“It’s My Way on the Runway”
Challenge: In two teams, design a mini collection for a woman at work to be photographed for a spread in ‘Marie Claire @ Work.’
The designers are split into two teams: Team 6 and Team 5, producing 6 and 5 garments respectively. Another team challenge leads inevitably to more drama. Elena shows just how much of a bitch she can be, Gunnar is ignored and turned into a ‘tailor’ and Raoul spends so much time worrying about being in the bottom, that he ends up in the bottom.
Honestly, the most notable thing about this episode was Elena’s insane behavior. Dmitry called it her ‘work ethic’ but what he meant is that she basically has no respect for any one else – whether its their opinion, aesthetic or shared workspace. She curses and yells and does not seem to understand just how rude it is to impose your angry working style onto others forced to share the room with you.
- “Its pink its so cliché”
- “I think its very tacky”
- “This is fucking stupid”
- “This is so fucking ugly”
- “Fuck, this is so not me”
- “We all hate the navy blue you have”
- “Fuck off. Stupid.”
- “Eddie Munster, the vest he made, is shit.”
- “That looks bad.”
- “That curtain is hideous”
- “She looks like she is taking a shit.”
- “Don’t fucking talk to me like that!”
I would have tried to provoke some of that from her on the runway so the judges could see for themselves how rude she was.
In a PR first, it was a tie between the two teams – usually there is a clear top and a clear bottom but obviously each collection had strengths and weaknesses. As evidenced by the fact that the winner and the auf-ee both came from the same team.
WINNER: Melissa (although it is laughable to me that anyone could consider this to be ‘work appropriate’
My favorite line (and design) of the episode: “Ven is a one way monkey.” Oh Dmitry, you are awesome both in your designs and your comments.
“Women on the Go”
The morning is full of drama as the news of Andrea’s departure makes its way around the room. But it’s another day, another vague challenge. After meeting with Michael Kors, the designers have 1 day to design an all day look for a ‘Woman on the Go.’ Versatility, sophistication, easiness – your own aesthetic for ‘your’ woman.
The designers are all very critical of Andrea – unprofessional, cowardly, treating this like a joke, disrespectful of the opportunity etc. I totally agree that sneaking out in the middle of the night is odd, but on the other hand on some level I can understand wanting to leave. There is really no way to know what its going to be like to be in a competition like this, followed around by cameras everywhere you go, no down time, no privacy.. and then to be embarrassed like she was during elimination – I can imagine that leaving seems like the easiest way out of something that you really didn’t comprehend how hard it was going to be.
Now, like I said, I would prepare myself as best as I could if I was going to be on a show like this, but some people…I guess they think they know what to expect, or that they’ll be able to handle anything no matter what it is… and sometimes people are surprised by their own limits. Like Kooan, for example, he realized that this type of competition was not for him, not the way he wanted to move forward in his evolution as a designer. And I can respect that.
Anyways, after the bomb drop of losing two designers, they bring back Raoul to make everyone feel better and the challenge really gets underway. Buffi struggles and Christopher tries to nudge her away from doing something that will get her eliminated…but she reacts kind of badly to it. She would ‘rather go out on something she believes in’ and unfortunately…she does.
Personally I think that if you have someone eliminated who is brought back and then immediately ends up in the bottom again, that person is probably supposed to be out of the competition and should be eliminated again. I get the feeling sometimes that the producers don’t want to do that “you’re out, no wait you’re in, nope sorry you’re out again!” in one episode even though they probably should. So Raoul stays another week and Buffi goes home.
Guest Judge: Hayden Panettiere
Episode 3: Welcome Back (or not) to the Runway
Challenge: The designers work in teams of two to design an Emmy’s dress for a former Project Runway contestant*.
(*After this episode aired I was really concerned that the entire season was going to be one big incestuous Project Runway lovefest where every challenge had to revolve somehow around the ‘history’ of PR and its ‘legacy.’ Thank goodness it was not the case. As a viewer I am not interested in them just rehashing old territory over and over again.)
The teams and their clients:
- Christopher & Andrea designing for Anya
- Buffi & Elena designing for Laura
- Sonjia & Nathan designing for Valerie
- Ven & Fabio designing for Kenley
- Gunnar & Kooan designing for Irena
- Dmitry & Melissa designing for April
- Raoul and Alicia designing for Mila
Now I’ve said this before… but if I was going to go on a reality TV show, I would literally do everything in my power to learn everything I could about it – watch all the previous seasons, read about the designers, and even check out the alums blogs (if they have them) to see what their experience was and what they’ve done after the show. So I am always surprised when the designers complain about having to design certain types of garments, work in teams, and work with clients, as if they don’t know anything about the show. “I hate evening wear” and “I don’t do gowns” are just, in my opinion, RIDICULOUS statements to make if you are a contestant on Project Runway. If you’ve watched even ONE season you know there is always a red carpet challenge and often there is more than one. Some designers can get through the entire competition making nothing but dresses! If you can’t sew a dress then you probably shouldn’t be on the show.
Anyways, as with every single episode of Project Runway in which there are teams, there is drama. At first, everyone is ok, tiptoeing around and being respectful but as soon as the time starts to crunch or there is a disagreement between the designers or a designer starts carrying the team.. that’s when the swearing, tears and arguments start. I really respected Christopher’s attitude going into the challenge about being paired with Andrea. I mean, her designs are definitely a bit odd – and not really the same aesthetic as his, so I could see there being some potential tensions – but he looked at it like, “I can learn so much from this woman – she’s being working in this industry forever, she’s a teacher – what a great opportunity.” Unfortunately she failed to live up to that potential. Even though I know the events were edited, I’m still shocked at how things developed. After incorrectly cutting the skirt, re-sewing it, and all the while being very la-dee-da about the time limits and the amount of work left to do, I would be pretty peeved at my team-mate as well. And then when she said she’d almost be relieved to go home and then took it back and said she didn’t say that on the runway – I could feel Christopher’s frustration through the screen. Whenever someone says they didn’t say or do something they did do, its stressful and to be put on the spot defending yourself and it basically being your word against theirs – I felt for him.
Guest Judge : Krysten Ritter (who has never been to the Emmys – wtf!)
- Laura – a bit bedroom nightgown-y
- Anya – bad slit, awkward construction, makes her look bigger
- Kenley – cute…love the texture on the top, good proportions, is it evening though?
- April – waistline is a bit weird, back is nice, cool fabric
- Mila – kind of a nothing design
- Irena – dramatic look, but the details were shoddy
- Valerie – fun and flirty, looks very professional and red carpet, but seen it before.
And in the middle of the night.. Andrea disappeared!
Episode 1 & 2
Hello hello! Its been awhile. Apparently for all of us – 10 seasons!
I’m going to do a catch up post here and then attempt to recap regularly for this season. Last season I was so frustrated with the contestants and challenges that this ended up becoming an arduous, thankless task and I quickly abandoned it. This time I am hoping there are enough really talented people and interesting challenges to keep me going. I make no promises though.
The 16 contestants and my take on them:
Beatrice Guapo: Knit wear people just never do well on a SEWING show – they just work in a material that is not conducive to the time constraints. Her work is pretty subtle and with these other designers in the room, I don’t think she will last long.
Lantie Foster: Her “I re-purpose vintage clothes and make them new” aesthetic worried me as soon as I heard it. She has not convinced me otherwise in the challenges.
Alicia Hardesty: I like her tomboy aesthetic but I foresee problems when it comes time to dress celebrities or do evening wear – she can’t send Natalie Portman out to a premiere wearing a boxy, dropped-crotch coverall.
Andrea Katz: She seems quirky and cool – but I don’t love what I’ve seen of her silhouettes so far. She could be a Mila – too stuck in her own aesthetic to truly adapt to the challenges, but still producing some really memorable pieces.
Buffi Jashanmal: Nope. I just don’t get it. She’s hilarious and I want to be her friend like, yesterday – but her clothes are pretty hideous.
Christopher Palu: TLo have nicknamed him “Costello-lite” and now I can’t see anything else. I will be interested to see what he does, if he and Gunnar can keep their claws sheathed long enough to make some fucking clothes.
Dmitry Sholokhov: reminds me a bit of Malan, but a LOT more confident. Malan had a fragility to him that this guy doesn’t. I like his clothes – we’ll see if he can rise above the category of elegant/pretty though.
Elena Slivnyak: I am already obsessed with her clothes! Those portfolio images they kept showing were works of art. Cra-mazing! Her avant garde thing might not work for every challenge so I can see her being eliminated before final 3, but not until after producing some kick ass garments.
Fabio Costa: I was apprehensive about his ‘freegan’ thing – I thought “Oh no, an arrogant self-important hippy, GREAT.” but he has actually appeared to be more friendly and down to earth than I originally anticipated, and his clothes are beautiful, no doubt.
Gunnar Deatherage: WTF. Go Home Already.
Kooan Kosuke: What a hilarious little character. And I mean every word of that. He is definitely a CHARACTER – like out of a video game or something. I like his quirk – adds something fun to every challenge…we’ll see if he lasts though.
Melissa Fleis: Goth Girl. Yawn. or.. maybe not? I wasn’t all that impressed with her initially but one thing I have since noticed is that although she is doing the leather thing – its soft and still kind of feminine and organic..which I can appreciate. If she makes anything that is not black though, I’ll be surprised.
Nathan Paul: I’ve kind of forgotten about him already. Not a good sign.
Raul Osorio: I can relate to his ‘I just got out of a relationship that consumed me’ story but I’m not sure I know what his aesthetic is yet.
Sonjia Williams: Middle of the road for me.. we’ll see what she makes on the show. PS. The shark jellies were awesome.
Ven Budhu: Cross between Burt and Laura. I like his glamour – will be interesting to see how he copes with unconventional challenges.
So far I have completely agreed with both eliminations. In fact, I thought they maybe could have been reversed but the outcome would probably still have been the same. Beatrice seemed SUPER in over her head and Lantie had taste issues. So does Buffi, but her time will come.
I’ve also generally agreed with the top 3/winners in both challenges. That dress by Christopher was beautiful, even though the companion piece wasn’t, and Ven was very smart about his approach to the candy dress. I thought Sonjia should have won but at least she was recognized for her ingenuity.
What I CANNOT STAND is Gunnar. I don’t even care about his clothes. I’m not even looking at them.. and if I am, all I am seeing is the ugly little troll who made them. He needs a good smack and a harsh harsh crit from the judges and then elimination. He is equal parts totally fake and a total dick. Go home.
See you next ep – where Project Runway appears to be getting all incestuous for its 10 yYear Anniversary season by re-hashing some old designers from past seasons yet AGAIN. They do remember that they just did an All Stars season right? Le Sigh.