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Project Runway: Cast & Crew

Last week’s Project Runway was kind of a fun, behind-the-scenes peek at the people who make this show possible.  It was the Sally Beauty challenge, and it was also time for crew make-overs!

Tim Gunn, armed with walkie talkie, called forth several crew members and paired them with designers:

  • Camera Assistant Katie got paired with Merline
  • Sound Mixer Desiree got paired with Edmond
  • Talent Manager Ashleigh got paired with Kelly
  • Production Coordinator Jennifer got paired with Swapnil
  • Challenge Assistant Nicole got paired with Ashley
  • Model Wrangler Monique got paired with Candice

Hey, does anyone think Kelly is looking classier and classier as the show goes on?  She’s my Boston girl and I’m totally pulling for her.

Anyway, basically the designers almost all have trouble marrying their aesthetics with their clients wishes.  Because it was the beloved Project Runway crew, expectations and emotions were a lot higher.  Tim loves the crew like a family, and thus was particularly protective during his critiques.  No one has a good consultation/fitting.  In fact, Tim was pretty made at Swapnil especially, who just doesn’t use his time well or put in much effort.  Everyone started over or had major work to do after speaking with Tim.  Here are the end results:

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My girl Kelly ended up taking the win home.  Merline’s look also went over well, but mostly, the looks were not well-received.  Edmond’s was lukewarm.  Candice’s was basically awful and gross.  I like that Tim said it looks like it came from H&M.  Ashley’s was also not her best look.  The peplum didn’t work and neither did the print.  Swapnil, who disagreed with his client from the beginning, was the loser of the challenge and is sent packing.

Can you blame the judges?

Project Runway: Make it Sell

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Last week’s Project Runway was all about JustFab.com.  The designers have been using JustFab’s accessory wall all season, but the online retailer does clothing as well.  Their partner has just become their client.

JustFab apparently has five style personas: Bombshell, Trendsetter, Girl Next Door, Modern Classic, Femme Nouveau.  Candice, as the winner of the previous challenge, gets to choose her own persona as well as assign them to the group.  For herself, Candice selects Trendsetter.  She also gives Trendsetter to Kelly.  She gives both Swapnil and Edmond Bombshell.  Ashley is assigned Girl Next Door; Laurie, Modern Classic; and Merline, Femme Nouveau.  No offense, but I feel like these personas were not really well-defined.  Thus, results vary.

They are also tasked with creating a brand and screen printing it on a tee-shirt to wear to the fashion show.  Thoughts on the looks & brands:

  • Kelly is now my favorite.  Do I think this outfit fits into a trendsetter-vibe?  Maybe not.  Do I love a good faux fur vest?  Yes.  Yes, I do.  Not particularly this one, but I can appreciate where she’s going.  She brands herself rack addik, and honestly I can’t deal with that.  Heidi seems amused that it says rack across her chest.
  • Candice’s look was a little ehh for me.  I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t like it either.  She uses her last name as her brand, Cuoco.
  • Merline’s dress is definitely unfinished, and definitely not Femme Nouveau… whatever that might mean.  Her brand is Provoke Style.
  • I love Ashley’s look.  This print is to die for and the crop top and skirt are so freaking cute.  The gold jacket is what everyone else loves and what JustFab knows they can sell, but gimme those separates any day!  She uses her name, Ashley Nell Tipton, for her brand.
  • Edmond also uses his name, and his father’s name, Edmond Newton, for his brand.  His dress is very commercial, thus winning him the challenge!
  • Laurie uses Wanda Grace as her brand: a combination of her middle name and a meaningful word.  Laurie’s look makes Heidi say that they “have to talk about the boobies again,” because the top is see-through and pretty much unwearable… this look has to be wearable.
  • Swapnil also uses his name for his brand, Swapnil Shinde.  I don’t like his dress… the print is not for me, especially in that shape and the piece of jewelry stuck to the bum?  Not a fan.  The coat…thing… I just don’t know.

Ashley and Candice are the best looks this time, along with aforementioned Edmond who won.

The rest are the bottom.  Laurie goes home for not designing to the challenge, if you ask me.  Thoughts?!

Project Runway: Pajama Party

Oh goodness, did I love last week’s Project Runway challenge!  We’ve seen some interesting ones with Heidi Klum’s various lines before, but this has got to be the first lingerie challenge.  (Right?)  It’s super interesting to me– I love a good Victoria’s Secret fashion show, and love choosing my own underthings, be they cute, comfy, or sexy.  TMI?  Well, let’s get to the designers, then.

After Heidi announces the winner’s design will be mass produced for her Heidi Klum Intimates collection, the designers find themselves in the workroom with plenty of lace, bows, and basic bra forms so they don’t have to reinvent the wheel.

They have one day for this challenge.  There is, of course, a twist!  Heidi also announces that they are to make a cover-up for their lingerie.  They also have to have a slumber party aka sleep on the runway before the show.  Hah!

Can we talk about Lindsay real quick?  She drops her scissors and cuts her hand and has to go get a stitch and I think she’s being a total baby.  Like, not that she didn’t deserve medical attention… but like, she was being so dramatic about it.  I still like her, so whatever.

Here’s what the designers come up with: (more…)

Project Runway: Love & War

Last week’s Project Runway declared war… a paintball war.  First, there was team picking (for paintball and fashion designing) to be done!  It just so happens that all of the teams came out boys v. girls with just Merline and Ashley left to be chosen.  The boys team chose Merline and Ashley defaulted to the girls team.  This selection process shocked Heidi, who notes that Ashley has already won two challenges.

Ashley has also played a lot of paintball.  The girls pretty much clobber the boys.  Blake hides during the whole encounter and emerges with an unblemished white garment on.  The paint-covered garments the designers are wearing are the fabric they will use for the challenge– a six look collection.  Supplemental material is provided and there is a lot of textile-making… with varied results.

Edmund mentions he has a bad taste in his mouth from his team challenge with Hanmiao, but the men + Merline get alone swimmingly!  They chose to work in blue and white with a splash of yellow.  Their colors are cohesive, as are their designs while still preserving each designers point of view.  It’s amazing howe well they got along, but even more amazing is their result:

L to R: Edmund's dress, Blake's dress, Joseph's skirt & jacket, Swapnil's dress, Merline's coat, Jake's cape & pants.

L to R: Edmund’s dress, Blake’s dress, Joseph’s skirt & jacket, Swapnil’s dress, Merline’s coat, Jake’s cape & pants.

Honestly, as these looks came out on the runway, I loved each one more than the last.  Edmund, Blake, and Swapnil all made such gorgeous dresses.  Joseph is my big surprise– I love his look!  The little jacket is just so chic.  This team obviously wins.  As Kelly Osbourne, guest judge, notes, they did a f*cking good job.

Guys, I hate to say this about my own kind, but girls are so bad at getting along in large groups.  It’s true in my own experience, and in this challenge.  The girls do not have a direction from the start.  They eventually land on “purple” to tie them together as a collection, while still working on six separate looks.  Ashley has hurt feelings about being picked last, and it doesn’t help that a bunch of the girls decide to throw her under the bus for their looks going south.

L to R: Lori's top & shorts, Ashley's top & skirt, Candice's dress, Amanda's dress, Lindsey's coat, top, and pants, Kelly's top & skirt.

L to R: Lori’s top & shorts, Ashley’s top & skirt, Candice’s dress, Amanda’s dress, Lindsey’s coat, top, and pants, Kelly’s top & skirt.

Lori’s shorts are actually super cute; I’d wear them!  The only other looks that I don’t hate immediately is Lindsay’s jacket.  All the colors look like pajamas, though.  Amanda’s dress actually didn’t offend me.  It offended the judges, though, and she got sent home for this look.

Who do you think deserved to go home last week?