I enjoyed this show a lot. It was more positive and upbeat than your average reality TV competition. For once, the contestants supported each other instead of stirring up catty drama. The challenges were fun, the fashion was fresh, and the runway shows were well-done. Even the range of diversity in both the contestants and the models they dressed was refreshing. Alexa Chung and Tan France as co-hosts was my dream come true and they got a good set of guest judges to add some interesting perspectives.
I also liked that it really showcased the talents of the contestants rather than how well they faired through unrealistic challenges. Time was their only constraint and they had limitless materials to help them realise their designs. They were told that if a fabric or item they wanted was missing, the show would provide it for them. It was a welcome contrast to Project Runway where you can see good designers struggle when forced to only use items from a hardware store or pieces of candy.
I did think there were a couple first-season kinks in the format. First, I wish I had a little more of an introduction about how the show was going to work at the beginning. I couldn't tell if the initial groups were paired up by the designer's choice, if they applied with each other, or if it was a surprise when they arrived. It wasn't clear from the beginning where the show would be heading. I also really didn't like the elimination system. Why did they need to pull out a bottom two if the judges already decided who was going to be eliminated? I felt like there should have been some sort of elimination challenge or the judges should have deliberated after a bottom two was chosen. Or just say who was voted out instead of having them make a futile attempt to save themselves. Hopefully a second season will work these things out!
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