Episode 8 - Finale - In the season finale of Making the Cut, the final designers must present a business pitch to the President of Amazon Fashion and showcase a final ten-look collection. One designer is crowned the winner of Making the Cut, receiving a mentorship, an exclusive line on Amazon, and $1 million to invest into their brand.
Thoughts: * I like seeing three runway shows. Season 1 I felt shorted having only the two shows. * The final runway set was too disco floor. That can be distracting. How would someone with a zen collection present on that? * Sometimes they keep a less ept to create drama. Even though the less apt may not be a villain, they have a villain position. That situation caused me to watch it much earlier than my regular Friday time. * Seta Andrea had a lot of shape and coloring issues. The only ones that looked good were the two garments in silver and blue that did not match with the other 8 pieces. * Gary should have just said he creates garments from original influenced textiles. He spent more time talking about his random depressing influence than things women would care about as an influence. Some of the explanations were reaching: influenced by a dead girl who with this dress is getting her redemption. * Admittedly, Gary is a wonderful designer though. I hope he gets his home shopping dream. That is entirely possible. * Great choice of judges!
Last season, I really did not like Esther's combat boots and captain hat. She was only about the black clothes. People can get black clothes anywhere.
I'll comment more on the actual fashion show after more comments are here because I don't want to spoil, but having all three have a final runway show was the fairest thing they could do, especially considering everyone's pop-up shop was so different and good. Extremely happy for the winner and also because all the finalists will have items from the final show available in the Amazon shop, which is a win/win for everyone involved.
I was really glad that Andrea P won! I really like her and her work and the way she progressed during the show. I am crazy about Gary's creative process, and I think he's an amazing designer--much more high-fashion than either of the other two, but they were looking for something that would apeal to a wide audience, and I think Andrea was the best fit for that! I hope she'll go far.
I understood Jeremy's point, though, that they were passing on the chance to support a truly amazing artist and one-of-a-kind high-concept designer who doesn't come around all the time. Gary is, indeed, that, and I hope he finds his niche. It reminds me a lot of the Jonny vs. Esther showdown last year. Esther was a much more high-concept and artistic designer whose clothes were much more to my liking, but Jonny was more commercial, which is what Amazon is all about. I like Andrea's work much more than I liked Jonny's last year, so I wasn't disappointed that she won.
I thought the relationship between Andrea P and Gary throughout the show was really sweet. They were clearly so close and it was such a friendly rivalry. I really liked both of them. I didn't dislike Andrea S. I just thought the relationship between Gary and Andrea P was special.
I wasn't crazy, though, about Andrea S's collection. I thought it was sad that she didn't just elevate the direction she'd gone in before. Her capsule collection that she did for the pop-up store really surprised me and was so much better than her final show.
P.S. Amazon must not want to sell the clothes from the show, because finding the Making the Cut store is really hard. When I search on it, it takes me to a page that has all sorts of other random things mixed in with winning items from the show, and I just get irritated and give up. I remember somehow actually coming across an organized store page last week, but I have no idea how to find it again. UGH!!!
I liked that all three finalists got to sell their looks on Amazon, but whoa, some of the pieces chosen are so weird! I bought one of Gary's tanks, with the rose on it. I loved the dress that is in the video on his store page, but that one's not for sale - it's a floaty fabric of the rose print, but the ones for sale are either a bodycon or a slip dress. And I loved his jackets, but the ones for sale don't look that good. Both Andreas have some horrible looks for sale! Yikes! Things are pricey, but I expected that, since I had looked last year too.
Previously, I almost bought Gary's dress from the first episode, and the cute dress from the denim challenge, but missed out. I loved Joshua and Lucie's white floaty dress, but knew that wouldn't look good on me, but had to look at it and read the comments from those who did buy it (they're funny! Guess it doesn't look as good on real bodies)!
Andrea P was so appreciative of the win, I got tears in my eyes and am happy for her. There were some pretty things of hers in the finale, but way too much sparkly fabric. She is super talented, though, so I have no problem with her winning. I liked her men's look with the furry coat, brace or holster thing?
Gary's things are just so unique, because of his fabrics. His men's looks were awesome, too! I really liked his perspective, and the "soul" in his designs, but Andrea P was a bit more commercial I guess. I'm glad Jeremy was there to push for Gary and to challenge Heidi. Sometimes she gets stuck on one picky thing and won't change her mind, so I worried when she thought he was not modern.
It was a great season, better than last season in a lot of ways. And wow, what a prize package!
Gary apparently has a website but I don't know if he's selling any of the items from the show on it. No worries Gary; I'll buy your Little Lord Fauntleroy clothes boo!
I think Andrea P. showed the most growth and flexibility on the show. Considering how she specializes in bridal I was amazed at her creativity and drive to create new and interesting clothes every week that were really, really far from her wheelhouse. It was also really nice to see an F.I.T. girl do good and go the distance while the Parsons people fell by the wayside this season.
Andrea S. Pop Up store was fantastic and I rewinded her part so I could see it again, lol. She pulled it out and I'm glad she has an opportunity to sell her clothes on Amazon as well.
Overall, it was a much better season than last year even with the pandemic restrictions.
Before I watched the episodes, I went to see who won - they have everything in the Amazon store right away - and was nonplussed by Andrea P's collection. That bilious yellow is one of my least favorite colors in the world. I don't know many people who can or DO wear it. Pairing it with brown and black? ICK. Both ugly and a bit 80s, especially the yellow and black. Obviously, there was more in the runway collection, but those yellow pieces were in the store.
I disagree that Andrea P's collection would appeal to more consumers. I don't know anyone who would wear all that (sorry) gaudy sequined clothing. I guess I don't live in a city where people dress like that more than once or twice a year, max. I thought Gary's clothing was much more wearable for everyday, especially as separates. Maybe not ALL of the pieces at once, but definitely more of them than the Andreas' collections.
I thought all of the collections looked good on the runway, but if the goal is to pick someone whose work will be appealing to customers who shop on Amazon, I feel like they picked the wrong person.
I applaud Andrea P for using a full figured model, but IMO, she never made her look great. We've seen designers on PR dress plus size models in much more flattering clothing.
Based on how the lady from Amazon dresses and styles herself, I guess I shouldn't be surprised by whose clothing she liked best.
I went to the store because there were items in Gary's and Andrea P's collections that I really, really liked and wanted to perhaps buy and I don't know what algorithm Amazon used to determine what they wanted to sell but with the exception of Gary's dress with the print of the rusted truck none of the items were even available. I know they have to plan in advance to have time to construct the items and have them available when the last show airs but that's going to bite them in the ass. I'm going to check out their IGs to see if they are perhaps selling those particular items on their sites. I also think that (like Esthar's site last year) if they have those items they will be of better quality than what is being currently offered on Amazon.
I was really surprised by how uninteresting Andrea P's clothing looked on Amazon's site. It was only when I saw them mixed together and styled that they looked like something I might want to buy. But I agree that many of the best looks didn't seem to have made it there.
Gary's store was kind of frustrating, too, because the best looks that were in the videos didn't seem to be available for sale (or maybe they were, and it was just hard to find them since many of the looks came in multiple fabrics).
Seeking form amidst the void.
But if that's not possible, gimme a Margarita...shaken, not stirred...and hold the salt, please.