Previously on Project Runway, Season 11 kicked off with a surprise twist- this season will consist of nothing but team challenges (much to the dismay of the contestants). I've got a wait and see attitude towards this season. I'm sure that the team challenges will stir up a lot more drama this season, but I also worry that it'll be harder for each designer to stand out amongst the masses. I guess we'll see.
In this episode the designers were separated into two teams of 8 designers. Each team picked their own team name. The Dream Team was sent to the rooftop of the Atlas Apartments and was asked to take inspiration from the NYC skyline view from the top, and Team Keeping it Real was placed on a boat in order to take inspiration from NYC's view from afar. The teams were given a lump sum of money to use at Mood to use as they deemed fit. And although the designers were on teams, they were able to create their own individual looks based on the theme and were encouraged to seek feedback from their team members. There would be a winning team and a loosing team and a winner would be selected from the winning team and a looser from the loosing team would be out.
A noticeable change this season was the lack of Michael Kors (I'm going to miss his commentary) and the addition of famed designer Zac Posen. Let's take a look at the designs:
Team Keeping it Real- Patricia, Richard, Daniel, Joseph Aaron, Stanley, Kate, Amanda and Layana
The Dream Team- James, Cindy, Emily, Tu, Benjamin, Michelle, Matthew, and Samantha,
Team Keeping it Real- was the winning team. This team seemed to collaborate with each other the best, offering more support and feedback to one another than the other team and their overall construction was superior.
Patricia is the odd one of the bunch. Patricia is of Native American descent and during the boat ride she let out a loud holler. When Patricia began to paint her leather fabric and cut it into squares, the rest of her team began to question her sanity. But her kookiness might also signal brilliance as the judges loved her inspired look and placed her in the top 3.
It's easy to see Stanley's inspiration in his design, but I feel like the fabric also cheapens the look.
James created a basic pencil skirt and tank top. James' first mistake was going against his team during the critique and refusing to add more to his look. The judges described the look as "boring" and his tank at "tortured". Hopefully James can step-up-his-game next week instead of being all talk.
I would wear Matthew's look tomorrow. It was a fun look, but not innovative. I can't wait to see what he does next.