Project Runway: On Garde!
Also, I thought this was too good to pass up. Heidi dropped this gem of a quote during the runway critique: "If they had executed it in a beautiful way, with beautiful materials, it could have worked." Oh. Oh really, Heidi? I didn't know it was all about the execution and materials. I thought it was just a matter of marvelous post-justifying on the catwalk and sliding a few Lincolns and a Ziploc baggy of M&Ms under Michael Kors' dressing room door.
Gallery: Project Runway: Episode 8
The challenge initially seemed fun enough. The models sauntered out with wild hair and each designer had to pick one and design a crazy, avant-garde outfit to compliment the 'do. Then, the wacky spin was that the designers were split into randomly chosen teams of two and had to pick one model to work on. Just as the tension started to grow and the designers got into the zone with their work, Tim Gunn walked into the workroom and put yet another spin on their challenge, saying that they had to create a second outfit. This second piece had to be a readymade that still embodied the spirit of the avant-garde piece.
I think I know how the producers came up with this challenge. They were just trying to figure out the meanest way to completely screw over the designers. If they could push it one step further, I'm sure they would have put yet another twist on the challenge: "And now, designers... Let's see which outfit is least flammable!"
Rami and Sweet P: [Rami ALMOST AUF'D] From the start, Rami and Sweet P had trouble agreeing. Rami had taken charge as the team leader and immediately put his draping skills to work. What they ended up with was a weak excuse for avant garde. Even with the wonky, ill-fitting pants, the outfit was a bit too normal for the challenge. Sweet P's contribution, the readymade dress, was actually really cute. If they had ditched the pants and really played up the volume in the big dress, I think they could have won. The two looks tied together really well.
Christian and Chris: [WINNERS; Christian gets immunity] I'm really proud of these two for working so well together and doing something so outrageous. Their massive avant garde dress and... frilly... thing... was obviously very ambitious and it greatly impressed the judges. It also worked with their model's hair perfectly. Their readymade was all right, but the avant garde piece was enough for them to win. I think they could have reflected a bit of the crazy avant garde collar in the readymade. Maybe with a frilly mandarin collar?
Victorya and Jillian: That was a. Totally. Fierce. Jacket. I'm a total sucker for military inspired outerwear and weird post-apocalyptic sci-fi, so to see a coat like that was really wonderful. Oh, and I love plaid, so I also approved of the beautiful lining. However, I really didn't like the readymade piece. The judges didn't say too much about it, because they were busy throwing glowing praise towards that beautiful trenchcoat. I think that readymade was what cost them the win.
Kit and Ricky: [Kit AUF'D] This was really sad, to be honest. The ribbon train in the back was a really cute detail, but it wasn't enough to save the awkwardness of the rest of the dress. As if that wasn't bad enough, the readymade was pretty pathetic. It was for this team that Heidi said that aforementioned quote. I'm still not sure where she was going with that. Anyway, it was very strange to see Rami and Kit, two relatively strong contenders, end up being the one sup for elimination. Looking at the overall situation, I think Ricky should have gone home, but I think Kit was chosen just because she was team leader.
In other news, Ricky teared up a bit on the runway, but it looks like the full-fledged waterworks will return next time. Yeah. Great.
|Sweet P||7 (2.2%)|