Wednesday, October 01, 2008
project runway conspiracy theory
if "american idol" has its shocker eliminations, so does "project runway." the only difference is that the former has the audience vote for who stays and who leaves; the latter has a panel of supposedly impartial and intelligent judges that decides the fate of each contestant. today we watched episode 11 of the current season (downloaded ;-) and words cannot express how disappointed and disgusted we are with results. if anyone of you have been following season 5, then you know what this kenley character is like: she's cute and has a retro-50s style, personally and with her design aesthetic. but she's also opinionated, stubborn, even kinda rude—not just to her fellow contestants, but to tim gunn and the judges! in other words, she makes for good reality TV. she should have been aufed weeks ago! the challenge then was an avant-garde outfit based on a zodiac sign (she got aquarius). c'mon, we ask, is this avant-garde—or even aquarian—at all?? it's just laughable! then in episode 11, with five of them left, the challenge was to design an outfit for each other. and each designer was assigned a musical genre as the theme. kenley's client was leanne. the genre assigned to leanne was hip-hop. challenge indeed if all you know how to make is cute 50s-style printed dresses. OK, tell us, is there anything hip-hop about this: everyone from tim to guest judge LL cool J told kenley that hip-hop fashion is all about oversized and low-waisted. instead she made a pair of high-waisted slim-cut jeans, a floral-print tank top, and a cropped leather jacket. the only hip-hop element were the cliché gold chains she piled on. LL cool J told her that she totally missed the hip-hop look and she told him she didn't want leanne to look stupid! you dare diss LL cool J?? plus the zipper on those pants was just plain nasty. well, guess what *shock*shock* she was NOT eliminated! this outfit designed by suede and worn by jerell, which had a rock & roll theme, lost: kasi daw it was a boring rock & roll outfit (pang grocery lang daw). but at least you know the guy is a rocker! poor suede. the fall guy. while he wasn't a very good designer, he certainly didn't deserve to get aufed this time.