6 Fashion Lessons We Learned From the Judges on ‘Making the Cut’

If you’re looking for your next binge-watch (and aren’t we all?), add Amazon Prime’s show, Making the Cut to the list. It premiered at the end of March, and the entire first season is now available to stream. If you’re a fan of fashion-competition shows dotted with occasional drama and snarky comments, you’ll whip through the 10 episodes.

Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn host the show, which follows 12 designers competing for the chance to take their established labels global—each episode’s winning look was available for purchase on Amazon immediately after the show (and sold out quickly)! The final winner won a million dollars to invest in their brand, plus an opportunity to create an exclusive collection that’s available on Amazon now.

The designers are all likable enough, but the most entertaining parts of the show are the judges’ critiques—Heidi, Nicole Richie, designer Joseph Altuzarra, editor-in-chief of CR Fashion Book Carine Roitfeld, Naomi Campbell, and super-influencer Chiara Ferragni offer commentary during the fashion shows as each look comes down the runway.

Then, at the end of each episode, they call on the contestants individually to shower them with high praise or give the nervous designers an opportunity to defend their brand in hopes of (drum roll) making the cut for that week.

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Judges Naomi Campbell, Nicole Richie, Chiara Ferragni, Joseph Altuzarra, and Heidi Klum

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The judges offer the designers direction and valuable insight into the fashion space and for building a brand in general. Even if you’re not a fashion designer, there are plenty of valuable lessons to take away from the Making the Cut judges’ feedback. Here are six of them:

Think twice before baring it all.

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During the show’s first fashion show (in Paris, by the way), one of contestant Jasmine Chong’s designs is a very sheer dress, and the judges’ main issue with the look is the lack of layering. Both Naomi and Heidi make comments about seeing more than they would’ve liked because the model is so bare beneath the see-through garment. Moral of the story: Be strategic with how much you’re revealing when trying out the sheer trend—as well as with anything else. A flash of skin can be compelling, but going overboard tends to be distracting.

Consider if your look feels “finished.”

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One of Martha’s looks during episode 1

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