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Review: Project Runway - The Hi's and Low's of Fashion

by Michael Pascua, posted Jan 29th 2010 1:48AM
Ping Wu doesn't look impressed by her group effort.
(S07E03) This week on Project Runway, the contestants finally get the opportunity to go to Mood. The contestants are divided into teams of two and have to make a high end signature look with $500 and two days to work on it. Tim announces a twist after day one: they have to make a look for less. The big twist was that the look for less had to be another team's dress.

We get one advantage of pairing up the high number of contestants: we finally see interviews from several contestants who have blended with the walls. Of course we're treated to Ping running around like a chicken with her head cut off announcing, "oh shoes!" and being convinced that hooker-wear is classy fabric.

This was the first real challenge where the sky was the limit for the first dress. They had the highest budget ever and yet none of them went far. Yes, they had to make somewhat classic dresses that could stand proud next to Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Dior, but none of them were that original.

The teams:

Jay & Maya
Jesus & Amy
Anthony & Seth Aaron
Janeane & Ben
Mila & Jonathan
Ping & Jesse
Emilio & Anna Marie

Tim comes in to critique the contestants, and worries about time crunch for several contestants, including Jay & Maya. For Ping and Jesse, Tim criticizes the fabric for the second look to be cheap. Ping, of course, is in denial. I have a feeling that if Ping had the time to make an organic, wavy dress, the fabric wouldn't have looked as cheap. Unfortunately for her, it was being turned into a mini-skirt. Walking around to other contestants, Tim was at a loss for words with Seth Aaron's couture look.

The day of the runway show, everyone scurries as Jonathan continues to do all the work, Jesse starts doubting Ping's clothes, and Anthony adds random embellishment to his top. With ten minutes to go, Ping scurries as everyone tries to do some last minute sewing. Along with Michael and Nina, the guest judge was Matthew Williamson. The dresses went down in two waves: first the high end pieces, followed by the look for less. None of the dresses really wowed me. Mila's jacket was nice, but I didn't like the top.

Because there are so many dresses to critique, Heidi splits the high scoring looks from the low scorers. The high scores were Jay & Maya and Mila & Jonathan. Jay claims that he didn't slack off, but the look for less was stronger than the original. Maya's look was quite interesting. Mila & Jonathan provided a very clean and graphic jacket, but were docked for having a weak look for less. Even with the weak look for less, Mila was declared the winner and was given immunity for next week.

The low scorers are Ping & Jesse and Anthony & Seth Aaron. Ping & Jesse's high end piece was confused and they ignored the look for less. As for Anthony & Seth Aaron, their high end piece was too literal and costume-y and their low end piece was an afterthought. To make things worse for Ping, Jesse's model Megan threw Ping under the bus, announcing how Ping never fit the outfit on her. Just as a defense, neither did Jesse. Ping was sent home.

Ping was probably around for an extra week too long, but she was cool to watch. I would have been ecstatic if both Ping and Anthony were eliminated in one fell swoop. Next week: Heidi exclaims, "good boobies!"

Should Ping or Anthony have been sent home? Leave your comments below.

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Ecery season there is one "eccentric" designer. This one lasted too long. Though I do remeber Christian was in the bottom two and admitted to just blowing off the prom dress assignement and so coulda been gone (we never do hear the vote breakdown, though it is obviously 3-1).
Piung was way overdue to be launched as was the self-important model who got tossed. It is getting interesting. Two more eliminations and we'll have the field pared to a serious number.

January 29 2010 at 2:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sarah, it's still early, so it's hard to remember all the designers... but Maya is one of the ones with the black bob haircuts with bangs... Which narrows it down to 3...haha

January 29 2010 at 12:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

who the hell is Maya?? i don't remember her before this episode.

January 29 2010 at 11:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ah... Ping. I'll miss your eccentric ways, but maybe now that you're gone we'll get to know some of the other designers.

I personally didn't like Mila's winning design at all (it might have to do with my overwhelming distaste for leggings and bat winged coats).

My personal favorite signature piece was Jesus & Amy's black patch-work overlayed on nude mermaid dress with neckline ruffle detail.

BUT I was actually more impressed with a couple of 'look for less' garments!

Like Emilio & Anna's take on Maya's dress: the strip print one shoulder mini-dress.

AND Jesus & Amy's take on Jesse & Ping's creation: the black lace top and draped grey capris!


January 29 2010 at 10:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ping should have gone for sure but that's not to say that she ought to give up designing. I think she has a unique look when being true to herself that is interesting. She just isn't cut out for making traditional clothes. I felt sad for her. I think Jesse tried to insinuate some 'normal' into the pieces but she just didn't listen.

January 29 2010 at 8:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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