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?