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Project Runway 3, Episode 8 Runway Report Cardby Betsy Wasser -- 09/05/2006
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The Angela-Jeffrey rivalry really came to a head this week when Jeffrey won the challenge and Angela was eliminated. It must have been really disappointing for Angela to not only leave Paris just after arriving, but also to see the guy who was so mean to her mom triumphant.
I loved not only seeing the designers model their own creations, but also put their “jetsetter” looks to the test with a whirlwind trip to Paris. I look forward to the next episode to see what the designers will do in the fashion capital. But before we get ahead of ourselves, how did everyone do this week? It’s time for a runway report card!
Michael: Jeffrey was excellent this week, but in my opinion, Michael should have won. Jeffrey executed a picture perfect rocker look, but Michael came up with a design that was innovative. Seersucker meets hip hop? I’ve never seen that before, and Michael totally made it work. And nice work on Michael’s part taking Tim Gunn’s advice, turning on a dime, and making a collared shirt. The pants were cool and relaxed, and the motorcycle style jacket was edgy and soft at the same time. I could absolutely see Michael arriving at a Hamptons party in this outfit, couldn’t you?
Jeffrey: I don’t like Jeffrey personally, and his designs in general are not my cup of tea. But there is no denying that this outfit was fierce. Designing pants, an embellished t-shirt, and a jacket in the time the designers were given was ambitious, but Jeffrey pulled it off with time to spare. (Interesting to note that he told Angela’s mother last week that he didn’t have time to make a jacket, isn’t it?) The purple fabric that he used completely rocked. It had the look of leather, but was comfortable and stood up to a flight to Paris. Jeffrey also put an impressive amount of detail into his outfit, from the studded skull t-shirt to the lapels of his jacket to the silver accents on his pants. The end result was truly impressive. The reason I put Michael ahead of Jeffrey is because this is a look we’ve seen plenty of times before on, say, any member of The Rolling Stones. The only innovation was the fabric choice.
Laura: This dress was absolutely beautiful on Laura. The jersey fabric came through the flight looking crisp and fresh, the nude color was stunning on her pale skin, and the result was both glamorous and comfortable. Well done, Laura.
Uli: I’m impressed every week at how Uli selects such different looking prints and puts them together in a way that is not just coherent, but also beautiful. Unfortunately, the judges seem to be bored with that look and are no longer impressed by it. If Uli can just mix it up a little bit in the next challenges, she’ll be in good shape.
Kayne: Okay, maybe I’m alone, but I didn’t hate this outfit. In fact, I thought it was totally Kayne and that it worked for him. Were the Versace-like silk flames over the top? Absolutely… but have you seen Kayne? That’s the kind of guy he is. Flair aside, the cut of Kayne’s black pants was impeccable. I look forward to seeing what he does next.
Vincent: What a snooze. Okay, I’m sure that Vincent was speaking the truth when he said that this outfit was exactly the kind of thing he’d wear traveling. It was, after all, simple, unfussy, and comfortable. But it was just so boring, from the bland silhouette to the dark colors. I also thought that the neck of his top stood up in a strange way. This was completely forgettable, and had Angela not designed something so ridiculous, Vincent would have been on a flight back home.
Angela: Angela was pretty well doomed to lose this task. Not only is she not much of a traveler, but she doesn’t really even know anyone who is. That would explain her incredibly poor choice of silk linen for her traveling outfit. The fabric looked crumpled and wrinkled just walking down the runway, to say nothing of after a flight to Paris. There was absolutely nothing sophisticated about a pair of cargo shorts, even before she added her signature granny circles… to the butt, no less. As far as I’m concerned, this was an easy choice. The other designers were good to varying degrees, and then there was Angela.
Betsy Wasser is the Associate Editor of Reality News Online. When she’s traveling, she favors blazers, jeans, and heels. She can be reached with any feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org
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