Project Runway: Auf Wiedersehen!
We’re not even going to try to untangle the skein of messy relationships this season, but we’re finding Michael C.’s constant “Nobody likes me” whining to be more than a little annoying. Get over it. It’s not all about you.
It’s kind of surprising that they haven’t done a resort wear challenge before now. Michael Kors is probably the number one American resort wear designer. There was some grumbling in the T LOunge last night that it was somehow “unfair” to have him come in and critique the work he would later be judging but the fact of the matter is, that was a rare opportunity for those designers and besides, he gave them all great advice.
Kind of funny how they treated a half-hour boat ride on the Hudson as a Riviera cruise. Thousands of Staten Island commuters must have gotten a kick out of that one.
“Designers, I am perfectly comfortable being on this boat. No, no. Continue your work. I enjoy grasping the side of the boat and holding on for dear life. My legs? Buckling? Don’t be absurd. I’m merely…resting my knees.”
It’s also kind of surprising they never had a challenge like this one, either. In retrospect, it’s a no-brainer, since that’s the reality of the fashion world. Designers design and then hand off the design to other people to execute.
Obviously, the goal was to generate as much friction and drama as possible and we have to say, it’s to the credit of the remaining contestants that the drama was for the most part, rather low-key. We also have to give some props to Gretchen. She was very sweet and patient with Casanova and seemed genuinely determined to give him what he wanted. Poodles, it’s time to face facts: she’s really not a bitch. High self-regard? Absolutely. A tendency to say some prissily self-important things? Hell yes. But except for Michael C., all the other designers seem to genuinely like her.
Casanova, how can you leave our television screen now? You are far too entertaining. He should host a makeover show. He’d definitely bring something new to the genre.
“Okay, this do not look good on you. I think it make you look like a retard.”
Oy. We’re gonna have to tread lightly on this one.
And that little tie in the back looked half-assed.
Obviously, we’ll be talking about Ivy’s look in Ivy’s entry, but we’ll say this: our imaginary scorecards placed Ivy and Casanova at pretty much exactly the same spot in the rankings. It could have gone either way.
But consider this: Casanova presented a look exactly as he intended to and Ivy presented a look that she admitted was problematic and both she and Michael D were in agreement that she had to alter the design against her will because of his technical aptitude.
Additionally, Ivy’s minimalist sort of aesthetic has a home in resort wear. This look, while not awful, isn’t really what people think of when they think of resort wear. It doesn’t say “Cruise on the Riviera” so much as it says “lunch at the country club.”
This look simply won’t wind up in an editorial or on the cover of a magazine any time soon. It’s just too pedestrian; too department store. That’s not a knock on the people who would wear an outfit like this; it’s just the way the fashion industry, and Project Runway in particular, works. They’re looking for the exciting stuff; not the stuff you can get anywhere.
And it has to be said that when it comes to comparing Ivy and Casanova, he has been far less consistent and more problematic with his entries, ping-ponging from eye-popping slutwear to rather staid and boring clothes.
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