Project Runway: Auf Wiedersehen!
So, great challenge, right? Look, we’ll never stop saying this: Project Runway is a fashion-based game show. This is, of course, not how a so-called “real collection” is put together, but so what? It’s fun watching them jump through hoops.
And honestly? Not to be all argumentative about it, but to those people who say they watch the show solely for the creativity and the technical aspects, we just have to say it must have been a very frustrating 8 seasons for you because the show has never been without a major focus on the interpersonal dramas as well as the jumping through hoops that characterized last night’s episode. Hello? Wendy Pepper? As far as we’re concerned, this was one of the very best episodes in a very long time.
And besides, it’s fun to see an entire (albeit tiny) collection being planned, with all the personality clashes that come with it. Sometimes “lone designer struggles with his/her sketch/fabric choice/design/model/utter lack of skills” gets a little old, y’know?
Even better, a good mega challenge really separates the wheat from the chaff, so to speak. “Chaff,” of course, being a synonym for “borderline personality disorder.” In other words, the cray-cray rises to the top pretty quickly and often in a highly entertaining manner.
Who didn’t think of Gretchen immediately upon hearing there was a mega team challenge? Who didn’t know there was going to be drama there? Although in the interest of fairness, from the editing we saw, the team went about its business relatively smoothly and aside from Gretchen clashing with Michael C in the workroom, you really can’t claim that she did anything out of line in taking control of the group. Certainly, you can’t blame her without blaming the rest of them because it’s not like she had a gun to their heads. Did she take control of that collection? Absolutely. Does she bear total responsibility for it? Absolutely not.
In fact, as DELICIOUS a moment as Tim’s little sissyslap meltdown was, it was an indictment of the REST OF THE TEAM far more than Gretchen. Sure, he was blunt and he all but called her a bitch, but after that STUNNING performance on the runway she deserved a little scorn.
As for her runway meltdown, darlings that was the most delicious buffet of self-serving crazy on that runway since at least Vincent Libretti, possibly even going all the way back to Wendy Pepper. You can rest assured we’ll have more to say about that when the time comes. And the time will be coming later today. For now, let’s bid adieu to A.J.
But it cannot be denied that this is bad, bad, bad.
Okay, starting at the top. Look, we’re just gonna say it: styling matters. The judges want to see that you can put an entire look together right down to the details. That ascot is so obviously a bad choice that it immediately throws the whole look into question. You just can’t get past the ascot.
In addition, that fabric is flimsy and cheap looking. Hardly “luxe.” Do we feel his was the worst garment on the runway? It’s debatable. Certainly Ivy’s was bad. Really bad. But again, we’ll get to that later.
We have to say we were sorry to see him go. We thought he was going to be churning out nothing but party monster dresses and he proved there was more to him than that. Still, it’s a shame whenever the standard-bearer of a certain aesthetic gets auf’d. There’s a little less risk-taking going forward.
Tim Gunn’s Workroom:
Under the Gunn: