Project Runway, Season 5, Episode 8
Big stakes challenge this week. Diane Von Furstenberg was the guest judge and the contestants got to choose from her collection of fabrics for their designs. How cool is that? The prize was that the winning design is produced and sold exclusively for American Express card members (Diane’s a spokesperson for them) and a “portion” of the proceeds go to CFDA foundation. (CFDA for those of you who, like me, don’t know instantly what it stands for is the Council of Fashion Designers of America. I won’t go on about how I don’t understand why they chose to send the proceeds there instead of somewhere charitable like cystic fibrosis foundations or helping hurricane victims – probably just keeping in line with the fashion design, which is what this show is all about.)
They included a blip this episode about how Blayne equates Mary Kate Olsen to a fashion legend. That’s laughable. And how Stella makes bad coffee. There wasn’t a lot of other excitement about this episode really. Nothing stood out in my mind except for Korto’s fabric choice, which not one judge mentioned.
So, let’s start there, shall we?
Remember, the designers got to choose from Diane’s collection of fabrics and the inspiration was 30s/40s design and the movie Shanghai Express with Marlene Dietrich. Each designer got a look book of Diane’s fall collection but it’s not clear if they got that before or after they went shopping for fabric. And the design would be added to Diane’s fall collection, if I recall correctly (please correct me if I am wrong), as well as being sold.
Korto – Here’s her design. It’s lovely. I like the splash of yellow against the very graphic fabric and the solid black crop sweater/jacket.
In the middle of this Project Runway episode, they played the Diane Von Furstenberg’s American Express commercial. This is the dress in the commercial.
(Image taken from Style.com)
It amazes me that no one mentioned the fabric choice. Even the dress is similar. Perhaps Korto was just channeling Diane at the time. But that commercial has been on for a long time, too. She might have done better choosing a different fabric but as it was, she wasn’t kicked off, so good job.
Blayne – Was he designing for Mary Kate or Diane? Methinks the former. Weird jacket, and even weirder pants/shorts, or are they called knickers? They look like they’d be weird to wear. Strange. Next.
Jerell – From what I could see, this wasn’t too bad, but the blue belt just looks wrong. Why blue? Why not orange or a warmer color? And styling with that hat was just too much. Jerell just hasn’t been doing so well lately.
Joe – Okay. Watching this episode I almost thought he was going to be gone. I think he’ll be gone next week, but we’ll see. This cape looks like Little Red Riding Hood gone Goth. And it doesn’t work with the top, which has a distinct Asian influence, and an open back. When the hood is down in the back, it covers up half of the back opening. And the judges were right to point out the uneven hems and finishing.
Kenley – Cute dress, fit the challenge, but, like one of the judges said, had she added one more piece to it (a jacket, something) she would have nailed it. She’s getting a bit over-confident, Kenley is, and she was even arguing with Heidi. WTH? Or at least the editors made it look like that. I don’t particularly like the fabric she chose, but it’s still a cute dress.
Suede – That’s a vest over a full length dress. Why they have it buttoned up in this picture, I don’t know. The whole thing is fugly. ‘Nuf said.
Terri – I really like Terri’s designs and I love her combinations here. I could totally wear that, but I don’t know if it matched the challenge. I don’t see 30s/40s design influence here at all. But what do I know?
Stella – God, I’m getting good at this prediction stuff and I didn’t even know it. From last week’s recap, I said “I predict she’s off next week.” I was right! Three for three so far, but perhaps it’s just getting easier to weed out those that aren’t up to the challenge (no pun intended.) Overall, I didn’t think her design was bad, just the cape was wrong – too short, too wide – and the fit of everything else was poorly done. I was starting to like her quirkiness too. Bad cawfee and all.
Leanne – and the winner. This dress really is awesome, and I wish I had a better picture of it. It has a lovely ruffle down the center back from the waist, and the fit is exquisite. The fabric hugs the model’s curves just perfectly. I am not so keen on the jacket, but it all works together. Leanne had immunity from winning last week, so she could have slacked off. I’m glad she didn’t because this is nice. It looks like she could be a contender for one of the top spots. She just has a blah personality – or what we see of it on TV. I suspect she’s one of those who is highly analytical and thoughtful and hence appears less extroverted than she really is.
More about the winning design here: http://inside.dvf.com/americanexpress/home.php And it looks like they left out the jacket on final design being sold. I wonder why. Hmmm.
Any guesses on next week’s challenge? My prediction for who goes home is either Joe or Kenley. More likely Joe.
Previous week’s recaps here: