Project Runway: Garden Party Competition
For this week's competition, the designers were given a $100 and a hour in the Flower District to buy enough plants to design a dress composed of flowers and plants. Weird. They never really explained why this is a challenge, but it was a challenge last year and it's a reality show on Bravo, so just go with it. But there was a special twist this week (like always). The person who won this week's challenge would be given immunity on next week's challenge. I sooooooo wanted Santino to win this one. Not because I wanted him to win persay, but because he promised that with immunity he would go buck wild on his design next week. A total FU to the judging panel. It would have been awesome, but alas...he didn't win.
Daniel won! And he did deserve it. That makes win #4 for Daniel. Who knew that he was going to be such a designing titan? Not me. I figured he would be "out" by week 3. Don't get me wrong, I knew he could design, but I didn't peg him going this far. Speaking of "outing," Daniel spoke about how he just came out to his parents a year ago. Apparently, he was raised in a very religious home and coming out was a big obstacle for him. Sigh. He's gay. I suspected it, but secretly hoped he wasn't. No make-out session for me and Daniel, but he can design me a garden party dress. His design was mostly made out of ferns and featured a purple orchid top, with a lattice mid-section. I thought it was spectacular.
Chloe was a close second with this simple, but time consuming number. She took holly leaves and glued them on one-by-one. She almost didn't finish. I actually didn't really like this dress too much and I hated the swimming cap, but I understand why she was a runner-up. That did take a lot of work and patience. About half-way through the show, I thought it was going to be Chloe who was going to be out.
But it was Andrae who got the boot this week with this moss-covered dress. I actually thought his dress was sorta cute. Kors said it looked like a door mat. It was basic (and door mat-ish), but I think that was the point. In fact, I think that all the designs this week were really good and creative. We are really getting down to some talent here. And it sorta pissed me off that the judges were sooooooo upset that the designers didn't use more flowers. First off, they only had a $100, so they obviously can't afford to buy bushels of roses. Hell, they barely could afford enough leaves to make a dress (i.e. Nick). Secondly, flowers wilt and fall off. What were the judges expecting? Adam and Eve only had leaves to cover themselves and we see how well that worked. I think the designers did a marvelous job. All of them.
Nick was probably my least favorite. I can't believe I'm saying that, but it's true. He made a banana leave bustier, and it looked quite nice, but the dress had sort of a Judy Jetson look that was unflattering. But still, I thought it was hot! The judges, of course, thought it was vulgar because it was so short. But, once again, the only reason it was so short was because he didn't have enough leaves to make a longer skirt. I think that's the fault of the producers who expect miracles with $100-worth of plants, not the designers who really came up with some great stuff this week.
Kara's dress was also very nice. I thought it looked like crap on the mannequin, but it looked magical on the runway. She created a bodice out of raffia, dried flowers, and moss that looked amazing. Something out of a Cindy Lauper video, circa 1985. And I don't know when she made that moss skirt! Every time they showed her mannequin, it was totally naked from the waist down, but on the runway, it was complete. Ahhhh, the magic of television.
Even Santino's design was great. I thought the off-the-shoulder number was stunning. The judges (minus Heidi) didn't like how shiny is leaves were (were they happy with anything this week?), but I thought it looked good. I do think that it would have looked better with some flowers around the bottom of the skirt, but once again....money, money, money. Roses don't grow on trees. Well...they sorta do. But not in Manhattan.