We like him. There seems to be a somewhat virulent reaction against him going on in various comments sections and for the life of us, we can't figure out why. Is it the ghost of the angry little peanut, whose name keeps coming up? Because as far as we can see, there's no real comparison.
He seems pretty intensely focused, open to constructive criticism, and desperate to impress the judges. Sounds good to us.
We really like the dress.
We hate the hair and makeup, though.
Yeah, you could make the argument that it's not a particularly innovative garment and that you could find one just like it hanging on any number of racks...
But it's still a pretty cool dress with a lot of nice details. The assignment wasn't to make something innovative, it was to make a statement about who they are as designers.
Done and done.
Don't you now have a pretty good understanding of who he is, what styles he works in, and how much we can expect from a technical standpoint? Mission accomplished. And with enough time left over to do his hair.
It has come to our attention that there are people who aren't in love with Ping. This has to stop.
Anybody that can inspire Tim to go through this many facial expressions:
...in the span of a minute-long conversation is someone who has more than earned her place to be on the show.
Stepping further into it, we're going to ignore the emails and comments and even texts that we got demanding to know what the hell the judges were thinking complimenting Ping's Snuggie, to say, kittens...
We kind of loved it.
She's all about form and movement on the body and at first glance, yes, this looks like she just threw some fabric samples on her model and walked her down a runway, but there was real thought put into how it would drape and where it should be fastened and what it will do when a person walks or stands or sits down.
Granted, she's going to have to show a little more ambition in her designs going forward, but despite Nina's (totally on-point) "hanger appeal" criticism, you could tell she impressed the judges with her point of view.
But shit like this has got to stop. Ping seems charmingly unself-aware but that's not going to help her in the long run because this competition requires the ability to edit and the ability to course-correct, and little stunts like the weird direction she gave her model...
Or the Miss Cleo-style headgear she wrapped her up in, is not going to work in her favor.
You can tell that Nina in particular is intrigued but wary when it comes to her. The argument toward hanger appeal may have come off a little pedestrian, but from a fashion editor's point of view, it's exactly the discussion you need to have with a designer like this in order to yank her into focus going forward.
Tim Gunn's Workroom:
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