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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!

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Project Runway Season 10 Ep. 3 – Me & You, Just Us Two

We are three episodes in and one of the best tests of compatibility and willingness to work with others is center stage on this show early on while designers are still getting to know each other.  The challenge was to create an Emmy dress to be worn by past Project Runway contestants and the fabric had to be influenced by the color of a new Lexus car.  It’s more exciting to have partners picked randomly, so when each person grabbed a key to a car, there was a matching key for another person and that would be your partner.

The matchups were interesting, especially Buffi and Elena.  Right out the gate Elena said she doesn’t like to work with anyone.  Have you watched the past 9 seasons!?! It’s going to happen so adjust and deal with it.  The past contestants chosen as the client were: April, Laura, Mila, Anya, Kenley, Irina and Valerie.  I was excited to see Anya and Valerie, but the others I could care less. Why bring on April and Mila who like black and grays and won’t have much of a wow factor? Kenley’s voice is just annoying and Irina is mean and snooty. I don’t think I watched much of Season 3 when Laura was on, so I’m indifferent about her.

The clients did have a voice in creating the vision of the dress they wanted, but many didn’t execute accurately.  Also, when I look at the Emmy’s red carpet there is a lot of eye-popping looks.  A lot of the dresses missed that important factor too.  Let’s talk about those looks first.

Alicia & Raul – Mila

Mila in the dress designed by Alicia and Raul

This pair together was two people who only make menswear.  They got Mila as their client and instead of doing a pantsuit that she could at least look polished with clean lines and impeccable tailoring, they ventured to the wild side and decided to take a chance and make a gown.  And instead of listening to the client and what she wants, they pick a pattern instead of a solid.  Hello, are you trying to impress Mila or set her up to crash and burn? Mila looked so frumpy and hideous that I wouldn’t have walked down the runway in that non-Emmy gown.  It was ill-fitted and the v-neck cut was way too high.  And the hair weave didn’t do anything for the look but make it worse – FAIL!

Christopher & Andrea – Anya

Anya in a dress designed by Christopher and Andrea

It was great to see Anya back on the show and I loved her colorful zig-zag dress she had on once she was revealed as a client.  I wasn’t sure how the pairing would be between Christopher and Andrea, but it took a turn for the worse as Andrea was very slow doing her part and taking 12 hours to do one piece.  That really took a toll on Christopher and he kept trying to be nice and not say it, but on the runway he finally let loose and complained about her work.  As soon as it started happening, Christopher should have spoke up and nipped it in the bud.  I was surprised that Anya picked brown as the color of her dress when she is such a vibrant, bright person I thought maybe a yellow or pink or royal blue would have looked better on her. Another dress gone bad that looked like a prom project with a very bad upper body design.

Buffi & Elena – Laura

Laura in a dress designed by Elena and Buffi

So we already know Elena doesn’t like to work with anybody.  Then to make matters worse, she feels partnering with Buffi isn’t the best fit either.  It seemed like Elena wanted to do everything so it would be perfect and just leave Buffi in the background as the iron lady. I don’t recall what Laura wanted, but the end result was another black dress – YAWN!  It was OK for me, not a showstopper at all.  Laura would fade out at the Emmy’s and it wouldn’t be memorable.

Gunnar & Kooan – Irina

Irina in a dress designed by Gunnar and Kooan

When I saw that Irina was one of the clients, I felt bad for whoever was going to work with her because she is a snappy, snooty, difficult person to work for.  I felt worse that Gunnar and Kooan were the lucky recipients of her wrath because she didn’t hold back and was already talking to them like minions.  She was very clear about what she wanted which is fine, but get your point across with class and not sass.  Gunnar wasn’t happy with her since she was hard to work with and Kooan didn’t even know what to say when she got mad about the stitching in the back of the dress.  Irina will crack a whip any day and you don’t want to be in the way.  Her dress was alright, but again, it would be looked over at the Emmy’s. Of course when asked how she liked the dress she was going to mention the sewing could be better.  Irina, what are you up to now?

Nathan & Sonjia – Valerie

Valerie in a dress designed by Sonjia and Nathan

I was happy to see Valerie return to the show and glad she got Sonjia and Nathan as designers.  Finally we had two people who know what type of fabric to use for the Emmy’s!  I loved what they picked for her dress and the cut in the front was sexy but classy.  The back could’ve been done up a little more, but this was truly the first dress I saw that I would have pinned as a wow factor.  Valerie is a pretty girl, but her hair was looking gray and her makeup a little bland.  Glam her up folks!

Fabio & Ven – Kenley

Kenley wearing the winning design by Fabio & Ven

Going into this show we all knew Ven would be immune from elimination and whoever was paired with him would probably be safe.  Kenley is another person that knows what she wants and the vintage but modern style is her look.  Her dress was the winning design, but it wasn’t Emmy-esque.  I could see her dress being worn to an awards luncheon or the Kentucky derby.  As the winning look, the designer who created the dress would accompany her to the Emmys.  One look at this dress and you know Ven was all over it.  He has continued to impress me and I hope to see something different from him.

After watching this episode, there are a few things I have to point out to designers who want to be on this show:

  1. Be ready to partner with someone who may have a totally different aesthetic than you, but be open to working together to complete the end goal.
  2. It’s great if you specialize in one type of look, but be versed in others especially if you are only good at menswear.  The show mostly focuses on clothes for women, so it would be nice if you knew how to make a dress and gown.

Looking forward to the next show!

Past Commentary

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Project Runway Seas. 10 Ep. 2 – Sweet Success

Whenever Project Runway has the unconventional challenge, my expectations are high and the anticipation to see where the designers take their imagination is exciting! This week the theme was Candy Couture where you had to make a dress out of candy.  There is no better place to go than the world renowned Dylan’s Candy Bar.  I was familiar with the store, but didn’t know it was created by Dylan Lauren, daughter of Ralph Lauren.  It was then I had the “aha” moment and put two and two together.  This candy shop is an adventure for all ages with so many different types of candy you could truly buy more than you can chew!

Some did struggle with getting their look together and others soared with their vision.  The main goal of this challenge was to create something that doesn’t look like candy and could be wearable.  I completely agree with the judges’ selection of the challenge winner and the person they sent home.  However, there were some designers who I felt should have been in the high/low score group:

Dimitry 

When I saw Dimitry’s look come down the runway I thought it was very well done and could pass for a beaded dress!  Using gumballs to make the skirt, he strategically placed the gumballs in a eye-catching way and the entire look was flattering on the model.  He should’ve be in the high score group along with Ven and Sonjia.

Dimitry’s beaded candy dress

Andrea

Andrea has struck out again for me this week and should’ve been in the low score group.  She had this idea in her head to design an apron out of candy.  I immediately thought it wasn’t going to be any good and I was spot on!  Even though she was born on Halloween doesn’t mean you have skills to make a dress out of candy. There didn’t seem to be much effort on transforming the candy, just taking strips of candy dots and sewing them together.  When Tim Gunn said he was underwhelemed, I was too. It looked like a craft project a five year old could make.  She’s is next on the list to go and maybe the judges will see that more clearly next week.

Andrea’s candy apron look

Elena

Elena likes to use black to make her designs, and this time she went with a colorless candy, like beige twizzlers and made this dress.  When her look came out all I could think of was pasta. Was she hungry and decided she was cook this after judging was over? She did the square shoulder again and it was falling apart on the runway.  Not a great color choice and it wasn’t appealing at all.  Elena needs to break out of her comfort zone and use some color!

Elena’s pasta dress

Gunnar

Does anyone think that Gunnar’s look could pair well with a taxi?  That’s all I could think of when I saw his candy design come down the runway. Either that or hanging with the bees.

Gunnar’s look – You’ll definitely get a axi with this dress!

Ven

For someone who graduated from FIT at top of his class and also received all four awards for his class is truly admirable for Ven.  His look last week got me out of bed and his candy couture dress had me floored!  He has such a creative mind to smash candy to give a stained glass look on a dress outlined with black licorice.  This is a red carpet ready look that would sell fast!  Did you notice the rose design again on this dress?  I think that’s his signature look, which will definitely make him stand out!

Ven’s winning candy couture dress – LOVE!

Lantie

Lantie wasn’t my favorite last week and should’ve got eliminated then. However, she dug her own grave this week by putting together an unheavenly design with more fabric than candy.  For someone to make excuses and say you don’t have enough time or you’ve never worked like this before, is grounds for you to leave immediately.  Project Runway has been on TV for 9 seasons now and you don’t know what to expect if you’re on the show?  Her umbrella dress with some candy glued on here and there was horrendous!  She acted as if she didn’t care and you could totally see that.  Her exit could have been a spot for someone else more deserving who really wanted to be on the show and give it their all.  There is no room for excuses, just get your S%#! together and make it work!

Lantie’s look – not so sweet

Sonjia

Sonjia is definitely the one to watch and possible give Ven a run for his money.  I love her use of different candies such as gumballs, gummie sharks and hard candy to make such a stunning dress!  Sonjia brings the wow factor to her looks and I love the colors she chose, going with an aquatic theme for her dress.

Sonjia’s dress – Aquatic candy delight!

Next week the designers will be put into teams and this is always a true test of who can work together and agree on a cohesive design. On another note, is it me or do the models look mediocre this season?  Well, the fun continues and can’t wait until the next show!

See all my favorite looks from this episode on Pinterest! http://pinterest.com/thestylegoddess/project-runway-season-10-fave-looks/

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