Project Runway “We’re sleeping where?”

Apologies for getting this out a week late on account of travel, but here we go.

The episode opens with the hilarious surprise they get to sleep on the top of the Empire State Building, and while that’s probably fun for a boy scout troop, if you’ve ever been up there, you know it’s windy as fuck and couldn’t have been relaxing or comfortable for the designers.

I still love this season’s cast for their diverse talent, but the editors of the show are the same editors using the same tricks to try and coax storylines out of everything. This episode seemed to focus on Kenya and her difficulty with the challenge, which was surprising since she’d knocked all the previous ones out of the park.

But here’s the thing, you go on a show, and they don’t film once a week, they’re much more intense, where they’re filming an entire season in the span of a few weeks, so you just go go go. Kenya is a kickass designer, but through the whole season, they’ll be asked to make a dozen or more looks in a very short time and no one on earth is going to be perfect every time. Even the greatest genius is going to punt on a challenge once in a while as their creative energy ebbs and flows.

The Runway

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Shawn’s look was terrific. As much as I hate the way the editors put so much of the hijinks from the twins into episodes this season, I’m starting to realize I really like Shawn’s work and it’s on a higher level than her sister Claire. This looks fantastic, sophisticated, and sexy without being revealing. Plus a great print on top. It’s one of my favorites.

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Samantha’s look was ok. Great colors and blocking, but overall a boring sillouhette.

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I liked the Chrysler Building reference in Michael’s look, as well as the color and the interesting straps on top. Nice work.

pr16-ep4-ma-finalMargarita’s look is pretty boring. A nice ombré dyed fabric, but the rest of it looks downright ordinary, like anything you’d buy in a lingere section of JC Penny.

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Kentaro’s look was probably my absolute favorite. Beautiful colors and print, fits here well and looked great.

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Kenya’s look was a mess, and she knew it, but the editors made sure it looked like she barely squeaked by.

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Deyonté’s look is a trainwreck. The top is cut terribly and doesn’t show off any of the model’s figure. The waistband looks weird and bulky and cuts her in a weird way, and when untucked, the outfit kind of screams that someone is wearing a baggy shirt and dress and doesn’t give af about anything.

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Ugh, Claire’s look feels unfinished and unrefined. I’d put this in the bottom three.

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Brandon’s look was ok, kind of in his wheelhouse in terms of style, fit, and color, but not really any sort of custom print going on either. It’s less provocative sleepwear and more like street wear.

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I really liked Batani’s look. It moved really well on the runway and the top looked fresh and sexy. I hoped this would be a top three look, even though the print was a tad sloppy.

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Ayana’s look was ok, but nothing really stood out. Impressive to get three pieces out in the short amount of time, but otherwise kind of blah.

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Amy’s print here is interesting but the silhouette is kind of abysmal. Her model looks wrapped in a bedsheet.

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Aaron’s look was boring, from the color to the cut, to the way it looked on the runway. About the only cool thing was the print, but it made the fabric heavy and unwieldy.

Judging

Not much to disagree with this week. I would have given the win to Kentaro, but I liked Micahel’s winning look as well. Deyonté was definitely one of the bottom looks and he’s faltered in earlier challenges so overall, I was happy with the results.

Project Runway: A Leap of Innovation

A surprisingly great runway this week. Some looks appeared to be a bit hasty and pinned together, but otherwise a good show.

Runway

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Kenya continues to absolutely kill it. She does unbelievably good work in a single day challenge. Even through TV, you can tell things are impeccably constructed. Hope she’s in the running for the win this week.

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Brandon loved his look, and I liked the back and how it looked when still. The sleeves had an almost Hamilton the Musical quality, but that weird open front while his model walked left the overall look feeling kind of meh for me.

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Michael’s look was a tad shiny but looked well done considering satin can amplify sloppy sewing.

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Margarita’s dress was a great concept, to update a classic Latin dance dress, but the top didn’t look flattering on her model and overall it might be a bit too simple for the judges.

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Deyonté’s look was a boring dress done poorly. I know he’ll be on the bottom and I wonder if he’s going home for it.

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Amy continues to put out incredible work that approaches actual engineering. So much structure and clever ideas, it’ll be a ripoff if she’s not in the top three.

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Kudzanai’s dress is an awesome concept. I love the colors and feathers remind me of New Orleans parade dresses but he needed more time to do it right. He’ll be on the bottom three for it.

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I hated Claire’s work this week. It looks like a mess, terrible silhouette, hope she’s on the bottom.

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Ayana’s dress is pretty forgettable. Not much to write home about. Maybe “reach for the stars” by painting stars on fabric was taking things way too literally?

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As much as I hate the show’s producers love of The Twins, I actually loved Shawn’s outfit this week. It looks “dancey” but also stylish as hell and I could see the look being worn on stage.

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Aaron’s piece was just plain weird. I like his concept to exaggerate aspects of the look where movement occurs, but his model didn’t strike a pose to show that aspect off. So it’s just weird.

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Batani’s cape dress had some incredible color, but I really wished I could see the wings in motion as the model walked, instead of just as a static pose.

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Kentaro’s top is cool but the bottom is a mess. How can someone mess up booty shorts on a beautiful model? The contrast between the top and bottom looks like he ran out of time and this could be going home material.

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Samantha’s dress was incredible. Sure, she kind of made something she’d wear herself and it looks similar to her earlier work, but it definitely works for this challenge. It’s a great tough dress that can move and I can’t believe she did it in one day. Could be my absolute favorite.

Judging

Damn. My top-3 would be Kenya, Amy, and Samantha, and they were all just safe. That said, the judges’ choices were understandable and I mostly agreed with their top and bottom three picks.

I can see why Brandon won, though I hope he can find something to love every week of the competition. He hit this one out of the park because he connected with his model and the challenge and could do something in his wheelhouse. In the past, he’s struggled with other challenges.

Kentaro was lucky to not be in the bottom two. WOW, I can’t believe they cut Kudzanai over Deyonté, I guess Deyonté got to stay because of his early success. I wanted to see Kudzanai stick around to flex his muscles on other challenges, oh well.