It’s Thursday, and in the world of Purse Blog, that means but one thing: Project Runway Recap with Amanda! This week, we have one less craptastic designer to scoff at, and we’re one week closer to picking our new favorite designer, who won’t be as good as Christian Siriano anyway! But we’ve still got a bunch of queens, LeathahFace Stella, and the possibility that Blayne might pass out from lack of tanning, so we soldier on, after the jump.
This week, our designers take a field trip to The Bronx, which I think is now officially spelled Tha Bronx, and I was really hoping they’d be dressing homeless people or pit bulls or something (before you hate – I’ve been to The Bronx. The bad part. There were lot of both, and then I got to see someone get jumped in broad daylight), but alas, no.
I’ve got to admit that I do really, really like this challenge – not only did kind-of-adorable Apollo Anton Ono introduce it, but they’re creating outfits for the US Olympic team to wear during the Opening Ceremonies, and I’m somewhat of an Olympics junkie. I was a 10-year-old, soccer-playing kid when the Olympics came to my home town of Atlanta, and I remember watching them late into the night on the little black-and-white TV in my bedroom (my very wise parents didn’t think it was a good idea to buy such a young kid a shiny new TV), completely transfixed that the entire world was watching things going on only miles from my home. So this week, PR, I will not hate on your challenge. I know that Tim Gunn must be relieved.
Ok, so, straight guy Joe. Designs a skort. And THAT is how the world knows that he’s straight – not because he says he is, and not because he’s married or has children. Because he thinks a SKORT is a good idea. I think I could see him make out with a dude at this point and still be convinced of his heterosexuality. And he also appears to think he owns one of the sewing machines, and might punch Daniel over it, and I kind of wanted Daniel to respond with “Yeah?!?!? Well I don’t see your NAME written on it!” But he didn’t. Sad face.
There were no overwhelming standouts in the workroom to me, and I think that after 5 seasons, the PR people have mastered the art of setting at least 20 minutes of the show in the workroom while the clothes are being made, but never really giving us a great idea of what anyone is doing, save for the few that they show Tim nearly gagging over.
And is it just me, or did a lot of these girls look a tad flight attendant? Or, possibly, how Anna Wintour’s Vogue crackpots might style a flight attendant (and despite the fact that the magazine has a wonderful lineage, that is NOT a compliment to the mag OR the designers). But…I’m not sure half of the designers remembered that they were designing for athletes that would be at an event celebrating their athleticism. This challenge was more than just ‘make a cute red, white and blue outfit.’ I saw the adorable speed skater tell them all that, so I know that they were made aware.
You can tell that a lot of these people didn’t play sports as a kid. Straight guy Joe was the only one to do something genuinely athletic, and although I snarked about his skort (and I stand behind that snark – just make it a freakin’ skirt), I kind of appreciate that he at least had an understanding of his client.
Korto, though, was my favorite. I think she did the best job of mixing the clean lines of athleticism with a little bit of fashion editorialism, and I think that her outfit was the one most likely to look modern and polished in front of the world.
And, shock of shocks, the judges agreed with me! YES! This is the first time all season, and possibly a sign that the apocalypse is nigh.
But NO! Daniel, he of Blue Cup Dress fame, is on the chopping block in the bottom two! No! Blue Cup Dress is still my favorite outfit from this season, and although his dress was off the mark tonight, it was still kind of a cute dress. The other of the bottom two is, uh, mousey girl that isn’t the mousey girl that wears glasses…Jennifer? Yes, Jennifer. Well, thank God, she goes home. She is truly full of suck, as her weird clock dress proved last week, and she is just another of the truly awful designers that needs to be weeded out before we get to the good stuff.
My only question for next week: was that Brooke Shields in the previews, or have I been looking at my laptop for too long?