Envious And Relieved

Sarah Jessica Parker's history making appearance!

 Who got their socks (or stockings) knocked off this week? What would I have done if I were at Parsons and SJP sauntered into the work room? I may have dirtied my knickers at all of the Steve & Barry stores across the country. Even the judges faded in the spotlight. This was a landmark of sorts in Project Runway history, a landmark which made me envious and yet relieved as I was perched contentedly on La Rive Gauche, happily observing the challenge with a glass of red wine, and yes, much empathy.

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The most striking piece I see immediately is Victoria's. I am so pleased she is on the show representing a completely unique and abstract equation of fashion design and conceptual art. Her style is needless of explanation and unnecessary to define, it beckons Yohji Yamamoto & Rei Kawakubo. The ensemble is deceivingly simple, but in actuality, quite deep. Like a piece of fine art, it is incredibly difficult to create such a perfect balance of harmony & chaos, the chaos lying subtly in the A-symmetry of the dress. I can visualize passing many different women in NYC wearing either the dress or the vest..(and did you notice SJP was wearing a little vest of her own?)
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Upon recalling the other ensembles, the only one that really "bit" me was Ricky's red dress which slipped through the judges' grips of merit. I found the detailing and construction to be flawless & strong (for the 3 seconds of runway time we have to appreciate it)..but where was the second piece? I noticed a belt cinching the waist, but I didn't see an accompanying garment to the mandatory two piece look...maybe that's why the judges weren't intrigued enough.
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Christian, one of my favorite looks from episode 1, created something similar to what we saw last week as his "signature look" (the jacket), paired with a more demure blue knit dress. The silhouette looked too fierce for Bitten, and the color choices were a tad 80s reminiscent, but his creation had soul, strength & personality. He should have been safe, it's absurd he was in the bottom. I could see SJP wincing over the deliberation and pitied her situation. It must be incredibly difficult to pick & choose the best & worst designers, based upon a sketch and a $15 budget. I fear whether the judges would have chosen Victoria's fashion forward piece as the winner had SJP not been present..My gut instinct is that they would have chosen the frumpy spat-upon capelet and jersey dress and over-looked the significance of Victoria's outfit.

rate_runway_07_402.jpgI cried for Marion and understand all too well the feeling of not having enough time to prove yourself and your talent. But I trust he will find the experience to be one of worth and rare exposure..and I loved what he was wearing, the white leathery-looking coat. He's got talent & style and it will take him far.

Until next week,
au revoir.