Hello all! I’m back!
I’m very excited to be blogging once again about Project Runway. I predict that I’ll have a lot to say in this 13th season. After all, we are only on episode 1, and already it is very clear and evident to me that the judges have completely lost their minds.
Case in point, Sandya is the winner of the first challenge:
This is one of the biggest disasters I have ever seen on a PR Runway.
First of all, the challenge this week was that the designers were provided with ugly, cheap looking fabric, and they were asked to create one look that could be part of a larger spring collection. Sandya, in all fairness, cannot be held entirely responsible for the ugly fabric that makes her model look like she is wearing upholstery. Nonetheless, when the judges asked Sandya to stay on the runway, I fully expected this tortured, ripped, tacky things to be in the bottom 3. Turns out, the judges deemed it the best look of the night!
I actually don’t think Sandya should have gone home. While her look is awful, it isn’t boring, and many other outfits on the runway were dull and forgettable. Nonetheless, the fact that this won is laughable.
The losing look:
Jefferson deservedly went home. Again, while the cheap-looking fabric isn’t his fault, the unflattering proportions are. If a model can’t make those shorts and that bib work, no real woman has a chance in hell. And no, Korina, “side-butt” is not the new “side-boob.”
Here are the other two looks that round out the bottom 3:
Poor Angela. I don’t think her “deer-in-headlights” routine is staged in any way. I get the very real impression that this girl is completely overwhelmed by the entire experience. The funny thing is, I like her design! To me, this was not a “bottom 3” look. Tim Gunn’s line about how the pants should come with a gift certificate for a bikini wax was pretty funny, but I actually don’t find the pants to be all that revealing. Yes, they’re sexy, and there is no way anyone can wear underwear with those pants, but I don’t think they look trashy. I actually think they’re edgy and stylish. I hope the judges haven’t completely broken her spirit, because I think Angela has potential as a designer, though she may not be cut out for a reality competition. Only time will tell.
Uggh. How annoying is Mitchell?!
Nobody over the age of five should ever wear this outfit. He’s lucky that Jefferson’s outfit was worse. And that Heidi Klum has questionable taste in clothes.
Here are the two looks that rounded out the top 3:
It seems like Amanda really did use her time away from the show to think about how she should change her approach this season. If she was criticized previously for not knowing her client, this outfit shows she’s learned from her mistakes and grown as a designer. Her model is working that outfit. I know who this woman is, and I have to agree with Nina’s assessment that a lot of people want to be this woman. She is sexy, effortlessly stylish, and confident. Nice work, Amanda! You’re off to a strong start!
I thought it was pretty funny that Sandya was all, “yeah, I remember Amanda. Her brother is in Maroon Five!” In other words, Amanda may be a “fan favorite,” but nobody remembers any of her clothes. I really do hope she can establish a more distinct voice this season.
I didn’t like this. Char seems nice and talented, but the proportions on this outfit are only slightly less wonky than the proportions on Jefferson’s losing look. All it really has going for it is that it does look like it is part of a larger spring collection.
Though Sandya, Amanda and Char were in the top 3, I felt that there were a few stronger looks on the runway. I do think Amanda deserved to be in the top 3, but I would not have gone with Char and Sandya.
This one is my personal favorite:
I like the way Carrie plays with shapes and seams to create an outfit that looks futuristic and fun without being costumey.
I also thought that Sean did a fine job of making cheap, ugly fabric look expensive. There’s something a little off about the length of the dress, but otherwise, I think it’s a cool and easy-breezy look.
Samantha’s look borders on boring, but I still like it. Her goal was create something good enough to keep her safe in the competition. Mission accomplished. Also, she is the only designer who predicted that Sandya would win while all the others thought she would be sent home. She knows how this game is played, which might just make her someone to watch this season.
The more I look at the Fade’s dress, the more I like it. It may even be top 3 material. In fact, my top three would have been Fade, Amanda, and Carrie, with Carrie’s dress as the overall winner.
In other news, it’s kinds fun seeing Heidi have a conversations with Fade in German, no?
I don’t want to go over other looks from the runway. There are too many designers at this point in the season that we’ll all forget by the final episode. Besides, most of the outfits were forgettable and not worth discussing.
However, I do want to discuss Emily Payne for a minute.
Here is her outfit:
Pretty awful. Zac Posen looked rightfully offended as it made its way down the runway. She’s lucky there were three other designers who screwed up worse than she did.
The main reason I want to discuss Emily though is her appearance, not her outfit. As soon as she came on screen, Damien paused the television and asked me, “who does she look like?” and without missing a beat, I said “John Leguizamo.”
If you didn’t notice it before, you’ll never be able to unsee it now.