Project Project Runway Challenge #12 – Who’s In & Who’s Out

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Challenge – Who’s In & Who’s Out
Create a look that is street chic. Something that can be worn everyday of the week, but is fashionable and progressive. (On the show they also had to create a second look by redoing a losing look. If you feel like doing a second look this week, redo one of your own past looks from this season, maybe one you didn’t feel was strong.)
Time Limit – 24 hours

Budget –  $20

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Ok, let’s talk about this episode. Warning spoilers ahead….

Kathy’s take:
I’m not going to waste much time on the Korina tantrum. It was silly, she looked silly. And the show was obviously prepared for it.

Amanda’s maxi-dress looked well made but I am not a fan of the shape, it looked like a caftan. It was like she was skinny and flat chested on top and huge on the bottom. The “v” at the chest makes it look like her boobs are sagging. This is just not a style I personally get. Her remake was awful and trashy. You always knew she was heading to fashion week, because they really played her redemption story.
Emily’s street wear really has a pj and robe look when together. Thing is I can really see people wearing it because it looks comfortable, I’d totally wear the top underneath. The remake was boring. I’m actually surprised she lasted as long as she did.

Sean’s white outfit looked perfect for a resort, not sure about the street. I think perhaps I would have liked it better in black or grey, though maybe then it wouldn’t have been a crisp. I think it must have looked really great in person based on the judges reactions. He got stuck with the worst look to remake, but a pink shorts suit with pink fringe?! Um, no. I don’t have feelings either way about him going to Fashion Week.

I hated Char’s street wear, the skirt was fussy and overdone and the top struck me as an “easy, I ran out of time or ideas” piece. The remake was just a little black dress with the old fabric around the waist and not even neat looking. I feel like the judges were working really hard to make keeping Char make sense. I’m pegging her as a producers’ save.

Kini’s skirt/blouse and jacket didn’t seem to go together at all. Did the coat even fit over the skirt? They both look like nice pieces, but from different outfits. The red dress remake was gorgeous. It’s been obvious that he was going to the finals for awhile.

Susi’s Take
What I thought was interesting was the conversation around the table in the designers’ lounge after Korina was gone. They all agreed there was a lightness in the air. What a very damning statement. We saw that she was a bad sport, but in real life she was just ugly 24/7 and everyone felt it. Shar said “It would be hard to have a heart that hard.” Holy smokes! Her behavior for the helper part was past childish. I expect better sportsmanship from children. I can only hope that when she watches the show, she is able to reflect and learn.
Amanda sent another cut/quilt pieced dress down the isle. It was interesting, but the proportions were so off. There needed to be a tuck here and there to define the model’s shape. Her chest was gone completely.
Emily’s look was at least true to her voice. But that face fabric was just a little too nutty. I couldn’t help thinking it was like “I see a face in that giraffe”.
Sean’s white dress was a vision. When it didn’t fit the model I was worried. He said “I’ll just add a panel” and I thought “it’s all over”. But what ever he added didn’t hurt the look at ALL. It looked so crisp and “summer”. I cheered.
Shar’s looks were just not great. I was glad to see she made all the petals, because I thought that was new for her. But the whole look was tortured and overworked.
Kini got “I am going to work with denim” stuck in his teeth. Waxed denim no less. I did not respond like Heidi. It needs to be said that the skirt got worked over one too many times because of Tim’s critique, and I am surprised they did not add that into the edit, because I am sure someone said something about it. The long red dress was stunning. It was completely wonderful. What a killer red carpet look.
Here we go! we are off to fashion week.

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4 Comments to Project Project Runway Challenge #12 – Who’s In & Who’s Out
    • DrRuss
    • I agree with all of the above. I just wish that the judges (aka, the producers) just had the guts to make decisions. I think Kini was predetermined to make it (and I agree that he deserved it based on the red dress alone). I hoped that Sean would make it because I like the way that he thinks and the details that he provides (he has always been my favorite since his menswear pieces were shown in the opening episode). I think that Amanda deserves to make it since she has stuck to her aesthetic and definitely has a “voice.” I do believe that she was been shown favor due to her story and “return.”

      The guts part comes in with Char. I don’t think that she is that talented in sewing and construction. I don’t think given more time will help her out (unless she hires out the sewing). She has a great mind for color but that is about it. As mentioned, I think they needed to justify her “TG Save.” And while I am at it–how about the super mentoring that TG has done on her behalf. I can understand why Korina was bent out of shape (although I am very glad she is gone).

      As for Emily, as mentioned above–I thought she should have gone a long time ago. If it were me, neither Char nor Emily would have made it to fashion week and the contestants could have concentrated solely on their collections. As it stands now, there will be some “manufactured drama” on the next episodes: Now there are four of you but we want you to make a mini-mini collection with hay, grass, and twigs to determine the final three.”

      If the producers had any guts, they would have chosen the three most deserving (and there were clearly three), had them concentrate on their collection and then thrown the added look that always seems to pop up but knowing they were definitely still going to show at Fashion Week.

      Sorry for the VERY long post.

    • Ros
    • Well, it hasn’t really been a design contest for years, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that the finalists are not actually the best designers. I don’t think Char has made a single piece that I’ve been impressed with all series. I do like Emily. She’s a great person, she has a clear aesthetic and good skills, and I would have put her in the top. Can’t argue with Sean or Kini, I guess. I do not get Amanda AT ALL. I loved the dress she made with Kini last week, but in general, I find her clothes utterly depressing.

      I am struggling to be inspired by the challenges, too. Make a street style look? Um, okay. And then another totally unrelated look? Whatever. I think I’m out for this season. I’ll still be watching out for everyone else’s looks though! And maybe I’ll be back with a final collection. 🙂

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