Designer Challenge Scores

Challenge One - BE A SPORT!

Guest Judge - Dal Lowenbein

 

 

Contestant

BEGINNER

Judge 1 - Rob - /25 Judge 2 -Hilda - /25 Judge 3 - Malinda - /25 Guest Judge - Dal - /25
Grand Total - /100

Contestant 1 - Dmitry Puzanov

 

Theme: 4

Originality: 2

Creativity: 1

Construction: 4

Accessories:2

Rob

I found the use of so much pattern and color to be too busy for the eye, especially in this scale.  The zipper was way too large for this scale and the top and skirt should have been lined.  Overall not a bad entry, better than many others. Still it was a very predictable silhouette for this challenge.  The shoes were a hot mess.  You need to learn to edit some of your ideas and focus on couture.

Theme: 3

Originality: 3

Creativity: 4

Construction: 5

Accessories: 3

Hilda

Interesting fabric choices and creative combination of color and pattern.  The garment is very well made and while it is simple, the fabrics give it visual interest.  The hooded jacket with stretch cuffs and hem is the most sporty element.  I am not sure this outfit is couture as much as ready to wear.  The shoes are more couture.  I don’t love them with this outfit, but I am impressed that the designer made them.

 

Theme: 4

Originality: 3

Creativity: 4

Construction: 5

Accessories: 5

Malinda

Prints & colors striking-good original accessories; hoodie is a bold nice touch; design just a little more urban/ethnic looking than sporty. Great job!

 

Theme: 5

Originality: 4

Creativity: 4.5

Construction: 5

Accessories: 4

Dal

It’s as if you mixed Alexander Wang, BCBG with Altuzarra’s jackets and hoodies. I see the Spring 2012 Sport Collection with a nod to the African print trend in your design. Love your choice of fabric and contrasting textures. The silhouette is not new or different and I think the belt too bulky but I do love the oversized hoodie that screams sport couture and the fabulous bracelet. I can appreciate your attempt at edgy shoes but they didn’t quite make it. Still, an excellent and exciting first challenge entry.

 

74.5

Contestant 2 - Ann Minosky

 

Theme: 3

Originality: 2

Creativity: 3

Construction: 0

Accessories: 3

Rob

You are supposed to show us the inside of the items made, they should be turned inside out for the photo, so without seeing the inside of construction I gave you a zero.  We can’t judge what we can’t see.  Overall the fashion is cute but too juvenile and simple to be couture.  Black shoes did not work for me with this fashion as they felt heavy for the rest of the garment.  It just reminded me of a little girl's school clothes. Good first try, but focus on adult couture and not cute little girl clothes.

Theme: 2

Originality: 2

Creativity: 2

Construction: 3

Accessories: 2

Hilda

Other than the use of webbing fabric for the jacket and sporty shoes, I do not consider this a sport look and I do not, in any way, consider this couture.  It is a sweet little outfit, but the ensemble and styling is much more juvenile than the challenge dictates.

Theme: 2

Originality: 2

Creativity: 2

Construction: 4

Accessories: 3

Malinda

Garment construction not displayed; crisp, clean, simple design but lacked creativity; no accessories-just one piece and one color used to tie into the theme; otherwise a nice everyday outfit.

 

Theme: 4

Originality: 2

Creativity: 3

Construction: 3

Accessories: 3

Dal

You’re quite right that the color yellow was seen on the runways this Spring and you picked a sunny hue! I love the use of the webbing fabric for your hooded capelet and the mix of knit top with the sueded mini skirt but the proportion of top, skirt and white stockings cuts the design in three equal thirds that looks a bit 80’s to me and not fashion forward. Perhaps losing the stockings and adding an edgier, clunkier shoe and form fitting the top may have brought it more to sportif couture. I am not a fan of the ribbon in the hair coupled with the wired ribbon belt. I think it distracts from the simple clean lines of the fitted skirt, which is reminiscent of Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors clean styling. Remember, sometimes less is more.

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Contestant 3 - Kevin Roberts

 

Theme: 3

Originality: 3

Creativity: 3

Construction: 3

Accessories: 4

Rob

Cute outfit, but not couture.  You made some cute accessories.  I am happy to hear you didn’t use patterns, making your own patterns is a huge step.  You really need to focus on your stitch work; there are way too many visible stitches.  I am not a fan of the bag top shorts in this fashion they add too much bulk under the jacket. Summer Storm Misaki looked cute in the fashion, but not couture.  This looks like ready to wear, focus on couture.

Theme: 3

Originality: 4

Creativity: 2

Construction: 2

Accessories: 3

Hilda

There is creativity here, but I am concerned with the choice of fabrics and trims.  These are certainly difficult fabrics to work with and I applaud the designer for using them, but that being said, I am not sure they work.  The paper bag waist of the shorts is already too bulky for the scale of the garment and the heavy rope belt only adds bulk.  The jacket is well constructed, but the star on the back and pearls on the sleeves don’t work for me, especially for a garment that is meant to be couture.  Overall, the ensemble is very young and the sporty element far outweighs the couture.  I do like that little back pack, but again, not really couture.

Theme: 3

Originality: 3

Creativity: 2

Construction: 2

Accessories: 2

Malinda

Designer obviously tried and understood the idea of “couture-ing” traditional designs better than some other designers; but short lengths appear to be uneven & sleeves are too long; black thread visible on white sleeves of jacket; they didn’t really need the letterman jacket, the jogging outfit would have been enough for theme. Shoes not really a play on the theme, but I give them kudos for sculpting their own shoes! Overall, good try!

Theme: 4

Originality: 2

Creativity: 2

Construction: 4

Accessories: 4

Dal

The varsity jacket, vinyl backpack, shoes and jewelry were the best elements of your design. Sadly, the lilac satin shorts, pink and green trimmed grey knit top don’t work fabric or color-wise with the bold jacket and edgy red shoes. The front tied belt is too bulky. Had you simplified the color scheme and either went with a black satin short set or a white or all red knit set would have tied your design together better. I am impressed that you did not use a pattern for the jacket and that it fits your 12” model well. Be cognizant of your fabric mixes in the future.

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Contestant 4 - Agarva Moller

 

Theme: 3

Originality: 3

Creativity: 3

Construction: 4

Accessories: 4

Rob

Nice coat, I would like to have seen the body suit without the coat, as the legs do not appear to be the same length from the photo’s provided. The body suit feels too simple and too easy for the challenge. I think the look relies too heavily on the Tonner boots and bags to complete the look. You were looking towards couture and for that I am grateful!  Good first entry, step it up and show us what you can really do. 

Theme: 2

Originality: 2

Creativity: 2

Construction: 3

Accessories: 1

Hilda

The coat is well made, but it doesn’t work for this challenge.  I don’t get “sport” from this at all.  And I can’t get a good enough look at the jumpsuit to really comment on its construction.  I am not crazy about the styling and accessorizing of this look.  The thigh high boots, the trench and the tiny body suit read a little more street walker than runway walker.

Theme: 1

Originality: 2

Creativity: 3

Construction: 3

Accessories: 2

Malinda

Not in theme-no sport or sportswear portrayed; cannot see clothing in construction photo (lay the pieces out flat and don’t include the doll next time please); length on jumpsuit legs appear uneven in the photo. Trench coat nicely done, but again not in theme. I felt cheetah suitcase too big and not complimentary.

 

Theme: 5

Originality: 4.5

Creativity: 5

Construction: 5

Accessories: 5

Dal

Kors did safari with lots of trench coats this Spring and animal prints never go out of style so you are on trend. I love your sense of texture and color and the trench coat is fabulous! Wish I could see the little animal print one-piece. One of the legs look shorter than the other but I didn’t take off points because it could just be the photograph. The matching headband and edgy boots are the perfect accessories. Your model looks wonderful. You used the patterns well. I look forward to seeing what your other entries will be.

 

62.5

Contestant 5 - Theo Malloy

 

Theme: 1

Originality: 1

Creativity: 1

Construction: 1

Accessories: 1

Rob

This fashion is a mess.  It may have been a decent idea if made in better fabrics, and actually finished.  The raw edges do not add to the design, the fabric appears cheap, and nothing is lined. It is not well finished.  This appears to be 15 minutes of cutting and stitching. Very predictable silhouette, and doesn’t say couture.

Theme: 2

Originality: 2

Creativity: 2

Construction: 3

Accessories: 1

Hilda

I am taking into account the fact that the designer had to hand sew the garment in my construction score.   From the outside, it appears fairly neat and the dress in particular hangs well.  I don’t love the choice of fabric.  It makes the whole outfit look a little cheap.  I am not sure what the model is holding in her hand, though I recognize that it is related to soccer.  I am assuming it is a clutch.  I prefer the look without the leg warmers.

Theme: 1

Originality: 2

Creativity: 2

Construction: 2

Accessories: 3

Malinda

Looks more like club-wear than sportswear; edges are uneven particularly on back of black dress and on neck and bottom edge of green blouse; trim is not evenly spaced on blouse; loose threads visible on raw edges of stockings/socks; stitching is decent for hand work. Soccer ball purse looks very two dimensional, i.e. flat.

 

Theme: 4

Originality: 2

Creativity: 3

Construction: 4

Accessories: 3

Dal

It’s a bit of a stretch for me seeing soccer as your inspiration other than the color but I can appreciate your sewing all by hand. Dolman sleeves are fabulous but not that original paired with a pencil skirted tube dress. Your silhouette is simple and your choice of fabric is fun. I do like that you used the same sequined fabric in contrasting colors. Not sure the legging/stockings adds much to your design but overall it is a good first entry. I’d like to see you push your design sense more.

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Contestant 6 - Vicky Lujan Gibbs

 

Theme: 2

Originality: 2

Creativity: 3

Construction: 3

Accessories: 2

Rob

These are mall clothes (clothes readily found in many a mall store) not couture. You could use better finishing. The pants do not fit well in the crotch area or seat. Cute outfit, but a bit juvenile and decidedly not couture.  Focus more on adult couture, runway ready not ready to wear.

Theme: 1

Originality: 2

Creativity: 2

Construction: 3

Accessories: 1

Hilda

This look is cute and well made, but it is not couture.   The rodeo theme is interpreted much to literally. To me, this look is something one might wear to a bar.

Theme: 1

Originality: 2

Creativity: 2

Construction: 5

Accessories: 2

Malinda

I understand rodeo being a sport, but design is not a couture take on it; too plain and every day. Where’s her western style shirt? Trophy belt buckle? Cowboy boots? Needed more inspired accessories. Good neat construction.

 

Theme: 4

Originality: 3

Creativity: 3

Construction: 5

Accessories: 3

Dal

Florals and sheers are definitely in this season and your model looks very pretty in pink. Looks nicely constructed and finished and the fit is wonderful. The not so good news is this is very Ready-to-wear and does not dip in the couture pond. With your good sewing skills I think you can push the envelope more for fashion that is more surprising with some unexpected personal touches so we can see who you are as a designer.

 

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Contestant 7 - Sue Townson

 

Theme: 5

Originality: 5

Creativity: 5

Construction: 5

Accessories: 5

Rob

You met the challenge! You made sporty couture.  I love the scuba influence, this fashion could be worn so many places. Your use of scale zippers was great, the style was simple but elegant, and everything was lined.  For me you were the clear winner in your category.  Great work and I look forward to seeing more from you!

Theme: 4

Originality: 4

Creativity: 4

Construction: 4

Accessories: 1

Hilda

The little scuba jumpsuit is stylish and sporty but does not look like something bought off the rack.  The choice of fabric elevates the garment.  I love the anorak.  The double zip is a really nice feature and I like the printed lining in the hood.

Theme: 4

Originality: 5

Creativity: 5

Construction: 4

Accessories: 3

Malinda

Good take on theme; sportswear inspired lines. I like colors and print; design is “inspired” but shows creativity and style. Shoes are the only accessory though-which is fine-but if going to do that, perhaps try playing a little more with them like adding colored laces or contrasting heels-just a little extra something to help bring the outfit up from ready-to-wear to couture. Overall excellent job!

Theme: 4.5

Originality: 5

Creativity: 4.5

Construction: 5

Accessories: 4

Dal

I adore your Anorak. Your sense of proportion and silhouette is fabulous. Love that there is a cute silk structural 2-piece under the cotton coat as you say inspired by Peter Pilotto but I also see an Alexander Wang influence as well. A few more accessories and a purse would have finished this delightful ensemble off nicely. Was a doll pattern used? If not, you should be ranked in Intermediate or Professional. I look forward to seeing your next entries!

 

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INTERMEDIATE        

Contestant 8 - Anj Calvo

 

Theme: 5

Originality: 4

Creativity: 4

Construction: 5

Accessories: 4

Rob

You made couture, and a very pretty fashion.  I think the mask makes it a bit too literal. It is well made.  I would have liked to have seen the bases of the shoes you made painted a different color than the natural beige, which I found distracting to the eye in the sea of white.  Overall a very good job and I am happy to see you focusing on couture right out of the gate.

Theme: 5

Originality: 4

Creativity: 4

Construction: 4

Accessories: 5

Hilda

Very creative interpretation of the theme.  The use of materials looks forward to spring and the edgy accessories elevate the look for the runway.  The monochromatic color scheme keeps the embellishment from looking overdone.

Theme: 3

Originality: 5

Creativity: 4

Construction: 5

Accessories: 4

Malinda

Great construction-nice embellishment! But appears more winter than spring. I believe, it's the monotone color and the boots; a hint of color and maybe an open toe shoe would have helped brightened it up for a more spring look. Otherwise really great job!

Theme: 5

Originality: 5

Creativity: 5

Construction: 5

Accessories: 4.5

Dal

I can clearly see the influence of Givenchy’s all white, sheer fabric Fall Collection you mention, yet you were able to make this design your own. I don’t see the racing inspiration as much as the fencing. The face gear is a bit distracting and heavy-handed in comparison to the delicateness of the details and finishing. Love the shoes. My only concern is how the peplum in back rises above the derriere but overall a very creative and refreshing sense of design and drama. ­­­­

89.5

Contestant 9 - Olga Ermolaeva

 

Theme: 4

Originality: 5

Creativity: 5

Construction: 4

Accessories: 4

Rob

Cute fashion I can see some ski influence in the design.  I like the color pallet and the use of the neutral base to calm the color.  The hat reminds me of those Japanese cat ear hats, and almost pushes this to costume, but it does add a bit of street credit.  The vest feels a bit bulky but it is ok with the fashion. I would have liked to have seen more accessories than leg warmers and arm warmers, and the cat ear hat. That neckline was made for a necklace, and bracelets would have added a nice touch as well.  I also would like to see some lining on items.  Overall good job and it is couture!

Theme: 3

Originality: 4

Creativity: 3

Construction: 4

Accessories: 3

Hilda

This is an interesting ensemble and is cleverly accessorized, but is not as inspired by sport as the challenge demands.  The plunging front is a little too dramatic for my taste, even for the runway.  Overall, my impression of this outfit is that it is a little casual for couture, but I like the styling and fabrics.

Theme: 1

Originality: 3

Creativity: 3

Construction: 4

Accessories: 3

Malinda

Design does not represent the theme-no sport or sportswear inspiration. Nice print and color coordination but accessories were standard; good construction.

Theme: 4

Originality: 5

Creativity: 5

Construction: 4

Accessories: 4.5

Dal

Your silhouette is fun and flirty and the color scheme beautiful for a Fall Collection. I do feel the lowness and openness of the wonderful knit catsuit is distracting. My eye stays on the bellybutton far too long. Possibly corseting the belly area with more fabulous orange ties or trendy sheer fabric would have finished your garment better. The vest is adorable. Perhaps one of those pillow accents could have finished your cap off but maybe keeping it simple was better. Nice first entry.

75.5

Contestant 10 - Julia Peshkova

 

Theme: 0

Originality: 2

Creativity: 2

Construction: 0

Accessories: 3

Rob

This is way too literal, you made a karate outfit and put a mesh top underneath it.  You did not show the inside of the pieces in your construction photo so I can’t judge what I can’t see, so zero points were given on construction. It is a cute karate outfit, but not couture. You totally missed the challenge for me.

Theme: 3

Originality: 3

Creativity: 3

Construction: 4

Accessories: 5

Hilda

Very well made.  I question the addition of a hood on the mesh undershirt if it is not meant to be seen with the jacket on, but I like the fabric used.  My only real issue with this ensemble is that it is a bit too literal.

Theme: 3

Originality: 3

Creativity: 3

Construction: 4

Accessories: 3

Malinda

Could not see all the construction-please turn garments inside-out next time. Blue accent a nice touch, just needed to turn it up a notch for a more high fashion/couture look.

Theme: 3

Originality: 2

Creativity: 3

Construction: 4

Accessories: 3

Dal

I can see clearly your inspiration of a Martial Arts kimono but the execution was too literal for couture. The silhouette is predictable even with the blue striping. Adding the on trend sheer hoodie seems incongruous if the hood is worn tucked into the kimono top. I think you have skills here. Organza and satin are not easy to sew and you did a great job but I would love to see you push your creativity and open yourself up to take more design risks.

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Contestant 11 - Mark Tinkey

 

Theme: 5

Originality: 5

Creativity: 5

Construction: 5

Accessories: 4

Rob

I love this fashion it feels fresh and reads expensive. You made couture and the construction is great.  I would watch the bulk at the closure of the wrap skirt in the front, but that is minimal.  I would have liked to see you make more accessories than the fingerless gloves.  I am looking forward to seeing more from you in the future!  Great job!

Theme: 3

Originality: 4

Creativity: 4

Construction: 4

Accessories: 4

Hilda

A simple ensemble, a bit more ready to wear than couture, but I like the use of rubber to highlight the lines of the garment.  The little mesh gloves and the mesh overlay on the skirt add sportiness.

Theme: 5

Originality: 4

Creativity: 4

Construction: 5

Accessories: 3

Malinda

Great job! Accessories were just a little too standard. Construction very good on body suit.

Theme: 5

Originality: 5

Creativity: 5

Construction: 5

Accessories: 4.5

Dal

I adore your choice of fabric and color. Yellow is the new neutral so you are very on trend. This ensemble is a chic lesson in contrasts and could fit right in to Marc Jacobs’ 2012 Sportif Spring runway collection. Not sure the fingerless gloves were needed. The edginess is already in the choice of skirt fabric and cheapens the slickness of this cool little number. A sporty purse may have been a better choice. Still a success overall.

88.5

Contestant 12 - Cholo Ayuyao

 

Theme: 5

Originality: 4.5

Creativity: 5

Construction: 5

Accessories: 4.5

Rob

I love this fashion.  It is totally couture, you were very clever as most people were trying to make sportswear, the way the challenge was worded (“Your first challenge is to design an outfit that has a sporty flair but is definitely in the couture realm.”) left the challenge open to a gown and you did a lovely couture gown. It feels very youthful but not juvenile.  The mermaid gown is much overused in this competition, so it is an extremely familiar and predictable silhouette. For your accessories please don’t rely on painted hands from the manufacturer, fingerless gloves in red leather would have been just as effective.  Great job, I am looking forward to seeing more from you!

Theme: 5

Originality: 5

Creativity: 5

Construction: 5

Accessories: 5

Hilda

The dramatic contrast between the white, rather traditional gown with sporty red is very effective.  The use of lacing and D-ring belting is a great way to bring sportiness to the formal gown.  The football purse and headpiece make this a cohesive look, beautifully accessorized, and an excellent interpretation of the challenge.

Theme: 5

Originality: 5

Creativity: 5

Construction: 5

Accessories: 5

Malinda

If there was a best in show category, you’d be it! Great representation of the theme and great design all around! Would have liked to see the shoes too!

Theme: 5

Originality: 5

Creativity: 5

Construction: 5

Accessories: 5

Dal

A football angel! I can see this as the dramatic finale of a Sarah Burton for McQueen or Galliano sportif runway collection. Paris couture designers have the luxury of being both literal and cutting edge but I wonder where your model would wear this, nevertheless, I want to be invited! Bravo to pushing the couture limits. Watch your proportion of the lower half, as it seems a bit overwhelming in the side photo. You entry is fun, has fabulous texture and well thought-out contrasting details and there is clear direction to your design. Looking forward to your future design challenge entries.

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Contestant 13 - Joe Coloff

 

Theme: 2

Originality: 2.5

Creativity: 2.5

Construction: 2

Accessories: 1

Rob

This is a cute dress, but it is mall clothes. This is not couture and doesn’t meet the challenge for me. The finishing is not neat, the accessories are practically nonexistent, and there is no closure.  This comes down to a pieced together tube dress.  I also think it is too long and would have been better and more youthful a bit higher than the knee.  I do like the color pallet, you chose fabrics that are not difficult to work with and that have so much stretch that fit is not a challenge. Focus on couture, put an effort into your construction and step up your patterns to meet the level of the category you selected.  You can do better.

Theme: 2

Originality: 2

Creativity: 2

Construction: 3

Accessories: 2

Hilda

I applaud the use of piecework in different fabrics and colors and they give a nice silhouette from different angles, but in the end this garment is a stretch tube dress with a stretch headband.  It does not say “sporty” or “couture.”

Theme: 2

Originality: 2

Creativity: 3

Construction: 3

Accessories: 2

Malinda

Reflects spring trends, but not really sport or sportswear inspired. Edging on bodice looks puffy and banding just a little uneven on sides and down front & back. Good try!

Theme: 4

Originality: 3.5

Creativity: 3

Construction: 3

Accessories: 2

Dal

I appreciate simple lines and fabulous contrasting fabrics but somehow this little dress does not feel sporty to me. Not sure if the blue racing stripes should have been made in a stretch fabric because they widen and constrict and don’t look as clean as a racing stripe should. Perhaps cap sleeves would have made the design less formal. Casual accessories may have helped finish the dress. A good first entry but I’d love to see you push your comfort zone more.

48.5

Contestant 14 - Elena Prokhorova

Theme: 3

Originality: 3

Creativity: 3

Construction: 4.5

Accessories: 2

Rob

This is not couture.  It looks more like workout wear or gym wear than anything else.  She could be on her way to yoga.  Your construction is nice for all hand work. Lining would be nice in the dress. I don’t think you made it to couture with this challenge.  A bag is not enough accessories.  Please step up your game.

Theme: 2

Originality: 2

Creativity: 3

Construction: 3

Accessories: 3

Hilda

This design has some elements that work, but some not as much.  I like the look with the jacket, but I don’t understand the top of the dress.  The ruffles make the top look like a pinafore or apron and detract from the clarity of the outfit.  This, combined with the slashing in the bodice and the ruched skirt, is too much going on.  I like the colors and the outfit is well made, but it is more like something an aerobics instructor might wear than a runway look.

Theme: 5

Originality: 5

Creativity: 4

Construction: 5

Accessories: 3

Malinda

Very good for hand stitching! Very nice design-good sportswear fabric choice I feel. Different accessories may have given it that extra something. Overall excellent job!

Theme: 4.5

Originality: 4.5

Creativity: 4.5

Construction: 5

Accessories: 4

Dal

Looks to be well made in spite of the fact that you did it all by hand. The second photo intrigued me, appearing unique and sporty but the ruffles on the dress in the first photo seems incongruous to the overall design. I see you pushed your comfort zone and that is a good thing. Be mindful of doing “too much”. Ruffles with gathers coupled with slashes confuse the direction and the silhouette becomes fussy. I do think overall it is pleasing and the color palette wonderful.

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Contestant 15 - Anna Kadachegova

 

Theme: 4.5

Originality: 4.5

Creativity: 4.5

Construction: 5

Accessories: 3.5

Rob

This is very cute. I love the coat.  This walks the fine line between couture and costume but I think it is couture; at least the coat is couture.  I would have liked to have seen more of the fashion after the coat was removed. The top is a bit simple, and this would have been a place to step up the fashion with a luxury fabric.  I do like the yellow wraps and the belt with the strapping effect.  A more luxurious hat would have set off the fashion.  The fashion crosses over from couture to utilitarian at points.  I like your work and look forward to seeing more from you.  I love to see people work on the small scale of Momoko!  Good job!

Theme: 5

Originality: 4

Creativity: 4

Construction: 4

Accessories: 3

Hilda

I love the use of navy, yellow, black and white.  This is a very sporty, modern palette. The strappy harness adds color and interest to an otherwise basic garment.  The coat is fantastically bizarre and it is the coat that elevates the look to couture.

Theme: 4

Originality: 5

Creativity: 5

Construction: 5

Accessories: 4

Malinda

Great job on coat; good fabric choices. Theme choice is good, it’s just skiing is traditionally more associated with winter so outfit seems more winter wear than spring wear. Overall great job!

Theme: 5

Originality: 4.5

Creativity: 4.5

Construction: 5

Accessories: 4

Dal

Love your sense of design, color and proportion on such a small doll! I am not usually a fan of navy with black but the citron belting ties it all together. My only concern is the length of the unique coat in back. One less tier and it would have been perfect, and boots and gloves would have finished the ensemble well. I look forward to seeing your future challenge entries.

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Contestant 16 - Breck Sullivan-Carpenter

 

Theme: 3

Originality: 3

Creativity: 3

Construction: 4

Accessories: 0

Rob

This is a cute dress although it is not couture, but mall clothes. The design feels a bit juvenile and the silhouette is very predictable. I can see the tennis inspiration but it does not meet the level of couture.  Also where are your accessories???  I don’t count shoes as accessories since they are required by law in most establishments.  So zero points for accessories were given.   You need to step up your game I think you can do better.

Theme: 3

Originality: 2

Creativity: 2

Construction: 3

Accessories: 1

Hilda

This is a sweet little summer dress, but it is not sporty or couture.  

Theme: 3

Originality: 2

Creativity: 3

Construction: 4

Accessories: 1

Malinda

No accessories; silver shoes don’t really match and give the overall design a cocktail dress look rather than sportswear look. Ruffle lengths appear uneven in front & back; dress puckers where ruffle is attached. Nice job on hand painting though.

Theme: 3

Originality: 2

Creativity: 2

Construction: 4

Accessories: 2

Dal

Wonderful bright colors and nice fabric used for your tennis inspired party dress. Unfortunately your silhouette is predictable and the dress is more ready to wear than couture. I would love to see you push your limits more. You know fabric and sew well. Now surprise us!

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Contestant 17 - Julia Rebeskova

 

Theme: 4.5

Originality: 4.5

Creativity: 4.5

Construction: 4.5

Accessories: 5

Rob

I like this fashion. You made couture!  I like the color pallet and the use of the mesh to add a bit of sexiness to the fashion.  I would have liked the skirt a bit shorter.  Your construction is good, but could use a little more polish. I like the bag and that you made so many of your accessories!  Great job on your first entry. I am looking forward to seeing more from you!

Theme: 3

Originality: 3

Creativity: 3

Construction: 3

Accessories: 3

Hilda

The use of sporty fabrics is good and addresses the challenge, but the overall look is very “ready to wear.”   I like the color palette and there are some very interesting pieces in the ensemble.  If the designer pushed it a bit more, I think this would be a good answer to the challenge.

Theme: 4

Originality: 5

Creativity: 4

Construction: 5

Accessories: 5

Malinda

Nice work on collar and good job on purse. Waist just a little bit uneven in back & netting peeking out in one place at hemline. Needed a bit more of sports/sportswear theme to really meet challenge criteria (instead seems a little more business wear with the buttons on bodice), but is high fashion and reflection of this year’s spring trends! Excellent job!

Theme: 4

Originality: 4.5

Creativity: 5

Construction: 5

Accessories: 5

Dal

I love your color-blocked sportif inspired ensemble. I agree the colors are on trend as are the fabrics. In this case the fingerless gloves work as a spot of unexpected color and the purse, divine. This is simplicity at it’s best with great editing and accessories. I can see this in a Victoria Beckham or Marc Jacobs Spring line.

84.5
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Contestant 18 - Maria Ustynovska

 

Theme: 4

Originality: 4

Creativity: 4

Construction: 3.5

Accessories: 3.5

Rob

Sometimes more is more, and other times, too much is way too much.  This time too much was way too much.  I like parts of this fashion, but it feels more like it wants to be two different fashions.  I would have liked the dress better if it did not have the bodice decoration. I would have liked the bodice decoration better if it had been attached to the cape instead of the dress.  The dress is a bit too long. I do like the stripe down the side of the dress.  The cape and the bodice decoration do not look like they belong with the dress at all.  They look like they should belong to a gown. You had some great ideas, but you need to learn to edit your thoughts and to focus on one theme in your design.  I got the feel of the water, but it just didn’t work for me.  You pushed it to costume and clear past couture. 

Theme: 4

Originality: 4

Creativity: 3

Construction: 5

Accessories: 4

Hilda

This is a good concept for this challenge and it is beautifully constructed, but in my opinion the shininess of the fabrics cheapens this otherwise elegant look.  I would have liked to see more contrast in the finish of the fabrics, perhaps a matte organza rather than an iridescent organza to complement the shiny sheath dress.  The last photograph, in which the light is filtered and the sheen of the fabrics toned down, is lovely.

Theme: 3

Originality: 4

Creativity: 3

Construction: 4

Accessories: 4

Malinda

Well made accessories which compliment the aquatic design concept and theme is carried through the design but design does not really reflect a play on sportswear.

Theme: 5

Originality: 4

Creativity: 4

Construction: 4

Accessories: 4

Dal

Your inspiration is unique and inspired. The colors and fabric choice show out of the box thinking. My concern is the wideness of the upper ruffle coupled with the wide sea of train engulfing the doll too much. The shoes seem a bit too clumsy for the delicateness of the fabrics but I appreciate that you designed her from head to foot. Looking forward to your next entries! Great first challenge entry with a good sense of design direction.

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Contestant 19 - Gordana Niemela

 

Theme: 3.5

Originality: 4

Creativity: 4

Construction: 4.5

Accessories: 3

Rob

Never use time restraints as an excuse for your work in this competition.  Everyone was given the same two weeks, and they all have lives and issues as well. I noticed that your bandeau top was only on the model during the photography contest photographs??

The pieces appear to be well made. You were weak on accessories with just the fingerless gloves. Overall it was a cute fashion with couture leanings. I think you have the talent to do more and to push outside the standard pieces into fashion forward.    

Theme: 4

Originality: 4

Creativity: 4

Construction: 5

Accessories: 2

Hilda

The sheer jacket prevents this look from being too ready to wear.  I love the use of python trim on the pants and I really like the jacket.  Personally, I am not crazy about the mesh bandeau…it seems like a throw away piece, but without it the outfit is not particularly wearable.  Perhaps a cropped mesh tank would have worked better?  But overall, I like the vibe.

Theme: 4

Originality: 4

Creativity: 3

Construction: 5

Accessories: 3

Malinda

All nicely constructed, especially the pants. Has a runway/couture look but somewhat predictable. No unique accessories.

Theme: 4

Originality: 3.5

Creativity: 3.5

Construction: 5

Accessories: 4

Dal

Nice clean lines and nicely executed sporty couture. My concern is with the traditional silhouette of a hoodie and capri pants. The stripe on the pants could have been less wide for a slightly less bulky feel and possibly creating a more edgy little under blouse or tube top would have been a fab finishing touch. A beautiful first entry but I’d love to see you push your creative juices more. I can see you know what you are doing.

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Contestant 20 - Cynda Woffenden

 

Theme: 0

Originality: 1

Creativity: 1

Construction: 2

Accessories: 2

Rob

I honestly think you are in the wrong category based on the photos submitted for judging.  I think you should be in the beginner category.  The fashion is not couture, it is total costume.  There are many fit issues visible in the photos, there is no lining to any of the pieces, and the finishing is bad. The fashion appears to be sewn onto the doll.  This is a couture contest and fashions must be removable. I am hoping that this is just a fluke and that you did not understand the challenge, as this work does not meet the challenge or the category that it was submitted into.  Regardless of category the scores would have been the same for this entry.

Theme: 2

Originality: 2

Creativity: 2

Construction: 2

Accessories: 2

Hilda

I don’t understand the concept of this design.  The designer’s explanation of the garment being inspired by a sports car only goes so far to explain some of the more bizarre elements, such as the plastic wings, the leatherette obi and the detachable leatherette pillows.  The styling doesn’t make sense to me…the tulle over the face is rather alarming.  Finally, the construction is poor and pins are not appropriate fastenings for a couture garment.

Theme: 2

Originality: 1

Creativity: 2

Construction: 1

Accessories: 2

Malinda

Design is too complicated to easily recognize what it is supposed to represent. Although it is evident that the outfit was entirely designed by the artist and the accessories were done by the artist, the  construction is poor. Some elements are not even assembled; straight pins are being used to hold pieces together. “Wheels” are not really circular. Stitching in general is not even. Skirt stitching is uneven making it pucker. It’s creative but poorly constructed and as is, it is not up to professional standards.

Theme: 2

Originality: 3

Creativity: 2

Construction: 2

Accessories: 2

Dal

I can appreciate what you were trying to create but there is too much to determine where your design was going. You need to edit yourself. I see clear plastic satin edged butterfly wings, and a bejeweled butterfly bodice that does not deliver the racecar inspiration. The silhouette is bulky and needs refining. With more self-editing you could surprise us with your out of the box thinking.

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Contestant 21 - Suyanee Wongchotwiriyakit

 

Theme: 4

Originality: 4

Creativity: 4

Construction: 4

Accessories: 4

Rob

The fashion is nice, and I can see the riding clothes influence.  I am just a bit bored with the fashion it is too monochromatic, and feels dated with all the old fashioned lace.  Lace is big for spring/summer 2012 but it is a heavy thick lace, not this delicate vintage lace look. While the fashion may meet couture my eye is not interested in looking at any of it. Your construction looks good, but we need to see the full inside view of pieces like the pants.  Overall it is ok, but I am not in love with this fashion. 

Theme: 2

Originality: 4

Creativity: 4

Construction: 5

Accessories: 2

Hilda

There are many things that I like about this ensemble.  It is beautifully made and the fabrics are lovely. But at the same time, the delicate fabrics and design make this more like an exquisite Victorian undergarment than a sporty couture ensemble.  In my opinion, the headdress is too bridal.  A top hat, perhaps, would have been more in keeping with the equestrian theme that the designer is aiming for.  Construction is flawless and overall the outfit is very tasteful, but I am not sure that it is the best interpretation of this challenge.

Theme: 2

Originality: 4

Creativity: 3

Construction: 4

Accessories: 1

Malinda

Not really sporty or reflecting sportswear; more like rococo/Louis the 16th style. Lace on head band is different from pants; hand bag appears to be ready-made with a lace applied to it. Construction though is generally well done and it is creative.

Theme: 3.5

Originality: 5

Creativity: 5

Construction: 5

Accessories: 4

Dal

Your ensemble is so unique I had to study it to really understand it. I love your handiwork and intricacy of your beadwork. I wonder about the lace on your short pants. I don’t get “sporty” or the vintage/modern riding inspiration but I like your fashion sense. Perhaps a different headpiece would have delivered the riding aspect better. I also look forward to seeing how you accomplish your next challenges. Overall fabulous and unique.

73.5

Contestant 22 - Anita Stoklosa

 

Theme: 4.5

Originality: 5

Creativity: 5

Construction: 4.5

Accessories: 5

Rob

I like this fashion, and it is couture.  I think you met the challenge pretty well.  I would like to see you push yourself a little more. I love the edge to your pieces and think you have more edge to deliver in your work.  The construction is good, but I would like to see the pants lined. The accessories are nice and add the needed touches to fashion. A good use of fabrics and form.  I look forward to seeing more of your work.

Theme: 2

Originality: 4

Creativity: 4

Construction: 4

Accessories: 2

Hilda

The designer is inspired by an orchid and the ensemble reflects the inspiration, but it does not address this challenge.  The construction is beautiful. 

Theme: 2

Originality: 5

Creativity: 5

Construction: 5

Accessories: 5

Malinda

Great accessories and accents; however design is more like a play on baroque styles & menswear than sportswear. Excellent design and construction. Very well done!

Theme: 4

Originality: 4.5

Creativity: 4.5

Construction: 5

Accessories: 5

Dal

It is amazing how much detail and design elements you accomplished in such a small ensemble. I think I would have liked to see a simpler pant or skirt pared with the intricate and detailed jacket, especially from the back. There is so much to look at that I feel the pants detract from the elegance and high mindedness of the top half. I keep coming back as I do think the pants are unique in and of themselves but though they are the more “sporty” aspect of your design I still have some concerns of how the two elements work together. Fabulous thinking overall and looking forward to seeing more and more!

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Contestant 23 - Anna Lipka

 

Theme: 5

Originality: 5

Creativity: 4.5

Construction: 5

Accessories: 5

Rob

I like this fashion and it is couture.  I can also see the influence of Elie Saab in your design.  I wish you had taken it a bit further and had added some embellishment to the fashion.  The fabric is strong but it would have pushed it over the top for me with some embellishment in a nod to Elie Saab.  Great job, I can’t wait to see more from you.

Theme: 2

Originality: 4

Creativity: 4

Construction: 4

Accessories: 3

Hilda

I do not detect any element of sport in the ensemble, apart from the motorcycle.  It is well made and creative, but does not address the challenge as well as it could.

Theme: 1

Originality: 3

Creativity: 4

Construction: 5

Accessories: 5

Malinda

Cape is well done-even and well proportioned. I especially like the sleeves and pant legs-unusual! Design all works well together but does not appear sporty or sportswear inspired. Great accessories-especially the hat!

Theme: 3

Originality: 4

Creativity: 4

Construction: 5

Accessories: 4.5

Dal

Loving the silhouette and elegance of your design. Does not deliver sporty as much as I think you could have though it does have a wonderful, unique couture “feel”. Adding riding leather accents or a less formal headpiece would have brought this design to sportif runway. The matching cape also takes the design more towards casual eveningwear than sport couture but overall an interesting, unique entry.

80

 

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