In a fashion competition where there are four contestants but only one winner, designers will either sink or swim — a point emphasized by the first challenge in this episode of Stitched which saw designers scramble to create a nautical-themed look. Joining resident judges Joe Zee and ELLE Canada editor-in-chief Vanessa Craft was guest judge Mikhael Kale, a Canadian designer known for his conceptual, streetwise approach to fashion. In a series of rapid-fire questions, here’s what he had to say about his time on Stitched.
What was your experience being on the show like?
“It was an incredible honour to be part of the panel alongside Joe and Vanessa, and a privilege be part of a Canadian program that celebrates and promotes emerging fashion talent.”
Stitched contestants present their designs to the judges in the final challenge Image by: Corus
What was the most fun part of being on the show?
“Experiencing Vanessa’s and Joe’s reactions to the contestants. Most of all, I learned not to mess with Vanessa!”
What was the most difficult or challenging?
“Critiquing the work of contestants knowing that it takes more time to develop a design.”
Can you share any memorable moments from your episode?
“Vanessa telling me to pull my s**t together when I was getting too wrapped up in the anxiety and emotions of the contestants.”
What do you hope audiences will take away from the show?
“How difficult it is to conceptualize and produce a garment in general, and especially under such time constraints.”
Host Kim Cloutier and judges Joe Zee, Vanessa Craft and Mikhael Kale Image by: Corus
Four talented, ambitious fashion designers compete in a series of challenges, until one is crowned the winner by a panel of judges. Watch Stitched every Sunday at 9pm on Slice.
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