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
Seth Aaron did another very Seth Aaron look this week. I loved the whimsical face print he drew, but I wasn’t sure how the judges were going to react to the garments when I saw it the whole look on the runway. It wasn’t my favorite of his looks this season. I did appreciate how he tiled his drawing to create a blocked print for the fitted jacket. The garments were so polished, however, I worried that the judges might find it a bit boring. But, they praised his head-to-toe, British pop look saying that each piece on it’s own was great, that is was clearly well made and unbelievably polished. I agree with the judges that it’s nice to see a designer with such a distinct aesthetic and, while it’s not something I would personally gravitate toward, I could easily envision what the Seth Aaron line would look like.
Seth Aaron Henderson
Poor Jonathan got pummeled this week by the judges. Jonathan created a print using very light colors, and layering different sized polka dots for a watercolor effect. I liked his approach to the print, and admire Jonathan’s romantic ethereal style, but the colors he chose were so muted and light, I wondered if it would show off well on the runway. I guess it didn’t. I thought his dress was pretty, but it wasn’t over-the-top wow for me by any means and I agreed with the judges that it didn’t accentuate the model’s figure in the best way and the jacket was weird. Had the jacket been worn in the right direction, perhaps it wouldn’t have gotten so slammed. The judges were exceptionally harsh on Jonathan, calling the jacket a “disco straight jacket” and the dress a “dirty table cloth”. Jonathan stood up for his design, and so did his model, which is what perhaps secured his safety this week.
Mila also made the cut, but barely. The print she created consisted of vertical paint strokes in a variety of colors on a white background. I actually liked the print, but I wasn’t a fan of how she used it in the dress as a large triangular insert on one side of a white floor length, maxi dress. She also made a misstep by choosing a stiff fabric, leaving her model barely able to walk the runway in it. I didn’t think the dress was the worst of the night, but the jacket looked out of place and just thrown on at the end. The judges said they felt she took the easy road, and that it looked like her model “was walking in a striped teepee.”
Yet, it was Anthony that was sent home. I thought Anthony’s purple and black print had potential, but his dress was the same old, same old that we’ve seen from him the whole show and the partial jacket/shrug was his undoing. Why would he try to make his first jacket ever during a challenge? If you’ve never made something before, why try it on Project Runway? Anthony was certainly a joy to watch on the show, and his comments were some of the most quotable and memorable this season.
As Anthony stated, “You don’t have to have the crown, to be the queen.” Who do you think will win the crown? I’m still a bit torn but have my favorites, no doubt.
Tell us whose print you loved? Whose did you hate? Have you ever made your own prints before with companies like Spoonflower? If so, tell us about it below.
I can’t wait to see who the celebrity diva is that they’re designing for next week!