Project Runway, Season 5, Episode 4
Okay, better late than never. Sorry folks. No breaking news here, but it did occur to me that maybe some of those reading this actually don’t have access to Bravo TV or a DVR, so might not otherwise have a chance to see what all the fuss is about – well unless they go online to Bravo TV. So, let’s review.
This week’s challenge tied into the Olympics – no surprise there, since the Olympics started yesterday (08/08/08). The guest judge was Apollo Ohno, five time Olympic medalist and speed skater. The challenge was to design an outfit for a woman athlete to wear at the opening ceremonies. (It occurred to me as I write this that I wonder why they didn’t get a woman athlete as a guest judge, why a man? )
It’s funny to me how each week they spotlight different designers. I suppose with so many right now, there’s no other option. This week they showed a lot about Terri, whose work I like. But they also showed Joe, who comes off pretty cocky, especially this week since he apparently has a sportswear background and two daughters who play soccer. To me, daughters playing soccer does not equate to an opening day ceremony to spotlight the USA and a woman athlete’s fabulous body.
So, let’s get started with the designs. Keep in mind, the idea is that these would be worn in Beijing too, where it will be hot.
Blayne. He’s apparently only got one style he knows so far, and that’s the asymmetrical top. Maybe he doesn’t know how to sew a set in sleeve. This is just boring to me, and paired with brown heels?
Daniel – Michael Kors asked if she was from the “Republic of Cocktails”. Daniel was afraid of making her look like Wonder Woman, so ditched the idea of a red bolero jacket. Tim Gunn encouraged him to go with it, Michael Kors said what better time to look like a superhero than at the Olympics where they *are* super heroes of sorts, and Kenley told him not to make the jacket.
(As an aside, there’s something supposedly going on with Kenley and Daniel – or at least the producers of the show are slanting it that way. I think they want you to think there’s some undertone of flirting going on, unless Daniel’s gay, and I haven’t figured that out yet either. My take was that Kenley was manipulating Daniel, she picked up on his insecurity, and played him to her advantage. Watch out for her.)
Kenley – Speaking of Miss Manipulator-40s Glamour Girl Wannabe – Where’s the USA in this? Cute skirt, cute outfit, but athletic? USA? Nope. The design itself isn’t very original either, I don’t think.
Jerell – Now this is just sad. This makes me think of a mix between Scarlett O’Hara and Little Bo Peep. Whatever was he thinking? Seriously. If that hat were toddler size it would be cute – but only then, and only in that size.
Joe – Here’s his sportswear inspired design, and I have to admit, it’s quite good, but unoriginal, really. A skort (skirt/shorts combination) and a top. The most original thing he did was to mix the red and blue zippers, which was sort of clever. I don’t like the longer flap of the skort in the front, either. Everyone seemed to forget that these ladies would have awesome, well-defined, long and lean legs and bodies. Why are they covering them up?
Keith – This got very little mention because there’s not too much mentionable about it. I like the skirt, and I like the way he used a lightweight fabric for it. I don’t like the long red and blue scarves going down the front. I think if he’d put something in the vest/top instead, that would have been better.
Kelli – When I saw the clip of Michael Kors saying “Where is she from? The Republic of Cocktails?”, I thought he was referring to this design. This looks to me like a Denny’s waitress outfit for the Fourth of July. ‘Nuf said.
Suede – This looks more like a high-school cheerleader’s outfit than an Olympic athlete’s outfit. Maybe this says more about his alter ego than the challenge.
Stella – this is halfway respectable, but only halfway. Why does she insist on showing the navel? That just looks weird to me – like the zipper broke or something. And bordering on hoochie too. The shoes just don’t look right either. Her thought process was “gladiator”, she kept saying. I see more futuristic space age warrior in the sleeve treatments instead.
Leanne – This looks to me like someone in the Hamptons going off to play tennis – or rather, what I imagine someone there would be wearing, because of course, I’ve never been there and don’t know anyone who has. What are the side black or blue treatments around her bust? They look like little spider tentacles coming from behind to grope her.
Terri – The judges gave this one high marks. I think it’s well done, but I would have lost the red fluffy thing on the chest. It distracts from the overall look. And to think she knocked out that jacket and pants in a day? That’s impressive.
And finally, the losing design…
Jennifer – the judges got this one totally right. There is absolutely nothing about this that answers the challenge. Nothing. It’s a darling skirt, and a prim, twenty-something girl could wear this out to dinner quite nicely. But it’s not athletic and it doesn’t say USA.
AND THE WINNER IS….
Korto – The judges got this one right too. I love everything about this. That vest is made of a lightweight white leather, and the pants are linen – loose, breezy, cool, sharp, and overall, CHIC. I love it. I’d wear it and I’m not an athlete, and I’m not so much into the Olympics – except for swimming and gymnastics.
So here’s who’s left. I predict we should keep an eye on Korto and Terri. None of the men yet are impressing me. What do you think?
For previous episode recaps, click these links.
I’m off to the sewing room to get that skirt finished today! Holla back atcha later! LOL