Elena, Seth Aaron, and Korto are the final three designers. They are tasked with designing a six piece collection in four days. That’s…sixteen hours per look, if they don’t sleep a wink. And, the designers must somehow be inspired by their heritage, whether they like it or not. Elena is Ukrainian, Seth Aaron sounds remotely related to Spain, and Korto descends from Liberia. So, it’s off to the United Nations to learn a little something.
Fast forward, a trip to Mood, and back to the workroom. Korto starts with a killer yellow maxi dress, Elena is creating texture with leather and wool, and Seth Aaron is cutting up a diamond embossed patent leather lambskin.
On day two, Seth Aaron switches to a striking red felt fabric. What a gorgeous color, and a gorgeous coat. Elena is cutting giant holes in everything and it looks sort of silly and unwearable — also, time consuming. Korto is being very practical. She’s working her prints in flowing, wearable dresses. And, surprise! The losers are here to help! Korto gets Christopher, Elena gets Viktor, and Seth Aaron has Jeffrey. Super surprise! The designers must use these weird print scarves to make a seventh look for their collection. This brings Elena to tears since the prints have not much to do with what she does, but whatever. Viktor’s mom always says “Don’t drown in a cup of water,” so she stops crying and he sews her a dress out of the scarf.
Models, fittings, hair, accessories, and to the runway! At the U.N.! The judges are Georgina Chapman, Isaac Mizrahi, Zac Posen, Gayle King, and Alyssa Milano. First up is Elena. Grey and yellow dots — it’s cute, I guess.
Grey-on-grey dots, more yellow, leathers and wools — I kind of get it. But all of the shapes are the same, with straight mini skirts and rounded sleeves, kind of boring. That last bright yellow and green tent dress was very necessary, taking the silhouette just a little bit farther.
Seth Aaron is next. A harsh black dress that’s strangling the model, a gorgeous and dramatic banana yellow jumpsuit with crazy shoulders, and I kind of want that white dress.
The shirt made from a scarf looks frumpy.
Wow, a lace jumpsuit…kid of ugly, no?
A print mini dress we’ve all seen before until she turns around and the leather detail in the back is intriguing.
And there’s that red coat that I want so bad it hurts.
Korto and her print pageant is the last up, and is that maxi dress gorgeous or what?
A little white dress that I hate because I want to rip those ruffles right off of the front. Oh no, I also hate the next look, and the next…what happened here?
Those white fabric flaps are terrible!
The silk jumpsuit is stunning, but not enough to steal the show. I give the win to Seth Aaron, handily.
Isaac buys into Elena’s concept, but he doesn’t love the fit. Georgina is mild on the skirts which are not structured very well, and Alyssa notes that Elena spent so much time on the upper parts of the collection that the bottom parts suffered. This was a craft project, in my very humble opinion.
Georgina genuinely enjoyed Seth Aaron’s collection. Do not take my red coat, Georgina! We are so on the same page — she does not like the fishnet jumpsuit either. Zac Posen was blown away by the draping, and Alyssa loved the back of that scarf dress.
Korto’s dresses flow onto the runway, but her structured pieces are criticized when compared to the softer fabrics. Isaac says that Korto is the most inventive of the designers, and it made him feel like crying. You made Isaac feel the feelings, Korto!
When the judges deliberate, Elena is sort of chucked out of the running real quick. It’s all the same stuff over and over and over again. So who is the winner? Seth Aaron. Aww. I feel badly for Korto. She’s pretty awesome. And Seth Aaro is really crying.
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