Marvel Style: Mentors Mondo Guerra, Anya Ayoung-Chee and Nick Verreos with designers Sam Donovan, Asha Daniels, Shan Keith and Oscar Gracia-Lopez, at Meldown Comics and Collectibles store, Hollywood CA--Project Runway: Under The Gunn "Superhero Fashion" Episode
This past week's episode of Lifetime Network's "Project Runway: Under the Gunn"--was the penultimate challenge of the season-- The designers were to create a look inspired by a Marvel Comics Superhero. All three mentors are still on the show and only four designers are left--Mondo Guerra has 2, Anya Ayoung-Chee has one...
Oscar and Nick: Oscar Garcia-Lopez and Nick Verreos--Meldown Comics and Collectibles store, Hollywood CA--Project Runway: Under The Gunn "Superhero Fashion" Episode
And I also only have one designer, Oscar Garcia-Lopez. For the introduction of this "Supehero Fashion" challenge, we all met up very early in the morning at Meldown Comics and Collectibles store in Hollywood on Sunset Blvd. The reason we were there so early is obvious: the producers wanted to film before the store opened and that early in the morning, curious people walking Sunset Blvd. would not be milling around wondering why Tim Gunn is in the store? (Hello!)
So...let's get to my "Nick's Take"/Inside Dish of this Episode:
Oscar was very conscious of how the judges perceived him--and what I thought was A STUNNING emerald green gown--from the last challenge so he wanted to make sure his muse was young, hot and very very sexy!
In our caucusing session at the store, he immediately told me "NEEEEK! I want to make a suit! A very Fabulous and sexy suit! No Gown! And something 'unexpected' so the judges (Zanna, etc.) can stop saying that all I can do is a Gown!". I was all for it.
FIDM workroom, Oscar had already finished draping his half-muslin of the jacket that would make the "base" of his suit. He was also making a pair of superskinny pants to match the jacket...
I'll Show You: I think that Oscar also wanted to show the judges--and his fellow competing designers--that he could do a fabulous jacket with 85 pattern pieces and do it PERFECTLY! It was a way of "I'll Show You!". I get it, that's exactly what I would have done too! (we're kindred design spirits in that way!).
Coat Suggestion: Right before leaving him for the day, Oscar talked about possibly adding a coat to his outfit since he had A TON of this black felt fabric he had bought at Mood: if he had time, and only IF...we discussed how a coat would "suggest" a Superhero cape without being a cape (and you know how Oscar loves a cape!). As I left him for the night he said "We'll see Nick...only if I have time..."
Oh No You Didn't: Yes kids, above is a screen cap of my reaction when I walked into the FIDM Workroom and for the first time, saw that indeed Oscar had made a coat and HUUUUNEY, it was this:
A) take the idea of "Maybe doing a coat" and make a SUPERCOAT, and
B) take $2/yard felt and make a garment that looked like it was worth $4000!
Oscar and his model Meredith in his "Gamora"-inspired look--Project Runway: Under The Gunn "Superhero Fashion" Episode
If you ask Oscar or myself, I think that we felt worried EVERY SINGLE Runway time, because you just never knew how the judges would react.
Every week, it seemed like such a mixed bag and so even if we knew deep in our hearts that he did AMAZING, we were always a bit unsure.
**In case you missed it, watch this week's Full Episode HERE on MyLifetime.com and...
**Don't Miss Next Week's FINALE of "Project Runway: Under the Gunn"--on Lifetime, Thursday April 10 9/8c !!!