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Let's check out the view from the top.


"I want something fresh, simple but interesting, short but kind of long, sexy but prim, something to show my body but that covers me up, tight but loose, feminine but macho, and most of all, I only look good in dark colors, so make sure it's nice and bright."

Aahh, models. Don't ever change, girls.

Kudos to him for recognizing that he needed to take the wheel on this one.

Model: Matar Cohen

He put together something that's totally him while at the same time giving her something that she loved to wear. That's a designer.

We really loved this piece. About the only criticism we have for it (and we suspect it's the reason he didn't win) is that it didn't look very modern. Maybe this is because we've been holding our own private Sex and the City marathon this weekend, but it looks like something Carrie Bradshaw would have worn in seasons 1 or 2.

That back is gorgeous and very much in that deconstructed style of his.

And of course, we loved all the strips laid across the front. As Marc Bouwer pointed out, that couldn't have been easy to do without a lot of puckering and rippling. Heidi may have had a point about the bust, but we think that had less to do with any fit or design issues and more to do with the fact that Matar isn't big-boobed.

Still, it was nice to see him get some recognition and take his place in the top where we felt all along he belonged. As a designer, he's thoughtful in his approach and masterful in his technique.

And a big round of applause for Dr. Whitfield! She's been overworking her designs since week one but we have to admit she's more of a designer than we originally assumed.

Model: Lisa Blades

This week's look sealed the deal. It's still perhaps a little overworked - there are an awful lot of elements for such a relatively simple look - but she toned it down considerably.


Let's start with the only criticisms we have: the skirt fabric isn't what we would call sophisticated and that thing around her waist makes her boobs look droopy. If it didn't curve out at the top and bottom like that, it would have been more flattering.

But that's it. The rest of it is as close to perfect gets on Project Runway. We really love the work she did on that top. We like the sort of incongruous strap on her right. It gives a simple Wilma top some interest.

And we like the effect on the back of the skirt. Also gives what could have been a really simple silhouette some interest.

All in all, it's a chic, stylish and most importantly, interesting look. She probably should have won it. Good job, C.H.

Extending Judging:





[Photos: Mike Yarish/myLifetime.com - Videos: myLifetime.com - Screencaps: Projectrungay.blogspot.com]


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86 comments:

I dunno....To me , black + purple always = Halloween.
Loved Epperson's.....It was HOT!


Yea! I'm first!

I actually like Epperson's better-- it looks like it is Matar's.
Some of the other outfits didn't really look like they were designed for the person, even though that was the intention.


Now I can once again be happy about claiming Carol Hannah for we Charlestonians! I could've sworn that hers was going to win. It was my fav and more put together then Althea's (which I still think looked like a hot mess of random pieces thrown together).


If the Dr. can just tone down her looks, she could be a major player. Editing - dear nuclear physicist from SC. I'm surprised and happy.
I did love Epperson's too. But I still think that Althea produced the best overall look.


I appreciate the difficulty of appliquing onto jersey but c'mon, brown again?


I definelty think Althea won because both women guest judges coveted the jacket, and chose to ignore some serious design and fit issues the rest of it had. I still think the other top entries were far more sophisticated and interesting.


This was a great design, but would have been better all in one fabric. I don't think the belt was bad, as long as the model stood up straight. Carol Hannah has the construction skills and will do great if she learns to edit a little more. I believe she is more than just a designer of "pretty."


I couldn't figure out what was it that bugged me about Carol Hannah's dress but as always, TLo pinpointed it - the curved waistband really took away from the overall look. A straight waistband would have been much better. And probably have gotten her the win.

Hope this is okay to post - there's a short article in people.com - Tim dishes on the neoprene disaster and some details on the dye job. Really gross.


Epperson was my pick for the win and the only one of the top three looks I would wear if dressing to stand out at a party. Dude can execute the hell out of a design or design concept.

TampaBay


Oh, I forgot to comment on Epperson. He did a nice job taking a basic silhouette and putting his own distinctive style on it. It's not "current" but the slip dress silhouette borders on classic for cute, sexy looks.

I think that brown was the right choice this time. It goes wonderfully with Matar's coloring, especially her striking hair.

The bust issue could have been corrected with a bit more fitting.


Wow, I really felt like Epperson deserved the win just for managing to make a great look out of the most contradictory and vaporous requests I think I've ever heard from a client.

And she truly liked it.

I think the brown was okay 'cuz of her coloring and because she wanted to be a kitty and punk and romantic . . . brown was about it.


I'm surprised that people liked Epperson's design and that he's considered one of the top. I've found his designs to be particularly drab.


The incongruous strap was a huge relief. Shoulderless slings are a dime a dozen-- Tim pointed out rightly that it aged her. And C.Hannah listened! Gorgeous and chic.

Loved that Epperson's nicely made his model the punk tiger she wanted to be without pandering to her requests.

Wish Nora back in S1 (and Logan, this episode) had pulled off something as awesome.


Loved these two WAY more than the winning one, which to me was an almost ordinary design with serious fit issues. These were different, at least.

The judging really suffered this episode.


Either one of these should have won over Althea's thrown together mess.

Even when she is being nice, that Weird Al judge is annoying as fuck!


I like what both of them did-made a neutral color sparkle by using textures. I am positive kQwCristal would have done better if she had used a more interesting black.

I really liked Epperson's-the first few challenges, all his crap just looked overwrought--this is complicated, but slick.


I definitely think that one of these two should have won. I'm leaning more towards Epperson's because I feel as if the Dr's contribution was almost more appropriate for a VERY fashion forward office (seriously, put a suit jacket over that) as opposed to an un-named and unknown industry get together. Plus, the fact that his dress doesn't pucker everywhere is a credit to his craft.


One thing I appreciate about Epperson is that he was the only designer who came back with the color swatches of the material that his model requested, and explained why they didn't work. What they created together was something marvelous.


Could we finally have a fan favorite with great design and execution skills?

Epperson his design was beautiful, the back was seriously sexy and it was fun to watch him manage a difficult client so well.

Also? Nice to see he is human, and missing his family.

Suz


"One thing I appreciate about Epperson is that he was the only designer who came back with the color swatches of the material that his model requested, and explained why they didn't work. What they created together was something marvelous."

Yes, Yes, YES. I had forgotten about that. What a professional!


I thought for sure one of these would have been the winner. I still don't know how in the hell Althea's mess made it into the top three, let alone won.
Though I am getting tired of all the brown, it really works beautifully for Epperson's design.
Purple and black is very Halloween, as Suzanne said, but the design of Carol Hannah's dress was really pretty, though suffered a little in execution.


Both looks were fab with Epperson my No. 1 and Carol Hannah my No. 2. And I was happy to see he had obviously made peace off camera with Qristal. Now I just hope that future challenges with weird requirements (if there ever are any) don't derail either designer.


Nope, I still don't get it. Epperson's was a contender for the Heidi award in my opinion - short, tight, and with those strips, shiny. It just looked trashy to me. And Carol Hannah's was a mess. Again, the skirt looked cheap - awful, awful fabric. The top could have been cute, but that waistband was so unflattering it was hard to tell.


The first thing that popped into my mind was "desperate Cougar dress" ... not sure why. :)


Are you kidding! The back of her skirt looked like a duck's butt following her around.


I don't really get the association of purple and black for Halloween for a couple of the commenters, as I always think of black, orange, and green, but, shrug. It's one of my favorite combinations personally, either way. I thought CH's dress was gorgeous, and unlike TLo I really like the skirt fabric because it's interesting without taking all the attention. But then, I already know my tastes aren't necessarily what's considered good in fashion, seeing as how one of this year's fashion week lines that made me go 'ugh' is being written about as if it were brilliant...

Epperson's was pretty keen. Where is this criticism of brown coming from? If it's directed towards him, it's not something he's used a lot of, and if it's general, uh, brown looks really good on Matar and was his alternate to using that gaudy bright orange. Same colour range, just darker and less saturated. In other words, it was what the client wanted, but better.

Personally I would've rather one of these two took the win. Althea's outfit's lack of bra is still distracting me from seeing what the heck's so great about her outfit, other than giving her credit for making three pieces.


I loved both these looks, especially Eppersons. I agree with the the weird rounded belt on carols being bad and that the extra strap on top was nice.


Epperson handled a difficult client with tact and grace. This makes me wonder why he had so much trouble with Qristyl. Do you think this casts their dispute in a different light, perhaps gives his attitude and actions more legitimacy? Clearly he is able to be nice, and professional, even under duress, and isn't just a big old jerk. So why did things between him and Q go so very badly?


I liked CH's (but hated the bangs! wth?) but to me Epperson's just looked cheap. If there wasn't lighting and she wasn't on a runway, I have a feeling she'd look like a hooker. I loved the back but don't really get the rest. To me it looked like it was sewn well but really nothing to write home about. I thought he was on the loser edit...


Funny, but when Epperson's came down the runway, I thought, oh, no, he's going home for that! Just goes to show you can't predict (at least I can't) what the judges will love and what they won't.

In CH's case, Tim's advice was good: he was concerned about the Wilma aging the model, so the good doctor added the strap which, I supposed, modernized it. Though, to be honest, I'm sick of that asymmetrical semi-Wilma look.

What about that skirt fabric? Is it embossed? Or a print? Anybody know??


And thanks so much to Anonymous 6:08. That's sick but for some reason it doesn't surprise me! I was wondering which of the models refused to wear the dress! I wish they would have shown it in MOTR... it would have been MUCH more interesting!


I think the rounded waistband on Carol's dress would have worked if she'd used a stiffer fabric and/or boned it to make a mini corslet shape. The upward curve can be quite flattering on underbust corsets, and could've worked for her. However, the fabric she used was too soft, and sagged, so it didn't give that sexy lift to the bust.

I also lol'd at the "only $100!" in fabric. Clearly these people have never worked in theatre or on a budget! $100 can be a lot if you shop smart and know how to manipulate fabric. =)


Especially when they are making skimpy outfits for these slim girls, kira!

I think one thing that we saw with the Epperson/Qristyl incident was a personality clash. I've also noticed, as a manager, that some personalities just don't work as leaders. I'm not talking about pushovers, either. It just seems that some people try to assert their leadership in abrasive or confrontational ways. I've never had to assert leadership at all, consciously, so it baffles me, but I think this might be what was going on with Qristyl. It's almost like working with animals in a way--it is body language and attitude and maybe eye contact, too. He may have automatically given the model more respect since she was "the client."


After last week I was worried Epperson would but heads with his model, but should have known it would end up with him avoiding that fatal fall of listening to the customer a little too much. I also thought both of these looks were better than the winning one.


Both these designers did a good job making clothing that accentuates the client's personality. Kudos for that.

Epperson did something that I had to learn the hard way - If you can't give the client exactly what they ask for (in this case orange) you need to walk them through the decision process. He was careful to let Matar know that he hadn't blown her request off - and he showed her why he had to go a different way. Of course - nothing succeeds like success. If you have something really great to show your client it can go a long way toward softening their disappointment that you didn't follow their instructions to the letter. Good job Epperson.

Also, glad to see CH step it up.

Watching the extended judging reminds me - Question: When the designers leave the runway for the judges' final deliberations, can they hear the judges? They always pair a comment by a judge with a reaction from a designer in the waiting room. (Blond judge guy says that Q has made a LBD look cheap/in the waiting room Q slightly nods her head) So it looks like the designers can hear what the judges are saying. Why do they have the designers leave? Is it so they don't have to watch them squirm? Or are the designer responses just part of the editing? (Sorry if this has come up before and been answered)


If I had had to bet on who the model was who refused to wear a garment, I think I would have picked Fatma or one of the flakier zygotes, but Vanessa? She's no Valerie, but I would have lost money on her.

Why does Carol Hannah's eye makeup always look like she put it on the night before and then slept in it? It's a real walk-of-shame look. Too bad, she's a cute girl.

I don't get why Althea's won with the obvious and I'm sorry, trashy lack of mammary support when Epperson and Dr. Whitfield turned in much more solid looks. It was not all that, and there were serious construction issues. I wish the judges would put aside any initial "Ooooh!" reaction and drill down to the actual quality of the garment. Disappointing.


I'm sure Alex was thrilled at the good doctor's prominence this week. :) Well deserved, imo, though I would have preferred that Epperson won, only because we got to see how well he took control of the situation and read between what Matar said in order to give her something that they could both be proud of.

I think this episode sort of recapped why Epperson and Qrystal didn't work well together. He saw this challenge as an opportunity to creatively twist his style to fit with someone else's, while she didn't assert herself and instead crumbled to everyone's opinion (Valerie wanted a black dress, Tim said the original look needed some reworking).

Anyway, I still think Althea missed the bus on this one. I don't know how she was in top three, let alone singled out over these two.


I liked the way Carol Hannah's moved in the back.


Geane said...
The first thing that popped into my mind was "desperate Cougar dress" ... not sure why. :)


I couldn't have said it better.

I would have said old Los Vegas Hooker.


I really liked Epperson's, and agree that walking Matar through the decision making process was great.

I liked Dr. Whitfield's, but didn't love it. I was pleasantly surprised that she was able to make the Wilma look kinda modern (unlike Q), but agree that the waistband is bad and the skirt fabric questionable.

Of the top 3, I would have given it to Epperson, but I'm waiting to see pics of Gordana's -- I loved hers on the runway and I'm hoping it stands up to closer scrutiny.


I thought that one reason why Althea may have won over the Doctor was Lisa. I'm not a good judge of model walks, but I thought she was terrible. Lisa reminded me of how I might have walked in that dress, and there's a reason I don't make a living on the runway (well, several, but that's one of them).

Am I the only one who thinks she had the worst walk on the runway?


Doesn't like Matar's hair WHAT? Mine is exactly the same. There just isn't much that can be done with it at all, so it's down most of the time like hers.


Epperson's dress was great, especially the back. CH's dress was certainly one of the only nonshameful dresses up there, but is that really enough? The update on the Wilma was fresh, but looked a little tacked on. The skirt fabric was painfully ugly.

I am waiting with bated breath for the pictures of Gordana's, because I think I loved it, but it went by too quickly to tell.

Every week she gets a "What??!!? look on her face when they announce she isn't in the top, and I make the same face at home.


Did ppl see this:

Designer Ra’mon-Lawrence Coleman, 31, dyed his winning neon green neoprene avant-garde dress in the toilet, Tim Gunn, 56, revealed to PEOPLE on Thursday.
“What the audience didn’t see is me going into the men’s room, saying to Ra’mon, would you please get that neoprene thing out of the toilet? If you’re going to dye it, dye it in the sink. It’s more hygienic.”

But Gunn wasn’t the only one appalled by Coleman’s idea. His model had to wear his still-wet creation down the runway minutes later.
Gunn said, “It was one big hot mess, and his model was refusing to wear it because she knew it had been in the toilet. I had a showdown with her in the sewing room about how you’re a professional, this is what you have to do.”

www.people.com


Wow: I couldn't disagree more with your take on CH's outfit. When I saw it, I got a total "Boris and Natasha" vibe (from the old Rocky & Bullwinkle). The fabric really turned me off, and reminded me too much of bad couch upholstery: dominatrix meets my Granny's couch. The color choice of that dreary purple with the black further made her look more like a Russian spy stuck in a Nagel Print from 1985.


another laura

I really thought it would be Epperson for the win. She looked beautiful in it, the proportions and construction seemed really together, to me. Ah, well.


That's just something you could tell about Epperson all along- he's a designer, not a dressmaker. And certainly not a doormat. I think he should have won, because from what I could see (but who knows what got edited out), he met the requirements of this challenge the best. And Matar looked hot.


I honestly couldn't concentrate on Carol Hannah's creation because the model looked like a sheepdog with her bangs completely covering her eyes and all I kept thinking was, really? You're going to an "important industry event" where you are hoping to showcase your looks, and you're going to keep half of your face hidden? I guess I'm turning into my mother right about now . . .


It's interesting to compare Carol Hannah's dress with the very similar aesthetic of the one Alexis Bledel is wearing a few posts back.

This is how it's done!

CH's bodice is a much better fit and made of a much richer-looking fabric, though I'm sure PPS spent a good deal more on it that she did!

The skirt, too, is not as heavy as PPS', and is much more interesting. (Love the back view!)


1. Epperson's dress did NOT have a problem with the fit. The "problem" that Heidi saw was that the bands were placed asymmetrically. So it looked like one side was smaller--it was just the the size of the fabric vs. the banding.

2. I cannot comment on the tight, short, shiny this week because of the winning outfit.

3. The panel of judges desperately needs some testosterone. NINA!!!!!

4. Carol Hannah's dress was interesting but I was afraid that the embossed (?) fabric skirt made it look sort of cheap.

5. Brown. The official color of Project Runway 6.

6. I know mens' room bathrooms are pretty gross, but how does Tim Gunn know for sure there are more germs in the toilet than in the sink? They've done studies and the toilet might actually be cleaner!


In my mind, Althea's won over CH's simply because it was more youthful and more trendy. From the judge's standpoints (and mine as well), Althea's garment is more along the lines of what a young, stylish model should be wearing. I suppose certain, more classical designers would more quickly take notice of a model wearing CH's, but as time progresses, those designers are becoming the minority. Look at how far Agyness Deyn's unconventional style carried her...!


Tina said: "Where is this criticism of brown coming from? If it's directed towards him, it's not something he's used a lot of, and if it's general, uh, brown looks really good on Matar and was his alternate to using that gaudy bright orange. Same colour range, just darker and less saturated. In other words, it was what the client wanted, but better."

I don't think the criticism of brown per se is directed at Epperson, as his was probably the best of the brown we've seen so far this season. It's just that it does feel like there's been a lot of brown fabric selected by the designers over the three episodes thus far. Is brown supposed to be the "new" black? Or is there just a lot of that specific color at the moment at Mood?

I liked Epperson's dress, would have much rather seen it as the winner than Althea's diaper suit. His taking Matar's comments and being able to fashion them into something she liked was impressive!

Dr. Whitfield's look underwhelmed me....along with her model.

srq


Weird. Except for Epperson's, I did not get the other top two at all. I thought Gordana and, especially, Louise's dresses were much more striking. I loved, loved, loved Louise's dress for Fatma. But maybe I should wait and rave about it when you guys get to it.


I still think the doctor's look was the best of the bunch, but Epperson did manage to make an interesting outfit.


6 foot 5 Bill said...
Wow: I couldn't disagree more with your take on CH's outfit. When I saw it, I got a total "Boris and Natasha" vibe (from the old Rocky & Bullwinkle). The fabric really turned me off, and reminded me too much of bad couch upholstery: dominatrix meets my Granny's couch. The color choice of that dreary purple with the black further made her look more like a Russian spy stuck in a Nagel Print from 1985.


9/13/09 8:34 PM

Oh, dear! LOL! Now that I have that image in my head, it's even harder to get out than "blue smurf."


I liked both of these dresses better than the winner, but I felt there were at least three more on the runway that were better.
Emmerson's dress was kind of nice from the back, but the front not as much. The stretch fabric looks a little sleezy.
The Dr's dress is her best effort yet, I would have been okay with her winning. Not really spectacular for getting noticed at a model party, though.

Re:Toilet gate
A model should behave in a professional manner in regards to wearing what the designer makes, but the designer has a professional obligation as well. It is not professional to expect a model to wear a wet or unfinished (revealing) dress. And it is down right cruel to put a girl in a wet dress that has been in a toilet. She is after all a humanbeing and deserves to have some dignity. Ra'mon should have been disqualified on the spot.


I thought Carol Hannah should have won. I loved everything about her design. She really surprised me this week, as I can't remember anything she's made in the past.

I also loved Epperson's. I thought the model looked great in it and the detailing was spectacular.


Epperson's dress looked slutty to me.


One question....

What the HELL is Jennifer Rade ON? Could she have been more manic and self-important?

Shudder. Please, please, Nina, Duchess, come back.


"There just isn't much that can be done with it at all"

Uh, how about trim the bangs so she doesn't look like that sheepdog from the Bugs Bunny cartoons?


Jenna said What the HELL is Jennifer Rade ON?

Good question. What on earth was that comment to Epperson, "What's your name?" Look at the friggin' card in your hand, lady! That was beyond rude.


Dr. Whitfield's skirt looked so 80's to me...embossed shiny black?? And the back kick pleat thing? No, no, no!!! I did love the top draping and color, but the bottom, starting with that curved waistband, was a mess. It was not youthful. Don't get me started on the model's hair. I keep having flashbacks of my mother, "Get your hair out of your face!"

I loved Epperson's dress. It was a collaboration with his model, it was beautifully constructed and frankly, Matar looked hot. The coloring was the "tiger" she asked for which goes wonderfully with her skin tone and hair. Awesome! He should have won. Althea's garment was a mess of bouncing boobage and diaper bottom. I wish she had just worn the jacket and panties. Probably would have looked better.


I liked Epperson's better for this challenge - it was a little on the hoochie side for most of the soirees *I'm* invited to, but I seriously doubt it would be so for an event at which a model wanted to stand out in the crowd. And it escaped looking cheap because of the obvious skill it took to put it together.

I liked CH's separate elements but somehow it was just one thing too much in the final garment. I can't say what I'd eliminate, though - possibly change fabrics? I liked the top (loved the 2nd strap), liked the skirt (both the fabric and the micro-train/kick pleat combo, what ever it's technically called.

I'd have given the win to Epperson, probably, unless Althea's jacket was outrageously amazing up close in a way that didn't come across on video/in photos.


thanks for the post ladies.

I dunno...I'm not really thrilled by any designs/designers this season and I'm feeling disappointed.

Hope I am proved wrong!


I like the first design. I thought it’s very creative but the when worn the whole outfit look trashy. However the second one looks wholesome. But the whole piece is just not right, especially the skirt design and the fabric choices, dreadfully awful.


The first outfit is beautiful I thought the back is well creatively made but the whole outfit itself is very revealing it lacks sophistication and elegance. The second one, I love the top design. But the skirt is extremely terrible. But if i would pick one of those outfit i would definitely pick the first one.


I think Matar's hair looks awesome.

(another Suz)


Let me call it, Carol Hannah TOP 3.


Big YAY! For Epperson. I was glad he finally got some shine. And c'mon, could that have been more of a Heidi dress? Short, tight and shiny, that's where it's at!

Liked CH's top, but HATED the skirt. It just looked like a Woolworth's curtain.


LOVED Carol-Hannah's, she should have won!


I wasn't crazy about them, but they were definitely the best looks by far, especially Dr. Whitfield's.


Still don't get the "Dr. Whitfield" reference. Either I've missed out on something in pop culture, or you guys are trying too hard to find nicknames.


bitchybitchybitchy

Loved Epperson's design for Matar, and she worked it on the runway.

I really thought that Epperson or Carol Hannah had this challenge won because their designs were so strong, and well-executed. I'm really interested in seeing their work in the next challenge.


Well, I didn't like either, much. I liked the front of Epperson's but thought the back was a mess. I thought Carol Hannah's looked old, like those flared peplum suits of the 80s, but just on the hem, and her boobs did look droopy.


I don't understand the Carol outfit and how this one didn't age the model like Qristyl's. And I seriously disliked the choice of fabrics and colors. Shiny, shiny, and so funereal.

Liked Epperson's but I knew he wouldn't win when they kept harping on the bust, even while Tanisha's boobs were staring at two judges at once.

Oh well, there's always next week for me to find something to covet or be amazed at.


Still don't get the "Dr. Whitfield" reference. Either I've missed out on something in pop culture, or you guys are trying too hard to find nicknames.

In the first episode, Carol Hannah said something about how smart she is, and was about to expound on it, but then just trailed off like her mind went blank. So, not so smart. Thus the ironic use of "Dr. Whitfield".

I loved Epperson's dress, even if it is short, tight and shiny. Sometimes that's what works. Matar looked amazing in it.

I like the top of CH's, but I'm not crazy about the bottom. Still, it's a pretty good look, and I think she's one of the good ones.

Because it can't be said enough: Jennifer Rade is annoying and rude. I hope we don't see her again.


I liked Epperson's much more than Althea's and I thought her boobs seemed fine because, as you said, they at least are still on speaking terms. I liked Carol's but I can't get past her model's hair.


Why is Epperson up on the stage with just Q and Johnny, since he was top 3 and they were bottom?

It was so funny when Mark said he disliked Matar's hair - um the same hair as Mz. Rude?

I thought the weird varied straps on the back of Epperson's dress were a little cheap looking. But I guess for a trendy model event it might work.

Mz. Rude Loved the purple here, by Carol - but it looks very similar to the purple of Johnny's.

What colors DO some of you like, no black, no brown, no purple, no orange, no green, no pastels (to MOTB), no neon, etc.?


I loved Carol Hannah's, hated Epperson's. I don't understand what all the fuss is about with Epperson's dress, it seemed a little slutty to me. It was short, didn't cover her chest (or lack thereof), and while the strips of fabric were kind of cool, I didn't like the color combination. Shiny gold/brown reads tacky for me. Or maybe I just don't like Matar. She reminds me a lot of what Lindsay Lohan looks like now, now how she used to look when she was fresh-faced and didn't always look like she'd spent the weekend on a bender.

Carol Hannah's dress was very pretty, though. I agree, the middle part wasn't quite right with the top/bottom curving out, but I loved the skirt material and the impeccable draping of the top, also the back of the skirt. I think she should have won it, hands down.


LOVED Carol's! Go girl!!!!


Almost all with you. I HATED the back of the skirt. To me, the mini- mermaid tale was just one trick too much in the overworked history of that dress. But otherwise, I likee too, though I prefer Louise's dress and Gordana's.


Epperson really showed what the client designer relationship could be at it's best. The designer's who got stuck on this challenge, really didn't take the lead, for although the model was their "client" the client is not a designer and the designer should really have confidence in their own vision and skill, while crafting something that makes the client stand out and feel great.

I love when Carol Hannah said "y'all" and heidi called her on it. Showin her southern roots, v. cute.


"I want something fresh, simple but interesting, short but kind of long, sexy but prim, something to show my body but that covers me up, tight but loose, feminine but macho, and most of all, I only look good in dark colors, so make sure it's nice and bright."

Ha ha! That's exactly what I heard!


Heidi may have had a point about the bust, but we think that had less to do with any fit or design issues and more to do with the fact that Matar isn't big-boobed.

No excuse. He MADE it for her. He knew she had no boobs. What, he can only design for the rack-tastic models all of a sudden? That makes no sense. If it doesn't fit the model he made it for that is ALL fit and design issues and it is all his fault. Sheesh.


Still don't get the "Dr. Whitfield" reference. Either I've missed out on something in pop culture, or you guys are trying too hard to find nicknames.

It's been explained in every comments section since it was first brought up.


Trillion on 9/13/09 at 10:08 PM said...."Epperson's dress looked slutty to me."


I would not say slutty more like very very "Hoochie Mama". The challenge was to design a dress to make your model stand out at an industry party. Epperson succeeded at this challenge. The model also succeeded becuase I do not she looked at all slutty or "Hoochie Mama" in Epperson's design.

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