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Project Runway: Grass is Always Greener

by Annie Wu, posted Jul 25th 2008 1:17PM
Project Runway(S05E02) First of all, I thought last week lacked a fancy new intro because the episode was packed the rafters with new season goodness. However, since we got nothing again, I suppose this was just another instance of Bravo not caring enough to give the show the love it deserved.

Secondly, I have decided that I don't have a favorite this season, just some people that annoy me less than others. Everyone is so self-conscious this time around. I pray that Blayne leaves the show soon, just so this "-licious" craze he is attempting to jump-start will die a quick death. Plus, I'm tired of adjusting my display to make sense of his tan.

This week's challenge began with a really interesting twist. Not only were the models going to be the designers' clients, but they would be the ones heading out to Mood to pick out fabric for their cocktail dresses. Plus, the fabric had to be enviro-friendly, because this whole episode was about going green. I wonder how many of the designers were thinking about the color when Tim Gunn told them that they could only pick green fabric.

I don't understand why everyone was so worried about working green, though. It's just fabric. PR made it seem like this was tougher than the grocery store challenge from last week. Also, the previews from last week got me super-excited, because I wanted to see in what context Tim Gunn said, "Holla at ya boy!" but there was nothing. We didn't even get to see that pterodactyl comment. I'm crushed.

The special guest judge was everyone's favorite Natalie Portman, Natalie Portman. She looked stunning, as always. Check out this week's designs here.

Keith: I can't wait until the group starts getting smaller and smaller so that everyone gets more airtime. Right now, PR is focusing heavily on the most annoying personalities, leaving more quiet people like Keith in the background. We didn't even see the guy until the runway. His creation was pretty good, but the shortness was a little weird for a bubble skirt, I thought.

Terri: This was a great dress! It looked like one of the most wearable out of the entire group. I feel like Bluefly would sell more of this one than the winning garment. Just like Keith, Terri didn't get much attention because she wasn't obnoxious enough.

Wesley: [AUF'D] Wow. Wow. Wow. Wesley did not deserve to be kicked off this week. Sure, he made a mistake with the length, but Mr. Michael Kors' reaction was way too exaggerated. Most of the garments from this challenge were too short. And Wesley's outfit certainly wasn't one of the best, but had it been in any other fabric, it would have been spectacular.

Leanne: [ALMOST AUF'D] Everything about this outfit was wrong, and I was fully prepared for her to go home. Nothing could have been done to save that dress. She definitely did have too many ideas going on, but the judges failed to point out that they were all bad ideas. Come on.

Jerell: This was interesting, but not particularly flattering. I enjoyed the strange color combination, at least. Jerell was yet another person that wasn't obnoxious enough to get facetime this week.

Jennifer: The construction of this looked pretty good, but it was wacky. Way too much going on. The colors were nice, though.

Daniel: Cute! Pockets are in, too. It was kind of funny how they tried to milk so much drama about Daniel's time worries, but it really didn't turn out to be such a big deal.

Joe: Boring. Hey, a circle. Wow.

Suede: [WINNER] Bravo to Suede for getting creative and taking on that fabric with full force. That innovation really paid off, as the top didn't seem to fit his model quite as well as it should have. Referring to himself in the third person is also getting old super-fast, but not nearly as speed-of-light-like as Blayne's desperate attempts to coin a new catchphrase.

Kenley: Yeah, this was "chic", but also a bit boring.

Kelli: All I wrote in my notes for this one was "eww eww eww". It's a good thing I'm not a judge on the actual show, because my notecards would be an incoherent mess of stuff like that and curse words. Anyway, this one was a mess. I was so surprised that the judges didn't bite her head off.

Stella: This was a step up from her creation last week, sure, but did it deserve one of the top spots out of all these designs? I thought it gave her model a weird paunch in the front. If a stick like that looks like she has a paunch, what hope is there for the rest of us?

Blayne: Blayne. Oh, Blayne. I want to say I love to hate him, but I don't. I just really, really don't like him. Straight up. He has no right to make fun of Stella's irritating obsession with leather, because he's kind of a mess too. His garment for this week looked tacky and dated, but I suppose it a lot to do with that horrible hot pink. And... Okay, I'll admit: I laughed when he said that Stella's baby came out leatha. I'll sacrifice the laughs to see him go home ASAP, though.

Emily: Wesley got major scolding for the shortness for this dress but Emily was safe. Wow. Her model looked like she was wearing a frilly headband.

Korto: She had an interesting idea, but the lines were in all the wrong places. It's all about execution! She didn't know what she was dealing with, obviously.

Who had the worst garment?
Korto.21 (10.6%)
Leanne.47 (23.7%)
Wesley.27 (13.6%)
Don't care. Blayne needs to go home.91 (46.0%)
Other.12 (6.1%)

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I actually really liked the front of Leanne's dress - I didn't like the asymmetrical bit on the back, but that's an easy edit. Honestly that blue thing with feathers was far more costumey than anything else out there!

July 31 2008 at 3:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

nobody's mentioned how moronic the models were, so i'll be the first...jesus h. christ are all models this freakin stupid??? they seem to all have been beaten severely with the stupid stick. and then beaten again. they all chose the same stinkin' fabrics, and then not enough to boot. when i'm exposed to that much stupidity and idiocy (like watching a press conference with W) i feel like punching the tv.

i do disagree regarding leanne - yes, she tried to do too much, and yes, it didn't work (tim warned her, but do they EVER listen?) - but it was definitely better made than wesley's, and with better editing it might've been decent.

July 26 2008 at 4:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought Tim Gunn was finally going senile when he said he was "excited" about Suede (I guess I know his name now cuz he repeats so darn much), but as #1 said, it looks 1000x better after the whole thing went down.

July 25 2008 at 7:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Last week's previews were for "this season on Project Runway." Those weren't previews for just Wednesday's episode.

July 25 2008 at 6:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Suede's dress, while VERY well constructed, looked costumey. It looked like a zombie/mummy dress with all of the strips of fabric.
Blayne's was awful in a bad 80's workout way.
Jerell's dress looked like something out of a Penthouse photoshoot. Sure, some of the dresses were short, but at least they didn't have flat pieces of fabric covering the chest.

The last season that I truly enjoyed was 2 seasons ago. I still watch it, but it's not that I care who stays in, but who goes home. Although Chris did grow on me last season, but that was because he was a total underdog.

July 25 2008 at 4:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think Terri should have gotten a lot more attention- in the top 3 instead of Stella at least. Her dress actually looked wearable and not like a hooker dress.

It was kinda odd that they picked on Wesley for how short it was, when so many of the other dresses look like a slight breeze would reveal all. Emily's dress needed some leggings with it. Yikes.

As much as I hate Blayne, his dress looks like something Carrie in S&TC would wear. Which is not always a good thing...

July 25 2008 at 3:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You know in addition to the winning outfit, it would be very nice and helpful if you put a picture of each designer's outfit next to your critique - especially right at the start of the season. There are so many contestants for whom we can't automatically "put faces with names" (as well as remember which outfit is theirs) that to just list them and not be extremely specific in your descriptions makes your blog almost worthless to read. Once we get to know these people better and there are fewer outfits for us to remember the day after a show then, yeah, you can just list them. But as it is now ... this blog is pretty much a "hot tranny mess" IMHO.

July 25 2008 at 2:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Agreed, where are the photos with the designers' names?

July 25 2008 at 3:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Seriously, what was with all the stuff in the previews not showing up in the episode? The Holla thing, the awesome Jurassic Park comment, the snipe about the feathers not being green....Bravo has really thrown this season out the window. Sigh.

I thought Leanne and Wesley should both have been sent home. They had twin dresses and they were both terrible. I'm anxious to get down to 8 or fewer designers.

July 25 2008 at 2:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't have cable anymore and I miss this show dearly. During the last season, the review had a Photo Gallery like the one you link to that listed the designs in the same order they were reviewed. It was very easy for me to move from photo to photo and read the review of it. Since you've gone to the link to the show website it's much harder to match the garment with the review. Could you either start putting the gallery back into the review or at least list the review in the same order as the Bravo site pictures?

July 25 2008 at 2:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Bravo has done a lot for this show and has built an entire schedule around these types of programs, including offering offshoots from the main program and specials. Promotion is near endless. And there's expansive online offerings tied to the program.

If anything, I think the producers decision to uproot the show and play on another network, seemed to have caught Bravo offguard. I know they were suing in an effort to keep the show. So if the beginning is any different, I don't place the blame on Bravo. I have to be inclined to believe the producers are attempting to distance themselves from Bravo and will not offer promotional assistance which ties the program to the network. So I blame the producers.

July 25 2008 at 1:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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