The Under the Gunn Finale went pretty much just as expected. Oscar was the clear winner and nobody else even came close.
Nick recommended that Oscar look to his Cuban roots for inspiration. Oscar nodded in agreement and then proceeded to go nowhere near his Cuban roots. What he wanted to do instead was revisit some of his “greatest hits” on the runway and re-imagine them in a larger collection. It was a risky move, and Jen Rade called him on it, but even despite his “recycled” designs, there was no denying that he was the stand-out winner. Rewarding any other designer would have been just wrong… though that has never stopped PR judges before!
Jen Rade was correct in that Oscar previously made this cape dress. I will disagree with her in her claim that it was done better when he had “more time and less money”. 3 days to complete a 5-look collection is ridiculous. And for the for the life of me, I can’t figure out why UTG producers thought it would be a good idea. I always look forward to the final runway show on PR. I like seeing what these designers can do when they are given more time resources.
This was the standout look of the collection. It’s worth noting that Oscar was the only designer whose collection prompted applause throughout the collection and not just at the end. He put on a show. The way the fabric moved down the runway cannot be appreciated in a still image. It was gorgeous. Also, Heidi’s face when this came out was priceless. It was her “I want this dress” face.
Very cool. Very classy. This is the most “department store” look in the collection, but it still works and manages to look high-end. I understand his style and his intended client. The same stylish woman would have his entire collection is her closet. Love the pants.
This was the cloak that he made last week. And Jen Rade called him on it. Still, Neal Patrick Harris (otherwise known as the voice of reason) pointed out that the similarities between his final collection and previous looks only illustrates that he has a clear personal style. If he had gone way outside the box and flopped, we all would have questioned his choices.
As Zanna Roberts Rassi pointed out, the crowd went crazy when this final look turned the corner. It was a good idea to end with this rich purple dress when everything before was black and white.
The first runner up was Sam. For the record, I also agreed with the judges in that Sam’s collection was second best… it’s just that to me it was a very distance second.
Love the jacket. The pants are hideous. I am going to channel my inner Michael Kors and say that the crotch is insane.
Cute dress. I thought it was funny that Sam confessed to Tim Gunn and Mondo that his professors in fashion school always told him that he would end up designing for department stores (as though that’s a bad thing?) only to then tell the judges that he hates couture. And then present a really cure little department store dress. Sam shows potential, but I don’t think he knows who he wants to be as a designer.
This looks very much like the beach-wear look Sam created for the unconventional materials challenge. Nobody called him on replicating one of his former looks too closely, though. Anyway, it’s cute and wearable and lots of girls would want it, which basically sums up Sam’s entire collection.
He made a pair of shorts. And a sweater.
I did not respond well to Asha’s collection. She said she was going for Nefertiti in Harlem. I did not see that inspiration in this collection. I’m not even going to try to out-do Neal Patrick Harris; he said it best. Her collection really did look like 1920s fortune-teller/ snake charmer/ carni chic. Not a good look.
This I just don’t get. She looks like she’s wearing a She-Ra costume.
Okay, this I’d wear.
The judges WAY over-praised this one. The kimono is tacky. I like the pants, but I nearly fell out of my chair when Jen Rade said the tacky kimono was one of the best looks she’d seen. Really? Did you sleep through Sam and Oscar’s collections?
Snake Charmer. Carni chic. Thank you Neal Patrick Harris! You were a lovely judge!
Of all the collections, I was most disappointed with Shan’s. I knew Oscar was going to win, but I thought Shan would at least give him a run for his money. Shan’s collection was very dated. I didn’t respond well to it at all.
This would have been more appropriate for last week’s super hero challenge. I hate the pants. It looks like she has things growing on her.
Okay, the leather and lace thing has been done. And in this case, it’s being done badly. That top skirt looks like a backwards apron.
En Vogue would have rocked this outfit in 1990.
Is that a jacket with tails? Made of leather and topped with lace? Too much going on here. And she seems to have lost her pants.
This is the look that judges most liked, but I still think it looks like she has things growing on her.
Ultimately, I was really pleased that Oscar won. I have never liked Anya, but I started the series liking both Mondo and Nick. Mondo, however, has annoyed me to no end this season. I was getting really tired of the Anya and Mondo “mean-girls” routine. I think Nick needed a little time and help from Tim Gunn in the beginning to know how to best mentor his designers, but he is, I think, the only mentor who comes off as a genuinely good and caring person. Also, it’s just really rewarding to see talented people rewarded for their talents.
So what did you think of the finale?