Aha! Finally, a solution to the ailing newspaper industry: make fashion out of all the unread newspapers that are lying around. It promotes recycling; gives you plenty of time to catch up on your reading; and now it justifies fashion as a disposable industry!
Only on this show is “wearability” a plus one week and a dreaded mistake the next week.
Gordana’s dress was gorgeous – it caught my eye coming down the runway. And yet the judges thought it commonplace.
On the other hand, Irina crafted what started out to be a fantastic coat – an extremely wearable one too, IMO – but I just thought it looked unfinished. It had a dramatic shape (even if it did instantly remind me of everything designed by Laura from Season 3), and that was it.
(As well, Shirin’s dress was way less origami than it was Leanne from Season 5 – all repeating folds.)
But it was a good week overall. The designers excelled at making newspaper look and move like fabric. That’s pretty impressive. And none of the models looked uncomfortable in the dresses, which is even more impressive.
We did get some minor drama this week – Johnny lying, Nicolas outing Johnny – but it was all resolved so neatly and sweetly that it was over before I could really sink my teeth into it. Couldn’t they at least confront the lying liar?
Back to the clothes: In a rare week when I liked more designs than I disliked, here are my top four: Gordana’s pleated minidress; Christopher’s armored/feathered ball gown; Irina’s Hollywood-glam collared coat; and Epperson’s kimono. (The shape was weird in a feudal Japanese way, but sort of a good weird, and the print was unique and cool-looking.)
Judges’ quote of the night: “Tommy doesn’t iron, honey.” (While we’re on the subject, I met Tommy Hilfiger once, about 15 years ago at a radio station, before I had any clue who he was. When I asked, someone said, “He makes pants.”)
If Project Runway proved anything tonight, it’s that if we can’t save the newspaper industry, then at least we can repurpose it.