We’re really narrowing down the contestant pool now. I’m still kind of grouchy about Mila’s elimination last week. The more I’ve thought about it, the more sure I am that it was a really craptacular elimination. I certainly wasn’t rooting for Mila to win, but there is no way her dress last week was the worst of the bunch or deserved to get her eliminated. I just really don’t understand that judging decision. I’ve felt otherwise that this season has been a return to form for the show, but now I’m a bit afraid that we’re suddenly going to be once again thrust into a producer manipulated program in which judging decisions seem to come from the shadowy producers rather than the judges themselves (or the judges just make incomprehensible decisions) and someone is going to win for storytelling reasons rather than quality output like in the past couple of seasons. I’m not saying that this is going to happen, it’s just that last episode’s elimination left a bad taste in my mouth. It has kind of shaken me out of my complacency with this show; I am now going to look on it with a bit more suspicion as I have the last couple of seasons and prepare myself for possible disappointment. Over the years I have fallen in and out of love with this show fairly often, but a three season run of undeserved wins may land me firmly in the “out of love” camp and I may be ready to move on. Would I still watch the show? Probably. But it would be the kind of angry, caustic viewing, like Joe does for American Idol over at The Ruined Auditorium and I’m not sure I would continue blogging about the show. That Jessica Simpson fashion program is coming out soon, right?
But anyway, onto the show.
For this challenge, the runway will be lit with black lights, and the avant-garde garments they create will be made using vaguely described “lighting technology” that lights up or fluoresces or glows in the dark? All of the above, apparently.
The guest judge this week is the awesome Pharrell Williams. Love that guy!
All runway images from the Project Runway All Stars section of MyLifetime.com
Mondo: I’m not going to lie, when this stepped out on the runway I giggled and blurted out “pointy boobs.” It’s hilarious. Intentional? Not intentional? Hilarious nonetheless. I do like the use of the tech, the stripes are pretty cool and I suppose they succeed in highlighting the exaggerated shape of the dress. The styling is total crap, the whole headpiece needs to be taken outside and set alight. Do I love the look? No. Do I hate it? No. It’s goofy, but fine.
Jerell: Okay, I can actually kind of see the “African tribal” inspiration he had for this look. (You know, Jerell resorts a lot to describing his clothing as “tribal” and “ethnic” but he rarely specifies which tribe or which ethnicity he is referencing. It makes me wonder why he uses these references so often if he is not personally invested in even delineating between different tribes or ethnic groups. Maybe he is more specific in his cultural touch points, but he’s bad at explaining them, or his more specific descriptions are edited down. But I do get a huge sense of cultural appropriation from him that bothers me quite a bit.) But anyway, as per usual, dude could not get this look edited down to make it look good. Minus the vertical fiber optics at the waist and the fascinator, this actually could have been close to right-on for me. I actually love the collar that he made, and the shape of the peplum is cool. It does seem to be riding a bit low on the model’s waist; I want to hitch it up about an inch. It is certainly not the worst thing Jerell has ever made.
Kenley: I know it’s her usual silhouette, etc. but this is really cool. I love the plaid she made; it fluoresces in a really cool way. The jacket is interesting in the way it glows under the black light, but I think the small “fairy lights” are a bit lost. The wig, though interesting, was kind of a poor choice. I’m actually wondering if the designers were required to use some sort of head covering as all three designers thus far have plopped something on their models’ heads. My biggest concern with this look, though, is whether it fits the avant-garde requirement of the challenge. The cage-like jacket is interesting, but the dress is so standard that I’m not sure it fulfills the challenge. We’ll see.
Austin: Has Austin designed for drag acts before? Because this is a total drag act costume. I see a pretty big disconnect here between his inspiration and actually bringing that to fruition. This look had a good idea, but the execution just looks really sloppy. The lights aren’t artfully placed at all. It looks like he started out strong in the headpiece and bodice but ran out of them by the time he got to most of the skirt. The tulle seems really thrown on as well, not polished at all. I find myself wonder what he did with all of his workroom time. The previous looks haven’t been perfect, but have looked a lot more finished and finessed than this one. Not good work again this week.
Michael: Well, it is a bit of a different look than what he usually does. Though my first impression is that Michael has used that boned hoop technique before this season: in the Miss Piggy challenge (which he won.) I criticize Kenley for returning to the same shapes over and over, so I have to point out Michael doing the same. Other than the shoulder treatment, this is not all that exciting to me. The lines he applied with the tape are basically seam lines, and that seems like a cop-out to me. I don’t know, it just kind of seems like he made an outfit and then affixed glow-in-the-dark tape to it. The tape on the footwear looks sloppily done, too. Joe says this looks like Scorpion from Mortal Kombat, and I have to agree.
My Rankings from top look to bottom look (though I really didn’t love anything this week):
The Judges’ top and bottom:
Austin: top? (Joe has started his “Chosen One” chant)
Mondo is safe
Kenley and Austin are in the top.
The winner is…Austin. What. Ever. Should have gone home last week and shouldn’t have won this week.
That means Kenley is in.
Michael and Jerell are in the bottom.
Which means Michael is in.
Bye Jerell. Once again someone who I haven’t been rooting for is eliminated when they make something I actually kind of like. His aesthetic certainly hasn’t been my cup of tea, but this really wasn’t that bad, and I don’t think Jerell should have been sent home for this look.
See? More evidence of this show heading a certain direction; a direction I don’t like one little bit.