Well. Another week. I want the designs to get better, darn it! But I am fully prepared for my hopes to be stomped on. But seriously, top seven, and nothing has been exceptionally great and memorable yet. I mean, these years later I can still picture perfectly in my mind Nick Verreos’s “Barbie challenge” winning design or Michael (Mychael) Knight’s “fashion icon challenge” winning design. Or even just Mondo’s “Create a Print challenge” winner. The fact that not a single look this season is all that memorable to me is just sad. Very sad.
The designers are to look to the past, specifically the 1970’s. They are to design a modern look inspired by the 1970’s. Not a recreation, guys! Seriously, last week was horrifying. Do better! I think they are also supposed to take some level of inspiration from Piperlime accessories, as this is the Piperlime challenge.
Yay! An individual challenge!
So at Mood Anya loses her money. I’m not calling shenanigans or anything, but the fact that around 10 people frantically looking couldn’t find it is kind of strange. Anthony Ryan gives Anya some of the money he has left over, and she is able to buy some yardage of the fabric she had already picked out.
There is consensus in the workroom that Kimberly’s look isn’t looking very fashion-forward, and I tend to agree. Thus far the pieces look very “work separates” and not very interesting.
Viktor is grouchy that Joshua seems to have copied some of the elements of his work. Seeing the evidence, I think Viktor is right. Hm. Of course Viktor’s taste is far more sophisticated than Joshua’s. So Viktor has that going for him, regardless as to the similarities.
Tim comes in with a twist (What a twist!) that the designers must create a companion piece to their initial look. The companion piece can not be separates, just a single piece/outfit.
It is nice having a fairly traditional “everyone designs by themselves” challenge in that it even includes a full Tim critique. Having it makes me realize that the show has been lacking it. Doesn’t Lifetime realize that Tim is the reason a whole lot of folks tune in to this drama queen circus? This departure from frequent, great critiques from Tim to more screen time for interpersonal drama makes me really realize how completely off-the-rails this season had been. The producers really, truly have lost sight of this show and why people follow it the way that they do. I’m not sure how many more seasons they can wring out the franchise if they are slowly but surely alienating the show’s fan base. I think a lot of people (myself included) have seen the end (or at least the point where I will stop watching) coming since the show tried filming in L.A., since the show moved to Lifetime, and since Gretchen Jones won over Mondo. How much more are we, the fans, willing to take? I’m sure the viewership is good enough that they’ll keep making it (because reality shows are dirt cheap.) I guess I just find myself wondering how much further I am willing to continue with this show. Although I am planning on giving All Stars and even Accessory a try just because they are new and fresh. So take that as you will.
The Runway: All Images from MyLifetime.com
Kimberly Look 1: Oh my. This shirt was kind of vulgar on the runway. The scarf-like cut of the top in combination with the lightness of the fabric almost caused a wardrobe malfunction. Nothing about this look says “70’s inspired” to me. The print certainly isn’t. And neither is the shape of the skirt. It just doesn’t seem all that well-considered.
Kimberly Look 2: Once again: oh my. No. Just no. I hate it. Pretty much everything about it. The print is super-boring and dowdy. The front of the top is incredibly wrong, the little belly keyhole is just gross. The sewing is atrocious. The seaming on the top is puckering like crazy. I hate to say it, but it makes the model look like she has sagging breasts. And the back of the pants are wedgie-inducing. It is all just really ugly. Just a complete miss from Kimberly this week; a terrible follow-up to last week’s abysmal performance.
Anthony Ryan Look 1: I can kind of see where he was going with this one. The prints have a seventies vibe to them without being exact reproductions. I like the color palette. I don’t love the shapes of the clothes, but it does keep the look from being too literal. They aren’t my taste, but I think the pieces would look appropriate for Piperlime.
Anthony Ryan Look 2: Cute! It feels like it could be in the same collection with the previous look. I can’t point out his using the belt as a cop-out as this is the Piperlime challenge. This look has an ease about it, probably because it was a ridiculously easy dress to create. But still, the graphic quality to it makes it modern. It is interesting that in his first look, the prints were the seventies-inspired portion, and in the second look, the seventies-inspiration is in the shape.
Bert Look 1: Hm. Well, it certainly has that Studio 54 vibe to it. Too bad it is kind of hideous. I don’t feel that this is something most women would want to buy. I think only models can look even passable in satin hotpants. The skirt might work as a bathing suit cover-up. The shirt doesn’t do anything for me. Maybe he was on the right track with the one-shouldered look. I don’t know. I just don’t know.
Bert Look 2: Toga! Toga! It’s a dress. It functions as a dress in that it covers her. It looks like Bert cut out two dress shapes a la paper dolls and sewed them together at the shoulders and sides. There is literally nothing else to say about this non-look.
Laura Kathleen Look 1: This looks like a piece out of the losing group challenge in Episode 7, a group of which Laura Kathleen was a part. I don’t hate this look. But I certainly don’t like it, either. I think there are some serious fit issues in the top; not sure what is going on this episode with making flat-chested models look like they need bras. The skirt fabric is certainly interesting, but not really interesting in a good way. I would put it in the “fine” category.
Laura Kathleen Look 2: This has more of the seventies feel I was expecting. I think this look is pretty cute. I like that she went with pants rather than a skirt. It updates the look a bit. I don’t have much bad to say about this look, except that I wouldn’t really consider this a companion-piece to the first look. They don’t really look like the belong in the same collection to me at all. And I think maybe she should have created two silhouettes that aren’t so alike. They are awfully similar to one another.
Joshua Look 1: I don’t like this at all. The pants are Capital “C” Crazy. They are doing terrible, terrible things to the model’s body. The plaid fabric is creating some really terrifying discrepancies in the crotch. The pockets combined with the high-waisted nature of the look are making her look lumpy and bumpy, like she has a muffin top INSIDE her pants. I think the direction he was trying to go with the yoked top was smart, but not in the fabrics he picked. The whole thing looks like some sort of twisted old-man drag. The golf pants mixed with the shirt that looks like a grandpa cardigan are creating some disturbing results. It’s just not right.
Joshua Look 2: The print is a bit similar to Laura Kathleen’s. Overall the dress looks cheap. I think I tried on something unnervingly similar at Target this summer. I’m completely serious. So…it’s marketable, I guess. It does not relate to the first look at all, though.
Anya Look 1: Girl certainly has a point of view, doesn’t she. Good thing that POV is tailor-made to this challenge. I know she struggled with losing her money and all, but that does not excuse bad sewing. And this looks badly sewn. The more I look at this, the more I see poor and or lazy construction and fit. The top doesn’t really fit the model properly; the sides are too far apart. The fit of the pants are lazy—just too big all over, hidden by the fact that she cinched in the waist with a belt. The pants are too short. And her fabric choice for the pants is bad in that it is too stiff. And since this is fabric she had cut before she lost her money, there is really no excuse.
Anya Look 2: I think it embodies the challenge okay. I know she wanted exaggerated pant legs, and she got them. To a clown-like level. The print she used is really trippy. On my tv it looks like frames of animation are missing in the pants as the model walks. Really a freaky optical illusion. Once again I see lazy sewing in this look. I feel like maybe Anya designs loose and flowing so that she never has to worry about fit. You know, bed sheets fit almost everyone perfectly!
Viktor Look 1: I must quote Joe on this one “Yeah, that doesn’t suck!” I agree, Joe, I agree. Once again I feel Viktor is just blowing everyone else out of the water. Here we have everyone else’s slap-dash looks, and then we have Viktor, with impeccably made, complex looks. The jacket is to die for. I want it, and I don’t even really like “safari” inspired pieces. The pants are perfectly fitted, they reference the 1970’s without being exact recreations. Maybe he could have added a pop of color or something to the look, but I am completely impressed that he pulled out such sophisticated and refined looking pieces in the amount of time and the budget that he had. Do I maybe have a new favorite contestant to root for?
Viktor Look 2: Once again: cute! I hate snake print, but I want this dress! I see the seventies inspiration in the wrap. I love the ombre effect. This dress would look flattering on pretty much every woman. Once again: look at what the other designers made in a day, then look at this. Dude whipped this thing up in only a few hours and it looks totally polished. Just awesome. And the two outfits look like they belong in the same collection. Seriously, Viktor is amazing.
My Top 3:
If I had to pick, maybe Laura Kathleen? Because it was ugly, but well-sewn.
My Bottom 3:
The Judges’ Top 3:
The Judges’ Bottom 3:
Kimberly is in the middle, and therefore safe. Really? I don’t understand what about either of her looks kept her from the bottom this week. I like her as a contestant, though, so I guess I shall not try to incite a riot.
Anya is the winner. Sigh. I guess I just don’t see what the judges see. I seriously do not understand how Anthony Ryan’s second look is slammed by the judges as being “a tent” whereas Anya’s second look makes her the winner. It just completely boggles my mind and makes me question what the heck the judges are thinking!
Bert is in, and they want to produce his simple dress and sell it on Piperlime. Yeah, because it will cost pennies to produce and they can sell it at a massive mark-up, it having the “Project Runway” name on it.
Viktor is in.
Laura Kathleen is in.
Joshua is in.
That means Anthony Ryan is out. Really? Really?! He made the worst things on that runway today? I don’t think so. I would argue that Kimberly, Joshua, heck, I would even argue winner Anya had worse looks up there this week. Judges: they just confuse me to no end. I seriously, seriously just do not get them.