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|Last night's "Project Runway" (spoilers)
Written by Sarah Hannah
(3/1/2013 2:06 p.m.)
Hoooo boy. It's the "real women" challenge (which is a label plenty of people take issue with, as it implies that anyone who is naturally tall and skinny is not a "real woman." But I digress).
I thought the challenge to design a fun, flattering look for these senior ladies would make for an interesting episode (certainly more interesting than Miranda Lambert, but that's not saying much). Balancing appropriate fashion with their obviously fun personalities and active lifestyles should be neat for the designers to take on, right? But give them only one day and a $200 budget, and most of them just fell flat on their faces.
First of all, Michelle should have known to keep her big flap shut about not wanting to work with Patricia. Guess what, sweetheart, you're being recorded 24/7, and what do you think the producers do with information like that? That's right, they rig the button bag. I actually was surprised how much I liked Michelle's look this week. Her self-praise and "poor me I keep getting saddled with bad teams" act has really been grating on me, because I just haven't seen the work to back it up. But I thought the dress she made, while a rather dated silhouette, was adorable, and her client clearly loved it. Layana's was okay, but it was sort of like the less successful version of Michelle's dress. Cute print, cute shape, but the fit was off. Patricia's was a mess, and she's just fortunate that her teammates turned out better looks.
Stanley and Richard seem to have a pretty good vibe going on as a team, but Stanley's look outstripped Richard's by leaps and bounds. It was chic, it fit well (with the exception of the crotch) and his client looked stunning. Richard's looked like a shapeless sack. I have no idea what the judges saw in that... dress? I'm not sure you can really call it that.
Samantha's look fit her client's personality perfectly. These challenges always confuse me so much. If the designer makes the client happy, isn't that enough? I don't care what the judges think, the client looks and feels great! Daniel's was kind of blah, and the fit wasn't perfect, but again, the client liked it.
Tu...oh, Tu. That fabric was just plain wrong. I'm surprised he wasn't sent home. If it's unfinished to the point where you have to use a belt to hold it together, that's just inexcusable. Kate's was cute, but I agreed with Tim Gunn that pairing the super dark fabric on top with that light, airy, breezy skirt was a mistake. I would have liked to see her incorporate the pink from the print instead.
Benjamin's auf completely shocked me. His client was so cute, defending him! She was really happy with the look! I didn't see all of the problems with it that the judges saw. Whereas Amanda's outfit was one big huge MESS. Wrong fabric, wrong sleeves, wrong hem, glaringly awful last-minute random stitches to gather up the fullness in the back - it was a disgrace to send the poor woman down the runway in that look. Benjamin and Amanda were both shocked by the decision.
Next week should be fun, though! Prom dresses out of duct tape! Plenty of opportunity to be really creative.
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