By The Lovely Les! With a purple pen assist by Tamara Tattles
One day you’re in and the next day you’re out is a known Project Runway mantra. I am here this week to write the Project Runway recap because our beloved CJ Bomb is out of town. Sadly, she has no live-streaming capabilities during her lovely weekend ride. So let’s code it out to the fashionable drama of the week!
Cue the classic music at any arcade. There is a backdrop with Karlie’s video game alter ego. Then, Karlie walks out in a lackluster plaid ensemble that sort of drowns the excitement. Thank goodness there are Fashnology gurus are to the rescue! Welcome to Fashnology where fashion and technology intersect!
This week’s Project Runway challenge is all about creating a powerful female video game character and bringing her look to life. Her outfit should be functional and fashionable. But don’t go too costumey or it might be game over! I can already see the coding on the wall. Lots of shouts for joy and lots of woe is me’s. Thank goodness this is a 2 day challenge. They each have $300 to spend at Mood and they get to keep their model from the last challenge.
It’s time for the Mood adventure which seems to have become an extremely important part of how Christian mentors this group. I find him very focused on reaching out to each person and really trying to get them envision the end goal. I think Tim was always a great mentor but I don’t recall as much coaching to each individual while at Mood. So Bravo to Bravo again for amping up this season.
Christian starts the group off with a simple phrase – “This is a fashion challenge. No costumes”. As he walks around Mood, he is concerned about the lack of color in everyone’s fabrics. This is a video game world. It is not just gray, white, beige or black.
So then everyone pulls a red fabric. Christian says there are other colors in the world of video games. At the register, Rakan is way under budget. Who knew burgundy lycra was so cheap? Venny Etienne was flummoxed by a last minute decision to change his color to anything but red. He was over by nearly a hundred dollars. How many superheros is he trying to dress?
A Dominatrix, A Farmer, A Savior And A Throng Of Warriors Go Into A Bar…
In the workroom, animators are there to help design the on screen version of their alter egos. It’s crazy how letters and symbols can translate to a bad ass warrior so seamlessly.
Tessa Clark wants to pay homage to her father and his family name of Miller. The Miller family had a lot of experience around the farm. So her Miller girl will be dressed in the tradition of a typical male farmer while carrying her sack of flour.
Garo Sparo is quite inspired by the crossover of a fashion editor and a dominatrix. Is this code for Nina? And yes, the infamous hand made whip will be part of his ensemble.
Venny Etienne is inspired by his faith. Too inspired. His woman is a savior. She helps people who are sick or in pain and guides them towards the Heavens. Also, what is the deal with the flirting between Bishme and Tessa. It’s the oddest thing I’ve ever seen.
Rakan Aldeen is designing for a warrior queen from Syria who was famous for fighting the Roman army. She is a street fighter. Rakan should have paid attention in history class.
Renee Hill also wants a warrior but with a soft interior. She wants to help her community stay a community and keep the love that she helped to rebuild in her community but also fight any intruders. She has a super cool chain lasso – watch out!
So Many Warriors!
Lela Orr really digs the video gaming world and is super excited about her warrior woman. He warrior loves a roundhouse kick and conjures up the wind to help her attack her enemies.
Sebastian Grey is somewhat baffled as he is not a gamer. His girl’ superpower is to make people disappear.I need this superpower. She is the goddess of the moon. He is going to write some coding onto her dress.
Sonia Kasparian’s creation has the superpower to withdraw the sting of bad memories. I love this concept. Her lady hero wants to provide escape and bring harmony to the world. Don’t we wish this was a universally accepted way of life?
Christian Tries To Save The Designers From Themselves
Has Bishme always been this weird? His girl is Queen of Hearts in red dress with heart shaped hips. In her story, she has stabbed her finance in the heart on the wedding day because he killed her father. Christian says he gets it. He’s lying. Bishme’s refers to a prior relationship in a talking head. Is he high? Sleep-deprived?
Jamall is creating a femme fatale/James Bond tuxedo with a cool looking mesh undershirt. Christian points out that tuxedos are not original so he needs to really push his boundaries. And then comes the classic foreshadowing, Jamall believes his design is actually NOT boring and that he will stick with his plan. Sorry Christian.
Next up is Hester! She is actually wearing the top she is going to send down the runway. She is priceless. I adore her energy. Lady in black? Check. Intricate story about said lady and her world? Check. Superpower? Oops! She will make a jetpack for her to wear sporting space age cargo pants.
Venny references a teleport skill for his female video avatar. He is using a ton of white. Christian points out that he needs to add some color to his outfit so that it can come to life. So instead of color, Venny ventures towards lace (white) and feathers (white). Not sure if he heard anything Christian said.
Day Two Christian Tries Once Again To Save The Designers
It’s Day 2 of the 2 day challenge. There are several conversations and reflections going on.
Hester reveals how she recently moved from New York to Santa Fe and that she misses her old community in New York. She is so happy to be back. Rakan is still a major gamer. Lela gave up gaming in order to focus on her fashion career.
Sonia has to start her skirt over. Rakan has nothing made because he has never worked with stretch fabrics. Why choose Project Runway to do that?
Sonia and Rakan have to rework their animation image to match up more with what they are actually creating in the workroom.
Jamall steams out all of his alteration markings by mistake and starts to flip out. With one hour left before the runway, Christian is concerned about Jamall.
It’s All Over But The Crying
Tessa’s superhero makes no sense to me. She’s a farmer selling flour? What the actual fuck?
With all the negativity, the group decides to exhale all bad spirits take a ferry back to the hotel. It seems to do the trick. This season’s contestants impress me again and again with their support for each other.
Panic Before The Runway
It’s the day of the runway. Rakan says his look is not good because of the fabric. It’s not because of him. Huh? Rakan is so out of whack that he can not even communicate to make up and hair on how to style his model. Really?
Venny has done some major color blocking and is worried his lady looks too much like a gospel singer. Gospel singers everywhere are offended by his comment.
Garo Sparo is fixated on the “X” over his model’s cleavage. Apparently, this means she is not open for business. I’m concerned as I think back to his rugby stripe pattern design and how terrible that came out because the stripes were not lined up.
It’s Runway time. Garo’s model kills it down the runway. Rocks the whip. His corset detail is there.He used to dress dominatrixes! Renee’s design is a bit understated but I think this is part of her protecter plus mother earth image. Rakan puts something down the runway but it looks nothing like his original image. Lela put together a great juxtaposition of feminine and masculine clothing.
Sonia leaves no lasting impression for me. Her look has no color and lacks creativity. Tessa rocked it. It’s strong, powerful, creative. Design and construction are meticulous. Sebastian has a pretty design but his storyline is a bit far-fetched. Hester’s look could walk off the screen of Fortnite. She is very stealth and feminine.
Jamall’s model has no shirt and his model’s breasts are quite visible. She could not do any James Bond actions without baring all to witness. Venny has a great idea but the execution is terrible. Bishme really put all of his effort into this design. It is a gorgeous rendition of a bad ass queen.
Les Chooses her Tops and Bottoms
Top Three: Bishme Cromartie, Hester Sunshine and Tessa Clark. Tessa for the win.
Bottom Three: Venny Etienne, Rakan Aldeen and Jamall Osterholm. Rakan to go home.
The Judges Pick The Top Three And The Bottom Three
The judges top three were Tessa Clark, Garo Sparo and Hester Sunshine. The judges agreed with my choices for the bottom three. My DVR is about to quit for some reason. I hear Nina loving the whip and Brandon teasing her about wearing it in her trailer. Brandon is perturbed that Jamall could not find a bra ANYWHERE in the workroom. I can’t figure out why the model keeps pressing on her ear.
The judges love Tessa’s story. The judges literally laughed out loud when her look came out. Clearly, I am missing the joke. This is exactly what Robin wants for her video gaming world. She knows there are tons of stories out there waiting to be heard and designed. Yes, how is it that there are no video games about women dressed like male farmers selling flour? The fabric she chose was quite impressive to the judges. Hester’s look is adored by all. The jet pack made quite the impact on the judges.
At this point, Les’s DVR crapped out on her. I would like to take the time to point out THAT WE ALL NEARLY DIED LAST NIGHT. Loud thunderstorms, tornado warnings, sirens, from about 3 am (when I was pulling photos) until 8 am this morning. Then we had a bunch of technical issues. Because of course. It is a miracle that this post got up at all.
The Judges Critique
Elaine Welterworth says Rakan’s look was better as an avatar. His model looks like she is being choked. Brandon hates the cranberry Lycra. When Rakan says it was his first time with Lycra, Brandon urges him never to use it again. Nina thinks the faux leather looks like really big duct tape. Karlie says it looks unfinished. The gamer says, “material failures can happen in games too.
Everyone jokes about Nina Garcia being Garo Sparo’s inspiration. The love all the accessories. As for Tessa Clark. they love the wool. It’s such a modern interpretation of a gamer. My head might explode. It’s a farmer girl dressed like Super Mario carrying a sack of flour! Is it well made? Yes. Would I wear it? Absolutely. Is it remotely responsive to this challenge? NOT. ONE. BIT. #NeverForgetSunnyFong
Brandon is dumbstruck that Jamall didn’t even put a bra on his model let alone a shirt. Titties hanging out doesn’t represent strong women. The gamer suddenly doesn’t like men’s clothes on women. Putting a female in a man’s suit another one of the tropes she sees in video games. Now if the woman is dressed like a male FARMER, then that is a strong woman. Karlie wishes he has produced the turtleneck and hood that the avatar was wearing.
A Very Opinionated Guest Judge
The gamer loves Venny’s idea of a female savior. But it didn’t come through in his execution. Obviously, everyone hates his fabrics. Karlie doesn’t get the feathers. Brandon says she needs Jesus in her life. It did not take him to church. Venny needs to learn restraint. Nina though Venny’s look last week was tasteful. It wasn’t. It’s was just as bad as this. Nina calls Venny’s look a disaster from head to toe.
Everyone gushes over Hester Sunshine’s look. Her gathered organza on the sleeves is everything. Hester is my favorite. I could not disagree more. I found this look offensive. It was the makeup I had a problem with. Where is Elaine to be offended on behalf of black people this week? Instead she calls it virtual reality Wakanda. She does say it reads a little “kisch” and “costumey.” A little? You can see Tessa thinking the exact same thing about all this gushing over Hester.
Backstage, Rakan says the three most talented designers are in the bottom.
The Judges Speak Freely
When the judges confer, Elaine is the only one campaigning against Hester’s look. I don’t think Elaine cares for Hester in general. However, someone needs to speak some truth here. She calls it tacky. Hester is shocked she is in the top herself. Everyone hates everything about Rakan’s outfit. Nina thinks Rakan is ready to go home. Brandon says he can’t even cut straight. Karlie isn’t sure Jamall is on the level he needs to be to compete on Project Runway.
Brandon seems to be pushing for Tessa to win. Elaine thinks Garo Sparo should win. Nina Garcia, Karlie and the gamer are all about Hester.
Tessa Is Screaming On The Inside
Ultimately, Hester Sunshine is the first to rack up two wins. I think that should have happened last week. This week I would have put her on the bottom. I’m not sure who is more shocked, Hester or Tessa.
Karlie tells Venny they question his tasted level. Ouch! But, it’s Rakan who takes the walk of shame and sashays away.
How do you think the judges did this week?
Next week: Elegance is learned, my friends. It’s Sebastian’s challenge to lose. And God willing and the creek don’t rise, CJ Bomb will be back for another Project Runway recap.