I’m surprised at last Thursday’s show because the judges’ results matched my own choices. I’m relieved that I can continue to watch this show without feeling slighted or disillusioned. It would seem—by what the judges say—that Heidi carries some substantial weight. She has pulled for Alexandria all season when Nina and Zac haven’t been that impressed with her.
Four designers get to show their looks at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. As of the previous challenge, both Bradon and Dom had earned a definite place in the finals at Mercedes-Benz. The three remaining designers, Alexandria, Justin and Helen, had to duke it out for the remaining two places.
All five of the designers went home for six weeks to their respective homes and worked diligently on their ten looks to show on the runway. As usual, Tim Gunn went to visit each designer in their homes and work studios, and he gave each of the designers comments and feedback as to how they were doing (for example, “this is stunning,” or “I wouldn’t present this to the judges”).
I’m always fascinated by each designer’s personal comments in the Confessional and how they describe their collection and their position in the competition. Smart competitors will stay focused on doing their best work, period, and not how well the others are doing. A personal best is what anyone should strive for.
I have slowly developed an affection for Alexandria and her point of view as the season has gone by. She’s a quiet person who hasn’t exactly been warm and fuzzy. She is a tall ex-model who seems to have left her makeup and hairbrush at home. I love that she teaches young children to sew at her “Camp Couture.” She wants to set a good example for these kids.
Here are the three looks that she showed in the semi-finals. Please note my caption under each photo.
This side pocket is cute; it looks like a glove.
Alexandria’s beautiful fabrics do not always translate in photos.I believe this jacket is suede.
This model looks like one of the Village People in this goofy hat.
Alexandria’s designs are fashion forward but subtle, partly due to the muted colors she uses: White, beige (tan), black, and gray, which are stunning colors in the right fabric. These colors don’t necessarily knock viewers out from a distance. In these photos, you cannot tell that she is using suede or leather.
By the way, I wish the show would somehow indicate that type of fabric that each designer uses. For instance, when Tim comes around, each designer could say something like, “This black fabric is velvet (or suede or ultra suede or leather, etc.) and this plain color is wool. At this point Tim or the designers mention what they’re using only some of the time. Another possibility would be to list the fabric on the screen as the models come down the runway.
I don’t think the audience at a fashion show gets this information but a closeup view is more revealing. Does the audience at the various fashion shows at Mercedes-Benz get any kind of program? If so, what type of information is included?
The judges—especially Nina—have criticized Alexandria’s lack of (vivid) colors, but no one has made similar comments about Justin’s mini-collection.
I appreciate how Alexandria assesses her own designs without making crass comments about her competitors. I believe that the model of Alexandria’s second look used to work with Bradon. There is a substantial prize for the model who walks for the winning designer. I have no idea how the models were paired up with the designers for this season.