Did anyone else think it was surprising that Daniel V chose Andrae?
He could have chosen Nick or Chloe or anyone - he had first pick and he chose Andrae. I went back and had another look at Andrae's video and at his designs. Let examine them:
First - the muslin challenge - any designer who didn't dye the muslin just missed the mark. This outfit is nothing special.
Then, the meltdown outfit. Honestly I think Andrae had the right idea with this. He took the jacket and jeans and attempted to do something really challenging. He claims he intended to make something as different as it could be from how it started. The cheongsam (he called it something else - sorry I've forgotten.) was a good idea. Unfortunately the jacket and jeans that he started with were so shredded that he really didn't have enough solid fabric to properly execute this idea. So - good idea - but not really feasible with the materials at hand.
Then, the Orange Barbie outfit. Definitely not for My Scene Barbie, but look at the top - it's great. The skirt is more "couture" but still well-executed....if you like an orange puff-ball skirt....
Challenge #4 - His pitch to Heidi is "Tie me up, Tie me down." We get a glimpse of his sketch and he is a talented artist. There isn't enough to really see the proposal. Heidi doesn't choose him. So, he works on the winning collection - on a smooth cohesive team - and apparently held his emotions together. It's hard to say what exactly he contributed to the team. I checked to see which design he is credited with and it's the little bra/boy shorts number I have already posted below. Interestingly, it has the lowest bid on the PR auction for week four so far. No too impressive.
To me Andre looks pretty weak - so why did Daniel choose him? Are they just good friends? Does Andre have a lot of skills that we aren't shown? There must be something there. I checked out his video again and his designs - what we see of them in his "Little Studio Boutique" - are quite compelling. (A scarf out of vintage millinery veils - cool!) So will Andrae hit his stride next week? Or is he really not that great and Daniel V chose him out of friendship? Any opinions?