Project Runway finale… well?

I’ve been slow to blog about much of anything with Project Runway since this season began. It became clear, with all his wins, that Mondo would be the certain winner, but the real story (I felt) was which two would accompany him.

And then? And then, Gretchen won. And Heidi and Jessica & Nina and Madame Kors argued voraciously, and tweets were twittered, and vlog’s appeared, like Tim’s…

…which makes you wonder if Tim has pushed it to the point of being fired (would they dare?) from the show for speaking his truth.

But I agreed that Gretchen’s collection had a cohesive feel, it was in keeping with the collection she had made all season (wearable separates with a distinctly granola feel). But Chloe’s hippy chic has been in keeping for decades, and I even mentioned that someone like Gretchen would do well to intern next at Diane von Furstenberg. She has the eye for prints (although I know many a ho that hated Gretchen’s tastes) and she plays with unusual hemlines, and necklines, which is also very much in keeping with a lot of DVF. Diane could polish Gretchen’s rough edges.

And Mondo? Mondo has a vision, for certain, but his collection was the kissing cousin to Seth Aaron’s from last season. Neon color, oversize graphic prints, tons of plaid, all the same earmarks as Seth Aaron’s. So while Mondo’s talent is beyond dispute, I think he would flourish under the guidance of Betsey Johnson (did ya see her cameo? so cute, love me some Betsey).

And Mondo would KILL it at Heatherette.

Lastly, there’s Andy. His draping was gorgeous, but why the judges gave him a pass on the most monotone color story I’ve seen (sea foam, anyone?) but crucified Michael C. for the same issue? Don’t get it. Just don’t.

The big boy bloggers are feeling pretty “over it” about PR. I agree, it would be nice to drop so many 1 day challenges, and focus on something more design oriented again.

But I will keep watching. (Shrug) Addict.

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Published in: on November 4, 2010 at 11:53 am  Comments (2)  
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No, but there is a Gretchen in “team”

What’s Project Runway’s answer to the cosmic, need-a-new-idea production question, “What’s worse than two designers working together and bitching at each other?” Why, SIX designers working together to create a cohesive collection, ego stroking each other throughout last night’s episode, at least until the lights came up and the judges were present.

And God forbid if you’re with Gretchen’s team, because guess what? Here comes the bus. When Tim called her out at the end of the show in a verbal dressing-down that would have left anyone feeling about 2 inches tall… I died. Jaw open, knitting down, died.  I almost felt bad for her, both being in the bottom two, and then Tim’s pronouncement after the judges’ harsh critique… because she had really put herself on a high pedestal. It musta hurt to hit bottom like that. What she does next will show her character to the viewers. And while we’re on the topic, let’s lose the see-through shirts with bra tops, and no more dancing in Mood.

And who doesn’t love a comeback, eh? Way to go Casanova, that outfit was gorgeous. I wanted it, I did. But the pouting and waiting for your model-turned-angel inspiration to kick in before returning to the work room was just a wee bit diva, don’t ya think? And what’s up with them pixie shoes? Michael C., pull back on the everybody-hates-me. Please? We get it, they don’t respect you, but enough is enough.

Other than that, the collections left me feeling flat, and that was a disappointment, because my Fall inspiration has been camel (got a blog in progress for it!) so I had high hopes there for Team Luxe. I’m also getting into military, as a theme for some wardrobe pieces, so Team Military Lace piqued my interest, and yet…. Sigh.

Published in: on August 27, 2010 at 2:20 pm  Comments (1)  
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No Project Runway? Whaaaa?

Imagine my dismay when I came home last night after ballet class, settled down with my tea and my knitting nearby if I had any energy left, picked up my remote, started last night’s episode of Project Runway… and after 2 minutes, the program shut off.

“Whaaa?” I cry out in dismay. My husband mumbles something about a rain storm that could have knocked out our satellite while slaying minions on his computer game. A hurried search shows the episode isn’t set to repeat until late next week.

This is me, heaving a heavy sigh. It’s just not fair, I tell ya.

Published in: on August 6, 2010 at 4:35 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Project Runway: the pole dancer in Dubai?

It’s been crazy busy, but I had to take a moment to write about the Project Runway premiere. Where to even start?

I didn’t mind watching the designers battle it out in their final “audition” and certainly the 5 hour deadline was a bit extreme and created a great deal of conflict to drive the plot.

It’s always hard to get a feel for the individuals’ personalities early on, but right away Casanova takes the eccentricity award. How sad was it to watch his Dolce & Gabbana pants getting destroyed for this challenge? However his “pole dancer in Dubai” outfit was beyond “beach chic.” I agreed with Tim, it was vulgar. And he gets an F for time management skills — not having your model dressed when everyone’s lining up to walk? Seriously not okay. I half expected him to be voted auf.

As a knitter, I was excited to hear about Michael’s work and am hoping we might see him work more knitwear into his looks. Time constraints aside, it was surprising to see the gamut of entries from this season’s contestants.

I fully expected the bowler-hatted Jason to be sent home, if for no reason beyond the fact that he sent a dress with staples down the catwalk. It’s not like Michael Kors didn’t notice, he mentioned what he thought were pins, and yet they still gave this guy the green light? And how original is it to just turn a kimono backwards anyhow?

However, the lack of originality award would have to go to Ivy for making a pair of pants out of a pair of pants. I disagreed (as usual) with the judges about her top though, I liked the shredded and deconstucted look. However, interrupting Nina Garcia and backtalking Michael Kors is never a good idea. But I don’t mean deconstructed like April’s hideous inside-out nightmare, which I REALLY expected to be sent home.

Gretchen’s win blew me off my chair because I thought her look was very matronly and not exciting in the least. My choice for the win would have been Kristin’s look, the kilt that became a collar. I’m probably betraying my own style, but I dig cowls and thought her look was modern, chic and extremely wearable. I liked Peach’s dress too, but thought it looked like 1000 other dresses I’ve seen on the hundreds of racks for the past 10 years.

And who got auffed? McKell? And that’s it, no one else?? Yes, the fuchsia tote was a horrible styling choice, but I didn’t think her dress was that bad. I do think the metal epaulettes would have added a design element that the dress needed. Tim talked her out of using them, but I actually liked the way it pulled the metallic in the skirt’s fabric up into the top half of the dress.

So, what did we learn today? The girl with the weirdest hairstyle in any reality competition (almost) never wins.

p.s. Rachel Zoe starts tomorrow! Hooray, hooray happy fashion TV day!

Published in: on August 2, 2010 at 2:05 pm  Comments (1)  
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The Zoe is coming, and PR starts this week!

After a long dry spell here on the blog, at last my favorite tv season returns… beginning with The Rachel Zoe Project’s Season 3. Hooray!

In an interview with InStyle magazine, Rachel lets out the fact that Taylor’s leaving was “a betrayal,” and by the series’ premiere, we the viewers will be able to watch and decide for ourselves. I expect Brad has comfortably stepped into Taylor’s absent spot to take a larger role in the company. Also, it will be interesting to see how Rodger has adjusted to actively working within the company as well.

Not to be forgotten is the imminent return of Project Runway, which starts on Lifetime this week and has been expanded from 60 minutes to 90 (I hope that means more camera time for everyone’s favorite mentor, Tim Gunn). I see Heidi has a new haircut to show off as well. Looks cute on her but resembles the Hilary Clinton Helmet Head too much for my taste.

Published in: on July 27, 2010 at 4:45 pm  Comments (2)  
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Project Runway… Seth Aaron sweeps it

Well, I was glad to see my favorite contestant won. But honestly, none of the final collections really blew me away. They were all very commercial, and even (dare I say it) pedestrian — Emilio, I’m looking at you.

…And Seth Aaron’s hair was really weirding me out. The combed down over the ears thing?

I do think Seth Aaron has a niche to carve for himself in the fashion business, but I think I’m PR jaded. I just keep expecting “the next Christian” to come along — someone with talent, personality, a strong fashion viewpoint, and snarky sound bytes till the cows come home — but there’s only one Christian.

Sigh. There’s always next season… I guess.

I wish Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style would come back. Gretta Monahan I can do without, but it would be nice to see Tim getting more air time once again.

Published in: on April 28, 2010 at 7:47 am  Leave a Comment  
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Project Runway finale season 7

The PR finale is this week… I’ve been watching, despite my ennui, have you? Let’s check out who’s showing at the tents.

Up first for Bryant Park: Emilio Sosa, a.k.a. Ego Boy. Here’s the deal… I think his work is usually quite amazing, but his attitude sucketh. And his “graffiti” print? I agree with Mila, it was a Louis Vuitton/Stephen Sprouse ripoff. But for some reason, the judges gave it the thumbs-up anyhow. Let’s not forget, he’s had some failures this season too… Malibu Bolts and Washers Barbie, for example. If Emilio wins, at least he’ll have the ego it takes to succeed in the fashion industry.

And let’s look at Monochrome Mila Hermanovski, since she landed in the finale as the Wild Card. Her black and white palette is classic (cough Chanel cough), but she’s worried about the lack of color in her final collection. For me, her silhouettes are a bit space-agey for my tastes, but her work is often impeccably done.

And then there’s Seth Aaron Henderson, whose designs I love. His style is edgy but beautiful, and appeals to women in their 20s as well as women in their 40s. I especially like the pops of color (vibrant red, sunshine yellow) he includes in his pieces, and his use of plaids. Hands down, Seth Aaron is my favorite.

Looking forward to seeing the full collections on the runway this week. Go Seth Aaron!!!

Published in: on April 19, 2010 at 9:38 am  Comments (1)  
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Project Runway season 7

The new season of Project Runway is about to start this week, and I almost forgot. That should sum up my feelings on the matter, entirely.

Most of the fans that I hear from agree. Last season was so borrrrring, and moving back to NYC for this season may put Tim Gunn in a better mood — Tim was downright *cranky* being forced to live in L.A. and the horror of capris, not to mention subjecting himself to wearing flipflops, even for the beach shoot, which must have been a first. It may also result in Michael Kors and Nina Garcia showing up more often for judging, instead of random celebrities and Marie Claire editors.

But, will it be enough to save the show from the brink of catatonia?

We shall see….

…I sat here another 4 minutes trying to think of more things to say, but honestly? Ennui, baby. ‘Nuff said.

Published in: on January 11, 2010 at 1:06 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Jay Loves Germs

 Jay, Jay, Jay… you are so weird. And we love you for it.

 Jay’s selling new fabrics at his website, and if you’re particularly handy with a sewing machine (which I aspire to be someday) you might find this rather interesting! Let’s talk costs first… $9.50 a yard is reasonable, but I had trouble finding the fiber content (cotton maybe?).

 “Germania” is McCarroll’s new fabric line, and the classicist in me harkened back to wonder, “Why would Jay do a line of fabrics based on ancient Germany?”

 NO! Silly me, it’s not an antiquated reference to Germany at all. It’s Germ-Mania, as in Jay is loving on germs. Is this the true motivation behind naming his site “The Colony”? Ok, maybe not. But it would seem the hot air balloon inspiration phase of Jay’s career (circa 2006-7) is officially over, the Wonderland theme came next (and is still available as of today!), but this Fall, while the rest of the world is muttering, “Swine flu,” while washing their hands, Jay has embraced his inner amoeba to take a whimsical look at the life of germs.

 Here’s what Jay has to say… “Somewhere in the valley of bed bugs bugging and kooky crawlers crawling lies a place called GERMANIA where facemasks and hand sanitizer are strictly prohibited. Come celebrate an infectious good time care of your hosts the nerggles, the gwarbbles and the gablobs. Who says all germs are bad? Being clean is boring. Get a little dirty with GERMANIA.”

 Love ’em? Or hate ’em?

Published in: on November 16, 2009 at 9:07 am  Comments (2)  
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Siriano, PR’s Golden Child

I have to give it up to Christian Siriano.

He has thoughtfully cultivated his mere 15 minutes of fame from winning Project Runway in 2008 into a burgeoning career, nearly two years later. What other PR winner can boast of this kind of longevity? Is it too soon to call him a household name? 

I’ve been meaning to take time to talk about PR’s Golden Child for months now, but every time I consider it… he’s already on to the next thing.

His Payless deal we’ve covered, his Victoria’s Secret makeup deal as well. Yes, he showed his Spring 2010 collection for NY’s Fashion Week, while releasing his first book, Fierce Style.

 He’s even landed the highly coveted spot on Oprah to show off his new collection, and the gowns are delicious. Lots of “structure, with movement” from the tiny petals, generous folds and gathered draping of luxurious fabrics that create the ultimate “fantasy” experience, by the designer’s vision.

 This one is striking, featuring a print Siriano describes as his creation born from the inspiration he gained from the Amalfi coast. The skirt billows in waves as she walks, an effect that he thoughtfully created with crinoline.

 But this one is my favorite, and Siriano describes it as using the volcanic inspiration of Pompeii in its design. The structure, silhouette and print? Love love love!

 He’s designed a card for Starbucks and he’s designing a gown for Heidi Klum, according to his Twitter tweets.

And by the time I hit “Publish” for this blog, he will have already inked another deal… yes, he is that damn hot as a commodity for the current consumer market. You go, boy!

Published in: on November 12, 2009 at 1:26 pm  Comments (1)  
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