I have not been great about blogging on a weekly basis, so yet again, I have two weeks of PR to cover tonight. I promise that once I start blogging about Threads and All Stars, I’ll do so in a more timely manner.
Let’s get to it!
The designers were asked to create looks inspired by the streets of New York City. I feel like they recycle this challenge every so often, but for my money, nothing beats Jay McCaroll’s Chrysler Building dress from season 1:
At any rate, once the designers were all good and inspired, they walked into the work room, horrified to find five losing looks from previous challenges in the workroom. This, of course, meant that it was time for one of those famous PR twists. In addition to the NYC-inspired street-wear, the designers had to redesign one of the losing looks into a winning garment.
Now, maybe it really was a coincidence that Char chose Korina’s look. I probably would chosen it too, just because of all the fabric she had to work with. However, you know the producers were licking their lips because, low and behold, the losing designer associated with each losing looks would be designated to help in the workroom. Korina would be asked to assist the designer that had just sent her home!
I know I defended Korina in my last post, and I still stand by the fact that producers treated her unfairly, but she just came off like a whiney baby by walking away the way she did. Ultimately, PR is a game! It’s a TV show that’s been on for 13 seasons at this point, so she had to have known how the game is played. Compare her behavior to the gracious manner in which Emily departed the show. But I’m getting ahead of myself…
So congratulations to Kini, Sean, Amanda, and Char for making it to Bryant Park!
First, Kini’s NYC look:
You know, I think Kini is talented, but he lacks an editing eye. There’s just too much here. I like all these pieces on their own, but they don’t really feel like they go together. On the other hand:
Gorgeous. His revamped look is a huge improvement on the original. It’s sleek and sexy and just about perfect. I agree with Heidi that the horsehair hem was overkill, though, proving once again that he needs to more keenly develop his editing eye.
Sean’s NYC look was praised by all…
… and I kinda hated it. Really Nina? The best thing you’ve ever seen on PR? Is it just me, or does anyone else get the impression that the judges are all blinded by the little crush they all CLEARLY have on Sean?
As far as his revamped look:
The poor dude really got screwed by having to pick last. He did the best he could with the materials he had. He needs to get over all the fringe though…
Amanda’s NYC look:
I didn’t love this as much as everyone else did either. To channel my inner Tim Gunn, it’s a whole lotta look. That model is being completely swallowed by her dress. That dress is wearing her.
Amanda’s revamped look:
Eh. I guess it’s an improvement… but not much of an improvement, huh?
Char’s NYC look:
So tacky I don’t even have words.
Char’s revamped look:
So boring and ill-fitting I don’t even have words.
I have to say, this season has me really questioning the whole “Tim Gunn Save” thing. I can’t imagine any other reason why they have kept Char over the last three weeks when she very clearly deserved to go home after each challenge. She should have gone home over Alexander and she should have gone home over Korina.
Emily is only the latest victim of Hurricane Char:
Okay, so Zac Posen had a good point when he said that this design makes the model look a little bit homesless. However, when you compare this to Char’s outfit, at least this one has some visual interest to it. You know, this is a design competition after all. What happened to the “don’t bore Nina” mantra?!
I also liked her revamped look:
I think it’s really cute. Char’s was boring and it bunched up in the middle. Char’s was the only revamped outfit in the bunch that did not improve on the original. I actually like Char’s personality; I think she’s a lovely person, but I don’t think she belongs in Fashion Week over Emily. To reiterate my previous statement, though, Emily is a class act. I don’t think I have seen a more gracious exit from PR.
In Episode 13 (Finale Part 1), the designers all got to go to Rome so they could be inspired for their collections. I will say, it’s been about 15 years since I was able to visit Rome, and I remember being inspired by the same things that Amanda found most fascinating about Rome: I loved the juxtaposition of the ancient buildings and intricate architecture with the modern billboards and advertisements.
At any rate, once the designers returned home, they got the traditional visits from Tim Gunn. When they returned to NYC, they gave the judges a sneak preview of their collections.
Let’s start with the mini collection that I (surprisingly) liked most:
While I stand by my assertion that she never should have gotten here, I find Char’s mini-collection to be the most interesting. I was skeptical about the fabric she bought in Rome, but I like what she did with it. I also really love that first black-and-white outfit. I even like that third dress that Nina hated so much. The only thing I don’t like about it is the see-through fabric. If the top had been made out of a white, silky fabric, it would have been gorgeous. Again, this one is my personal front-runner, though I do not think Char will win in the end.
Further evidence that the judges and I just do not see eye to eye: I hate that first outfit that they all loved so much. I don’t think that top goes with that skirt at all. The whole thing looks awkward. I like the dress in the middle though, and I think her jewelry really does add a nice touch. The third dress is fine, if a little boring. Terrible shoes all around, though!
Sean’s inspiration for his collection was Caesar’s betrayal and death. I like the black jumpsuit. I think the Grecian-inspired white dress drapes very nicely, but it borders on sleepwear. You can’t see it in these pictures, but I hate that he put just a bit of orange fringe on the back of the white dress. It made her look like she had an orange tail. The skirt and the top are fine, but I do think he needs to tone down the fringe for his final collection. Being cute will only get him so far, and I think this is as far as it will get him. I don’t think Sean is going ot be the winner of Project Runway.
I agree with the judges that Kini’s mini-collection shows evidence of a larger collection of old-lady clothes. Once again though, I tink it comes back to editing. The white top in that first outfit should be paired with skinny black pants, or maybe even the pencil skirt in the third outfit. That second look should be burned, though. Awful. Nonetheless, I am making a prediction now. I think all the harsh criticism is meant to set the stage for Kini’s ultimate victory. Remember, PR is on Lifetime now! They want the winner to have to overcoe some obstacle. In other words, I think Kini got a major “winner’s edit” in this episode. I predict that Kini will be the winner of Project Runway.
I guess we’ll find out next week