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?
I thought that was an odd choice, too - since he has appeared to be the weakest.
But the only Daniel left probably chose him because of friendship, and maybe he thought he would be the easiest to work with.
They ended up winning, and there was very little drama for them.
Friendship, I think. Someone whom he thought would provide dependable assistance.
It was a surprise. I would have thought calm, hard-working Chloe would have been the first one picked. Are the designers aware of the judges' critique as the show is being taped? If they're immediately dismissed from the runway because they're safe (but not best or worst), they wouldn't hear the comments and might not know about Andrae's meltdown.
But it did seem from Andrae's reaction that they've formed some sort of friendship.
Andrae might also have some particular skill that's useful--maybe cutting patterns, or maybe he's particularly quick on the sewing machine. Didn't we see him helping someone sew on a previous episode? Maybe I just imagined it.
I think that Daniel V went with somebody who is solid but who would not be "in the way." Daniel F's team failed because everybody was too strong-willed (except maybe for Daniel F, anyway, . . . gave new creedence to "nice guys finish last"). Santino's team failed because it was too personality-rich. The winning team and the runner-up team were both a little blah by comparison, but they all worked together better.
I think Daniel V. either has been in Andrae's pants or wants to be. We gay men have been known for listening to our penises more closely than our brains many times.
Plus, the whole moment when Daniel V. commented on how they finish each other's ...sentences really struck me as an attempt to point out (or create) some sort of bond that wasn't really there.
Says it all. I think they have a thing together...
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