Monday, December 5, 2016

Project Runway recap

Only a few more episodes to go this season! This has been a good group of designers, although I hope they kick it up a notch going into the last few weeks. Maybe more dramatic designers inspire more creativity?

Spoilers ahead...

Best moments: Tim crawling around on the floor and getting tricked by Swatch. Heh. I can relate. Sometimes I think my kids do that sort of stuff to me on purpose.

Worst moments: Another unconventional challenge? Barf. It was only slightly more redeemable because they were asked to combine with fabric.

Best garments: I don't know if I liked any of them. I don't typically like avante garde, though. If I had to pick one, it would be Rik's, since it was still wearable enough.

Worst garments: Did Erin deserve her win? Probably, she did the best combining materials and innovating. But I'm so tired of her and bored with her designs. Oh look, a yellow something or other with oversized pockets and embellishments. Every. Time. She doesn't have any range. Similarly, I was very disappointed with Laurence. That dress could have fit in last week's challenge, which says that it wasn't very avante garde. The only risk she took was length, and that's a risk she's taken before.

Best quote: "You speak Spanish?!" --Roberi

I was honestly shocked by Mah-Jing's elimination. Heidi seemed to like his design so I thought that was a sure sign he'd be staying. I guess they decided that Cornelius' dress was more avante garde (in other words, scarier!). So now we're left wondering, who is going to show at Fashion Week? Surely Laurence and probably Erin, who else?

Next week: unconventional again...but Georgina!


  1. I loved Erin's dress, and considered her the slam-dunk winner of the week. I agree with you that Cornelius' look was worse than Mah-Jing's, but I believe Cornelius is a stronger designer overall. I always thought it unlikely that Mah-Jing would make it to fashion week. That said, he is such a good man, with high character and a gracious manner, that I was really sorry to see him go. However, it is a design competition, and not a personality contest. Erin is not so nice, and behaved deplorably toward Cornelius the week he was eliminated, and she has spent at least the last 4 weeks turning out mediocre (or worse) work, but I hope her better self is back now. She reminds me of the old nursery rhyme about the girl with the curl in the middle of her forehead: "When she is good, she is very very good, and when she is bad, she is horrid."

    1. You're right again, on many things. I got a bit caught up in Mah-Jing's confidence this week and thought he would certainly pull off a good look, but it didn't really do much for me. This show seems to have a pattern where whoever does well in the beginning gets dragged along through the middle, whether or not they deserve it. I just hope for something more interesting from Erin when she inevitably goes to Fashion Week.

    2. Although I have great hopes for Erin's Fashion Week collection, should she make the finals, I fear it could consist of a series of yellow garments with hand stitched embellishments. Now that I think of it, though, Laurence, who also is sure to make it, tends to design all of her garments in black, and with squared shoulders, so it may be wrong to complain about Erin's repetitious style.


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