By CJ Bomb
Hello, All! This is CJ Bomb and I’ll be recapping Project Runway Season 15. I have watched every single season of Project Runway since it’s inception, and while I do think that the early years on Bravo were superior, as long as Tim Gunn is gracing this show with his presence, I will be faithfully glued to the screen. No matter how many times I want to kick it. I hope you will join in the discussions here at Tamara Tattles!
The Intro Party
Tasha Henderson: Love her immediately. She seems mellow and mature. She says she designs for an urban tomboy. They show pictures of her work and it’s cool. Ian Hargrove: Annoyed by him immediately. “I don’t make wearable art.” he sniffs. While I might admire this as there are so many contestants who think everything they make is art- this comes off as cocky somehow. If he makes it through the first round he’s my first pick for the ass. Brik Allen: from Baton Rouge. Polite. Father told him to say yes ma’am no ma’am, yes sir no sir, and win the Goddamn thing! He also has long flowy locks. I predict a man-bun.
Roberi Parra: from Venezuela. Sort of looks like a Latin Christian Siriano. Went to St. Martins. Erin Robertson: Thinks she’s smart- seems to me that she will be the girl who bites off more than she can chew and panics. Mah Jing Wong: In it for his family. Dexter Simmons: Wild card. Hopefully not the overly bitchy guy. He was in school to be a herpetologist so- ok I’m intrigued. Jenni Reccetti: Her laugh almost broke my TV. Cause I almost kicked it.
Alex Snyder: self- styled Tim Gunn and wise. Willing to help because it is good Karma. Linda Marcus: Token old person who wants to show these whippersnappers a thing or two! (I’m closer to her age than the rest of the contestants, so I can say this) Cornelius Ortiz: went to school with Nathalia. Might be bitchy. Nathalia JMag: went to school with Cornelius. Hustler. Laurence Basse: Stunning ex-model who thinks her experience will help her in the competition.
Kimber Richardson was there. Rik Villa, I got nothing in my notes. Sarah Donofrio, From Portland? In Project Runway world if you are barely featured in the episode that generally means you are safe. So, my apologies to those last three designers. I am sure you are fascinating people, but thank your lucky stars I have nothing to write about you this week.
The Workroom: Tim Gunn’s First Critique of The Designers
One thing I know as a dedicated watcher of this show is that if you are in the Project Runway unconventional challenge do NOT simply glue stuff to muslin and call it a day. You will be crucified. As Brik is going on about glitter and throwing it on some bell bottoms and Jenni Hyena is talking about how glorious her piece is “Like a Picasso!” because she painted tote bags- you know that this is not good. Does anyone WATCH this show before they compete?
Tim comes in and everyone is very receptive to his advice. Well…..almost everyone. He is worried about Erin and time constraints (called it) and the fact that Dexter isn’t actually doing anything except cutting head and arm holes in a pillow and turning an umbrella into a boring skirt. He gives Tasha some good advice regarding her lack of materials and suggests she re-cut her drop crotch pants using only one of the fabrics.
And then he gets to Ian. Tim’s concern is that Ian hasn’t embraced the challenge, perhaps more volume? Ian does not care. Ian does NOT do volume or Avant Garde. Ian does ready-to-wear. Ian does shift dresses. Or in this case shift dresses with random shit on them. Again- if you have EVER watched this show and a designer says that they don’t care what Tim Gunn thinks and that they must stay true to themselves and their art, that designer is not long for this show.
Dexter on the other hand, immediately re-thinks everything. Dexter is smart. He grabs a furry rug and gets down to revamping everything. The man was studying snakes for God’s sake. I don’t know what that has to do with anything, I just like writing it.
On runway day. I am waiting for Erin’s meltdown. Everyone has commented on how she might have to send her model down the runway naked. We have seen no dress. But wait! Erin is not panicked. She smashed her last gumball and was done in the nick of time. I was wrong. And impressed. When is the last time that has happened on this show?
Jenni ! Stop saying Picasso! Picasso is getting pissed. Cornelius’ green plastic plate dress, is better than I thought it would be. The judges will either love or hate Dexter’s “tribal poodle.” It reminds me of the Isaac Mizrahi collection in Unzipped. That’s a compliment. Kimber send down a doily tent. Alex’s look is too big. Mah Jing Wong sends out a nice silhouette. Laurence basically stuck some match sticks on muslin and tossed on some plastic necklaces. Brik’s disco look might be in trouble. Tasha’s look is much improved!
Sarah says, “I feel good about my piece in relation to everyone else’s.” So she’s in the mediocre middle with Linda and what’s his name? Rik?
Love Erin’s yellow look and impressed she got it finished. Roberi, is another love it or hate it moment. Could Ian’s look be any more boring?.
My Top Three
Erin, because I am obsessed with this halter neck. And she really did do something special without losing her cool. She says she is about fun and this dress is fun.
Roberi, because love it or hate it, at least it’s interesting.
Tasha, nice save! She’s got kind of a tribal MC Hammer thing going on.
My Bottom Three
Ian Pocahontas shift dress? Boring.
Laurence She didn’t embrace unconventional materials challenge.
Brik Disco Heidi? Why?
Heidi, Nina and Zac return as judges and Savannah Guthrie is this week’s guest judge. This is why I miss Project Runway on Bravo. There is nothing wrong with Savannah. She was nice and a self-proclaimed “superfan” but she makes me think of mom jeans.
Tasha Nina said, “This is you.”
Dexter WTF? Although Zac and I both made a poodle reference, I had no idea that they would be so enthusiastic. Zac said he had never seen anything like it before. I think Zac should watch Unzipped. Nina loooooved the styling. I thought this was doomed when they showed Tim’s face as it came down the runway. I was wrong.
Erin Zac said it was the best thing he had seen in years and Nina gave it the ultimate blessing calling it “editorial”. Savannah said nice things too, but I zoned out.
Roberi. Ok, this shocked me. Yes I know that it’s weird, but it is the Unconventional Challenge damnnit! When Savannah said that she couldn’t picture a normal person wearing it- THAT’S THE FREAKING POINT. He didn’t just glue a bunch of crap on muslin, he wove something interesting together. Nina says they’ve seen it a million times. Zak and Heidi, especially on closer inspection, do not agree.
Brik. Everyone agreed this was mis-matched. Zac and Heidi called it a hot mess.He obviously has construction skills but Nina is worried about his taste level. From Nina this is the kiss of death. As he sits in the waiting room crying, I worry about him being too nice for this show. Savannah said… something.
Ian. Zac points out that it’s crooked. Heidi says there is no magic. Nina likes the colors, but that’s about it. Savannah says… something. Ian tries to defend himself by saying that simple can be risky! Nothing was glued on! Ian deflates.
Erin wins, for producing a cool, fun dress and also keeping cool under pressure.
And the loser? For a moment I think Brik is doomed, but creativity won out over taste (sorry, Nina) and Ian is going home. Being the first one to get home sucks. Period. Ian, to his credit, handled it fairly gracefully saying that, “The people that I met are a nice concession prize.” This makes me think that he is not a total ass, and I hope he gets to design many shift dresses for a receptive audience. Lest we forget, Malan Breton came in 14th pace on this show in it’s third season and now Nene Leakes is wearing a million dollar dress he designed for New York fashion week. Nene, people!! So anything is possible. Have an awesome weekend!