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Project Runway: Season 6: Episode 6 Recap September 26, 2009

Filed under: Project Runway — eeamende @ 4:48 am

As a wannabe costume designer, this week’s challenge was one after my own heart. The designers were challenged to choose one of 5 film genres and create a character, her story, and what she is wearing. The designers did a fabulous job and really used their imaginations. Some really got in depth with the story. The producers of PR also got imaginative and created a little romance between Carol Hannah and Logan. Their tables are next to each other and there was definitely some googly eyes. . And as for the judges, where are Michael Kors and Nina Garcia? Still absent. On to the looks:

After almost going home last week, Nicolas came out on top this week. His genre was scifi and he spun a tale of a wicked queen frozen by her sisters after she tried to take over the universe. His design was gorgeous. I love a villain in white! Also, the styling really put it over the top. The frozen bits on her hair are actually sugar syrup that was drizzled on her.

Coming in second, Christopher also created a fantastical tale for his period-piece inspired look. The girl is a vampire on her wedding day and has to decide between turning her fiance into a vampire as well or running away. When Christopher was left on the runway, I actually thought he was going to be in the bottom three. I like the look from the waist up, but the bustle and skirt just looks messy with no rhyme or reason.

Rounding out the top three was Epperson with this Western-inspired look. The heroine is a homesteader who has to take care of the land after her husband goes off to war. Even though Epperson didn’t want to do a Western look, his was actually my favorite. The rough denim ruffles are great combined with the leather corselet and holster. The model was also styled perfectly and looks straight out of a movie.

Carol Hannah created an Action-Adventure look. Her spy looks very dominatrix.

Logan’s Action-Adventure look is very similar to Carol Hannah’s but not as good. Kind of reminds me of Lara Croft in a weird way. Maybe its just the models hair. I’m definitely not loving the weird slash in the pant leg with the fabric peaking out. This looked a little cheap.

Irina’s Film Noir look was a little slut-tastic with the see-thru lace panels. I like the overall look though.

Althea, I love you! This film noir look is sexy and cool.

Shirin created this Western saloon girl look. I’m rather on the fence with it.

Now for the bottom three. Gordanna created this 20s inspired period piece. It’s pretty but it is lacking the wow-factor the judges were looking for. They thought she could’ve gone so much further with a period piece than a flapper.

Louise almost went home with this uninspired Film noir look. It just didn’t stand out and the time period was a little schizophrenic with Louise describing the character as an aspiring actress in the 40s going to an industry party with a 1920s theme. Check out her Etsy page, because she has totally done better than this look.

Unfortunately, Ra’mon’s scifi look got him sent home. He attempted to create a sexy lizard-like alien with an insatiable lust for men, but ended up  with a B-movie swamp thing costume. He scrapped his original body-suit idea 2 hours before the end of the day, which was admittedly worse, but he just couldn’t pull it off. Bonus points for trying to salvage though. P.S. Doesn’t that “leather” look like the cheap costume fabric you can get at Joann’s around halloween? I think that’s what did it.


Project Runway: Season 6: Episode 5 Recap September 19, 2009

Filed under: Project Runway — eeamende @ 3:42 am

What’s black-and-white and re(a)d all over? Project Runway’s newspaper challenge! Sorry for that horrible pun that is probably being used all over the blogasphere. It wouldn’t be Project Runway without an unconventional materials challenge and this one did not disappoint. Designers were given 3 minutes to raid the Los Angeles times for newspapers and in addition to newsprint were allowed to use glue, tape, paint, and muslin (though the muslin wasn’t allowed to show). Michael Kors and Nina Garcia were yet again absent and in their place were Zoe Glassner, Senior Editor for Marie Claire Magazine, actress Eva Longoria Parker, and designer Tommy Hillfiger.  Let’s take a look at the designs:

Irina won the challege with her unique trenchcoat. I, for one, love this look…though use of some of the colored sections might’ve been nice. The crumpled paper on the collar and cuffs look very chic and surprisingly uniform. It’s almost like shearling.

Christopher was in the top three with his self-proclaimed show-stopper. This one was actually my favorite. The bodice was perfection with a foundation made from pattern tag board. The skirt mimics the look of feathers and had very nice movement as the model down the runway. The dress kind of reminds me of something a can-can girl in a backstreet dancehall would wear.

Althea rounded out the top three with this chic little number. Love, Love, LOVE IT! She did a great job using the different colors in the newsprint to create a pattern in the dress. It was perfectly executed.

Epperson’s look seemed very kimono-inspired. The sleeves were a little much for me and so was the bare back.

Louise, I love you, but what is going on here? The neckline looks like hot rollers and the skirt looks like pagoda-style roof tiles. Also with such a short, structured, ultra-flared skirt, I’m surprised we didn’t see some panty shots.

Carol Hannah’s look is great from the waist up, but that skirt is just a horrendous mess. She also had a lot of difficulty getting this dress off the dressform and on to her model.

Logan’s Asian-inspired look was fabulous. It doesn’t even look like newspaper to me. I love the asymmetrical fans that come out of the bodice and hem. The turquoise mixed in with the black-and-white is also a lovely combination.

Shirin’s bodice was perfectly paper mached, but that skirt is just weird. I understand the origami appeal but it reminds me of a circus tent. I also would’ve liked a little color.

Ra’Mon’s origami-inspired design was lovely. Great choice of print to make beautiful patterns. It doesn’t even look like newsprint.

Gordana made it into the bottom three with her boring design. So much can be done with newspaper and this is just way too conventional for the judges.

Nicolas landed in the bottom two with his “punk” look that turned out to look more like an insect’s exoskeleton.

All of the drama in this episode was centered around Johnny. His first attempt was slammed by Tim who said it look like kindergarteners made it and birds attacked it. Johnny trashed the disastrous design and then went back to work, but when this look wasn’t working out either, he decided to make up a lie. He told everyone including the judges on the runway that his first look was “much better” but was destroyed by a steam-sputtering iron. The judges weren’t taking his excuses though and he was eliminated. Tim Gunn called Johnny out in a way only Tim Gunn could: “I’m incredulous at that utterly preposterous spewing of fiction that Johnny did on the runway. It was ridiculous.”


(A not as late) Project Runway: S6: Ep4 Recap September 12, 2009

Filed under: Project Runway — eeamende @ 4:03 am

This week the models were the clients and the designers had to clothe them for a special industry event. Some designers found synergy with their models while others struggled to marry their aesthetic with the wants of their client. Let’s take a look:

Althea won this challenge with her three-piece “Le Smoking” design. I’m not impressed. It looks okay from the waist up, but I’m not a fan of the way-too-short paperbag skirt that gives the model a pooch stomach. Why exactly did this win?

Carol Hannah’s design was also in the top three and was my top pick. The draping, colors, and print were fabulous. The back swished just right as the model walked.

The judges praised Epperson’s innovative design: strips of fabric stretched and stitched across a simple silhouette. My only beef was the brown, but other than that: Kudos!

Christopher joked to Tim that his design looked like a salad…I agree. Maybe it’s commentary on the only thing that most models eat.

I’m in love with Gordana’s design and it was in my top three, however not the judges. That weaving effect down the front is perfection!

I like Irina’s design, but am I the only person who feels that it looks a little old? This is something you should wear in your 30s.

Louise made a classic LBD pop with a dramatic neckline.

Beam me up, Scotty! Nicolas’ design looks a little more “Star Trek Convention” than “Fashion Industry event”.

Love, Love, LOVE! Ra’Mon’s royal blue cocktail dress is perfect.

Shirin did a great job making a beautiful dress for a difficult model who’s fashion sense was questionable.

A judge commented that the most interesting thing about Johnny’s dress was the handbag. Heidi saw a bridesmaid dress. I could do without this bottom three look.

All the judges agreed that Logan’s 50s-inspired design was a little too “prom”. Is it so horrible that I kind of like it? Especially the ribbon wrapped around the bodice waist.

Qristyl went home this week. Heidi said that the look aged the model 10 or 15 years, which are dog years in model terms. The dress wasn’t appropriate for the event, but I liked its simplicity. It won’t make you stand out in a crowd though…


(A very late) Project Runway: S6: Ep3: Recap September 9, 2009

Filed under: Project Runway — eeamende @ 9:46 pm

So this is very late, but I was having some issues with wordpress, so it’s not coming out until now. Episode 3 recap! This was a surfer challenge! The designers teamed up to create a California surfer look and just to add a little extra drama, halfway through a second avant garde look was added. There was drama to be had! Epperson and Qristyl did not get on well at all and ended up bickering together in the bottom two. In two project runway firsts, non-team leader,  Ra’Mon won the challenge, and the leader of the winning team, Mitchell was Auf’d. Apparently he barely sewed a stitch and left the bulk of the work for Ra’Mon. Three strikes and you’re out! This week, Michael Kors was out again with Max Azria in to take his place. Rachel Bilson also guest judged. Let’s check out the pics:

Mitchell and Ra’Mon’s avant garde look was made at the last minute when a wetsuit didn’t work out. It’s made from neoprene and is hand-dyed. This is probably what got the judges to pick Ra’Mon.

Mitchell and Ra’Mon’s surfer look. Love the ombre effect!

Irina and Johnny’s surfer look was actually my favorite. That macrame back was amazing and this look just epitomized the California surfer girl to me.

Maybe the avant garde look is what lost it for Irina and Johnny. This is a hideous tree trunk! I can see the connection with the macrame-like weaving on the bodice, but this is really just fugly.

Althea and Louise had my favorite Avant Garde look. I love the sparkle on that bodice and the ruffled skirt is so sexy and Moulin Rouge.

Althea and Louise also had a cute surfer look.

I would love Carol Hannah and Shirin’s wave-inspired avant garde look except for that hideous piece of fabric wrapping around the neck.

Carol Hannah and Shirin’s surfer look was simple and fabulous. Great for when you go from a lunch date to the beach.

Christopher and Logan’s avant garde look made me want to cry it was so hideous. It just looks dirty! I’m not a fan of the wetsuit inspired look. It’s like a ballgown you’d wear on a jetski. This one was in my bottom two.

Ah! Much better! Christopher and Logan’s surfer look is much more stylish and I love the hat that Logan made!

Gordanna and Nicolas were in the bottom two and I can see why. However, the surfer look is the one the judges did like! Yah, the hand-dyed macrame is cool, but doesn’t it make the model’s torso look stumpy?

The judges hated Gordanna and Nicolas’ avant garde look, but am I so weird that I think it is kind of cool and funky in a good way. They ran out of lace so they an inseam was foregone, but I kind of like it that way.

The print and top of this surfer dress of Qristyl and Epperson’s is fabulous, but it really has a wonky skirt. I’m waiting for a wardrobe malfunction to happen.

I feel like Epperson and Qristyl’s avant garde look has a cape. Is this a beachy superhero costume or just plain fugly?


Project Runway: Season 6: Episode 2: Recap September 2, 2009

Filed under: Project Runway — eeamende @ 3:30 pm

This post is very late, but I was in Long Island all weekend and didn’t get to catch this episode until last night. In episode 2, the designers were challenged to create maternity garb for pregnant supermodel-cum-television star, Rebecca Romijn. I thought this was a very appropriate challenge for the show and really gave a chance for designers to show their versatility. Let’s recap this week’s designs:

This week’s winner was Shirin and I really agree with the judges on this one. This look is great as maternitywear and would be fashionable even if it wasn’t. The draped neckline and the coat were fabulous, but what I thought was a really special touch was the lattice smocking done across the waist. What an interesting alternative to a waistband!

Louise’s design was also in the top three. It was considered by the judges and Tim to be very lingerie-esque but very beautiful. Romijn said that she would wear this look out on a date. I, personally, love it…especially the layered look of the hem. She added pleating to the bust to expand during the pregnancy as a woman’s breasts grow larger. Louise also did emphasize one shoulder similar to her design last week. She’ll have to be careful not to turn into a one-trick pony.
Althea’s design made it into the top three, however I wasn’t a big fan. I agree with the judges that the color is beautiful and the cups shaped from ribbons are interesting, however it is impractical. A pregnant woman’s breasts would be *popping* out of that top. Project Runway would’ve done better to find pregnant models specifically for this show. Just strapping on a pregnancy pillow to a size 0 model doesn’t mimic all of the actual curves a pregnant woman gains.

Qristyl is much improved from that hot mess last week. This dress has an elegant and unique drape around the neckline. I’m not a fan of the hemline, however.

The issue I have with Nicolas’ design, as well as the other very-structured, non-stretch designs for this maternity challenge, is it doesn’t take into account the changing size of the baby belly. Pregnant women’s bellies are constantly growing for 9 months and this dress would only fit for a few weeks tops. Pregnant women need clothes that will accommodate the range of sizes their belly will be and it is impractical to buy new clothes every few weeks that can’t even be worn again unless the women has another pregnancy.

Johnny’s look was cute and the stretch material was a good idea. I’d like to see it in a bright color though…maybe pink?

Logan’s design wasn’t particularly creative but simple is sometimes the way to go. This definitely looks comfy and would be good for going to yoga or lamaze class.

Irina’s design is very sweet-looking and has a nice bright color, cheery color. The only thing I didn’t like was she didn’t take into account the belly when doing the hem line, and the dress pulls up higher in the front.

Gordanna’s look was pretty and looked comfortable, however I wasn’t fond of the color combination. I would’ve prefered some brighter jewel tones for this.

Epperson’s was okay. She definitely looks ready for a weekend in the Hampton’s.

Ew. I am not a fan of Carol Hannah’s. The color choice was nice, but the top looks like armor and the draping under the belly is just odd.

Christopher impressed me yet again. The top was very cute and the leggings give a level of comfort.
And now we’re to the bottom three. Mitchell joked during the episode that Ra’Mon’s design looked like a bowling bag and Rebecca Romijn said the same thing later during the judging. It was kind of a neat idea, but the fit was way off.

Mitchell was saved again, but the shorts he made were comical. Way too much material! Before it was gathered, two of the girl designers in the workroom stood one in each leg. The belly band was also visible through the too-tight shirt. Some simple fixes in the idea and this could’ve been great weekend-wear though.

Malvin was eliminated for his conceptual look. He wanted to give the idea of a mother hen cradling an egg. He even wanted to make jodhpur “chicken thighs” until Tim talked him out of it. Nina criticized that the model looked like she had already had the baby and was carrying it in a sling. The black-feathered tank underneath was cute, but not enough to keep him on the show. There is a market for conceptual fashion, but apparently this one was just too costumey.

I’m also loving the Blogging Project Runway blog. It has *everything* Project Runway, this season and past seasons. Check it out.

All images are from MyLifetime.com’s Project Runway Page.


Project Runway: Where have I seen that before?

Filed under: Project Runway — eeamende @ 3:31 am

Qristyl Frazier and Ari Fish were both put on the chopping block on the first episode of this season’s Project Runway, and Ari Fish was sent home. Even though they were both critisized for their lack of taste, I had a feeling I’d seen it all before. Though their dresses were executed poorly, the following images show that the same design elements can be used in good taste.

Qristal Frazier’s dress uses the same idea as this dress (inspired by Infrared satellite images) that I found on Threadsmagazine.com. The designer is Davia Rabinoff-Goldman and she pulls off this look and makes it something special.

Ari Fish’s soccerball/space cadet look is certainly lacking taste, but how about this classy soccerball-inspired Louis Vuitton monogramed handbag from the FW2009 collection?

Tell me what you think!

Project Runway: Season 6: Episode 1: Recap

Filed under: Project Runway — eeamende @ 3:25 am

So, I’m in love…with Project Runway. I think it may be a requirement of all designers/design students to be love with the show. Project Runway has made the move to both Lifetime and Los Angelas, but our favorite judges (Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia, and Michael Kors), our favorite mentor (Tim Gunn), and our favorite fabric store (Mood) are all there. The season kicked off with a red-carpet challenge…kind of unusual for the first challenge of the show, but I was pleasantly surprised, because I feel this really allows the true style of the designers to shine through and not be confounded by use of bizarre materials (but I do love these challenges too!).

Lindsey Lohan was a guest judge, probaby because she can’t get any other work than the straight-to-tv movie, Labor Pains, which I couldn’t suffer all the way through. She did have some interesting insights however and I was more impressed with her than I thought I would be.

Let’s go through each of the styles one by one:

This week’s winner was Christopher Straub. Though not my top pick, it was in my top three. This could’ve easily have become too bulky but it works. I’m kind of happy to see him win, because he has no formal design training, which just goes to show you that schooling isn’t everything and talent can’t be taught. In the episode he admitted that he is not totally up on all of his design terminology such as “godets” and “smocking”.

Shirin Aksari’s satin dress left me unimpressed and confused as to whether or not the uneven hemline was intentional.

Ra’mon-Lawrence Coleman’s red carpet look received second place, however I wasn’t all that into it. The pleating just looked strange and the color was unfortunate.

Nicholas Putvinski’s design obviously looks nothing like his sketch. I feel mixed. I’m usually a fan of woven bias strips on dresses, but the angle and the silvery-gray color just reminds me of seat belts. Buckle up!

Qristyl Frazier’s acid-trip collision of two different dresses. Hideous, however I like Frazier’s feelings that it’s not “plus-size” but “plus-sexy”. As a plus-sized girl, we need more of that attitude in the fashion indistry. I hope her designs improve.

Mitchell Hall’s sheer victorian, smocked caftan. I thought he would be the one to go home. I imagine a seventies, middle-aged housewife lying on the couch, popping bonbons, and watching soap operas when I look at it. A lining was sorely needed. I can understand some of the difficulties he had though, because it sounded like his model lied about her measurements. Not cool. He was literally sewing her into the dress at the last minute. If I really look at it though, I can kind of see Kirsten Dunst or Maggie Gyllenhall wearing this.

Malvin Vien’s dress is non-descript with more strange pleating.

Louise Black’s vintage-inspired two-toned dress was one of my favorites. Very classy and I love the drape.

I can’t quite understand why Johnny Sakalis’ look was in the top three. It is very contemporary and creative, however, let’s be honest…it is totally unflattering. Who could wear that? Johnny totally freaked under the pressure early in the episode but was able to pull it together after a pep talk from Tim Gunn. He kept mentioning the fact that he was a formal crystal meth addict. I’m glad that he was able to produce something though instead of giving up before he started.

Logan Niettzel’s two-tone gown was so-so, but I prefer the two-tone look of Louise Black’s dress better.
Irina Shabayeva’s gown is GORGEOUS! It was very romantic with a bit of sexy appeal because of the slit in the skirt. This was my top pick. Why wasn’t this in the top three?
Gordana Gehlhausen’s dress was interesting. I like the origami-effect but I don’t feel it was styled correctly. I look forward to seeing more from her.
I like Epperson’s gown, except for the crazy tulle at the bottom, It could’ve done without. I love the draped fabric around the neck though!
Carol Hannah used some interesting techniques but I would choose a different color.
Disco-meets-Space Cadet-meets-Soccer Ball. Ari Fish’s look was somewhat innovative but was ill-conceived and, I believe, poorly constructed. She was the first designer to be kicked off the show.
The hexagonal-pieced look was executed much better in Louis Vuitton’s Fall/Winter 2009 handbag collection.
Althea Harper’s satin and chiffon gown was also in my top three, however not in the judges. Maybe I’m just a sucker for romantic, feminine designs. I love the sweetheart neckline and the vintage appeal.

Well, that’s it! I can’t wait to see what the next episode offers up!