Lifetime's Season 11 Project Runway, the remaining designers were placed in two teams--"Team Slick and Hip" and "Team Shades of Grey". Then, their challenge was announced: they had to design three looks--per team--for Australia's "Thunder From Down Under" male revue dancers/performers. Heidi Klum was very excited about this episode:
Heidi Klum and Australia's Thunder From Down Under male revue dancers/performers
This was supposed to be this season's "Menswear" Challenge. Menswear is always a touchy subject on Project Runway. Many of the contestants complain--EVERY SEASON--about how "they don't do Menswear". Or they complain how "different" it is from doing womenswear, and therefore that's why they don't do it. Here's the thing, if you are taught in fashion college how to make a basic women's shirt (or if you learn it yourself from reading sewing books and using your home sewing machine), you can do a men's shirt as well. As long as you know construction, how to take proper measurements, and the differences between women and men--body-wise--you can do it.
Tim Happy: Looks like Tim Gunn was very happy as well to be introducing the boys...
Velcro Mensss: Australia's Thunder From Down Under male revue show off their, um, body waxing expertise
Anyhow, the results were bad. Not just bad, but BAAAAD. Some on the web tried to cut them some slack, citing the "they only had one day" factor. No excuse. Especially when--in some cases--there were 2-3 designers working on ONE look, in other words, some designers only had to to do 1 or 2 garments to make ,in that ONE DAY, and that's it. The final looks--all of them--were so uninspired, badly constructed and lacked creativity, that well, for the first time in Project Runway history, no winner was chosen. No Best Look, no Best creation, nada. #Fail as the Tweet kids would say.
Before we take a closer look at HOW BAD these creations were, I want to show what these kids should have done--or at least used as "Muses" for creating looks for the HOT "Thunder From Down Under" boys. Or at least, I would have done something in the line of ANY DSquared2 men's collection--similar to this--just add lots of VELCRO, of course:
Biker Jacket Business--DSquared2
It looked like a suit from a 90's Ross Dress For Less ad, seriously--or like from an International male Catalog, the "business suit section"
Then, there was this MESS:
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Not Enough Thunder and Too Much Down Under
First, let's get all the important nitty-gritty parts of the challenge out of the way. This week, the designers—who were coupled in teams of two as of last week—were put into two teams of four, per the judges' requests. Patricia, Daniel, Michelle and Stanley were part of Team Shades of Grey and Richard, Layana, Samantha and Amanda titled themselves Team Slick and Hip. They were given their challenge: to create looks for the famous Thunder From Down Under male performers/strippers. They were given $750 to create three looks per team (that's $250 per look!) and one day to do it. So there you go. This should be fun right? Not.
Season 11 Faux-Kumbaya
First, let’s talk about how mean some of these designers are getting in their confessionals. I found this very interesting. Why? When I went to NYC to attend the "Project Runway" Season 11 Finale Runway Show at NY Fashion Week last month and consequently, attended a "Project Runway" reunion party where they were all there, all the Season 11 designers were very, "I LOVE EVERYONE!" When I asked them, they all individually said to me—repeatedly—how much they all got along and because of the teams aspect of the season—they were all "lifelong friends." But here's the thing: last month when this reunion party occurred—we were only on the third episode, and NONE of them had seen all this behind-the-scenes dissing. I would LOVE to talk to them now and see how they feel about all the supposed Season 11 Kumbaya.
Moving on...I noticed right away that these season's designers were making mistakes. I guess it's the teacher in me, but it was obvious just how off track they were. First off, they all took each of the dancers/performers measurements and they were SUPERhuman. I noticed the male...
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