Will the other top and other bottom please step forward for their post-judging judging?
Anthony seems nice enough, but we have a very strong feeling that the mentions of his colorblindness and battle with cancer are going to get very old, very quickly. Not that he doesn’t have company in that regard, because the contestants have all clearly been pushed to bring a “story” to the table and literally everyone’s got one. We don’t want to call them sob stories, because they all mostly sound like real problems and struggles, but it was SO heavy-handed this episode. As we responded in text to an early-season designer who was incredulous over all the dramatic storytelling, “They’ve finally Lifetime’d the show up.” Look for Original Movies for the more popular ones, as a way to expand the Project Runway brand. Mother May I Sleep with Scissors? Not Without My Needle. Just you watch.
At first glance, looking at the top, that’s an impressive transformation.
But when you look at it for more than a second, you realize he basically cut a tank top down to model size and layered a shit-ton of notions all over it. That’s actually not that impressive at all. And while it’s a semi-cute top, the fact is, there’s just too much shit on it, especially on the shoulder. Way too Etsy for our tastes.
But poodles, that skirt.
Man, they just HAVE to slip in one really cracktastic moment every episode, don’t they?
Anthony seems like a sweet guy; talks too much about his balls and his eyes, but decent enough and with seemingly some talent. Good for him for getting them to like him right out of the starting gate. But there was no way, to our eyes, this “tank top and shorts transformed through the POWER OF FASHION DESIGN into a tank top and a skirt” entry was eligible for Top 3 status. Semi-cute (if twee) outfit, but no great shakes in the design or even execution aspects.
Julie seems game, takes criticism fairly well, and generally comes across as an interesting type to have on the show. But her garments all look like dog blankets. It has to be said. We debated back and forth as to why she got chosen at all. Lorenzo thinks he spies a bit of a Missoni-like aesthetic but Tom thinks he is being FAR too kind.
Sure, this wasn’t the best solution to that problem, but at least she didn’t try to make a skirt or jacket out of it. And the shirt, while not fitted all that well, had an interesting shape and idea behind it.
Don’t look at us like that; we’re just saying she’s not as bad as we thought she’d be. This was definitely a bad entry and deserved auf’ing consideration.
[Photo Credit: Barbara Nitke/Lifetime Television - Screencaps: tomandlorenzo.com]