COM Disaster: Project Runway, Season 5, Episode 2

29 July 2008 at 1:45 pm Leave a comment

 

I watched this episode live, with Deb and was interesting to hear her take on it in real time. First, she complained and I completely agree, that there wasn’t any discussion about what qualifies as a “green” fabric. Lots of model/clients chose silk or a silk-hemp blend (hello teams Ugly Brown Fabric!) but what about those particular fabrics qualifies as “green.” It’s never clarified and it give the impression that anything from a “natural” fiber source can be considered green, which is completely misleading. For example, the tulle that Suede used in his winning design, what was that made of? Inquiring minds want to know! Even if they couldn’t have fit that info into the episode, Bravo could have posted the details on the “Rate the Runway” section of the site.

 

 

Suede’s dress from "The Grass is Greener” episode

Suede’s dress from "The Grass is Greener” episode

 

 

It was also interesting to how the clients as buyer’s resulted in so many of the same mistakes. Not buying enough fabric (there was more than one ultra-mini on that runway!)  Not buying appropriate fabric. Not buying fabric appropriate to the constraints of the challenge (satin is difficult to work with, especially on very tight time frames). These are all issues that any designer or workroom who deals with COM has had to face.

While I didn’t particularly like Suede’s design, as it looked very mall girl 1987 to me, I did appreciate how he took the generic cream silk and transformed it into something else. Kenley’s solution to the cream silk was also well-conceived, with minimal seaming that might pucker or pull, and using the inherent stiffness of the fabric to create the oversize collar. I also thought Terri’s design was well-done, although the navy fabric did nothing to flatter the model and Jennifer’s relaxed, full-skirted dress was a welcome change from all the hoochie-mama looks on the runway. As for the rest, the least said the better, because this challenge resulted in some seriously ugly garments. (I’m talking about you too, Mr. Team Ugly Brown Fabric, with your tacky, Bob Mackie-wannabe peacock dress.)

 

Kenley’s dress from “The Grass is Always Greener” episo

Kenley’s dress from “The Grass is Always Greener” episo

 

 

Terri’s dress from “The Grass is Always Greener”

Terri’s dress from “The Grass is Always Greener”

 

 

 

 

Jennifer’s dress from “The Grass is Always Greener”

Jennifer’s dress from “The Grass is Always Greener”

 

 

Jerrell’s dress from “The Grass is Always Greener”

Jerrell’s dress from “The Grass is Always Greener”

Oh, my team scored a big, fat zero this episode, but at least I didn’t lose any points. On my team for this week: Stella, Leanne and Jerrell, not because I think they’re the best designers, but because I think they can score me some points!

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