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Project Runway: Episode 5 Recap

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Opening Drama

The show starts with shots of little piles of clothes with people’s names on them. It’s gym clothes and athletic shoes. Let’s humiliate the Design-testants!

Cecelia is moping because she is still in the competition. Poor Julie, having to go home when someone else clearly doesn’t want to be there now.

The Challenge

The designers head to a Track and Field center. Heidi is wearing a tie-dyed acid-washy monstrosity.

Photo from Tom and Lorenzo Note: Even Heidi isn’t wearing her uninspired athletic shoes.

It’s going to be another team challenge. I am really getting tired of team challenges this season. I understand that the producers adore team challenges for the drama and personality clashes they create, but I kind of hate them. They make it so that no one’s true design vision gets fully realized, and I often feel that people get sent home over not being assertive enough or over someone else’s designs. Please get back to individual challenges, please!

To determine team captains, the designers must run a race. My personal nightmare. The top four runners will be team captains. This show is just mean. In a way, not winning the race could be beneficial, though. In many team challenges, the team leader is the one on the chopping block if the resulting look is below-par. So if you aren’t dead-set on winning this challenge, being a non-team-leader could work to your advantage.

Cecelia decides to drop out of the show. Maybe she couldn’t deal with the pressure, or the criticism. Or maybe she just didn’t want to be involved in yet another team challenge.

The designers are off! Olivier falls Hard. His knee looks kind of screwed up. And he passes out. At least he was already on the floor. Get the smelling salts!

Rundown of who placed top 4:

1. Joshua

2. Bryce

3. Anthony Ryan

4. Viktor

They pick teams, playground kickball style, in short, humiliating style.

Josh picks Anya

Bryce picks Kimberly

Anthony Ryan picks Laura Kathleen

Viktor picks Olivier

Josh picks Becky

Bryce picks Danielle

Anthony Ryan picks gets Bert

Viktor and Olivier can pick someone to come back, they pick Mormon Josh. He seemed like a nice guy. Interesting that the fourth placer gets what may arguably the best pick of the day, in that he gets a wider range of people. It would have been more fair to allow that option throughout the picking process, so potentially Joshua’s first pick could have been a kicked off designer. But whatever.

So anyway, the designers are making outfits to go with Heidi’s sneakers. They must use denim or suede in their looks. The outfits don’t have to be gym clothes. And the winning look will be sold as part of Heidi’s line on Amazon.

The Workroom

Becky starts throwing out ideas, but Anya and Josh poo-poo everything pretty harshly.

Other teams throw out ideas, but I don’t hear a lot of definite plans or designs at this point.

The designers head to Mood. Josh and Anya continue being bitchy to Becky.

The designers only have eight hours to make their looks. It is clearly a designer torture challenge.

Joshua and Anya continue to exclude Becky. My blood is totally boiling. It is an interesting contrast of how Joshua and Anya are trying to gang up on and exclude their team member, who as far as we know is not a grouchy person, or someone who is difficult to work with as compared to Anthony Ryan and Laura Kathleen who seem to be trying to include notoriously grouchy and difficult Bert into the designing and decision making process. It really shows Anya and Joshua’s ugly sides. Snark and a little bit of cattiness is fun in Talking Head Interviews, Joshua, but when you treat likeable people like crap in the work room, it doesn’t gain you any fans.

Heidi and Tim come in to critique the looks. This is the second week in a row that a member of the judging panel can make their opinions be known before the runway show. Once again, I feel that being compliant will be rewarded above the designers staying true to their visions.

Heidi hates what Team Bryce has come up with so far. I actually think Bryce could have defended the “cowl hoodie” instead of just kowtowing at the slightest whiff of questioning. It shows he’s in such a self-doubting space that he didn’t even try to defend any of his work. Not a good sign.

Heidi criticizes the long skirt Team Viktor has come up with, and I totally agree. It is a super-simple elastic waist gray skirt. Yuck. Total “whipped up in a half-hour” throwaway. Bleh.

Heidi thinks Team Anthony Ryan’s looks are too dressy. So apparently the introduction to the challenge was Lies, all Lies! “Think a dress, think a suit.” Nope, lies. Designers, completely change everything you’ve thought of thus far, because in actuality, you are making workout gear. Yes, we are recreating what was arguably last season’s worst challenge. So y’all better pull out some lulu lemon knockoffs again this year if you want to win.

Heidi doesn’t have much to say about Team Joshua.

Heidi then announces that they have until 4 am instead of 11 pm. Oh so clever, the producers are, putting the designers into an impossible time constraint, pressure-cooking them that way, then almost last minute extending that time to make sure they are all sleep deprived and overthinking their looks and yelling at one another. See, I said torture, didn’t I?

Joshua then blows up at Becky. What a bitch. Joshua, not Becky. She heads out to the Ladies Room and cries. After the commercial break, Joshua heads in and apologizes. In his talking head, he says it was sincere, but kind of undermines it with a “get back and sew” attitude. Way to lose a fan, dude.

Team Joshua decides to add some color to their work, which makes me realize that almost everyone went boring and monochromatic. Hm.

The Runway

The guest judge is model/designer Erin Wasson. I know little to nothing about her.

It is going to be extremely hard for me to critique this runway show, as I really have no idea what the judges are looking for. They’ve been vacillating back and forth in the parameters of this challenge as to whether they are looking for easy clothes that look cute with sneakers or actual workout gear. In my opinion, the challenge just kind of stinks overall.

All images from mylifetime.com

Team Viktor

Viktor: I love the little motorcycle jacket he made; it looks relatively well-constructed. The dress is cute and easy, but I wish he had done something with the hem. As it is, I think the hem is just the raw edge, and it makes the dress look a bit homemade and unfinished. And it doesn’t really look that great with the sneakers.

Mormon Josh: I like the slim-fitting pants; they look okay with the shoes. The top is super-boring though, aside from the sleeve detail, which I hate. It makes the model look like she’s wearing a backpack.

Olivier: The skirt looks a bit more finessed than it did in the workroom and I actually kind of like it. It works with the shoes mostly because it covers them up. The top is very simple. I guess Team Viktor decided that the tops were just unimportant.

All together, the monochromatic palette and the simple tops for this mini-collection make it yawn-inducing and bland. I would maybe buy Olivier’s skirt for “hanging out around the house” wear.

Team Bryce

Bryce: Isn’t this basically the same dress he made last week? I mean, I really don’t find much to say about it. It is a basic black dress. It doesn’t look at all like it took 12 hours to make, and it doesn’t fit the model very well at all. And it looks dumb with the shoes. The only thing that could be in its favor is the button details down the sides, but not buttons he chose. They are shiny, and look plastic-y and cheap.

Kimberly: I think the top and jacket are okay, maybe a bit basic, but well made. The shorts are fug, though. I don’t think pleated short-shorts are cute. They are diaper-y, at least from the front. Which is sad, since we know Kimberly can make a banging pair of pants.

Danielle: Good for her for throwing some color into the mix. It is her usual blue-green and her usual sheer fabric, but after five looks of black and gray, any color is a breath of fresh air. The top has unfinished edges, which annoys me. The skirt looks fine. It kind of looks silly with the shoes, though.

Altogether, Danielle’s look is disparate from the other two’s. And all three looks are almost the exact-same length. I would have liked to see more variety in regards to that. I would maybe buy Kimberly’s jacket (Note: we find out on the runway that Danielle did the jacket) and Danielle’s skirt.

Team Anthony Ryan

Anthony Ryan: So disappointing. Jersey shorts? Ugh, no. They look like culottes. And even the skinny model has them bunching up in the thigh area. Holy ugly, Batman. The top has potential, though. I can see where he was going with the draping and asymmetry. I think I would have liked it better with the shoulder treatment done in a color, though.

Laura Kathleen: I really don’t like the shorts (or is it a romper). Or the swimsuit-looking top. The vest is fine, though not anything special (I think they sell stuff like that at any Kohls.) It’s just all mediocre off-the-rack looking to me.

Bert: Well, well well. Who’d have thought it? But this is actually kind of cute. I mean, it doesn’t really go with the shoes, but the top is really interesting. I think Bert worked the print to his advantage. And although it is simple, it looks nice. The skirt is a smidge short (so Heidi will love it) and the ruching is not the best, but it is actually a nice enough look.

All together, the three designs work relatively well as a collection when it comes to textiles. Anthony Ryan’s is the least fitting. I think if he had used the blue print at the shoulder instead of the tan it would have been more cohesive. I would maybe buy Bert’s top.

Team Joshua

 

Joshua: Setting aside all the catty bullshit, there are elements I like. I think the print for the top is very nice, and though it is just a tank top, at least it looks well made. The skirt is short, but also fine. I kind of hate the fringe-y vest thing, though. The outfit certainly needed a third element, but this just looks thrown on and poorly made from the front. From the back, though, it does have some interest.

Becky: I like the top, it could be either sporty or chic, but it doesn’t do the model any favors in the boob department. I can’t tell if it is due to the cut of the top, or if the model is just unusually well-endowed. The skirt is fine, though I don’t love the red accent or the stripe panel, but at least there is a little bit of adventurousness to it in a sea of gray and black.

 

Anya: This is pretty cute, too. I don’t think the red stripe is well-applied to the dress, it looks like it is rippling and weighing down the jersey. And the shape of the dress is kind of simple. I think the racer back is a nice touch. It is cute.

Altogether, I think this is the most cohesive mini-collection. There is variety, but they belong in the same world, as it were. I would have liked to see more variations in necklines, though, and a couple of the elements (the stripe) feel a tad out-of-place. I maybe would buy Anya’s dress and Joshua’s tank top.

My top 3:

Anya

Bert

Viktor

My bottom 3:

Bryce

Anthony Ryan (though it breaks my heart)

Laura Kathleen

The judges don’t have a clear top three or bottom three. They just kind of group the designers into the overall top and bottom.

The Judges’ Top Picks:

Bert

Anya

Joshua

Viktor

Mormon Josh

The Judges’ Bottom Picks:

Anthony Ryan

Laura Kathleen

Becky

Olivier

Danielle

Kimberly was in the middle

Viktor is the Winner and gets his jacket and dress sold, and immunity

Joshua is also the Winner and gets immunity but Anya’s dress gets sold. Wait, what?

Anya and Becky are in.

Olivier and Mormon Josh are in.

Bert is in

Laura is in

Kimberly is in

Bryce is in

Anthony Ryan is…in

That means Danielle is out. This means that once again Heidi is over-ruled. You know, the consistency to which Nina overrules Heidi, there is no real drama anymore. You know if those two argue, Nina is getting her way. The producers really need to force a bit of a mix up, at least every once in a while. It just makes for better TV.

Danielle interviews that she doesn’t think she should have been sent home this challenge, and I have to agree. The jacket she made that Kimberly’s model wore was one of the best pieces of the night. But such is the nature of the mercurial judging panel.

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Project Project Runway Challenge 4: Runway Show

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The “Nina Challenge.” I can’t believe it has taken nine seasons of the show for this challenge to happen.

To recap, the designers were asked to create a look for Nina Garcia that can transition from daywear to eveningwear. Nina likes things tailored, simple, minimal.

So I made a cute little minimalist dress.

 

 

I found this challenge fairly difficult. I wanted to create something that would appeal to Nina, but that would still represent me as a designer. I have noticed that I am drawn to color and to very graphic elements. But I know that in her personal style, Nina is not a big fan of either. So I definitely had to tone down those aspects of my designs while still staying true to myself. I did some searching on Google and found that Nina isn’t as shy about color as perhaps her outfits on Project Runway suggest. I found yellows, purples, corals, and jade along with her usual black, white and gray. So I decided to go with the fresh white and yellow combination.

Each challenge, I’ve also been challenging myself to try new techniques. This week I attempted both inset sleeves, and a sort of reverse applique for the detailing along the neck.

 

 

I think the inset sleeves were fairly successful, considering I’ve never done them before and I am working in such a small scale. The reverse applique looks much nicer in the farther-away photos than it does up-close. Keep in mind, though, that the smaller circles are just 1/8” in diameter.

So back to the real challenge, and that is creating a look that goes from daytime to evening. As such, I created two style boards, one for each time of day, because really transitioning from day to evening mostly means changing out the accessories.

First, the daytime look (all accessories from the Piperlime Wall):

 

 

And the evening look:

 

 

Is it “Nina”? I’m not sure. But I do like it, and I am certainly proud of the new techniques I am teaching myself as I go through this process.

Project Runway: Episode 4 Recap

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Here we go!

Opening Drama

Nothing much to say. I only really enjoy the shit-talking anyway.

The Challenge

The designers will be designing for a client who knows a lot about fashion. As we know from the previews, it’s:

Nina Garcia.

They just can’t get guest stars on this show anymore. Not even Hayden Panettiere who was already slumming it on this channel for “The Amanda Knox Story.”

So anyway, the challenge is to design something for Nina that transitions from daywear to evening.

She likes classic with an edge; streamlined, clean, tailored silhouttes, she doesn’t like volume, pleats, loud colors or patterns. The winning look will be featured in a Marie Claire ad and displayed on the top of NY taxi cabs.

The Workroom

At least it’s nice that Nina is consulting with the designers. She keeps reiterating her minimalism, but she seems to be giving real, directed, constructive criticism. Oddly enough, I find I am liking Nina more. Also, where the hell is Olivier? I don’t think I’ve seen him at all even in a background or reaction shot yet this episode.

After the commercial break we got a quick glimpse of him. I was worried he was M.I.A. or something. I shouldn’t have worried though, if something had happened the production team would have been sure to include it because: Drama. So all is well.

The designers head to Mood.

Becky and Anthony are using the same fabric. Whoops. We’ll see if this can work.

Anya picks out a golden yellow fabric for her…jumpsuit. I just don’t really see Ms. Nina in a yellow jumpsuit.

Danielle ends up with kelly green. Yikes!

After everyone picks out their surprisingly unsophisticated fabrics, they head into the workroom.

We learn that grouchy Cecelia is fond of tomboyish Julie. Who’d’a thunk it?

Nina heads into the workroom. All you designers ready for the beatdown?

Danielle: Her work looks too soft. She seems to take it in stride, though

Julie: The collar is too big, she is adding more orange. Still feels confident

Anya: Does she have a Plan B? Nope.

A bunch of other folks get powered through. They must not be making anything that will be in the top or bottom.

Cecelia: What she has is looking a bit sad. Make it work.

Kimberly: Too much blue

Nina also notes that the winning design will be in a Marie Claire spread. All this added Marie Claire prize package stuff makes me think they are desperate for readership like most of print media so they are trying to pull out the big guns and actually snare some of the PR viewership. I’m pretty sure I’ve never bought a Marie Claire magazine, nor did I buy Elle when it was the PR-associated mag, so I have to wonder how successful this type of promotion really is for their bottom line.

Nina heads back out, leaving a trail of surprisingly nonplussed designers behind her. I was hoping for more major freakouts, but I guess it was not to be.

Joshua Ryan Reynolds suggests Anya dye her bright yellow fabric.

Anthony Ryan talks to his fiance on Skype or whatever. Uh oh. Family stuff. That’s often the kiss of death. But he’s done quite well previously, and hasn’t been getting all that much camera time this episode, so maybe they just wanted to show us his cute fiance and talk about New York legalizing gay marriage.

Tim walks in, there are 2 hours left and everyone in is the sewing room. Yikes! Sew faster, sew like the wind!

Cecelia has basically given up. She just seems totally defeated. Oddly enough, she helps Julie. Why!? I mean, I know they’re friends (apparently) but she is totally shooting herself in the foot.

Laura Kathleen’s garment isn’t on her model yet, but she’s helping Anya get her garment fitted. I sense some time manipulation, as it doesn’t seem to be happening at the last minute as implied.

The Runway

Guest judges are Joanna Coles, editor-in-chief of Marie Claire and Kerry Washington

All Images from MyLifetime.com

 

Joshua: Went with a very tradtional shift dress silhoutte, but played with the super-popular color blocking in gray and coral. I really like this look, the black outlining gives it some interest, the shaping of the color blocking gives it a flattering look, and the coral is totally on-trend. My complaint would be that it maybe isn’t quite creative enough and it doesn’t look terribly expensive; there is something a little bit Macy’s about it. The back has cutouts and a full-length super industrial-looking zipper. I think he was trying to take the quite business-casual front to night in the back, but it just doesn’t totally work for me.

 

Bert: Bert made a pretty simple black dress. It has a sternum brushing neckline which kind of reminds me off those drape things they sometimes require for high school senior pictures. The overall shape of the dress is incredibly simple and doesn’t bring anything new to the table. It just feels like any off-the-rack dress from, well, I know I said it before, but Macy’s. The only thing that takes it out of the department store is the centered front slit, which is kind of trashy.

 

Olivier: Olivier made another Olivier outfit. Minimal, boring colors, not my bag at all. I’m not sure if it is his fabric choice or what, but everything looks wrinkly and ill-fitting. I think the pants are frankly quite terrible, there is something going on with the crotch when the model walks that gives me pause. Despite the fact that I am not a fan of his aesthetic, I really thought Olivier could construct a killer pair of pants. I guess I was mistaken.

 

Anthony Ryan: The controversial fabric is pretty awesome. I like the top of this look very much, it is like a sleeveless suit jacket, and I think it is really modern and has an appeal to it. I’m not a huge fan of the skirt, it has volume in weird places, and I think he made a misstep with the color. I think he matched the color to one of the colors in the ombre-effect close-up rather than taking a step back to see if the skirt matched the overall tone of the print, because at a distance, it really doesn’t look like it matches. It’s a nice day look, but the youthful skirt keeps it from transitioning well to eveningwear.

 

Becky: More of the controversial fabric, and I still like it. Whereas Anthony Ryan had the dark tone at the top; Becky has the dark tone at the bottom, which gives it more of a paint splatter affect, which I’m not sure works in its favor. The detail at the top of the dress is hard to see because the model’s hair is obscuring it, but I think she used bands of a darker tone on the diagonal. Once again, my criticism of Becky is that aside from added frippery (in this case the diagonals) the overall shape of the dress is quite simple and uninspiring. We saw last week that she can make a killer jacket, so I’d like to see more from her wheelhouse than cute little dresses. They show that up close it has tiny bits of yellow piping, but even on my 42” high-def tv, I couldn’t see it until the cameraman zoomed way in. So clearly, she should have added a bit more.

 

Kimberly: Well, she moved away from the blue, but I don’t think that was a good thing. The pants look impeccably made, as expected, but holy crap! That top! Can anyone say “taste issues.” I said it during the Road to Runway coverage, but Kimberly likes her shiny. Which can be deployed judiciously and look great, but here it just looks cheap. Like really cheap. Halloween costume cheap. In fact, thinking about it, I think I had a Halloween costume made out of this exact fabric in silver the year I went trick or treating as an alien. I was a weird kid. But nonetheless, aside from the pants, this doesn’t look expensive, and furthermore doesn’t look like something Nina would wear. It’s really too bad about the fabric choice, because I actually think the shape of the top is lovely. In a different fabric, this could have been a winning look, I think.

 

Cecelia: This is bad. Bad. Bad. Bad. I know she said she thought the gray was a purple in Mood, but that isn’t an excuse. The gray is the prettier of the two fabrics. What the hell was she thinking with that burlap-tone? It is so unbelievably ugly. And the dress, holy crap, this thing is one of the easiest silhouettes, in that I criticize Becky on deploying it week after week. And Cecelia managed to screw it up. Badly. The poor model looks pregnant. And I know Nina just had a baby, but lady probably worked damn hard to get her body fit again, she does not need to look as though she is still with child. Oh the terribleness! I weep.

 

Anya: Okay, full-disclosure: I am a jumpsuit hater. No, not just hater, despiser. But this? This is actually pretty cute. The slim fit of the garment gives it a sleekness not often seen in jumpsuits. I like the way she used almost a suit-like collar to dress up the top. I am not a big fan of the length, though. I think dyeing the fabric was definitely the way to go, so kudos to Joshua Ryan Reynolds for suggesting it. Still, Anya did rely on the cheater belt from the Piperlime wall, so points deducted for that.

 

Danielle: Another look that doesn’t seem to stretch Danielle that much from her preferred aesthetic. I just don’t see her challenging herself that much from week to week, which is a disappointment. This looks totally business-casual. The pants look well-made, for a simple black pant. The blouse is well-made, but just way too simple. I think the kelly green is crazy (and not Nina) but it is the only interesting thing going on in this look. Danielle is a great executor of looks, I just am not seeing a ton of creativity going into her work. And nothing about this look says evening. It says “Hi, I’m Mandy, and I’ll be your server tonight. Can I interest you in our neverending basket of onion rings?”

 

Julie: Hello horse-blanket aesthetic (again.) No sir, I don’t like it. The orange is totally Star Wars X-Wing pilots. I think the other fabrics are muddy and uninteresting. I’m not sure if she knew she was grabbing a boring khaki, but that’s what this is. Why did none of the designers pick a gray with the more sophisticated blue undertones rather than these drab yellowy utilitarian fabrics. The whole thing is just kind of a mess of assymetry, and it doesn’t do anything for me. The unmatching askew belt is a poor addition as well. Julie said she just finished fashion school, and in this outfit it shows. This is total student work; there is nothing sophisticated about it.

 

Bryce: More blocking, but not bringing anything interesting to the table. The color choices, again, stink. I think the shape of the blocks have some potential, and I like that he went with a sleeve, but the whole thing is just super boring. I also see some sewing issues, in that the hem looks like it puckered, or maybe he glued it? Either way, there is some funny business going on with the hem. And as I just unpaused the DVR, and he points it out.

 

Laura Kathleen: The green is just a “no” for me. Especially in this shiny American Girl Doll Christmas dress fabric. I actually like the overall shape of the look, and the peekaboo strips along the bottom are a nice touch, though perhaps just doing the bottom one would have been more tasteful. And I think the assymetrical overlap on the bottom of the jacket looks silly and distracts from the silhoutte. And once again the fabric choice ruins it for me. I actually think the color isn’t terribly wrong, but it just isn’t right in this fabric (it might be taffeta?) The stiffness of the fabric, too makes it just look silly. In a more sophisticated fabric, this look could have been much improved. As it is, it’s tacky, tacky, tacky.

 

Viktor: The dress has some interest with the exaggerated shoulder, although I feel as though I’ve seen this before on major runways a couple of years ago, maybe Balmain or Balenciaga? The silhoutte just feels “done” to me. As has the volume in the skirt. I mean, just a couple of weeks ago for the pet store challenge, Olivier did a skirt treatment very much like this one. Granted, he won that challenge, but doing another take on it so soon after that smells a touch like recreation. That being said, this structured black dress is probably the most “Nina” of the night. So despite my copycatty misgivings, it’ll probably win this week.

 

My Top 3, in no order (man, tonight was rough):

 Becky

Joshua (he’s one of my favorites, so sue me)

Anthony Ryan

 

My bottom 3, in no order (rough, rough I tell you):

 Julie

Cecelia

Kimberly

 

The Judges’ Top 3:

Viktor

Kimberly (really!? With that shiny gold fabric!?)

Anya

 

The Judges’ Bottom 3:

Julie

Cecelia

Danielle

 

Kimberly wins! (Really!? Really!? I have to assume the top looked better in person? I like Kimberly as a person, but I stand by my assertion the fabric choice was not good)

 

Viktor is in

 

Anya is in.

Danielle is in.

Cecelia is…in.

That means Julie is out. Too bad, we finally got to see her cute quirky personality this week. Being that I wasn’t a fan of anything she made throughout the show, I can’t say I’m terribly sad to see her go.

 

Wow. This week was brutal.

Project Project Runway Challenge 3: Runway Show

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Ah, the stilt challenge. Good thing Gia is such a multi-talented model.

 

 

Today’s runway is outside, just like the show. Gia tries her best to strut on her very tall “stilts” (cardstock cylinders masking taped to her legs.)

I found myself quite uninspired by this challenge. Generally when I watch the show, I find myself thinking “I would use this” or “I would have gone in that other direction.” This challenge was different – I really struggled this week trying to figure out what to do.

My garment for today consists of black knit pants and a yukata-inspired tunic top. I used a couple of graphic fabrics for the crossover tunic and the wide obi-inspired belt. I mostly just wanted to used the overall shape of yukata as a starting place because I liked the idea of the long sleeves both reflecting and mitigating the exaggerated leg proportions.

 

 

The other thing at play is that my husband and I are in the middle of buying our first house, so I have a lot of other things on my mind. As such, I was not in the mood for going fabric shopping (blasphemy, I know!) so these fabrics were ones I already had in my teeny tiny stash (seriously, I have one small plastic container dedicated to fabric. I live in a tiny apartment, there is no room for a wonderfully extensive stash.) The black for the pants are actually a pair of my husband’s socks he no longer wanted. Recycling!

One nice thing about this outfit is that the top can be worn as an dress in the future when Gia is not wearing stilts.

When it comes to styling, I chose not to accessorize this time, as I think the look stands on its own (and stilt walkers don’t wear shoes.) For hair and makeup, I think a nude lip and smoky eye would look nice along with a French twist hairstyle. As to who would wear this? Maybe someone like Nicki Minaj?

I hope that my execution of this look is not disrespectful. I tried to avoid cultural appropriation and I hope that I was able to to stay on the side of inspiration rather than appropriation; but if I failed in that, I am sorry.

Project Runway: Episode 3 Recap

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Ready? Let’s do this!

 

Opening Drama

 

The boys lament the loss of Josh and wish Fallene were gone. Catty, Mrrow.

Fallene says her designing is “more artistic” than what they have to do here. So why did you fail miserably in the unconventional material round?

 

Heidi comes out on stilts. O…kay. I wonder if Heidi has always been talented at stilt-walking or whether she practiced endlessly. Followed by “stilt models” Most look fairly model-tiny, so hopefully the whining about designing for “real women” is kept to a minimum.

 

The Challenge:

 

Come up with an outfit that is eye-catching, imaginative, and larger than life. They are paired up, and will be dressing stilt-walkers.

Teams are chosen from the button bag.

Bert and Viktor – Viktor talks trash right in front of Bert. Bert may have been a bit bratty last episode, but not classy, Viktor, not classy at all. Maybe even assy.

Anthony Ryan and Laura – Okay.

Joshua Ryan with Julie – A guy in the running for most foppish and the earthy gal. Should be an interesting combo.

Danielle and Cecelia – I don’t think either of them works well with others. This might be fun to watch.

Anya and Olivier – Good pair, I think.

Kimberly and Becky – Two underdogs. I do not have a good feeling about this

Bryce and Fallene – I can hear the hissing from here.

The show will happen in front of an audience and press. Very ANTM.

Tim points out that fashion illustration frequently features freakishly long-legged ladies. This is a chance for their visions to come to life. Yes and no. Yes, in that the proportions of stilt-walkers are more like fashion illustrations, but no in that this challenge basically requires that the designers fashion something that fully covers the stilt apparatuses. So its kind of a toss-up.

Oh, and they are consulting with the models. So, to recap: they’re a) working in teams b) for a client c) who is wearing stilts d) in a public fashion show. Whatever could go wrong? They have $500 and 1 day to complete the challenge.

 

The Workroom

 

It’s madness! Madness, I tell you!

Standout bits:

Joshua Ryan Reynolds asks Julie in an accusing voice, “How much couture training have you had?” Well, duh, none, and neither have you. I seriously doubt anyone who has been apprenticed to a French Couturier (the only real couture out there) would even consider being on a reality show on Lifetime, for goodness sake! Don’t get all pissy, Joshua, you’re just the same as her in that respect.

Fallene doesn’t want all black, she doesn’t want a “gothic stilt walker.” Actually that could be amazing. Too bad we won’t see it.

Viktor and Bert are totally at one another’s throats. One of their fabrics is a shiny damask that Bert picked. Hideous. But Viktor’s design of Elizabethan gown seems terribly dated and uninteresting so I actually don’t really agree with either of them. Hm.

Josh and Julie’s idea, romantic matador, could be lovely.

Laura and Anthony Ryan are planning a hoop skirt, which is clever, but might look very crafty (in a bad way) on the runway.

Cecelia and Danielle seem to be working well together. I am surprised. Yay lady power!

Becky and Kimberly have no real communication. Hm.

Fallene and Bryce are making a big ass voluminous skirt. Um, Bryce, didn’t you almost go home last week for a big ass voluminous skirt? Is recreating that garment really the road you’d like to go down with your also bottom three partner. Really? Bryce is poo-pooing everything Fallene suggests, and she seems to just be rolling over on that. So I foresee a second week in a row where she is unable to defend what she sends down the runway. Uh oh.

Laura and Anthony Ryan end up scrapping the hoop skirts. We’ll see how they “make it work.”

Bryce and Fallene are still at each other in a totally passive-agressive way. Fallene won’t stand up for what she wants, and Bryce is talking about Fallene behind her back because she is a self-taught designer. High school bitchiness. I don’t like it.

Viktor and Bert are both whining to Tim. Tim is your mentor, not your referee. You’re both adults, work it out!

Tim seems a bit confused about Anya and Oliver’s fabric choices, and honestly, almost all of the fabric choices are perplexing to me. Everywhere I look in the workroom, I see some seriously tacky fabrics. And since they are designing for stilt walkers, there is going to be a lot of fabric on that runway, just in terms of yardage. So why all the truly hideus fabrics?

So the models come in and get fitted a bit.

Fallene’s bodice is wrong, she did indeed cut it off-grain and needs to cut it again. I feel bad for her, though she seems to work at a snail’s pace. Bryce is all “I’m worried.” Okay, I know it is everyone for themselves, but seriously, maybe you should help out. The look is supposed to be a unified look that you two partnered together to make. If the model has to go out completely topless, it’s both your faults, Fallene’s for not achieving what she set out to do, and Bryce’s for not stepping in when things needed to be stepped in on. I mean, it sucks if you end up in the bottom three and you did all the work of two, but isn’t it better to send a decent overall garment down the runway and not end up in the bottom two at all, and let your partner get kicked off when they have to stand on their own two feet and aren’t dragging you down with them?

Morning happens, and Bryce puts together a tube top. Okay, see paragraph above. Well, if you half-ass it like that, you are for sure going to be in the bottom two.

 

The Runway

 

Well, at least there will be fewer looks this week, covering 14 looks is exhausting.

Guest judge Kim Kardashian. Bah. Why?

All Images from mylifetime.com

 

 

Joshua and Julie’s sexy matador costume is kind of crazy. I know getting proportions right on a lady with 6-foot-long legs is hard, but this just looks a bit weird. Maybe they should have dropped the pants a few inches to the model’s natural waist instead of doing a high-waisted look? I think dropping the crotch a bit may have helped as well. But I love the fabric for the pants, very graphic, and I think the red is gorgeous, and I like the cape-like sleeve. It might be too costume-y.

 

 

Bert and Viktor’s Elizabethan…thing is…hmmm. I hate the fabrics, I hate the half-assed pants they put underneath the skirt. The fabric choices are atrocious (still) I hate the gold mesh at the top of the bodice. I wish they had kept the big collar idea they had initially come up with, it may have helped to balance the whole thing. That being said, I think the proportions of the bodice are interesting. Maybe not fresh, but I like the structure to it. Too bad it was an atrocious fit on the model.

 

 

Bryce and Fallene’s ballerina thing. It just looks sad to me. I think the idea could have been a good one, playing with the tutu idea. But the top is (predictably) throw-away, and the pants under the skirt are just sad. They just seem like an afterthought (which they probably were.) Actually, this whole look seems like an afterthought.

 

 

Becky and Kimberly’s outfit actually turned out pretty cool. I like the way they extended the length of the jacket to make the proportions seem a bit off, but not as insane. There are some detailing issues I have with the jacket like the lime green accents and the pants aren’t the best in that I don’t really like the shape and the accents at the bottom are tacky. I feel like a lot more work went into the jacket than the pants, but I can’t say I hate this look.

 

 

Anya and Olivier’s garment. This one made me chuckle because it is so Anya and Oliver. Anya went for the interesting print, as she does, and Oliver went for the drab neutrals. Poor thing must have had to take a lie down after touching Anya’a blue and purple and khaki print. That being said, this is actually pretty cool. I wish they had used a bit more color, but with Oliver on the team, who am I kidding.

 

 

Cecelia and Danielle. Well, this has Danielle all over it. The color combination is essentially the same as her first two runways. It is her shapes, her prairie school marm haristyle. I actually have trouble seeing much of Cecelia in it, though now looking back, she also used this color combination last week. If I call out Oliver for being stuck in a color rut, I’m calling out these two as well. That all being said, the top is beautiful and the pants seem to fit her well. Not all bad.

 

 

Anthony and Laura. Well, they lucked out, their model stomps hard. I actually think they did a great job incorporating the skirt over the pants. It looks unified in a way that some of the other underpants (but not that kind!) did not. I think the dramatic shoulder treatment was very smart to help balance out the shape. The skirt flows in a lovely way. The red is a bit too Valentino for my taste, though. I still, think this is very well done. This looks like a real dress, not a costume.

 

Picking a top 3 teams and bottom 3 teams is hard because I feel like there was more of a top two and a bottom two. So I’ll go with that instead.

 

My top 2:

Anthony and Laura

Joshua and Julie

 

My bottom 2:

Bryce and Fallene

Bert and Viktor

 

 

The Judges’s top 3:

Anthony and Laura

Cecelia and Danielle

Kimberly and Becky

 

The Judge’s bottom 3:

Joshua and Julie

Bert and Viktor

Bryce and Fallene

 

Anthony and Laura are the top, Laura wins. Poor anthony Ryan is second place again.

 

Cecelia and Danielle and Kimberly and Becky are in.

 

Josh and Julie are in. Yay!

 

Bert is in.

 

Bryce is in.

 

Fallene is out.

 

That means Viktor is in.

 

Goodbye quirky quirky quirky. Maybe you can go into designing hats.

Project Project Runway Challenge 2: Runway Show

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Gia walks down the runway today for Challenge 2 of Project Project Runway: Pet Project. A simple sleeveless aqua top is followed by a slim white skirt, topped with a geometric polyhedron. It is all topped off with a jaunty chapeau.

For this challenge, I wanted to make something more in the realm of fantasy than reality. The skirt is a futuristic reinterpretation of both panniers and dramatic vintage bubble skirts. It is a garment more for the realm of fantasy than practicality. The under-dress is made from two plush dolphin toys, the skirt is a modified rubber ball. The hat is half of a squeaker from inside the dolphin, covered by the plush.

 

I styled this garment with the handmade matching hat and a simple beige platform from the Piperlime Accessory Wall. A more eye-catching shoe or more accessories would take away from the drama of the skirt. I imagine someone with a quirky, fantastical style like Björk or Lady Gaga could pull off this look. Styling-wise, I think a smooth, tight ponytail would look good, along with minimalist, almost severe makeup.

Project Project Runway: Challenge 2 Workroom

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My materials for Project Project Runway Challenge 2, “Pet Project.” This week we have to use materials purchased from a pet store to create our looks. I picked up 2 stuffed squeaky dolphins and a rubber ball. Both are intended for dogs. As a non pet owner, I had to buy all new items. I think my total cost of materials was $12.27, significantly less than the real designers’ budget of $300. 
My materials for Project Project Runway Challenge 2, “Pet Project.” This week we have to use materials purchased from a pet store to create our looks. I picked up 2 stuffed squeaky dolphins and a rubber ball. Both are intended for dogs. As a non pet owner, I had to buy all new items. I think my total cost of materials was $12.27, significantly less than the real designers’ budget of $300.