|Tim Gunn and Dylan Lauren|
They raced & dashed around shoving candies into bags, scrambling to find materials; a few snacked on some sweets, and who knows what else...
There were a lot of creative pieces sent down the runway, even though candy dropped from some of the looks. As you know my favorite color is turquoise/blue so I loved the use of turquoise in some of the designs.
|Sonjia William's design|
Love the ocean/sea vibe going on, especially with the gummy sharks filling in the neckline. But I also loved the use of the rock candy, and it worked out pretty well for week 1 winner Christopher Palu.
|Christopher Palu's design|
And worked amazingly well on Ven Budhu's design, which was my favorite of the night. It was the judges' favorite too and he's the winner of this week's challenge!
|Ven Budhu's design|
Unfortunately, Lantie Foster ended up going home for a look that was practically made out of other materials than candy.
|Lantie Foster's design|
Q: Can you tell us a bit about this week's challenge?
Dylan: It's an unconventional challenge and it's using a unique medium for the show. There's so many colors, textures.. it was a new concept.
Q: How did you get involved?
Dylan: I was approached from Project Runway. They wanted a new medium to do, to work with. Dylan's Candy Bar is the biggest candy store and it worked perfectly. They thought I'd be a good judge.
Q: What makes candy an interesting thing to work with in terms of fashion?
Dylan: Candy has so many gradients, patterns, shapes, textures - some are opaque, some are see-thru. They're long and gummy, and there are just so many choices. Together they can form these amazing designs. It can take an art form.
Q: What do you think were some of the challenges the designers had to face this week?
Dylan: Well, people want to eat it, haha. And also it was the weight of the candy. Also, the heat can melt the candy. It was a challenging medium.
Q: Was there a certain usage of the candy that really surprised you?
Dylan: I think it was that they chose not to use more than one type of candy or one color. I was really surprised by that. A lot of the designers were choosing small candies and I don't think they realized how much surface they had to cover with all the small candies. That was concerning. I wanted to tell them "don't get the many little things!"
Q: Have you ever turned candy into something else?
Dylan: I like candy art. I do a lot of mosaics. We work with children using candy and do artwork like that. It's a way of merging fashion art in pop culture.
Q: Do you think that has a practical purpose?
Dylan: Well you can use Shellac to preserve it and you can stand out from the crowd!
Q: What would you have liked to see on the runway?
Dylan: I would've wanted to see the giant lollipops being used. They're fun and colorful. I also would've loved to see a real gown with a train. I was hoping to see a real couture gown, but I was really impressed with these designers. They changed the texture, and combined different candies. It was very unique.
Q: What's your favorite fashion trend now?
Dylan: I love color -- the bright color blocking that's going on right now. I like neon too. But I don't like the one color nail polish on 2 or 3 fingers and another one the other fingers.
Q: Which candy would you have used?
Dylan: I couldn't even decide. I would've used one of everything: whirlypops, translucent gummies with all of the colors -- I would've hit that section.
Q: Who do you think will end up in the final?
Dylan: Some one that really rose to the occasion and really stepped up to the challenge.
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