Review: Project Runway - Best of the Best
by Michael Pascua, posted Oct 30th 2009 1:36AM
(S06E11) Project Runway finally explained why different people won challenges this season instead of just Irina and Althea winning all of them. This week's challenge was to make a companion piece to the contestants' winning looks. Unfortunately, Logan has never won a challenge. With one day and $100, they had to make it work.
On paper, the challenge sounds like an interesting way of thinking of cohesive collections. Most of these designers have an aesthetic (Carol Hannah doesn't like pants, Christopher likes full skirts). For Gordana, Christopher, and Logan, the companion pieces that they made neither complimented, nor improved on their original outfits.
Christopher - Red Carpet Challenge
Irina - Location Inspiration Challenge
Carol Hannah - Christina Aguilera Challenge
Althea - Model Challenge
Gordana - Divorcee Challenge
Logan - Red Carpet Challenge
Sadly, Logan had no other choice for outfits, with one being made out of paper, two team challenges, a pregnancy dress, two costume pieces, and the only other pieces were in the bottom three. While Carol Hannah takes a coffee break, everyone starts working. Tim's advise came a little early. Althea's pants looked like a diaper without tailoring. Christopher's dress looked motherly (he never did solve that). Gordana's unfinished look needs to be riskier.
The rest of the episode consisted of people complaining about their competitor's pieces. Althea complained that she already made the zipper collar that Logan was making. Irina was a little upset about Althea's sweater looking like hers. There were also complaints that Carol Hannah can only do skirts. At least she has played with varying length of her dresses.
Along with Heidi and Nina, our guest judges were season two contestant Nick Verreos and Kerry Washington. As the models walked down, I couldn't help but think that Carol Hannah's dress didn't translate on camera; I didn't see the connection between the original dress and the dress she had this week. The biggest problem I had with Gordana's final piece was the fact that the piece looked like a 40-year-old was trying to dress a 20-year-old. The simple skirt looked like a throwaway. If Christopher didn't even have the white portion of the dress, it would have been mature, but still channeling the original dress. We also found out on Models of the Runway that Kalyn may or may have not kept her dress up with some double stick tape.
During judging, Irina unleashed her bitchy attitude in front of the judges complaining about the similarity of Althea and her oversized sweaters. The thing that Althea did right was vent about it and let it slide in front of the judges. The judges are clients; it's up to the judges if they want to call them out. In the end, isn't imitation a form of flattery?
The high scores were Irina (uptown), Althea (casual, great proportions), and Carol Hannah (youthful). I smell final three. Althea was announced the winner. The lower scorers were Christopher (bottom heavy), Gordana (not fun), and Logan (student project). Logan's silver pants didn't save him this time, and he was sent home.
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