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Under the Gunn, Episode 8: "It's an Unconventional Beach Party"

Sams winning design proved to have great proportions that would be flattering on many women.
The judges believed Stephanies look didnt push the envelope. They said it was too crafty and not sophisticated enough.
(From left) Jen Rade, Rachel Roy, and Georgina Chapman discuss this weeks designs.
Sams winning design proved to have great proportions that would be flattering on many women.

Sam's winning design proved to have great proportions that would be flattering on many women.

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In last week's episode, Natalia finally got the chance to make the knitted dress she had been dreaming of, that is until time managed to catch up with her. Likewise, after seeing what Mondo had to say about his half-sewn garment, Sam decided to start over last-minute. Can you guess which one of these talented designers was able to make a comeback?

The setting for this week's episode was a lovely California beach. With surrounding umbrellas, beach balls, a volleyball net, and more, it was pretty evident from the get-go that this would be an unconventional challenge. Designers were given 10 minutes to grab as many materials as possible and one full day to make a California beach-inspired look.

For the second week in a row, Georgina Chapman was the guest judge. Both of Anya's designers were safe, meaning another mentor would end up with only two team members by the end of the episode. While the judges agreed that Stephanie and Michelle's outfits did not incorporate enough of the challenge's materials, Stephanie was ultimately sent home. Sam and Asha, on the other hand, made the top two designs. Both presented fashion-forward looks that were well-executed. Once again, the judges left the verdict up to their mentor. Mondo decided that since Sam was able to bounce back from such a tough beginning, he deserved to win. Sam was also awarded the season's second Benefit Cosmetics $1,000 prize for having the most fun and free-spirited look, as decided by the judges.

On to the designs...

The Top:

Sam's winning design (team Mondo), made from a bamboo beach mat, beach chair, pineapple, and volleyball net:

Sam's design

Asha's design (team Mondo), made from straw hats, woven table liners, palm leaves, and leis:

Asha's design

Oscar's design (team Nick), made from straw fans and a beach mat:

Oscar's design

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Comments (2)

iris68 iris68 writes: Agree with Soli - I am not a big fan of unconventional challenges either. And IMHO Oskar's look was the best - clean and beautiful.
Same here on J.Rade!
Posted: 1:34 am on March 14th

Soli Soli writes: In all honesty, I don't care for the unconventional materials challenges. I find them gimicky, and while they might indicate perseverance and style in the best cases, too often we see a bunch of ugly stuff walking down the runway. I didn't care for Sam or Asha's looks at all. The skirt made from tatami mats looked like one of those little umbrellas that gets propped up in tropical drinks. The bikini top was ok, but unoriginal. There was nothing remotely flattering about Asha's top and I felt like the skirt looked too tribal and not in a good way. With the exception of the shoulder covers/pads, I felt like Oscar's look was the most successful, albeit a bit bland because of the color. As the show goes on, I'm finding that I just don't like Jen Rade as a judge. She's trying to fill the Michael Kors snarky judge role, and while wit is appreciated I question her taste - I'm always surprised at what she likes and dislikes. I think Michelle did deserve to go home, because there was a fair amount of the muslin bases left exposed on her garments.
Posted: 12:36 am on March 14th

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