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Friday, September 7, 2012

Project Runway S10 E8: Boris vs. Natasha

Sonjia, we had the same reaction to watching the teams form.
This is not an episode of Project Runway that we will remember beyond this season finale--if we remember it by then. The premise was interesting--the designers were place in teams of three and had to make things to sell on the street to earn money for fabric. They did pretty well, but I think seeing the things they made to sell would have been more interesting than seeing most of what went down the runway.

Once they'd earned their funds, they were told they had to make a two look collection featuring outerwear. I love that they did an outwear challenge, but I would have much rather had each designer make an outerwear piece to go over either a neutral look (jeans and a tee) or over a look that they had already created this season. Instead he had a team challenge with some people making outerwear and some people making stuff that went underneath. It was a boring challenge that was hoping to pull all it's interest out of team drama. Come on producers, that's just tired. Team drama isn't fun, fashionable or necessary. Although, the team dynamic did lead Christopher to observe that Dmitry and Elena are like Boris and Natasha from Rocky and Bullwinkle--very true and very funny.

Team Christopher, Gunnar, Sonjia
Christopher and Gunnar talked a lot of drama to the camera, but they put all that aside to work together on this collection. I think it helps that they had the totally drama-free and friendly Sonjia to balance them out. As a result of their teamwork, they were the clear winning team. Christopher created the stunning camel wrap coat that I absolutely need to own. Michael Kors complimented him on being able to work with the difficult material and do it so well. Sonjia made everyone's favorite piece--the pleat-detail jacket. It was so beloved that it earned Sonjia a win. Gunnar didn't create outerwear, but he didn't go unnoticed. He showed the the other teams how to make stunning, complimentary and stand-alone pieces to go under the outerwear. He made two excellent dresses. They worked with the coats and looked great on their own. Everything here was a winner. I'm glad to see Sonjia back on her game after deserving to go home last week. (Click through the slideshow below for runway shots of each look).

Team Ven, Fabio, Melissa
This team could have called themselves "Team I Got This on the Target Clearance Rack." I've seen everyone on this team make great stuff. They even got along well. Guest Judge Anna Sui (who rocked as a judge) nailed their problem--they were all too nice to each other. No one wanted to make waves or drama, but that meant no one challenged the crippling group-think they fell into. The colors were dull. Fabio's coat looked more like a house coat. Ven's skirt didn't work with the collection so it got tossed out in favor of this droopy sack skirt. The two tops were pointless, and the pants didn't even fit let alone look good. Melissa's white jacket was the only thing worth looking at, and it wasn't even unique or surprising.

Team Dmitry, Elena, Alicia
Putting Dmitry and Elena Boris and Natasha together was sure to create fireworks, but these two gave up on communication before even trying to start. Alicia didn't do anything to stand up for herself either. Dmitry's dress was great, but he keeps making dresses. I want to see something else. His shawl/blanket didn't make any sense. I was disappointed. Step it up, Boris! I like you and want you to last. Elena keeps making coats, and most them don't work. This was the worst dude so far. It was puckering and boring and ill-fitting. I've seen better coats at K-mart. It didn't even fit her model. Elena thought it was good enough to save Melissa from elimination though because she insisted it walk the runway closed and blocking everything Melissa made. Yes, Melissa's clothes were boring and without personality, but Elena's coat wasn't much better. Melissa went home for basically not even trying and having a record of limiting herself because she doesn't not how to infuse her aesthetic into any of the challenges. I think it was time for her to go.

What did you think of the challenge? Did the right person win? (With no immunity up for grabs I wish they would have declared the whole team winners, but I have no problem with Sonjia winning). Was it Alicia's time to go home? We're down to eight, who will be the final four? I'm not sure yet, but I hope it includes Christopher and Dmitry.

2 comments:

Emma Perry said...

The whole thing with them selling shirts on the street seemed to exist just to fill time and create drama. There was honestly no point. I’m glad they worked in teams, though, because Sonjia, Gunnar and Christopher really delivered. I wanted to own pretty much everything they made. I hope Elena goes home next week. I do not understand how she has stuck around this long with her weird linebacker outfits. My current schedule at Dish has me working late, so I always have to have my Hopper record this show for me to watch as soon as I got home. I have been addicted to it for YEARS and I would absolutely hate to miss a single episode. I’m so excited to see Mondo next week! He is my all-time favorite PR designer. :)

Anonymous said...

I think you meant Alicia....not Mellisa. :)

"...save Melissa from elimination though because she insisted it walk the runway closed and blocking everything Melissa made. Yes, Melissa's clothes were boring and without personality, but Elena's coat wasn't much better. Melissa went home for basically not even trying and having a record of limiting herself because she doesn't not how to infuse her aesthetic into any of the challenges. I think it was time for her to go."