Let the Cattiness Commence (Interview w/ Eliminated "All Stars" Designer)
So, did anyone else jump up and down when they heard what this week’s "Project Runway All Stars" challenge was going to be? A night at the opera is definitely my kind of challenge! I can’t be the only one who was giddy at the thought of seeing a slew of glamorous gowns walk down the runway. Luckily, I was not disappointed. Well, I may have been a wee bit disappointed. Such a luxe theme deserved a chocolate and bubbly accompaniment. There was definitely chocolate in my casa on Thursday night, but no champers to be seen. The things we pregnant chicks sacrifice. Just kidding…sort of.
Austin took the win and showed us that he’s not known for his ability to quickly whip up beautiful gowns for no reason. When my boy mentioned that he was using lame, I cringed. That could have taken him to a very bad place. Instead, he produced a delicious lame and tulle confection, that I wouldn’t mind donning. But then again, I’m a total sucker when it comes to tulle. It must be because I still secretly wish I could have been a ballerina. Never mind that I had no talent. I digress…
As for the loser of this week’s challenge, sadly, Sweet P took her leave due to her version of a ball gown. I’ve always enjoyed Sweet P’s energy, so I was bummed to see her go home. Although I agreed with the judges that the bodice wasn’t quite right, I don’t think it was the losing design. The skirt was quite lovely in fact. Poor April’s overworked ombre piece was a bit more offensive to the eyes in my opinion.
And Sweet P didn’t think she deserved to go home either. She said she “felt like she shouldn’t have even ended up in the bottom this week.” I was able to chat with her for a bit, once my screeching toddler abandoned his epic tantrum that is. That’s life as a work at home mom folks. It ain’t always pretty. Just sayin’.
Thankfully, Sweet P was a great sport and shared her thoughts on "Project Runway All Stars" thus far. Like so many departed designers before her, it was clear that she thought drama plays a pivotal role in the outcome. When I asked her if she thought certain cast members were brought back based on the dramatic storylines that they could potentially bring to the show instead of based on talent alone, her answer was a resounding “yes!” She said that Project Runway wasn’t necessarily all about “forward fashion, but also about who creates drama.”
For instance, she doesn’t believe Elisa was cast for her talent. “None of us feel like she’s on par with us when it comes to making clothes,” she noted. “It was like she was there for people to make fun of her.” And as far as the real dramatics go, she thinks Jerell ALWAYS has a lot to say. “If that’s what he thinks is going to keep him on the show…whatever.” So, do y’all think his cattiness is genuine or is it a ploy to make his “character” more valuable to the show? Hmmmmmm. Food for thought…no? I mean he patted himself on the back an awful lot for a silhouette that somewhat resembled a potato sack. Look at me. Now I’m the one being catty. Sorry Jerell. I know how easy it is to criticize from the comfort of my couch…but that’s what us Project Runway fanatics do. We critique and worship the designers all at the same time!
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