This episode was a hard one, even for the judges. What can I say? I was disappointed with all of the designs and had a hard time finding a common ground from which to judge. Menswear is often underestimated and overshadowed in an industry that is ruled by women's fashion. Where there is more flexibility in designing women's clothes -- through color, fabric, and varying silhouettes. Menswear designers have a greater task at hand. With men it is all about the fit. Whether it is a basic trouser, button-down shirt, or suit, there is nothing more tragic than seeing a man walking down the street with an ill-fitted suit on. A woman can easily get away with a shapeless and simple silhouette that can look rich by adding decorative accessories, but there is a fine line with men's because clothing can look very cheap if it is not made well.
Watching the episode for the first time, I was able to see the difficulties that the designers endured for this particular challenge. Tiki is a man who enjoys clothing and is aware of his body and what works with his athletic physique. He has a wide neck, slim waist, and likes the length of his jackets to cover his behind. He prefers a dark palette but is not opposed to color, pattern, and details, but he also wants comfort. Mr.Barber certainly had quite a list of requirements. I have to admit that I was not entirely in agreement during the deliberations with either top choice. However, ultimately it is not my decision because I am not the one that has to wear it on TV! Here are my thoughts on how the designers performed: