Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Previously On Project Runway: Season 10, Episode 1

Hey everyone! So I finally got to watch the season premiere of Project Runway Season 10. This season appears to have an eclectic mix of designers with a variety of styles, backgrounds and sewing skills. For the first challenge, the designers were asked to bring one outfit to New York that best represents the designer. Then, the designers were asked to create a companion piece to their original looks. Both looks would be presented in Times Square before a live audience in honor of Project Runway's 10th Season Anniversary and would be judged by Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia, Michael Kors and guest judge, Lauren Graham. Tim Gunn was his old dapper, "make it work" self", and the judges were just as snarky as ever. Let's take a look at the designs.

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Alicia 
I thought that Alicia's first look was just okay, as it was a good representation of her style and was sell-able, but it wasn't a "wow moment". I didn't feel like Alicia's second look was very cohesive with the first look, and her top appeared poorly constructed on camera. I feel like Alicia's point-of-view kept her safe this week.
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Andrea
I was surprised that Andrea presented 2 black and white looks sans poetry this week as neither look was reminiscent of the looks Andrea presented during her audition (however, I preferred her current looks to what she showed in casting). Her looks somewhat reminded me of Mila's outfits from previous seasons. I'm curious what Andrea will do next.
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Buffi
I was somewhat disappointed with the looks Buffi presented this week as I felt they came across as rather cheap. However, her looks did look as if they belonged in the same collection and I do enjoy Buffi's personality and personal style, so I look forward to seeing what she can do in the future.

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Dmitry
I thought Dmitry's looks were impressive (and I am talking about his outfits, not his super blue eyes)Dmitry's looks appear to be all about drama with all of the glitter and cut-outs, although his second look could use some tweaking in the construction. I felt like this was a good effort and I'm hopeful that he'll go far in the competition.
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Elena
I loved Elena's futuristic style from the start. I thought that her first look was both unique and body conscious and her second look continued to reflect her futuristic personal style. I think someone should create a Sci-Fi movie and use all of her outfits as costumes. I can't wait to see what she does next.
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Fabio
I really liked Fabio's personality and laid back attitude, but this week I felt like his outfits were kind of ho-hum. I felt like his first outfit looked a bit sloppy and his second look with it's half-sleeveless/ half-sleeved look appeared to be the fashion equivalent of the mullet. The judges let Fabio continue, and I hope his future looks better reflect his easy-going personality.
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Gunnar
Oh Gunnar Deathrage! What am I going to do with you. You've already brought your cat fight claws out towards Christopher and we've only just begun. I thought that both of Gunnar's outfits were great if this competition were just about Ready To Wear,  as any of his pieces could be sold in your local Macy's, Nordstrom's or Sak's tomorrow. But, Gunnar is going to have to step up his game if he wants to be a big name designer and win this competition.
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Kooan
Lord knows, I love me some polka dot's, but Kooan's first look was more suited for Comic-Con than the runway and his second look fell victim to some terrible fabric choices. I still feel like Kooan was selected because of his wacky personality rather than his fashion abilities and I'll be curious to see how long he lasts in the competition.
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Lantie
Lantie's first look (the lace dress) was wonderful, although it could have done without the vest. However, Lantie tried to inject more animal skin into her second look to make it seem more like her audition collection, but her poor time management skills and fabric choices resulted in her creating a dress that looked cheap and managed to make her model look bigger. This week,the lace saved Lantie and she will continue next week.
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Beatrice (OUT)
Resident jersey girl, Beatrice, presented two ho-hum outfits this week, rather than showcasing any of her specialty eye-catching knits. Heck, even the outfit that she had on was more eye-catching than this. Ultimately her blandness was her downfall and Beatrice was given the Auf Wiedersehen this week.
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Melissa
Melissa appears to be this seasons resident Goth (ala. April Johnson of Project Runway All Stars) except this girl can sew. Both of her looks appeared to be both fashion forward and ready to wear. I just wonder if Melissa will be able to push herself into the world of color, or if her all black palette with have her fading into the shadows.
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Nathan
Nathan flew under the radar for me this week. Upon second inspection, I felt like Nathan's first outfit exposed a little too much boobage, but I appreciated that both of Nathan's outfits utilized a similar draping techniques and were in the same color family so they appeared to be from the same collection.
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Raul
Raul's collection utilized a similar fabric and color pallet to unify his collection.  In the studio, I worried if Raul's sheer ruffle fabric might be too sheer and that we might see some nudity on the runway. But, Raul pulled it off and was able to land a spot on top.
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Sonjia
After watching Sonjia's casting, I thought she might struggle in the competition. But Sonjia proved me wrong after presenting a fabulous leather jacket and outfit and creating a cohesive dress to take the collection from day to night. 
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Ven

I felt like Ven was high and above everyone else and would be the clear winner. I felt that  Ven's first look showed off his masterful manipulation of silk, and Ven's sculptural abilities. I felt that his second look was a good interpretation of Ven's collection. I thought Ven was robbed of the win.I felt like the judges held back from awarding their most talented of the week, in order to give a younger designer a chance at the win.

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Christopher (Winner)
Christopher presented 2 black dresses with structural and architectural details. While both looks appeared to be cohesive and expertly crafted (I especially liked the 2nd look), I felt like I had a bit of fashion Deja Vu's, as if I had seen both looks (or similar looks) before.  Christopher's second look  appeared to appeal most to the judges and Christopher took home the win.
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Did you watch Season 10, Episode 1 of Project Runway. Who do you think should have been the winner/looser? Let me know in the comments blow.

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