Project Runway: Top and Bottom Designers
In our opinion, he had one of the harder dresses to work with. Pink’s a tough color, but that candy, Pepto-Bismol pink is practically impossible to make work on an adult. Granted, he chose it, so he must have had a game plan going in.
Well, we could theorize about producer manipulation and whatnot, but we tended to believe the judges when they said they had a problem with the styling, which comes right up to the border of Dragville.
We’re of two minds (at least) about the whole “styling” issue that’s come up this season. We think the judges have always based their decisions at least partially on styling. We don’t really have a problem with that. If the goal is to find the next great fashion designer, then the judges want some confirmation that the designer knows how to present their clothes effectively. It’s a big part of the job. With some -knock-it-out-of-the-park modern, fresh styling, he probably would have had this one locked up. By inexplicably deciding to do her up like Dusty Springfield, he sent the message that this isn’t fashion; it’s costume. And that’s the wrong message to send to the judges.
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It’s squirm-inducing subjecting these poor gals to the kind of blunt body assessments that models get all the time. Models are used to it; anyone else isn’t. Although we honestly think a big reason no one chose her had to do with her dress and not the body underneath it.
It seems that some viewers found his commentary on the matter offensive, but honestly, we thought he came off very, very well. The fact of the matter is, it’s more difficult and takes more fabric to design and construct a flattering outfit for a larger woman – or man, for that matter. There’s nothing wrong with Michael expressing some dismay at some of the hurdles he faced. He had the tact not to say anything in front of her, and he had the heart and the self-awareness to realize that he had to be careful how he expressed himself.
Basically, have you ever seen a larger-sized woman, Michael?
If we can play Pretend PR Contestant for a moment, we would have thought a wild and colorful Pucci-esqe print would have been a better choice as a complimentary fabric. He could have done a fitted pink skirt over a print blouse and while it probably wouldn’t have won it for him, he wouldn’t have wound up in the bottom either.
The judges can deny they do it until they’re blue (or in one case, orange) in the face: they take into account past work when eliminating someone. This was arguably worse than Peach’s (although that’s an argument we’d like to hear someone make), but he’s managed to do some fairly impressive work throughout the competition and Peach, godluvher, just didn’t. As much as we hated this dress and as much as we think Peach is a hoot, this is not a decision that we question.
In fact, come to think of it, we’ve agreed with pretty much every elimination so far and disagreed with just about every win. Considering it’s the former that determines finalists and not the latter, we have to say that the judges, despite their cracktasticness, are still doing their jobs effectively this season.
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