This was a contender for the win. You can tell the judges, Rebecca especially, loved it. It wasn't without its problems, though. And considering that the winning outfit was pretty much flawless, it just wasn't the time for Althea to produce a less than perfect look.
We really like that stripe detail in the bust and the straps. Without it, this would have been a nice, but mostly uninteresting design.
Unfortunately, the execution wasn't what it could have been. The finishing on them looks a little rough.
And from the back, they look pretty uneven. Honestly, we're being a little picky here, but like we said, this was not the week to show a less than perfect look and expect to win. Shirin really brought her A game.
The other area where she faltered was the design itself. No woman as pregnant as these models were attempting to appear is going to wear something as low cut and with as little support as that.
Especially if that woman is Rebecca Romijn, who's got a bodacious set even when she's not pregnant.
Still, a good try from Althea and definitely puts her in the "one to watch" category. Although it's notable that her dress last week had some finishing issues in the bust as well.
This was a very sweet, very sexy little dress from Louise and it hits all the right notes when it comes to maternity wear. As we said previously, women in this state tend to want to look pretty and feminine and even a little sexy. She nailed it on all those fronts.
And while this is all those things, it also fulfills the other major desire of pregnant women: comfort. This dress looks effortless to wear. Everything is well covered and non-binding, while still having an easy, breezy sexy feel to it.
It's probably a little short for some women's comfort zones, but again, we're talking Rebecca Romijn here, who did three blockbuster movies wearing nothing but some strips of latex and blue body paint. Body issues just aren't on her menu.
She did a nice job on the bust. Not only was the hand-dyed lace a nice touch, but she designed a bust for multiple sizes, knowing that a pregnant woman's boobs don't stay the same size for long.
And as Nina pointed out, the layered hem was a nice touch, too.
We have a bit of a reservation declaring that she's one to watch as well only because if you've checked out her portfolio, you know that this is a pretty standard look for her. She's probably made this dress dozens of times already. Pretty, but if she can only send these 1920s-inspired pieces down the runway, the judges are going to get bored or she's going to run into a challenge where she can't get away with it.
It's like an Olympics Closing Ceremony outfit for the Women's Labor & Delivery team. We really don't like anything about this look; hate the colors, hate the color-blocking, and when you take those elements away, you've got a very basic dress with some alarming technical issues. All the criticisms we had for his dress last week are even more evident this week.
Namely, his technical skills and his fit issues. He clearly has no idea how to fit a bust. Granted, his model is pretty flat-chested, but that should have made his job easier, not harder.
And, as we said last week, you can see every seam from twenty feet away. It's Puckerville all over again.
You would think that if he knows this, he wouldn't have gone with all that color-blocking, but again, last week he pin-tucked the hell out of his gown, so we're assuming that he doesn't recognize this deficiency on his part.
Look, it's a design competition and not a sew-off. Having less than perfect sewing skills doesn't mean you're out of the game. But designing things that highlight your lack of sewing skills is definitely asking for trouble.
It's not a great dress and it's not a great design. Those Nike swoops were such a bad idea it was kind of funny. Part of the reason he didn't get more shit from the judges for it is because he owned up to it immediately and showed a sense of humor about it.
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