Project Runway Episode Three
The third episode of Project Runway was the first team challenge. I always look forward to group work in any reality show because of the drama that ensues, but in Project Runway it is especially fierce. Big egos cause big trouble. I thought the “Lexus Challenge” was a bit over-commercialized, but it was organized as tastefully as possible. Designers were to design an Emmy dress that matched the color of the car they were paired with.
This challenge allowed the skilled designers to show off their talent and turn their partner into what was essentially just an assistant. There were some interesting dynamics on the final runway as some designers threw their partners under the bus, while others refused to accuse. Here is my review of the looks:
Alicia & Raul:
I found this dress to be totally unflattering and horribly styled. Also, check out that HAIR EXTENTION. #wtf. Red and black is a difficult color combination. It is either perfectly executed or it looks cheap. In this case, it’s cheap. Given that these designers’ backgrounds are in menswear, maybe a nice Diane Keaton number would have been a better decision.
Andrea & Christopher:
I understand where they were going with this look. With a higher budget and another day to finish, it could have been successful. The dress is lumpy and the slit is only appropriate for some trailer park prom night. Christopher’s dramatic monologue on the final runway was horribly immature as he whined and cried about how Andrea didn’t do anything.
Buffi & Elena:
What was originally supposed to be an awkward pairing between these two designers turned out magically. I think this dress is perfect for the client given her age and personal style. I guess opposites sometimes do attract, at least between these two designers.
Dmitry & Melissa:
Another great pair. Although not perfect, this dress is a great expression of these designers’ aesthetics as well as the client’s. The two were able to take direction from the client and not be afraid to work out of their comfort zones.
Gunnar & Kooan:
A team made in hell, these two clashed from the beginning. They ignored many of the client’s wishes and turned out some Egyptian-esque paper towel wrapped around the client. At the final runway, Kooan admitted his weakness: He knows absolutely nothing about eveningwear. Why he wasn’t auf’d after this confession is beyond me.
Nathan & Sonjia
I really liked this dress. These two designers have emerged as quite the hidden talents. I think it could look more expensive, but it fits the client better than almost every other dress.
Fabio & Ven
Again, Ven is praised for his perfect construction. But sorry, I’m bored. This dress screams “fag hag” to me. Is that rude? I just love to hate on Ven, he has such a big ego. Anyway, the client loved it, which is all that matters at the end of the day. The length is appropriate for her personal style. I will admit, I do love the pleating, even though it is a bit wrinkled in the skirt.
Written by Scott Lambert for OhWowYouWoreThat