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Project Runway Episode 10 Recap

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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 Challenge

 

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.

 

The Workroom

 

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:

Viktor

Anthony Ryan

If I had to pick, maybe Laura Kathleen? Because it was ugly, but well-sewn.

 

My Bottom 3:

Kimberly

Bert

Joshua

 

The Judges’ Top 3:

Viktor

Bert

Anya

 

The Judges’ Bottom 3:

Joshua

Anthony Ryan

Laura Kathleen

 

 

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.

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Project Project Runway Challenge 9: Runway Show

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I feel like as the competition goes on, I am becoming more and more of a “seat of my pants” designer. I bet the real designers feel the same way.

This week for Project Project Runway we designed looks for The Sheepdogs, an up-and-coming band. Menswear challenge!

 

(Image from Just Crafty Enough)

I was really disappointed with what the real designtestants made for this challenge, so I made a conscious decision to do something totally different than the 60’s and 70’s “inspired” clothes the designers came up with.

I wanted to create something that had the visual impact of stagewear, but also something that was not too much of a departure from the kind of image the band already projects.

 

 

So I created a look I call “Rock and Roll Lumberjack.” Konstantinos is the stand-in for The Sheepdogs. He walks the runway in  a plaid sleeveless shirt and a denim kilt with belt and hardware.

My starting point was the kilt. I liked the idea of updating the traditional garment and making it more like something even regular guys might try wearing. So I crafted the kilt out of a dark wash denim. It felt a little plain so I added a faux-suede belt with a “rock and roll” chain. The chain references, without recreating the traditional sporran that is worn with a kilt. Also, I was unable to get a clear picture of it, but the kilt is even properly pleated in the back. Teeny tiny pleats. In denim. I just had to congratulate myself a little on pulling that off.

 

 

Beyond knowing that I wanted a modern kilt, I also wanted to use plaid in some capacity. I didn’t want to go with the more conventional flannel shirt for fear that the look would be too grunge and dated. So I decided to make a sleeveless shirt, which is also perfect for staying cool while rocking out under the hot stage lights.

 

 

For accessorizing the look, Konstantinos definitely needed some great boots. Something that toes the line between utilitarian and sophisticated (pun intended.) So I picked this smooth boot that includes hardware that perfectly matches the hardware on the kilt. I also picked out a pair of aviator shades, because if anyone can wear sunglasses inside, it’s a rock star. Both items are from the new Men’s Section on Piperlime.

Project Runway: Episode 9 Recap

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Is it bad that I am genuinely getting bored with this season? I feel that there has not really been a single memorable design yet this season. I watch this show for cool, fresh design, and I’m not getting it at all this season.

 

The Challenge

 

The designers are split into two teams of four:

Team One: Oliver, Viktor, Kimberly, and Joshua (Team Untitled)

Team Two: Anthony Ryan, Laura Kathleen, Bert, and Anya (Team Harmony)

The teams will be designing outfits for the band The Sheepdogs to be featured in photos for Marie Claire and Rolling Stone magazines, and to be worn for a live performance. And as an added twist the band members are all dudes. How long has it been since Project Runway last had a menswear challenge?

Both teams will be designing for the full band. Each team member is responsible for a band member’s total look. The looks will be judged more or less individually. So I guess they don’t really need to be on teams at all.

Whew. What a complex challenge. I’m kind of tired just thinking about it!

 

The Workroom

 

Well, first off, pretty much everyone struggles with buying material. I’d think by this point they’d know Mood like the back of their hands. Apparently not, or maybe Mood hid all their good fabric this week.

Of course, Olivier can’t help but whine that his band member is “so massive.” Dude has serious issues with people who are any different than himself. It is really rather embarrassing.

Interesting that there are two client-based challenges in a row. I find how the designers respond to critique from their clients very interesting. Some are really able to roll with the punches and others get K.O.’ed in the first minute.

It’s a pretty drama-free workroom this challenge. For once, everyone seems to be putting their heads down and working.

Towards the end almost everyone is straight-up running out of time. Yikes. Pretty much everyone is panicking like crazy. This is going to be a fashion bloodbath.

 

The Runway

 

The guest judge this week is Adam Lambert. Loved him on Idol, actually own his album, hope he doesn’t disappoint.

All Images from MyLifetime.com

 

Team Harmony

 

Anthony Ryan: This is fine. I think I’m going to really struggle critiquing menswear. Okay. So. The pants are fine, maybe a bit too Saturday Night Fever. They could have been better fitting, I think. I like the fabric he used for the shirt, but I don’t think the fringe on the back is all that well-done or even well thought out. I feel like the shirt could have used more interesting detailing on the front, as that is the side most frequently facing the audience. As seen above, the fringe doesn’t show at all from the front and the front is rather bland.

 

Anya: The pants look to be well made. They’re just jeans, though. The dashiki she made isn’t really doing anything for me. It’s too understated. I think my main problem is with the brown. It looks cheap, like $3.99 a yard poor-quality cotton solid. It is clear on the close-up that it is quite poorly made. Plus, it’s all wrinkly, and looks like a children’s theater Thanksgiving “Indian” costume. And the headband is not helping.

 

Laura Kathleen: The pants turned out pretty awesome. They appear to fit very well. I hate the tank top. It looks blood spattered, and not in a good way. It looks like he got into a barfight and it took a while to staunch the flow of his bloody nose. I do like the overshirt she made, I think it has that oddly effeminate quality that some bands rock. On this outfit, the fringe totally works (though once again invisible from the front.) And I like the scarf she added. This works for me.

 

Bert: Once again, I like the pants. I don’t think the purple-y tone is a problem at all. The shirt(s) though are terrible. The tie-dyeing makes it look like the guy has a bit ole’ sweaty beer belly with some Cheetos staining around the neck. Lead singers are supposed to look kind of scary/sexy, not like The Comic Book Guy. I can’t really say anything about the overshirt, as it is totally shapeless and ugly, like a smock. And don’t get me started on the styling on this guy. The Heidi/Pippi Longstocking look is just unfortunate to the nth degree.

 

Overall: Looks like The Sheepdogs are ready for a long night of That 70’s Show cosplay.

 

Team Untitled

 

Joshua: Too much look. I know stagewear is supposed to be over the top, but this is so complicated that I can’t tell where one part ends and another begins. The pants are fine. The shirt is fine. The vest would have been way better without the fringe. There’s just too much going on.

 

Kimberly: That shirt is so poorly made it is embarrassing. Everything about it is wrong. Bert was right on with his “Would you like a biscuit with that?” description. I just can’t. There are so many problems with this shirt. I think the buttons being all wonky is the worst bit, though. The pants look poorly made, too. In the closeups, I can see the fasteners and everything. Just sad.

 

Viktor: Nice. The pants are rockstar tight, though I could do without the half-assed distressing. His just stripping the fabric with an Xacto blade wasn’t enough. He needed to come up with some way to give them that worn look, otherwise they just look like he took a blade to the knees (which he did.) Perhaps he could have used a more distressed-looking denim to begin with. I think the shirt is cool enough, and the fact that he did a jacket at all when some other people could barely create a tunic and pants is amazing. I like the jacket, especially the way he wove the fringe to make a shoulder treatment. I could have done without the bandana, though. Still, this is pretty darn good, and I can tell a lot of work went into it.

 

Olivier: Not rockstar enough for my taste. The fabric for the shirt looks like French Revolution drapes. Good job, I guess, on matching up the pattern on the front. The pants function. It just doesn’t say rock and roll to me. It kind of doesn’t say much of anything to me at all. The most style this outfit has are the necklaces, which I think the performer brought on his own. This look just isn’t right for this challenge; surprise surprise coming from “can’t move one inch away from my aesthetic” Olivier.

 

Overall: The Sheepdogs are totally ready for their walk-on roles in yet another nostalgic Woodstock movie.

 

Let me just say overall that this was really terrible. Even the outfits I liked were totally dated. It was like all the designers decided they were making hippie Halloween costumes rather than pushing the envelope at all. It all felt completely cliched and boring. I know menswear is generally considered less fashion-conscious than womenswear, but that doesn’t give the designers an excuse to make poorly fitting, poorly made clothes that look like they came from a thrift store. The whole thing was almost uniformly bad.

 

My Top 3:

Viktor

Laura Kathleen

Anthony Ryan? I didn’t really have a third look I liked all that much

 

My Bottom 3:

Anya

Kimberly

Olivier

 

The Judges’ Top 3:

Viktor

Bert

Joshua

 

The Judges’ Bottom 3:

Oliver

Anya

Kimberly

 

Bert is in.

Viktor WINS (FINALLY! He’s deserved it the past two challenges as well. Yay Viktor!)

Laura is in.

Joshua is in.

Anthony Ryan is in.

Anya is in.

Kimberly is…in.

That means Oliver is out. It’s not unexpected to me. I think he was too delicate for this competition. He just kept trying to adjust the challenges to his aesthetic instead of using his aesthetic as a jumping off point for the challenges. Have fun designing for tiny waif-like boys.

Project Project Runway Challenge 8: Runway Show

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Where in the world did the week go?! I can’t believe it is Thursday again already.

This week for Project Project Runway, we had our significant others describe an outfit for a client—ourselves!

Joe got pretty into it this week. I caught him doing some research on the computer after I told him what the challenge was. So here are some of the descriptors he used:

  • She likes vintage style
  • But she also likes to be comfortable and casual
  • A kind of quirky color would be good so that it stands out
  • Maybe a dress with a pleated skirt

So I took his suggestions and came up with something that would address at least some of his ideas.

 

 

Of course, Gia is standing in for me on the runway this week.

I designed a dress that has a bit of a 1950’s style to it. I didn’t really like the idea of a pleated skirt, both because pleats at this size would be a huge headache, and also since I actually don’t really like pleats all that much. Instead I went for a half-circle skirt, as I prefer skirts that have a little bit of an a-line. I also went a bit shorter than a vintage garment would be to update the look a bit.

The fabric I used is a knit, as I do indeed like to be comfortable (I’m very much a t-shirt and jeans kind of person) and I have a dress made out of knit that I adore because I can just pop it on and feel both stylish and comfy. I chose a teal blue-green, as it is a color that I think accents my coloring well. And it is a bit of a “quirky” color for a dress, at least it isn’t a color you see all the time.

Of course, my dress had to have straps because I do not do strapless dresses, as I am constantly hitching them up, and I just hate the hassle. I also added a wide black belt, as I think it would help give the dress (and myself) some shape.

 

 

For accessories I went very simple—black platform pumps and a cool black and white zippered pouch, both from the Piperlime Wall. I like the platforms because they look like pumps, but have a more solid platform base, so hopefully I could actually walk around in them without my feet hurting too much.

Although the dress is for me, I think someone like Zooey Deschanel would totally rock this look. She’d probably add black tights to it, though.

Project Runway: Episode 8 Recap

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Thursday sneaked up on me this week. We’re having a blast of autumn-like weather. Perfect for curling up and watching over-the-top personalities make underwhelming clothes.

 

The Challenge

 

The designers won’t be working with their usual models this week. Commence flipping out in 3…2…1. A bunch of dudes come onto the runway. The Design-testants will be creating for the men’s wives and girlfriends. Oh no, an average-sized bodies challenge. Who will whine about their model being too big first? The designers do have to work with the dudes, though, to create the looks. Oh this should be fun.

 

The Workroom

 

The designers meet with the guys to try to get an idea as to what their significant others might want made for them. Then the dudes actually get to go to Mood with the designers. I think this is a real test as to how the designers are able to position themselves as experts and assert their points of view while also making their clients happy. So far they seem to be doing fairly well.

Looks like Olivier wins the prize for being the first to whine about working with a woman who has a more average body type. He can’t handle that she has boobs. Ah yes, ladies’ bodies getting in the way of FASHION.

The husbands and boyfriends of the clients are still in the workroom. It’s weird. I think it would be way easier for the designers if they had time to just put their heads down. Of course, we are talking about Project Runway here. When do the designers ever get a chance to just work sans other people?

The ladies come in, and most seem pretty positive. Looks like the dudes did a pretty bang up job describing their partners and their partner’s likes and dislikes. Way to go dudes!

The next day, the ladies and their dudes are still in the workroom. Frankly, I have no idea how any of the designers are getting any work done.

I’m actually kind of liking this episode. It is really more about how the designers are able to deal with the challenge than deal with one another. Yay for minimal interpersonal drama! I’m sure we can’t have that and we’ll be back to the energy-sapping drama and fights next week.

 

The Runway

 

The guest judge this week is Malin Akerman. Wait, why is she there? I mean, she’s an okay actress and all, but I don’t think of her as being especially fashion-y. Their guest judges this season are kind of…uninteresting? Inexpert? The only judge I’ve really liked this season was Kenneth Cole.

All images from myLifetime.com

 

Laura Kathleen: Meh. I don’t like this dress much at all. The multi-length hem is odd. The top looks overworked, very much in that “David’s Bridal mother-of-the-bride” style. The shoulder piece (strap?) seems to serve no real function, and I find myself wondering if it is meant to be off-the-shoulder like that. (Note: It was even further down during the actual show.) I’m also just not a big fan on the choice of fabric. The color is fine and I’m glad Laura Kathleen steered the client’s husband away from his initial choices of hot pink and purple. But the shininess of the fabric makes it look quite cheap. I just don’t see a lot of design in this dress. It really looks like a “gown” from the mall.

 

Anthony Ryan: Love this. Would totally wear this. Yes it is simple. Yes, the color combination might read a little bit Disney, but it is very, very cute and the client looked absolutely thrilled with what he produced. And it was a very flattering shape on her. When can I buy it?

 

Bert: Another client who looks really pleased with the result. I think he did a relatively good job on it. The client is certainly a bit busty, and it looks revealing without being over-the-top. I am happy he went with a print, but I don’t really like the fabric. It is very shiny, and shiny highlights everything. Also there are some fit issues in the tummy area that really don’t flatter the client’s curves as well as they should. Still, the dress is fine. Not terrible, just fine.

 

Joshua: Super simple, but super chic and super flattering. It has a classic, retro feel to it á la Audrey Hepburn. I love the shape of it, and I think the little lace at the neck and on the back is gorgeous. Another dress that I would totally buy. He may be the biggest jerk on the show, but I can’t help myself loving his clothes.

 

Bryce: I kind of wish he had gone with his first instinct and had not done the whole dress in that pink. It’s just…too much. The dress fits his client terribly and there seems to be some effort to hide poor sewing by cinching it with the belt from the Piperlime wall. I think this looks way worse in the above photo than it did on the runway, but it was still clearly a poorly sewn dress. I think the ultra-low pockets at the front look like an artist’s smock. Overall, I don’t see a whole lot of thought that went into this look. It looks very off-the-rack and not tailored to her body at all.

 

Kimberly: This actually turned out pretty cool. I had my doubts in the workroom, but on the runway, this actually worked quite well. The top is really cool and looks great on the client. The skirt isn’t right for the client, though. The shape of the skirt combined with the shininess of the fabric makes it a bit unflattering. It pulls a bit in the front. I am starting to doubt Kimberly’s ability to make a cute, well-fitting skirt. This one is bad in ways both similar and different to last week’s skirt. But the client totally worked it.

 

Olivier: Okay, I am officially over him. I feel like we’ve seen this exact outfit before from him. The pants are straight out of last week, and the shape of the top is totally from the week before that. I am getting tired of his porridge-y color palette and his pleated, tucked garments. I know he doesn’t like designing out of his aesthetic, but it makes me wonder why he did this show. I feel like we are getting the exact same things from him week after week. And though I know he wanted to stay true to himself, I think he left his client really unhappy with the result. And it doesn’t really flatter her at all. The bust area is crazy. He needed to be able to adapt his aesthetic to the wants of the client, and in that, he totally failed.

 

Anya: I’m not sure this flatters the client all that well, she looks a bit broad-shouldered in it. I’m glad Anya was able to get the look constructed properly. That being said, I think this look is kind of mediocre. I really don’t like the sleeve, it seems simultaneously too big and too tight. I think sleeveless would have been a prettier overall garment. I see a lot of Anya in this look, and it makes me wonder how much of this style is shared by the client. I must say that the varying hemline is one of the prettier ones I’ve seen. I’m generally not a fan of multi-length hems, but this one looks nice. It does look a lot like what Miss Japan wore at the Miss Universe contest this year, though. See?

 

Viktor: Another outfit I straight-up want to own. This is so cool and pretty and I want it. I love that he used color, and I love the colors he chose. The shirt is impeccably made and gorgeous. The skirt is perfectly tailored. This look is both wearable and looks runway-appropriate. I seriously love this look. I wonder if I can recreate it with pieces that fit my budget…

 

My Top 3:

Viktor

Anthony Ryan

Joshua

(Yep, I put the clothes I want to wear on the top. Because I want to wear them!)

 

My Bottom 3:

Olivier

Bryce

Laura Kathleen

 

The Judges Top 3:

Viktor

Anya

Joshua

 

The Judges Bottom 3:

Bert

Bryce

Anthony Ryan (Whaaa?!)

 

 

Anya is in.

Joshua is the winner. Dude is going to be totally insufferable now.

Viktor is in.

Bert is in.

Bryce is…out.

That means Anthony Ryan is in. Oh thank goodness! He’s the last person standing who I am actually rooting for.

I think it was time for Bryce to go. I don’t think his dress was especially egregious, but he just never created anything that totally wowed me. He seems like a nice guy, though, so I am a little sorry to see him go.

Project Project Runway Challenge 7: Runway Show

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Once again I am thanking my lucky stars that I didn’t have to work with other people this week! I think I learned this week that creating a cohesive collection is hard enough with just one person; I cannot even fathom how hard it is to create a unified collection with five people who all have a stake in the race!

To give an overall recap, this week the designers were to work in teams of five, create a concept for a mini-collection, design textiles, pick the best three, and create five looks, three of which had to include the designed textiles. What a huge amount of work!

To translate this to Project Project Runway, I created three textiles, designed five looks, and produced one.

The concept for my collection this week was a bit esoteric. My jumping off point was the shapes of ancient Roman technologies. As I was thinking about it, a lot of ancient Roman technologies have a graphic quality to them. Think columns, arches, opus sectile mosaics, and amphorae that fit together for shipping. With that as my inspiration, I created three patterns for fabric. The colors in the textile designs are actually based on ancient Roman pigments. The cool thing I found is that when these ancient shapes and colors are simplified, they look really modern or mod. So, the shapes of my garment are a little bit mod-inspired. See? Kind of esoteric.

 

 

So the garment I chose to produce this week is based on the idea of a Roman fluted column. I wanted the dress to be very long, narrow, and sleek. I created the textile pattern by hand and printed it onto inkjet printer-ready fabric. I’m very pleased with how the fabric turned out.

 

 

This is the overall collection board. Along the left-hand side are swatches of the three textiles I created. Surrounding my produced garment are sketches of the other four looks that would be in this collection. For full disclosure, I used croquis from DesignersNexus as the starting point. I can draw clothes, but I am terrible at figure drawing!

 

 

For styling the look, I really wanted to revisit the initial inspiration of ancient Roman technology. So I chose an ancient-looking statement necklace and a gladiator-like platform sandal from the Piperlime Wall to complete the look. I don’t think the accessories are overly literal, as I think my garment stands on its own even without the explanation of the inspiration.

For hair, I think long and sleek is the way to go. For makeup, I think a kohl-rimmed eye would look nice with a subtle pink lip. Who would wear this? Someone who isn’t afraid of color or pattern on the red carpet. Maybe someone like Sarah Jessica Parker? (Of course she’d have to add some crazy accessories to make it her own.)

Project Runway: Episode 7 Recap

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It’s Thursday again. Time for another hour and a half of egocentric drama queens.

 

The Challenge

 

Another team challenge; two teams of five and nobody will be team leader. It’s going to get Lord of the Flies up in here.

Teams are:

Anthony Ryan, Anya, Viktor, Olivier, and Bryce

Joshua, Laura Kathleen, Kimberly, Becky, and Bert.

Oh my…this should be good. Joshua, Becky AND Bert on the same team. This might as well be Project Runway: Battle Royale.

All designers are to create a textile from which each team will choose three to produce. Each team is to create a five look collection with at least three of the looks must contain the designer-created textiles in a prominent fashion. In addition, they also have to shoot background video and pick the music for their mini fashion show. That’s a ton of work!

 

The Work Room

 

Betsey Johnson shows up to help mentor. Wow. That’s actually pretty cool. From the editing, though, we don’t actually get to see much of what she has to say.

As predicted, Team One is doing okay and cohesive. Their concept seems to be Rorschach tests. Team Two seems to have nothing that makes sense together. I hear Village People, ocean, and clocks thrown out there. I hope they are able to narrow it down a bit from there, ‘cause that’s crazyness. The teams give themselves names. What I have been calling Team One is now “Team Chaos.” Team Two is now “Team Nuts and Bolts.” Clever namers, these folks are not.

Things start already start blowing up for Team Nuts and Bolts (Ugh, I hate typing that.) Poor Kimberly, she is so drama-free.

Team Chaos goes to Times Square to record the busyness for their video. Team Nuts and Bolts decides they want to tell a story with their video, and record Laura Kathleen hopping in and out of cabs in different pairs of shoes, and plan to intercut these scenes with pictures of clocks. I personally don’t think either concept is that great. Both may be too much going on in the background and remove the focus from their garments. When they get back to the workroom, Anya has the idea to mirror the video, which I think is a brilliant idea in that it abstracts the action to allow the clothes to be front and center. But of course, we’ll just have to see.

The next day, the teams get their printed textiles. Josh did a grafitti print. I feel like we see this every year. And it is always a ripoff of Louis Vuitton, so that annoys me. Team Chaos’s prints all seem to be around the same scale, which I think is a mistake on their parts. More scale variety would give the looks more interest.

Team Challenge drama, drama, and more drama. Frankly, it hurts my brain and I don’t want to think about it. So just know there is a ton of arguing, back-biting, etc. These team challenges are just sapping the energy from me. This show is just becoming exhausting rather than entertaining, and it makes me sad.

 

The Runway

 

Rachel Roy and actress Rose Byrne are the guest judges. Rachel Roy is fine, whatever. No clue who Rose Byrne is, though. Why the heck isn’t Betsey Johnson judging?!

All Images from myLifetime.com

 

Team Nuts and Bolts

 

Joshua: If this is the first look which sets the tone for the whole show, this is looking to be the bloodbath I predicted. The pants are not at all modern in fit, they look very “Mom jeans” due to the fullness in the hips and taper in the legs, and they don’t really even work “ironically”. He used the cog print as pockets or hip accents or something, and it just feels very much like kids clothes in the juxtaposotion of the prints. I actually was really interested in his structured cog-like jacket on the mannequin in the workroom, but by opening it out like he did, the detailing was lost and it just looks strange. The shirt seems very last minute. When the model turns around we find that the jacket has flaps in the back revealing more print underneath. It is just too overdesigned at that point. Had it been just the crisp, graphic jacket I had initially thought it to be, it could have been cool, but as it is, it is like student work.

 

Becky: Basic. Looks like you could buy these pieces at Kohls. Not one of the three pieces has anything interesting about it in shape, color or print. She went with the grafitti print skirt, which was the best choice due to the scale of the print, but it is just so uninteresting. The shirt is boring, although I do actually like the acid yellow green. I’m pretty sure it is all topped off with a jacket, but it seriously looks like one of the cardigans I have in my closet. I just don’t see very much innovation or even fashion in this look. The jacket has elbow slits in the sleeves which could have worked, but as designed, the elbow slits are at the exact same level as where the jacket ends and so it just looks weird. Had the jacket been a little bit longer or a little bit shorter it could have been more successful, but as-is, they just fall at the wrong place and look strange.

 

Bert: I kind of don’t like much about this dres. The top seems to fit the model poorly, having volume where there should be none. I find the zipper to be an extraneous element that doesn’t really add anything. And I find the length of the dress very unflattering. And if it is unflattering on a six-foot-tall model, it was probably not well-thought out. I also don’t think this was the best use for this particular textile.

 

Kimberly: I think she copped out by not using any of the prints in this look. Once again, I find that the outfit looks cheap. I just don’t see a lot of effort in this look. The top is nothing special (seriously, what is with this show and its terrible tops?) I do think the shape of the skirt is a bit interesting, albeit short, but I don’t really like the textile she chose. Especially with the shape of the skirt. Jiffy Pop anyone? I think the direction she went with the cog-inspired belt has some interest, and she does get points for having more than a single color in her look. It’s fine.

 

Laura Kathleen: I have seriously had it with jumpsuits. Seriously. They are ugly. There. I said it. And this jumpsuit is no different. She looks like Violet Beauregard when she first starts turning into a blueberry. Too. Much. Blue. I don’t think this looks expensive, I think it looks cheap, like it is from a sketchy store at the mall that you’ve never heard of before that has a name like “Strawberries” or “Star.” It’s cheap-looking club wear. The belt is way too low on the hips, it just looks really strange. It is also clearly a last-second addition because they needed to have more print fabric up there. Speaking of, I didn’t see any of the numbers print anywhere on this runway.

 

Team Chaos

 

Anya: How many times this season have we seen this same shape of dress. It’s fine, it’s chic, it’s just really boring. I do like what she was able to do with the print in that it is expertly matched at the seams. And it is a cute look, don’t get me wrong. I just find it very safe; not pushing the envelope at all. Take away the print, and you’d have a very basic cocktail dress. That being said, it looks to be very well-made and perfectly tailored, and I have to give Anya props for doing something so far out of her comfort zone. It’s cute, but it isn’t the bang that ought to start the runway show.

 

Bryce: I really dont have much to say about this look, honestly. The shirt is boring, but fine (I guess it avoids being a complete snooze-fest because it is such a bold color.) The shorts are not that great. The fit seems a bit off in the front and I don’t like what the pattern is doing down the front. It’s kind of a throwaway to me overall.

 

Anthony Ryan: This look doesn’t really do much for me. I like the top, in that it actually looks like it was designed and not thrown together in about 15 minutes. I find the length and shape of the skirt in combination kind of ugly, though. The whole look just reads quite dowdy to me. As a note, I am thinking this whole collection has very little to do with “chaos” or anything like it. Everything thus far, and expecially this look are just too perfectly crisp and put together. It is like the team’s inspiration stopped once they created the inkblot prints. But on the plus side, this also looks well made.

 

Olivier: Those shoes do not go with that outfit! That inch of skin between the slightly short pants and the slightly tall shoes is making me crazy! That being said, let’s move on to the actual clothes. I’m so not a fan of the shape of the pants. I feel tapered legs like that should be put in retirement for at least another ten years. Though similar, they are better than Joshua’s pants. I begrudgingly have to say they look well-made, though. The jacket also looks beautifully tailored, but I am not loving the shape of it. I think the peplum at the bottom is just not all that flattering. I can tell a lot of work went into the jacket, but I am just not loving it as much as I want to. The leather(?) lapels are cool, though.

 

Viktor: This may be my favorite look of the night. I love the handmade inkblots on the bodice, and I think he was very smart to allow the inkblots to take center stage, keeping the other textiles in black. The dress is exceedingly simple, but it is beautifully made, and is definitely eye-catching. I’m not totally sold on the illusion netting at the neckline, though. I think it brings the garment a bit down-market. I like the shape it gives, just not the choice of textiles. Overall though, It is very chic.

 

My top 3 (In no order):

Viktor

Anya

Kimberly? (I guess I didn’t really have a Top 3)

 

My Bottom 3 (in no order):

Laura Kathleen

Bert

Becky

(Sorry Team Nuts and Bolts)

 

The Judges’ Top:

Clearly, Team Chaos is the winning team

 

The Judges’ Bottom:

Team Nuts and Bolts (who’da thunk it?)

 

Anya wins (That kind of came out of nowhere. Based on the judging I thought for sure it would be Viktor or Olivier.)

The rest of Team Chaos is in.

Onto Team Nuts and Bolts. Who’s going to go home?

Laura Kathleen is in.

Kimberly is is.

Bert is in.

Becky is…out.

That means Joshua is in. He’s much more of a “character.” And Becky just seemed completely beaten down by the competition. So it may all be for the best for her.