Designers, the challenge his week is to design something for a really TACKY AND CHEAP WEDDING!
Oh, Project Runway. How you have fallen.
We like the idea of an unconventional wedding dress challenge, but they had to go and fuck it up by adding a second dress, forcing them into teams, and giving them mere hours to complete the task. In other words, once again, the show designs a challenge that all but guarantees terrible results. This is what the show wants now. Long gone are the days when you could expect to see gasp-worthy designs walk that runway. Today everyone oohs and aahs over anything that has a finished hem. The rest of the stuff is just fodder for the judges’ bitchy one liners. The shittier the clothes, the more material they have.
And if that wasn’t bad enough…
We had to be subjected to not only a manufactured attempt at drama but a BORING AS HELL manufactured attempt at drama. Nothing actually happened on camera except a lot of tight smiles, evasions, and vaguely passive aggressive behavior. That Korina and Amanda don’t like each other seems apparent, but aside from that, there was nothing else to say about the matter.
But we were informed that Korina said something mean to Amanda and then watched as they were “randomly” put on the same team together. Then? Nothing. Although a whole hell of a lot of camera time was spent on that nothing, as we watched Amanda talk about her feelings and watched Korina struggle with her design and watched Amanda help Korina with her designer but possibly maybe sabotaged it slightly because the pants were too tight. And after all that non-drama, they wound up being the only designers waved through as safe and not given a critique. A total waste of time with no payoff whatsoever and the only reason so much time was devoted to it was because the producers are inexplicably devoted to some sort of Amanda storyline. We’ve joked about it several times already, but they really do seem determined to create an Anya or Gretchen character, except Amanda’s neither as bitchy as Gretchen was, nor as likely to manipulate a situation as Anya was. She’s just not that interesting, producers.
So congrats to Sean? We guess? Sure, there’s some slight interest to this design, and we fully acknowledge how lacklustre most of the other entries were, but THIS is the winner of an “unconventional wedding dress” challenge? What the hell kind of crack are you smoking, judges?
The post-show online consensus seems to be that Kini was robbed and sure, we can see giving him the win for this. We don’t think it’s a very interesting design, but it was definitely one of the better ones on the runway. The judges, however, seemed more impressed by how much he managed to complete in such a short period of time, rather than what he designed. And we tend to agree with them on that. Kini is impressive for his skills, but not necessarily his designs. He was pretty bent out of shape that Sean won when he basically made the pants for his outfit, but that’s the thing. This isn’t a sewing competition. Speed and technique will get you some praise from the judges but you have to actually give them something to be excited about.
Or you have to be someone the producers are excited about.
For all the attempts at making this seem like a dramatic disaster, it was perfectly fine and inoffensive. Bound to be waved through.
To be honest, we thought Amanda’s was a much weaker piece. There’s just not a lot going on here. Then again, that could be a metaphor.
Goth wedding dresses are a huge cliche. Anyone who defaulted to this idea should have immediately ripped up their sketch and started over. It’s about as conventional as you can get with an unconventional wedding gown. There’s an entire cottage industry surrounding goth-style weddings at this point.
The only thing of interest is the hood. The sleeves are overwhelming and the skirt was one texture too far.
Once again, fäde probably should have won it. Unfortunately for him, Heidi found this dress too demure.
No, seriously. She complained that the neckline was too high. This is why you just can’t take this seriously as a competition anymore.
Horrible. It looks like a gown being attacked by a bath mat.
Another bland design from the most forgettable of the designers.
The wheels are starting to come off the Sandhya bus. She wowed the judges a few times early on by being colorful and unexpected, but it’s becoming clear (to us, anyway) that those seem to be the only tricks in her bag. We have yet to see a design of hers that could be called chic or stylish. And that would be fine if all of her work was editorial or innovative, but a lot of it, like the above, is just plain crap.
And it’s Auf Wiedersehen to Char, which is a shame, because we really liked her. We don’t have much of an argument against the elimination, though. She didn’t produce impressive enough work during the competition and this was arguably the worst look on the runway this week. Her mistake was that she let Sandhya railroad her into this color, which she had reservations about from the very beginning. Between this and the fighting with Hernan, you can bet no one’s going to want to be on a team with her again.
[Photo Credit: Barbara Nitke for Lifetime - Stills: tomandlorenzo.com.]