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Project Runway 4, Episode 5 Unbuttoned: Everything Old is New Againby Jenn Brasler -- 12/18/07
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I was sad to see Jack go this week. He was definitely talented, and he was obviously really enjoying himself in the competition. I hope theyíll let him come back next season - after all, Daniel Franco was allowed to come back after being eliminated, and Jack was never eliminated. I guess his consolation is that heís dating Dale from Top Chef 3. Now thatís an adorable couple.
Of course, as sad as Jackís departure was, I was thrilled to see Chris return to the competition. During the commercial break between Jackís leaving and Chrisí return, I was crossing my fingers that Chris would be brought back (like Andrea after Cynthia left in Season 1 of Top Chef). If they hadnít, I guess they would have just had a bye week in there somewhere where no one was eliminated. This is not only better for the competition - no free passes (except for immunity) - and better for the audience, since most people seem to like Chris.
Of course, just when I get my Steven and Chris Show back, Steven has to go and get eliminated. I canít really blame the judges for picking him to go - his dress was just ridiculous. There are a million things he could do with a wedding dress, even if the material isnít his style. But it seems like he was more interested in complaining about winding up with the dress. I have to wonder what some of the other designers would have done if theyíd gotten the wedding dress. Most of them would have made it work.
Sweet P was right last week when she said she suspects her button is just stuck to the bottom of the bag. Did you notice she was called last again this week? Sheís got to start thinking thereís some sort of conspiracy developing. At least it hasnít seemed to harm her too much so far.
And that includes Christian, who still bugs me but continues to impress the judges. He got a model who was basically the anti-Christian (not to be confused with the anti-Christ, of course), but he made her an outfit that both worked for her and included his own personality. Though I didnít like his design that much, since I thought it looked too much like his design from the first challenge this season, he followed the challenge rules the best of all the designers.
Speaking of the challenge rules, there were a lot of things to keep in mind that made this challenge more complicated and difficult than most. Not only did the designers have to work with models who werenít the typical skinny Minnies theyíre used to, they also had to incorporate both the modelsí styles and their own styles in their designs, and they were required to use a certain piece of clothing instead of getting to pick out one for themselves. The finished product had to work for everyday wear, not high fashion, and both show off the modelsí bodies and make them feel comfortable. Ordinarily the designers donít have to worry about their modelsí styles, so that was definitely something new to think about.
Interesting that while Jillian didnít use much of her original material (like Steven), she wasnít really criticized for it. She probably would have been if her finished product hadnít turned out so well. Still, I donít understand why Jillian didnít follow the rules more closely - she bought material that looked just like her original material, so what was the big difference? It would have saved her money, too, considering the designers were on such a tight budget.
Iím surprised Stevenís model let him cut up her wedding dress at all. Iíve never been married, but donít most women want to keep their dresses around, even if they canít fit into them anymore? Some women pass them down to their children or grandchildren, and often the dresses become heirlooms. Even if Stevenís model wanted to wear her dress in an everyday outfit, Iím surprised she took the chance that it could be turned intoÖ well, a bad outfit, and then she wouldnít be able to wear it at all. I hope sheís not too disappointed. Though I guess since Steven didnít use much of the dress, the model has enough material left that someone else could make her another outfit out of it.
I loved the little moment Tim and the designers had in the workroom. Usually the designers tease Tim (mostly behind his back), but this time around he got to tease Christian by asking him how fierce his outfit was. And then he got to have a little giggle with some of the guys after he made his 3 a.m. joke. I love seeing Timís personality when he interacts with the designers. He really seems like a genuinely nice person who wants to see the designers succeed.
Ricky cried. Take a drink!
Jenn Brasler is an Associate Editor of Reality News Online and an aspiring writer from Falls Church, Virginia. By day she works for a court reporting firm, and by night sheís a spy for a covert branch of the CIA. You can e-mail her at email@example.com. Maybe next week Ricky will get kicked off for crying too much or something and then Steven can come back.
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