Hey everyone! Sorry I missed the Project Runway Recap last week, I was stuck in a perfect storm of work projects. But I am back and excited for Episode 3!
I have a few thoughts before we embark on our Project Runway fashion journey together. I for one, am very happy that there are multiple sized models in this competition. If you don’t agree that is fine; but. A. you are wrong and B. you are wrong. At the end of the day it is easy to design for a nineteen year old stick figure, but it is more important to show that you can design for everyone. I’m not a size zero anymore and sometimes wistfully look at my old Dolce and Gabbana sheath dresses wishing I could go back in time. However, my husband loves it when I emphasize my now curvier shape in a Dolce and Gabbana corset dress designed to make me look my absolute best.
All Shapes, Sizes and Colors Are On The Runway, Get Used To It
A good garment will make you look taller, thinner and generally better whatever your size. Christian Siriano is walking proof that this can be done. Also both Christian and Brandon Maxwell may be young (I never thought I would call people in their thirties young, but here we are) but they are BOTH members of the CFDA which you DO NOT just join like debate club. It is a very serious thing. They have also both dressed Michelle freaking Obama so they are NOT emerging designers They are firmly established high-end talent. So if you don’t agree with me regarding the size issue, fine, but I ask you keep it to yourself. Lecture over….let’s get started.
Les is at a concert tonight, lucky girl, and you have me solo. We hope to be together next week. Last week on Project Runway, we have said goodbye to Frankie Lewis but God bless, I think she was in way over her head. I think everyone is praying that it isn’t a team challenge. Well done Sebastian Grey by the way! That dress was innovative and stunning. Kovid Kapoor is letting go of the negative energy and starting over with a positive mindset. If you missed last week’s Project Runway discussion you can read it here.
Nadine Ralliford is freaking out about the dishes not being done basically because she is stressed. She had no idea the competition was going to be this stressful? Girl, have you WATCHED Project Runway?
It’s A Head To Toe Print Challenge!
Karlie Kloss comes out and asks them if they are ready to go. Three models walk out wearing prints. Karlie references some big time brands and celebrities explaining that a head to toe print used to be a no-no, but now its cool. The designers will be designing a head to toe look using a single print.She tells them to think editorial. It is their first one day challenge.
As last week’s winner, Sebastian Grey is keeping his model and everyone else grabs a card to determine who they will be working with.
Nadine is worried that she has a plus size model because prints are sometimes harder to work with on people with normal body parts. She doesn’t want to make the model look bigger than she is so she needs to choose the right print.
Rakan Aldeen is making a jumpsuit creating his own unique pattern. Tessa Clark is worried because she doesn’t use prints. She wants to show the judges something new as Brandon has told her he wants to see what makes her unique.
Rakan Is Moody At Mood
In Mood. Christian tells them to go bold and strong so they stand out. They have $250 to spend. Rakan is choosing a houndstooth print and Christian tells him it’s a bit boring. He doesn’t care. Garo Sparo is excited to work with prints as he used to make crazy looks in his Rave days. Ah…the Rave days….. Hester Sunshine wants to push herself so that the judges can really see what she can do. I just don’t want her to veer into Banana girl territory. She grabs a red gingham. Venny Etienne also doesn’t work with prints, but he has a brocade and will make it work. Garo has chosen a BOLD stripe. Will be good or awful.
A Very Special Guest
Christian comes in with a buddy. Marni Senofonte is a celebrity stylist whose clients include Kendall Jenner (meh) and BEYONCE (woowoo!!). Bishme Cromartie is fangirling hard. He loves her unique personal style. Christian announces that Marni will be available to them throughout the entire competition to help with styling. DAMN. That is a GREAT thing. Goodbye JCP wall….Styling can make or break an outfit. Bishme cries. Seriously. Marni is meeting with each designer.
Kovid tells Marni he loves asian style and she tells him he could do anything since it is editorial. She references the surgical masks they wear in Asia and his mind is blown. Afa explains his kimono wearing samurai woman. She tells him to maybe extend his pants and add a mesh sock. Bishme holds it together long enough to explain that his woman is going to meet the love of her life in Spain, Marni tells him to go full drama. Hester describes her club kid to Marni and Marni is loving the idea. She tells her to cover the chunky shoes she has chosen. Hester is worried about time constraints. Marni loves Tessa’s Matisse looking print and gives her several ideas on how to make a “print from her print”.
Hester is worried about the print she has chosen but Christian thinks it is her and great. He sees her styling the model the way she styles herself. She tells her to be her quirky cool self but to make sure it’s refined at the same time. So no costumes….or bananas. This is her challenge to lose.
Rakan is doing an oversize jumpsuit with an oversize jacket. Christian looks concerned. He thinks the fabric can read old lady so the design has to be amazing. Christian is worried about his time management.
Christian Siriano is also worried about Afa’s palm leaf kimono look is reading old lady. Afa tells him that he wants to repeat the effect with the fabric and the shoe he did last week. Christian pulls him back and makes him really look at the garment telling him it’s an old lady pant with an old lady shoe. Eek.
He tells Nadine her dress needs more of a waist and she tells she has a trick to tie the waist in since her model is a “healthy” girl. For fucksake. Just say NORMAL SIZE. Christian tells her it’s more exciting and interesting to work with curves. He doesn’t want it to go Golden Girls even though he loves the Golden Girls (who doesn’t??).
The Model Fittings
The models come in and editing commences. Rakan’s look is a hot mess. Nadine loves her look but doesn’t like it on her model. Nadine is working my last nerve. She has a six-foot tall woman with awesome boobs. If you can’t figure that out you deserve to go home. Then, she proceeds to tell the model how to walk and what to do with her shoulders in a total bitch fashion. AND, she tells her to practice at home. Nadine, I get that you are stressed, but put that energy into your work, not into being an ass. Tessa is worried her look isn’t her.
Accessories are being made, shoes are being covered hats are being made…the models come in and final fittings commence. Garo Sparo is worried about his stripes lining up. He should be worried about a lot more than that. Marni and Christian walk around helping everyone edit their styling choices Marni helps Afa style his entire look, essentially transforming it. Garo is WAY behind.
Karlie Kloss comes out wearing a dress I own and will now have to sell or give away. Adam Selman is the guest judge. He famously dressed Rihanna in that sheer crystal dress at the CFDA awards where you saw her boobs. Talk about an editorial moment. He dresses her a lot.
Bishme’s dress is flattering his model in all the right places and her legs look awesome in the slits. I’m loving the train and the pringle hat.
I don’t know if I like Rakan’s Blade Runner look or not. I do love gathered elements and I can see the amount of work that went into this but I think it’s overworked.
It’s Okay To Have A Sense of Humor About Fashion!
I love Kovid’s look. It seems like a more effortless version of Rakan’s while having a better, younger print and more of a sense of humor. I could see this in W. It’s fabulous.
I LOVE the gown Jamal did on Mimi. The shoulder drape coming off and accentuating the hip was cool. I worry that the print isn’t exciting enough though.
I ALSO love Renee’s look. Give me some camouflage and call it a day. Her asymmetrical dress also has an over the shoulder reveal and it works. It doesn’t look forced.
I feel like Nadine missed the mark completely with this . there’s too much fabric and the pants are ill-fitting. It doesn’t help that she leans over and tells Renee her model is a terrible walker. Renee says she gallops. This doesn’t endear me to either woman.
Do We Love A Reveal?
Lela’s kimono top with a bandeau underneath prompts Brandon to mutter, “Another reveal, Nina…” I like this but find it to be a bit basic.
Sonia did a better version of what Nadine tried to do. The leopard bodysuit fits in all the right places and flows as well giving it great movement.
Oh Garo. I’m trying to remember what this is making me think of….old 50’s Shakespeare movies with fitted costumes. Kiss me Kate? I get where he was trying to go but I don’t think this striped legging thing works.
Venny has made good pants with a jacket in a boring brocade print which I like. But once it walks off, I won’t remember it.
Eh- Sexy Lady, Hester Is Gingham Style!
Hester Sunshine. Is it my cup of tea? No. Would it have been when I was working in publishing in NYC and wearing a LOT of Betsey Johnson and hitting crazy downtown clubs in my chunky shoes? Yes. The asymmetry of the gingham dress with the garter belt showing as well as all the accessories she made make this work somehow.
My 23-year-old self tells my 47-year-old self to lighten up.
Tessa Clark is not happy with her look and it shows that she was out of her comfort zone. I don’t think this dress is bad though. I just feel it is a bit basic. She wanted to do innovation and this isn’t it.
Fifty Shades of Great!
Afa Ah Loo’s model is NORMAL SIZED and Afa made her look like the hot woman she is. It didn’t read old. The crop top worked. The pants made her booty look amazing. Well done sir. Karlie Kloss commented that the model was serving it! Nadine looks like she swallowed a lemon.
Sebastian Grey should just win the whole damn thing. This jumpsuit is tight, loose, flowy, fitted and has so much technique in it somewhere Kini is wondering how the hell he pulled it off. I’m getting vintage YSL. I sooooo LOVE this.
CJ BOMB’S Winners and A Loser, Loser, Loser
My 23-year-old self picks Hester or Kovid for the win and my middle-aged self picks Sebastian. Nadine you can go home. For the knickers alone. And being a bitch.
Nina loves the boldness of his print. Brandon says when the model walked out he thought the model was sick, but he means SICK. Like AWESOME. He says it’s perfect. Kovid, our resident happy elf, beams. Karlie wants to wear it. Adam loves his enthusiasm and Brandon says one of the best things I’ve ever heard in a critique: This is a “not yet” garment, I’m NOT giving up and going home yet and that’s what it takes to make it in the industry. Truer words.
Elaine says this look floated down the runway and the model looked like a queen. Adam thinks it is drag and glam in the best possible way. Rihanna would definitely rock this. Brandon tells Sebastian whatever he has had to do to get to Project Runway was worth it. When he explains to the judges that he is a housekeeper Nina is incensed. She says all this needs is a tag and it will sell as is, right now.
Elaine says that this is the look she has been waiting for from Hester. Nina says the look is pure sunshine and could step onto the pages of Elle Magazine. Adam is blown away and can see stores wanting to buy all of these pieces. Brandon tells her to lean into who she is because at the end of the day she’s not going to be for everyone and that’s okay. It’s Project Runway!
The Bottom Three
Elaine wants to know why he chose the print. Brandon is confused by it and thinks it looks messy. The cat got lost in the drapes. Nina thinks there are some stellar moments in the design. She loves the gather and drape in the back. Karlie says she couldn’t get past the pants and was confused because they told the Project Runway designers to be bold. Rakan if you get to stay? Listen to Christian from now on.
Nadine is throwing her model under the bus. She couldn’t express herself with the volume of the garment because of the model’s size. I’m now screaming at the TV…Afa didn’t have an issue….Bishme didn’t have an issue….You may be the hometown girl, but you can go the fuck home.
Brandon tells her that she’s basically being an asshole in front of her model. Nina thinks it looks like she improvised. Nadine protests that she has sketches and everything. Nina cuts her off completely and says then it’s just a question of taste. Ba-BAM.
An Embarrassment To Project Runway
Elaine tells Nadine that they are there to lift her up. Nadine snarkily says she gets it but didn’t think the look was SO BAD. Well Nadine, I guess you won’t have to deal with the kitchen mess anymore. She is then awful OFF the runway. That bitch can send me home? I don’t care? I’m ready to go? Then go. Don’t let the door hit you on the ass.
Hester Is The Winner!
My 23-year-old self cheers. 47-year-old me thinks Sebastian should have won. My 23-year-old self rolls her eyes. Nadine is out to absolutely no one’s surprise. Nadine struts off ignoring the judges when they try to talk to her.
She walks back into the break room and tells everyone she could basically give a shit, Project Runway was never for her and she’s ready to go home. You know what Nadine? Someone would have killed for your spot. If you didn’t want to do this then you shouldn’t have cheated someone else out of the opportunity.
As an art dealer I get asked a lot by artists what I think of their work. My response is always, do you want me to be honest or nice? (I can be kind while being honest by the way).
If you have EVER been in any creative school, program or industry you are going to get critiques. You can either turn it into something beautiful and true to yourself by learning from it, you can take it in and disrespectfully disagree with it….or you can act like an ass. Don’t be an ass. Lecture over….lol.
See you guys next week for another episode of Project Runway, hopefully with the lovely Les, who just tested me she needs blush jeans. Let us know what you think. I really am actually happy so far. Xoxo CJ.