What is it with Finding Neverland on Project Runway?!
Seriously, I feel like that musical has been featured on at least one episode of every season of PR for at least three seasons now. What is going on?! Are there no other movies or musicals this show can promote? I seriously don’t get it.
This week, Alyssa met the designers at a book store, where Laura Michelle Kelly from Finding Neverland announced that they would design a modern look for a famous fictional character. For the record, the designers were not supposed to draw their inspiration from pop culture (read: Disney), but from literature. They were supposed to use the words on the page to imagine how the character would dress in modern life.
I’m not sure how it was determined which character would go to which designer. Laura Michelle Kelly just announced them, which didn’t seem fair to me. The characters should have been assigned at random, or the designers should have been allowed to choose for themselves. But that’s neither here nor there. Here’s how the character assignments went, along with a reminder of how Disney designed their looks:
Kini got Alice in Wonderland
Alexander got Cinderella
Sam got the Little Mermaid:
Dom got Tinkerbell:
Asha got Rapunzel:
Emily got the Ice Queen:
Layana got Belle:
and Ken got Snow White:
Congratulations Asha (Rapunzel)!
Well, this wouldn’t have been my choice for the win, but I guess it’s alright. Once again, I would have chosen Dom for the win. I mean, for Pete’s sake, can they just name Dom as the overall winner this season? Every week, her looks are my favorites by far. At any rate, I understand that Asha’s design makes sense, what with the exaggerated fishtail hem mimicking Rapunzel’s long hair. I like the neckline and the back, but that’s where my positive feelings for this look end. I agree with Brad Gorensky in my hatred for those shoes. I think the pants are wrong, too. They’re just a shade off from the top, so they look like they’ve been washed a few too many times and have faded. I would have gone with black pants.
This is such a cool interpretation of Tinkerbell! It’s exactly what Tinkerbell would wear if she was a cool and feisty British woman in 2016. Dom mixes patterns brilliantly. The back has a unique and interesting design element. The styling choices are perfect. This should have been the winning look.
You know, I look at this and I don’t see Alice. I see Wednesday Addams. It’s a little too dark and serious for Alice, no? I suppose I see what he was trying to do: Alice is a proper British young lady with a fanciful and whimsical side. I don’t know, I just think that Kini, for the most part, doesn’t do much for me as a designer. Even during his season, I thought that he mostly had speed going for him. This is fine, but mostly, I just don’t see the inspiration in it.
Emily (The Ice Queen):
If I didn’t know that this was supposed to be the Ice Queen, I would have thought it was the Tin Man.
Ken (Snow White):
I was DYING to fix her collar. Otherwise, this is a sexy little Snow White. I can dig it.
Sam (The Little Mermaid):
This looks so cheap. I know the net is supposed to remind us of the character, not to mention the shiny blue and green fabric, but the way the fabric is just stuck on the netting looks haphazard and cheap. It’s more mall clothes than runway. This was the worst look of the week and it probably should have sent Sam home.
I like the skirt and the way it moves, but the top looks odd from the front. It looks like part of her chest is covered in moss.
You know, I believe Alexander when he says that he toned his costume-designer aesthetic down so much that he lost himself this season. I think he is talented and I like his clothes. I get that this doesn’t call Cinderella to mind as much as the Evil Queen, but I kinda dig that. The back is really sloppy, but it’s certainly not sloppier than Sam’s mermaid dress. I was surprisingly sad to see Alexander go this week.