It feels weird to suddenly be thrust back into a world where we wake up with a start on Sunday morning because we’re way behind on running down all the Project Runway looks from the last episode. Weren’t we just wrapping Christmas gifts ten minutes ago? Where’s my coffee?
Gordana, like a lot of the designers, seems to be weighed down with some post-PR baggage. Namely, she seems ready to be kicked in the face by the judges at any moment. Girl, we know you got shafted in your season, but you’ve gotta toughen up.
This wasn’t great, but it really wasn’t as bad as the judges (gently) made it out to be.
For an unconventional materials challenge, it’s not a bad use of what’s at hand. It does a decent job of owing back to the original dress that inspired it (of which we can’t get a screencap because it was onscreen for all of .015 seconds). The problem we have with it is that the original dress, and subsequently this one, is not really to our tastes at all. A little overwrought and tacky, to be honest. We give her credit for the use of materials and the execution, and there’s a bit of Rodarte-y kind of feel to the idea here, but we think she might have to rein in her more outrageous sensibilities this time around.
But she’s in a unique spot among the contestants because we imagine Georgina Chapman will find herself responding to Gordana’s work quite a bit. There are some similiarities in their aesthetics and Georgina clearly likes a dress when it goes just a little too far. It’ll be interesting to see if Gordana can cultivate a little sympatico on the judging panel.
Jerell continues to be kind of intriguing with his work. His overall aesthetic was never our thing but we appreciate the thought that goes into his designs and the risks he’s willing to take.
We just don’t think there were many risks taken here.
We hope we don’t wind up making this comparison every week, but Michael and Nina would have criticized him quite a bit for using scarves to make a dress. There’s nothing unconventional about that material. Yes, he made a pretty great-looking dress, but he chose some of the easiest possible materials he could have. In our minds, that’s a strike against someone in an unconventional materials challenge. You want corn-husk dresses, not plain old fabric dresses.
We’ll give him all the credit in the world for that treatment at the neckline, however. We don’t love the fringe, but we do like the shape of it.
We think he took it more than a little safe this time, perhaps in response to past criticisms that he needs to tone things down. We like the dress – in fact, it’s one of the best of the week – but it’s composed of very easy choices and shortcuts for a challenge that asks for problem-solving and creativity.
[Photo Credit: myLifetime.com – Screencaps: tomandlorenzo.com]