1. Use bright colors in your designs. These look great on the screen. Don't use anything that can be described as natural, beige, oatmeal, or cream. These just appear bland and washed out. Also, don't use maroon, burgundy, plum or navy. These colors are regarded as "Mother-of-the-bride" or "Dowdy" by the judges. Also, generally avoid pale pastels. Bright pastels are great - just no pale yellow, apricot, or powder pink. Black and white are acceptable, but not as preferred as bright, clear colors.
2. Don't be afraid of prints. These can be used very effectively and can really make your design stand out. This is of course, provided that your "taste level is there."
3. Do not offend your model. Do not insult her, do not say any part of her body is anything but ideal. You and your model - in any particular challenge - are a TEAM. Do not criticize anyone else's model either. She could be yours for the next challenge. You want your model to love you and your garment. Ask her for advice. She is your advocate on the runway. Keep her happy.
4. Personality counts more than talent. Let your personality shine. You can be overly emotional, you can be angry, you can be funny, witty, dramatic, bitchy or outrageous. You can even change your traits from episode to episode. Just don't be boring. Boring is the kiss of death on a reality show.
5. Your personal style counts. We notice what you wear on the runway, what you wear when you are out shopping, even what you wear when you are sewing. Please make it count. We can't have a winner without any personal style. And again, we don't want boring and we don't want dated. We want something fun. Pay special attention to your face and hair. These count the most. We're checking your hairstyle, your hat, your earrings, your jewelry and your eyeglasses. Take advantage of the make-up artists. It really makes a difference. Your face is shown the most on television, more than your body, so please pay attention.
6. Above all, remember that you are designing for a hip 18-year-old girl who is built like a fashion model. Do not suggest that your design is for anyone more mature. Kiss of death.
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