Episode 2 - Resortwear - Heidi and Tim give the designers their next assignment: a two-look, resortwear mini collection for a fashion show that will take place on a floating runway. One designer is redeemed after a weak showing in the first assignment while another designer fails to wow the judges with original prints and is eliminated.
This show begins where the first one ended with them finishing the critiques. The judges announce that they have to make two looks for a resort collection that best fit their aesthetics. Some of the designers do better this time around while others fail, and some are "safe." It's a one-day assignment, and both Dushyant and Olivia have time management issues and have to scale things down. Tim gives good advice to Andrea P. about the neckline of her swimwear wrap and Joshua on the color of his suit. This is the Tim I know and love who doesn't tell people what to do as much as give slight tweaks to make a good idea even better. There's also small background interviews with Lucie (who has a very sexy deep accent, lol), Dushyant, Andrea P., and Olivia, and now I see where the confidence comes from; if I won all the school competitions as well as scoring a cool capsule collection with Adidas so soon out of school I would probably think my doo doo didn't stink either!
The seamstresses from last season are back, and Tim tells the designers that the seamstresses will have 8 hours to work on stuff and to give them the busy work like hems, sleeves, and putting things together. Now this is the part where I go "hmmm" because if you were a producer who wanted to get rid of certain designers, screwing them over with the seamstresses seems like a good way to go. Not saying this is what is going on here, but I find it interesting that the two designers with time management issues (one who got on the bad side of a judge) just happened to not have any work done on their clothes. Olivia even showed her notes for the seamstress for the pants and the seamstress didn't touch them, or Dushyant's shirt and pants either, while everyone else's work was pretty much completed. With that said, I thought it was very kind of Gary (who was pretty much finished with his clothes) to help Olivia with her pants. The runway looks utterly changed from last week but still beautiful. This week, the top honors went to Joshua and Andrea P, with Joshua being the winner. Andrea P did a great job in scanning and altering the original fabric design so she had three different but similar fabrics to work with but her social media photo brought her down.
Unfortunately, Dushyant marched some shapeless clothes down the runway and got axed. I will miss him as I vibed off his whole Western Indian Aesthetic, but it was not to be. Also, some of these contestants need to step up as they and their work is not memorable in the slightest at this point.
I think is was very obvious that the bottom designers were Lucie, Dushyant, and I would throw Olivia into the mix.
All these designers were picked for the show because they are good, but are they good under the pressure and time limits of the show?
Lucie saved herself by lying to the judges and having a good social media photo. Yes, I do mean lying. The model had to hold the outfit else it would fall off her body and when asked by the judges if the garment was falling of the model and that is why the model was holding it, Lucie told them that she had told the model to hold the garment that way and it was a mistake and no the garment would have stayed up.
Olivia was a mess.
Dushyant is supposed to have a brand full of color and wonderful fabric. Didn't see that in either episode.
I do think Andrea P has had two stand out episodes. Hope she can continue. I do like that her curvy model looked good in that swimsuit vs not so good in the previous episode's bridal gown.
I was wondering what was going on with Lucie's dress! At first I was wondering why she was holding the dress so awkwardly and maybe it was sliding off but then they showed a bit of her fitting and the model was walking around in the dress like normal so I wasn't sure what was going on. Either way, she had a germ of an idea with the dress and a good social media picture while poor Dushyant did not.
They often say you can tell that the fit is right on an outfit modeled by a plus-sized model by the confidence that they go down the runway, and Andrea P's model had that in spades. I liked that she took the judges critique of her last runway and improved on it.
I wonder if that bit with Raf explaining that if you don't make your tech pack super-specific, the seamstresses won't know what to do with your stuff was foreshadowing the problems some of them had with their finishing not being done (or done right). I'm not ready to call it shady on the part of the producers just yet. But then I'm always too trusting of reality TV in general, lol.
In the first scenes at the beach, and then in his consultation with Tim, I thought Joshua was going to be in deep trouble. But then I saw the print he designed, wow. Tim also saved his ass by vetoing the original seafoam fabric. He was wearing the right color himself in the workroom with that teal t-shirt, lol. To me Andrea was a distant second, not just because of the social media photo, but also because I'm not as a much in love with matchy-matchy as she is.
You could tell who was going to be the tops and bottoms, because they were the only ones that the episode focused on, lol. Everyone else was in the background, as were their designs. Personally, I would have sent both Lucie and Dushyant home. I don't want to say it, but maybe Olivia too, because the man's shirt was all wrong for resort, and the woman's look was half-done. She didn't get a critique on the show, so we may never know what saved her this week.
Tim totally saved Joshua from disaster by pointing out that he was going to use sea-foam green. Which has never had a good look. I question Joshua's taste level. But I think I'm also still salty from his clown outfit.
Lucie totally threw her model under the bus about that top, hell yeah she had to keep it up with her hands.