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Project Runway Season 10 Ep. 5 – Work Appropriate Attire

Early in the game there is another team challenge with the entire group separating into two teams.  The teams have to create a cohesive, fashion forward work collection that is editorial and wearable.  They also will direct a photo shoot where 3 of the photos will be shown on the runway.  It’s always interesting to see how the teams are picked, and Sonjia started off the selection by picking Elena.  Great that she has fab tailoring skills, but after watching this episode I think she will be the last one picked instead of Raul. One team had 5 people (Ven, Fabio, Gunnar, Christopher, Nathan) and the other 6 (Sonjia, Elena, Melissa, Raul, Dimitry, Alicia), hence the name of the groups, Team 5 and Team 6.

Right out the gate Team 5 had a theme, made a plan and was organized.  They worked well together, but Gunnar was micro-managed throughout the challenge.  I liked that for the most part they were calm, cool and collective.  The fabric they chose was mostly silk and chiffon and not all women wear that to work all the time so I thought that wasn’t ideal.  As a group they did pull together a cohesive collection that was evident to the judges and they got points for that.

On the other hand, Team 6 decided to go the route of each person focusing on their strengths and create pieces that each would do well.  It would then somehow come into a collection hopefully.  Because there wasn’t a true vision, everyone had a say, there were arguments, and in the end the pieces could have come from different places.  Elena was the one person who just brought too much stress to the team by barking orders, putting people down and cursing every minute.  Didn’t she say she doesn’t like working in teams?  Their collection was definitely more modern, editorial, and fashionable.  So who’s look on each team stood out good or bad?

Melissa

Melissa’s work look – The Power Dress

Out of all the looks presented, Melissa’s was the true standout and the “power dress” of the workplace.  I absolutely LOVE the royal blue color of this dress, the neck style of the front and the sexy zipper design in the back.  Any woman in this dress will feel like they are running the show while looking fabulous and get work done. Kudos for her for breaking out of black and selecting this amazing hue to design a great piece!  I was so happy she was picked as the winner because she definitely deserved it.

Elena

Elena’s top as a work look – what job is this?

Elena has a thing for puffy shoulders, but her top is not for the workplace.  I didn’t like it all and the way she carried herself during this episode was inappropriate.  I’m glad Raul dogged her out at the end, and that the judges didn’t like her look.  Who wants to work with someone so rude and loud? She needs a reality check that in the design world you must be able to work with all types of people!

Fabio

Fabio’s look – Would you wear this to work?

I don’t agree with the judges positive review of Fabio’s design.  To me it reads as cheap, plain, and unflattering, especially the turban headband.  Looks like someone didn’t finished getting dressed.

Raul

Raul’s ruffled top missed the mark again

Everyone on Team 6 got asked who was the weakest link and Raul was the target.  There is too much ruffling going on in the front, and the top doesn’t look flattering.  He did stick with what he felt was right, and sadly that was wrong for the judges.  He was eliminated again and his comeback was short-lived.  Hopefully now he has learned some things to polish his sewing skills and taste.

Do you agree with my thoughts on the show?  Feel free to chime in and share your opinion!

Past Commentary

Episode 4

Episode 3

Episode 2

Episode 1

Project Runway Season 10 Premiere

I was so excited for a new season of Project Runway to start that I literally raced home like a speed demon to make in time for the 9pm show!  I think with every season there is always someone who is way out there with their designs (Kooan), the elder (Andrea), and then drama queens (Gunnar & Christopher).  After that, there are the others who I can’t quite peg as anything yet.  One thing I will say is that whatever bucket you might fit into doesn’t matter to me that much, I really want to see what your design aesthetic is and if you can wow me with your looks!  So with that being said, there were a few I will comment on:

Andrea

I was definitely digging Andrea’s cool neon frames and her long earrings.  That’s where my love for her ended.  First off, just plain black and white colors is really boring without the proper pop of color.  And who would wear this type of dress?  I can’t think of anyone.  I could only see this circle dress worn in a theater setting or for someone who is trying to conceal that they’re pregnant or look pregnant without even trying.  How do you sit in this thing?

Design by Andrea. Would you wear this?

Beatrice

I actually like the concept behind this dress, pairing jersey with sheer, but the knit cape doesn’t go with this at all.  I didn’t expect Beatrice to get cut, since the judges steamrolled Lantie in her critique.  Gone too soon!  Since she is local, I hope to visit her store one day!

Look by Beatrice – Perfect for the Summer!

Buffi

I love that Buffi embraces color and loves to incorporate that into her look.  However, these 2 looks both look cheap.

Looks by Buffi – Cheap or not?

Christopher

I do like the design of this dress and it does look like an easy, breezy dress, but I don’t agree with Christopher being the challenge winner.  The wow factor wasn’t high enough for me.

Look by Christopher

Kooan

He has a voice, he’s different, but is it a joke? Props for color, but as long as he’s in the running I feel like I will repeatedly be saying, “OOOOOOOOK.”

Look by Kooan

Lantie

It can down to Beatrice and Lantie in the bottom 2.  With Lantie’s take on making old dresses youthful, this one failed to make it’s mark.  The judges sounded like she was the one that would be eliminated with all the negative criticism they gave her look. The pasted on pattern in the front isn’t flattering, and I hope she can turn it around next week.

Look by Lantie

Ven

Ven is my front runner and the person who I thought would win.  The rose bustier was phenomenal, and the structure exquisite.  I loved the whole look with the clean lines and pleating.  He is definitely one to watch!

Look by Ven

Overall, the first show was fun.  I do think the designers need to work on how they style their models, especially hair and makeup.  Stay tuned for my thoughts next week, and go here to see all my fave looks on Pinterest!

Live Colorfully!!

Great article of inspiration from http://newcolorrevolution.com!

“The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.” –William James

New Color Revolution is a stylish cause-marketing campaign and experiment in social activation fueled by the embrace of a colorful life. The goal is to spark a popular fashion movement promoting the value of being expressive, confident and aware, one that accelerates a vibrant state that enhances the quality of life while at the same time liberating us from anything that can hold us back. This uprising is undertaken not only for personal fulfillment, but also for the creation of a bright, hopeful and prosperous society. It is a highly-visible response to life that manifests across music, food, fashion, art and design to generate a more enlivened environment and more optimistic conceptions of beauty, truth and goodness.

This Revolution is fashion on a higher vibration and a fashionable practice that keeps us firmly in the vivid colorflow. Color expresses a primal emotive need. Wearing it and creating colorful environments satisfies in more ways than we can imagine. This passionate revolt into style is creative resistance with a liberating battle cry to colorized the fortified system of expressive inhibition in which the same tenured forces of the bland limited spectrum have been entrenched for years. This vivacious activism may be seen as extreme to some but compared to the void of the black hole it offers a most sensible Utopian solution to all the bleak dissolution that prevents us from stepping into the luminous future.

This is so because color beautifully expresses who we are. We are the colors we surround ourselves with and that we wear. Color immediately shows how much we feel and we care. In the Year of the Dragon, color is exploding in design, decor, art, and fashion, and with it a new color consciousness. We don’t just put on clothes anymore. We would never settle for boring white walls. We can’t see in the same old way. Once you see the lack in basic black you’ll never go back. Once you know, why settle for the status quo? Why not be seen and heard? You don’t even have to say a word. When we communicate with color we are understood, directly and dynamically. We see and feel the vibe. In a room of bland gray and blackness we are truly distinctive; reading, seeing and feeling the true hues between the lines. This is light by design moving at the speed of life; a lifelight that shows we can dance in the fire, that shows off a burning desire and gives us fever through the night.

 

Project Runway, Seas 9 Ep 8: How Well Do You Know Me?

The challenge for the designers to create a look for a male’s significant other based on the interpretation was fun!  It’s always interesting to see what a man thinks their woman would like and how that translates into a design worthy to wow the judges and the client.  I would be curious to see what my boyfriend would tell a designer to make – he knows I love color so that would be a great
start! Let’s take a look at the high scores:

Viktor

Color is my middle name and Viktor brought it! I love everything about the look, including the hairstyle!  She looks very stylish, and a woman who means business but has a fun side.  The sunglasses and purse probably weren’t needed, but the necklace was a nice piece to add another color pop.

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Joshua

Even though I am not a huge fan of all black, I love that Joshua made a cute simple dress with an amazing back showcasing the lace
detail and a full twirl skirt. This could easily transform into other colors and sell like hotcakes in the store.  And nice touch to add a turquoise shoe!  I could see Reese Witherspoon wearing this to a movie premiere.

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Anya

Anya’s design was the most stylish, and runway ready!  I love this look as well, and Anya has established herself as a unique designer out of the pack.  With the model saying she is inspired to do an art piece from this dress speaks volumes.  Anya always brings her Trini flair to the runway and I look forward to her designs every week.  She is definitely a front runner!

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And now the low scores:

Bert

I am surprised Bert is still in the competition.  His designs are both too simple and boring or just plain wack.  Nice tailoring job, but that won’t get you far.

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Anthony Ryan

This design was rather boring and it did look similar to a cheerleading outfit.  Adding polka dots to this and changing the style could have produced a Bettie Paige look.  Luckily he’s still in the competition because he has made some amazing pieces in the past!

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Bryce

Great color but bad fit.  If Bryce could’ve conceptualized a vision earlier on and stuck with it, he might have created a stunning piece.

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Again, great challenge by Project Runway and I can’t wait to see what’s next!

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