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Project Runway: Dinosaur Chic

Irina's winning newspaper coat

Irina's winning newspaper coat (

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.

7 comments Add your comment

PR Fan

September 18th, 2009
8:36 am

I found it poetic justice that both Johnny and Nicolas — clearly the leaste likeable, at least on this episode — shared the Runway of Shame last night. Oh, did you know Johnny’s a recovering addict? Just making sure. I was pleasantly surprised at the level of quality for a challenge that could’ve been waaay too artsy/crafty. (Too bad Nina wasn’t there to day “I don’t like clothes that are too artsy/crafty!”) I thought any of the ones you mentioned could’ve won. I think we’re one designer away from getting down to the serious contenders. (Later, Nicolas, and your annoying accent and chubby-cheeked face.)

Mercedes S.

September 18th, 2009
9:02 am

Gordana’s dress was my favorite, followed by Chrstopher’s armor plated/ feather ball gown. Johnny never belonged in the contest, he was squirrelly and too full of himself and his addictive problems. Good riddance. I know reality shows like to throw weird people into the mix, but when all the other contestants have true talent and are serious about their work, it is an affront to them – and the viewer – to have a poser steal time and attention.

Faith Dawson

September 18th, 2009
9:22 am

Speaking of weird, I have to offer a tip o’ the hat to reader Morgan, who suggested that edgy designer Ari Fish (remember her? She got auf’d in the 1st episode) should get a job designing for Lady Gaga. Great idea! Maybe we should come up with alternate career plans for every designer that gets the boot.


September 18th, 2009
11:01 am

Christopher’s ball gown should have won. I looooved the trench coat, and could see myself wearing it but when Tommy pointed out the scotch tape on the back she lost some sophistication points. And thanks for the shout-out, Faith! Fun idea.

Lucy Bloom

September 18th, 2009
1:18 pm

I agree Faith, that’s a good idea indeed and Morgan I too think that Christopher should have one…he is my favorite so far this season.

Lucy Bloom

September 18th, 2009
1:19 pm

Ooops, my lack of English is showing…honestly it was a mistake. Christopher should have WON…not one. *LOL* Sorry bout that.


September 18th, 2009
3:17 pm

I can honestly say that I wanted Nicholas to leave last night. I don’t like him at all. Johnny was kind of pathetic and would have been my choice to go next. I am surprised by the little blond from Charleston, can remember her name right off but I really liked her dress too. Some good stuff last night! Where is Michael Kors and Nina?