Season two was just released.
I'm only on episode three. Please don't post who the winner is even though the whole season dropped.
My impressions so far:
—Gigi Hadid is a good host IMO. She seems laid back and natural in the role and her opinions about designs make sense to me. I know people like to hate her but I think she's good in this.
—Interesting design directions overall. I feel like the overall preferred vibe is *extremely* streetwear with a mid-80s to early 90s reference point.
—I like the girl with the boldly colored hair's color choices, which are very 1980s. I think the only thing I liked about 80s aesthetic was the dayglo stuff.
—I do not understand why the judges' clear favorite so far seems to be the one it is—all washed denim and puffer jackets and sports-inspired jerseys and jackets with numbers on them. His clothes look to me exactly like clothes any guy in my schools would have worn during the 90s. I don't see fashion design in them at all. But hey, I'm 45 and I guess what looks new and 'next in fashion' to 25 year olds isn't expected to make sense to me.
—The only person's designs I really am not fond of overall are the Vietnamese woman. The clothes she had made for the show have actually been better IMO than the clothes they featured that got her on the show; those were all Real Housewives-type tightly tailored dresses that have cutouts and straps that basically show off the flanks and the entire boob except the part resting in a sling. I *really* do not get this style at all. It's like S&M lines in girly collors and stretch fabrics that looks to me like it belongs in a red light district window. But I guess in the era of celebrating sex work, it makes sense that sex-worker costumes would be seen as chic luxury products.
—The redhead guy is my favorite. I am partial to redheads, anyway, but I really like his clothes a lot. Foe the episode that I just finished, he made streetwear out of traditional colonial American-style quilts and I thought the juxtaposition was really cool.
—I guess the 'next in fashion' is super-casual, over-the-top borderline crafty streetwear. Aside from the luxury-S&M lady, there's no chic day or evening wear at all; almost everything looks like it's made either for rappers or for someone like Harry Styles.
—Interestingly, at least half of the outfits have been presented on male models, and about half of those have looked like they are made for men and the other half would probably look more natural on women but are androgynous enough to be pulled off by the right guy. Many years ago, this would have seemed extremely edgy and would have been put down the Project Runway runway maybe once a season but now it's the norm, so I guess it is the actual next in fashion. I have slowly become accustomed to seeing men wearing skirts on occasion and while it once threw me, it's starting to seem fairly normal to me, which I find interesting.
Again, please don't be an asshole and post the winner. Asking up front for everyone's sake.