I just watched the show and haven't read any posts yet. I wish Dayoung had won, I felt her garment expressed her heritage more and was better made. But I'm glad Chelsey won, I like her and her glasses.
Sergio is such an ass. I suppose he really does feel bad about the children, but I couldn't help feeling he was using their tragedy as a way to emotionally sway the judges into overlooking his garment. As it was, his dress reminded me of something Ashley, season winner from a few years back, would make. She used that kind of fabric quite a bit, and I think in her final collection. The embroidery was tacky looking, too.
The two I liked best, Nancy's and Brittany's, were safe. Maybe the judges thought Brittany's might be too literal, but I liked the dress she made out of denim. It didn't look and move like denim.
I'm glad Delvin is safe. I like Victoria, too. She can join Elena (Ukrainian) and Dmitry (Belarussian) in the eastern European favorites group. I think she might be better than both.
Now I haven't read any posts so if you've already discussed this . . . But what would you have designed for this challenge? This type of challenge is tricky because you might think you have to make make something representing your ethnicity or other element of your heritage and get stuck in those weeds, but I feel you really need to examine your background and go with what calls to you. For example, I am German and Norwegian from the upper midwest but I don't feel called to make anything particularly German or Norwegian-inspired or Minnesotan (if there can even be such a look). But I do know what speaks to me - I was a child in the 60s and as I grow older I feel more drawn to the clothing my mother wore during that time. She was in her 20s then. I recently bought a dress that had a similar style and pattern to one she had. Maybe I'd go with a paisley print. Of course this is all theoretical since I can't sew. Anyhow I'd be interested in reading what you would make.