It really works as a metaphor, doesn’t it? Project Runway is now the bottomless fries of fashion. Here’s to you, producers.
We remember a time when we thought designing costumes for lady wrestlers was the lowest point the show could go. How quaint of us. And look, we understand that a show like this pretty much needs corporate sponsors and product tie-ins. Let us not forget the very first Banana Republic challenge from season one. But of course, designing a dress for a national clothing retailer makes perfect sense for a fashion competition while shilling for french fries has the stench of grease and desperation. And the silly part is that this was a decent challenge, for the most part. It would have been a lot more fun if they’d just framed it as the Leisure Suit Challenge and not forced Tim and the designers to make awkward little speeches about fast food.
And if the smell of the fry pit wasn’t enough to make this episode a painful one for us, the Gretchening of Amanda is enough to drive us to drink. This shit is frikking HIDEOUS and we were embarrassed by the judges all pretending that she’d done something innovative or pretty. It will take a long time for us to erase the memory of Nina going gaga over the kind of fringe you tend to see in boardwalk t-shirt shops. But they’re really selling the Amanda story hard this season. You could add up the camera time of about a dozen of the designers (not including Mitchell, Sean, and Sandhya) and it wouldn’t total the amount of time she gets. Pay attention. Even in shots of the group, the camera seems to always place her in the center.
We liked this, but it would not have been our choice for the win. He gets all the kudos for fully reimagining the suit, but it looked way too Hunger Games to us. It’s interesting, but it’s been done by other people recently. And we don’t think his finishing is as impeccable as it should be, given the extra time he had to make things perfect. It’s never a good idea to be smug about your speed in this competition. You wind up convincing yourself that you’re winning some sort of race when you should be examining your design as you go along and making adjustments or perfecting things. No one should be napping in the break room with time to kill.
It’s good, but a little awkward. The neckline is interesting, but we don’t think it works with a crop top and flare skirt.
Char, we love your attitude and even like some of your work, but this is tacky and weird.
It’s … okay. Everything below the waist works fine, but everything above it looks half-assed and like an afterthought.
T turned to Lo when this walked out and said “You cannot possibly tell me you think this is the best thing on that runway. That’s ugly and stupid-looking” Lo hesitated and struggled to form an argument, but he eventually relented. “No, this is not good. But I still say she’s the most creative out of all of them.”
“Maybe, but she has yet to make anything that’s actually chic or pretty. It’s just ‘creativity’ left and right, with no real sense of style to it.”
“True. Still think she’s a frontrunner, though.”
“Hm. We’ll see.”
On the other hand, it’s nice to see she’s decided to take no shit from any of her competitors. Hernan’s lucky he got sent home because she’d about had it with him by the end of the episode.
This is tacky and not particularly well made, but he gets points for finding a unique and original way to deal with fabric that he found ugly and unworkable. Even better, he took something he hated and turned it into something that represents his own (tacky) aesthetic very well.
This goddamn should have won the challenge over Amanda’s ridiculous Atlantic City couture. It’s chic and gorgeous. And he does interesting things with proportions and shape.
As a design, this was not the most original thing in the world, which made her bitching about Kristine’s equally as unoriginal design look petty and silly. You both picked a motorcycle jacket, a fashion cliche going back 30 years. Still, this was the best thing we’ve seen from her in the competition. It looked polished and wearable, with a little bit of (basic) style to it.
This chick needs to step it the hell up. Her designs, like her personality, are so low key that they instantly become forgettable. And yet we can see that she’s got skill and a point of view. There are interesting ideas here, but all the eyes see are a shapeless black blob of a dress.
Horrible. She almost won it last week and then crashed hard this week. She really needed to find a way to transform that suit into something no one else could have predicted. Instead she took an ugly suit and made another ugly suit out of it. Those pants are painful.
We actually didn’t mind the skirt at all and we felt that the judges we being way too harsh about this look. It’s true that the top is terrible, but the judges pretended there was something wrong with his deconstructive aesthetic when they’ve praised designers for similar work over the years. He does deserve criticism, though. His showings so far have been either underwhelming or disastrous, but it’s clear that he has real talent. He’s just not expressing it well at all so far.
Goddamn, this was one sour bitch. Happy to see him go. Delighted that he was sent home for clearly being the worst on that runway. He went on and on and on about how awful and unworkable that polyester fabric was and when given a chance to purchase an accent to go with it, he chose BROWN VINYL. Auf Wiedersehen for that alone, you nasty queen.
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