Aw, poor little Julie Dogblankets. We enjoyed her quirky ways, if not her tendency to wear pajamas during the day.
Who didn’t see the loser edit coming from the beginning? Of all the designers, she’s probably the least likely to get a challenge like this right just because her aesthetic is so far away from anything Nina would ever let touch her skin.
Although the sudden and unexpected Love Connection had us momentarily wondering if she’d be kept in just for that little storyline.
Oh, don’t even try to tell us you weren’t thinking the same thing about these two.
But let’s face it: she hasn’t produced a decent look yet and this episode revealed the dreaded inability to manage her time effectively (coupled with an implied limited skill set). The writing was on the wall and let’s be blunt about it: she’s one of the ones you know the second you look at her she’s not going to make it past the midway point of the competition. Runway chaff.
But we sat up a little in our seats when this came out. Not “good,” so much as a lot more interesting than we would have thought.
Although that asymmetrical hem is giving us eye-twitches.
But let’s get this out of the way first: this is totally NOT Nina. Julie has presumably watched Project Runway a decent number of times and honestly, anyone with the slightest interest in fashion can figure out her personal style in only a few viewings. Nina is extremely consistent about her look and there’s no instance we can imagine where she’d ever wear something like this.
But you could say the same thing about a lot of the looks on that runway (including one of the Top 3), so “not getting Nina’s style” obviously isn’t an auf’able offense on its own.
Although we’d argue this thing was so off-base; from the concept (When has Nina ever worn a coat dress?) to the colors, to the fabric choices, to the patchwork quality; that Julie was looking at an auf even before they got to critiquing her execution.
This thing was utterly shapeless and drab and the 3/4 length sleeves are what pushed it into housecoat territory.
And the collar was bizarre and ugly.
There’s a reason the judging panel seemed confused as to whether this was a coat or dress. Yes, they’ve all seen coat dresses before but this was a coat dress rendered in a heavy material that looked more suited for outerwear.
But we’ll give the girl credit; this wasn’t Nina and it wasn’t well made, but it was quite a bit sharper than anything we expected from her. With some kickass execution and some slightly different aesthetic choices, this could actually be a pretty sharp coat.
But unfortunately for Dogblankets, this wasn’t the “make a sharp coat” challenge. She seems very likeable and laid back, and for all we know she’s a major talent, but it was obvious from the get-go she wasn’t made for this competition.
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