I would like to propose a Project Runway drinking game. In a team challenge, take a shot every time somebody uses the word “cohesive” or “cohesion.” You’ll be good and plastered in the first ten minutes.
The designers were asked to use items typically found in a movie theater for the season’s first “unconventional materials” challenge. They had to work in teams of three to create a cohesive (take a shot) collection. One designer from the winning team would be declared the winner and one designer from the losing the team would be out.
This week’s episode also illustrates two things for me: First, I still love an unconventional materials challenge. Even after 12 seasons, I always find these episodes to be the most fun and I find that the designers are challenged to do some really great work. Second: I realized that perhaps my blog posts will be very predictable this season. It seems that every week, I will disagree with judges and make some comment about how they’ve all lost their minds. Case-in-point, their choice for the winning team:
They’ve all clearly lost their minds.
Sure, it’s a cohesive collection (take a shot), but dear God it’s hideous. Is it me? Have I lost my mind?! That shade of green in Korina and Kristine’s dresses actually offends me. Of the three, Amanda’s is the best one, but that’s mainly because I find the other two to be so horrible. Korina’s, in particular, is so bad I’m having a hard time finding words to describe all that is wrong with it. I really just don’t understand how this collection was chosen as the best one.
Who should have won?
Emily’s look (the one in the middle) is just okay (though still better than anything on the winning team), but the other two are fabulous. I love the movement in Sean’s dress (the first one) and Samantha’s outfit (the last one), to me, is the clear winner. Several of the designers, including those on the losing team, made skirts out of film, but Samantha pulled it off better than anyone else. That top made out of CDs is fierce. Mermaid-chic! This team was robbed.
I honestly feel bad for Angela. I don’t think her dress (the one in the middle) is the hideous thing everyone else made it out to be. In fact, I think it’s kinda pretty. I even think that it looks more in line with Sean’s dress (last one) than the weird Darth Vader dress that Fade made.
And I’d like to go ahead and call bullshit on something. I don’t believe for one minute that the runway shows are anonymous. For one thing, everyone knows that producer input has just as much to do with judging than the very opinions of the judges themselves. Secondly, the designers appear to be talking to each other and congratulating one another on their outfits as the runway show is going on. I’m not sure if that’s just editing and trickery, but I don’t think it is. The judges LOVED the winning look so much because it was Amanda’s and they wanted to give her a win. They also HATED Angela’s dress so much because it was Angela’s and they wanted to make her cry. She has established herself as the contestant who cries and the producers are capitalizing on that. Her dress was fine. The judges were just being mean to her for no reason.
The collection that rated squarely in the middle:
Not the worst and not the best. They’re all pretty dresses, and they’re all fairly basic in their design. I hate the styling choices here. I don’t like the hair in the face. It’s just odd.
I think Heidi said it best when she said that these girls look like they belong in a music video. I suppose there’s a fine line between being cohesive (take a shot) and being the same.
Carrie had my favorite outfit last week, so I’m a little sad to see her go; I do believe her when she she told the judges there was more she wanted them to see from her. However, of the three losing looks, hers is the worst. And even if Sandya’s was (arguably) worse, Sandya had immunity. That’s just the way the game goes sometimes.