I’ve had the premier of Season 15 of Project Runway marked in my planner for weeks. It looks like this group of designers is extremely talented, and I’m excited to see what’s in store!
Let’s meet the designers really quick:
Use unconventional materials found in the Season 15 launch party room to create a look that represents your aesthetic.
It’s always rough when the designers are forced to do an unconventional challenge right at the beginning of the season, but as far as unconventional materials challenges go, there weren’t any looks that were so bad that they obviously deserved to go home (I’m talking bad, like Emilio’s washer bikini from season 7…still haunting my memories.)
Because there are 16 designers I’m not going to go through everyone’s designs, but just as the judges pick their Top 3 and Bottom 3 designers, I will do the same. HERE WE GO.
My Top 3:
1. Erin Robertson
It was clear in Erin's audition that she liked to use yellow, and obviously, she really likes to use yellow. I was a little concerned for her time management, and she slipped this on her model with less than ten minutes to spare, but I can't argue with her results. This look had major runway impact and her technique was incredible. Definitely a well-deserved win!
2. Roberi Parra
So artistic. I cannot.
The fact that Roberi twisted and manipulated paper lanterns to make this look is remarkable, and his on-the-fly creativity will get him far in this competition. I don’t get why half of the judges didn’t like this look, because it’s one of the best uses of unconventional materials I’ve ever seen.
3. Brik Allen
Brik almost got sent home for this look, and I don’t think that was very fair. Granted, his styling was off and the bell bottom pants were a little too short. HOWEVER. The judges called his outfit “Lady Gaga meets Disco” as if that was a bad thing…as if Lady Gaga wouldn’t put on those glitter pants and wear them for days. The look might have been seen as more cohesive if he had made glittery hot pants instead of glittery bell bottoms, but I saw where he was going and I appreciated his technique. He made a top out of BASEBALL HATS, for goodness sake. Give the man credit where it’s due.
1. Ian Hargrove
Honestly, I don’t think this was the worst look. I didn’t think he really deserved to go home, and I will always want to root for a Chicagoan. But his attitude toward Tim Gunn and the judges? Absolutely not. If Tim Gunn tells you your outfit lacks runway impact, you add more to your outfit. If Zac Posen tells you your outfit was blah on the runway, you don’t argue with him. You can argue when you’re Tim Gunn and Zac Posen, but you aren’t Tim Gunn or Zac Posen yet, which is why you’re on Project Runway and you aren’t already a famous designer. A lack of humility always irritates me to no end, and for that I agree with the judges on sending him home.
2. Sarah Donofrino
The judges voted this look as safe, but it just looked too crafty to me. Maybe she was thrown by the unconventional materials, but it looked like I could have made her outfit with construction paper and hot glue. I don’t think it was up to par with the Project Runway skill set, and she's going to need to step up her design game.
3. Dexter Simmons
…how on earth was this voted in the top? IT LOOKS LIKE A NATIVE AMERICAN ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN. This seriously couldn’t be more ridiculous. Sometimes I think the judges must be on the crack pipe. That is all.
Overall, the show was great, and I'm looking forward to seeing what the designers put forth in the coming weeks.
...and CONGRATS, Erin! You've set the bar pretty high this season. Keep it up!
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