November 8, 2021 at 9:50 am #1204564925
I thought the same about Gigi! She was fun to have around, and I really like the idea of having a model as a regular member of the panel. It balances things better to have a model or other celebrity, essentially a professional wearer of fashion, to go along with someone who professionally makes it and people who professionally discuss it.
Shantall’s look was my favorite, so I was glad she got the win, but I also would have understood if they’d just made her safe because her print wasn’t really floral. It looked great, though. Prajje’s dress was executed well, but the design wasn’t really that interesting. Kristina’s bathrobe look was good, and I liked that, unlike many of the designs, it did very much feel like a runway piece and not something ready-to-wear.
Darren getting the boot is obviously no tragedy, but honestly I thought his look was so-so, compared to Katie’s look, which was very bad. It would have been a good time to acknowledge that Katie has her strengths and this competition plays to none of them. I do understand her feeling that Christian derailed her (though what she was making was also very bad), but she should have handled that better. Generally I feel like the designers are not responding well to Christian’s advice. It seems to send them into a panic, which it shouldn’t. And there are times when he’s saying things that are good and valid constructive criticism, except he’s saying them when there’s basically no time to do anything about it.November 10, 2021 at 10:37 pm #1204571157
Episode Title: “Go for the Gold … Sequin”
Synopsis: Figure skating icons Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir need looks for the upcoming 2022 Winter Olympics; the remaining designers will compete in pairs, and the winning looks will be worn by Tara and Johnny at the Olympics; another contestant is eliminated from the competition.
Discuss.November 12, 2021 at 5:40 pm #1204575114
Katie squeaking by again is laughable. The totality of her losing streak so far in the competition should have been grounds for an easy elimination, but she was “lucky” that Sabrina’s design was as costumey as it was, like the Prince get-up that Dave Chappelle wore on his show that mimicked a dainty, overexaggerated figure-skating outfit from the 80s or something. Octavio making his oppressive ruffles look drowned Katie’s aesthetic voice out entirely, so I guess the judges felt sorry for Katie in that regard. It was clear that Octavio was the leader and driving force of their team as well. Anna’s design was exquisite, but it looked too performance-ready. I would have leaned more into colors in general, since that’s something Tara and Johnny specifically said they wanted in show-stopping looks. The top teams having such muted color palettes was disappointing. For “sitting” looks to have such plunging necklines was also dubious with both top teams. Cool challenge idea and great exposure for the Winter Olympics. Sad to see Sabrina go. Her perspective as an Afghani female designer would have been interesting to see develop as the season progressed, but Christian Siriano never uses his save this early in the season. This look plus that ill-conceived burka outfit from last week was enough. Oh wells.November 15, 2021 at 7:53 am #1204579900
The challenge results were kind of underwhelming for me this week. I know Tara and Johnny gave the designers a lot of guidance, but it seemed like almost no one really paid much attention to it. Between the tendency to make things that looked like actual figure skating costumes and the difficulty some of the teams seemed to have with menswear, I thought Anna and Bones was the only team that had a pair of looks that could actually work. It makes sense that the way the challenge worked, Johnny and Tara picked the top looks (rather than them being based on all judges scores), while the bottom looks were based on the scores from everyone. It feels more and more every week like it’s time for Katie to go home, but looking at this challenge alone, I would have kept her ahead of Octavio, Sabrina, Prajje and (not that she was even in the bottom) Chasity. Octavio’s look just seemed to completely ignore what the challenge was supposed to be. Sabrina’s went wrong in all the ways they said it did. Prajje’s was not too bad, actually, though I was put off by how unsympathetic he seemed toward Sabrina. Octavio was also pretty bossy with Katie, but that felt more understandable given how Katie has performed. It was very clear that neither Sabrina nor Prajje felt comfortable making a menswear look, and there was no grace whatsoever in the way Prajje handled Sabrina’s struggles.November 18, 2021 at 12:56 am #1204585599
Episode Title: “Fashion Is Back, Baby!”
Synopsis: The remaining designers collaborate with some of New York City’s most talented accessory designers; each collaborating duo is challenged to create a coordinated one-of-a-kind look and new accessory; another contestant is eliminated from the competition.
Discuss.November 18, 2021 at 11:27 pm #1204588175
Bye, Katie! Enough was enough with four bottom placements out of six aired episodes. It seems like there’s a contestant like this every season who the audience mostly roots against and doesn’t belong on a reality competition series. There’s a direct consumer base of Nebraskan housewives out there online who will love anything Katie churns out, and that’s a perfectly viable career to have. But does that aesthetic also merit showing at New York Fashion Week? No, it doesn’t. Nina Garcia did try to be in Katie’s corner as much as she could until she just couldn’t anymore. Kristina’s win was fine, as it was clear the judges loved the wearability of her separates as a cohesive unit and as potential standalones. Prajjé’s attitude consistently rubs me the wrong way, but I can’t deny how stunning his gloved look was tonight, primarily for making a potentially old-fashioned silhouette soar for a modern-day audience. He understood the assignment, as the kids love to say. Octavio would have been my winner though, b/c DD did that shit yet again, bitches! As for Bones, wellll, he did the exact opposite. Everything about his look was garish and off-putting, and he somehow found a way to overshadow that crazy headpiece with an eyesore of an overdone dress. I knew his hubris was coming in judges’ panel, and our gurl didn’t disappoint lol! I can admire standing up for your look, b/c who will do so if the designer doesn’t? Brandon Maxwell’s tone can be condescending, so I was almost surprised that Bones was as diplomatic as he was. I just love it when a bottom designer is absolutely living for his/her design and will not be told otherwise by clueless judges. Brandon was fully correct that there’s a stark difference between knowing yourself as a person, which Bones has no problem doing, and knowing yourself as a designer. He just wants to look fierce on the runway every episode in his wigs and getups, but you have to back up the fierceness too with the work! This is all promotion for Bones with his next hustle, which in theory I can’t really knock. Use the medium for full exposure as much as it’s gonna use you right back. Great challenge idea with the accessories as well.November 22, 2021 at 11:06 am #1204594962
Haha, I am fully here for whatever reality show Bones pivots himself into after this season is done. Bones and Katie were a funny bottom two pair. Katie was constantly saying that she had one idea but someone talked her out of it and so on and so forth and she’s not happy with her look that no one likes. Bones, on the other hand, LOVES his looks that the judges think are bad. It was well past time for Katie to go. She just isn’t suited for what Project Runway is, and didn’t have the conviction to fake it at all. Bones is walking the line with the judges in terms of balancing defending his looks and himself and respectfully accepting their comments, but I also can get annoyed with some of Brandon’s comments, which indeed can be come across condescending at time, so I get it. That also felt like a crappy comment to get in front of someone who can influence a career as much as the guest judge from CFDA could, so I would have wanted to refute it too.
I didn’t like Kristina’s look at all, but I get why the judges did. Octavio’s looked the best on the runway, but I probably would have given the win to Prajje, who I think worked most impressively in the challenge.November 24, 2021 at 7:19 am #1204603256
Seems like Praje should’ve won this week. But I’m okay with the green look winning. Octavio sold the look thanks to styling and his model, but both the design and this fabric for this type of outfit seem like things we’ve seen over and over again.
Katie is such a reality competition show staple, that one person who can’t really adapt and keeps doing their own thing over and over again until there’s no bottom contestants left to hide behind.
Bones better be careful, he looks like the next person in line for that spot Katie was holding.December 2, 2021 at 1:28 pm #1204620966
Episode Title: “Are You Fur Real?”
Synopsis: Working in pairs, the remaining designers must create innovative avant-garde looks highlighting one of the most trendy and complicated of materials, faux fur; Emmy, Grammy, & Tony winner Billy Porter, the icon of modern avant-garde fashion, serves as guest judge; another contestant is eliminated from the competition.
Discuss.December 3, 2021 at 8:49 am #1204622951
I’ve benn waiting for the avant-garde challenge, and it didn’t disappoint! Billy Porter was the jolt this episode desperately needed! I’d honestly have him on as a full-time judge, but I know Porter has bigger fish to fry than being stuck on a reality-competition on Bravo. Brandon Maxwell can stay gone, TBH. It would have been better to have this be an individual challenge than teams, but we wouldn’t have received the Aaron/Bones feuding that was telegraphed from the moment the button box was brought out. At least Bones was right all along about keeping the dress up lol. Earned win for Chasity and Prajjé, and now Chasity is in the lead with two wins! The mixing of the faux fur and painting created a stunning effect for them. I thought the underdogs narrative with Zayden and Coral would be enough for the win instead, with Elaine W. so clearly in their corner. I did think that Christian Siriano had more of an influence on their design than anyone else featured with the head cage piece and the harnessing. I kinda knew that neither Octavio nor Anna were going home, and Kristina was being cocky with her immunity. Shantall was the inevitable scapegoat, so it was good that she was saved. Didn’t expect Christian to use it so soon though, and immunity will be off the table in a few episodes. Watch out, gurls! Nice moment regardless.December 6, 2021 at 2:16 pm #1204631834
I was pretty proud of myself on this one, because I could see where everyone was going to end up pretty early on, with Chasity and Prajje winning, Bones and Aaron in the middle (though they were technically in the top), and Shantall being somewhat unfairly eliminated because Kristina had immunity and the judges hedged on getting rid of Anna or Octavio. I’m glad Christian used the save. It seems unlikely that there will be a better situation for it than this one. I would have enjoyed seeing the individual looks rather than the partnered outputs, but needing to work together did produce some cool stuff — that hybrid that Prajje and Chasity developed was awesome — and of course gave us the drama. While I understand that Aaron felt like he could make the garment work and he’d poured too much into it to surrender his vision, it also felt like Bones did a lot trying to be cooperative and Aaron’s response to the what seemed like a practical solution (that ultimately worked) was over the line. Anyway, I love when everyone gets involved in the drama. I also didn’t miss Brandon at all. Billy was great though. The guest judges have been really good this season. And Geoffrey’s here for the next episode, which I’m super excited about.December 9, 2021 at 12:23 pm #1204640433
Episode Title: “Couch Couture”
Synopsis: The remaining designers are challenged to solve one of fashion’s eternal struggles: if comfortable can really be chic; there’s nothing comfortable about designing for a one-day challenge with a surprise visit from season 18 winner Geoffrey Mac and Emmy, Grammy, and Tony winner Cyndi Lauper; another contestant is eliminated from
Discuss.December 10, 2021 at 1:08 pm #1204642687
Shock double elimination! I had Octavio in my final four, so that’s quite the unfortunate exit. I figured that Christian using his save this early meant that someone would go home unjustly without the save. In the land of hypotheticals, if Kristina didn’t have her immunity last episode, she probably would have gone home with Shantall. If both of them went home, this episode could have potentially saved Octavio with the season still on track, if there was only one elimination. Kristina wouldn’t have won this episode, of course, but at least it would have saved Octavio, whose final collection I genuinely wanted to see happen. It would have been far more exciting than what I’d guess half of the remaining contestants will come up with. Zayden was never winning, so his elimination makes sense and is less of a shock. “Couch couture” is a cool concept, and I would have given Chasity the win over Kristina. Three wins might have made Chasity untouchable, but I did think her look was the most effortless and “cozy chic.” Prajje stumbled with a boring fabric, and Coral’s sequined look was super-tacky. Also, Christian’s after-show with the eliminated contestant(s) is back on again! Octavio was a tad salty lol, as he should be.December 13, 2021 at 10:32 am #1204652012
I was SHOCKED by the double elimination, but I guess I should have been more prepared for the show to need to even out numbers after Christian saved Shantall last week. Zayden was, for me and probably for the judges, the designer who had the least potential to win and always seemed to be sweetly and earnestly trying to achieve something that would fall short. It seemed like his time. Octavio reminds me a bit of how Katie was, but the flip side. He didn’t seem cut out for this kind of competition either, because he would repeatedly veer off the course of the challenge and go where the inspiration took him rather than working toward what he was supposed to be achieving. His look felt like luxury streetwear, but those oversize sleeves were a killer for me. Neither Coral’s (comfy club) nor Prajje’s (granny PJs) looks were great either, though I agree that Octavio and Zayden were worse. It’s always a bit of a bummer to me when a challenge coalesces into one thing, like in this case how it became a crop top and wide-leg pants challenge. Anyone who did that got in the top, those who kind of did that were safe, and those who totally didn’t do that were on the bottom. I thought Chasity might get another win, which would have been cool, but I was obsessed with Kristina’s look.
I like thinking of the hypothetical of Kristina not having had immunity last week. I think they would have sent home just Kristina last week, and based on the challenge, Christian would have let them. Then this week, it seems very likely Zayden would still have gone home, and they probably would have left it at that. Chasity would have won the challenge, and my guess is that Bones would have been likelier to round out the top three than Anna or Shantall.December 15, 2021 at 11:41 pm #1204659329
Episode Title: “The Last Straw”
Synopsis: The remaining designers are asked to create an elegant cocktail dress from an actual cocktail bar in the long-awaited unconventional materials challenge; one of fashion’s most exciting designers, Christopher John Rogers, serves as guest judge to this VIP party; another contestant is eliminated from the competition.
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