'Project Runway' - 'Sew Much Pressure' Recap
by Michael Pascua, posted Apr 2nd 2010 3:03AM
(S07E11) In a 'Project Runway' first, not only do we have one quitter, we have two. In the first fifteen minutes, Maya realized that she's still too young to be ready to show for the finale. I found it weird because the show likes putting a mix of designers together, including people right out of school like Daniel Vosovic or Jillian Lewis. While Maya may have been using other designs as influence during the show, she would have had several months to find inspiration before the finale show. With that being said, I respect her decision and wish her the best.
The second quitter comes from one of the models. Valeria gets a high end gig. As a model, that is probably the best decision. She had moderate exposure on a television show, and managed to get a gig from a high end clientele. Take the money and run.
There are two replacements. In all fairness, the last eliminated contestant, Anthony, gets a second chance. He was the one who won Heidi's Marie Claire challenge, so he probably had the knowledge of what Heidi wanted to begin with. The model replacement for Seth Aaron was Cerri.
The contestants were given $300 and 30 minutes of sketch time. Since Anthony was popped in a bit late, he had the same amount of time, but was given extra time later that night. The contestants make some very interesting fabric choices. I was very worried about Emilio's sequins, because its hovers the line between tacky and classy. Mila's fabric was not her. A black and white dress would have been stunning (see Anthony). I had trouble with Jonathan's fabric colors, as well.
Heidi accompanies Tim to critique, and she gives her own spin on things. She warns Jay about how women don't like big butts. Mila was reminded that she may have to look around the work room. Jonathan gets bashed for his original fabric choices by Heidi (she calls them "curtains"). While it does look like a curtain, it may have at least been an eye-opener.
With little time left, Emilio manages to perfect an inner structure while Jonathan ditches his first dress for a second and then for a third. No one really struggled with hem lines or any random oddities.
Along with our normal judges, the guest judge is Jessica Alba. As the models walked down, most of the dresses didn't scream red carpet at all. Going back to previous seasons where there was a red carpet theme, people understood that there was drama. This season, though, Jay's big butt fetish was odd, Mila's positioning of her stripes felt wrong, and Jonathan's looked like it was done in an hour. I would have liked Jonathan's if they continued the back design in the front. Jonathan was also at the biggest disadvantage because Brandise isn't a red carpet type of model.
All the contestants stayed up for critiques, and in all truthfulness, there were only two high scorers: Anthony (sexy, elegant) and Emilio (fit like a glove, impeccable). In a twist, both Emilio and Anthony win; Jessica picks Anthony's dress. The rest of the contestants had negative criticism: Jonathan (short, rushed), Mila (wide bust, cocktail), Seth Aaron (didn't fit client's tastes, not red carpet), and Jay (strong top corset, made fanny look huge). Jonathan was eliminated.
As much as I like Jonathan as a person and as a designer, he's been on a downward spiral from the judges. It makes me wonder if the judges would have appreciated having the detail work even if it looked like a curtain. The original cut-away dress might have gotten enough points for effort that Mila would have been sent home for having a too simplistic dress. Jay's top was strong, it was the bottom that was the problem. Did you agree with the elimination? Leave comments below.
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