Thursday, July 31, 2008

Project Runway 5, Episode 3: Surprise

I was surprised by last night’s Project Runway. The winning outfit wasn’t my favorite. The losing outfit wasn’t my least favorite. Now, that’s certainly happened before, but I was caught off guard because the narrative structure of the show didn’t point to the winner or the loser.

I thought they had clearly developed Keith’s character in order to eliminate him, and his dress was awful. Instead we said good-bye to Emily whose dress wasn’t that bad, and I don’t really have any concept of who she was. As for the winner, the episode seemed much more structured around Terri’s journey to create her outfit than it was about Kenley making her ‘80’s homage. Even the judge’s comments seemed most favorable to Terri and least favorable to Keith or even Jennifer’s matronly masterpiece.

Even so, these early episodes are fairly easy to read. We really only saw six outfits being constructed and not surprisingly those six made up the 3 best and 3 worst designs. We saw nothing of Jerel’s dress, for instance, until it came down the runway. He was not going to be eliminated nor was he going to win.

As a challenge, this was really the first time we got to see the designers do their own thing. We really saw their personality as a designer. Based on what I’ve seen so far of their designs and of the show, I feel fairly confident that Terri and Jerel will both make the final 3.

While I really liked Leanne’s outfit, I don’t think she’ll last. I thought for sure they’d eliminate Jennifer last night. As my girlfriend said, “She desperately needs a makeover”. If she can’t make herself look good, how is she going to be a fashion designer? That, and she’s had a deer-in-headlights look about her since the moment she walked into Atlas in Episode 1. Leanne has a bit of that too, which is why I don’t think she’ll last.

Blayne and Suede, however, are too worried about their own image and look and catchphrases. Their focus really isn’t on their work, it’s on the TV cameras. If they don’t shift their focus, they’re doomed. DOOMED!

(Photo Credit)
(Left: Kenley’s winning dress; Right: Emily’s losing dress)

1 comment:

  1. This is the part where I play catchup on my lunch break, because you don't have an RSS feed on livejournal.
    I LOVED Leanne's dress, it was the first outfit that was wearable by a human being- the skirt was clever, and chic, and fun despite its coloration. She totally lost because she isn't cute, and her shocked face when the b*itchiest girl on the show did win, was enough for me.


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