At the Brown Shoe Co. showroom, the students met bride-to-be Elizabeth Aguilar, who will wear a Vera Wang gown on her wedding day,
Each student was allowed three minutes with Aguilar to ask questions about her ceremony and style in a speed-dating-type format. Queries ranged from her location (Puerto Rico), her fiancé and the wedding party to desired heel height and favorite footwear looks.
After getting to know Aguilar, the contestants put their newfound knowledge to the test in a game called “Pop the Questions.”
In the end, Matthew Ciszek was deemed the winner for answering the most questions correctly about the bride. As a reward, he was granted three extra minutes of one-on-one time with Aguilar. But with one catch: This round Ciszek could only ask yes or no questions.
“[Aguilar’s] dress and the outfit she was wearing [when we met her] speak a lot to her personal style,” he said. “Even though the shoes are hidden under the dress, they still have to make a statement.”
With ideas running through their heads, the students were then given three weeks to create a bridal shoe for Aguilar, which they would present to her, as well as to Wang and Michael Atmore on the judging panel.
“Elizabeth’s look is really traditional,” said Rachel Fishbein. “This is the biggest day of her life, and I want to give her something classic or romantic.”