Last week’s “Project Runway” had a very precise and easy-to-grasp challenge for the six remaining designers: Make a custom dream dress for a hard-working female civic worker who keeps New York City up and running. Jamall Osterholm was sent away when his ill-fitting design did his curvy ferry dock worker few favors.
But, judging from the preview at the end of the episode, I hadn’t any idea of what an experiential fashion show actually means. Thank goodness, the folks at Bravo provided two clips to give the unhip among us a clue what to expect this week.
In the video below, host Karlie Kloss greets the Top 5 contestants — Sebastian Grey, Garo Sparo, Bishme Cromartie, Hester Sunshine and Tessa Clark — and reminds them that the end of the competition is near. But first, she explains what they will be doing this week.
“Designers are now combining fashion with art and architecture, pop culture, to create full experiences for their fashion shows,” she says in the clip below while standing in front of what looks like dressing rooms. “Which leads me to your challenge. We want each of you to create your version of an experiential fashion show in these rooms.”
Bishme speaks for many as he mumbles under his breath, “Oh, man!” Karlie continues: “Create a look to show us who you are as a designer. Make it bigger and bolder than anything we’ve seen from you. There will be more than 100 industry and insiders walking through your rooms while experiencing the show.”
I don’t blame a somewhat distressed Tessa aka Ms. Minimalist for putting her head down on Sebastian’s shoulder given this rather grandiose request. Then comes reminder. “This will determine who will make the final four, creating a collection and presenting it to the industry.” No pressure there.
In the second preview clip below, the designers get a generous $500 and 45 minutes to run around in Mood. Hester has had her eye on a fabric for a while and she finds it. But instead of red and white check it is orange and white check. What’s a manic pixie fashion designer to do? Declare to her bemused mentor Christian Siriano that she will be presenting an Aggressive Rococo Bondage Picnic. We will have to wait and see what guest judges Linda Fargo, a high-level exec at Bergdorf Goodman department store, and rapper Cardi B will think about that when “The Art of Fashion” airs at 8 p.m. ET/PT Thursday on Bravo.
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