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Project Runway 5

So with the wedding and all that, I haven't posted much on Project Runway. I know some of you have been watching it, and I've finally caught up on all the episodes. Spoilers ahead if you haven't caught up.

I would have gotten caught up last night, except that we lost power for a good half hour last night. It was a bad storm and this morning, there's a tornado warning for counties near the coast. By the time the light came back on, it was already time for bed. It is pitch black when the lights go out in my neighborhood. So dark that my phone can be used as a pretty good flashlight. Now to about the show!

I really thought Jerrell might have had a chance. He has the ability to make things opulent, but as his wedding dress showed, he needed to learn to edit. And I'm a little disappointed that he didn't make it. But I hope he continues to design. I think eventually, he'll make it as a designer of lovely gowns.

Leanne surprised me the most with her wedding dress. I never really thought much of her work. They were a little boring and mostly forgettable. But her little wave dress was actually really nice. Though I wouldn't wear her bridesmaid dress, I can see it fitting well with the wedding dress. Like Amy, I would like to see Leanne get a little make-over. She's too mousy to be a designer now. She needs more flair. More excitement. She reminds me of that nice quiet woman who volunteers at the local animal shelter.

Now Kenley. I'm glad she apologized for being mean during the show. I think her time on the tugboat has made her unable to deal with people who don't love her and approve of her all the time. But her dress was cute. I liked it well enough. But I was also curious about the Alexander McQueen dress Nina and Michael Kors mentioned. So I tracked it down and I have to say, they aren't identical, but I can see where they feel like it's done before. The silhouette is similar. The length is the same. They're both strapless. And the worst part is that the McQueen dress was a feather peacock print and Kenley chose to use feathers.

I think the worst part is that McQueen's collection was for Fall 2008, which would have probably been really close to when they would have seen Kenley's outfit. Though the dress is not exact, it's similar enough for them to feel a little bit put off. Like did she get the idea from McQueen? It was too much a coincidence for them to sit right with it.

I think they keep her because they remind her a little bit of Betsey Johnson who also has a retro 50's style. The difference is that Betsey Johnson is capable of making it modern, whereas Kenley repeats the 50's. From the choice of her fabrics to the colors of them, she's chosen things grandma would wear. All you have to do is watch Madmen to see what they've done with updating the 50's look while keeping it traditional. She needs to find better flower prints.

Now who do I think will win? This is a hard one. From what I've seen of their collections, assuming they haven't made any major changes, I think Leanne will win. The one I felt most blah about, turned out to have the most interesting collections. Korto's designs are nice, but nothing spectacular. Kenley's just chosen the wrong colors for her dresses. They're dull. And from what I can see, she's made more 50's dresses.

So Leanne's my pick. With Kenley to follow mostly because the judges love her. And then Korto. I love the colors she uses, but her design isn't the best.

It's raining heavily now, so I'll post this before we lose electricity again. Who do you think will win?

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helcat
Oct. 9th, 2008 11:25 pm (UTC)
while i was bummed about jerrell, i did feel like he had the same hubris about his dress that plagued kenley during her worst moments, and so it was ironic that he'd adopt that attitude about his dress. I had a bad feeling he'd be out when i saw that bustline.

and i refuse to judge leanne for being mousy, cause, like, i am. did you see the collections on the project runway site? i actually wasn't sure that i liked her collection on the whole because it was a little TOO cohesive. But interesting and creative, to be sure. I have to give them another visit now that i know who are the final three.
lingtm
Oct. 10th, 2008 02:46 pm (UTC)
I refuse to think that you're mousy.
amysisson
Oct. 10th, 2008 12:04 am (UTC)
I forgot to mention that I loved Kenley's bridesmaid dress in motion. It didn't work as well standing still.

I don't actually mind Leanne being mousy, but I would love to see what they could do with her. I mean, look at the way Michael Kors dresses now. Not exactly stylish!

(For some really hideous clothing and hairstyles, have you seen the judge named Kelly on Top Design? Kelly Wurstler, I think it is. Too lazy to check, alas....)
lingtm
Oct. 10th, 2008 02:48 pm (UTC)
Michael Kors style was ripped off of some other more high end designer who I've totally forgotten the name of. But he used to wear all black all the time. He said that he wouldn't ever have to worry about the clothes he was wearing because he was too busy with other stuff. A lot of other male fashion designers have picked it up too. If you look at the older generation.
jennreese
Oct. 10th, 2008 01:09 am (UTC)
Actually, I've always liked Leanne. I've liked her designs throughout, and I think it's her personality that's quiet and easy to miss. Kenley irritates the snot out of me, but I felt bad for her last episode, and I did think her wedding and bridesmaid dresses were two of the best. I like Kato's designs better than Jerrell's, so I guess I agree with kicking him off. I'm looking forward to seeing the other collections more.

Overall, I hope Leanne wins.
lingtm
Oct. 10th, 2008 02:49 pm (UTC)
Wow, we're all voting for Leanne! For a long time, Chris and I were getting confused between her and the other girl that looked like her.
jennreese
Oct. 10th, 2008 04:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was too! Leanne is definitely a wallflower, which makes her beautiful designs even more surprising to me. I guess I'm a sucker for "architectural," too.
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