Kids always start the same: Cute, sweet, chubby cheeks and scared to talk.
They usually end the same way, too: Loud.
This week’s challenge was to keep busy little bodies from tap-dancing on designers’ last nerve. Just long enough to design a fashionable child outfit and a related “mommy” look.
During fittings, the cute little darlings were so excited and hyper that they turned the workroom into the “Romper Room – on crack.”
Hey, I think children are adorable and it’s hard not to admire anyone who can out-talk Atlanta resident Anthony. But why do such itty bitty little things have to make so much noise?
Another challenge before designers hit the runway – how long can Anthony keep quiet? Do I hear 7 minutes? 27? 5? He helped himself with a white face mask while the other designers playfully helped with cherry red lips drawn with lipstick. It lasted for a full – 14 min and 56 sec. Not bad.
I wish we could have gotten rid of some of the hideous fashion that fast. Emilio’s pink cupcake dress was so prosaic (his “mommy” look was hot, even if too pink). But it didn’t out-bore Ben’s lavender dud. Luckily for them, they didn’t draw the lowest scores. On the flip side, this week brought us a lot of pants and tailoring. Love it. (FYI, there weren’t many good shots of the top/bottom looks yet. I’ll check back later)
Winner: It’s no surprise that Seth Aaron’s black, white & pink hoodie outfit with zipper details wowed judges, and me. His mod “mommy” look was a tailored black & white graphic jacket (the best the judges have seen all season, Michael Kors said) with skinny black pants. Judges, including guest designer Tory Burch, said both designs were chic and polished with a sense of whimsy.
2. Jesse: He delivered a rocking gray dress with red collar and other details – for both models. While I wasn’t sure about the skewed neckline on the mini-model, when she took off her darling little red coat revealing the diagonal back, it all made sense. Thought the adult look was sophisticated and sexy.
3. Jay mixed plum and navy blue for his chic looks. The child outfit was a drop-waist dress with ruffle detail. For the adult, he mimicked ruffling in top and paired it with black pants. The judges saw youthful charm.
Auf’d: Janeane’s two looks were anti-design. The judges thought they were overly simple, cheap mall outfits – bought on markdown.
Bottom 2: Amy‘s clownish petal pants should have pushed the daisies. While I loved the little girl’s bright petal-shaped skirt (the judges hated it), the adult multi-color pants were a jumbled mess.
Jonathan: The judges said his yellow frock with white organza and the full-on organza adult mini-dress were too conceptual. Even though mini-model said the dress was a tad bit uncomfortable (a big no-no), I thought the dresses were cute – for a wedding or posh garden party.
ANTHONY SAID …
Because last week’s win did not come with immunity
On difficulty of designing for amorphous little body forms
After a long workday mostly standing
After his time-out challenge
Being overwhelmed by kiddie chatter