Project Runway - the judges obviously miss shopping at Merry-Go-Round

A quick PR recap this week because poor time management and other projects are making me very behind on my vintage work this week (again)
Last night's challenge was to take Levi's jeans and jean jackets and create a new garment with them.
Now denim is usually only good for jeans and jean jackets and skirts. Anything else has the tendency to look cheap or tacky in denim, unless done the right way.
*Victorya and Jillian both did jacket style dresses. Victorya's basically looked like a jean jacket with a skirt sewn onto it, not very innovative so she got the boot. Jillian's had a slight resemblance to the avant garde jacket that she did last week, but fell very, very short of the amazingness of the previous jacket. Thankfully Victorya sucked a little more than she did, so she was safe from the boot. But she did alot of whining and crying, and threw a few little fits while trying to work with the denim.

*Christian, the 1980s are over. Very over. There is no need to bring them back, so please stop with the harsh 80s looks every other week.
*Chris did a nicely fitted dress with corset top and nicely shaped detail trim. It was alright, kinda reminded me of something you would have bought at Merry-go-Round in the 1980s. But still better than the winner.
*Rami mesmerized the judges with his use of zippers as accents along the seams. Did the judges watch last season? Didn't they see Jeff do zippers along the seams in a few of his dresses? I don't get why they made such a fuss over those zippers on Rami's dress. Also a fairly nice outfit, but kind of tacky 80s looking too.
*Ricky won with a (yes, I said Ricky won) strapless mini dress with ruffled bottom. And there were tears of course. The buttons down the front were cute but I thought it was kinda cheap looking. By cheap I mean tacky, slightly on the trashy side, Merry-go-Round 1980s flashback again. He did a big bouffant hairstyle on his model. This allowed Michael Kors to show off how Hip & Cool he is by mentioning that he saw the Amy Whinehouse influence in the hair, and that he liked her too. Yeah, dirty ballet flats and (apparently) a crack pipe would have completed that look. Ricky's winning dress was offered for sale on the Levi's website and it's already sold out.

*SweetP started out making a denim wedding dress with different colors of denim. Yikes. It was looking kinda patchwork 70s hippie, so she very smartly changed her design. She came up with a dress (on the right above) that I thought should have been the winner. It was strapless (which I don't really like, especially on this model, who had no breasteses to fill it out) The shades of denim were cut on curves and pieced together so nicely that the colors just flowed from one to another, rather than looking like patchwork. My guess is that Ricky's dress won because Levi's saw it as more marketable and probably easier/cheaper to make than SweetP's dress.

That's twice SweetP should have won now. Unfair!


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Betsy said...

The judges were obviously the ones smoking crack this week. I can't believe they chose Ricky.

Sandra said...

You guys are missing the point of the challenge. It wasn't just to make a new piece out of denim. It was to capture the essence of Levi's 501.

While I'm not big on denim clothing other than jeans or a jacket, it does seem like Ricky understood the youthfulness and classic cool of 501s. I think that's why he won. Shocking I know. I was cracking up when Heidi asked him what was going on with his crying.

Seriously dude-enough already.

China said...

Gorgeous dresses!! Love to buy my dresses and jeans from National Jean Company...

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