Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, the hosts of Prime Videos' popular fashion show Making the Cut, have returned for a second season. With another season of designers, looks, winners, and of course cuts, what does the latest offering from this now established design competition differ from those from the previous?
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Opening Shot: LA, baby! The sights, the sun, and the sign (Hollywood, at least). And then there's Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn walking arm in arm down Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, talking about the city's long history. Heidi Klum literally stops traffic with her outfit.
The Gist: You know who wins, ten designers from across the world are selected and challenged to come up with novel and singular approaches to wardrobe basics (the first two episodes focus on evening wear and activewear), and the winner sends someone home. The winner receives a mentoring from Amazon Fashion, a $1,000000 prize, and the designer who wins it all wins a $1,000000 prize.
Making the Cut has a few tweaks to the format. As in previous seasons, there is always the possibility that more than one designer might win or be dismissed after every challenge. The winning garments also get to sell alongside the show on Amazon every week. This gives fans more choices and, more importantly, greater pricing options.
Making the Cut is still cut from the same cloth as RuPauls Drag Race, Top Chef, and Project Runway, although there is no word on when Netflix's revamped Next in Fashion will return.
Making the Cut grows more confident and confident in itself with each season, while retaining the luxe quality that made Season 1 so special. Season 3 is a natural progression from what went before to being isolated in a bubble during a epidemic in Season 2.
Making the Cut is out in the world for the third season, but the program seems to have learned a lot from Season 2, including Season 2 judge Jeremy Scott and Return of Season 1 judge Nicole Richie. They give a welcome contrast to Scott's fiery side (which we see in the coming season).
The long-awaited destination runway scenes from Season 1 have returned (the premiere takes place on Rodeo Drive). However, the majority of the episode is focused on the designers.
This group of designers is, naturally, exceptional and varied in their abilities and aesthetics. Rafael is all about color, while Markantoine is all about skatewear. Siennas is all about luxury. Each runway show is packed with surprises (hopefully the good kind, but sometimes the bad kind).
Heidi and Tim have been doing this for over 20 years, and they have always felt that they were worthy of doing so.
Parting Shot: The designers who made the cut applaud their efforts in the competition, and then a sneak peek at the rest of the season (do I see a Burning Man challenge? ), and drama (Jeremy Scott took zero notes and is removing his frustration on his notebook).
Rafael, who is introduced in the program as a sort of underdog/frontrunner from the jump, has never left Brazil before and has just begun studying English two months ago! Both of these features make Rafael one of the best performances of the night. Jeremy Scott better not be directing the anger towards Rafael!
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