Thursday, September 15, 2011

PR: What Size Is Your Wife?

Tonight I thought I'd do a PR live blog, because I have a laptop and I can do hip things like that now!
The Challenge:
So--the challenge is for the designers to make garments for women based on their significant others' suggestions. Couples as clients. Because that's going to go well.
Olivier just said he doesn't like women to have boobs, because they mess up the line of designs. So, he's completely off my interest list. I guess I would fit his aesthetic, but complaining about a woman because her body doesn't fit his designs is just ridiculous. Dude. Clothes are for people. People come with different shapes. Women are not hangers.
Also, some of these guys are kind of nuts. You're really going to talk about motorboating your wife's bust on national TV? I don't know if this is a sign of discomfort being in a design room, like they have to assert their masculinity, or if it's discomfort being on camera, or if they really are just brutish.
Enter Tim Gunn.
Wait--is Viktor done? His look is done. I like the shape. Not so much the color of that yellow.
Olivier and Bryce are clearly in trouble. I'm not sure what's up with Anya, and I didn't get a good look at anyone else's.
It's interesting to see Bert working so well with his client. He also seems more cheerful generally.
I don't know what's up with Anthony Ryan. (edited: Later I learned I was looking at the woman's actual clothes, not the clothes AR made. That explains it.)
Josh M is done, too, and he really brought it. I guess we figured out how to tame him. The black dress is sweet, and I love the back. I'd totally wear that. Laura may not be impressed, but I think it's lovely. Get that woman some pearls and a birdcage veil.
I told my students to use their handbook thoughtfully the other day.
Piperlime jewelry for the ladies! That must be to make them less angry that their men are talking about their bits and pieces on national TV.
Wow. Olivier's inexperience is really showing right now. Granted, his clients don't seem to be the easiest to work with, but he really seems to be incapable of making clothes for actual clients. People who aren't orderly and silent. People with, you know, needs. It reminds me of Worf's reaction to Keiko's labor on Star Trek: The Next Generation's episode "Disaster."
The Runway:
Laura--Pretty color for the lady. The dress is a little conventional to me, though. I'm not surprised that it was deemed safe. It had design features, but features that are not that uncommon.
Anthony Ryan's look is better on the runway, but still a little too simple.
Bert's look seems a little trashy to me. I guess that fits the husband's motorboating needs.
Josh M's look is Perfect. So darling.
Bryce--Remaking the dress was probably wise, but it's not great. The back adds a little interest, I guess, but it's not that unusual a back.
Kimberly's skirt is too short. The top is cute, but I'd rather see a pant on the lady, just to balance out the high collar and give her a more svelte silhouette. I am against cramming a curvy lady into a too-short, trashy skirt. (Sister, maybe I've been letting Stacy and Clinton into my head after all.)
Olivier-- The top is shaped similarly to another top we've seen this season isn't it? Oh...the top of his dress in the avant garde challenge. What is that about? And Kimberly's top for Nina. Same fold theory.
Anya--What the heck? That midsection is crazy. I don't understand this outfit. I'm okay with the shape, and even the sleeve, but that's distracting.
Viktor's look is very complete. I still am not a big fan of that mustard color, but I do like the blouse quite a lot, and the shape as a whole. I wear that kind of silhouette myself.
On to the judging..Bert, Bryce, and Anthony Ryan on the bottom. Viktor, Josh M, and Anya on the top.
My favorite is Josh's dress. Sure, it's not the sassiest look out there, but it is beautiful and her eyes and smile show that she really loves that dress.
I would not be upset, though, if Viktor won. I like the pieces, and I like the fun.
Here we finally have some great clothes this week! At last!
I am not in favor of Anya winning. Sure, the look is original, but it's not as polished as the other two.
Our guest judge kind of hit the nail on the head hinting that the husband's desires drove the design, as far as Bert's look goes. I don't know that I'd trust a man to make a fashion decision for me that way.
Bryce was on to something with the pockets. I agree with Nina that the dress is overworked. I disagree with Heidi about the pocket size--I think that actually adds some edge. It would be less noticeable if the top was better fitted and a different style. It could have been made sassier.
I would hate Anthony Ryan to be kicked out for this look. However, the dress is lacking some charm for the client. There is something reminiscent of some 40s tennis dresses, but it didn't quite have the proportion right.
The Results:
Joshua M. is the winner, and I am glad. I'm not a Josh fan, BUT that dress is incredibly right.
Bryce is out. I am not surprised. He has struggled so much. He seems like a nice guy, but like Fallene, he was sort of having a crisis of confidence piling up over weeks.
Shoot. Another team challenge next week? And menswear. *sigh*
And finally, a PSA--if you are ever thinking of watching Dance Moms, the show after Project Runway, DON'T. It will kill your soul. Even ten seconds of the show made my heart hurt. Children should NEVER EVER be in a dance environment like that.


Tudor Rose said...

I LOVE Josh's and Viktor's. I mean, Josh's whole outfit is something I would wear: the chic black dress and the pop of color in the shoes. Seriously, I want to take that outfit home with me. Viktor's outfit is just super adorable from head to toe.

I just don't get Anya's. At all.

Poor Olivier. I wanted to smack him for some of his comments (like, that fat is okay just not for his clothes), but I also recognize that some of it is just his immaturity and he maybe just needs to grow up a bit.

Abs said...

I agree with you, Miss, on Olivier--he has very little humility, but it was also just sad to see his ridiculous ignorance. Conceited naivete is one of the worst types.
This was one week where you could *completely* tell who was going to be in the top two spots. I read the PR blogs this week, and people were down on Josh for making "just another LBD" but the back and the lace made the look. Most are just sorry that Viktor didn't win, but I was pleased to have a week when I would have been happy with either outcome. There was a little hint of PR in its former glory.

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