Wednesday, March 01, 2006
The BPR Top 5: 1st Place!
Dirty gutter water!? Of all the beautiful, interesting images one could find in the heart of Manhattan to inspire a new design, Andrae Gonzalo chose to look down. What most people would shun, Andrae chose to celebrate.
The Los Angeles native entered the second season of PR at a turning point in his life. He had just closed his boutique back home and his casting on the show offered him an opportunity for redemption. This was all laid bare for the world to see earlier in the season with his emotional runway meltdown. We didn't quite know what to make of him back then, but he began to win us over with his expressive facial reactions, ever-changing accents and ebullient nature. He ultimately won us over with his talent.
In Inspiration, the seven remaining designers were given 1 hour to take photos of images in the city and to choose one to use as the inspiration for their design. Andrae's choice seemed shocking. He went on to say: "I always like to take something that's humble or low or ugly and apply the big charm gun to it and make it pretty." Did he ever.
His bias cut dress with a braided sash had beads placed in a way that mimicked the stones and pebbles from the gutter. When his model Danyelle walked this gown down the runway it shimmered, and we all gasped. He had done it! He really took something ugly and made it beautiful. And don't we all need a little of that in our lives from time to time?
In the end, it was no contest. More than 60% of you put this dress on your Top 5 lists. This design didn't win the challenge, but it was certainly #1 in our eyes. Congratulations Andrae - you designed the BPR Top Look for Season 2!
Thanks again to Rich at FourFour for his screen caps.
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