I have two episodes of Project Runway to catch up on here, so let’s get started…
In Episode 10, the designers took to the streets of New York City to find real women that would serve as their models and their muses. These women would be give n a complete makeover and get to walk the runway.
So why is it, I ask you, that contestants from Project Runway have never approached me on the streets of New York and asked if I wanted a makeover?! I am DYING to be on one of these reality shows. DYING! I want to eat a vegetarian meal on Top Chef, get a tattoo on Ink Master, get my hair done on Shear Genius, or (most especially) walk the runway on Project Runway! Heck, I remember being in New York City hoping to God I would step into the Cash Cab!
At any rate, Here are the top 3 looks from Episode 10:
I don’t like this at all. I think the jacket is tacky and I think he made this poor woman over to look like a waitress in a honky-tonk.
She looks a little bit like a Flamenco dancer, but I actually don’t mind that too much. The client seemed really pleased, and I feel like she really could show up to a gallery opening in this dress and get some positive attention.
Still, Episode 10’s clear winner was Korina. It’s too bad about Episode 11… but we’ll get to that in a minute.
As far as Sean’s “middle of the road” dress…
It’s so… boring! And (channeling Michaal Kors) the boobs are insane. What is it with him and that transparent black mesh?
Now for the bottom 3!
Too short and too plain, but inoffensive.
Okay, I’m just gonna say it. It was unfair for Tim Gunn to ask the other designers to give Char an extra ten minutes because her zipper broke. That offended me like nothing else this season has. That goes beyond simple producer-manipulation (which is expected… I’m not naive). That’s cheating! I know the other designers didn’t protest, but what would you have done in their shoes? Nobody wants to be the one who tells Tim Gunn no. It was unfair to ask and I am still upset that she was given extra time to fix a broken zipper. Other designers who have run out of time have had to send unfinished garments down the runway, and many times they have had to suffer the consequences. I know that the reason Tim supposedly gave her the extra ten minutes to finish the garment is because it would be worn by a “real” woman (not a model) who probably wouldn’t want her ass hanging out on national television. Still, if Char had sent the outfit down the runway with the woman’s ass hanging out, she probably would have been sent home, and she probably would have deserved it. As it is, the final completed garment is tacky as hell.
This was a pretty awful look. I’ve never been a huge Alexander fan, so I wasn’t exactly sorry to see him go. Still, all things considered, it should have been Char. Sending him home was not right.
Hey, guess what? Episode 11 almost feels like deja vu! Two weeks in a row where Char should have gone home and producers blatantly manipulated the situation to keep her on (Can’t have Tim Gunn’s “save” go to waste, after all!).
In Episode 11, designers had to work in teams of two. They had to bid on storage lockers (Storage Wars style!) and use the contents of those lockers (and a little fabric from Mood) to create a three-piece collection. It was actually a pretty creative idea and a pretty fun episode, except for all the ridiculousness at the end.
The wining collection was created by Team Amanda and Kini.
It’s decent. I don’t think the garbage bag skirt is as fabulous and dramatic as everyone else made it out to be. I think Christian Siriano is right to point out that many young girls would love to wear that third outfit (but isn’t looking too “juniors” a problem?). However, that first outfit is clearly meant to be worn by a hooker. I know it’s a soccer ball and a bath mat, that’s impressive in and of itself, but it still looks cheap.
Each of the losing teams had one designer in the bottom, so let’s start with Team Char and Sean:
I guess the blue jacket is fine. The lamp shade dress is so 90s… and not in a good way. She belongs in an En Vogue music video. However, that third look is just sad. None of the models could walk! I know it was shitty of Amanda to point it out but all the judges have eyes. It was pretty obvious.
Team Emily and Korina:
Oddly enough, I would have pegged this as the winning team. I liked these outfits. Maybe the hats are bit Holly Hobby, but styling isn’t everything. These are cool and wearable outfits. I’m not sure why the fabric from Mood they chose for the sweater so disturbed Nina. I kinda like it. An, frankly, I find it offensive that Nina complained that Korina that she relies on “southwestern themes” so heavily. The woman is Native American!
So here’s where I am likely going to encounter some disagreement. While I think that Korina came off petty and bitchy, I stand by the fact that she wasn’t saying anything that wasn’t true. It was complete and total bullshit that they made her go head-to-head with Char because they couldn’t decide which of them should stay and which should go. The choice was clear. Korina’s outfit was far superior.
Nonetheless, it was the zipper incident all over again. Char got yet another save:
Korina bit off more than she could chew with her color-blocking pattern, and Char’s simple blue dress kept her around another week. Should Korina have thrown a temper tantrum? Absolutely not. But they did treat her very unfairly and she had every right to be upset.