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Project Runway Season 11 Premiere – Together Everyone Achieves More

Season 11 of Project Runway has arrived and it snuck up on me. I must’ve got caught up with other shows like Scandal to forget, but I’m back on track now. Before watching the episodes, I took the liberty to review past work from the designers to make early picks of who I will have my eye on. Samantha, Kate, Layana, Richard, Stanley were my favorites, but how did they fair in the first episode?

The first challenge was to create a look inspired by New York. That should be easy – New York has inspiration everywhere! The twist this season is the designers were split into 2 teams and judging would be based on selecting one team as a winner and the other a loser. From there they would pick a sole challenge winner and one to send home.

The team names were Keeping it Real and Dream Team. From the jump it appeared that the stronger designers were on Keeping it Real and Dream Team had a mix. One thing about groups is that you have to work together to win and that’s an upside, but everyone’s look should blend and standout. Some people will get saved by having their team “win” when their look should be on the chopping block. Case and point, Joseph.

I’m going to keep it real for you Joseph since nobody on your team would – this looks like a hippie housedress. Nothing about this screams New York.

Joseph's Look

Joseph’s Look

Layana, I’ve seen this dress many times before. Cool idea for the back, but the dress doesn’t seem to fit well in the bust area. Watch out for that and hopefully your teammates will give you more feedback.

Layana's Look

Layana’s Look

Amanda, what happened? This look is way too simple and I could probably find something similar at Forever 21. You gotta step it up twofold!

Amanda's Look

Amanda’s Look

Now there were some looks that I loved on Keeping it Real, and I agree with the judges selections of Patricia, Daniel and Richard, but Stanley could’ve been in the top 3 as well. I would’ve chosen Patricia as the winner with her unique take on the buildings, hand painting the shapes, and adding a pop of blue as a backdrop behind the flaps. It gives great movement and the look of the model is on point from head to toe. Is it me or does the model look like Christy Turlington’s daughter?

Patricia's Look - My Fave!

Patricia’s Look – My Fave!

Now onto Dream Team. There wasn’t much of a wow factor in this group. I feel bad because a lot of the looks were mediocre. It was a tossup as to who was going home, but James look was just bad. Kmart could produce something better than that!

James's Look

James’s Look

Cindy’s fabric was very animalistic, and maybe she could’ve created something magnificent, but the dress along with that checkered piece was hideous. The cut of the straps were way too thick and she even said this look didn’t represent her. Then why did you do it?

Cindy

Cindy’s Look

Poor Emily, she seemed like she had all these great ideas, but couldn’t pick one and focus on it enough to make a full garment, so she made this. It was very thrown together and the result of someone who maybe was under too much pressure and had given up. I guess the youngest does get eliminated early in this show.

Emily's Look

Emily’s Look

I noticed Michael Kors was missing from judging, I hope it is temporary. Zac Posen is cool, but I’ve gotten used to Michael’s Korisms. The battle is on as the show continues! I know not all will be friendly on both teams, but they should work together to win.

Project Runway Season 10 Ep. 6 – Keeping it Real

This episode was a feel good, makeover party for everyday people to get a glammed up transformation from head to toe.  Friends of the clients brought them to the show and decided it was time that they changed their look and show their true self.  Each designer got randomly teamed up with a client and the end goal was to make them happy, but create a look that would work for them in their everyday setting.

First off, I’d like to say that the group of women on the show is what most women in the US represent, which is all shapes and sizes.  Why not have some expertise in working with different types?  Life isn’t all about models, and I applaud people who realize that.  To me it appears that all the designers didn’t really step up their game and rise to the occasion of creating a showstopper look for these deserving women.  It was as if they were surprised that they didn’t have a model to work with and didn’t know how to proceed! The hair and makeup looked great on all the ladies, but the outfits didn’t get me outta bed.  So unfortunately, I don’t have a favorite this week and this is a first in Project Runway history!  However, I do have some bones to pick with Ven and his hurtful words about his model. 

As soon as Ven realized he had a model that was plus size and not a “real” woman, he began to complain that he’s never worked with someone this size, it’s hard to pick fabrics, the belts are too small for her and he got the short end of the stick since other designers got slimmer body types.  I was shocked that he would say all this and I wanted to slap him numerous times.  Ven, it’s time for some REAL talk:

Ven’s model – what do think of her look?

1.  The client is plus size and you complained about working with her shape.  Hello, have you looked in the mirror lately?  You have no room to talk as your plus size yourself!

2.  You’ve never worked with real women.  Seriously?!?! Is she not real?  Was she a figment of your imagination?  What are models then? 

3.  The outfit you put her in was horrible and didn’t go together at all.  That zipper skirt wasn’t a great fit and the top was average. 

4.  You didn’t really listen to what the client wanted and you upset her to tears.  You were very selfish and didn’t execute to the best of your ability.  

5.  Your best client may be someone you don’t expect or a size you haven’t worked with. If Oprah calls you, I hope it’s to shame you for being inconsiderate and not to design a look for her.  You don’t deserve that opportunity. 

6.  It isn’t fair that you were given the client you got and the others were lucky because they got more smaller body types?!?! Please!!!  Grab the bull by the horn, man up, and MAKE IT WORK!!

There is no time for excuses with each challenge you are given, and there are only solutions to create the best look ever.  I would’ve been happy if Ven got eliminated, and that would have been the best revenge on his poor attitude towards working with a plus size woman.

Not only is he a one trick pony with his “fan” aesthetic in every look, he is now a dead-end douche bag in my book. Exit stage left.

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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

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Project Runway Season 10 Ep. 4 – Where Are You Going?

The show opens with the news that Andrea has left Project Runway.  I’m a little surprised that she left, being a teacher and all.  Her time was coming anyway.  And then Kooan drops a bomb and says he is quitting too!  We are only 4 episodes in and 2 people want to leave!  Yes, Kooan is quirky, but there is always that out-there designer on the show.  For them to leave now so early in the game makes me question why they were on in the first place.  Do you know how many stink eyes they’re going to get because there are thousands of people who would take their spot and stay?  There is a huge amount of pressure in the fashion industry and if you aren’t cut for it don’t come on the show!  So two designers are gone and I thought, hey it would be great to bring back some of the eliminated designers or pick from the audition pool.  Instead they bring back Raul.  I don’t really get his aesthetic yet.

With the rest of the designers ready to rock, the challenge this week was to create a look for a woman on the go.  I could totally use an outfit like that to wear from sun up to sun down and no wrinkles!  I enjoy being able to wear pieces and remove or add as the day goes on or a versatile dress.  There was really no love for color when it came to choosing fabric colors.  Everyone mostly did black, grey or neutral.  Why are those colors such a default?  I wish someone was on the show that was all about color and never used black fabric.  Instead we always have many designers who love making black clothing.  We have got to spice this up twofold!  My thoughts for some of the looks this week:

Buffi

Look designed by Buffi

This dress wasn’t well put together nor had any vision.  The pink sheer overlay was a nice color, but it did look as if it was just thrown over the zebra print with a belt.  Michael Kors calling it a hairdresser cape was classic and the judges made the right choice in sending her home since nobody in their right mind would wear this on the go!

Christopher

Look designed by Christopher

Here we go with our favorite color, black!  This look by Christopher is good, but I’ve seen this type of gathered dress to the side look before.  The jacket is nicely made, and it looks more like something to wear in the evening only, not during the day.  Points for adding a pop of color with the blue pumps!

Dimitry

Look designed by Dimitry

Dimitry’s dress is nicely made, but there is no wow factor.  He is however, the one to watch and will hopefully step up and give the others a run for their money.  This dress looks like it could be a part of the Calvin Klein fall collection and I agree it would totally stand out more if it was red.

Elena

Look designed by Elena

I wasn’t going to mention Elena and I’m not sure why she is the fan favorite, but this look is ridiculous and the model is WAY too skinny.  This is a woman on the go to the dark side!

Sonjia

Look designed by Sonjia

I am so glad Sonjia won this challenge!  The style of her dress is versatile, can be worn front or back, and adds sexiness without going overboard.  I love that she wants to make dresses for all sizes and that Hayden Panettiere wants to wear her look to a red carpet event!  She chose grey as the fabric color, but I think she could’ve gone for a royal blue and it would be even more stunning.

It appears next week the designers will be in teams again, get ready for the drama!

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