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.
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?)
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.
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.
I 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,