By CJ BOMB
Hey guys! I am behind the eight ball as I am having gallery owners over to discuss hanging certain pieces in their space He’s an amazing Atlanta based artist. But nothing will stop me from this Project Runway Recap!
By the time I get them out the door, Les is already into the show reminding me to discuss the Met Gala. The hilarious thing is the challenge this week relates to the artist I was JUST talking about! Will get to explanation about that, but first can we please talk about Brandon Maxwell’s Lady Gaga look(s) at the Met??? Talk about reveals!! If you haven’t seen it, the theme this year was Camp, which is defined as Susan Sontag puts it in her famous short essay “Notes on Camp” is “everything in exclamation points”.
Christian dressed Janelle Monae, Laverne Cox and Ryan Murphy among others. Les texted me immediately when we found out that Karlie was dressed by no other than DAPPER DAN! How freaking awesome is that? The Met Ball is one of fashion’s biggest nights. Period. So it was nice to see Project Runway represent. Note from TT: Before I forget Garo Sparo also designed a the gloves for Aquaria, a queen from RuPaul’s Drag Race who was invited this year. He was shouted out on the E! Red Carpet coverage!
Speaking of CAMP the designers are following a yellow brick road into the studio when they are met with an ICONIC costume. Inside there are the ACTUAL costumes from the upcoming movie Rocket Man starring Taron Egerton. My husband and I seldom agree on any music but Elton John? We love him. We have seen him in concert several times and he NEVER disappoints.
The artist I was talking about above has 120 pieces in Elton’s permanent collection. Elton also has a place down the street from Les and I. (we don’t hang with him sadly) Can you tell I’m excited? Taron chimes in remotely about how Elton changed the game in terms of performance wear.
The costume designer from the film, Julian Day, is there to explain each look. The challenge is for the designers to create an early performance piece for Elton John. It should be big and showstopping. They have two days, 400 dollars to spend at Mood and $300 to spend at a store that sells embellishments (feathers, sequins, etc) Hester and Garo are literally vibrating. Les texts that this is THEIR challenge. They will be working with male models.
A Big Twist!
There is ALSO a surprise twist. The designers get HELP. The eliminated designers pour back into the workroom and everyone squeals. The button bag comes out and each designer gets to pick an assistant. Garo is first and he picks Sonia. Jamall picks his bud Rakan, Bishme goes with Afa. Venny picks Nadine, Lela grabs Renee and Hester picks Kovid (of course). This always reminds me of fifth grade dodgeball. Tessa is second to last AGAIN but she happily takes Frankie which means Sebastian is stuck with Cavanagh.
We are concerned for Sebastian. Cavanaugh immediately tells us how lucky he is to have her as she has dressed many country stars. Mmmmkay. Also NO MORE IMMUNITY. Hester is the last designer to have that privilege.
In The Mood…
At Mood everyone scrambles for fabric to go big or quite literally, go home. Hester is doing a rock and roll rooster which Kovid thinks is “too much”. If Kovid thinks it’s too much? Hmmm. Garo is doing a Rocketman look with rings of Saturn. Nadine has LOTS of opinions for Venny. He looks like he’s flustered. Bishme goes with high-waisted overalls which is giving me Elton’s pinball wizard. Jamall is VERY excited for this challenge. He is doing a voluminous bomber jacket. Tessa and Sebastian seem a little lost and overwhelmed. Sebastian’s dad loves Elton, but he doesn’t really know much about him. Tessa dresses stick figure women in minimalist looks so this isn’t her thing.
In the workroom Hester gives Kovid a tiny time frame to finish a whole lot of work. Les texts that he has forgotten what a type A person she is. There’s nothing wrong with being type A as long as you are not a jackass about it. Sebastian’s still confused, but just going to go “big and loud”. Venny is doing red white and blue with…..feathers. Now while Les and I agree that feathers a great option for this particular challenge, Venny doesn’t have the best history using them.
Federal Express Is Missing Some… Packages!
The male models come in and…oh my. Now my fantasy these days consists of a hot guy coming to my house and doing all my kids laundry and putting it away while I take a nap, but these particular models are quite nice to look at. Just saying. Les texts that they are “fuego”. Si, Senora, Si. Sebastian is having a hard time concentrating. As is Tessa. When one model walks by, he smells so good to her she almost follows him. I get up to grab wine and I think I hear Venny say, “Fedex is missing some packages.” Indeed.
Sonia seems to think she’s still in the competition and this is a partner challenge. Venny isn’t worried about restraint on this one. Poor Sebastian is lost. He misses his family who he hasn’t seen in three years since getting married (!!). We are worried about Sebastian. Fortunately Cavanaugh seems to be helpful and nice.
Real Moments With The Designers
At the end of the day the designers are slap happy and the guys are running around in platform heels. Apparently Jamall has an alter ego that is a spoiled 16 year old girl? Mmmmkay. It is nice to see everyone eating together and getting along. Lela is from a big family of entertainers who never quite made it, so she hopes to be the one who busts out.
The next day Bishme calls his mom who is hilarious. She loves a good booty. Bishme was rejected by Parson’s and FIT. His mom told him to make the most of his gifts and go for what he wants. Very sweet.
Christian Mentors The Designers
Christian tells Sebastian his Angel look needs more so make a jacket! With a crazy sleeve! He tells him to make it more fun. We are hoping this advice will essentially save his ass as Les thinks he is fading in the competition.
Christian is loving everything Garo is doing including the corset (of course) and the codpiece (!!!). Sonia will NOT shut up. You are the ASSISTANT in this one Sonia. Garo has done performance looks for Nicki Minaj, Beyonce and freaking MADONNA. Christian is impressed. Les and I are impressed. Sonia SHUT UP.
Oh, Venny. The train on the back of a bell bottom SEEMS like a good idea but as Christian reminds him, these judges are very funny about the fit of a pant (see Renee) and he needs to be super careful. Les texts that the bell bottom trains are not working.
Christian is liking the voluminous look Jamall has created but reminds him is does need SOME definition and shape. He also needs a top underneath. Jamall assures him he plans to do a mesh t-shirt underneath the top. He then cannot find the mesh he bought.
Like A Rhinestone Cowboy…
Christian tells Lela her Fringe Cowboy look is too big and slouchy. It needs to be more tailored. These guys have to remember that one would have to actually move and perform in these looks.
Christian signs off quoting “I’m Still Standing” and gets crickets. Les thinks it is hilarious that none of these people know the titles to Elton John songs.
Hester is lucky she has immunity. Again. She is complaining that she can’t do anything until Kovid finishes her jacket. Oh Hester. That isn’t the problem here. You went for rooster and wound up with turkey. Immunity wasted. Again. We just hope they dismiss her instead of putting her in the bottom three like last time.
Lela went to iron her lapel and there was glue on the iron. She is going to try and steam the glue off her garment but Cavanagh steps in and tells her it will make it worse. Where was this nice Cavanagh in the first episode? A feather boa is used to cover it up. Her model has side cut outs and she and Renee have created a mesh thong???? Renee seems bemused by this entire process. Her model is SMOKING hot but he looks ridiculous in this outfit.
Karlie emerges in a black tuxedo look complete with sequins. Les loves the suit but wants her to ditch the choker. Julian Day is the guest judge. Les texts that Julian looks scary, but in a serious judge, nothing gets by him. He’s a bit like Nina Garcia.
Les texts that Bishme “rocketmanned” this look. The t-shirt is awesome. The pants fit wonderfully (mom would be proud) and there is just enough embellishment. It looks fabulous with the jacket on or off.
Les has a lot to say about Tessa. Here is her text in its entirety: Are you kidding me?? Her self-glorifying is nuts! This is her game avatar look made into Elton’s style. It is so bland! She is on the low end at this point. I don’t mind it, but enough with the raw edges. This is also not a concert look.
Les texts that Venny got the look but her should have put weights in the bell bottoms trains so they didn’t “sail” around. She added a DUH in there. I think this looks like a bad Halloween costume an amateur would attempt. The feathers are not helping.
Shoots For Rooster, Gets A Turkey
We both agree that Hester should never be given immunity. First we got pasties and now a turkey.
We are both happy Sebastian recovered. This will not win, but he will be safe.
Les thinks that Jamall’s look isn’t Elton circa 1970-80 but Elton 2050. She guesses Elaine will love it though because the judgment is never consistent. I think this is very fashion forward, not backward. As if Rick Owens were doing the costume.
Les texts three words about Lela Orr “Wah wah…bottom.” This also looks like a shitty Halloween costume.
Garo Sparo’s look is insane. And awesome. And should win. In my opinion.
Tops And Bottoms
Les picks Lela, Tessa and Jamall for the bottom with Jamall to go. I pick Tessa, Venny and Lela with Venny to go. Les picks Venny, Bishme and Garo for the top with Bishme to win. I pick Garo and Bishme for the top with Garo to win.
It’s Gonna Take A Claw Hammer…
Hester and Sebastian are safe. The judges send Hester off the stage telling her if she didn’t have immunity this turkey of a look would have sent her home.
Elaine tells Jamall Osterholm she would love to see him dress Elton. I can hear Les rolling her eyes down the street. They appreciate the creativity and the construction.
Brandon says Venny Etienne’s feathers are BAD. He tells him he has some good ideas but the train on the bell bottoms was not one of them. Nina gives her hardest criticism: this look inexpensive. Karlie says that going extra can be so right or so wrong. This is a case where it went wrong.
The Myth Behind The Lies
Julian says Tessa’s Clark’s look is more Elton Day wear than concert wear. Nina tells her that if she had been one of the costume designers that this would have never made it into the movie. Brandon tells her it’s an issue of her playing it too safe….again.
Nina loves Bishme’s reveal after reveal and thinks it could be interesting throughout an entire performance. There are wowed by the t-shirt he created and the fit of the pants. Julian thinks it has glitz and glamour and wishes it was in the film.
Nina thinks Lela’s look either looks like a bad costume, or the model lost a bet. Julian says the silhouette disappears completely.
Julian calls Garo Sparo’s look magnificent. Elaine says this if from another planet in a good way and the execution is impeccable. They ask who was working with him and he tells them Sonia did a lot of the work. Back in the lounge Sonia is PISSED. She wasn’t just an assistant! These were her ideas! SONIA IS THE REASON THIS IS SO AWESOME. Sonia is an ass.
It’s a close call between Garo Sparo and Bishme, but Garo Sparo takes it for his over the top rocketman. Sonia is furious at first, but then resigned. Sonia? Have a fucking seat. Tessa is safe and it is down to Venny and Lela. Venny keeps overdoing it and Lela is consistently boring. They choose boring to go. Lela Orr exits graciously and Venny gets a hall pass.
Les and I will see you next week for another Project Runway Recap! Tell us your thoughts in comments!