Le Mentors: (left to right) Mondo Guerra, Anya Ayoung-Chee and Nick Verreos "Under The Gunn", Hope Park, Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising/FIDM
Thursday night was the Premiere of "Under The Gunn" on Lifetime. I'm honored and proud to be one of the three Mentors along with Season 9 Winner Anya Ayoung-Chee and Project Runway All Stars Season 1 Winner Mondo Guerra. On the show, it will be our job to mentor, guide, manage, coach, cheerlead and, when necessary, knock down with tough love, a team of designers in order to lead them to runway success. The premiere episode was a doozy, to say the least. Before I give you my "Nick Take" on a couple of things (yes, I'm talking about being rejected OVER and OVER...and OVER again, by the designers), I want to begin with how AMAZING it was to be standing at my Alma Mater--the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising/FIDM--along with my fellow mentors but more importantly with TIM GUNN:
Introduction at FIDM: (left to right) "Under Thee Gunn" mentors Nick Verreos, Anya Ayoung-Chee and Mondo Guerra with "Big Daddy" Tim Gunn
The Mentors Lounge:
Step Away From Our Couch Tim: Big Daddy Mentor Tim Gunn flanking our "Mentors Couch"
Nick Verreos, Anya Ayoung-Chee and Mondo Guerra--"Under The Gunn" workroom at FIDM
The Workroom: For this first episode, there were 8 (of the total 15) designers who we had workroom visits with to survey what they were creating and also how they were working. Our job was not to give them any "design" direction but just to find out what they were doing. From looking at their portfolios before we made this workroom visit, out of these 8 designers, I really liked what Michelle, Shan, Blake and Brady were doing especially. I also liked Natalia and Oscar. And yes, I ended up with them (Oscar and Natalia) on my team...
HERE to watch it.
We'll see what happens next week during our second round of Mentor/Designer Picking. Wanna guess what happens? Let me know what you think...
The trailer for next week might give you hints!