Welcome “Project Runway” fans to another recap and review. This episode brings one of my favorite types of challenges for the designers, which ignites the creativity in some, but takes others to the breaking point. What was it? Well, read on to find out.
The Next Challenge: Make a look using materials from a pet store
I love the unconventional challenges because it gives us a chance to see who can make a real outfit out of something crazy. Naturally, Tim Gunn warns the group to think outside the box, and to stay away from conventional materials that the judges will frown upon. Of course, there are the select few, such as Bert, who just don’t listen.
Let the nasty comments begin. To be fair, they really weren’t so stinging this time around, which kind of takes the fun of the whole process. I guess everyone was just too into the fact that maybe some of their materials, especially Fallene, who seems to be growing with disgust as each moment passes. A lot of the talk seems to be focused on “wee wee” pads, which are used to house break dogs. For their intended purposes, they work just fine, but as fashion, I’m not so sure.
I don’t know why people ignore Tim’s warnings in the beginning. The man knows his stuff, and when he says don’t use traditional materials, he means it. Again Bert gets a warning, but since he has immunity, it just seems like he doesn’t really care. Last week he came off as a possible audience favorite, but this week was not a good one image wise for him. How can you not sound arrogant while singing about your immunity in front of everyone?
Tim’s critique of Olivier kind of confused me. He did warn about using fabric-like materials, but I guess the fluff from the dog bed makes it unique enough to pass. Plus, he is trying to do something interesting with the skirt, which is a plus. Still, I wonder what the judges will say.
The Day of the Runway
There is a whole lot of scrambling going on to finish, naturally, but I must say, some of the designers seemed to have pulled off some minor miracles.
The Ones I Like
Hands down, Anthony Ryan gets major props for using a material that I would have never pictured on a dress (birdseed), and turning it into a real outfit. I swear if I were walking down the street and saw his model wearing that in the distance, I would not be able to tell at all. Viktor also gets props for actually making the “wee wee” pads into a trendy looking piece. I loved the colorful top Josh M. made with the aquarium stuff, but I’m not too keen on those boots.
The Ones I Didn’t Like
You know, if Bert’s dress has been something special, I probably could have given him a pass. But the dress was just so simple and blah, that he probably would have been out had he not been given immunity. I know the other designers seemed delighted about Olivier’s, but I also thought it was just kind of there. The top looked so heavy, and it really did not seem like too many women could wear that.
The Winner: Olivier
I don’t agree with this one bit. The whole point of the unconventional challenge was to use materials that probably shouldn’t be used to make a look, and make a fantastic look out of them. Olivier played it a bit safe with the dog bed (okay, not the skirt which I sort of liked), while Anthony Ryan took freaking bird seed and made it look like an actual, honest to goodness dress. He was so robbed.
Out: Josh C
Not surprising. He played it safe, and was in the bottom last week, which in the eyes of the judges meant it was simply his time to go.
Most Memorable Quote: “Oh my “Lord of the Rings.” – Viktor
Well, overall I think there are some really great designers in the bunch, but it looks like the judging is still as crazy as ever. I just have to tell myself that maybe things look a bit different when you see the outfits in person as opposed to watching at home. Until next time!
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