This week’s challenge saw some surprise guests replacing the svelte models on the catwalk… Alison, Deborah, Shane, Sophie, Oren and Petrova! They were back to help our Top 6 nail the challenge issues to them amid a snow-filled Whitehouse – to create a tailored, structured look for winter using only shades of white. Their models would assist in achieving a functional, stylish design, and the winning team would see that designer back in the competition! It was peak hour as Lui and Alison, Brent and Oren, Mark and Shane, Helen and Petrova, Juli and Deborah, and Leigh and Sophie grabbed their raw materials from the decorations in the Whitehouse winter wonderland!
Juli was having trouble with Deborah’s desire not to look old or fat, concerned Deb wouldn’t wear her creation down the catwalk! Meanwhile Helen pointed out to Petrova she was not there to co-design, but to assist (which she all but ignored), while Mark had concerns his model Shane wasn’t as fashion forward as he would have liked (“let’s face it, he’s a bit of a dag”). The pressure was on to produce an outfit with wow factor and the high level of workmanship the judges would be after. In Juli’s words, “drama, drama, drama!”.
With guest designer Arthur Gallon in attendance, the panel thought Oren looked more gigolo than rock star, and while Lui’s design was clever, were doubtful over its hanger appeal. All three loved Leigh and Sophie’s retro Hollywood glam, but it was Helen’s Japanese inspired jacket and skirt, which hit the brief and saw an adorable Petrova back in the competition! Juli’s design made Deb look mumsy, but it was Mark’s mismatched three pieces in different shades of white that didn’t work on the runway, and sent the charismatic Mark home.