PR: And I Want Some Candy Talking

Posted on July 31, 2012

Darlings, we’re at the end! All the dresses you totally forgot about! And with good reason!


Christopher Palu
Materials: Licorice, rock candy.

Absolutely no memory of this dress at all. It’s fine, but it’s really stiff, and the candy’s pretty sloppily applied.

Kooan Kosuke
Materials: Cotton candy, licorice, jelly beans

Give it up for Frokemon, people. He’s never boring.  To be honest, the only thing we really don’t like here is the skirt. The bodice is over the top, but it’s a candy challenge for Hershey’s sake. Over the top isn’t required but we don’t necessarily think it should be voted against if it’s done well or in an interesting manner. Don’t get us wrong; we’re not arguing he should have been in the Top 3 or anything; just that this isn’t entirely bad.

This goes without saying, but we’ll say it in the interest of fairness: He needs to edit the shit out of his work if he wants to stay here much longer.


Melissa Fleis
Materials: Black licorice, silver twister ties.

She demonstrated a pretty masterful use of the materials. Some of the best unconventional-materials challenge entries managed to make something that looks like fabric out of things that aren’t fabric. But this is the first time we can remember someone actually managing to make an unconventional material look like leather.

Having said that, the proportions are weird here. In the end, it’s an interesting attempt but it’s not very pretty.



Nathan Paul
Materials: Foiled chocolate, handbag, candy boxes.

Honestly, in a challenge where the judges place a lot of importance on wearability, this should have landed him in the Bottom 3.  She’s not wearing that skirt; she’s literally holding it. If she tries to move her hands in any way, the whole thing would collapse to the floor and fall apart. If that’s not a textbook example of bad design, we don’t know what is.

It’s cute in a been-there-done-that kinda way, but any designer who knows while he’s working on something that there’s no possible way for it to be worn like a garment should course-correct. Frankly, we’re a little surprised Nina didn’t rake him over the coals for this.

Raul Osorio
Materials: Gummy strips, umbrella, Life Savers.

We wouldn’t go so far as to say that we like this, but it’s interesting enough to keep him in the game.  FAR too many design elements in one look (although not on the level of, say, Frokemon), and the back is borderline ugly.


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  • Clueless_Jock

    Afaic, as long as Kooan keeps his silhouettes short and simple, he can embellish to his heart’s content.

    • I rather like the candied tribal thing he’s doing on the bodice, but from behind it’s a little fugly.

      • It’s the mop bustle that killed it for me.  She could swiffer the whole runway with that!

        • Catiline

          Yup.  I seem to recall that Kooan had some technical difficulties with the skirt (his cotton candy died?).  Not to excuse a bad look, but it seemed like badness stemming from “gotta get something on the mannequin.”  Which, given that, isn’t the worst thing he could have done, I suppose. 

          • Spicytomato1

            Honestly I can’t imagine Kooan doing anything worse. The dress is breathtakingly awful from every angle to me. I see very little evidence of design, just crap glued onto a dress form.

          • Catiline

            Well, I’m not going to claim it’s a great look, but I think the pattern on the front (from the skirt up) shows some clear planning, symmetry and reasonable execution. 

          • MilaXX

             I was surprised at the designers that didn’t think something made form sugar & air wouldn’t last more than 5 mins.

          • Catiline

            You’d think, huh?

          • That seemed to be an across the board problem.  Have these people never had cotton candy before?!  Its existence is finite. 

            I think Kooan’s problem was that orange twizzler weave though, because the twizzlers just wouldn’t glue together.  His original design was sort of a twizzler sweater dress and he course corrected into a swiffer direction when he saw that wasn’t going to work.  Shame, because I liked the original concept sketch a lot.

          • Sweetbetty

             I wanted to shake Kooan every time he said he was going to weave a sweater dress.  Sweaters are knit, not woven.  Now, I know, a lot of men wouldn’t be expected to know the difference but he’s a fashion designer, for crap’s sake, so he should.  And what ever made him think that licorice sticks would glue together end-to-end when you can feel they have a slippery, oily surface that no glue would hold.

          • That seems a bit over the top, considering English is his second language and he’s not fluent in it. Knowing the difference between “knit” and “woven” when discussing garments requires a fairly high level of fluency.

          • fashionablylate

            Good point guys.

          • YoungSally

            I really thought he should have tried to sew (or staple) the twizzlers together…..glue was probably the least good idea — especially hot glue.

            The funny thing is that there is a show on called Craft Wars….(I know)…..anyway….every challenge the judges admonish the crafters if they use hot glue on fabric.  

          • CT14

            He didn’t resort to fabric, which is what Lantie and others did when running out of time.

        • SapphoPoet

          They needed a swiffer with all the candy that was falling off the dresses!

        • janetjb

          The runway needed a good swiffer after they were done.

      • CT14

        Someone should do a sugar skull motif during a candy challenge!

        • YoungSally

          Wow if it were only Dia del Muerte…..

        • naomiow

          if only Mondo were there!

  • Good and bad, the backside is where the action is this season.

    Uh…  ahem… by which I mean that several of the dresses sink or sail based on what is going on in back.  

    • So very true, with the exception of Nathan, who’s model is wearing the Astrodome.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Every model’s dream-to have astrodome butt.

      • I’m prepared to defend Nathan’s “skirt,” albeit weakly, because I think it’s an interesting shape, and if rendered in fabric could be kind of cute.  That is to say, I was prepared to defend it, but it’s hard to argue with “wearing the Astrodome.”  That’s hilarious.

        • Catiline

          I agree with the weak defense of Nathan’s skirt.  It could have had sort of a cute music-box-figurine thing going on. 

          But yeah… Astrodome.  lol.

      • MilaXX

         and he knew it was too heavy when Tim made his walk through an refused to course correct. Something about Nathan irks me.

        • Take the chocolate out of the wrapper! You have instantly cut the weight by 98% and you get to eat chocolate!  I just wanted to shake him.

          • BuffaloBarbara

            That’s what I was thinking!

          • But he couldn’t hot glue chocolate out of the wrapper. It would just melt.

        • Nathan=Cannon Fodder

      • HA! HA! Good one…astrodome!

      •  Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhaaaaaaahahahahahahahhah….stop, you’re killing me! hee hee heehee hoooooo…ooooohhhh, Astrodome!

      • Stubenville

        Not a giant toilet plunger?

        • Toilet plunger! Why didn’t I see that before? Awesome.

    • MilaXX

       yes everyone wants to give their model some sort of duck butt

  • Was I in the same room when the last look went by? I have zero memory of it… it looks like its made from plastic baby bibs, the back looks like a 3rd grade production of Pocohantus (sp).

  • Snarky_Amber

    I love Raul’s look from the front and then she turns around and I feel like Lisa Frank threw up all over Laura Ingalls Wilder.

    • Miranda Prince

      I agree — I love the front of Raul’s top. The back, I do not get.

    • Spicytomato1

      Actually that pretty much describes what I like about the back!

    • VanessaDK

      I’m the opposite–I really like the back, but the front doesn’t do it for me.

  • Judy_S

    I like the licorice/gummy dresses pretty well, and Raul’s quite a lot. If the competition were edible clothing, they would be winning.

  • MilaXX

    I couldn’t catch Frokemon’s in the runway, but I like everything but the loops in the back.
    As for leather from unconventional materials didn’t someone make leather pants out of trash bags that really looked like leather pants?

    • Terrie_S

      Yep. Season 7’s Jay did the amazing trash bag pants.

    • Call me Bee

      Yes–and won the challenge with his trash-bag top and skinny pants because they looked like leather.  I don’t remember his name, but it was the Mila season. 

    • kimmeister

      Yes, I think it was Jay _____ ______ (I just remember the first of his 3 names) from the season with Gretchen.

  • LP

    I like the back of Raul’s except for the weird butt flap with writing on it.

  • Sweetvegan

    What’s with the black lipstick on Kooan’s model? I’m not categorically against black lipstick, but it’s totally wrong with that dress.

  • Call me Bee

    Yikes–I didn’t remember Christopher’s at all!  It was ok. 
    Nathan apparantly used the Kisses to make the dress look like a big Kiss.  Ugly and unwearble, though the model looked like she’s a really good sport. 
    Frokemon–of course. 
    Melissa’s dress was awesome!  Taking the licorice and turning it in to discs was a great idea–and the resulting outfit was cool and all hers.  I thought she’d make it to top three.  What did she use for the plain leather-looking stuff? 
    I like Raul’s as well.  Mostly because it (and Melissa’s) was two pieces, so it wasn’t just a short dress.  Liked the hem treatment on both of his pieces. 

    • Spicytomato1

      Re Melissa: I’m not certain but I think the licorice already came in disc form. At least I know that licorice discs exist, because I just ate an entire bag last week. (Ugh.) However, even if she didn’t come up with the idea, her use of said discs was really effective. That skirt is really cute.

    • RebeccaKW

       When she found them in the bins, she exclaimed ‘oh, look, they’re pinwheels!’  They came that way.  But that is the only shopping I remember of her, so I don’t know what was used for the top.

      • Call me Bee

        Oh I missed that.  (Probably reading someting witty posted int he Tlounge…)  Even if the pinwheels were pre-made–she used them in a cool way, I thought.   

        • RebeccaKW

           It was hard to hear any dialogue over Gunnar’s squealing. 

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Melissa does get props for working the licorice into a leather look-alike material.  Nathan Paul really was carried away, and not in a good way, with the candy kisses.

    BTW- I just bought the Project Runway companion book this weekend-yes, I am in the grip of a higher power, what can I say? Lots of inter

  • SewingSiren

    1. Christopher- like his winning garment week one, this is completely unremarkable.
    2. Kooan- The breast plate has merit. Like a North American Plains homage. But I think that is accidental. The back is gross.
    3. Melissa’s is okay. What is the bodice made of? A fruit roll up or something similar? Anyway it looks all stretched out , due to the heat of the model’s body. Buffi’s candy only bodice was melty too. This is why you can’t use just candy. I do like the little silver bits, though.
    4. Nathan-  I do like a Marie Antoinette reference. The skirt is too heavy. Maybe he should have just used the wrappers for part of it.
    5. Raul- Too many people used turquoise. 
    Oh. She’s wearing it backward.

  • Catiline

    Whatever else you can fault Kooan for, a lack of ambition isn’t one of them.  I was hoping he’d be able to pull off the Twizzler sweater he attempted earlier in the episode, but alas. 

    I LOVE the front of Raoul’s top but the rest of the outfit does nothing for me.  Melissa and Christopher, boring, although her “leatherworking” is impressive.

    Nathan’s bust/corset is making me unconsciously hitch my top up just looking at the picture, which is never a good thing.  And his model needs to cut the smirking. This is the second week in a row she’s looked like she can’t believe what she’s wearing.  Gurl, if Andrea and Kooan’s models could attempt to werq the garment…

    • Right? That smirk is not helping. Not much of a pro if you can’t even PRETEND you don’t mind you’re wearing – errr – what she’s wearing. She looks to me like a leggy version of one of those toilet paper hider ladies my grandma had.

      • Stubenville

        Agreed.  And yet the skirt is shaped exactly like a toilet plunger…

      • Susannah Perry

         I seem to recall her having similar FML look week 1 as well…

  • JulieTy

    “But this is the first time we can remember someone actually managing to make an unconventional material look like leather.”

    Didn’t someone once make a “leather” jacket out of a black garbage bag that had the judges (especially MK) almost orgasming over it?

    • SewingSiren

      Stella made a garbage bag out of a garbage bag , that was not well received.
      Gretchen made a leather jacket out of a paper gift bag that was well received, but did not win the challenge.

    • zuzululu

      Jay Nicolas Sario – Season 7 – made trash bag “leather” pants and won the hardware store challenge.

      • Call me Bee

        Yes–Jay won that challenge, and Mila’s paint tray liner dress did well, too.  This was Seth-Aaron’s season, not Gretchen’s, as I thgought earlier…

    • Andy South’s “leather” pants?

  • formerlyAnon

    Christopher’s was  . . . dutiful. Like a class assignment you thought was stupid and threw together in a hurry with minimal attention to the elements you’d be graded on and zero inspiration.

    Frokemon’s was colorful, sloppy & reminded me of Carnival costume.  Raul’s was colorful, sloppy & reminded me of a girl wearing the silly dress she got when the cruise ship stopped in port for shopping, and for 5 minutes she thought she could wear it “for summer parties, at home!” [ETA: and in both cases, sloppy doesn’t mean “bad workmanship, falling apart, etc.” as much as it means “bursting at the seams with this! and that! and THAT! and a lack of cohesion brought about by over-abundance.”]

    I wanted to like Melissa’s for the success she had imitating leather,
    but it was unflattering and her model looked unhappy, not tough.

    I liked Nathan’s, very cute Hershey’s kiss theme, but yeah. The cannot-be-worn thing. He’s lucky there were so many ugly messes & he flew under the radar, mostly.

    • VanessaDK

      “.. reminded me of a girl wearing the silly dress she got when the cruise ship stopped in port for shopping, and for 5 minutes she thought she could wear it “for summer parties, at home!”
      Wonderful!  Haven’t we all done this? 
      I really must clean those lovely things out of the back of my closet….

  • Miranda Prince

    I wonder if Melissa is going to have her model do bitchface every week.

    • dorothea_brooke

      That’s going to get really old.  Largely because her model is so terrible at it.  Her “bitchface” looks like most people’s “what is that horrible smell” face.  

  • Spicytomato1

    Except for the cutout in the front and the heinous flap in the back, I think Raul’s is really great. The pops of orange against the turquoise really work for me.

    The only thing I can say about Kooan’s is hot mess. He was almost manic in his embellishment, the very opposite of thoughtful. It’s like he threw every single item in that candy shop at the dress form to see what would stick. Literally.

    Nathan’s skirt reminds me of a clunky imitation Tiffany lampshade. It has no grace to it whatsoever.

    Melissa was definitely masterful in her use of materials. I don’t love the outfit but the skirt is pretty cool.

    • ‘almost manic’ is exactly how I would put it, on second thought, when I saw him gluing those marshmallow twisty stringy things to the rear, all I thought at the time when watching was full-on MANIC. 

  • I like to play a game where I make myself choose the one thing I would pick if I HAD to have an item off of each page of a crappy catalog (say, at gunpoint or something). In this case, I think I’d go with Raul, because it might be good with some tweaking, and if I couldn’t fix it, I like the candy it’s made out of best.

    • VanessaDK

      So it would be good for a desert island (since you could eat it as well as wear it?)

    • I’m glad I’m not the only one who does that. I’ve gotten on the mailing list for some catalogs with truly heinous clothes, and I say “OK, if I HAD to pick something from this set of 2 pages, what would it be” (and yes, in my scenario, it’s at gunpoint as well. I won’t name names of the catalogs, but they’re usually for people far older, far younger, or with style the exact opposite of mine. 

      • Susannah Perry

         LOVE that game!

        • Hehee, here I was thinking I was a weirdo. I do it with those crappy what-I-call “gadgetlogs” that have all kinds of horrible made in China stuff that is supposed to make your life easier, or more geriatric anyway. “I guess I’ll take the compression hose on this page, so that maybe they can help me stuff my calves into those boots that don’t fit anymore…” It’s always funny when you get to a spread where you’re like “Uh, maybe I’d rather be shot than have that cow-shaped egg timer in my house.”

          • SKYMALL!!!  I always wanted the mini donut pooper thing that came with it’s own cozy.

      • Call me Bee

        Since my MIL lived with us for a couple of years (who passed away last year at age 94) –the catalogues that (still!) come to my house are truly scary.  Most hit the recycle bin before even getting into the house–but I play that same game with a number of them, too!

  • I was interested in Raul’s dress as he was working on it, as well as afraid that a “he’s copying me” accusation would come from dumpster hipster (or the other way around) over the use of color and material, but.. no drama over it. Shocking! Aside from Gunnar and Dragon Tattoo, could this be a low-drama bunch??

    Nathan: just no.

    Goth Olsen: what material is the “leather” center part? Fruit leather? Otherwise, I am tired of her already. She is stuck in a rut like April was in her season. She might not see it as a rut, but it is in no way new or interesting, this all black deal.

    Kooan: LOL! The front of the top was so good, but as Dmitry said, he embellished tooooooo much.

    Christopher: Needs to stop looking so much like a thinner Michael Costello. I just can’t get over it. And that dress was sloppy.

    • Lilithcat

      Goth Olsen: what material is the “leather” center part? 


      • Sweetbetty

         Does licorice come in flat sheets?  Or did she roll some other form of licorice out, like you would a pie crust, into a flat sheet to make it look like a smooth piece of leather?

  • Anathema_Device

    I really liked Raul’s while watching the show. But on second look, the bare belly and the skirt-tail elements push it into tackyland. Too bad, too, because he did a good job with the materials.

    I’ll add that Melissa’s was as forgettable as Christopher’s.

  • Bozhi

    I think Kooan and Nathan’s garments were really well made.  That is what probably saved Nathan, that and the fact that all of these are well styled, Nathan made a dress that just screamed for nude platform pumps.

  • Didn’t Andy South win the unconventional materials challenge his season for making pants that look liked leather?

    I’m seeing other blogs compare Melissa to Alison Harvard, and now I can’t get the thought they are sisters of something out of my head.

    • zuzululu

      Andy South (S8) made a black/silver braided/spiky dress for the party store challenge…maybe a little bit leathery looking.  It was Jay Nicolas Sario (S7) who made the leather-look trash bag pants for the hardware store challenge.  A bit confusing, since both boys won their respective challenges 🙂 

  • cam_lo

    But this is the first time we can remember someone actually managing to make an unconventional material look like leather.
    what about jay’s garbage bags from the seth aaron’s season!!! that was probably my favorite unconventional outfit EVER.

  • Wendi126

    The back of Raul’s dress is “borderline” ugly!! No border about it. Ugly squared. Looks like a guest towel in a bathroom hanging from a loose bar

    • Sweetpea176

       I wonder if he ran out of blue candy, and only had that red and green stuff leftover?  I think that color palette is aggressively ugly.  I like it from the front, though.

  • GillianHolroyd

    I found something I really liked in Frokemon: in the back at the shoulder, he’s got a red/white striped roll and aqua/blue/white/black jelly beans for straps. I would have taken those two elements and used them for the entire dress, basically stripes and polka-dots.

    The rest of his dress and all the other ones listed today, eminently forgettable.

  • TLO is rgiht, I had forgotten about all these “creations.” There are all ugly but at least the candy stayed glued. Paul should have been bottom 3 for the lamp shade of a dress that had to be held in place. If desingers are aufed because a model cannot walk in the dress, should they not be aufed for an outfit that must be held in place?

    • Spicytomato1

      I know, I cry foul. Her having to hold up the skirt was really bad. You’d think it would merit at least a warning of some sort. If the model has to hold it in place to keep the garment from falling apart, then it’s not really complete, is it? 

  • Susan Collier

    I’m still laughing at Raul’s chocolate flap! The shirt is weird with its extreme mullet hem and buttons/yoke in back—like the shirt is on backwards.

    And I do like the licorice wheel treatment on Melissa’s skirt. Spangly!

    Yes, Nathan’s didn’t work on any level. The model looks like something from a Whitman’s Sampler live TV commercial from 1950s television.

    I like the orange licorice weaving on Frokemon’s. And I like his color sense (meaning that I like color).

  • FashionShowAtLunch

    “But this is the first time we can remember someone actually managing to make an unconventional material look like leather.”

    Don’t forget Judy Noodle’s fantastic entry for the car parts challenge! 

  • almondemy

    why did everyone make Frankendresses?

  • lilibetp

    I actually like Nathan’s outfit, but it would really only work on someone with hips to hold it up.

    • that concept is rather frightening.  hips of steel!!

      •  I could do it — I used to balance two 1-year-olds on them at a given time:P

  • mjude

    oy vey on this round.  i cant place any of the designers except for kooan.

  • Laylalola

    Costello-lite’s piece makes me irrationally angry — sure, he’s made what almost looks like a conventional pattern you’d find in any department store. But it looks like a conventional pattern you’d find in any department store.

  • pookiesmom

    I really love the white, blue and black motif in Frokemon’s dress. If he’d just edited the dress down to those elements (& maybe a pop of orange) without all of the random shit hanging off and the puffs of cotton candy, etc., I think he could’ve won. But yeah: editing will be KEY for him.

  • Spicytomato1

    I just noticed Melissa’s model’s shoes/boots. They’re really cute and complement the outfit nicely. I wonder if they came with the silver detailing or if she added that herself?

  • nannypoo

    Even more forgettable than these dresses at this point are the designers. The obnoxious ones are so overwhelming that I find I don’t have any idea who the rest of them are. I remember Costello Light and Josh Light, Buffi, Dumpster Man and Frokemon, all for being attention whores. I remember Ven, Dmitry and Sanjia for being steady and competent, and there’s a blond woman who works in black. Oh, and Apron Lady. The rest are a blur.

  • alyce1213

    If it were lightweight, I think Nathan’s would be totally adorable: I love the concept, the fun silhouette and colors for this challenge. Logistics done him in.
    Christopher’s is simply depressing.
    Melissa’s is okay, but predictable.
    Raul’s is also just okay, not very pretty, though.
    Frokemon’s is visually vulgar. I absolutely hate hate hate it.

  • Stubenville

    Didn’t Christopher do the same dress last week?

  • KathKo

    what was it with the models’ posing this week ?
    most of them ended the runway with a silly-try-to-be-cute pose.
    OK, it’s a candy challenge, but no need to act like a 5 year old at your first pageant competition !

    I liked Raul’s outfit from the front but the back was way much more horrific than Andrea’s.

    Kosuke-kun’s top belonged with a pair of pants, but given the material, I guess it wasn’t an option. No, hes’ not boring but I hope he manage to stay in the game long enough to impress us with his very personnal style.

    Michael Costello unknown little brother was way too much speaking about Gunnar to focus and ended up throwing ass on the runway.

    I want to eat Nathan’s outfit. It makes me crave for chocolate. I hope it was the point because if not, boy, what a miss !

  • SapphoPoet

    I am completely blanking on Raul. Cannot remember him for the life of me. I sort of like his dress. 

    Lots of bad styling decisions here. Yikes.

    • raul’s the one with the pointy bangs.  like dracula.

      • holdmewhileimnaked

        i gotta get back to work, amazingly enough. just a question:
        are his bangs the sally -liza- bowles bangs from cabaret?
        just curious, i know theyre not called that any more.
        years ago i used to have this business cut into my hair at the kids haircutter, yellow balloon.
        i’m pretty sure that, at the time, i was the only person to visit that place who’d thought of it!

  • Judy_J

    Melissa’s model looks miserable in that licorice outfit.  Nathan’s makes me think of Forest Gump (big ol’ box of chocolates).  His model should get extra for having to haul that skirt up and down the runway. 

  • MoHub

    Crazy, I know, but I actually like Frokemon’s from the front in a Cher “Half-Breed” kind of way. It was certainly more interesting than Josh.2’s checkerboard.

    • yes.  i was getting an aztec feel off mr. harajuku’s look.

  • janetjb

    The only reason I wish this challenge was done later in the season is so I could her Nina and Michael judge every single outfit.

  • I actually like Nathan’s — practicality aside.  Depending on how good he is at gentle work, I’d have said to take  off the wrappers and just use them, but doing so without tearing them would be difficult.

    Christopher’s I loved the first time, but the more I see it the less I like it. 

    Kooan would have been my choice for a win if only he’d left the rope stuff off her ass.  That was one bridge too far.  Other than that, yes, it’s crazy but it’s fun, it’s candy, and it fits his style.

  • Stubenville

    So why didn’t any of them do a dress completely out of candy wrappers? Didn’t Rami do a skirt out of gum wrappers (or was it a top?) many seasons ago?

    • Sweetbetty

       From what I could see, most of the candy was small, in bins and unwrapped.  Some of the individual pieces were wrapped in foil and maybe cellophane but the wrappers would have been small and difficult to sew.  It wasn’t like the Hershey store where there were large chocolate bars in colorful wrappers and bags of candy where the bag could be used.

    • You just answered your own question.

    • actually, it was wrappers from kit-kat bars.  he somehow made them into pleats with the red on one side and silver on the other.  i still remember that look.

  • Terrie_S

     Except I think that actually was leather. Or at least faux leather. She used the car seat covers.

    • FashionShowAtLunch

      I am impressed that you remembered what it was made out of! I just remembered the final entry. Which was amazing.

  • Chris: It’s not a bad entry at all. I quite like the color palette. These colors are dark and rich. I’ll take dark and rich over garish at any time. The silhouette is very basic; thus, the design relies on how well the candy is glued on the muslin or whatever the infrastructure is. Candy is not glued all that beautifully, but I like that he attempted to create some panels and striations. Those elements exemplify his aesthetic. His aesthetic seems to be fragmentary. His winning looks, too, concerned stripes, strips, and panels– all contained within simple silhouettes. It would be interesting to see if he’ll be able to elevate his aesthetic over the course of the show.

    Mr. Bathroom: Nope, not for me. While I loved his looks for the previous challenge, I’m quite irritated by this look. It’s a “slap whatever you can and see what sticks” illustration. I give him credit for creating this mural-like arrangement in the bodice (front), but I pretty much hate this look: way too much sloppiness and disparity. He found to his utter dismay– ha!– that the cotton candy had gone by next day. Either way, it did not matter. The garment was beyond help, really.

    Melissa: Nice! She conformed intrinsically cheerful materials– candy!– to her edgy, leather-abundant aesthetic. The skirt’s pretty basic as is the midriff-baring top (that’s definitely not candy), but I’m impressed with the construction of that mesh-like vest. True, she glued portions of this vest on the tank-top so as to stabilize the vest, but she artfully interlinked the black candy and used silver bits to convey metal.

    Nathan: I can’t get behind his aesthetic. I’m not even sure what it is. Last challenge he showed us two draped dressed, and now he presents a ballerina dress. Is he the Barbie-designer? He’s lucky there were people that performed much worse than he did. I’ll give him some credit for the execution and uniformity/cohesion. There’s nothing badly made here. All design elements coalesce into one look. Problem is, skirt needs to be held and bodice is mostly fabric.

    Raul: It’s an interesting entry. I like the corset-like bodice and its florets. I like the closures at the back, too. Perhaps he decided that his bodice looked a bit similar to Fabio’s and sought to differentiate his entry from Fabio’s, but this was not the way to go. There’s way too many disparate elements to this look. What places it firmly in the middle is the shape and construction: the panels look crisp and clean.

    • Sweetbetty

       ” the midriff-baring top (that’s definitely not candy)”
      Thank you for that.  I can’t believe that smooth black material is candy either and I’d love to know what it was.

  • spooki C

    all i remember about christopher’s was that there was about 5 feet of air space between his model’s chest and the dress. didn’t even attempt to fit.

  • guest2visits

    I didn’t really mind that Nathan’s had to be held by the model, it was one of the more ‘fun’ entries, he used candies that no one did,
    and the design was pleasing,- if not 25 lbs. worth of delicious, but weighty chocolate.
    I was more disapointed in Melissa’s, I wish at least one half of her design had fit more stylishly; she was only working with black too.
    And for all the effort Christopher put into the surface design, the fit almost ruined it completely, -it reveals how competent Ven was
    with the muslin. I thought Raul’s was pretty but he didn’t seem to know how to finish off the back, so he attached everything he had.
    And talk about attaching EVERYTHING…  I think whatever Frokemon started; it ended up looking like an angry wad of melting sugar.

  • mom2ab

    Oh how quickly we forget Cher’s garbage bag leather pants…

  • Raul’s back of dress : borderline ugly?

    No Luvs, that’s plain ol’ ugly!

  • quiltrx

    I’m not watching this season, but I’m thinking it is NOT a Pipershit accessory wall this year.  The shoes I’m seeing are quite good compared to some other seasons.  Love those studded ones with the ‘leather’ outfit.

    • Stubenville

      It’s the Loud and Tacky Lord and Taylor wall this season.

  • shirley r

    the toilet plunger dress can be used to pull the dylan’s toilet-paper-ish promo hanging off of raul’s dress.

  • melissa’s model looks like she just threw up in her mouth.  the fun of candy!

  • Indovina

    Christopher: I didn’t remember it and I’ll go back to not remembering it before I’m done writing this comment. So, that’s really all that needs to be said about that.

    Kooan: There are many and sundry problems with the skirt, but overall I respond positively to the look. It’s suitably over-the-top for the challenge – the question remaining whether he can ever not be over-the-top (or even whether he ought not to be). Editing is going to be an issue for him so far as PR is concerned, but I am still impressed with him thus far.

    Melissa: I am struck by her use of materials, but I do not care – at all – for what she used them to make. The actual look itself is dreadful. This just does not work for me on any level.

    Nathan: It makes me think of several of the less successful entries in S4’s candy challenge. It’s not terrible by any means, but neither am I taken with it or impressed by it. A middling entry and deservedly so.

    Raul: I do not like it at all. As a use of the materials, it is perhaps a better example than many in the challenge, but, again, the end result is aesthetically not pleasing. It’s overly embellished and has too many elements without any of those elements being particularly likeable: it manages to be too much without the possibility of being much better with editing. That’s not good.

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    i still really do like kookoo kosuke’s the best. i could live w/o his rope butt, however. at the same time, i think his upper torso, here, is the one both most interesting & the one which embraces the challenge the closest & dearest. were it inedible, so help me, & i not two months down in earnings, i would consider buying it.

    i think, whatshername, melissa f, may have a decent future designing for kristin stewart. if kristin stewart has a decent future, that is. then again, it’s at least half vs half that her current crisis is publicity driven &, even beyond that, i think she’ll be around for awhile. had you told me thirty years ago that thirty years later there would be an enormous fashion not for joan jett but for joan jett groupies i probably wouldve laughed. then again, she, joan, was still wearing army jackets then & had yet to take up any sport whatsoever, nevermind bodybuilding. i do believe i remember she had a temper, though. otoh, she could also be okay. as for the third hand, the fashion seems to be for her followers not herself.

    the rest of these i barely remember, other than the one that seems to weigh, i dunno, an eighth of a ton. thing is, were that thing not weighted so heavily it might carry the bit of pastel spark it actually possesses. in truth it might carry it anyway, only in a less glamorous way than if its model did not have to carry its skirt.

    if i make sense. i mean, it’s 4am & the first day in at least two months that i have neither fever nor extreme headpain or on & on. i can actually get some work done. so said, i’d better get to it.

  • Em

    Melissa’s model looks like Miley Cyrus during a “goth phase”. 

  • adnama79

    I kept wishing someone would bust out the iron and try to melt candy into a fabric-like state – I wonder if that’s how the leather happened?

    Or maybe they didn’t have any wax paper.

    • Sweetbetty

       I’d like to know how that leather was made too and also the blue skirt on Elena’s outfit.  Elena’s is obviously fabric and it looks almost tie-dyed.  I wonder if she dissolved some hard candies in water to dye the muslin?

  • kaydenpat

    I rather liked Nathan’s dress, although the halter top appears to be mostly fabric.  The colors work together nicely.  I didn’t notice that the model was clutching the bottom until now.  Would have been funny if she had let it drop.

  • ccm800

    Andy made some pretty faux leather in the unconventional challenge. 

  • TN

    “But this is the first time we can remember someone actually managing to make an unconventional material look like leather.”
    Ahhh, how soon you guys have forgotten!!!  Back in Season 7?, remember Asian Jay versus Mila season, Jay made leather shorts out of black trash bags and I think he won that unconventional challenge.