Talented designers with existing brands are put to the test by a panel of judges to find the one brand that can build the next global fashion business.

Bidding emotional adieus

If this show was just about finding the best designer, then Ji Won Chi and Megan Smith would not have been eliminated. Both women are exceptional designers. However, as we’re continually reminded, Making the Cut is not just a fashion competition; it’s also about finding an entrepreneur capable of running their own brand. They both stumble in their respective challenges which are about charting the evolution of their brands and embracing their entrepreneurial spirits. They’re unable to convince the judges to give them a second chance. Naomi Campbell roots firmly for Smith but in the end, it isn’t enough to sway the other judges. At this point in the competition, the competitors have formed strong bonds with each other, and both the eliminations trigger emotional reactions in the group.

And then there were three

We’re now down to our finalists, Jonny Cota, Esther Perbandt and Sander Bos. Over the course of the weeks, these three have racked up not just individual challenge wins but also convinced the judges about their brand vision and entrepreneurial capabilities. They’ve pushed themselves out of their comfort zones, experimented with their aesthetic styles and won over the judges.

Naomi Campbell is still the best part of the show

The supermodel continues to be the show’s main draw. She’s sharp-tongued yet occasionally warm, and incredibly supportive of the designers she likes. Campbell is all about tough love, but the eliminations seem to be harder on her than the contestants. When Smith, who she fiercely fights for is eliminated, the two share an emotionally fraught moment as she murmurs reassurances to the designer. Campbell wears her heart on her sleeve and isn’t afraid to show her emotional side, which makes her more likeable. We definitely tune in every week just for her.

Creators: Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn
Director: Ramy Romany
Cast: Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, Naomi Campbell, Carine Roitfeld, Joseph Altuzzara, Nicole Richie
Streaming on: Amazon Prime

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