Episode 2 Recap: Now THAT’S What I’m Talkin' About!
This is the Project Runway I know and love. This is the Project Runway that has everyone talking at the water cooler on Friday mornings. A competition where every entry is impressive and the winner isn’t just the least crappy garment on the runway. A competition that’s about fashion, not dead relatives and bad behavior. A competition where knowledgeable industry insiders make intelligent comments and give constructive criticism. A competition where talented designers with little money and less time dig deep, pull it out, and knock us off our seats. Welcome back.
In lieu of any contestant drama or producer induced torture, I’ll just get to the fashion.
I thought Austin’s dress was great and while not the obvious clear, hands down winner, it did deserve the win. Austin’s work tends to be classic and this one was. Nothing cutting edge here, but that’s ok. The Opera isn’t exactly on the cutting edge of the arts. The black and gold fabrics worked well together without looking like a New Orleans Saints uniform. (Badgley and Mischka don’t like red and black together, but gold and black isn’t exactly a safe combo either.) He spoke about a cloud of black tulle, and I think the tulle was a little skimpy and didn’t quite qualify as a cloud but the dress didn’t suffer. My favorite thing about Austin’s look was the hair and makeup. Impeccable.
Anthony’s dress was stunning. Sure the overload of accessories was tacky, but I would rather put up with the extras than risk having missed that amazing cartier-esque emerald drop belt. The dress appeared to be made just for that belt. And lucky for Anthony, his model has the purchased stay-in-place boobs the dress required. Michael's dress was pure drama. His model looked like the beautiful evil queen from Snow White. In a good way.
A few of the dresses in the middle could have easily been in the top. Again, what a refreshing change from the last few seasons where the judges were desperate to eek out a top three. I loved Gordana’s lavender dress with the vintage lingerie vibe—and I usually hate lavender. Her model looked like a modern version of Jean Harlow. I also really like Jerrell’s dress. It was a fun, modern silhouette that is easy to wear; whether you are five pounds up or down, the dress would look great. In any other season Rami’s dress would have made it to the top, though Mondo’s dress had way too many ideas; he should have focused on the Madam Butterfly idea. Even Kenley’s pink prom parfait wasn’t horrible (from the back anyway, the polka dot bow on the front was disturbing).
Even most of the dresses in the bottom were great. Kara’s dress was simple, chic and young—and it had pockets! There was nothing wrong with the placement of the ribbon waistband. Sure, some longer ends to the ribbon would have added drama, but big deal, that would take ten minutes to fix. April‘s dress was amazing. It was totally Corpse Bride goes to the opera, and that was exactly what she was gong for. The ombre dying at the bottom of the dress was edgy and unique and it made the look. It was absolutely not a waste of time. Her only crime, in my opinion, was that she chose a fabric with shine to make the bodice. I love me some shine; shine is not the problem. It’s just that shine highlights (literally) construction flaws that hide in matte fabrics. When you are in a hurry, it’s always safer to go with matte.
With more time, and less pressure, April could have better crafted that top of the dress and it would have been stunning. Red, black, and all. I do agree that Sweet Pea’s dress had the least to offer. Had she gone with the print fabric on top like the judges suggested, the dress would have pretty much been Kara’s dress in a different print, and it still probably wouldn’t have been enough to make her stay.
Great designs. Great construction. Great job, designers. Thank you for bringing our show back.
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