Project Runway 9.08

Oh Dear Lord

A men’s challenge. The disaster of season 4 comes back. The only designer to do men’s is Olivier. Not only that, they are part of a band called “Sheep Dog” that will be on the cover of Rolling Stone sometime in the near future. The prize is great, but the challenge is difficult. Not only because they are men, but to me, they had a questionable style.

Not Again!

So they learn of that not only will they be designing for men, but they will be designing in “teams”. After the freak out of oh no, I don’t like this person, they are told that they will be judged individually. Why wouldn’t you just have the button bag and pull out two names and say, you get this musician. The team thing was dumb and unnecessary.

Then Olivier starts making his condescending comments again! “I got the biggest one, he is massive, he is huge, the mannequin is not big enough.” Dear Lord! As a designer it is your job to create clothes for normal human beings. And the leader who’s name is slipping my mind is not fat. Yeah, he is a big dude, but he could snap Olivier with his fingers. And I felt bad for him. Actually I thought all the guys were slightly embarrassed to be wearing some of those clothes.

Let’s just get to the designs. I am not really sure who was in the top or bottom but I will try my best.

Top 3

Bert: It kills me to say this, but this was one of the better ones. It looked slightly rock n’ roll and I liked the pants. (Puking right now, this is so hard to say). I have a soft spot for pin stripes.

Josh: Front good, the zipper is okay, not something I am necessarily looking for when I see men, but it serves its purpose. I like the vest and then he turns around.  It is a disaster back there. Josh went nuts after going simple last week. Oh and I won’t even start on those butt pockets. How awful.

Viktor: Probably the best. It was made well, and the jacket did look expensive. Not my style or how I would want a star to look but he looked a lot better than the others.

Winner

Viktor obviously. I think he is gaining more respect in the judges eyes. He has a good taste level and can definitely make some impeccable clothes. Great job this week!

Bottom 3

Anya: Finally we see that lack of sewing knowledge. I liked the idea of the pants if they were made well but the top was a little messiah. Especially with that head band, I just didn’t get it. Yes, he wants to look hippyish but no one wants to look like an actual hippie anymore.

Kimberly: Boring. Nothing special about it and I agree with the judges, bowling shirt came to mind. I half expected to see Charlie Harper wearing that.

Olivier: Bad, bad, bad. Gross fabric, bland pants, and poorly made. Way to much wrong here to start on. It was just ugly and terrible.

Out

Olivier. Hurray! the ass is gone. I couldn’t listen to anymore of his comments. The outfit was easily the worst. Unfinished and bad concept? not a good match.

Middle

Anthony Ryan: Not his best. I actually liked the fabric, but it was a little feminine. The fringe on the back was okay and we finally got to see that he can make pants. However, they weren’t that fantastic. Next, we need him to make something with sleeves.

Laura: She gave him red pants, but that was about it. The top was purple, and girly. I don’t think up-and-coming Rock Stars want to look like their wives dressed them. Too much purple. What is wrong with black?

Side notes:

Could they really not think of a better name than “Sheep Dog”?

I don’t think the winning member really liked his outfit.

Adam Lambert was hilarious. He added nearly nothing to the show, but would burst out laughing after almost every single one of Michael’s one-liners. So funny. He was a fun judge to have. And I don’t even watch Idol.

Will Anya’s lack of sewing skills bite her again? She has great ideas and great taste. I feel like if she makes it to the final 3 she will have a terrific chance at winning. I don’t really know if that is a good or bad thing.

Please no more men’s challenges. This one wasn’t very good and the fact that the menswear designer was sent packing on the menswear challenge doesn’t bode well for it.

Based one who’s left, it is nearly impossible for me to tell who is going to be the final 3. The only one who hasn’t been at the top a lot is Kimberly and it’s not like she’s been in the bottom a whole lot either.

 

Project Runway 9.08

Another day and another challenge. The designers look slightly beat at this point and this is the time in every season where we start to see people slip up, and lose their mojo. I wish most the designers the best as the season chugs on.

Men? What the Hell?

So the fabulous Heidi Klum comes out and says that they won’t be using their models this time, but will have a client. Then comes out 9 men of all different shapes and sizes. The look of horror on everyone’s face was priceless. Anya gets to pick first and the rest are done through the button bag. As expected the thinner men get chosen first. Olivier starts condescendingly saying that he can’t work with fat people. I want to snap his head off for this comment. How rude! As a designer it should be your goal to design for people of all different sizes. I am sorry that we are not all size 0, and it is comments like these that make everyone so self conscious about how they look.

Tim Saves the Day

Back at the workroom Tim comes in and tells them that they won’t be designing for the men, but for the men’s special ladies. I could almost feel the sigh of relief. The men then have to explain the women’s style to the designers and some really aren’t that sure. Bert is working for a man who is obsessed with his lady’s breasts and Anthony Ryan gets to recreate a dress that the dude lost awhile ago. This all seemed a bit weird. I am just glad they brought the women in to say what they want.

Mood

So the men get to go to mood with the designers and Olivier is running around asking what DD means. How do you not know this? I know you are not a girl but you ARE a designer. You should know what all the sizes mean. When he finds out that it means big boobs, he is horrified and starts saying that he doesn’t like boobs and that all women should be flat breasted. At this point I am almost to the point where I want to break my beloved TV he is annoying me so much.

Top 3

Anya: I like it, but can’t stand the sleeve. That woman looks amazing in it. She could go anywhere and people would be like WOW!

Joshua: An amazing little black dress. It was adorable and she looked so happy in it. The lace was perfect and the flow of the skirt was fantastic.

Viktor: Dear lord she looked fabulous. She looked quirky, cute, professional, and so much more. It was the perfect outfit for her.

Winner

Josh: I don’t get it, the black dress was great, but Viktor’s outfit was so perfect. It was more than his client could have ever wanted and the fact that possibly a pair of sunglasses kept him from a win.

Bottom 3

Anthony Ryan: It fit well, and didn’t do harm to her body, but it was old or futuristic. It just didn’t look like it should be in this time period. It could have been worse.

Bert: Oh she didn’t look very good in this. It should have been so much better. Look it was sewn well but like they told Becky, this is not America’s best seamstress.

Bryce: Ew, huge pockets, poor fit, and so many other things. Just went terribly wrong.

Out

Bryce: Good luck Bryce but you were long overdue. The dress was bad, I can only imagine what the other one would have been.

The Middle

Kimberly: Nothing special. She looked good in it so mission accomplished.

Laura: Look for a woman who wants Barbie, she got Barbie. But it was done right so she looked great.

Olivier: The top is nice, but I hate those pants. They make her butt look huge. She is a beautiful woman and it doesn’t really do her justice.

Side Notes

I am still pissed at Olivier. I wasn’t necessarily a fan of him before but I never disliked him. I found his color palate to be bland and boring, I never got on the fake accent bandwagon because quite frankly I don’t care, and I think he has some good ideas. But this week he just irritated me to know end. And he made Tim raise his voice. I just can’t see him being a real designer if he refuses to work with clients and can’t accept that most women aren’t a size 2.

Viktor got cheated again. He is always in the top, or should be in the top most of the time, but can never nag that win. The one win he does have, he shares with Josh. And then this week Josh steals it from him. Of all the designers left, I truly believe Viktor has the best sense of style. I just hope the judges see it too.

Speaking of Josh, I thought he did a great job of holding back this week. I could tell he just wanted to decorate that dress to hell. I don’t really like him as a person but it says a lot when you can work well with a client.

What about Kimberly? She is always in the middle. I have almost no idea as to who she is as a person or what her aesthetic is. She has just floated through this competition. I don’t think she is trying to just stay safe, I just don’t think she as the design that the judges want to see.

I want Anthony Ryan to make pants. I like him, I think he is a nice person, he has an awesome accent considering he is from the south, but he only makes dresses and skirts. I want to see that he knows how to make pants. Hell Anya has made pants and she just learned to sew. It’s hard to believe that that used to be a major issue.

Heidi is still in love with Bert. I hate it. Bert gets saved because she has a soft spot for him. Judges are supposed to be unbiased and I am pretty sure Nina and Michael are, but Heidi so has her favorites. And unfortunately for us, that means Bert gets to hang around.

 

Project Runway 9.04

A Terrifying Challenge

The designers learn that in this challenge they will be designing for Nina Garcia. I am pretty sure I would have peed my pants if I were one of them. Nina is a tough judge and isn’t afraid to speak her mind. Not only that, she lists off a whole list of things she doesn’t like. I love this challenge but thank God I don’t have to do and just get to enjoy watching Nina be Nina.

Meet the Diva

So the contestants get to meet with Nina on a consultation. I think this is good considering all the things that Nina doesn’t like so it gives them a chance to get advice from her and change whats he doesn’t like. However Nina is a lot more forceful than Heidi or any other beautiful woman that they have had to design for in the past. She tells Kimberly she wants pants, doesn’t want the jacket Cecilia was thinking of, and says no a lot. Ironically, everything Nina says she doesn’t wear like color and pattern was what she was wearing at the consults. She looked great in it, but it was kind of bizarre.

Dual fabric

While at the store Anthony Ryan and Becky pick out the same fabric. I don’t know who got it first, from the way they showed it, it looked like AR picked it up before Becky but who knows or really cares. I have to agree that it is amazing that two designers would choose the same thing from thousands of choices. The good news, I love the fabric.

Welcome to the workroom

Nina comes to the workroom and she has a poker face for everything. She tells Danielle no at least 3 times and asks a couple people if they have a plan B. The answer is no. Everyone seems on edge and Tim looks a bit worried.

Anybody Home?

For the first time ever, Tim walks into the workroom on the day of the show and no one is there. It was really funny and then Tim walks into the sewing room where they are all frantically working. Tim looks worried, gives his little speech, and walks away.

Top 3

Anya: The color she ended up with was great. I am not a big jump suit fan, but it appeared to made well, even if Laura helped a little. I just can’t imagine that suit in the mustard yellow. If that happened I think she may have gone.

Kimberly: I like the pants and the more I see the top the more I like it. I just can’t imagine Nina in it. I think it would photograph well for a magazine and it is original and modern. I was just stunned when Nina like it.

Viktor: I loved this dress. It was totally a work outfit that could be worn straight to an evening event. The shoulders were something different. And it was really pretty. I agree that the separates made it better than it just being a dress.

Winner: Kimberly. Between the 3 I really didn’t care. I thought Viktor’s was the best but it wouldn’t photograph as well as Kim’s. She did a great job because that gold, sparkly fabric is hard to pull off.

Bottom 3:

Cecilia: Boring. I don’t see anyone wearing this and Cecilia’s personality sucks. I don’t know how she thought that that gray was purple but the yellow she picked wouldn’t have gone with purple either. It was sad and dull.

Danielle: Like Michael said, it is very pedestrian. I can’t imagine Nina in that green. There was nothing special about it, and it had no point of view. It wasn’t the worst but it should have been much better.

Julie: oh Julie. I don’t really know if it was a dress or a coat. The collar was non existent and it was glued together. I like the flicks of orange but dear Lord it was bad. The model also had no shape in it. It was much too big.

Loser: Julie. This was her last chance. I like Julie and Cecilia’s crappy attitude annoyed me but hers was worse. I could possible see someone in Cecilia’s dress but I would be afraid to meet the person who wore Julie’s outfit. The only thing that bothered me was Cecilia not seeing the point in telling the judges she thought it should be her instead of Julie. If you don’t want to be here, go home.

The Middle

Anthony Ryan: first time not in the top, but he still did a good job. I cant really see it as an evening outfit but it would look great for work. Still love the fabric.

Becky: I loved her dress. It would work for day and night. The model looked great and I could totally see Nina in it. I think she did it better than AR, but both did a great job.

Bert: A boring little black dress. I wish Bert could do something like his first design because I haven’t seen anything from him since that makes me want to root for him. The dress was simple and dull. It was wearable, but not anything special

Bryce: oh Bryce, you are so lucky. It didn’t fit, it was too short, and just looked bad. It is very bizarre and poorly made. I can’t believe he wasn’t in the bottom 3. Then again the ones at the bottom were just as bad.

Joshua: I liked his cutout dress, but it was very young-looking. Anyone of the age of 25 couldn’t pull of this dress. It was cute and intriguing but Nina could never wear it. Especially with that bright orange back. I like the front a lot better.

Laura: I think she is lucky to have immunity. It was ugly and the green is definitely a bit Christmasy. The little drop sleeve things are ugly. and the sheer bottom of the skirt is awful. I do not like it. And it needs to be thrown out because no amount of work will make it better. One more thing, it is too shiny.

Olivier: Ew. Not tight enough and the colors are super bland. Nina said she didn’t like color that much but the winner was a sparkly gold top. The pants make her hips look huge and the placement of beige/gray part of the top is placed weirdly. I like the model’s hair and that is about it.

Side Notes:

Anthony Ryan and Anya appear to be best buddies which is nice because I love them both.

Cecilia better change her attitude or the producers may throw her off the show.

I think this is one of the best challenges Project Runway has ever had. I can’t believe it took this long. Maybe next time they will have to make an outfit for Michael. Or as I remember last time, Tim was praying that they never do another menswear challenge again.

Thank God we appear to not have a Gretchen or Kenley this season. The drama is always fun to watch but these people always make it too far. As I remember Gretchen should have been gone instead of AJ and Kenley should have never it made it to the final 3. Remember that ugly purple, fish/dragon/snake thing?

The Judges were awesome Nina’s boss is even more harsh than Nina and I can’t believe someone on the bottom didn’t start crying. Kerry Washington was unmemorable but I think she was overshadowed by Joanna Coles. As long as they have judges that don’t overshadow Michael, Nina, or Heidi.