I love sports movies. I love the ones about scrappy underdogs. I love the ones about fallen champions. I love the ones about team-building and the ones about falling in love and the ones about reconnecting with family. I love the ones about winning and I love the ones about losing. I love the ones about teams and I love the ones about individuals. I love the ones about athletes and I love the ones about coaches or managers or moms. I love the ones about world champions and I love the ones about small town heroes. I love sports movies. And I can be counted on to cry at the resolution, win or lose or something in between.
A quote from Marianne Williamson recurs in the film Akeelah and the Bee (a sports movie in my estimation):
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
A sports movie, at its core, is about that fear and what it takes to overcome it. A sports movie, at its core, is about people who dare — not to be something they aren’t, but to be something they are.
Wreck It Ralph is a sports movie. There is a journey to win a medal, there is a race, there is a straight up training montage. But like all sports movies, it isn’t really about that. It’s about three people who dare to be powerful beyond measure. Of the three, Venellope is my favourite.
We already know my feelings about the episode, but here are my feelings about the fashion. The challenge was not very challenging: design a look for a woman on the go.
I love Melissa and I love layers but this went a little overboard. Then again, there’s a Jedi cloak thing going on here that at the least makes it Geek Chic. And Jedis are on-the-go…? I guess?
I didn’t watch this episode live because the OLYMPICS trump everything. Yes, even when the Olympics aren’t live either. Thursday was the Women’s All Around in Gymnastics and while it was impossible not to be spoiled for the results I loved watching with my daughter screeching GABBY GABBY GABBY. The top four — Gabby Douglas, Viktoria Komova, Aliya Mustafina, and Aly Raisman — were are all fantastic and I adore them. So I DVRed Project Runway and watched Friday afternoon and, like the All-Around, I knew the winner going in. Knowing the outcome didn’t make it anticlimactic. But the fashion was SO ANTICLIMACTIC. I only have two things to say about it.
ONE: Kenley is my favourite.
Candy! Couture! Candy Couture! At least, that’s what Nina Garcia and @ProjectRunway really wanted us to think. I am of two minds in this challenge. On on hand, I love ‘unconventional materials’ challenges and candy is FUN. On the other hand I can’t stand food that isn’t being eaten. I have problems with something as mundane as leftovers so wearing food is … ew. Candy is on the line in that it is super-preserved (except for the candy floss that not one but two designers were dumb enough to choose — doesn’t everyone know cotton candy turns to a rock once it’s exposed to air outside its bag?????) so I could get through watching this without too much trouble. I couldn’t be their model though. Those poor girls.
I think Nathan’s was the best representation of a candy superhero. Though I think only a supervillain would dress up in candy on purpose. A supervillain or a precocious sidekick as Nathan’s was also my seven year old daughter’s favourite.
Watching the pre-show with Mondo and various other PR alums last night reminded me how sad-and-angry the PR All Stars Season made me. I really liked Mondo and Mondo’s designs on his first season but All Stars soured me on him and the show. It seemed created to hand him a crown. But! The first real episode of this new season renewed my excitement for the show. The judges weren’t fawning (I love Nina Garcia) and this new batch is full of people with heroine chic design potential. Like so:
Elena’s aesthetic (and her own hairstyle!) reminds me most of Aeon Flux and that puts her high on my list of favourites.
“But she’d fit right in at Comic-Con.”
I agree (guest judge) Pharell Williams. I also agree that this screams Mortal Kombat (MORTAL KOMBAT). Mortal Kombat by way of Tron. So is it heroine chic or is it straight-up costume?
Well. On the plus side, the challenge “make a dress inspired by a flag” yields inherently heroine chic looks. On the minus side no one did particularly well with it, I’m tired of The Mondo Show, and Mila went home for making an awesomely conceptual, very well-crafted, and interesting dress. But let’s start with the positive:
Kenley made another super cute dress that the judges (begrudgingly?) loved despite her making the same kind of super cute dress every week. It is very heroine chic in its cut. And as Joanna Coles pointed out on Twitter last night, this is a play on a stars and stripes dress!
There was only one garment on the runway that was passably heroine chic and its designer was sent home. So this post is going to be about Kenley:
Kenley Collins beat Mondo (such a favourite I am beginning to think this whole All-Stars season was created to hand him a win) in the fashion face-off and nearly won the whole challenge. But Jerell said only Minnie Mouse would wear her jumper and everything I’ve read online seems to agree. Here is the look in question:
I had a fever while watching this episode but what I got out of it is Kenley and Kara should open a boutique together. A MOBILE boutique. It can’t be an actual tugboat and travel the world but maybe it could be a boat dressed up to look like a tugboat. Okay, it’s an absurdly expensive idea and probably an absurdly expensive idea that is Actually Absurd. You can blame it on the fever and the fact that my two fave PR All Stars are besties (to the point where Michael wants to tear them down, or so the editors want us to believe…or maybe so Michael wants the editors to want us to believe… reality tv is so confusing).
ANYWAY, this week’s heroine chic:
Mondo won with this jacket. The rest of the look was chic and very ‘Mondo’ but I’m pretty sure this jacket was the winner. And with the architectural cut it is also quite heroine chic.
I don’t know if there was anything heroine chic about this episode But I do have THOUGHTS on the episode. And my thoughts on Michael’s dress are in keeping with this site’s POV so there we go.
Here’s Michael’s (winning!) look:
It was not my favourite on the runway but I see why it won. It’s a signature look, it’s comparatively well-made, properly proportioned. Miranda Kerr won’t be embarrassed to show up in it even if I can’t imagine her wearing it. Who can I imagine wearing it?