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Project Runway: A Designer's Best Friend

by Annie Wu, posted Jul 27th 2006 7:16AM
Project Runway(S03E03) The designers were told to design something for one of fashion's hottest accessories. I had a few guesses... The accessory would either be an iPod, a baby (well, maternity clothes), or pets. I was right with my third guess because the designers were each given a small dog to serve as a muse. Their challenge: Design an outfit for their dog, a complimentary outfit for their model, and think up a narrative explanation for their creation. The narrative part seemed kind of pointless to me, but, hey, I'm no Heidi Klum.

Oh, and I just have to say this because I'm so excited... Someone's getting kicked off for being naughty in the next episode. Scandal!

The guest judge was Ivanka Trump (wow, random), and Michael Kors was once again substituted by Vera Wang. I hope Kors comes back soon. I'm slightly off-put by the judging panel only having a woman's point-of-view.

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

Alison: Alison created a really sharp, modern outfit. The model's hair and sleeves matched the poodle, heh. I thought this outfit was really well-done.

Uli: [WINNER; immunity] Uli took a risk with her dress when she mixed two patterns (animal print and a weird, brown psychedelic print). Lucky for her, the judges loved it. The back of her dress was the most interesting part, I thought. I guess it would have been too difficult for her model to take off the jacket while holding the dog at the same time. Oh, and the judges really liked that Uli sewed the message "Hi Ladies" for them on the dog's giraffe-print outfit. Nina Garcia, ice queen, actually laughed.

Robert: Well-done, but nothing remarkable. I mean, in this particular challenge, I thought it was nothing remarkable because everyone (well, almost everyone) seriously stepped up their game.

Michael: I freaking loved the dress he made for his model. The top was beautiful and the silhouette was to die for. I was disappointed that he was only one of the "safe" designers. Michael has been consistently strong... I hope he wins a challenge soon.

Laura: Fantastic. Laura created a classy outfit for her model and an adorable matching one for the dog (even though she was very reluctant to work with the animal at the start of the challenge). I keep waiting for Laura to lose her glamor angle, but that has yet to happen (I need to see her deconstruct something!). Her creations for this challenge screamed "high-class, rich bitch". Haha. Get it? Bitch. Yeah.

Keith: Keith thought the dog-outfit idea was lame so he didn't do it. What the hell? How arrogant. He even tried to bullshit his way through the judging process by claiming that he created the dog's collar (it was actually a pre-made bracelet on which he had sewn an extra piece of fabric). His only redeeming moment in the episode was when he was trying to get Bradley to get back to work and not give up. Anyway, Keith was probably kicking himself after the judging because he was told that, had he created an outfit for the dog (to go along with the fantastic dress he made for his model), he would have won the challenge.

Kayne: Gay. Gay. Gay. I loved it. The outfits he made were so flamboyant (sooo sparkly and colorful). With just a few changes, I'm sure Ana Matronic from Scissor Sisters would have jumped right into that dress. I'm glad Kayne didn't take it easy in this episode just because he won immunity from the previous challenge. He really worked hard on the outfits for the model and dog. It definitely showed.

Katherine: [OUT] To put it simply, her dress was not special enough. It was far too basic. However, she created a matching hoodie for the dog that everyone totally adored. She originally intended to create a hoodie for her model as well, but she ran out of time. I didn't think she deserved to be Auf'd, especially against Angela's viciously trashy outfit. Katherine had a "very blah" human-outfit and a nice dog-outfit; Angela had a shitty human-outfit and a bad dog-outfit. Definitely not fair.

Jeffrey: Jeffrey's model had a really nice outfit. I was kind of distracted from the fact when I started laughing at his dog. Jeffrey made an outfit with sleeves for the poor thing, and it tripped on the runway. I. Laughed. For. So damn long. It's people like me that keep America's Funniest Home Videos alive.

Bradley: Bradley really fucked up his outfit from the get-go. Tim hated it and Bradley didn't know where else to go with it. He was very near forfeiting the challenge, but, a few hours before runway time, his model stopped by and he was reminded that her time on the show was on the line as well. So, he pulled himself together and threw together an outfit. I thought he was going to get in trouble for only making a little collar for his dog, but the judges liked it. Nina Garcia even said that she could imagine shooting an outfit like his for Elle. Wow. I was definitely surprised. If Bradley wasn't such a sweetheart, I would have been kind of irked that he made it through.

Bonnie: Her outfit was good. Yup. That's about it. There's no scandal or weirdness in Bonnie. She's not awesome, she's not horrible. She's... there. Bonnie barely gets any facetime on the show. Sometimes, I forget she's there. I want her to set fire to a fellow designer's outfit in a crazy act of sabotage in an upcoming episode, just to liven things up a bit. Bonnie: secret pyromaniac.

Angela: [ALMOST OUT] She jumped into this project with an immediate idea for her narrative... Her outfit would be for a British headmistress for an art school in Paris. No, not a French headmistress, but a British one. Because Angela's deep like that. Anyway, her end outfit was nothing like her original idea. The exact description I used for my notes was "biker slut barbie". I thought the whole thing was absolutely abysmal, but Vera Wang said that the execution itself was great. Somehow, Angela squeaked by and I, yet again, was outraged. This woman's work has not impressed me in any way, shape, or form. Angela needs to be Auf'd. NOW.

Vincent: And while we're talking about Auf-ing people, Vincent needs to be Auf'd. The outfit he put together for his model was really uninspired, I thought. Ugh. Well, I have to admit, his dog's little hat was kind of cute... Heh, the dog kept trying to take it off on the runway. Well, I probably would have done the same thing if I was wearing something made by Vincent.

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A dog is NOT "one of fashion's hottest accessories". BravoTV should be ashamed for making that statement. Shelters, pounds, rescues, etc. are filled with dogs whose owners have that mentality. BravoTV could have showcased dogs that need homes versus reinforcing the mind set that dogs (and cats too for that matter) are just accessories that can be tossed aside when no longer wanted.

Again, shame shame on BravoTV!

August 01 2006 at 4:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm guessing that this is going to be similar to the booting of Gabriel on Last Comic and we will see someone sent home for outside contact violations. That said, I hope I'm wrong and it's much more dramatic than that.

July 27 2006 at 6:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"I hope Kors comes back soon. I'm slightly off-put by the judging panel only having a woman's point-of-view."
HAAAAAAAA!!! Like Kors is such a specimen of testosterone filled masculinity. Heh!

(And Uli's model did show off the back of the dress on the runway. She threw the jacket into the "audience" before turning and heading back up the runway. It was a juggling act having to shift the dog leash from hand to hand but she did it.)

Can't wait for next week!! And since someone is being sent home instead of being voted off (thus throwing off the balance of the competition) does Katherine get to come back and get a second chance?

July 27 2006 at 5:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Angela stayed around because her design said something (okay, 'Biker Slut Barbie'), while Katherine's just laid there uninspired. Vera commented on how well made her outfit was, while Katherine seemed poorly made. No way Angela was gone this week. Bland always loses in the fashion realm.

July 27 2006 at 2:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jen Parker

I totally agree on Michael-- I thought he and Jeffrey both should have been contenders for the win on this challenge. And Michael's dress from the first episode was great, too. I really hope he pulls more into the forefront and wins a challenge or two, at least.

July 27 2006 at 12:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

While I liked Uli's dress, I thought Alison should have won. She had the whole package.

I think Keith or Angela should have been out - What ever happened to "you didn't complete the challenge" ? The judges even used the phrase "street walker" for Angela's outfit! At least Katherine made an outfit for the dog and the dress was cute.

Maybe the problem lies in having 3 judges that have to agree. Are we seeing too many compromises on judgements?

I hope the scandel is a good one and juices up the show this season.

July 27 2006 at 10:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Michael's dress was my favorite too. It might be my favorite piece from the show ever. I actually loved Katherine's too (come on, it's wearable! and the dog's outfit was cute!)--the ribbon bodice was beautiful--and it should have been Angela who was out. She should've been out last week too. Hey, judges, back last season when you kept giving Santino passes, it was because Santino had vision and talent. If Angela makes it to the final three, I'm breaking up with Project Runway.

July 27 2006 at 10:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The funniest part of the episode was the dogs trying to get out of their outfits on the runway. Vincents dog was trying so hard to ditch the hat, and I think it was also the Welsh Corgi that was trying to wiggle out her garb as well. This season seems to be getting off to a kinda weak start, but hopefully the next episode will be as shocking as the teasers promise.

July 27 2006 at 7:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

One of these days Michael will get noticed for his work! The top three dresses (wearable, beautiful) were Michael, Laura, and Keith. Even my husband, whose fashion sense stopped developing sometime back when the Preppy Handbook came out, liked those 3, particularly Michael's. Not that, at 5'1", I could ever wear it...

July 27 2006 at 7:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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