Nicole PopovichGet ready to rumble at the first challenge of the Tamarac Square Fashion Project.
Nicole PopovichThe crowd is pumped and ready to see what the designers have put together for the Little Black Dress challenge.
Filmmakers Johnny Morehouse and Ben Kronberg record the night.
Nicole PopovichStyle Matters columnists Judie Schwartz and Evelinda Urman inspect the designs.
Nicole PopovichFirst up, designs by Alexander Smith. This is a classic dress, updated with a slight fishtail hem. It was tailored beautifully. Cat would definitely wear this one.
Nicole PopovichDesign by Armando Guerra. In the runway interview, Armando said he struggled with the challenge because he always uses bright colors. Still, the silhouette, particularly on the back, was attractive.
Nicole PopovichDesign by Crystal Sharp. This dress is fresh and ready for day -- a choice Crystal made because she thought her competition would be going for evening.
Nicole PopovichDesign by Deb Henriksen. This is Cats favorite dress in the challenge. Deb went all out, with French seams, hand-ruching the bodice (that is an epic undertaking, for those nonsewers out there) and even fraying the shoes to match the sweetly frayed hem. Gorgeous, Deb.
Nicole PopovichDesign by Gino Velardi. The box pleats on this well-crafted dress were a big hit.
Nicole PopovichDesign by Jose Clark. Cat was actually surprised by this dress after Joses win last week. While this is attractive and flattering, Cat was really expecting to be wowed.
Nicole PopovichDesign by Kandyce Hudson. This gown was so, so, so close. The skirt was so frothy and pretty. And the neck-to-waist detailing was really interesting. But something about the way the bodice fit seemed off. Work on that bodice, Kandyce, and Cat thinks you have a winner.
Nicole PopovichDesign by Lisa Ramfjord Elstun. During the runway interview, Lisa explained that her inspiration for this dress was the Chrysler Building, thus all the points and angles in the construction. Nice take off, Lisa.
Nicole PopovichDesign by Mona Lucero. Since Mona normally dresses the good girls, she decided to make a bad-girl dress. The back was quite cool, with different strapping that was all adjustable.
Nicole PopovichDesign by Nancy Sedar Sherman. When this came down the runway, Cat could tell it was done by Nancy. That is how well she has defined her style.
Nicole PopovichDesign by Stephanie Ohnmacht. Cat has no idea how Stephanie managed to make a dress for her model. That girl is tiny! Buy Stephanie put together a sort of sailor-influenced dress with a dropped waist and the very au currant bubble hem.
Nicole PopovichFinal look by Tricia Hoke. Cat loved this dress. She thought it was the most innovative thing on the runway -- especially because it could unsnap in various places and transform itself. Sadly, unless you are a model, the volume would be very hard to wear without looking like a gaint sack. Still, kudos to Tricia.
Nicole PopovichThe models show off the dresses while waiting for the judges to return.
Nicole PopovichJudges Rachel Donaldson, Penny Parker and Lisa Figlino try to score all the beautiful creations coming down the runway.
Nicole PopovichAnd the envelope goes to...Gino Velardi! Congratualations, Gino. Your dress was quite exquisite.
Nicole PopovichSee you all next week for the Ace Hadware Challenge.