Friday, January 24, 2014

Under the Gunn rehash!

Hmmmm I'm digging this show! It has characteristics from Project Runway but enough new stuff that the mix is comforting but fresh. What do you think? Do you like this show so far?

Spoilers ahead...

Things I loved:

I was glad that they didn't do the same challenge as last week. If I had to see that black jersey and gold fabric again I was going to scream.

I liked forceful Tim yelling at Isabella. I'm surprised she didn't get disqualified.

Things I hated:

I'm with Sam. Muslins? Draping for an hour? You have to make a decision and move on! I hope that Stephanie wasn't offended when he told her that a model with no skirt was worse than making a decision. He's right!

Favorite garment(s):

I liked Sam's. So sue me. His model was perfect for his look and I completely understood his girl.

Stephanie's dress was cute (although it didn't fit her model) but understated, as Mondo said. And y'know what? I don't think she should design a bunch of "fuchsia dresses" if that's not her thing. Am I wrong about that? Is being on this show worth it if you have to go so far out of your aesthetic? I suppose there's a difference between challenging yourself and changing yourself, and it will be the job of the mentors to walk that line.

Least favorite garment:

Amy. Oh my. I was shocked that the judges liked her fabric choice and didn't hate her design. Here's the thing I've noticed with older designers on these fashion TV shows. It seems like they're designing for their daughters. Like, here's a dress that I think my 20 year old wants to wear. Except my 20 year old is perpetually 15 in my mind. I thought Amy's dress looked very teen, very prom. Ick. It might have been better in a different fabric.

Best line of the night:

(Deadpan) "I'm so excited to work in a room that's clean. --Nicholas

(Straight face) "I design for career-oriented sluts."--Rey

"If they're not looking for funky...I'm funked." --Sam

Whoa. Nick's team is a hot mess. I guess he's lucky that he has so much experience teaching, we'll see just how good of a mentor he is!

Anya's team is all boys. Interesting. Especially since there were so many women designers who wanted her to be their mentor.

I have a hard time seeing Mondo as a leader. He seems like a loner. I'm interested in seeing how he does with a group looking up to him.

Tasia is reviewing 110 Creations: A Sewist's Notebook today over at Sewaholic. Go take a peek!


  1. I love Under the Gunn. The show is refreshing with new concepts. Tim Gunn has been a mentor on project runway for a long time that I'm sure he has taken the best and not so best of the show and hopefully created a more realistic show with challenges that makes sense.

    1. I totally agree about the challenges. I was just thinking last night how nice it was that the designers could make whatever they wanted for the first challenge, because they truly could show their own style without crazy constraints (except time, of course!).


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