Tonight on Project Runway 2012, the designers will be competing for a huge prize – the chance to have their garment added to a capsule collection, along with designs from 9 contestants from previous seasons.
WARNING: SPOILER ALERT! This post contains Project Runway spoilers from the August 30th episode. Please do not continue reading if you don’t want to know what happened!
On last week’s episode of Project Runway season 10, the designers were tasked with something a bit unfamiliar to most of them: creating a look for a “real woman”. (No offense to those of you with a model physique… you’re just as real as anyone. You get my drift.) Ven disappointed me, and the judges, with his crappy attitude and treatment of his plus-sized client. Hey, Ven… you’re not exactly lean yourself.
Gunnar actually impressed me. I know, I was shocked, too. Usually that guy gets on my last nerve, but he really respected his client and gave her exactly what she wanted. It was a real role reversal for me. Before that episode of Project Runway 2012, I loved Ven and hated Gunnar.
Will they keep it up? We’ll see, as tensions are going to running quite high tonight on Project Runway 2012. You can’t blame them, there’s a lot on the line, and talk of one or more designers losing it.
Bonnie Brooks, president of Lord and Taylor, is guest judging tonight. Who better to judge a look that will actually be produced by and sold at Lord and Taylor? The task is to create a cocktail or evening dress that displays the unique style of the designer, while still fitting into their signature classy style. The looks will be displayed in the Lord and Taylor window on Fifth Ave, so it’s a big break for the winning designer.
For the first time on Project Runway season 10, the designers will not be going to Mood to choose their fabrics. The company that manufactures Lord and Taylor garments has provided fabrics and notions for use in the creation of their gowns.
Chris decided to create a gown so that he could stand out. During his yakking about his idea, he said he sounded like a tool. I agree, but then again… I always think he sounds like a tool.
Elena and Sonjia are already losing confidence in their designs, and they haven’t even started making them. Elena said that she’s having a hard time translating her aesthetic to the Lord and Taylor look. Aww, poor baby. Get over it. Part of being a designer is making your client happy. Sorry that big man shoulders don’t fit into the classy women’s wear they sell.
Going only by what I’ve seen of this episode so far, and previous episodes, my money would be on Dmitry to win this one. His clean and classic, perfectly executed style fits this challenge so perfectly.
Sonjia is letting her trip to the bottom three last week get to her head. Alicia is doing some weird thing that looks nothing like the other Lord and Taylor looks, and actually said that she knows the judges won’t like it… and doesn’t care. That might come back to bite her in the ass. When Tim Gunn told her that it looked a little Joan of Arc, she was actually fine with that. Has she given up?
Elena said that it’s “annoying” that she hasn’t been at the top and that the judges don’t understand her. What’s to understand? That you want chicks to look like football players or people in fencing garb? I will be so happy when she’s eliminated. I say when, not if, because there’s no way she’s making it until the end. When Tim Gunn told her that her look-in-progress wasn’t going to be something that could be put into mass market production, she started to cry and whine… again.
The silk chiffonie is coming out of Chris, and he’s doing the exact same technique that he’s done two or three times already on Project Runway 2012. The judges are going to start to get tired of seeing the same old thing from him. It’s beautiful, but does he have any other tricks in his bag?
Ven is doing something similar to his very first look, with a sort of textile rose created on the chest. I’m not sure if I like the look. I’ll reserve judgement on this one.
I had to laugh, as when Christopher was talking with Tim about his design, Elena commented to camera, asking if he knew how to do anything else. This from someone who is running around crying because she can’t do “her thing,” which is always the same. freaking. thing. Hi, Pot! Here’s Kettle! I really don’t like his dress. He seemed please when it was on the model. I thought it gave her sad sack boobs.
Every single female designer is struggling with their design tonight. Melissa actually started an entirely new dress after her model fitting. The men are faring much better. Surprising, considering that it’s a challenge to create clothes for the everyday woman. Well… the everyday rich woman, if she’s shopping at Lord and Taylor.
Sonjia had a major meltdown minutes before hitting the runway. Chick was sobbing hysterically. Freaking OUT, dude. It was pretty sad to watch. I can’t even laugh at her, because I imagine the stress has to be incredibly intense.
Fabio’s plain black dress with an asymmetrical hemline was lovely. He has immunity in this challenge, due to his winning last week.
I was wrong about Dmitry taking the win, as he, Ven, and Sonjia were the middle of the pack tonight, and went backstage, safe from elimination. I loved Dmitry’s dress. If I had the bod for it, I’d totally rock that dress.
The higher scores tonight were Fabio, Christopher (I don’t agree, and they did call him out on his shredding technique), Melissa (though they didn’t like the extreme nature of her asymmetrical hem), and Elena (don’t agree at ALL). Elena actually started crying on the runway when they told her she was a top look. Annoying.
Not so impressive were Gunnar, who they said made something that looks too expected and is overdone, and Alicia, which was no surprise. Tim tried to warn her that her dress wasn’t jiving with the challenge, but she already knew that, and didn’t give a crap.
It occurs to me, as I sit here listening to the judges discuss the top looks, that I know nothing about fashion. I’ve never claimed to be a fashionista, but they’re making me question my taste.
While deliberating on the bottom looks, the judges actually had good things to say about both dresses. It speaks to the talent of the designers tonight that even the bottom looks were, for the most part, well received.
Christopher rolled the dice and made a gown, and his bet paid off. He is the winning look tonight, and his dress will be added to the capsule collection and sold at Lord and Taylor. I don’t get the appeal, but hey… what do I know?
Luckily for the designers, no one was sent home tonight. The judges liked all of the looks so much that they couldn’t eliminate anyone. I was mad for a second, thinking they were sending Gunnar home for a dress that was actually quite nice even by their standards.
They made the noble choice. I wonder if this will lead to a double elimination in the future?