Change Is Good: Peach Carr’s Take on "Project Runway" Season 11
This new season of "Project Runway" follows a new format – one that took everyone by surprise! I do love the idea of shaking things up a little for Season 11. The team format is certainly beneficial for a designer who may have a weak design but remains "safe" because they are on the winning team; the downside to this is when a designer clearly has the winning look while on the losing team. A double-edged sword, to say the least. It does seem, so far, that many a weak design has been improved through team intervention. I also feel that relationships will form (good or bad) more quickly with team challenges. I would have flipped out a little, unless, of course, my teammates included my gurrl April and my buddy Mondo. During Season 8 we had a team challenge: Each team had to make a cohesive five-piece collection. I credit April and Mondo for our win, as they were the two designers who took the initiative to make sure there was continuity within our collection. I believe I would have done very well with this team format, as we had many talented and supportive designers on my season.
If I had to give some advice to the new crop of designers, it would be this:
1. Be yourself, not a character. Many designers feel that they will be remembered more if they act out for the cameras and fans. Not true.
2. Remember your strengths as a designer and draw from them when things get tough. It will serve you well.
3. Enjoy the journey, for it is an amazing blessing and gift you have been given.
Often nice guys finish last, but I would rather have been on my journey than that of a few of my fellow designers. I didn't participate in designer-bashing and scheming, and although I didn't win, I would never have wanted to watch my season again while cringing at every episode. We have seen plenty of "nice guys" finish as winners ... and I am fortunate to have them as friends.
I can't wait to see what the rest of the season holds. The challenges have been fun to watch each week, and if I had to choose one to repeat from past seasons, it would be another drag-queen challenge ... fun and outrageous!
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