I have a couple of issues to discuss before getting into the clothes…
First, these two:
Mitchell is upset with Sam because Sam has a blog (samisblond.blogspot.com, in case you’re curious), and in his blog, Sam talked some shit about Mitchell being an attention whore and his clothes being a hot mess.
Really? This is the drama that is unfolding on All Stars this season? Does anyone else miss those really awesome and mature contestants on Project Runway Junior?
Here’s the thing… I agree with Sam 100% on this one. When you’re on a reality show that deals with fashion design, you need to be prepared for the fact that fashion bloggers are going to rip your clothes (pun intended). I haven’t read his entire blog, but from what I have read, Sam’s blog seems pretty standard as PR blogs go. He judges the judging, he rips the designs and the designers, and he makes some jokes about the designs and the designers. Why the heck would Stella tell Mitchell to stand up for himself? Mitchell needs to get a grip and move on.
Second (and I normally don’t start with the bottom 3, but I’ll make an exception this week), Fade’s elimination was bullshit.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. First, I should specify what the designers were asked to do. Inspired by the dancers from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the designers were asked to think about the way fabric moves through the air and on the body in creating dramatic designs that would work on a windy runway.
As you can see, Fade’s outfit is well made, it moves well on the runway, and it does a nice job of channeling his inspiration (a beautiful butterfly emerging from its rigid cocoon) without being too literal. From what I gathered, Georgina didn’t like the neck piece and nobody liked the gold fabric he close for the dress, but to me, those are minor matters of taste and not at all indicative of a poor design aesthetic or bad craftsmanship. This is well made, well-designed, and it meets the goals of the challenge. He should not have been sent home for this.
Emily, on the other hand…
…sent this awful crap down the runway, and she gets to stay. Two episodes in, and I’ve already been upset by the judging twice. Daniel Franco should have gone home last week, and Emily should have gone home this week. Let’s assess the situation: she made sheer gym shorts, and she didn’t really make a shirt, so she had to put her model in a nude bra lest she flash her breasts at everyone. It looks tacky and flimsy. I really do not understand this decision at all. Fade’s butterfly dress may not have been their favorite, but there’s no way any of the judges thought it was worse than Emily’s.
Closing out the bottom three is Alexander. The judges felt that his cape was very dramatic and creative. He really thought about how to best use fabric to meet the goals of the challenge by creating a parachute-inspired cape that would balloon on the runway. However, the dress itself is too much of a costume. She really does look like a Disney villain. Alexander has some good ideas, but his costume-design background may work against him this season unless he learns to edit himself a little more.
Sam’s dress was my favorite look on the runway, so I am pleased with the judges’ decision for the win, even though I vehemently disagree with their decision for the losing look. I know I have a minor obsession with The Graduate, but I immediately thought of this dress that Benjamin’s mom wears when he announces that he’s going to marry Christine:
To me, Sam’s dress is very mid-century bohemian while still being modern. Yes, the fabric is doing a lot of the heavy lifting, but his design works well here, and it moves beautifully on the runway. Kudos!
As for the other two in the top 3, I think the judges have lost their minds again.
You’d think nobody on PR had ever dyed fabric before. And they praised this for looking like a sunrise? I think the colors are awful, and the dye job looks cheap. Frankly, the judges didn’t even seem to like it all that much. Isaac hated the lace on the top and Alyssa hated the belt. Why was this in the top 3 again? They must have really been bored by the other choices.
The skirt really does move beautifully on the runway, but for Peter’s sake, that top? It’s a little too “ice-skating costume.”
You know, I actually like this. It’s edgy. The styling choices make her look really cool. It’s very casual, what with the t-shirt cut of the sleeves and neckline, but I like that it’s casual. If he would have made leggings to go underneath the dress, I would have liked it more.
Dom really thought about how best to approach this challenge when she created those sleeves. They’re interesting and dramatic. The neckline is too busy, though. Also, I feel that I should point out that it’s hard to prevent the fabric from going between the model’s legs on a wind-blown runway, I imagine.
He definitely needs to grow thicker skin if he expects that bloggers aren’t going to talk shit about his designs. That’s all I have to say about that.
Not my favorite look on the runway. Frankly, it probably should have been in the bottom three. The color is horrible, and the way it moves on the runway is not aesthetically pleasing. I know I already mentioned that it’s probably impossible to prevent fabric from going between the model’s legs, but look at the horrible shape that is created in the skirt. It’s an awkward length and cut.
I like this look. It’s a little Stevie Nicks, but I like a witchy little dress. And nobody else approached the wind-blown runway with fringe. It was a risk, but I kinda like it.
The fabric wrapped around her waist is a little odd, but it’s fine, I guess, if a little boring.
This is nice, but expected.
Confession: I had to look up who designed those last four dresses because I couldn’t remember. This season has been just a touch boring so far, no?