Project Runway Season 1 Episode 3: Re-Viewed

With two contestants down, ten designers fight for the first ever title of Project Runway winner!

This weeks challenge is to design a garment for Banana Republic, where contestants have to find a balance between their aesthetic as a designer and creating outfits for a brand with its own identity.

Now the contestants are all settled in, divides began to form between the group between who is a ‘serious’ designer and who likes to go out at night and joke around in the workroom.

The designers seemed to struggle with this challenge more than any other; Starr was struggling with the judges viewing her work as ‘boring’, Jay struggled to meld his personality with Banana Republic, Jay couldn’t stick to designing one outfit, and later had a crisis with an iron.

Michael Kors joined Heidi and Nina on the judging panel again, alongside guest judge Deborah Lloyd head of design at Banana Republic. 

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

Wendy did good! After two terrible weeks, Wendy actually produced something of quality! The design and colour were beautiful with clean lines, and a clear thought for the task at hand. The little added bonus of a cape pushed her look to the top of the pack.

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Jay, despite his worries, actually came through with his look. He met the brief as well as keeping his integrity. The top was meticulously designed, inspired by the Chrysler building, with a beautifully corseted back while the simple skirt balanced the heavily patterned top out.

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Alexandra’s pretty and simple aesthetic payed off for once! Rather than seeming ‘blah’ in comparison to her competition, she fitted perfectly in to what Banana Republic were looking for. The material of the dress and colour worked well with the style she had in mind. The smaller details such as the ribbing around the waist and the layered skirt also added a little something extra to the overall look.

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Austin’s floral dress was beautifully designed and meticulously crafted. The material and pattern were both stunning, and the extra detail he added into the bust and the back of the dress made the overall look pop. The only downfall was in a mass produced challenge, the look was not exactly ‘ready-to-wear’.

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Kara was daring this week as she put a bright yellow dress on the stage. Thanks to her models complexion, the garment really popped. The ruffles could easily have been too much, but she just toed the line of fun. The back was absolutely beautiful, and the gloves set off the piece.

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Kevin’s dress at a look is a simple black dress, but upon closer inspection you can see where his hard work went in. The simple silhouette is draped perfectly, while there is detail in the brown piping of the layered skirt. The hat was a cute accessory that gave Devil Wears Prada-realness.

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Vanessa’s dress was pretty but thats it. There was nothing special about the garment, and with the same material as many others it became lost in the shuffle. The low plunging neck line was a good fit, and the crystals on the shoulders were nice but it seemed too much of a 1950’s costume than ready-to-wear 2004.

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Robert’s dress was not that bad! Although the judges went in, I think the baby blue and leopard print worked well with the models skin colour. While it may have been to bolshy on somebody else, and for the Banana Republic brief, it wasn’t awful.

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Nora’s garment was a mess. The skirt was inches too long, the asymmetrical ruching on the bodess looked odd, and the broach aged what was a young garment. The waist-line with a tacky chiffon belt was far too low, and that scarf looked like a neck brace.

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Starr missed the mark completely this week with an ill-fitting, halloween knock-off. The style of the dress was completely ridiculous and the colours were too bold, clashing together in the worst way.

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Winner: Wendy

Out: Starr

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

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