By CJ BOMB and LES!
Hello Project Runway fans! The lovely Les and I are back, but as she is coming home from a baseball game (the playoffs) she will be chiming in remotely. Considering I am still probably recovering from last week’s Project Runway Recap, maybe that’s a good thing (lol). We are back from camping and everyone is thrilled to be showered (with hot water) and dressed in their normal fabulous attire. Kovid Kapoor is still reeling from the judgement call. He didn’t think that Afa Ah Loo was going home so quickly. Our resident pixie seems very rattled by it. Sadly we don’t think Kovid is long for this competition.
A text comes in from Karlie Kloss and the designers head downstairs to be taken uptown. Way uptown. Oh my God they are headed uptown to meet Daniel Day aka Dapper Dan. Dapper Dan made outfits for the 80’s hip hop community by designing cool looks emblazoned with logos galore. He took all of the aspirations of the community and made them real by making the logo of Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, etc… be the focus. All the 80’s NYC rappers went to Dapper Dan to get their gear. They would also sometimes have him upholsterer their cars!
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I so remember this growing up in NYC. Everyone is fangirling like crazy. He was one of the pioneers of hi-low streetwear until the brands basically sued him to stop using their logos in 1992. (screw you Fendi) Now he is finally getting his due. He is back in a partnership with Gucci. Sebastian has no idea who he is, explaining streetwear in Columbia is not a big thing. He says he feels like the dumbest designer in the room. Oh sweetie, no. Les knows almost everything about fashion and she didn’t know who he was either.
The challenge is to create a fresh version of luxury streetwear to inspire the current generation and generations to come. There is no trip to Mood. Production has loaded up the workroom with fabrics for the designers to choose from. AAAAAAND……its a one day challenge. The designers are a little freaked out by this. Just be happy you are on Bravo kids. Renee Hill has immunity which is probably a good thing. I just don’t see Renee shining in this challenge. Maybe I’m wrong. Dapper Dan will be checking in on them before the runway show.
Jamall Osterholm is totally in the zone as this is what he does. He just wants to get to work right away. I do think that the challenge is his to win. In the workroom there is a lot to choose from with tons of fabric and shiny stuff. Tessa Clark is making her first pair of harem pants but she is confident. Hester Sunshine is a little worried that the fabric she chose is unforgiving, but her silhouettes are not complicated so she feels good about her design ideas.
Nothing Says Streetwear Like… Culottes?
Garo Sparo is doing a streetwear corset? Hmmmm. It is his signature. Kovid is doing culottes? There’s a lot of Little House on the Prairie in some of these sketches. Kovid is doing an homage to the communities that supported to him when he moved to Brooklyn. I love how he says “Mr. Dapper Dan.”. Jamall is making a casual dress. I’m completely confused by the sketch. He is referencing the Elizabethan period as it was a time of great wealth and merging it with urban streetwear? This will either be awesome or awful. No middle ground.
Sebastian Grey is floundering. He is trying to do a version of himself as a young club goer. We are hoping this doesn’t do him in as we love him. Venny Etienne also feels as though this is his challenge. Venny’s inspiration is sneakers that he wanted when he was young but couldn’t afford. Bishme Cromartie is inspired by a fabulous Baltimore lady from his old neighborhood walking down the street with things to do and places to go. He explains where he is from and how most of his friends wound up incarcerated or killed. He wants to showcase the area where he is from in a better light and be an inspiration.
Christian Gives Sage Advice… To A Lot Of Deaf Ears
Christian come in and asks how everyone is doing. Everyone is crazed Christian. EVERYONE TAKE CHRISTIAN’S ADVICE!
Renee HIll was inspired by Dapper Dan’s tuxedo, so she is doing a street version of the tux inspired by Dapper Dan. Christian calls it “pretty”. He asks what Garo is working with fabric wise. Garo tells him it’s a cotton and Christian is like, “Bitch, that’s a tweed.”
Tessa is designing a “pantskirt.”I type that in one word because that is what it is. Christina thinks it is very cool but very low. She is trying to do a puffer jacket for the first time ever and wants to write her logo all over the inside. Just as I think, BRILLIANT, Christian proclaims he loves the idea. Me and Christian are so in sync. We should be friends. I mean we are friends, after he fitted me with that top I bought 10 years ago, but we just haven’t talked in 10 years. He tells her to make sure it doesn’t look crafty.
It’s Like Streetwear If You Live On A Syrian Farm Trying To Avoid The Bombing
Les texts that Rakan Shams Aldeen is in trouble. He’s trying to bring in his own culture which is great. But then, he tells Christian he’s inspired by a farmer woman look. Christian is perplexed. He explains the handmade shawls of the women who would come into sell their wares in Syria and how they would look different from everyone else. Christian loves his ideas but is worried he basically has too many. He tells him to edit. Rakan. You didn’t listen to Christian last week and you wound up in the bottom. Then you listened to Christian and wound up in the top. SO LISTEN TO CHRISTIAN!
Hester Sunshine tells Christian she is going for a rococo boxing look. He is enraptured by the idea. She knows it is ambitious and he thinks it will be awesome if she can pull it off. I text Les that Hester Sunshine is the awesome version of she who must not be named. (banana girl) Les agrees.
Fabric Faux Pas!
Christian Siriano is confused by Jamall’s look as the model is in a “fit and flare” (dress with fitted top and flared out bottom) and it’s a streetwear challenge. When Jamall shows him his fabric Christian freaks out and tells him his look is going tea party. LISTEN TO CHRISTIAN. That is Michelle with the curtain fabric all over again. Christian tells him the judges are NOT going to get it without his explanation and that isn’t a good thing. He stupidly sticks with the fabric. Jamall is going to be in the bottom and the only person who’s fault that is will be Jamall’s. If he had picked a more edgy fabric to go with his dress it might have worked.
Christian Siriano is worried about Kovid’s lack of energy. He tells him not to be so hard on himself. Christian asks him to remember the first look he showed. It was an awesome color-blocked dress that came off as street. He wants Kovid to put those elements into his look. It is in this moment that I fully embrace that Christian is the spiritual heir to Saint Tim Gunn.
This is a flash sale challenge. That means that fan favorite look will be produced to sell. Tessa is PUMPED. We do love the camaraderie of these people. Bishme asks if Tessa will be godmother to his twins. She tells him: What? I’m the mother! Rakan asks Jamall if the judges will think he gave his model a “weenie”. Jamall and Venny step in to help. The answer is NO.
Rome Is Burning While Nero Fiddles
The models come in and fittings commence. I LOVE that Jamall pulls Christian over to ask what he thinks. Christian is worried that the look is still too much tea party and tells him to play with it.
Christian coming in to yell at the designers as they are eating dinner when their models are there is EVERYTHING! I have always remembered him saying during his season that there is ALWAYS something to do. Evan learned that the hard way in All-stars.
He yells at Rakan and I love it. Rakan didn’t even put his look on the model. She’s just standing there while he eats. Les texts: FORESHADOWING. Yup, one or more of the people eating will be in the bottom. You have one day, people! Stop eating and WORK while your model is there!!
Love Is In The Air
Tessa Clark is painting her logo in her jacket. She then runs around in circles until it dries. The designers tell Sebastian his look is Aladdin. Sebastian… man…get it together! Garo thinks it is refreshing to see the normally confident Sebastian be challenged. Kovid is losing his shit! Jamall checks on him and tells him to stay calm. Everyone is being nice to everyone. Can I tell you how much I LOVE this? I simply don’t want unnecessary drama in these shows. If it happens, let it happen organically, not because a producer provoked it, or stupid casting stunts. It’s why I have given up even casually watching Housewives shows. I just read our fearless leader’s recaps. (shout out to TT).
Then, Pandemonium As Time Runs Out
Everyone come in freaking out. Models come in for fittings and Christian announces Dapper Dan is coming in to help critique. I think it is a little late for that. He loves Hester’s fabric and he is blown away by her look. He also loves Bishme’s look. Bishme loves that Dapper Dan showcases where he is from and truly resonates with him as he tries to do the same thing. I think Bishme might cry. It is a very sweet moment.
And then there is Jamall. Oh Jamall. Dapper Dan is worried. Christian is worried. Les and I are worried. We hope he pulls this together but it looks like someone’s badly made costume from Little House on the Prairie with alien inserts.
Dapper Dan loves Renee’s look. He is flattered that she was inspired by his own clothes. Dapper Dan tells Venny that he has made a great street look and Venny beams. He is getting S&M from Sonia but in a good way? Oh Kovid. Dapper Dan is not impressed. He can’t wait to see Lela’s and Garo’s on the runway. He tells Garo that he has done something “amazing” and “so sexy”. I guess the corset worked. Makeup, hair and photos for the flash sale commence.
I don’t have to report on what Karlie is wearing because she could be wearing anything and look insane. To me she is up there with Linda, Christy, Naomi, Giselle, Kate…et al. A true “Super” as it were. God bless Heidi but she was never in that stratosphere modeling-wise. Brandice Daniel is the guest judge. She is the founder and president of Harlem’s Fashion Row. She was Dapper Dan’s personal recommendation to be there. Elaine Welteroth is wearing a beret, big earrings and a huge gucci logo sweatshirt. I guess she dressed for the challenge. Thankfully, Nina Garcia and Brandon Maxwell did not.
Hester Sunshine. Hester’s model comes out like a BOSS. Les writes that she knocked it out of the ballpark..she means ring. She thinks that Muhammed Ali’s daughter would rock this. Is it something I would wear? Heck no. Does it work for this challenge and look insane on the model. Yes.
Rakan Shams Aldeen. Rakan’s look was the opposite of what Les thought was coming and she’s okay with it. I think she looks like an extra from Aladdin. It’s a costume. He didn’t listen and he’s fucked.
Sebastian Grey. Les is getting Mad Max from this. Not in a good way. Poor Sebastian and Rakan, I think the cultural aspect of this challenge really hindered them. Karlie whispers to Brandon that it is streetwear, but a little too far in the future.
Venny Etienne. Les thinks that Venny played it safe. While I think that there are some interesting elements to this, I have to agree. It’s a basic bomber jacket with a mini skirt. It does look great on the model.
Sonia Kasparian. Les thinks this is streetwear for a street walker. She’s not a fan. I think this would be great for a Studio 54 challenge.
Lela Orr. Les just types that she rocked it. I’m getting Japanese streetwear. There is an ease and coolness to this that I like. I would wear this in a heartbeat. Love the slits in the skirt and the kimono top with the belt.
Jamall Osterholm. Les texts that Jamall is screwed. She says: It’s like a housecoat plus apron combo done in Elizabethan styling?….yikes. I think he went too cerebral and was too ambitious. The poor construction is blatant. Bad fabric choice. Weird inserts. And the bow in the back? Just bad.
Bishme Cromartie. Les just texts: GO BISHME!! I want to be this woman. I want the pants. The jacket is insane. This is everything that Jamall’s wasn’t. Well thought out, well designed and well constructed. Bravo sir. Love the shoes.
Garo Sparo. Les thinks that while the corset could have been a better fabric choice, the look overall is awesome. This funky corseted jumpsuit worked for me. It certainly moved well.
Kovid Kapoor. Les says there is is no life to this look. I think that Jamall needs to be thanking Kovid right now because this is the look that is going to keep his ass safe. It’s not just bad, it’s boring bad. Kovid, we will miss you.
Renee Hill. I have changed my mind about Renee. Who knew that a mother of nine could do cool streetwear? The bomber jacket is a cool take on an “urban tux” as she put it and I love the red and black check bottom hanging out. Les types that Renee is a badass and she loves this.
Tessa Clark. I want to own this. RICK OWENS AWESOME. Les says there was so much black it was hard to read but reassures me she loves black.
CJ & Les Choose Top And Bottom Looks
Les’s top three are Hester, Renee and Bishme. Her bottom three are Kovid, Jamall and Sonia. She thinks Bishme will win and Kovid should go. Much like our lunch order today, I pick the almost exact same thing. (except Tessa instead of Hester and Rakan instead of Sonia). We both think Bishme will win and Kovid is headed home.
Elanie asks what Dap’s reaction was to Venny’s look. He says Dapper Dan loved it. Elaine thinks the shape is sophisticated and can see American women buying it today. Nina thinks this is the most authentic work he has shown.
Rakan explains his street farmer concept. Brandon feels like he’s always on a road trip with Rakan. This week he has no idea where the heck they are going. He’s getting Genie in a bottle. Karlie thinks the styling didn’t help. Elaine likes the slice of tummy but thinks it doesn’t read streetwear and thinks it looks cheap. Nina thinks there are so many ways to communicate this look but he just played it safe.
When Jamall explains that streetwear is so connected to black culture, Brandice interjects and says she agrees, but couldn’t see any young black lady wearing this. Nina doesn’t see it. Elaine asks what he thinks and Jamall tries to explain where he’s coming from. Brandon tells him he’s 23 so he shouldn’t know who he is EXACTLY per se, BUT he has to fundamentally know how to make clothes and this is messy and unfinished.
What Is Streetwear?
Brandice says that when she saw Garo Sparo’s look come down the runway it was her favorite. She loves the snatch (which I guess is the corset…I hope it’s the corset) and the shoes. She thinks it speaks to the future of streetwear which is a high compliment. Elaine thinks he gave them the best of multiple elements.
Elaine loves the shoutout to Greenmount (in Baltimore) on the back of Bishme’s look. Karlie also loves how he incorporated his logo.She also thinks the jacket referenced the past, but it is also current. She can also see it in the future. Nina is crazy about this look. Streetwear that can say and mean something. Elaine then tells him he paid amazing tribute to Dapper Dan’s legacy more than anyone on the runway. Brandon says that he would have a heart attack (in a good way) seeing this on the street. Karlie says he made Baltimore proud.
Karlie thinks that Kovid’s melting pot look clashed. Brandice says the taste level just wasn’t there for her. Nina gets the opposite of streetwear and is getting suburban. Brandon thinks he missed the mark.
And The Winner Is…
The winner of the challenge is BISHME!! Woo hoo!! While we loves Garo’s, we think he nailed the challenge. Rakan is in, but he better start LISTENING to Christian and the judges.
We’ll Miss You Kovid!
To no one’s surprise, Kovid is out. Kovid does a lovely exit and we will miss him for his quotes and energy alone. We are a little mad he didn’t go last week so we could have seen more from Afa.
We hope everyone has wonderful weekend and we do so love hearing from you in the comments! Xoxoxo CJ and Les.