Lord & Taylor 5th Avenue Flagship, New York City
Not So Happy Threesome--(left to right)Samantha Black, Layana Aquilar, Richard Hallmarq
For some reason, the season is still continuing with this "Teams" schtick, which was a novel idea in the beginning--and made sense when there were so many designers--but now, the producers are just keeping the "Teams" concept for DRAMA and conflict-creating, as opposed to having the designers help each other out and collaborating--or even being judged as teams. Every "team" had conflict, especially the one above. Richard wasn't talking to Layana, Layana wasn't talking to Richard and Samantha, well, she was just there...
The Judges--Bonnie Brooks (LOVE her heels!), President of Hudson's Bay Co., parent company of Lord & Taylor, Nina Garcia, Rachel Roy (substituting for Zac Posen), and Heidi Klum
The Runway designs:
The Bottom Vote-Getter:
Material Girl Juniors sleveeless heart cut-out peplum dress, $27.99 at Macy's.
Michelle Lesniak Franklin and the manufactured dress--as produced and sold. Racked is saying the dress sold out online by 8:45 am yesterday!
And now...here's my MyLifetime.com Project Runway Blog Recap for this week:
Everything's Coming Up Roses
This week, the seven remaining designers head over to the Fifth Avenue Flagship of Lord & Taylor to meet Tim and a guest, to get their next challenge. Let me take a big guess what the next challenge might be? Could it be the "Lord & Taylor Challenge"? Before that is announced, Tim tells the designers that once again, the judges have "decided" to re-evaluate their team situation. And when Tim says the judges, he really means, the PRODUCERS have decided to change it up, thank you very much. Stanley is paired with Patricia (just so her kookiness can annoy someone else this time); Daniel is with Michelle (so she can turn his 50-something "Fantasy Muse" into a younger client); and naturally, Richard—CEO of the "I Hate Layana fan club"—has to work with, Layana. Poor Samantha is thrown in with that pairing, I’m assuming to help with the awkward pregnant pauses and actually have some dialogue for the producers to record.
A Rose Is A Rose Is A Rose
Back to the challenge: Tim and Suzanne Timmins, Sr. Vice President and Fashion Director of Lord & Taylor, announce that these three teams must design ready-to-wear looks inspired by the iconic Lord & Taylor rose. The designers can create dresses, separates, or a combination of both for Spring 2013 and they must retail for under $250. Each designer will make their own looks. And the winner will have their look(s) manufactured and sold at Lord & Taylor and will be featured in their Fifth Avenue window. Again, I ask: why even keep this "Teams" shtick? Unless...oh yeah, we need the DRAMA. Speaking of...let's get to it, pronto!
First: Stanley and Patricia
These two had barely taken out the fabric and notions they purchased at Mood and Stanley "The Controller" was already bossing Patricia around; he's micro-managing her design and construction. Stanley keeps asking, "Why are you doing this? Why are you making that?"and he doesn't let up. Bless Patricia's heart, she just sits there wide-eyed (yet visibly perturbed). Personally, I would have shut...
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