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?
No television show is going to be my favourite every week. All of the shows I consistently watch are flawed. Some of them deeply. To the point where I wonder why I am still watching. Last night’s episode of Project Runway made me sad. And also angry.
Andrea, for reasons she very clearly doesn’t want to share, fled the apartment and the show in the middle of the night. And then she apparently quit via email. We’d barely begun to process this bizarre turn of events when Kooan (literally) bowed out of the competition. So then last week’s loser, Raul, was brought back in — and proceeded to go on at length about his awesomeness. Things happen for a reason, said Tim (aside: I love Tim Gunn, he was great dealing with this). The problem is the things were really kind of upsetting and if the reason was to give Raul more opportunity to self-aggrandize while making ugly clothes, I’m not sure we needed that. I entirely agree with the decision to bring him back — Andrea should have spoken up and left at the end of that challenge not hours later while everyone was asleep — but I don’t have to like him or his fashion. And I don’t.
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.
You guys Jenny Humphrey is on Project Runway!
Melissa might not know she’s channeling Gossip Girl‘s damaged pixie designer but she totally is. I like her look, I like her vibe, and I like her designs:
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?