I've listened to Tim Gunn's podcasts, checked the message boards and watched both episodes. Here are my impressions:
The first show was wonderful. How awesome to finally have a challenge where the designers had an entire week to construct a garment. The results were telling. The labor and thought that went into Nick's garment and Santino's were obvious. Also, Emmitt looked like he put a lot of effort into his, but the fit wasn't right and they dress is altogether unflattering. It's kind of like a reconstruction of a cutwork tablecloth dyed pink. Meanwhile, some of the garments were rather amateurish and It's surprising that these designers even made it to the show.
I like Santino (my hero) and Chloe and Diana. I do not like Zulema. I hope she leaves soon! There's a word for her and it starts with a b - but it's not in my g-rated vocabulary. I was happy to see her humiliated HA HA! I loved Daniel V's video but his designs are not as interesting. Oh, I also like NICK! He's got the combination of great personality and talent that should take him far. Of course I like Marla too - I've got to root for a 51-year-old who's been sewing all of her life and finally got the big break - but her design in the 2nd episode was really really weak. She's got to improve if she wants to stay. We'll see.
My favorite part of the show had to be Andrae's meltdown. It was so awful - and yet kind of fake - I didn't see any actual tears, did you? I loved the way the camera cut to Santino's face.....
I also enjoyed watching Daniel Franco's face. He is completely transparent. So far his designs are rather dark - brighten up Daniel! Everyone is rooting for you! And thanks for leaving your bliss at home.
Please leave me some comments - thanks!