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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