Friday, February 8, 2013

Project Runway: Week Three

Posted By on Fri, Feb 8, 2013 at 3:33 PM

So we learned at the end of last week's episode that for their third challenge the designers would be creating a look for Heidi Klum. Hey, it's better than designing for Nina Garcia, right? Picky, that one.

The designers arrive to the workroom and are greeted by always impeccable Tim Gunn, who is standing amid tables filled with pink gift boxes. I'm trying to figure out which one Klum is hiding in. There's also a bunch of food on the table, but this is fashion, people, and that's not food for eating. The various herbs and fruits represent the notes in Klum's new perfume, "Surprise," and today's challenge is to design two looks — a red carpet gown and an outfit for press events — for Klum. She will wear the winning looks in a national TV ad and a press event.

The pink gift box contains not Klum but a sample of the fragrance, which kind of looks like it smells like baby prostitute.

Klum informs the designers that she likes sexy, but not slutty, and that they need to utilize the colors of the perfume bottle: pink, black and gold.


The teams split up and discuss their respective strategies. As I watch the designers sketch on PR sponsor HP's digital iPad-ish looking thing, I wonder how many of these designers sketch that way in real life. They totally make them use the sponsor stuff on TV, right? I'd probably "accidentally" drop mine in the toilet or something just so I could use a paper and pen.

Since Team Keeping It Real has so many people, our girl Amanda Valentine pairs up with Joe. I like him because he makes weird sweaters with cats.


They quickly realize they have opposite ideas: Amanda wants to make something structured, Joe wants flowy and feminine. In order to get Amanda's point across, PR shows a bunch of Nashville Fashion Week photos showing Amanda's awesome 2012 "Medieval French Fly Girl" line. Right on.

So, Amanda and Joe seem a bit frazzled.


Layana and Kate (Keeping It Real), who are working together on a black-and-pink evening gown, don't agree on the color scheme. Layana starts to melt down.


In other news, Cindy (Dream Team) is making a dress with the ugliest fabric EVER. Nobody on her team seems to have dissuaded her from buying/using it, so perhaps they're ready for her to get eliminated this week.


Dream Teamer Benjamin is having a meltdown. The workroom is tense.


I'm stressed. Let's just jump ahead to the runway. Today's guest judge is Kristin Davis, who I Iove, because she was Charlotte on Sex and the City. Since then, she's ... um ... anyone know what Charlotte's been up to besides making SATC movies?

I'm really starting to like Moustache/Daniel, even though he kind of freaked me out in the beginning. He won the first two challenges (the second in partnership with Layana, another favorite). I loved the silhouette of this dress, but the fabric wasn't my favorite — it could have been a bit more luxurious. Still, the plunging halter neckline, the detail at the waist and on the back, and the black leather detail? Fabulous. This guy is good.


I am obsessed with Patricia's dress, which she constructed out of sewing tiny squares of leather — in pink and metallic gold — together over a sheer minidress. It's stunning. Nina likes Patricia's look for a red carpet, Zac digs the fabric manipulation, and Heidi likes the surprise of it. Kristin asks if it's the most flattering. Zac says the dress is better for a younger actress. Look of death from Heidi.


I'm also a big fan of Amanda and Joe's dress. I like that it's quite versatile; as they styled it, it would be great on someone like Klum, but a pedestrian (i.e., under 5'11, more than 3% body fat) could throw leggings and booties on and rock it. Hey, it made Zac Posen smile. What more could you ask for in life?


Matt had previously said that Richard's dress makes his model look like she took a shit of ruffles, and I agree. Zac Posen's eyebrows agree, too. Oh god. Everyone is gaping.



I am trying to figure out Kate and Layana's dress. They are ecstatic as it comes down the runway, and the judges seem to like it. Am I the only person who thinks this looks like something the slutty girl would wear to prom? THE BACK OF THE DRESS. Augh.



WTF Matthew. That is all I can say.


WTF Benjamin. His dress looks like it's making a mad dash away from the model's breasts. Kristin can't get over the breasts, either. Zac calls the breast area "mushy," which is not a look most women are going for. Heidi calls it sad boobs. Those boobs are sad. Nina says it looks like she rolled around the ground and rolled in leather pieces. Benjamin admits he had a time management challenge. Zac tells him to stop making excuses.


Oh, Cindy. This dress. Zac wants to know why she chose a shantung; he points out how hard it is to photograph, and everyone hates the iridescence. NIna calls it CHEAP! Kiss of death. Also, Kristin tells her that Charlotte would have worn this dress on SATC, which pretty much means it is totally outdated (DUH).


Side note: Every time there is a commercial for this Double Divas show, I'm flabbergasted. I'm not quite sure what it's about, but it seems to have something to do with women with large breasts, but not in a sexy way. Reality shows really must be running out of ideas.

Team Keeping It Real wins again. This time there are two winners, the Kate/Layana team (WHAT?!?) and Moustache (I can live with that). I'm a little disappointed. The emperor is in an ugly, slutty prom dress. I would have picked Patricia's, but what do I know? Oh, and Cindy and Benjamin were in the bottom two, but Cindy was sent home. No surprises there.

So, if you've been watching, have you noticed they don't even talk about the look if its not the top 3 or bottom 3? And this show is 90 minutes long? Just an observation. With 90 minutes, we could have less dramatic foreshadowing of who is going home and more time spent talking about or showing the construction of the garments, and the subsequent critique.

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