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Project Runway – ‘Best Looks’: Althea Garners Another Win; Logan’s Out of Luck (Plus Drama Over Zippers & Sweaters!)

Last night’s episode of Project Runway began with the designers facing away from the runway. Why? So that each of their best designs could be dragged onstage for the big ‘reveal’: Their challenge would be to create a complementary companion look for their best work to date. Much better than what Carol Hannah and I both imagined–that they would be required to cut up their old garments to make new ones. (Hey, Lifetime–if you’re ever strapped for a concept for a challenge…)

Honestly, this was one of those challenges that reminds me of Project Runway seasons past–clever, inspiring & innovative. Thankfully, because sometimes I worry that the producers are running out of ideas. (Again, Lifetime–if you’re ever in a bind…see above.)

The good thing about having so few designers left is that we get to see more of the creative/construction process. The bad thing is they all start wanting to kill each other. Logan allegedly copied Althea’s zipper collar (but since she’s a class act, Althea didn’t call him out on it), and Althea allegedly stole Irena’s ‘big sweater’ idea (since she’s not so much of a class act, Irena threw Althea under the bus in front of the judges).

[Sidebar: How did we miss Irena’s comment last week about Christopher’s ensemble looking like ‘an Amish woman would wear it’? So much for diplomacy…]

But apparently the judges–including guest panelists Nick Verreos (Project Runway Season 2) and Kerry Washington–forgave Althea any transgression she may or may not have made, because they awarded her the prize for a pair of black paper-bag-waist trousers and an oversized comfy gray sweater.

Althea - Sweater

Unfortunately for our resident hunk, despite the fact that Logan wore the same outfit that saved him from elimination after his first misstep, the judges were not blinded by the glare off his pants this time and sent him packing for creating a futuristic costume of a dress that Heidi Klum said looked like it came from ‘a bad music video from the 80’s’.

Logan

Good night, sweet prince. And may the fashion angels sing you to sleep…

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October 30, 2009 at 5:32 pm Leave a comment

Project Runway – Destination Designs! Irena’s Aspen-Inspired Design Warms The Judges’ Hearts; Nicolas’ Greecian Creation Is Less Than Greek

Ladies & gents of the blogosphere, your Project Runway recap! (…as promised!)

On the last episode of Project Runway, the remaining 7 designers were challenged to create a distinctive look inspired by one of several famous locales, ranging from Palm Springs to Aspen.

Our favorite person (insert sarcasm here) Irena Shabayeva took the win yet again for a luxurious camel colored three-piece ‘snow bunny’ ensemble, inspired by the ski culture of Aspen.

Irena - Aspen

(But sidebar–in all seriousness–any way you slice it, Irena has been consistently turning out fabulous garments ever since her first win this season. And it seems the good people at Lifetime are making the creative choice to use some strategic editing in order to dumb down her ‘witch factor’ a couple notches. To which we say ‘Yay, Lifetime!’ Because in terms of likeability, the girl needs all the help she can get, especially since it looks like we’re going to be seeing more of her in the coming weeks!)

Unfortunately for Nicolas Putvinski, it looked like Nic took a wrong turn on the way to Greece, with a markedly un-Greek gray trouser and an accompanying long-sleeved top.

Nicolas - Greece

Nicolas signed off with an unexpected parting shot, saying ‘This is SO the last you’ve heard of me. I’m totally taking a break and moving to London, or Paris, or Japan.’ Just a suggestion Nicolas–you might want to swing by Greece in your travels and check out what the Gods are wearing these days!

On a side note, the still-loveable Christopher Straub seems to have more lives than a two-headed cat, appearing in the bottom two and surviving for the fourth time this season.

October 26, 2009 at 9:05 pm Leave a comment

Project Runway – All the World’s a Stage! Carol Hannah Steals the Spotlight as Christina Aguilera’s Top Pick; Shirin Askari Exits Stage Left

The designers (especially Nicolas) were practically giddy this week when they found out from none other than costume designer to the stars Bob Mackie himself that their next challenge would be to design an over-the-top stage look for–wait for it–Christina Aguilera.

Now, whenever there’s a celebrity on Project Runway, someone inevitably exclaims something along the lines of, “This is, like, the biggest star project runway has ever seen!” But this time, such a statement might actually be accurate.

With such an enormous task at hand, the designers were given two days to complete the challenge, which of course means another full day of work as well as another full day of  D-R-A-M-A.

Even though she had immunity from her win on the previous challenge, Gordana broke down almost as badly as her garment did when it started raining strings of beads all over the workroom floor. Christopher was once again adorably overconfident in his design which the judges would ultimately chew up & spit out like a slimy wad of gum. Irena reached new heights of cattiness and the other designers are starting to take notice. Oh yeah, and they also tried to reintroduce the Logan/Carol Hannah subplot–using the same cut of Carol Hannah saying ‘He’s really hot’.

…Stop trying to make it happen, Lifetime. It’s not going to happen.

But I digress!

In the end Carol Hannah received the prize (And no, Lifetime…the prize isn’t Logan) for a theatrical, texturized black gown that impressed the panel and guest judge Christina Aguilera, who alluded to the fact that, at some point, in the near or distant future, she may or may not actually wear the costume that Carol Hannah designed for her. Wow! So keep a look-out, Carol Hannah! Or, ya know…don’t.

Carol Hannah - Christina Aguilera

In a heartbreaking turn of events, the little girl with big dreams (and arguably, an even bigger mouth) Shirin Askari was asked to take her final bow after presenting a similar black gown which the judges dubbed ‘an upscale Halloween witch costume’…at least they called it ‘upscale’?

Shirin Askari - Christina Aguilera

You will be missed, Shirin. The workroom will be significantly less zany without you.

October 16, 2009 at 7:31 pm Leave a comment

Project Runway – INC Challenge: Irena Shabayeva Wins (Again); Louise Black Sings “The Blues”

For those of you who haven’t been watching Project Runway since the dawn of time (not to brag, but…I have), every season there is a challenge that requires competitors to design a look for a mainstream clothing brand. The prize? The winning garment will be manufactured and sold by said mainstream clothing brand. The win for the this challenge is understandably coveted, so it is always an event when this challenge inevitably rolls around again.

This time, the challenge was to design two looks for INC, a fashion label exclusive to Macy’s department stores. The catch? The designers once again had to work in teams, and, for some unknown reason, the looks absolutely had to be designed entirely in shades of blue.

Irena Shabayeva (who was paired with Gordana Gehlhausen) took her second win with a flowing striped dress and a romantic skirt and blouse set.

Irena Shabayeva INC Challenge Dress

Irena Shabayeva INC Challenge Skirt & Blouse

Alright, Irena…so the judges might like you now. But you better stop saying all those nasty things about the other contestants’ designs…remember, the cast villain never wins on Project Runway!

Louise Black–who was paired with last week’s winner Nicolas Putvinski and, contrary to popular opinion was not eliminated after the last challenge–was ultimately given the axe for creating two dresses with ruffles and…well, not much else.

Louise Black INC Challenge Dress No. 1

Louise Black INC Challenge Dress No. 2

However, perhaps the biggest scandal of last night’s episode was famous American designer and beloved veteran panel judge Michael Kors bringing crowd favorite Christopher Straub to tears with witty remarks about his satiny teal bubble dress looking like a ‘disco pumpkin’.

October 2, 2009 at 8:06 pm Leave a comment

New Project Runway on Lifetime – Self-taught Straub Takes Prize; Eccentric Designer Fish First ‘Aufed’

On the season premier of Project Runway–the first season since the wildly popular Bravo series made the move to Lifetime–self-taught designer Christopher Straub poked fun at himself saying “I keep hearing people talk about ‘smocking’…I don’t even know what that means!” However, Straub’s lack of fashion book-smarts didn’t stop him from snagging the win with a short, ruffled ballerina dress that charmed celebrity guest judge, Lindsay Lohan.

christopher straub

Endearingly quirky & pixie-like designer Ari Fish became the first to be booted off the Runway. Fish described her “Red Carpet look” as “VMA’s 2080…and I also want her to receive her Nobel Peace Prize the same night.”

ari fish

In her exit interview, Fish shares a pearl of wisdom gained from her short-lived stint on Project Runway: “It’s good to take risks, but you’ve got to take risks responsibly.”

August 24, 2009 at 5:56 pm Leave a comment


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