Luxury streetwear might sound like an oxymoron, but not on “Project Runway” episode 5 that bore the title “High Fashion to High Street.” Gold Derby senior editors Daniel Montgomery and Susan Wloszczyna got down to the nitty gritty quickly when it came to the designers who struggled with the challenge — especially since they were given only 11 hours to complete their outfit. They did save some time since their fabric choices were on display in their workspace area. But no buying of material meant no sign of Swatch, Mood’s Boston Terrier mascot yet again on season 17.
OK. let’s focus on the designer who will be leaving our midst. “Sadly, my beloved Kovid Kapoor, who seems like a delightful, joyous, ball of sunshine human, was eliminated,” says Daniel with sadness. He notes that he and Susan might disagree on this issue. “You thought the judges were spot on. I didn’t think they were quite so spot on.”
Susan thought Kovid was not his usual effervescent self after barely scraping by in the camping-themed episode last week, when he landed in the bottom three. Another turn of events that brought him down was that his roommate Afa Ah Loo ended being the one who was cut week. “He just lost his will,” she says Kovid. “That first challenge with his goddess gown was probably his best.” He also scored high with his top-to-toe print design. But Kovid has stumbled since then. “He obviously is a very emotional character, for good and bad,” Susan observes.
At least he didn’t take a dinner break like a fellow basement dweller, Rakan Shams Aldeen, or made a half-finished outfit that was neither street nor luxury like Jamall Osterholm, who also had a low score. However, she was waiting for Sebastian Grey to get called out for his so-called Aladdin costume, as it was declared in a preview clip on the Bravo site. But someone must have granted him his wish because he was deemed safe.
Daniel, however, thought Sebastian got off too easy. “In the preview clip, it looks like a hot mess. And, on the runway, it still looked like a hot mess. It didn’t get any better. Maybe they gave him the benefit of a doubt because he has been doing so well.” However, since he has been getting high scores and even won the futuristic challenge, Daniel is glad he is still in the competition.
Susan and Daniel went on to heap praise on Bishme Cormartie, the Baltimore designer who won the challenge (and whose striped top is already sold out on the website for Nineteenth Admendment, which is partnering with Project Runway this season). They also praised the others in the top three, Venny Etienne, who made a nifty sneaker-inspired outfit, and Garo Sparo, whose specialty are corsets and managed to make use of that skill in a nifty way.
Listen to what else these two fashion-forward senior editors had to say in the clip above. Click like if you wish. And watch “Project Runway” at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo.
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