Little Dresses with Big Ideas
We’ll say this: it’s nice to see that Louise can get away from the retro looks when she wants to.
Carrie Bradshaw on steroids. This is a bit much, frankly.
In fact, this concludes our critique because we have nothing else to say. But that never stopped us from shooting off our mouths. Strap yourselves in for a rant.
Perhaps it’s because we spend more time than is healthy looking at these dresses, but kittens, we are OVER IT. We really want to cheerlead this show because we love it so much but we’re deeply disappointed with the season so far. We said this already but it bears repeating: ENOUGH WITH THE “MAKE A PRETTY DRESS” CHALLENGES. All it does is give us 20 minutes of runway looks we could find in any department store. That’s not why we watch Project Runway! We watch it for unbridled creativity under tight restrictions! We watch it to see talented people struggle with little in the way of time or materials to make something that shocks, surprises, and delights us! We DON’T watch it to see endless retreads of cocktail dresses and Easter Sunday frocks. ENOUGH, people!
And this isn’t so much a criticism of the designers themselves. They all seem to have some talent and some level of creativity. Granted, we think a lot of them have been playing it safe so far, but that’s because the show isn’t giving them any incentive to NOT play it safe. Frankly, we blame this on the show’s setting. We’re ready to declare the L.A. background a failure. It’s not that there isn’t cutting edge fashion in L.A.; it’s that the show decided to go the “starlet and stylist” route in the judging and there is NOTHING more boring than a critical response that amounts to no more than “I would/I wouldn’t wear/buy that.”
Yeah, yeah. We know that they’re doing an unconventional materials challenge this week. We have some hope for the future. Of course, the fact that Eva Longoria will be sitting in the judge’s chair tends to dash that hope somewhat. We want Nina and Michael along with the leading names in fashion, like DVF, Francisco Costa, Zac Posen, Betsey Johnson, etc, etc. If the show can’t get that level of judge because of the L.A. setting, then here’s an idea, Bunim/Murray: DON’T SET IT IN L.A. EVER AGAIN.
Rant over. We need an herbal tea and a nap.
Tim Gunn’s Workroom Critique: