When I saw the previews and commercials promoting this week’s episode of Project Runway, I was sure the designers were going to have to create uniforms for Red Robin servers, or perhaps they would have to design outfits inspired by one of the Red Robin signature hamburgers. Instead, the designers were taken to Red Robin for reasons I don’t quite understand.
Men in bad suits stood in front of the Red Robin restaurant. Sandya was asked to assign the different suits to each of the different designers, who had to then use the material from those suits to create women’s wear. It’s actually a pretty cool challenge, but what Red Robin had to do with any of it, I’m not sure. The producers have apparently completely given up on even trying to make the product placement make sense this season.
In other news, it really has gotten ridiculous how I so often disagree with the judges when it comes to the winning design:
I just don’t get it. Is it me? This outfit is a tacky mess, right? It would not have even come close to my top 3.
At this point, I feel so out of touch with the judges’ decisions that it has become a joke in this household. Damien said to me last night: “One of the designers is going to cry, another one is going to say that he was bullied as a child, then you will disagree with the judges about who wins and who goes home.” I told him the designer who cries was already sent home this season, but everything else is likely to be true.
Truth be told, I sometimes agree with their choice for the losing look, but so far, I have not agreed with one winning look. We’re 0 for 4.
The rest of the top 3:
This probably should have been the winner. The construction is not as perfect as it should have been, especially considering that he finished so early, but it is a sharp outfit and an interesting design. Kini also seems to have been the only designer who pulled any inspiration from his bad suit, and I think that paid off.
There is something a little off about Alexander’s look. Maybe it’s the exposed midriff. Makes the whole thing a little 90s, but not in a good way. Though not a perfect look, it is interesting, and I’m happy he made it into the top 3 after his poor showing last week.
So I can agree with Kini and Alexander in the top 3, but not Amanda. Which outfit would have rounded out my top 3?
I try not to read any other Project Runway commentary before posting my own blog, but this week I read a blog wherein the claim was made that this look should have been the winner. Not sure if I’m being influenced by that in my own assessment, but I I don’t think that’s the case. I think anyone can see that Fade’s fierce dress is stronger than Amanda’s strange hippie-dippy dress. In fact, I even think it’ stronger than Alexander’s outfit. Kini or Fade should have won. The fact that Fade wasn’t even in the top 3 is truly unfair.
Now for the losers:
I’m glad Hernan went home. I found him really annoying this week. What was up with his claim that he was being targeted? Everyone had a bad suit, and his was by no means the worst of the bad suits. I agree with Sandya; the fact that he was so crippled by polyester just shows that he isn’t as good of a designer as he thought. While I vehemently disagree with Amanda’s win this week, the judges made the right choice in sending Hernan home.
Why on God’s green earth would he have gone to Mood and chosen brown vinyl?
Also, I found Nina’s “Vagina super-hero” comment to be hilarious. She was channeling her inner Michael Kors with that one.
Kristine’s jacket isn’t terrible, and if she would have just made a mini-skirt as Heidi suggested, she probably would have been safe. But those pants! To quote old-school Michael Kors, “that crotch is insane.” And the fact that she chose to cover the model’s calf with a different fabric?! I have no words.
You know, while this was bad, but I don’t think it was as bad as the judges said it was. First of all, there was at least one other look that would have made my bottom 3 over Sean’s. Sure, the shirt looks like a surgical bandage, but the skirt is interesting. This, to me, landed squarely in the middle.
Mitchell’s dress, for example, was CLEARLY worse than Sean’s look. Not sure which designer said it first, but it really does look like Mitchell put his bad blue fabric in zip-lock bags.