This week’s challenge for the five remaining So You Wanna Be A Designer contestants was simple- based on the ideas of Thakoon, create a timelessly feminine design in two days. Last night at the Kenmore Live Studio, the contestants’ designs were critiqued by three stylish Chicagoans as the audience was treated to a presentation by Thakoon and music by Tom Schraeder and His Ego. Judges were celebrity stylist, Teri Tkachuk, salon owner, Michael Anthony and blogger, Monica Dimperio.
Thakoon has worn many hats on his way to fashion stardom. He started out as a business major at BU and then made the unusual leap to fashion writer at Harpers Bazaar, before finally enrolling in Parsons and launching his line several years later to much fanfare. Michelle Obama wore his dress when her husband accepted his nomination in 2008.
Thakoon’s presentation was made-up of three looks from his current spring / summer collection that featured front clasps, and hand lacing on white latticed and sun-faded denim fabrics. The outfits were complimented by woven and wrapped suede heels which were given special attention to by Debbie.
“This look by Jessica Davis was the strongest of the evening. Both this and the second strongest look by Anna Hovet were deemed the lowest by the judges. It just goes to show that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” [tresawesome.com]
Just before Anna could shed a tear, in a sudden save, Debbie and the judges interjected and saved her from being eliminated. Debbie cited that sparing someone from elimination can only be done once in the competition. [visit Racked]