Project Runway - Hey, That's My Fabric
With 7 designers remaining, Project Runway is building intensity. And, last night's episode was a great momentum booster, with what I thought was one of the coolest Project Runway challenges we've seen. Guest Judge, Vivienne Tam, a fashion designer known for her gorgeous prints, presented the challenge to the designers--to create a digital textile, which would then be printed onto fabric for them. Wouldn't you love to create your own prints? As they mentioned on the show, this is every designers dream! And, so with an hour to design, the contestants set to work on creating their print using the equally cool HP All-in-One Desktop PC to draw, paint, and plot out their fabric designs right on the screen. (I can only begin to imagine the possibilities of using one of these computers and I want one!)
Once again, Emilio is the winner this week. I liked his graphic print using the letters of his name well enough, but I didn't get the heart as an "O". It just didn't read. I thought Tim was right--that it looked like SA hearts ES. But, nonetheless, albeit simple, I thought his dress design was beautiful and I enjoyed the juxtaposition of the graffiti print with the elegant, 1940's French inspired silhouette. All the judges loved his design as well, and surprisingly, his print. I thought for sure they would be as confused as I was about the letters, but Michael Kors thought it was a smart branding decision and the rest agreed, branding him the winner for the 3rd time this season.
My choice for the winner this week was tied with Maya and Jay. Maya created a beautiful print in vivid reds, oranges, and black that Nina Garcia described as looking like electricity. Although Maya was shown struggling in the workroom to come up with a design for her print that was true to her, I think she executed it beautifully and was able to create a look with structural and textural appeal, and that highlighted her print effectively. She said she wanted to create a textile with movement and I think she achieved it nicely with the exaggerated double collar. Even though the judges called her print the best of the bunch, she wasn't chosen as the winner.
I loved Jay's bright green striped print and the way he cut into strips and pieced it together to form a bodice and used as an accent on the inside of the jacket collar. I also loved the outfit as a whole. The bright print really popped against the black fabric he used for the pants, turtleneck and most of the jacket. But, Jay ended up being smack-dab-in-the-middle safe, so there wasn't much time on screen to see his look, or hear the judges commentary on it.
Jay Nicolas Sario