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Project Runway: Who Goes To Bryant Park?

My prediction that Sweet P would go was correct. Alas, she is one of the nicer and more amiable of the bunch. It's too bad she didn't make a hugely eccentric peacock outfit made of electric blue materials trimmed in green and gold. But we knew that she wasn't going to make it.

Christian and Jillian are both going to Bryant Park. Those two weren't a big surprise. I thought Christian's outfit was fantastic and outrageous. His attention to detail is meticulous. Though I wouldn't wear his clothes, I can understand his fashion sense. If I had to choose who'd win, I'd pick this guy. As young and immature as he is, his outfits have pizzazz as well as memorability.

As for Jillian's outfit, the jacket reminded me of a baton twirler's uniform. The skirt was too short, the tail a little too pleated. Add a matching hat and send her ahead of the marching band!

Jillian's meticulous with the details as well. Had she not included the gold trim or the cut-outs on the jacket, it would have looked too plain. Those little details are the things that make someone want to pay and extra $500 for that jacket. I didn't choose Jillian because though she sews well, the only outfit she's made that had me truly amazed was the hair inspired challenge. All the other outfits paled in comparison to the other competitors.

Now for the big surprise of last night's show. Rami and Chris. I truly believe that had Chris made something that was different than the couture challenge, he would have gone to Bryant Park. But then, had Rami chosen inspiration from the Victorian Age or the Elizabethan age, he would have won instead. But now both have to compete again to see who goes to Bryant Park.

Technically, all four will go. Project Runway likes to put in one non-winner in there so that people won't know who actually got there. So it doesn't hurt the show to have both of them make a line. They were going to anyway. But who will make it into the top 3.

We all know what Rami has to do. He needs to make outfits that don't look like togas. He can drape, but he needs to keep that to a minimum. I'd say half draped, half not. But will he manage to design that? I have serious doubts. He's been told time and time again that they want to see more than draping and he hasn't done it. I like Rami's designs. His clothes are definitely one's that I'd wear, but is he a one note tune?

As for Chris, he's shown that he has improved since he was brought back. That's what the judges love. But will his collection show enough diversity? I was sorely disappointed in him for making a similar dress to the hair inspired challenge. The judges are like children. they're easily bored when shown the same thing over and over again. But show them something new and add a few sparkles and suddenly, you're the star again. So the question for me concerning Chris is whether or not he'll produce new and inspiring things or will he revert back to the costume-y drag queen outfits?

If this last challenge has told me anything, it's that Chris will take a nap over refining his look. And that will be his ultimate downfall. If he doesn't step up, Rami will win regardless of whether or not he drapes every garment.

Next week's Project Runway is a special episode in which all the competitors gather together and bitch and moan. I was especially shocked by the comments that they thought Victoria as uptight. I too found her to be so, but not any more than Jillian. But these are comments for after next weeks ep.

Who do you want to win? Who do you think will win? Who's your favorite designer?

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Feb. 15th, 2008 03:49 am (UTC)
I am in complete agreement with your assessment of the last episode. At the beginning, I thought Sweet P and Chris would be out, but when Rami chose the statue of Aphrodite, I knew he was doomed.

I think Christian deserves to win. Despite his irritating attitude and whining, he's incredibly talented and dedicated. He has a distinct point of view that comes across in every challenge, but isn't one-note like Rami. His outfits are easily two or three times as complex, but he never runs out of time. He's just really damn good.

I am pleased to see Chris in the finals because he's so funny and self-deprecating. I'm guessing he'll win the fan favorite vote next week, though I won't be watching. I can't stand those "let's get together and bitch about each other" episodes!

As for which clothes I want to wear? Sweet P's! I would totally wear that jean dress she made. (Rami makes beautiful clothes, too -- His Aphrodite dress was gorgeous, despite the draping.)
Feb. 16th, 2008 01:52 pm (UTC)
I like to watch those to see what everyone's doing. I don't like the bitching either. We shall see about the fan favorite. Do you think Sweet P might get it?
Feb. 15th, 2008 01:07 pm (UTC)
Ditto what jennreese said about your assessment.

I'm not 100% sure, but I think five of them actually physically showed at Fashion Week since it was a few weeks ago and last night's ep hadn't aired yet. I also thought I saw that info online somewhere.

As people, I like Chris and Sweet P the best, and (not that we'll ever know about second place) think they'll come in that order for Fan Favorite. I loved that Chris looked humbled and amazed and pleased when he heard that he was in (or semi-in, at least). Rami, not so much.

As for talent + innovation, I tend to think Christian deserves to win.
Feb. 16th, 2008 01:54 pm (UTC)
I think Rami was shocked that he had to compete against someone he didn't think designed very well. He and Jillian seem to be very close friends. And Jillian thinks that she's all that, so I'm sure those two have been gossiping tons.
Feb. 15th, 2008 06:27 pm (UTC)
I think they deliberately wanted more designers to go to Bryant Park so the people who saw the shows would not know who won and save the surprise for the TV show. Unfortunately, I heard the buzz on the shows since they were here and have hints of which one people are saying was better. But, since I like the show, my lips are sealed.

BTW: Christian has made some interesting stuff so far on the season.

BTW: the judges act like making a commercial dress (w. Sweet P) was a bad thing. In the real world, I would think those designers have a chance at selling their stuff and making a decent living. No?
Feb. 16th, 2008 01:57 pm (UTC)
I don't think the show wants designers to make a decent living at making clothes. I mean, Jillian worked for Ralph Lauren, so she's making something like $50-70k a year depending on what position she had. I think they want to find a designer who can make a name for themselves in the high end fashion industry and sell their handbags for $1000+.

If 5 designers went to Bryant Park, that means Sweet P showed there too. Maybe she'll have some luck with the people who went to see it!
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