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 $1,000,000 to invest into their brand.
I really like Yannick, but I was left kind of cold by that collection. Even his accessible looks didn't seem very accessible. The rest of it was just silly conceptual stuff. The model with her bum out? Please. I mean, if I had a bum like that, I wouldn't mind showing it off, but I didn't think that was fashion....at least not realistically wearable fashion, not even to something like the Met Gala, where people can (and should) wear over-the-top fashion. I guess I'm not the target customer for upside down pants and deconstructed jackets.
I thought Rafael's feathery gown looked better on the hanger than on the model.
I found all of the final collections disappointing. There were pieces I liked from all three, but no single collection really bowled me over like in previous seasons.
I was happy for Yannick that he won and also happy that Rafael got the mentoring opportunity and the chance to have his line sold through Amazon. Big win for both of them.
Georgia had some really fun (and not ancient socialite) looks in her collection, which I was happy to see. I hope she does more of that in the future. But I agreed with the judges that it was kind of all over the place and hard to know what her brand is (not that I liked the brand she had going before).
EDITED TO ADD: After looking through all of the stuff, I think Rafael's collection will be the most successful at Amazon, but I'm glad the Yannick is getting funding for his Maison Blanche brand. There's definitely a market for those clothes. It's probably just not at Amazon.
I'm just happy that Yannick and Rafael were in the home stretch because I felt like they could benefit the most from winning/mentoring. I know they wanted to go with some more established designers but if you're collaborating with Victoria's Secret and other outlets maybe you don't need this show? It's the same issue I had with Sienna; Georgia winning would have been like someone hitting a home run while they are already on third. I want to see people who are maybe doing okay but need that extra push to go farther.
With that said, I am so pleased Yannick's crazy ass won, lol.
They were giving the money to Yannik from day 1, it seems. Just because he's an original, and on the odd/weird side, they gave him way more credit than if others would have done the same designs. There were so many outfits in the runway show that I thought, if that's what any of the booted contestants would've done, they would have ripped it apart! Just because Yannik is "himself" he could throw some weird stuff up there and some white shirts/dresses, and win. Personally, I felt for him and his struggles. Design-wise, he was not great. They just seemed to get excited about how different he was.
Raf's English is just too cute! I like listening to him. He had some looks that were okay, and I liked that he used his trip to LA as his inspiration. They dedicated the show to his mom, who I hope he got home in time to see before she died.
Georgia also had some pretty looks (I want that babydoll dress!). She is talented, but some of her choices weren't all that flattering.
I looked at the store on Amazon for all the winners and finalists, and couldn't find much of anything I'd buy, and things I would consider were way too expensive. Though I did buy one of Gary's rose t-shirts back when he came in 2nd to Andrea ... not sure where it is now though!
Heidi really bugs me on this show, she can be so snotty and full of herself. I wonder why seasons 2 and 3 are only 8 episodes long, when season 1 was 10. It seems to go so fast.
Initially scenes show all three designers on a level playing field.
Briefing their business plans to the Amazon Executive .... Christine B
All sounded confident from the tiny segments we saw.
Christine's feedback was interesting with Yannick doing the best with his business and marketing background, then Georgia being solid but not embracing new approaches and media platforms, with Raphael coming in last simply because he didn't have much experience in the field.
Georgia: first for someone who is a designer I wish she would get a haircut and just trim all those different lengths she has it is not attractive on her. Her hair looks as if it would be best with super simple super straight edges.
Second what is it with wearing all these awful fitting outfits. All of her jackets look sloppy and ill-fitting and her pants. That jacket needs to be a good 6 to 8 inches longer to cover her butt. The green color was fabulous but the fit not so much, and those grandma shoes.
The first couple of pieces on the runway were WOW, and the energy was lost and the pieces were blah. Totally agree with the judges there. The energy picked up toward the end and then there was the sculptural blue gown. AAAAAA! You put a fat lady in a giant blue trash bag. WHAT WERE YOU THINKING! If she had put a regular size model in that gown it would have been a WOW moment instead Georgia lost it right there.
Raphael: liked his collection, liked his prints, only the all green jumpsuit might have been a miss but the rest of the collection was good. I am thinking Raphael won.
Yannick: I am thinking I hope Yannick does not win because I would NEVER wear his stuff. Then his collection came on to the runway and it was moment after moment and the energy was so high, all I could think was damn, Yannick won.
So happy that Amazon is doing a mentorship with Raphael he deserves it.
So glad that Amazon Prime was smart and dropped two episodes a week.
Both designers getting mentorships is very good because they have different issues. Yannick needs to learn restraint and to translate his conceptual styles into more accessible designs. Designers often create high end, creative, and conceptual work to add to the overall ambiance of a show mixed in with the more accessible looks which is fine, but he needs to learn more about the approachable side. Right now his looks are like 80% conceptual; he needs to learn balance. Rafael's clothes are more suited for the Amazon brand, but he needs to learn more about the business end of things. I think all three designers (plus Jeanette) will do well.
I know Yannick really wants to build a unisex brand with clothes that fit both men and women but the simple fact is that men and women are built differently and what fits a man perfectly will not fit a woman perfectly and vis a versa.
The only way this works if you put on shapeless bag on a person.
I just checked out Raphael's and Yannick's stores on Amazon. Raphael has lots to choose from and the prices are not that bad, vs Yannick's store which is selling that oversize men's jacket and other pieces, who is going to wear that?