Monday, October 19, 2015
Is This Avant-garde: Season 11 "Project Runway" Episode 11 "Avant-garde Challenge"
This past week's challenge on Lifetime Network's Season 14 "Project Runway" was the Avant-garde Challenge. Fans and viewers of the show always look forward to this challenge since, besides the "Unconventional" one, this really shows how creative the designers can be and how their design boundaries can be pushed.
The Bridge Is Your Inspiration: Tim Gunn introduces this season's Avant-garde Challenge overlooking the Queensboro Bridge--Season 14 "Project Runway Episode 11
The designers were also to create 3D prints as detail for the Avant-garde designs--using a Cube 3D printer...As a novice of 3D printing and what can be done, I am wowed every time I see the technology up close...
Earlier this year, I had the privilege of hosting a fashion event at the Las Vegas Computer Electronics Show/CES 2015 and saw this wonderful design, the "3D Spider Dress" by Anouk Wipprecht which was created using Intel 3D Printing technology
Back to the so-called Avant-garde Runway...
Now, in case you need a refresher course on WHAT AVANT-GARDE should look like...here's a peak:
Comme Des Garcons by Rei Kawakubo Spring 2016
(L to R) Commes Des Garcons by Rei Kawakubo Fall 2015, Spring 2015
(L to R) Viktor & Rolf Haute Couture Spring 2015, Fall 2015
Gareth Pugh Spring/Summer 2015
Back Ooopsie: Was a last-minute addition since it was probably too tight. I would bet my prized pattern shears on it!
Waaaay Too Tight: rippling that originates from the inseam and crotch/rise is Design School 101 Too Tight Pant Fit
Kini Zamora of Season 13 Avant-garde design (now THAT'S Avant-garde, kids!)
And now, here's my RECAP for this past week's episode--Read all I have to say about the episode and the NOT-SO Avant-garde designs...
Season 14, Episode 11: A Bridge Not Far Enough
''Pretty." "Feminine." "Perfect for a red carpet event." These were all comments from the judges to some of the creations that came down the runway in this week's episode. There’s only a teeny-tiny problem: these SHOULDN’T BE the comments you want to hear when critiquing an avant-garde challenge. But here we were. This week’s challenge is always supposed to be a highlight of the “Project Runway” season, showcasing the limitless level of creativity that the designers can achieve. Sadly, this wasn't the case. What happened? How did four out of the five designers get it so avant-garde wrong, and more importantly, what Kool-Aid were the judges drinking? Time to investigate and recap.
The episode begins with the top five designers, Edmond being the only male left. They discuss Swapnil (who was given the auf last week) and what a shame that he gave up so soon. I know that there’s a lot of web chatter about Swapnil and whether or not he was edited to seem unproductive. However, the fact that these designers are reiterating the “he gave up” narrative, makes me think that, in fact, it wasn’t editing.
Heidi meets up with the designers on the runway stage, telling them that for the next challenge that “they are going to bring some NY landmarks to life…in 3D!” as she puts on a pair of 3D glasses. The designers join Tim at a location overlooking the Queensboro Bridge to introduce the challenge: Create an avant-garde design inspired by an iconic NYC bridge. Each designer gets a bridge: Kelly, who won last week, chooses the Brooklyn Bridge;,Candice and Merline get the Queensboro, and Edmond and Ashley are given the Manhattan Bridge...
To continue reading my RECAP, click HERE on the "Project Runway" myLifetime.com Blog