Project Runway Season 1 Episode 2: Re-Viewed

This week the challenge was to take cotton and work ‘envy’ into its theme, a far cry from last weeks crazy task!

We finally get our first visit to the fabric store, as well as heavy product placement of the shows first sponsor ‘Cotton’.

Upon the judges comments from the last episode all the designers soon changed into competition mode: Wendy began an undercover plan, somebody “stole” Kevins black dye, and all the contestants seemed a little on edge.

It was fun to see a little more behind the scenes interaction between the designers, smoking together and creating bonds. It was also cool to hear from the models themselves, though the constant swapping of models was a little strange.

Mario once again finished four hours early, which when you’re used to seeing designers still making adjustments on the way to the runway is a little frustrating as a viewer. With the initial introductions out of the way we begin learning a little more about our designers and their backgrounds.

Our judges swapped up this week as Michael Kors was noticably absent and instead Paul Berman from 30 Van Dam and Constance White a Style Director for Ebay both guest-judged.

The following looks are ranked from my personal best to worst:

Austin kept ahold of his lead in the competition with a beautiful evening gown. The colour was stunning as it bled from blue to purple. The fit was great, with a slit leading just high enough up the models leg, and the arms and neck trim was interesting, but not too outlandish. The bunching across the bust could have been improved, and the side looked as though it may have been unfinished.

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Kara debut a strong military concept with great vision. The sheer top was considerably stronger in its overall appearance than the skirt, which seemed a little simple. The hat really tied the look together, while the model rocked the whole look.

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Robert created a masculine vest and trousers combo. The attention to detail was noticeable as the pattern on both the trousers and vest were both hand stitched. The floral tie, clasp and broach brought femininity to the piece while the model rocked it with slicked back hair and a cigar. The penis envy explanation was fitting to what he was attempting to accomplish.

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Alexandra was a vast improvement from last week. While her aesthetic was once again minimalistic, her outfit was not boring. She dyed her cotton a beautiful shade of green that lent itself well to the gold chain she weaved into the dress. A great fit, the fabric fell in all the right places, fulfilling her Greek Goddess fantasy.

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Starr’s outfit was far better than her work last week. Her concept shone through in her presentation this week. While the dress itself was a little gaudy, especially with the bright orange trim and cheap looking piping, a clear concept of the task was visible.

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Kevin displayed a loose fitting dress with noticeable detail around one of the arms that captured the attention. The shape, fit, fabric and colour of the dress all worked in cohesion, thought the top hat was entirely unnecessary.

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Nora’s dress was simple but beautiful. The peekaboo on the chest and around the butt were both sexy but classy. The boots did not mesh well with the overall look, and the ribbon constraining the hands were odd, to say the least. While she had a good vision, the technique was not quite there to warrant a dress so simple.

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Jay showed off a cool rocker look. The hair, boots and gloves all excentuated the look, but the garments themselves were just ‘eh’. The trousers were semi-interesting, but the top seemed too ready-to-wear and something i’d never look twice at. That scarf on the other hand was simply dreadful.

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Vanessa put out an abysmal dress, and not because it was maternity but simply because it was ugly. While it was a stellar decision to step out of the box and try something different with the fit, the overall product lacked creativity. The colour was nice enough but the amount of ribboned trim looked tacky, especially the seam running down the centre of the dress.

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Wendy’s dress was god-awful. The material looked cheap, the fit was unflattering and the colour was neither here or their. Once the model turned around it just got worse. The back was messy and cluttered, several chains and material hung everywhere bunching the fabric in an unsightly manner. The only good part of the runway was the beautiful mask the model sported!

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Mario once again displayed something very simple but beautiful. A mobster like visual, the white mini-dress with a pinstripe belt and beaded blood-stains was a little on the boring side. If I had not seen the beaded blood stain idea before, the look would have perhaps been ranked higher. Mario also happened to be the lowest bid.

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Winner: Kara

Out: Mario

Note: Apologies for the poor photo quality, this was long before HD.

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