We’re into Episode 3 of Project Runway and it still hasn’t gotten really exciting for me, design wise. I think the challenges are cool but somehow the catwalk thus far has just not been giving off the ‘wow’ factor. And maybe I’m biased, because menswear does not personally excite me, but this episode fell pretty flat for me. Quite honestly the best part of the show lately is hearing the judges take on the best and worst designs. Heidi seems more unabashed about cutting right to the chase with her critique (don’t let that sweet smile fool you), and it’s so entertaining. Michael comparing Carmen’s design to something out of boogie nights (funny!) You would think these quick witted responses were scripted.
But ultimately the show is about fashion and so far that aspect has fallen short of my expectations. I am waiting for an outfit like Michael’s hot pink short shorts (Season 3—who can forget it!) to walk down that runway. I want to see cutting edge fashion. Wow me! Entertain me. Seeing all those varying imitations of a bad suit walk down the catwalk last night really is not cutting it.
My take regardless? Carmen deserved to go. Her’s was by far the worse and truly a disaster. If I were her I would not have shown it. Everything was so wrong and trying to fake a shirt with the cloth was just bad!! This poor model—he must be dying!!! But I loved what SHE wore—thought it all worked, bold necklace, dress, bag (wonder if it was her design?).
Sweet P’s challenges made for some good comedic relief. And at least her model’s pants had a good fit. I liked Jack’s outfit but it was SO safe (AKA boring). Surprised that was the winning piece but then again, no, because it was totally wearable and that Tiki (5’9” challenged as he is) loves those vertical stripes. I thought Kevin should have won based on execution, creating 3 wearable pieces and creativity. It was the only ensemble that had any element of wow for me. Loved the bold color choice and the vest was cute. I didn’t think Ricky’s was as bad as they made it compared to Carmen’s and Sweet P’s. And I didn’t care for Kit’s (so very blah to me). I actually liked Jillian’s, Elise’s and even Rami’s outfits more but the latter two were not appropriate for a TV personality to wear on air. And that WAS the point of the challenge.
So all in all episode 3 a dud for me. I think the male models provided great eye candy but even that could not save this show. We all have high expectations for this season. So hopefully its just off to a slow start and next week we’ll all be at the edge of our seats in awe of the amazing talent and behind the scenes drama of this great reality TV show. And can I just say, kudos that they chose to air Jack talking about being HIV+. I guess that’s what so great about reality TV—you would never find a sitcom character with that profile!
Natalie Jobity, Elan Image Management