Project Runway: The Art of Fashion
All right, before I get ahead of myself, let's go over just how well everyone did in this challenge. Please excuse me if I fail to fully suppress my pretentious artiness.
Gallery: Project Runway: Episode 11
This challenge was super-exciting for me as an artist. The designers were sent to explore a few wings of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and find inspiration for an outfit from a specific piece of art. I remember the first time I was at the Met, I spent ages in there, in complete awe and just feeling terrible about my own work. Even though none of the designers broke down into tears in a weird Stendhal syndrome moment, it was still nice to see them appreciate these old masterpieces. None of them chose anything particularly bizarre, even though Rami made a bad move and immediately gravitated towards the section with all the Greek statues, aka The Land of Draping Galore.
The special guest judge was -- wait for it -- Roberto Cavalli. No pressure.
Christian: [WINNER] At first I thought Christian was trying to redesign Seinfeld's puffy shirt, but he actually made this old-school military style work very well. As much as I despise Christian's overwhelming ego, I must admit that the kid knows his stuff.
Chris: [ALMOST AUF'D] How dare sleepy cat Chris take a nap in the middle of the final challenge. I mean, seriously, it was like he didn't understand how crucial it was. I did like watching Tim Gunn wake him up, though, because it looked like something out of a bizarre Odd Couple. There's Tim, the neat one with a well-tailored suit, and then Chris, the lazy one with a loud shirt. That would be both the greatest and gayest show ever. Anyway, Chris chose an oil painting of a French noblewoman as his inspiration and he was totally spot-on with the texture. However, the outfit looked so much like his avant-garde collaboration with Christian. If he had exaggerated the bow more, he wouldn't have needed that weird side-collar. Or maybe if he hadn't taken a nap, he wouldn't have been almost Auf'd.
Rami: [ALMOST AUF'D] Okay, okay, so Rami knows how to drape. We all know that. The judges almost sent him home because he didn't deliver anything new. However, in another weird twist, they decided to keep both Chris and Rami. But before they get to start on their collections, they have to make one more piece to see who will get to move on. I'm almost 100% sure that Chris will get to move on, but perhaps Rami will surprise me. He certainly caught me off-guard when he started back-sassing Cavalli. No one back-talks Cavalli! EDIT: According to some comments, I may have gotten the details here wrong. Chris and Rami have to make full collections and then present their best three to the judges? Is that right? I honestly wouldn't be surprised if I got the details wrong because my mother called me up just as this happened to share her glee over the fact that Sweet P is finally out. She wasn't a fan.
Sweet P: [AUF'D] Sweet P can be cute, but, I'm sorry, she's overstayed her welcome by many, many episodes. He dress was too simple and I didn't see how it related to her piece of artwork. I saw absolutely no "peacock"-esque qualities, as It looked more like a half-assed tribute to Klimt than anything else. Sorry, Sweet P, but it looks like we're not going to get any more of your social awkwardness.
Jillian: Fierce! I absolutely love Jillian's coats. I suppose gold-lovers would have loved the inside dress, but I'm a coat-girl myself. Jillian obviously knows her silhouettes very well and I hope that we get to see more of this kind of stuff in her Fashion Week collection. Yes, I know pictures are online, but I've decided not to spoil myself this year.