Oh Project Runway and your adorably confusing, convoluted tie-ins!
Remember when they tried to tie Red Robin restaruants to re-designing vintage men’s suits? Head scratcher, right? And clunky as hell. Well, this week, Michelle Obama appeared on the show as a special guest to speak to the designers about the Let Girls Learn campaign.
Let Girls Learn seeks to help the roughly 62 million girls around the world who are not in school get the education they need and deserve in order to fully meet their potential. The winning designer for this week’s challenge would get to work with Lands’ End in designing a back pack that would be sold by Lands’ End, with some proceeds going to Let Girls Learn.
Got it? Good, because we haven’t even gotten to the challenge yet…
This week, the designers were asked to spin a wheel in order to select a category for their “Girl on the Go.” The girl they would be designing for would either be traveling, sporty, or she would be going to school, work, or a party.
First, the winner, Peytie (travel):
Congratulations Peytie! This look is really cute. She styled the model perfectly (and the model was WORKING the look), and Peytie was able to very clearly and intelligently explain to the judges who this girl was and where she can go in this outfit (she can go to Bali in flats or New York in heels). Peytie set out to make a “fancy apron” with a nice pair of shorts, and the girl pulled it off. Nice work!
And as for the confusing prize for winning the Girl on the Go challenge, this is the Backpack Peytie deigned for Lands’ End:
The other two top designers:
Maya is so talented. This was a great approach to a sporty look. I agree with Christian Siriano in that I too do not tend toward sporty looks, but this is very stylish. I love the way the top looks whether it is zipped up or down. I hate the shoes; I probably would have put her in a sneaker instead. Still, this could have been a contender for the win, but I agree with their decision to reward Peytie. Maya’s look was a close second, though.
Zachary tends toward the dramatic with his designs. This is clearly not a dress to wear to a birthday party for a friend from school. This is an outfit for an award show after-party. There’s something about it that I don’t like. It feels a little 90s. I could see someone in En Vogue wearing it in a music video. Still, it’s placement in the top 3 makes sense.
And can I just say that Zachary has the wit of a young Michael Kors?! When he said that Jaxson’s outfit looked like Buzz Aldrin’s drag persona, I nearly died.
Speaking of… Bottom 3…
See? It’s Buzz Aldrin’s drag persona!
Jaxson was very luck that the other two designers in the bottom 3 really missed the mark of the challenge. This was a double elimination, and I probably would have sent him home over Jesse. Still, I understand why Jaxson gets to stay, and selfishly, I’m glad the kid from Kansas didn’t get sent home (yet?). Frankly, sporty was way out of Jaxson’s couture ballgown comfort zone. Still, anyone who has seen PR at all over the last 13 seasons should know that designers can’t expect to only make one type of outfit on the show.
Jesse was sent home for being too literal. His girl is going to school, so he literally designed a school uniform. He was given some kudos for the fact that his skirt is so well-made, but Aya Kanai was right to point out that this is clothing, not fashion.
If Jesse was sent home for being too literal in his representation of what a girl wears to school, Victoria was sent home for the exact opposite reason. Her girl is also going to school, wearing something that nobody would ever be allowed to wear to school. I understand her goth-girl point of view, but this is even a boring representation of that aesthetic.
However, it’s bullshit that there even WAS a double elimination this week. Matt and Samantha are really lucky. One of them should have gone home last week, and Jesse should have stayed another week.
Speaking of Matt and Samantha…
The safe set:
WTF is this? This is an outfit for travel?! Where exactly is she going in this outfit?! There’s no way this girl is travelling anywhere in this dress. He’s just lucky that three other people screwed up bigger than he did.
And that he didn’t go home last week.
Samantha’s outfit is a little more successful for “school” than “work,” but still, it’s fine. It doesn’t set the world on fire, but it doesn’t offend either. The judges seem to really like Samantha, but I think she’s coasting right now. She needs to step it up.
I found Zach’s party outfit to be surprisingly forgettable considering it’s a head-to-toe floral print. It looks a little home sewn. And a little like upholstery. Otherwise, it’s fine. I think it would have been more successful in a solid color.