Project Runway, Season 5, Episode 5
This week was a challenge I could relate to, so not so much snark today. Feel free to add your own, however.
Who has seen Brooke Shields in Lipstick Jungle? Brooke was this week’s guest judge and the challenge was to create a design that her character would wear that could go from corporate boardroom to cocktail party or other evening event. The women in that show are stylish, chic, and slim. There’s nothing casual about what they wear, and they are all high-income professionals. In fact, one of the leading ladies in the show, and a close friend to Brooke’s character, is a fashion designer, so you can imagine that anything Brooke’s character, Wendy, wears has to pass muster.
The other kicker was the contestants had to work in teams and Brooke chose the team captains. That was an interesting segment. Poor Stella, our leathuh girl, was chosen last.
So, with those criteria, I think all the contestants tried to keep to the point, except Blayne. He was way off the mark. So, let’s start with him once more, shall we? (By the way, each team lead is the first name mentioned below.)
Blayne and Leanne – There is absolutely nothing about this that says boardroom or cocktail party. It looks like a mish-mosh of Old Navy rejects. When she took the blouse off, it looked like two tank tops put together. Heidi said it looked like she didn’t have a mirror. I hate the look of those shorts. Walking shorts can look chic, but those are the wrong color and too tight. Now, had they been a pinstripe of some sort, and a different, more elegant top, it might have worked. This failed miserably, in my opinion.
Jerell and Stella – Remember our girl who was chosen last? What happened to her gothic-hoochie-dominatrix look? Granted it’s Jerell’s design, but still. This is striking and I’d wear this in a heartbeat. This was incredible. She did the leather midsection. I love the whole look of this – the colors, the silhouette, the fabrics. Sign me up. Brooke thought the belt was “too much going on”, but Heidi disagreed. If I recall correctly, this was Heidi’s favorite. I’m inspired to try something like this someday. (And I’ll admit, the clips they showed of Jerell and Stella working together was really kinda cute. Stella is so tiny compared to Jerell, and she looked almost sweet.)
Joe and Korto – They rescued this one from a fate that Tim called Sweet Potato Jacket. I like the colors, they are fresh, and the slim dress under the jacket was simple as to not detract from the design of the jacket. I wish I had a shot of the back of the sheath dress because it had a cool cutout. I liked this one too, although I don’t think I could handle wearing those super full sleeves. Seems like the designers are stepping up their game, or the collaboration of the team approach is working.
Terri and Suede – I adore this top. This was so cute and I wish I had a better picture of it. Not a dramatic change between boardroom and evening, and I’m not so sure how well this top and the pencil thin pants works in a boardroom, but she’s a TV executive, so I guess it would work. This is cute, cute. On the downside, however, it seems better suited to a twenty-something young woman than a late thirties, early forties executive, but what do I know? Here I am at forty-something and I’d try to wear it – when my legs get that skinny.
And for the loser….
Kelli and Daniel – Kelli, Kelli, Kelli. You’re out. This had potential, but it was just poorly executed. Taking the jacket off you’re left with a corset of some sort and a midriff peeking through. This just didn’t work at all. They had to make the skirt twice, and poor Daniel looked like a lost puppy dog. My guess is he’s next, but we’ll see.
Oh, and let me digress here for just a moment. Daniel had a chance to defend himself and said something about his high design aesthetic and Kenley, who was standing next to him, broke out into a fit of bitchy laughter. Heidi asked her what was so funny. I don’t know if she answered or if they edited it out, but it made Kenley look like a total beeyatch, which I am thinking she is – arrogant and full of herself. I’m not impressed with her whatsoever. Pure meanness is never attractive, I don’t care how good your designs are.
And for the winner! This design will be featured in Season 2 of Lipstick Jungle! That’s a huge prize. Kudos to Keith.
Keith and Kenley – Keith! Rock on. The close up of this is fantabulous. I absolutely love the sheer top and the colors in it. The top unties somehow and then the shoulders are exposed for an evening look. Very clever. The skirt is waves of soft chiffon or similar lightweight material and it’s not too heavy with all the layers, but has enough structure and is nice and floaty.
So, who’s left?
Next week’s challenge is designing for a team of drag queens, and I think Chris from Season 4, guest stars. My prediction is that Daniel or Joe are out-ed. What’s your prediction?
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