Its true! The designers and I had only 24 quick hours to build EVERYTHING for the Femme Fatale challenge and everyone was on edge (even the production crew). Cesar had the weight of the world on his shoulders with his "disco vampire" concept for House of Emerald and Nami had Calvin (enough said). And though Tamara went home, it was Calvin who had the dramatic exit during elimination with a tearful (and seemingly very sincere) goodbye to his only true friend on the show. He suggested leaving instead of her because he thought Tamara would benefit more from the competition due to her limited opportunities in fashion (and since he already a successful business and more comforts in life). Some of the judges thought he was faking it, but I thought his emotions were real and raw.
The most fascinating move of the night actually came from guest judge Dita Von Teese. During the breaks, she would kick off her stilettos and would continue standing on her tip toes like a Barbie doll. It was the very keen Iman, who pointed this out to Isaac and I while we were chatting during a break.
Fashion Show #1: Disco Vampires
With Cesar in the house and limited time, Emerald was a lot more together in spirit and vision in many ways—particularly with concept and mood. I think after losing two challenges in a row with such shocking and brutal critiques from the judges, they had no other choice but to try a new approach. The house wanted a disco vampire (disco is more Vamp than Vampire unless you are George Hamilton in Love At First Bite) with hanging disco balls and gelled spinning lights.
But once I saw the direction of the collection during my consult with the house, I knew all those disco trickery elements would make this collection even worse. Sorry to say but the clothes were not moving in the right direction, most importantly and noticeably were Cesar’s cape/gown confection and Tamara’s pleather/stretch pants (Isaac is right about the fabrics this house tends to select…its always off). And the rest of house focused on cocktail dresses (loved Cindy’s dress and Jeffrey’s high-waisted skirt but disco, they were not).
Instead of a discotheque, I suggested that we go deep into the mind of a vampire preparing to seduce her prey by and use elements the were more Hitchcock than Studio 54. I felt a strobe light effect would add both a nightlife and femme fatale mood to give drama and atmosphere to a collection that was borderline overwrought (Golnessa was so nervous backstage her hands were trembling so badly someone else had to cut her fabric). I added Mylar mirrored panels (long and lean, as opposed to round and wide like a disco ball) and a high gloss runway to the set in front of the LED and rear projection screens to reflect more of the strobe and lightning bolt imagery to the stage. The look of the show was dark and mysterious (I remember a brilliant late ‘90s Olivier Theyskens show in Paris were the whole staging was lit to look like a thunderstorm). The music I suggested was a classical, high drama violins and cello mix for a more Hitchockian –Pyscho feel. However, after looking at this collection again, I should have played Donna Summer’s “Love to Love You Baby” for a disco seduction vibe.
This is the third week that I have watched this show, it is simply awesome. Love Iman ! She is very direct, but in a nice way. Love the help that Isaac gives to the contestants. Sefan is very much in control of the behind the scenes directions etc. When you see him on screen you get the feeling of WOW ! This guy knows his stuff. Would love to see more of him on screen. HOUSE of NAMI a win win win all the way to the finals With the big winner coming from that house. HOUSE of EMERALD, they have not realize that there is no I in team , especially Calvin and Tamara was glad to see Tamara go. With Ceaser joining the house, they will do a better job If they work together. Love all the models.
I am loving everything about the show this season, including the behinds the scenes look with Stefan , the addition of the no nonsense tongue of Iman and Issac's revamped role. This show lets me know how boring and mundane Project Runway has become. I am sure they are taking notes. THANKS BRAVO! BRAVO FOR BRAVO!
I really like this season's show. It’s pretty true to life. My one concerns is the lack of "behind the scenes" action relating to the actual fashion show. I would love to see more about the creation of the set and how the themes are chosen for each week. Showing the designers fuss with their models before they hit the runway is exciting and interesting. It would be great to see more.... For a show that is titled "The Fashion Show", there is very little to do with the runway!!!
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I agree... I was hoping Isaac would call a "time out" and change the material when he viewed THOE plan. Why? Because THOE needed a boost, they earned it. Meaning the designers that were stuck with Calvin and Tamara deserved a extra opportunity. Love this fashion show. As much as I enjoy Project Runway, it is true, they are "boring" next to Iman, Isaac and Sefan.