Cast Blog: #PROJECTRUNWAY

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Bottom Line: It's The Work

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Kenley Blogs Episodes 510-514

On The Road

The Real Winner

The Final Showdown

Leanne Speaks!

Finale, Part 2

What's Next

Tim Responds To Your Comments!

Love Is In The Hair!

History Repeating Itself

Garden Of Locks

Nature Calls

Rock 'n' Runway

Rock Steady

Rock N' Runway

Suede: Rockin' Out

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Take A Bow

Transformation

Joe: Straight Talk

Working Girl

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Best Of The Best?

Written In The Stars

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What's Your Sign?

I Saw The Sign

A Designer's Dream

Fashion Inside Out

Stella: Lovin' The Leatha

Double 0 Fashion

No Leatha, Mo' Problems

Making The Most Of It

The Fashion That Drives You

A Softer Edge

Fasten Your Seat Belts

Show Some Love

It's All An Illusion

Daniel: Oy Gevalt!

Good Queen Fun

Drama, Drama, Drama!

Joe: All Aboard!

RuPaul: A Drag Race

Bottom Line: It's The Work

Sticking to the fashion, not the drama.

Another team challenge... gahh, my stomach goes into knots when I hear that! Though this is the time to get all of the big, group ones out of the way, it still hurts to know that a designer's position could be easily dictated by another designer's skills, or lack there of. Sigh... but drama of course, prevails. Nevertheless, I've resigned myself to speaking solely about the fashion as that is what I'm best at, that is what you want to hear, and that is what this show should be about... so let's get started! Project Jillian
Overall I felt all three looks definitely looked like they were from the same collection/time period, which is an incredible feat, considering what they had to work with. All were young and flirtatious, and very smart move on their part by using the exact same fabric in all three looks - editing with so many choices was definitely the crucial part of this challenge.

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Jillian
It was true what Tim said about these looks, Jillian certainly was designing for herself (which is a o.k... Donna Karen does it). I feel the proportions of the overalls are fantastic, lengthening the legs while still being flattering to the waist and torso. Also, by choosing light-weight denim it keeps the look from being completely overpowered by the one fabric, as it hugs and skims the body instead of becoming stiff and rigid like traditional overalls. Lastly, great job to Jillian for thinking of opening up the neckline; it really brings in a more feminine feel to the torso section. rate_runway_02_404.jpg

Rami
I really appreciate the overall shape of Rami's design, I think it's cute, perky, and harks back to its retro roots, while keep the flirtatious continuity that Jillian's look is giving off. The binding with the liberty print was a great way to tie in Kevin's top and clearly was the blend of all three designs: the v-neck top and fitted bodice of Jillian's, but with the liberty print and controlled fullness of both Kevin and Jillian's pleating. Great job! rate_runway_03_404.jpg

Kevin
This look is very now. In fact, it was selling in Marc by Marc Jacobs just a few months ago. It's young, it's cute, but it's also a bit coquettish as well, which keeps it just far enough away from the Tween category.

Team Sailormoon Starshine Unicorn
At first glance in the workroom, I was very excited about the designs in Christian's group. I loved the mix-n-match of fabrics, a very bold choice, but everything also seemed to be very well tailored and finished. Who exactly was their target woman is where I felt it got a bit lost.

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Kit
I LOVE the black/white art nouveau-esqe print of the dress; it looks expensive and a little definitely goes a long way. I had two concerns though: as a stand alone piece it definitely had a point-of-view, but paired with the cuteness of Jack's baby doll dress, I didn't feel that the power bitch, career woman who would be wearing a completely fitted, below-the-knee, sexy pencil dress would also opt for the loose carefree feel of a baby doll. Secondly, I was a bit disappointed in the vest as I feel that she could've really made it as exciting as the dress by either piecing in parts of Jack's dress, or maybe to chevron a section with the existing stripe... something that ups it to more than just a vest.
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Jack
Overall a decent dress, but nothing exciting, especially in gray. If Jack had opted to do this in the black/white art nouveau-esqe print of Kit's I think it would've looked a lot more exciting as a stand-alone, and less like a so-so supporting outfit. I have the same concerns about this look fitting in as I mentioned in Kit's... they should've gone cute if they wanted cute, or sexy if they wanted sexy... having consistency, but also a range, in three looks is a difficult task. rate_runway_06_404jpg.jpg

Christian
Same issues with Kit. Though I'm annoyed with the producers for not showing more of this look on the runway. The halter top looked adorable in the workroom, and unfortunately all we get to see is the drab, black jacket. With a black, pinstriped pencil skirt, the outfit doesn't need to feel more grownup, and I think by showing a bit more skin (i.e. no jacket) it would've helped keep the youthfulness that this collection is missing throughout. Oh, and maybe if they had brought up all the hems it would've helped make the collection seem more current.

Team Taupe
I felt that there were good ideas being thrown around, but no one to step up and really bring it all together. I'm not sure why they chose to bring in the contrast fabrics that they did because they don't really seem to work - separately - or together.

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Sweet P
One of the best shapes, as it completely represents her starting point, but is modern and clean and honestly, a nice departure from the sweetness she's been sending down the runway previously. Also, lucky for her I feel this is right up Donna Karen's alley (the color, the ease) so I'm sure that didn't hurt Sweet P's chances on the runway. The proportions are nice and though I wish they would've chosen a different color than khaki all-around, I think it looks nice with the black trim.

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Steven
I thought it was funny that Nina didn't see the dancewear inspiration in this, because that's ALL I see... seriously, Lindsay Lohan is seen wearing practically this exact outfit in paparazzi shots leaving her dance studio every other day. (BTW aren't we OVER leggings as pants yet!). It's definitely not the worst look, but I feel it doesn't really say anything...it's missing the wow factor. Again, I think by choosing a more bold color palette would've woken all of these looks up a bit.

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Chris
I could not stop chuckling when I was hearing the critique from the judges, because Chris is so far behind, he's ahead. I believe Nina says something like "there's nothing current about it"... or something. Well, whether you love her or you hate her, here is the always fashion-forward risk-taker Victoria Beckham in the latest collection by the incomparable Maison Martin Margiela.

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Now, regardless of whether or not you like it, you can't argue that it's not current... because lord knows if Vicky is wearing it, it's the newest, hottest thing. Best of luck to you Chris wherever post-PR fame takes you. You always seemed a sweetheart and I hope we get a chance to meet and exchange horrific stories one day over hot coco.
Team Ricktorya
Who knows who did what, who didn't, and who really is the bitch but in the end, Michael was right... their disheveled behavior showed in their designs. Such a shame because I thought this one had some fantastic elements to work with, and when I saw the color blocking in jewel tones, I thought YES, a design worth-remembering! Alas, execution once again got the better of them, and not even the greatest design in the world can get the pass with puckered seams and a lack of cohesion.

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Vic-y
From the nipples up I love it. Victorya said it herself that a rethinking of the silhouettes should've been in order, unfortunately this look doesn't work at all. I'm not sure why she opted to bring in the flouncy skirt fabric, maybe as a way to balance the stiffness elsewhere, but unfortunately it just feels all too disparate. The contrast piping seemed like a nice idea to tie all the looks in, but now seems more of an afterthought when not completed throughout. Oh well, I think she's better than this and at least she's on to the next challenge.

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Elisa
I don't understand why this fabric was lauded as being difficult to work with. It doesn't stretch (but neither does your body form), isn't slinky like chiffon or charmeuse (easy to cut), and could ultimately, press beautifully! Also, tell me if I'm wrong, but Eliza says that "this was the first time I've worked in non-stretch fabric"... then what were her pants/vests made out of for her menswear outfit? Regardless, the dress is kinda cute, but definitely lacks finesse and a light hand. All the seams seem to have been manhandled and with all the wrinkles it looks like the dreaded morning after walk of shame. Regardless, the pops of color are cute and the overall design works well.

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Ricky
I LOVE this design; I think the color blocking placement is great, the use of sheer for support, and the proportions all work cohesively together! It's obvious for all of us that the execution was the determining factor but I had such high hopes Ricky!!! C'mon, you're letting this great design go down the tubes because of bickering... this is Project Runway, and there is only one winner. If someone is giving you sh*& than just let it be and argue it out at the apt when you're NOT being timed. Bottom line, the work is the most important thing.

Ahh, I can't WAIT till there are less designers (I know that sounds mean) but c'mon, my hands are cramping up... see you next week my loves.

Tim Responds To Your Comments!

Thoughts and explanations about this season of Project Runway.

Tim I love you! But I have the same question ... why is Kenley still there?? -Yaz
Oh, Yaz, I know, I know. Although she can be terribly annoying, Kenley is indisputably talented as a designer. Regrettably, for her, she seems incapable of listening to any feedback without assuming that it's an attack on her character. Had she attended a design school (she's self-taught), then the critique process that she would have experienced would have either killed her or cured her.

I want to put in an official question to Tim...Ever since season one, all he's wanted is the best for his designers. He's given them all the help that he can, and I think of him as such a kind, sweet man. I used to be a Kenley fan (every season has its "Attitude" member...Wendy, Santino, Jeffrey, Christian...) but I've never seen anyone be so completely rude to Tim - who does nothing but help her!!! Tim, how did you react to this rudeness? Was it difficult to keep on giving her constructive feedback? - Charlotte Bailey
Charlotte, years of teaching (29 to be specific) have given me resources to draw upon and bucket-loads of patience, but there are some individuals who test even my arsenal of diagnostic measures and metaphorical prescriptions. Kenley is certainly one of them. I feel like you do; That is, I'm only trying to help her. But I have a refrain that's appropriate for these circumstances: I can't want you to succeed more than you do. And in the end, it's important to take the high road and not let these individuals know to what extent they're pushing your buttons. Furthermore, and drawing upon my teaching experiences, again, I know that I hold the power in these circumstances, and there is absolutely no need to abuse it. Ever.

Sometimes I'm shocked by the judges' picks. They have picked a few items that no one I know would ever wear! What do they base their choices on? - Debbie
Oh, Debbie! I wish you could be with me in the literal and metaphorical darkness of the Parsons auditorium as I watch the judges' deliberations! Like you, it's infrequently that I can anticipate the judges' decisions. Who's going home? Who's out? Beats me. When the designers' looks on the runway are well executed, then the decisions become a matter of taste. What are Heidi's, Nina's, and Michael's proclivities on any given judging day? I can't begin to answer that question. Chacun a son gout.

There were comments that there are several options to the traditional jacket/skirt suit for interviews. Anyone have appropriate ideas for more creative business wear? I wish they would have elaborated on that comment! - Melissa
Melissa, you're right; there should have been some examples given. Whenever I talk about a woman's alternative to stuffy menswear tailoring, I cite Donna Karan, who redefined executive dressing for women going back to the mid-'80s. It was Donna who took those basic pieces - jackets, skirts and pants - and made them sophisticated and, yes, sexy. She achieved the latter by showing off the curves that women possess, not by trying to obfuscate them under boxy separates. There is no reason for a woman, under any circumstances, to dress like a man.

What exactly is the point of this 4 designer showdown? I mean, come on, what was the point of last night's show anyway if the judges couldn't make up their minds and boot off the least deserving designer? - Amelia
Um..., uh...it's this flavor of question that gets me in big trouble because I agree with you! I feel that it's unkind and even mean spirited to victimize one of the designers, because the judges were unable to render a verdict at an earlier time. If they can't decide, then they should accept responsibility for their indecision and allow four designers to present at Bryant Park.