Under the Gunn, Episode 10: "Crossing Teams"
Despite his mentoring progress, Nick ended last week's episode with only one designer left on his team. Meanwhile both Mondo and Anya have two designers remaining.
The designers met at Francesca's where the company's chief merchandising officer, Sei Jin Alt, and Tim Gunn announced the ninth challenge. As the episode title suggests, the designers were split into new teams to create an on-trend spring collection that embraces the youthful, fun, and confident Francesca's customer. Each pair's mini collection had to be comprised of three looks, and the team's winner will have their look recreated and sold in Francesca's stores and online at Francescas.com.
This week's guest judge was Francesca's Sei Jin Alt. Zanna Roberts Rassi also returned as a judge for this episode, after a two week hiatus. Sam and Blake's team created a cohesive collection that was executed incredibly well. The judges especially loved the print they incorporated into all three of their looks. Natalia and Asha, on the other hand, greatly disappointed the judges. The judges thought Natalia's dress was poorly constructed and Asha's dashiki looked like an ugly curtain. Together, their collection had too many ideas and looked "discombobulated." Natalia boldly agreed to take the blame for the collection's faults, and was sent home. As for the winners, Oscar and Shan proved they could work together, despite their discrepancies in style. They made a fun, youthful collection with an adorable jumpsuit and a gorgeous jacket, both of which will be sold at Francesca's. The judges were so impressed that Shan and Oscar each received $5,000.
Oscar and Shan's collection: