Four weeks later, Tim Gunn is one the road. First he stops in Philadelphia to check on Dom who acknowledges the tremendous support her family has given her over the last few weeks. Her win would be their win. The inspiration for her collection came from relaxing in front of the TV and watching the movie Blade Runner, so she played around with the concept of Retrofuturism. She designed her original prints by creating watercolours. Tim's biggest contribution was to encourage her to print on knits as the colours were better and knits would work well with the silhouettes. Her unconventional look is a gown created from door mending braces. His worry for her is the lack of a single completed garment. Even the fabric is not printed yet - just proofed.
With only nine days to go it was off to Union City to visit Helen. Her inspiration was clairvoyance - knowing the unknown. Very abstract. The way she made it more real was to take a photograph of her boyfriend's eye and use it in an abstract way to create an original print. Tim was surprised by the introduction of red. The collection was to have both bold and soft elements. For her unconventional challenge she chose to work with shower mats sprayed blue to match her original print. Tim's critique is that she needs to do something that speaks to innovation. Where is the excitement? What will keep it buoyant on the runway?
Last on the list was a stop in Raleigh to visit Justin. I had no idea Justin had a degree in
3D Printing was being used to create some of the accessories and accents. For his unconventional challenge he was trying to create a piece covered in test tubes. Tim's comment is the potential is there to blow everyone's socks off, but that it was not there yet. With only seven days left, I was nervous for him although Justin seemed relaxed.
|Nina Garcia - Zac Posen - Heidi Klum|
Okay - I have to admit Justin blew me away. This is the one designer who has never won a challenge and really didn't stand out until close to the end. Some designers excel when given outside challenges, others when given the freedom to follow their instincts. Obviously Justin is in that second group. His first look (a nod to his deaf years) is a play of white/black/shadow; the 2nd represents chaos (a nod to the confusion right after surgery) with 3D printing accessories and fabric painting; the 3rd his unconventional challenge (a nod to where he is now) - a gown from test tubes that looked like fringe or fur. Heidi's mouth dropped open when she saw it. I loved his use of the unique hairpieces for cohesion but Heidi and Zac totally hated them while Nina agreed with me. From start to finish, Justin nailed it and earned top honours. Judges comments include - I am so glad Tim Gunn used his save, very fashion forward, I love the story, the unconventional dress is a hit, beautiful sophisticated but the hair has to go, very proud, chic, all pretty wearable, be careful with the accessories and something very poetic about your designs.
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