The designers were put into two teams of four and challenged to create tear away look for the Thunder Down Under - a troop of Australian male erotic dancers.
I have several problems with the challenge itself:
- I don't like menswear challenges. This is a womenswear competition. I know fashion is for everyone, but it's not within the designers training and it doesn't apply to who is the best womenswear designer, which is the goal of the show.
- The designers only had one day for this challenge. They aren't menswear designers. They were set up for failure.
- This is the challenge where the judges picked the teams to see how people worked together. I don't know why they wasted that pick on such an unconventional challenge. It just resulted in a lot of strife.
- Tearaway clothes for male strippers seems even more out of the realm of fashion than costumes for female wrestlers did.
- One of the teams named themselves "Team 50 Shades of Grey." Ugh!
The losing team was Team Slick and Hip (which is almost worse than Team 50 Shades of Grey, almost). Samantha made the look on the left, except for the shirt, which Richard made. Her look was almost serviceable, and she was the first to safety. Layana tried to make a jacket in the center, but had no idea how to make menswear. It looked like a ladies jacket and a very funny fit on the big muscle-y guy wearing it. Richard made all the shirts, and he made them terribly. For a designer, it's astonishing that he hasn't even paid attention to how his own clothes are made.
What did you think of the challenge and the of the clothes? Do you think Amanda deserved to go home?