Project Runway 9: My Pet Project
"To go home over birdseed and hot glue would be devastating," - Anthony Ryan Auld.
"My Pet Project" was the title of Episode 2, which featured one of Project Runway's classic unconventional materials challenges. The designers had $300 and 30 minutes to shop for supplies at Petland Discounts. There was a mad rush for fish tank gravel, hamster bedding, cat-scratching posts, leashes, dog food bags, pet toys, birdseed and the like.
Tim Gunn's direction to the designers was to stay away from fabric or fabric-like materials. The designers could use muslin as an infrastructure for the garment. This episode's losing designer should have heeded Tim's advice.
These unconventional materials challenges don't really produce great garments, typically. It is a tremendous testament to the designers' creativity and ability to innovate to produce any kind of garment from a pet store's stock, but the "unconventional" results are usually more good craft projects than beautiful clothes. That said, this particular episode produced some very attractive garments!
"A garment out of dog-food bags! If that's outside the box, put me back in!" - Joshua McKinley.
Despite the preview footage at the end of Episode 1, this was a remarkabley drama-free episode (all that arguing is still coming up). Everyone was stressed and irritated at working with difficult-to-control materials, but the designers worked with a minimum of bickering or panic. Everyone managed to finish on time - though Anthony Ryan Auld and a few others were gluing and sewing right on the models.
The guest judge was alice + olivia designer, Stacey Bendet. Glad to see another designer able to contribute insight to the judges' panel. (Next week, I think the celebrity guest is Kim Kardashian.)
Bert went in with immunity, having won the "Come As You Are" Episode 1 challenge.
The bottom three
Joshua Christensen: I can't say I held high hopes for a brilliant design from Joshua C., but still, what a disappointment! What was the one cardinal rule of this challenge? Stay away from fabric! Nevertheless, Joshua used an umbrella for a halter top and reptile netting for a skirt. The judges declared it boring, dated, ill-fitting, and a very poor answer to the challenge.
Fallene Wells: The judges chewed out Fallene for a boring, dated, poorly proportioned, badly accessorised and unfortunately hued strapless sheath. Fallene had covered the skirt with plastic aquarium flora and finished off the look with a wide leather belt that visually shortened her model's torso. Fallene had no defense to offer - she conceded openly to the judges that she was disappointed in the look and could have done better.
Bryce Black: A truly awful two-piece garment. The cropped, sleeveless top was covered with glued-on blue chloroform small-animal bedding. The bottom was a full handkerchief skirt, made of puppy "wee-wee" pads. Bryce didn't any attempt to disguise what they were, really. "The worst"and "Hideous" were comments from the judges. Ouch.