: Assuming I am typical, I at least admired them, if not wanted to try them on.

Sometimes you just can't win.


To clarify what I said about the faux reptile skin--

It seems to me that if you think meat & leather are cruel and/or immoral, it's perverse to celebrate the notion of wearing animal skin, by wearing an intentionally lookalike substance.

I guess you've got to work in the cattle industry, as I do, to see the logical inconsistency.


Johnny's, Lidia's and Daniella's shoes were my favorites. I really loved this mini-challenge, even if the end result was disappointing. I think my LL Bean snow boots are more stylish than the version for sale.


I loved this mini-challenge! Although I wasn't all that impressed with the results, overall, it was a perfectly designed (pun intended) competition.

The only shoe I really loved was Angel's, though Lidia did a creditable job as well.

Johnny's is just not my style, though I can certainly see why he won. But, oh, lord, Bravo crapped up a great design, didn't they?


Agree with you about Sumo-Top Johnny's shoes. When I saw them, I liked them, but the Bravo for-sale version looks terrible. I wouldn't accept a pair of those as a gift. Why did they round out the toe? They look like some sort of awful slippers that my late dog would have loved to have attacked.


At last, a challenge we can really appreciate!
I loved Johnny's shoes, but gagged when I saw the "product" for sale.
WTH?? How could someone do that to a perfectly good looking shoe?


James-Paul's shoes looked like someone slipped a pair of Keebler elf slippers onto the lower part of a blank shoe.


Ah Reco.... He finishes quickly as usual then walks around crowing about how "fabulous they are bitches" and then they get dissed by the judges as too Halloweenie. You could just see the air go out of his sails.

Laughed out loud and scared the dog at "Jesus Christ. Stay away from shoe design, Chicken Diva." You guys kill me! Also, as an aside - didn't El Pollo Loco look like a little jockey with his get up this week? How much shit did he pack to go on this show?

Jilly


The retailers made a very bad misstep with the final design on this shoe. Probably every woman who couldn't imagine buying one of these outfits would have bought a sleek version of that shoe. The rounded toe, the cheap looking construction....UGH!!!
They made something that belongs at payless or worse yet, the knockoff tables in China town.
Epic fail


Jesus Christ. Stay away from shoe design Chicken Diva.
I am still laughing. Love you two


I really liked Johnny's design and also chose him for the win. I really don't get how Bravo is translating to these "final products". Why was Johnny's original black not feasible to produce? Clearly it wouldn't be leather since they're supposed to be vegan, but is there something wrong with some other smooth black material?


LOVED Johnny's first shoe, HATED the final. FUG!
momica


Gods, the final product shoe is SO FUGLY.


Oh Johnny, you poor little Sumo wrestler, they ruined your shoes!


honesty.not.pc

It is the heel and the contrast between the ripple detail fabric and the fake snake sking, thats what looks wrong. The original shoe looks more like a satin spat style with a boot heel. Much Cuter concept.


"Sewing Siren said: the materals (and time) they gave the desigers to work with reminded me of the Girls Club when some anonymous philanthopist donated 2 dz cigar box purses and we had to decorate them using house paint."




I just had a flashback.

--GothamTomato


"Lisa said: it seems a bit contradictory to damn the use of animal products, then create shoes that intentionally mimic animal skins"




Yes, I can see it as cruel to copy the skins of animals when said animals have no access to intellectual property attornies.

Leave it to Bravo.

--GothamTomato


"I really liked Johnny's design and also chose him for the win. I really don't get how Bravo is translating to these "final products"."


I love how Johnny produced something in an hour that manufacturers could not replicated having probably weeks to produce it. Changing the toe box made a huge difference. It's no longer the same shoe. Beauty is in the details.


Brooklyn Bomber said: Don't assume all vegan shoes are plastic and uncomfortable. I've had leather shoes that destroyed my feet and vegan shoes (cute ones) that were actually comfortable.


The worst leather shoes I ever owned were a pair made by a company known for its comfortable shoes, so I agree with you on that point. The plastic shoes I had were obviously plastic. It was supposed to be their appeal (purple plastic heels. What? It was the 80s.) My chiropractor boyfriend told me not to come crying to him when I hurt myself after a night on the dance floor.

"Vegan shoe" sounds weird to me. To me, "vegan" means a choice about the food someone eats. I guess "non-leather" sounds like "cheap shoe".


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I just had a flashback.

--GothamTomato~
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~Come to the Girls Club and beeee~
~Come to the Girls Club and be aah Girl~
~ And beee a girl.~
~ And beeee a girrllllll~


Definitely needed the higher heel on the winning version because otherwise, it's just not working.

Some interesting ideas.

Soooooo glad we're up to individual competition these days, too.


Maura said, "Vegan shoe" sounds weird to me. To me, "vegan" means a choice about the food someone eats. I guess "non-leather" sounds like "cheap shoe".My understanding is that vegans swear off animal products altogether (not just food). And while leather has been promoted as being synonymous with quality (shoes, car interiors, etc.)--and sometimes it is--think of all the cheap leather shoes out there.

On the other hand, there's a Canadian company (Matt & Nat) that makes really beautiful and stylish non-leather handbags; I have a few of them (bought on sale, and before they got so popular their prices skyrocketed); I get compliments on them all the time. They don't look cheap, believe me.


It's the toe box. The challenge had a pointier toe. The production verion is very rounded which makes the whole design look stumpy.

flory


Lisa said...

To clarify what I said about the faux reptile skin--

It seems to me that if you think meat & leather are cruel and/or immoral, it's perverse to celebrate the notion of wearing animal skin, by wearing an intentionally lookalike substance.

I guess you've got to work in the cattle industry, as I do, to see the logical inconsistency
.

If you personally think there's an inconsistency, fine, but there's not "logical" about it. No animals are harmed in faux products, so, logically someone who is against harming animals has no problem with them. Wearing a pretty animal print is different than wearing a faux fur wrap with fake legs and head attached or something. Liking the way snakeskin looks has nothing to do with glorifying violence against animals or something like a fake bearskin rug might. Guess you might want to look up what 'logic' is before you start being so condescending about it.


Maura said...

"Vegan shoe" sounds weird to me. To me, "vegan" means a choice about the food someone eats. I guess "non-leather" sounds like "cheap shoe"
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I guess that's why people should go by actual definitions of words rather than what they choose to personally think the words mean. A vegan is someone who abstains from using animal products in all facets of their life, not just food products, and not just products that result in some form of harm to the animal. If an animal is used in any capacity during something's creation, a real vegan won't use it, even something as seemingly benign as wearing wool.


GothamTomato said...
"Yes, I can see it as cruel to copy the skins of animals when said animals have no access to intellectual property attornies.

Leave it to Bravo."
--

OMG. GT you are too funny!


Technically, they are vegan-FRIENDLY shoes.

All shoes are vegan. I've not yet met a pair that eats meat, eggs, or dairy.


WHAT FUN to see all of those fantastic shoes! Thank you, TFS, for giving the designers something interesting to do and a chance to get away from the other crazies in the room.

I am also commenting because GothamTomato made me laugh. When I get out of law school, I am totally taking over that undiscovered patent niche. :)

I see the use of fake animal print as an homage to the beauty of an animal. You can replicate the beauty without hurting the animal, so why not? Until they patent their skin patterns, of course.

And just wait until the flowers patent florals...


I understand the gist of Lisa's argument- while the wearing of faux-skins obviously doesn't inflict cruelty upon animals, it still promotes the idea that people should wear animals (that footwear should be made from animals).


Anonymous 7:53 has a point.

When one wears faux fur or leather, or eats what Arthur Machen described as "eccentric dishes of cutlets made of lentils and nuts that pretended to be steak", it suggests that the real item has a value that a straight-out, undisguised substitute does not.

And because the faux whatever is almost always less satisfying than the original (in taste, texture, warmth, feel, etc.), it's hard to convince others that they shouldn't go back to mink or leather or steak.


Nah, some of us stopped eating or wearing critter not b/c we thought steak was yucky tasting or crocodile ugly, but b/c we didn't want to be responsible for something's death for our fashion/food. It's not always political, sometimes it's just personal. My hemp shoes and tofurky are not a judgment, just a choice.

Me, I'm just charmed by this new era of fashion-forward "vegan" shoes. I'm a comfy shoes gal myself, but happy to see the fancy girls have pretty feet if they want them.


I liked Lidia's best, no contest. That being said, poor Johnny. Those Bravo boots look worse than anything I've seen at Payless or Walmart. Shame on them for executing the winning design so poorly.

This vegan conversation is rather strange . . . Doesn't fake fur look like real fur only it's fake? So why can't fake snakeskin look just like real snake, only it's fake? Am I missing something?


"itsjustme said...
This vegan conversation is rather strange . . . Doesn't fake fur look like real fur only it's fake? So why can't fake snakeskin look just like real snake, only it's fake? Am I missing something?"


No my dear, you're not missing anything and that is precisely the point; THEY are.


Maura said...
"Vegan shoe" sounds weird to me. To me, "vegan" means a choice about the food someone eats. I guess "non-leather" sounds like "cheap shoe".
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I am vegetarian(ovo-lacto), but from speaking with my vegan friends it is more a lifestyle than simply just a food choice. The vegans I know are against animal cruelty in any way and as such avoid anything made from animals. So shoes made from the skin of any animal would be a big no-no.


Nonleather that apes real leather should pose an ethical dilemma for those serious about animal-rights because it represents animals as a mere resource.

I wear leather & eat meat, I'm certainly not trying to make a case for Veganism. But, if you're gonna browbeat your customers on the virtues of Veganism (and, the evils of meat-eating) -- as Olsenhaus does -- you should at least demonstrate ethical consistency. (Or, people are liable to think your ideals are nothing more than this year's fashion.)


"Lisa said...

Nonleather that apes real leather should pose an ethical dilemma for those serious about animal-rights because it represents animals as a mere resource.

I wear leather & eat meat, I'm certainly not trying to make a case for Veganism. But, if you're gonna browbeat your customers on the virtues of Veganism (and, the evils of meat-eating) -- as Olsenhaus does -- you should at least demonstrate ethical consistency. (Or, people are liable to think your ideals are nothing more than this year's fashion.)"

What nonsense. First off, who's doing the "browbeating"?

Second, the only "ethical consistency" they need to demonstrate is to their own vegan standards, not to some completely made up standard that has nothing to do with theirs.


If they can make a vegan shoe that I like I'll buy it. Then again I have never passed up a pair shoes that I liked. The only reason I have not convereted my garage to a shoe closet is because Mr. Mastercard and mr. Visa only like me so much and I do not need the space...yet.

TampaBay


There was something rather comfy about the all-suede look to the original prototype. They lost it when they tried to get all fancy pants on us with the fake-o snakeskin.

As for the vegan thing... substituting petroleum-based products for animal based products, to me, is not a great substitute. In general, if you're going to kill animals for meat in the first place, it's best to use as much of the animal as you can. I don't believe in killing animals solely for their skin.


Suzq said: "In general, if you're going to kill animals for meat in the first place, it's best to use as much of the animal as you can. I don't believe in killing animals solely for their skin."

Unfortunately, unless you are self-sufficient and raising your own animals for meat and clothing, this doesn't happen. The big meat and leather producers value different breeds - some just for the quality of their skin, others for the quality of their meat - usually not the same breeds.


I'm using Brooklyn Bomber's comment because hers was the first re: my comment on the term "vegan shoes".


"My understanding is that vegans swear off animal products altogether (not just food). And while leather has been promoted as being synonymous with quality (shoes, car interiors, etc.)--and sometimes it is--think of all the cheap leather shoes out there.

On the other hand, there's a Canadian company (Matt & Nat) that makes really beautiful and stylish non-leather handbags; I have a few of them (bought on sale, and before they got so popular their prices skyrocketed); I get compliments on them all the time. They don't look cheap, believe me."


Oh yeah, BB, I know that vegans eschew animal products of any kind. I spend a lot more time talking and thinking about food than I do about fashion, so "vegan" just sticks in my head primarily as a food choice. It's just a quirk of mine. I'm not saying it's incorrect. Also, I didn't mean to imply that non-leather items are cheap. I meant that designers might think the public would interpret "non-leather" as equivalent to "cheap". My apologies for the misunderstanding.

anonymous @3:54 said: "I guess that's why people should go by actual definitions of words rather than what they choose to personally think the words mean."

There's no need to be rude about it. As I said, I am fully aware of what "vegan" means.


dang. I don;t get the opinions here. So many of you like Lidia's - really cream, gold and black - uggh.

I thought Keith's - while definitely not for the masses, were very cute. While I like Danielle overall, not feeling the praise for her's either. ANd while I did not like Andrew, I actually liked the color and thought the boots had potential.


I actually like the translation of Johnny shoes, what I don't like is the 255 buck price tag. If it wasn't for the price this would be the one thing I would buy from The Fashion Show store!


Go, Johnny, go!


I am so glad you mentioned Johnny's winning shoe design looking good in one frame, and looking hideous in the final shot. I thought I had lost my mind. I wanted Johnny to win because I liked his design the best. But when they flashed that shot of the shoes done with that weird teal metalic gator-like-skin, I questioned my sanity.


I'm fine with vegan shoes. Not a big fan of some animal rights activists, but I'm fine with personal choice.

What I don't get is how vegan shoes are inherently better for the environment, like the woman said. Um, if a shoe is made from petrochemicals, made by a polluting company, or by utilizing non-ecofriendly distribution methods, then that vegan shoe is no longer better for the environment.

I'm not saying a vegan shoe can't be better for the environment, I'm just saying that is isn't inherently better, which is what she was implying.


Did they really think that shoes can be banged out in a day or overnight without having any footwear construction experience?
They all look like they've been hit by a missle! I'm sure there were good intentions, but whomever though-up this Mini-Challenge, should have researched footwear design and construction then googled "Shoe Star" and see how it's really done!
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