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Project Runway: Miss USA

by Annie Wu, posted Jul 20th 2006 7:23AM
Project Runway(S03E02) The absolutely stunning special guest Miss USA, Tara Conner, asked the designers to create a dress for her Miss Universe appearance. Her only requests: yes to earth-tones, no to white, backless is a plus. What an amazing opportunity! Especially this early in the game. All fourteen designers presented sketches to Tara, but she chose only seven to be created. The seven chosen designers had to pick teammates. Angela was incredibly annoying because she kept bugging at Kayne to pick her. Everyone in the room heard her, so she ended up being chosen last... by Vincent (and she had to correct him when he called her "Alison"... Insult to injury, yeah?).

Each designer chose a model this time around (with the ol' Elle spread incentive). The guest judge was Tara, and Michael Kors was substituted by gown goddess Vera Wang.

Follow along by checking out the designs on "Rate the Runway".

Jeffrey Sebelia; Alison Kelly: Jeffrey pitched the idea of making Tara look like an independent woman. He didn't really "get" the whole pageant scene and I thought it really showed in the dress. It was intentionally wrinkled and patched together... Somewhat deconstructed. Definitely not something for the put-together look of a beauty queen. I mean, it was pretty cool, but I don't think they had the client in mind. At least it was earth-toned.

Kayne Gillaspie; Robert Best: [WINNER -- Kayne; immunity] Kayne said that he would have picked Angela if she hadn't kept bugging him. Somehow, I doubt that. Anyway, Kayne and Robert were both so wonderfully flamboyant. Kayne won Tara over during the pitch when he told her that he was a pageant freak and absolutely adored her. Even though Tara asked for earth tones, Kayne found a purplish organza that he really liked at the fabric store and went with it. On the runway, it had a really pretty effect and Tara fell in love with it. The neckline had some great rhinestones and jewels. Perfect for a pageant. Although it would have been weird for both Kayne and Robert to get immunity in the next episode, I felt as though Robert didn't get enough credit (only a simple "You're in"). Sure, it was Kayne's idea, but it wouldn't have been the same without Robert.

Keith Michael; Bradley Baumkirchner: Keith had immunity from the previous episode, so he could do whatever the hell he wanted. And he kind of did, in a way. He was being pretty creepy towards Tara during the pitch. Was anyone else reminded of the Daniel Franco lingerie pitch to Heidi from last season? I thought their dress was really beautiful, but a bit too "goddess-y". I couldn't imagine it on a pageant stage.

Laura Bennett; Michael Knight: I expected a really mind-blowing clash of styles between these two, but... no. The end result was a really Laura-esque dress. It was simple, classic, and very shiny. Well-done but nothing remarkable.

Malan Breton; Bonnie Dominguez Katherine Gerdes: [OUT -- Malan] Poor Malan. He had such a cool idea... He wanted to create a nice dress that gave Tara an hourglass figure. Unfortunately, he picked a really ugly fabric color ("earth tones" doesn't mean "shit brown") and did way too much ruching, making the dress look heavy. Tim said that it looked like it had been carved out of a tree. At first, Katherine was really happy to be working with Malan, but that feeling died once the product started coming together. When asked which team member should be Auf'd, Malan suggested himself. I liked that it wasn't an act of self-sacrifice or anything but just pure honesty. It was his idea, his failure, his fault. Good guy. I'm truly disappointed that I won't be seeing him again (especially after he explained that PR was a way for him to show his doubtful mother that his artistry would really amount to something one day). What a character.

Uli Herzner; Katherine Gerdes Bonnie Dominguez: The two of them worked very easily together. The dress was extremely nice. The layering of colors and modern styling won over the judges. Uli and Katherine came very close to winning... I think they should have fitted the top a bit more, though.

Vincent Libretti; Angela Keslar: [ALMOST OUT -- Angela]
Vincent was really neurotic, Angela was really annoying. Worst. Team. Ever. Well, at least Vincent had sketches to show Tara. Angela only approached Tara with a sketchpad and some questions... probably because she spent her thirty minutes of sketching time bugging the hell out of Kayne. Their final product was a really simple green dress with strange cap sleeves that made me think of 60s sci-fi films (Tara said it looked a little too "space cadet"). Nina Garcia (and I) thought that the back of the dress was really cute though. The thing that really bothered me was how Vincent was such a freaking drama queen during the judging. He called his experience with Angela the nightmare of his life. Whatever. It's not like he was being particularly nice to Angela, shrugging her off when she was trying to suggest things. After a while, Angela didn't want anything to do with the dress. It was this lack of teamwork that made the judges come very close to booting Angela.

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Malan's dress wasn't pretty, but neither was Vincent's. He can protest all he likes that working with Angel was the "nightmare of his life," nobody who can see and hear knows that he was the difficult one, not her. Actually, neither of them should be there. This is supposed to be about talent and I haven't seen it in either of them. Vincent's green gown was a mess of puckers. I hope that Michael gets more recognition. He deserves it; his garments are aboslutely gorgeous.

August 01 2006 at 1:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

CLEARLY Angela wanted to help Vincent (cheap Elton John look-alike and act-alike.)

I'm sure Vincent is only on because of the sh*t he concocts for Bravo's ratings...yep, folks, they keep the BITCHY and TALENTLESS ones for RATINGS!

Sad really.

July 24 2006 at 11:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I tuned in last night just in time to see the dress come out on stage. She did look great. I was concerned about the dress color and her skin color - since she and the model aren't exactly twins :) but it did look perfect.

Miss Puerto Rico (winner) was right in front of her and she was stunning!

July 24 2006 at 4:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Heather D.

Oh My Gosh... Miss USA looked fabulous in Kaynes Dress... she wore it during the interview portion. It looked great on stage! Congrats Kayne!

July 24 2006 at 2:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
T. Paradise

The pageant isn't until tonight. How do you know what evening gown she wore if it hasn't happened yet? Is there a web site or something?

July 23 2006 at 5:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
PJ Cho

I noticed that, too. The Miss USA evening gown in the online pictures is a very bright red dress, nothing at all to do with 'earth tones', etc. She looks great in the dress by the way. I guess she changed her mind about using the Project Runway outfit, although that isn't what was promised to the designers and TV viewers. That's sort of like Project Jay where Heidi gets Jay to make an outfit and then rejects it after all the work is done.

July 22 2006 at 12:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

When the challange was announced I went on to the Miss Universe site to look at the evening dress she wore and it was nothing like the winning dress. What gives? I thought she was supposed to wear the winning dress. What happened?

July 21 2006 at 10:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gordon Boddington

One thing I noticed about last season that is different than this season is that for the most part the early designers to be auf'd seemed really toxic. They didn't seem like nice people, but this season everyone seems much more professional and on the ball.

July 21 2006 at 9:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jason Simmons

Clearly, Ang should have been the one eliminated from PRW3 island. Firstly, she didn't help Vincent and her attitude was less than acceptable. This challenge wasn't just about a dress, but it was also about teamwork. Perhaps, PRW3 should have broken with tradition and sent both Vincent & Ang home because that dress looked like something from another planet and Ang didn't have a good attitude either.

Bottom line: Vincent and Ang should have BOTH left fashion island; He's odd, and she didn't work well with Vince.

July 21 2006 at 5:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What pissed me off the most is that this is the second time that Vincent has lied his ass off to the judges. Last week he said that he wasn't too keen on the hat when he had been gushing to Tim and anyone else around that it was just right. This week, it's all about saying that Angela basically left him to do everything when she had repeatedly asked what she could do with it. If Angela had more of a backbone, she would've defended herself up there.

So wait... according to that article that Bob posted about the Project Runway model, does this mean...

Poor Malan. I never expected him to be eliminated so early. I thought it was going to be Angela.

July 20 2006 at 10:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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