While the product placement on this particular episode of Project Runway may not have been as clunky as the Red Robin hamburger debacle, having Tim and Heidi sing the praises of the Samsung Curved HD television somehow felt like a new low for the show.
Project Runway has become Sabado Gigante for English-speakers. All that’s left is for Heidi and Tim sing little songs about Clorox Bleach and Oreo cookies. It’s embarrassing.
Having said that, I kinda liked the “rainway.” Tyra Banks makes her models walk all kinds of crazy runways on her show. And this is certainly a more fashionable concept than the time PR producers made the designers create outfits for models wearing stilts:
This week, the designers were asked to create forward-thinking, Avant Garde looks that would look good from any angle, much like the Samsung Curved HD TV (yuck). The “rainway,” which is basically a runway with rain on it, was an added twist that designers would need to keep in mind as they designed their Avant Garde outfits. Despite the ickiness of the whole Samsung tie-in, I thought the challenge was fun, and the rainway concept did have the potential to take the Avant Garde idea a step further. After all, it’s a new and innovative approach to a runway show.
There were two designers who did seem to be particularly inspired by the forward-thinking rainway concept. And while I think granting both Kini and Sean the win was kind of bullshit, I see why the judges chose these two.
His dress truly is a performance piece. His idea really was a good one, and all the judges complemented him on the way he thought about and approached the challenge. My only complaint, though, is that the design of the dress really is quite basic. And the color-changing thing can be seen as artistic, but it also borders on gimmicky.
This would have been my choice for the win (alone). Notice how the outfit is interesting from every angle. This outfit is straight out of a Tim Burton movie, and I mean that in the most complimentary way possible. He should have made the hat bigger and more dramatic, but that’s a minor quibble.
As for the third look in the top 3:
Ridiculous. This looks like it was designed for Bozo the Clown’s mother. Sandya affixed pinwheels to the dress. Pinwheels! And the judges applauded her for it. They’ve all lost their minds.
Now for the 3 looks in the middle…
Nothing really comes close to Kini’s outfit in my mind, but Char’s would have made the top 3 over Sandya’s outfit. It’s kind of reptilian, and also kind of floral. It probably would have been more interesting if she wouldn’t have just draped it over black tights, though.
Not bad. It’s far more interesting from the front than from any other angle, but it’s still not an bad design.
Awful. It’s a shower curtain with flowers. He probably should have been in the bottom 3.
This whole look is just costumey and uninspired. From the front she looks like she stepped out of an 80s Sci-Fi movie. From the back, she looks like she got trapped in the plastic rings that hold together cans of soda.
This look strikes me as a little bit “super-villain.” I don’t think the majority of these designers knew what to do or how to approach Avant Garde.
Case in point, Fade:
He was completely off his game with this challenge. It’s a shame, too, because I really do think Fade showed a lot of potential as a designer. He just struggled with this one, for some reason. When he said that he didn’t see why Avante Garde clothing couldn’t also be “wearable,” I knew he wasn’t heading in the right direction. Unfortunately, he made pajamas… not terribly cutting edge. He deserved for Heidi to say “auf wiedersehen.”