Saturday, February 23, 2013
A Little Bit Country and A Little Bit Rock N Roll..and A LOT of Fringe!
Were they designing for:
Tina Turner, or for...
Why do I ask? Because, it seems that this past week Lifetime Network's Season 11 Project Runway caught the Fringe Virus while designing stage and red carpet looks for Miranda Lambert. I think the designers must have somehow heard "Tina Turner" as opposed to Ms. Lambert. Keep reading and you'll see what I mean...
Layana and Patricia
Michelle and Matthew
Tu and Kate
Samantha and Daniel
Amanda and Benjamin
Richard and Stanley
First, let's discuss what Miranda Lambert actually wears...on the Red Carpet and On Stage--at this year's Grammy Awards a couple of weeks back:
Miranda Lambert in Roberto Cavalli black plunging neckline chiffon gown (left) and onstage in Jovani gold and silver sequined satin mini dress (right)
Now, onto the "Fringe Happy" Tina Turner-like Creations on the Runway from Season 11 designers:
Patricia Michaels--Patricia created copper and gold brocade strapless princess seamed dress with a fringed holster! Yes, I said a FRINGED HOLSTER.
Michelle Lesniak Franklin--Michelle created this leather vest, denim fitted floor-length skirt ensemble, finished with...a FRINGED neck-piece
Amanda Valentine--Amanda made this jersey dress with gradated fringe. As a "stage" look, I could have totally seen Miranda Lambert wearing this.
Here were some of my favorite "Red Carpet" creations by the designers for Miranda Lambert:
The No-No of the night:
And now, here's my Recap for this episode--Enjoy! And PLEASE don't forget to let me know what you thought!
"A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock N Roll"…that’s the name of this episode, but it easily could also have been titled "A Little Messy, A Little 80s, Little Self-Confidence and LOTS of Miranda Lambert’s Boobies"! When we last left our designers, Tim Gunn had made an announcement as he waved adieu to bespectacled cat sweater-lovin' Joe, saying that there was still "some business to be taken care of." I fantasized that maybe there would be a revolt of angry cats outside of Parsons, or better yet, someone had cheated and put extra fertilizer spray on their flower creations. Alas, none of that…
No More Teams!
As the designers gather at the foot of the runway stage, Tim and Heidi come out with the dreaded button bag. They announce that there will be no more teams (cue the SCREAMS of delight!). Instead, each designer will be paired up. Samantha chooses Daniel; Richard goes with Stanley; Patricia picks Layana; Matthew is with Michelle; Kate goes for Tu and finally Amanda and Benjamin are left as the last couple standing. With that, it’s back to the Atlas apartments to get some sleep.
Line Dancin' & Tequila Shots (NOT!)
The following day, the coupled designers make their way to Johnny Utah’s Bar, a Country & Western establishment. Tim is waiting and again, in my fantasy episode, he’s there to teach the designers how to line dance and down tequila shots. But no, he's there to announce their next challenge: to design for country music star Miranda Lambert. Each two-designer team must design 2 looks—a performance look and a red carpet ensemble. With that, they’re off to Mood with a whopping $400 per team ($200 each) to gather supplies for their looks. PS: I am now officially really envious of all the money they are getting as compared to what we got back when the show had NO MONEY!
Now, speaking of money, some of the designers didn’t even NEED all that money. Benjamin comes in way under budget when he goes to check out at Mood. Then there's "Team Richard and Stanley" who again, had money left over and (wisely as it turns out) decide to buy "Thank You Mood" t-shirts. Back in the workroom, after several hours of designing, Tim finally returns from his Boot-Scootin'-Boogie Line Dancing Class at Johnny Utah’s (my fantasy bonus episode), to make his visit. One designer from each pairing takes the "Performance" look while the other takes the "Red Carpet" and all of them discuss with Tim what they are creating.
Gaga for Tu
There's lots of leather, denim, some lace and curiously enough, a "Fringe Virus" attacking the workroom. Amanda, who lucky enough lives in Nashville, is hand-cutting jersey fringe for her "performance" look and Richard is also making a fringed "Tina Turner"-looking creation. Of note, little Tu is getting...