Episode 7 - Concept Stores - The final three can smell the $1 million, but before having the opportunity to create their final collection, they are tasked with designing up to 8 new looks to display in a concept store that represents their brand. All of the designers feel the pressure, not wanting to be sent home only one assignment away from the finals.
Andrea S: Really nice, upscale store. Reminds me of the places that offer you a wine or other refreshment as you shop. Her clothes are very Miami-socialite or wealthy South American and it's very blingy and nice if you like that sort of thing. It probably smelled really good too. During her interview with the Amazon lady came across as the most articulate regarding her plans for the money if she won. She grew on me; she's like the little engine that could. I also saw her doing a lot of sewing so I have no idea what happened when she was teamed with Olivia.
Gary: Gary's shop was more of a immersive environment more in line with a museum or small exhibit as opposed to a traditional shop. I loved it, but I know that some people would hate it, or think it old-fashioned or strange. More of his "best hits" dresses and some new prints besides were there but this looked more like a carefully curated selection of clothing as opposed to a collection. I was getting frustrated for him during his talk with the Amazon lady because he got nervous and it seemed like she wasn't understanding the points he was trying to make.
Andrea P: Loved her concept of having the clothes on a subway car. All the clothes in her store looked like they came from the same collection and the same theme. The end result was fun; you would like going to her shop and she could also change the theme depending on the collection/season. She was also the most relaxed with the Amazon lady; she stated her theme and goals in a very straightforward way that was also engaging.
I really like the fact that both Andrea P and Gary seem to appreciate just being on this show and having access to all sorts of expensive fabrics for free, the ability to make ones own prints, and to a certain extent the time to freely create is a privilege that not many creatives get.
I won't comment further on the judging except to say that considering all the collections it was the fairest thing the judges could do, all things considered.
I agree with everything you said, Kao ! I, too, was wondering how Andrea S. miraculously learned to sew. Methinks she might have been passive aggressively rebelling against Olivia's bossiness.
I think she could always sew. She never claimed to be a seamstress as she has seamstresses who work for her, but she knows how to draft a pattern, cut the fabric and know how to put a tech pack together. She also knows how to use a sewing machine and sew a straight line.
I think Olivia was trying to boss her around as if she was a seamstress.