Okay, this week’s episode of Project Runway was actually pretty good. The designers were asked to make an outfit for a little girl (the girls looked to be between the ages of 9 and 12) inspired by one of the American Girl dolls. Specifically, they were asked to create something wearable and modern for their clients based on the dolls (their outfits and the back-stories).
Two designers seemed to really rise to the challenge. Kini’s doll was Samantha:
Samantha lives in the year 1904. She is an orphan who is being raised by her wealthy grandmother.
Kini was one of the only designers who chose to use the fabric provided to him by American Girl (which was a smart move). He also used her back-story as inspiration. She is a wealthy girl who can pretty much wear anything she wants. So what would a modern-day Samantha choose to wear?
Yeah, that’s about right. It looks expensive. I love the coat, and I love that he chose to pair that coat with the gorgeous dress made of the American Girl fabric. He made good choices all around.
Korina, the runner up for the win, had Josefina as her doll:
Josefina is a young Mexican girl living in New Mexico in the year 1824. She lives with her extended family due to her mother’s death. Josefina dreams of becoming a doctor, and yellow flowers remind her of her mother.
First let me say that Korina’s model rocked that runway. Secondly. this is the second time where I feel like Korina has provided a show-stopping look. This outfit reminds me a little bit of Seth Aaron’s work, and that is a huge compliment. Like Kini, Korina was really thoughtful in her approach to this challenge. The little strips of yellow fabric under each of those squares represents the doll’s mother. The shape of the skirt itself is an updated take on the doll’s tiered dress. Heck, I would love to own that skirt. I agree with Kini’s win, but Korina gave him a run for his money this week.
Char was also in the top 3. Char’s doll was Kaya.
Kaya lives in the year 1764. She is from the Naz Perce tribe in the Northwestern United States. She longs to be a leader in her tribe and is inspired by a female warrior.
Very cute. The fringe is referential without being costumey. The dress itself is adorable. No real complaints here.
Amanda and Alexander were both in the middle.
Amanda’s doll was Addy:
Addy lives in the year 1864. She and her mother are fugitive slaves during the Civil War.
Cute dress and cute jacket. Not sure how well these two prints go together, though.
Alexander’s doll was Kit:
Kit lives in 1934 during the Great Depression. Her father loses his job and the family struggles to adjust.
This bores me. I would have put him in the bottom 3 with Sean and Sandya.
Speaking of… Emily’s doll was Rebecca:
Rebecca lives in the year 1914. She lives in New York City. Her parents and grandparents are Jewish Russian immigrants. She wants to be an actress.
Okay, I actually like this outfit. I think it’s ridiculous that the judges criticized Emily for not defining this little girl’s waist and making her look frumpy. She’s eleven. She has no defined waist and defining her waist certainly shouldn’t be a concern for her right now. If you look at the doll, it seems to me that Emily was on-target with her inspiration. Rebecca wants to be an actress! It seems to me that modern-day Rebecca might put a blue and purple tutu under her grey skirt. This was middle of the road. I am far more offended by Alexander’s boring outfit.
Sean’s doll was Julie:
Julie is a dirty hippy growing up in San Francisco in 1974. Okay, I don’t know if she’s dirty, but she is a hippy-dippy flower child. Sean clearly didn’t see that first picture of Julie. If he had, he might have actually put a peace sign on her jacket instead of the Mercedes Benz symbol.
I agree with Nina in that using the purple American Girl fabric would have helped his look. Those colors are sad. But ultimately, the design is boring. Sean is really hit or miss, and in my humble opinion, he misses more often than not. Don’t see why the judges all seem to be crushing on him.
Sandya’s doll was Caroline.
Caroline lives in New York in 1812 and is the only daughter of a ship builder.
This somehow inspired Sandya to make a onesy for an eleven-year-old. Thank God the judges sent her home. Is it bad that I wanted to go into a chorus of “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” when Heidi told her auf wiedersehen? And how awful did she look on the runway with all her “I disagree with you, but I thank you for your feedback” talk?! Anyway, I really was worried that the judges would keep her until the end. I understand why the other contestants seemed frustrated with her, to a degree. She constantly sent crazy ass shit down the runway and got rewarded for it. I wouldn’t have been surprised if this ridiculous outfit had ended up in the top 3. I am pleased, though, that for once the judges made good choices. They rewarded the designer who made an interesting and aesthetically pleasing outfit that met the goals of the challenge, and they sent home the designer who made a onesy for an eleven-year-old. All seems to be right in the world.