It’s time once again to turn the tables on the judges. As always, Kors remains not worth including in the discussion. We love the Duchess but his uniform is boring.
Unlike red carpet outfits, the judges on Project Runway have to consider (or at least, should consider) how the outfit is going to look while seated in outrageously uncomfortable director’s chairs for hours at a time. Heidi recently admitted to some moments of embarrassment over the years when she realized some of her dresses were too short for sitting down, for instance. And Nina has a smart tendency to wear things with a lot of interest near her face, since that is how she will be framed for most of each episode. Shoes have a lot of focus as well, since they’re sitting in high chairs with their legs crossed. There are always certain shots of the panel where the ladies’ shoes are center stage.
With all that in mind, we think all four of the lady judges did an impressive job this time around. Even Pat Field. No, really.
Heidi Klum in Thomas Wylde
Charlotte Olympia Lorelei Laser-Cut Suede Pumps
It’s a great color for her. The bodice is interesting and beautifully rendered. Her shoes are gorgeous. The chunky chain necklace works with it. She learned not to go too short, but unfortunately, she’s still in love with tight and shiny. And this dress has too much of both.
Lauren Graham in Michael Kors
Michael Kors Zebra Print Jersey Halter Dress
Michael Kors Triple Buckle Sandals
This looked better standing up than sitting down, but it’s a good choice in any case. It’s striking and it flatters her shape and coloring. It ensures that your eye goes to her. It’s not as showy as Heidi’s or Nina’s looks, and it’s not as unusual as Pat’s, but it gets the job done. Love the sandals and the cocktail ring.
Patricia Field Aztec Side Wedge
Believe it or not, we have a great appreciation of this look. There are times when we’ve looked at Pat Field and literally cringed. We’re all for people expressing themselves through personal style, but sometimes she dresses to looks flat-out odd or aggressively unattractive. Betsey Johnson always did this kind of schtick better.
But y’know? We really like this on her. We’ll never love the dropped crotch, but this looks unique and cool, and kind of flattering to her. She’s Pat Field. We’d never expect her to show up looking like Anna Wintour, after all. Plus the shoes are fun. And her hair looks cute (which is not something we thought we’d ever say about Pat Field).
Nina Garcia in Dolce&Gabbana
Dolce&Gabbana Spring 2012 Collection
Jimmy Choo ‘Fiery’ Platform Sandal
As always, the fashion editor is the one to beat. We may have some issues with the party fringe around the hem, but this dress looked amazing on camera. You really couldn’t take your eyes off it. We’re not entirely sold on the shoes, but there’s really no question who won this week.
WINNER, ROUND ONE: Nina
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