If we had to pick a winner, we’d go with Michael D’s entry.
Like April he designed an unusual looking bodice that gave what could have been a too-simple look a nice bit of interest.
That little peek of what can only be described as a formal bikini top is what takes this to resort, giving it a sexy, nightclub on the beach feel to it.
Looked pretty good from the back too.
And we liked the braid detail under the bust…
Which continues down to become a little sash. All in all, a chic look with some nice details. He may have had his technical skills questioned this week, but his design skills were self evident.
Tim Gunn’s Workroom:
There was a lot of love thrown Andy’s way for this look, by both viewer and judge alike.
The Duchess in particular loved it but then again, it’s very much a Duchess kind of look.
One thing Kors was absolutely right about was the color combination, which looks too heavy and saturated and off-trend for a current collection.
But aside from that, the look is pretty much flawless.
Which is, at least partially, part of the problem.
Everyone responded so well to it because it’s exactly what you’d expect for a resort look. In many ways, it’s too expected.
More importantly, from a design perspective, it’s less than impressive because this is a look that’s been seen countless times before. Nothing wrong with having a look like this in a resort collection, but putting it forth in a design competition isn’t going to get you the win. Beautifully done, but the operative word here is “done.”