Friday, February 15, 2008

Project Showdown

So...the last Project Runway decided who would be showing a collection at Fashion Week in Bryant Park and who was going home. When you look at the clothes, it's kind of a no-brainer. Well, kind of. Let's discuss... This magnificent piece of hot haute couture is Chris's. I don't care that it's reminiscent of the challenge he did with Christian (remember the dress with the big single stand-up shoulder?) - this is a winner, hands down. It's a dress to be photographed in, a dress to display in a museum, it's a fabulous, fabulous concoction and I adore it. I can't wait to see Chris's collection. Rock it out, Chris!
Remember how I said Christian's stuff looked derivative of Vivianne Westwood and Alexander McQueen? Well, lo and behold he revealed in this week's episode that he'd worked for both those designers while living in London. Points for me, people! Again, this outfit is typically Christian. Super structured, over designed, blah, blah, blah. Yes, he can design. That doesn't stop me from being over him. Moving on...
Rami, Rami, Rami. You don't get it, do you, my poor little Israeli boy? I love you and your designs, but woman cannot live by draping alone. The judges told Rami repeatedly to show them something different, but he didn't. Granted, draping is his super power, but can he do anything else? Maybe, but we've yet to see it. I guess we'll see in Bryant Park, hmm?
Sweet Sweet Pea. The judges were right on when they said you understand how to design functional, workable, wearable clothes. What you don't seem to grasp is the fantasy aspect of design. Look at this outfit in comparison to the others. It just doesn't carry the same wow factor does it? And unfortunately, this dress sent Sweet Pea home. I still think she's got a fabulous career ahead of her making women's dresses.
Lastly, we have Jillian, our Lady of the Perpetual Coat. She does jackets/coats extremely well and unlike Rami's draping, the judges don't seem to be tired of seeing them. I guess we know what she'll be sending down the runway at Bryant Park. The lining inside this coat matched the gold dress - I think that bit of unexpected pop got her the nod.

All in all, it was a bit of a surprise that the judges tied over Rami and Chris and therefore decided to send both to the finals. This means there will be four designers showing - a Project Runway first. I know, I'm all a twitter too. Whatever happens, I would love to own something made by Chris. He's my kind of designer. Campy, over the top, but able to create amazing one-of-a-kind outfits that stand out in a crowd.

Can't wait to see the collections! Make it work!


  1. I lovingly refer to this week's show as Project Foulplay. How they could justify keeping Rami after he repeatedly ignored their pleas to stop draping already! Damn boy. You can do a toga. We get it.

    Chris should've won. I think they were punishing him for finishing early and taking a nap.

  2. Mel, I couldn't agree with you more. When they said Chris was in, I was like, "good choice!" Then Rami got picked too and it felt like a big cop-out.

    IMO, Chris is a much more exciting designer.

  3. I guess I just don't get high fashion, but that outfit of Christian's was the ugliest thing I'd ever seen. Chris should've won.
    If you remember, though, they did this same kind of cop-out last year, too.

  4. I totally agree with both of you. I called a flag in the play too. Chris was so much better than Rami in at least the last two challenges. Rami should have been out for draping that wrestler's outfit. Who does that? Oh, Rami that's who.

  5. I didn't like anything from here. What was the challenge again? Couture? It looks like sewing blidnly cloth together so that it can be worn. Just ugly.

  6. They must think it ups the suspense, or something. When really, it's just annoying.

    Not that I watch the show, but you all seem pretty hacked off!