Project Runway: Andy, April, and Ivy
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Why did this not get more judgelove? We can’t say. Maybe he transformed the dress a little too much for their tastes. You really can’t see the original garment anywhere in this design. Granted, WE think that’s a good thing, but the judges can be pretty goofy about what they want to see out of these types of challenges. Either way, Andy’s more than established himself as one to watch.
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Unfortunately, the execution just isn’t up to par, and when you’re working in that sort of deconstructed, Rodarte-y kind of frippery, you really need to have the flawless execution, otherwise it just looks like you can’t sew.
According to the workroom video, she used a sheer black overlay on top of the original fabric, but we think that only applies to the panel in the middle. The sleeves and the side panels appear to be in a black fabric. It’s a little hard to tell.
By which we mean the puckering in the seams and the way the skirt seems to be riding up on her as well as a general sort of sloppiness that we don’t think she intended. You could argue that there’s just too much going on, especially all that stuff on her left boob, but we really like it.
It’s a little hard to tell, but is that zipper not straight or is it because she’s in mid-stride?
We’ve often said this isn’t a sewing competition but sometimes less than perfect sewing can really damage a designer when she has an interesting design to offer. We’re not sure if this could have or should have been in the top 3, but we liked it a lot. The girl’s got some great ideas.
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We realize that the viewership has their fangs bared for Gretchen, but we’re not entirely on board with that. Gretchen can be a little bitchy, but we’d chalk most of her stuff up to being a little too self-important and lacking in self-awareness. She reminds us a bit of Wendy Pepper, who was equally as entertaining because she had absolutely no idea how she was coming across.
Ivy, on the other hand, she’s just being a bitch. Way too much trash-talking and nastiness coming from someone who so far hasn’t impressed the judges once. A little less focus on “The Ivy Show” and a little more focus on the work, Ivy. And that “Of course you did” when Michael walked in to announce his win was just plain nasty. Keep your mouth shut if you can’t congratulate someone. As for the whole Michael issue, there’s so much conflicting info floating around that we’re taking a wait and see approach. If he really is as bad as some of the designers have been saying, then at some point the editors will use that when it suits them.
As you can see, we’re spending an awful lot of time talking about personality issues instead of the clothes. There’s a good reason for that.
And that fabric she chose for the top could have gone either way, depending on how she used it. Guess what? She didn’t use it well. It looks like she cut a hole in the middle of a tablecloth, poked her head through it, and slapped a belt on it.
And she tried to give it some design interest, but frankly, the string tie and the ruching on the shoulders just make it look a little tacky and cheap. In fact, the whole outfit is so tacky and cheap looking that it looks a little like something you’d see on QVC.
We have no idea if she’s got the chops. Most of her work has been either too low-key and simple to get excited about, or, like here, so off-base and un-stylish that we have to question whether she should still be there. Granted, as long as she’s starring in “The Ivy Show,” she’ll probably be kept in a little longer, because the editors clearly think they have a gold mine in the Mutt & Jeff act she’s got going on with Gretchen.
Tim Gunn’s Workroom: