Monday, February 18, 2013
A Mini Project Runway History Lesson on Using Green Moss, Giambattista Valli Haute Flowers, Tahiti Tribal Don't, and more...
Time for my "Extended Recap" of this past week's Season 11 Project Runway episode: The Challenge was...
To create looks using Flowers and Plants...
And materials from a Hardware Store.
Season 2 Sistahs: Andrea Gonzalo and Nick Verreos
Because if she had done her Project Runway Homework and watched my season (on DVD, Netflix, YouTube, etc.), she would have realized my Season 2 buddy, Andrae Gonzalo, had done a dress out of green moss and yes, he was (wait for it) Auf'ed.
Model Flower Shade: Andrae Gonzalo's green moss design (left) and my design on the right.
Back to this season and the Challenge/Runway Show:
Season 11 Project Runway Teams--Dream Team and Team Keeping It Real designers
Heidi Klum and Special Guest Judge Bette Midler
Actress and Gay Icon Diva Bette Midler (and a fashion blogger) were the guest judges for this Unconventional Challenge. Several of the designs that came down the runway reminded me of Giambattista Valli's Fall/Winter Haute Couture 2012 Collection:
Giambattista Valli Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2012
Daniel Esquivel--Daniel's design was another one I liked. It looked chic, polished and well, yes, very Giambattista Valli Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2012. It was, as Nina Garcia would say, VERY referential. Surprised she did not say so. So referential that well, here's a look from the Valli collection next to it. Notice any shape similarities kids? On a really good note: the model's hair! Grand Dame Diva!
And now, some of the Flower/Hardware Don'ts:
Poulet Fafa (Tahitian Chicken with taro leaves) until the end of time!? This get-up was a mess. It was like a bad Miss Tahiti meets Miss Papua New Guinea National Costume and reminded me of these...
Miss South Pacific Contestants in their National Costumes
Tabatha Coffey would say--MUMSY. Oh and yes, the way he piled on the flowers didn't help. The one thing I will miss is that I was sad I didn't see a KAT KRAZEE sweater collection in NY Fashion Week at the Project Runway Finale Fashion Show last week. Maybe it was for the best...
And now, here's my FULL MyLifetime.com Project Runway BLOG Recap of last week's episode:
Fleur de Hardware
Dear Future "Project Runway" Contestants
It is imperative that you watch previous seasons—yes ALL THE WAY BACK to the beginning—before you even think about going on "Project Runway." If so, one particular designer this season would not have made the mistake she did on this week’s challenge-which incidentally, almost caused her to get the big ol' Auf. It seems to be chic to say that you’ve never EVER watched previous seasons of the show before. How do I know this? Because I hear it ALL the time from contestants as well as EVERY year during the castings. But, as everybody knows "Project Runway" is a competition that requires the knowledge of its history, as well as the obvious skills to do well in it. You would do yourself a disservice by ignoring the former. And if Amanda had done her "Project Runway" history homework, she might have remembered that my dear fellow Season 2 contestant, Andrae Gonzalo, was eliminated for making a dress out of (drum roll) GREEN MOSS, the same plant she chose. And so it goes…
Flowers Are Back
Fans and viewers of "Project Runway" LOVE the Unconventional Challenge. It’s one of the most popular challenges. But for me it was torture. For my Season 2 Unconventional Challenge, we had to make dresses out of flowers. I stood for about five hours in the workroom just spraying water on them because I had NO IDEA what I was going to do. I also kept thinking, "How does this prove to the judges that a designer is worthy of showing at NY Fashion Week?" In my opinion, it doesn’t. It took nine seasons to bring the flowers back and this time it was with a twist. The results were surprisingly whimsical as well as stylishly sublime. For this season of designers there were few mental road blocks and it ended up being one of the best runway shows in PR history.
Smells Like Another Sponsor Tie-In
Team Keeping It Real and Dream Team gather at their workroom to find Tim overlooking many fragranced candles. Another fragranced-themed challenge, I thought? As if reading my mind, Gunn quickly explains that these were Glade 2-in-1 candles and they were there because this was the Glade 2-in-1 Unconventional Challenge. First, he says that the teams will make something using flowers, but that’s not all. Heidi walks in to announce the "2" of the 2-in-1: they will also be using hardware. Each team is to create a cohesive line of 6 looks which will have to include both hard (hardware) and soft (flowers) elements.
Almost Even Teams
Coming off last week’s "Heidi Klum Challenge," Team Keeping It Real is still celebrating its winning streak and Dream Team is feeling defeated, and then there’s the issue of team number inequality. Tim’s gonna fix that: he tells the five-member...
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