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Thursday, July 13, 2006

Project Runway: Never out!

Thank god for Project Runway. This has been the most tedious summer, television-wise, that I can remember. Sure, I have a lot of shows sitting on my DVR: America's Got Talent, Supergroup, Windfall. But none of them make me want to rush home and grab the remote. But now that Runway has returned, there is no longer a fear that my lifestyle will become less sedentary.

Last night was the season premiere and Heidi looked super-adorable, as always. Is there anyone out there who is cuter than Heidi Klum? I think not. As for the rest of this post: Spoilers ahead!

This debut challenge required each designer to use materials from their shared home to make an outfit that reflected who they were as a designer. Not a shocking assignment--it's a twist on season one's first challenge of using materials found in a grocery store and season two's challenge of using the clothes each designer was wearing to make a new outfit. It is a challenge that generally awards creativity and innovation.

Which is what made the winner of this challenge so surprising to me. Keith used bedsheets to make a dress with an asymmetric hem and used necklaces from the "Macy's accessory wall" (what happened to Banana Republic?) to add a little excitment. Oh, and the back of the dress had some red buttons he used from a duvet cover. I agreed with Tim Gunn's comments which were basically: "so what?" Where is the innovation in using bedsheets to make a dress? It's just like using some cotton one would get at a fabric store. I was quite surprised that not one judge pointed this out as a negative, and that he won the challenge. I was really disappointed.

My favorite? Michael's coffee filter dress. Now I recognize this was done with muslin underneath, which makes it not quite as exciting as if it was completely and totally coffee, but at least it was innovative! And I thought quite cute as well (I admit I am a sucker for white dresses). I was surprised that Michael's dress wasn't in the top three--I would have kept Keith out of the top spots and replaced him with Michael.

Speaking of white dresses, my other favorite was Robert's white dress with red sash. The best part of the dress was definitely the back of the dress, which was open but for the jeweled wall-hanging he used as straps, which were then tied together with cute little red bows. The front of the dress also featured the wall-hanging. Usually I don't like dresses with built-in jewelry, but this one was really cute. I also liked Angela's leather concoction, although I know Tim Gunn wouldn't agree with me, and Kayne's dress was really innovative, as it combined a rubber floor mat and the plastic from a barstool. Definitely original!

I did think that they got the bottom ones right, although I probably would have included Brandon's piece. What was up with that cape? It honestly looked like the blanket the homeless guy next to my office uses in the winter time. And I have never been a big fan of homeless chic.

I haven't watched the "Road to the Runway" episode yet, so I'm thinking that will be my project for tonight. And then I have to wait a whole week for the next episode. But at least now there is something to anticipate!

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Blogger Moogie said...

I totally thought that Michael's coffee filter dress was going to win, or at LEAST be in the top 3. Keith's was pretty and well executed, but definitely not so innovative. I also am overjoyed that this show is back...it is definitely one of my favorites. Can't wait for next week either!

7/13/2006 3:45 PM  
Blogger Red Fraggle said...

Oh, I'm glad that you agreed about the coffee filters! I was so convinced it would be in the top three and so surprised when it wasn't!

It will be interesting to see if we continue to agree in the weeks ahead.

7/13/2006 5:04 PM  
Blogger Laura Holt said...

Did either of you read "Tim's Take" over at the Bravo website? He's totally in your camp on the coffee filters, and Keith's lack of innovation. If you haven't read it you should, it will make getting through this next week easier.

I actually liked a lot of the clothes. Malan's coat was something I could imagine myself wearing, and Uli's dress was very pretty and interesting.

7/13/2006 5:14 PM  
Blogger Laura Ingalls Wilder said...

I totally agree about Michael's coffee filter dress. I also like his personality.

Sad to see Stacy go; she sorta reminded me of Marla from last season.

7/14/2006 12:48 PM  
Blogger Diane Chambers said...

I really liked this first episode of the season. The designers seem extremely talented and I think it's going to make for some great tube watching.
Two gripes -- I completely agree with everyone here (and Tim) that Keith did not deserve to win. His dress was beautiful but also had next to nothing to do with the assignment. My favorites (like Red's) were Robert's and Michael's -- they seemed so wearable but also actually required some creativity. Second, I thought that Vincent's design was just plain awful. I don't have any degrees in design but I read Go Fug Yourself enough to know that the outfit had no redeeming qualities. What bothers me is that it seemed clear to the judges too that the design, fit, and construction was horrific -- yet they kept him in. Cynic that I am, I can't help feeling that that decision was based on the entertainment that his wacky personality will bring to the show as opposed to any actual virtues his design had over Stacy's.

7/14/2006 3:02 PM  
Blogger Catheter Man said...

I went to Stanford and then got an MBA from Harvard. I am so smart, but I can't figure out how to operate an industrial sewing machine, even after being told. I will be your boss one day.

7/16/2006 8:50 PM  
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