The “Tim Gunn Save” has become a joke. The purpose of the Tim Gunn Save was supposed to be for Tim to be able to save a designer from being sent home if he disagreed with the judges. When PR first started, I used to listen to Tim’s podcasts, and he often disagreed with the judges’ choices. Nick Vereos comes to mind, but there were others. However, the last season of PR and this current season of PRJ has had the exact same result: Tim hangs on to his “save” until the end so all remaining designers can go to Fashion Week. That’s just really bad TV, no? What should have been a compelling and emotional dismissal from the show ended up being predictable and underwhelming.
Also, I think these designers fell into the same “final challenge slump” that seems to always plague PR designers. I’m not sure why, but historically, the designers always choke on the final challenge before Fashion Week. The judges feigned awe and pretended to be impressed, but they ultimately couldn’t even declare a winner, so what does that say about the final four looks?
The challenge this week was for each designer to create a look inspired by his/her own personal journey and identity. Also, they had to use iron-on appliques, which was a strange bit of product placement.
Here’s some clothes…
The story Peytie is telling with this look is that she was a shy and quiet girl when she was in middle school, but then she started making clothes, which led her being more confident and making friends.
I like the idea of Peytie’s design, but I hate the fabric. The judges praised this to high heaven, including praising her choice of print, but I think this shiney purple fabric is all wrong. It looks heavy and sloppy, especially toward the bottom of the “dress.”
The story Maya is telling is all in the jacket. The boning is meant to represent a ribcage, which protects the heart and lungs. On the back, the zipper represents her spine, which is meant to be strong and sturdy. The flowey fabric shows the contrast between soft and hard, masculine and feminine.
I felt like Maya’s clothes last week showed real growth from her. This week, though? Not so much. I’m sure her technique was impressive. I believe Christian Siriano when he says that this would have been difficult for even a seasoned sewer. However (and I feel that I dish out this particular observation quite often, but it’s true every time), this model looks like an extra in an En Vogue video. Let’s be fair here, where is this woman going? Who is she? Why does anyone need a long black mesh jacket that will just get caught on everything? I know there’s a difference between clothes and fashion, and I also know that fashion isn’t always practical, but I also just don’t see this as particularly innovative, or even (as Nina Garcia would say) aesthetically pleasing.
Samantha felt very confident going into this challenge because, as she stated, she is always her own muse. She chose her typical menswear inspired aesthetic, but she made a dress, as the judges had previously requested.
I don’t like the dress. It looks like a New York Yankees uniform. The judges were right to state that there’s no “wow” factor with this look. Samantha seems to have found her particular niche as a designer, but she doesn’t take chances or stretch herself the way some of the other designers have been willing to do. I hope she proves me wrong with her final runway show and really manages some show-stopping, unexpected looks.
Zachary’s story has to do with the fact that everyone has consistently commented on his maturity and the fact that he’s an “old soul.” He wanted to design an elegant and mature gown.
I never would have imagined that Samantha and Zachary would be in the bottom two, but then I never would have imagined that Maya or Peytie would be on the bottom, either. That is to say, the four remaining designers are all really talented and any one of them could have had an off week and been sent home. It’s just the mature of the game, or it should be, anyway. Zachary lost his confidence a little with this challenge. The top is ill-fitting and poorly made, and the skirt is dull and oddly voluminous.
Tim Gunn saved him, though, so everybody gets to go to Fashion Week.