Project Runway: Auf Wiedersehen!
And that was that. As soon as she said it, we knew she was going home.
We’re not designers, but it would seem to us that an orchid – or any flower – would be a relatively easy point of inspiration for a dress. In fact, Kristin might just have had the easiest of the hats to interpret. This hat was, in our opinion, the most dramatic of all the hats and offered the most potential as an inspiration
All we could think while she was floundering through Mood was, “Don’t pick a pink, Kristin. Anything but a pink.” When she looked at the black we said “No, don’t pick the black or the pink, Kristin.” Then she picked both and we said “You never listen to us. Fine. Do what you want.” Then we pouted for a while.
In fact, we thought her particular aesthetic was particularly well-suited to the orchid hat. She plays a lot with draping and volume, which would go quite well with the organic lines of the hat.
And since the hat is so literal, we felt her deconstructed style would have made a nice counterpoint to it.
The poor thing just talked herself out of a winning dress. She had all the tools at her disposal and got too tripped up to utilize them effectively.
The whole thing looks half-assed. Not even a good version of her own aesthetic. You look at the dress and immediately see the struggle she had with it.
It’s a shame. She was starting to grow on us and we’ll always root for a hometown girl in this competition, but she’s pretty locked into her own aesthetic and it’s not something that can be translated across a range of styles. That’s why all her entries looked so much alike. We don’t think she’s a bad designer. What she does, she does well. But if that’s all you do, you’re not gonna last on Project Runway, which is all about getting designers to jump through hoops and work contrary to their own style.
But we stand by what we said: had she nailed the color, she could have slipped right by with this dress. Her starting point was based on poor decisions and there was nothing she could do to course correct once she bought that fabric.
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