Thursday, September 12, 2013

Previously on Project Runway: Season 12, Episodes 7 and 8

Episode 7 
aka OMG Shoes!



Previously on Project Runway the designers traveled to the Marie- Claire headquarters where they met Tim Gunn and Marie Claire's Editor-in-Chief, Anne Fulenwide. The designers were invited to invade the Marie Claire closet and select a pair of shoes to inspire their next outfit. The catch was that each of the designers (except for previous episode winner, Alexandria) had to participate in a fashion quiz in order to determine their shoe picking order. Miranda appeared to know nothing about fashion and had to pick last, but she still got the shoes that she wanted.

When the designers when to Mood, both Miranda and Alexander bought plaid with the idea that they would create a plaid pant, so there was a faceoff between the plaid pants in the workroom. Let's take a look at the designs:

Safe

Karen's dress was a little too matchy-matchy with the shoes and her jacket looked boxy and ill fitting. She was lucky to be safe.
Karen
I thought Kate's outfit was a little boring for such a sleak, surrealistic shoe. She could have let her imagination run wild with blue hair, lobster hats, big collars, the whole bit! Le sigh!
Kate
Dom also fell victim to the matchy-matchy virus. While I thought her color blocking pattern was interesting, I felt that the all-over quilting on the dress made it look too heavy.

Dom
In the face-off of the plaid pants, I think Alexander's skinny version was the winner. However, his top looked like it came from the wallpaper/ dollar store/ food market challenge.
Alexander
Justin redeemed himself someone after being outted the previous episode and saved by Tim Gunn. His edgy black outfit helped his bold printed pumps stand out, but I was afraid that his model might pop out of the bustier.
Justin
Top

Alexandria got to select her shoes first and she chose these fierce thigh high gladiator (bondage) sandals and then decided to soften them up a bit with a slinkly little black dress with lace. In my opinon, this was the best, but Zac Posen called it pedestrian (say what!?).
Alexandria
I liked the fabric that Ken chose for his outfit and thought his look complimented the shoes well, although the skirt was rather short.
Ken
I thought that Helen's dress and cape was rather boring and matronly, but the judges went wild for it (especially the cape). I don't really understand why, but Helen was awarded the win this week.
Helen
Bottom

I thought that Bradon's look this week was going to be his swan song with all of the air-time he got this week. He also fell victim to matchy-matchy and the technique that he used on his top made his outfit appear overworked and matronly. I think Bradon's back catalogue kept him safe this week.
Bradon
Jeremy selected a pair of Pretty Woman boots and then totally went there! While his cable knit chiffon technique was interesting in theory, in person it looks like something from the clearance rack. He was lucky to be safe this week.
Jeremy
Miranda's cropped top reared it's ugly head again today. This time it was paired with a pair of high waisted plaid pants that came off more granny than cool. With the added Amy Winehouse styleing it was the kiss of death for Miranda and she was sent home.
Miranda
Episode 8
aka Let's Get Physical

Previously on Project Runway Tim Gunn arrived at the designer's hotel in full referee gear and woke up the designers to take them on a field day. After participating in an obstacle course (a three-legged race, tire run, wheel barrel and flag grab), Heidi and Tim asked the designers to help Heidi design an outfit for her New Balance collection. Since Justin and Dom won the Field Day challenges, they got first picks of fabric and got an extra hour in the workroom.

There was a bit of drama in the workroom this week after Helen pulled Tim asside and asked if she could use the New Balance example outfit to model her design's fit after. When Ken asked what Helen had asked Tim and Helen responded coyly, Ken got pissed and Helen sought out Tim to smooth things over. After a talk with Tim, Helen and Ken hugged and made up and hopefully that's the end of it.

This week also saw the return of Michael Kors (albeit as a guest judge). Oh how I miss Michal Kors!

Let's take a look at the designs:

Safe

I loved how Bradon used the neon green fabric as piping to make his look really stand out. I thought his look was much more worthy of the top three than Alexander's and the two should have swapped positions.
Bradon
I normally love the black and red combination, but Dom's look was rather boring and forgettable this week. Kudos for making a jacket with the outfit though.
Dom
I liked the asymmetrical zipper on Justin's jacket, but his shorts were rather 'cheeky' and should have had a bit more length to them.
Justin
I understood that Jeremy wanted to stand out from the heard of black pants by creating this purple pair, but he needed to add some design flair if he wanted to be on top. His outfit looked like something I could purchase at Target.
Jeremy
Top

Kate was inspired by her motocross driving brother and created an interesting look with piping, thumb holes and a back zipper that can change the silhouette. I did wish that the jacket was a bit longer (to cover the bum). I thought Kate should have been the winner, but the judges were already in love with another outfit.
Kate
Alexander's look was well constructed but it didn't really strike me down the runway. I think the judges gave him a lot of credit for being a costume designer that could sew active wear. I'm glad he's safe.
Alexander
Personally, I thought Helen's look was the least gym worthy, but the judges called this look "Stevie Nicks goes to the gym" and the second Nina Garcia started placing orders for the jacket, we could tell that Helen was going to be the winner.
Helen

Bottom

Ken's look was pretty generic and the multiple back straps made it look like his model was wearing five bras. Although it was boring, it was safe.
Ken
Did someone forget to tell Alexandria that Michal Kors was judging this episode and Michael Kors does not like "poopy pants"?  This week Alexandria tried to bring back her glamping look, but as the judges pointed out, it wasn't practical for any sport and only Heidi liked the look. The judges were split on if they liked the slashes Alexandria added to the tank top, but at least she created a cool, mesh backed jacket.
Alexandria
At first Karen gravitated towards the neon green fabric, but when Heidi visited the word room and told her that her neon sports bra was looking alien, Karen scrapped it and created a sweatshirt and sweat capris from the scraps. I got a little peeved when the model complained about feeling uncomfortable in the outfit to the judges. Who feels uncomfortable in sweats!? Even obese folks wear sweats! Would you feel more comfortable in a corset!? Anyways, Karen's look was admittedly not very fashion-forward and she was out this week.
Karen
Well, I foresaw that Miranda and Karen's days were numbered and I was right. Did you catch these two episodes of Project Runway? Who do you think will be out next? I think Jeremy, Justin and Alexander need to step up their games. Did you agree with the judges picks? Let me know in the comments below.

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