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Project Runway: Chicken or egg?

Malvin Vien: Auf'd on Thursday night. (Photo: mylifetime.com)

This week on Episode 2, so-called “baby bumps” were the primary challenge on “Project Runway,” and for the most part, the designers stepped up to the goal.

Only a few of them (the guys) seemed not to understand the pregnant belly – Ra’mon with his special belly-shaped dress, Epperson with his yards of fabric – and poor Malvin whose chicken-egg-sling situation earned him the boot.

The women, some of whom had never been pregnant either, fared much better. Shirin’s winning draped dress/coat combo; Louise’s slinky retro number that called to mind the boudoir – I loved them both. I didn’t find Althea’s dress that chic – kind of boring to me ­– but the judges loved it.

I had no complaint with the winning design, but I thought that for the second consecutive week, the judges made a mistake in sending home the designer with an overreaching artistic narrative. Here’s my argument in favor of Malvin:

1. Mitchell, though he seems quite likable, has made two poorly executed designs. The first can be excused, but the shoddily sewn shorts were reason to hit the road, in my opinion.

2. Malvin has sewn two complete, well-thought-out designs, even if one was odd.

I feel like blandness might be taking over “Project Runway” in that Ari and Malvin, two artsy designers with unusual ideas, are now gone. No, I would not have worn the sling dress, but fashion can be about art, new ideas, experimentation. I hope PR doesn’t give up on the new in favor of the safe!

Do you agree? Is fashion about fantasy, or is it what translates into the real world? And should Mitchell have gone home, or did the judges make the right decision about Malvin?

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10 comments Add your comment

Faith Dawson

August 28th, 2009
12:09 am

PS, for extras on the show, check out http://www.mylifetime.com/on-tv/shows/project-runway and a great (official) fan blog, http://bloggingprojectrunway.blogspot.com/. Cheers!

Corneia Amiri

August 28th, 2009
12:16 am

Mitchell should have gone home. Malvin should have stayed, he should have been given extra points for creativity and for making me laugh. That whole egg thing had me rolling on the floor, when he showed the feathers with it, I couldn’t stop laughing.

Lucy Bloom

August 28th, 2009
6:55 am

I agree Corneia. I don’t like Mitchell at all. Malvin is “different” but I liked him better.

PRF2

August 28th, 2009
8:37 am

I agree with you Faith. Ari and Malvin were creative and fun. At the very least, we could have seen original ideas that may have bounced around the workroom and inspired the others. Michael Kors mentioned his concern for “taste” last week. Well, I think “taste” happens after all the ideas are put on the table. The judges want creativity and vision…good grief, let the designers experiment and have fun. Taste will rise to the top.

nypeach

August 28th, 2009
9:42 am

Mitchell has shown two weeks in a row that he cannot execute his designs. He definitely should have been the one sent home. The judges encourage the designers to take risks, but then penalize them for the risks. Mitchell should be banned from ever touching a sewing machine again.

Real PR Fan

August 28th, 2009
10:00 am

The whole blandnee preference is weird for a show that’s switching networks and therefore (one would think) would favor designers with quirkier visions but with questionable execution. I want to like Mitchell cuz of the Georgia connection, and he’s a nice guy … but how the heck did he get on this show!?
You’re right: Both times the judges bumbed interesting contestants who also would make great TV. Mitchell? Zzzzz.
At least they got the winning design(s) right. Shirin rocks.

Mercedes S.

August 28th, 2009
11:02 am

You can only root so much for the homeboy – Mitchell is boring, bland, and, in my honest opinion, can’t sew. Totally agree with Faith – fashion is about art and fantasy, not just taking something from a hanger and draping it on your body. I was v sorry to see Malvin go since he was an early favorite of mine. Maybe Mitchell will be done in next week by the model he picked. She really seems to hate him.

NANA

August 28th, 2009
2:17 pm

MERCEDES S. HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD, HOW LONG CAN YU PULL FOR THE GA BOY? How many chances will he get? My guess is he will go home next week. Malvin had an interesting concept but obviously does not understand a pregnant woman at ALL! At least describe as chic, not chicken! Laud have mercy! I fell asleep and missed the model show.

lantana

August 29th, 2009
1:58 pm

I adore Tim Gunn. He is exactly who I want to be when I am his age, an intelligent and stylish gentleman.

I like the move to LA. Perhaps next they could move to Paris!

Anonymous

September 2nd, 2009
5:40 pm

I was surprised that they dropped the disco soccer ball girl last week, but not that they dropped Malvin this week. I thought she might have an interesting point of view. But Malvin seemed like a BAD combination of Santino Rice and creepy Vincent. Being artistic is one thing, but having absolutely no concept of real life (or marketable designs) is quite another.