I usually don't write up this show the next day. Letting it set for a week gives me time to let my thoughts germinate and to look at the designs with fresh eyes un-influenced by the judges comments. I decided to just put this one down now as I was very disappointed in the show altogether last night. Why? Two reasons. First - yet another woman was sent home - this time April. Not a single male designer has left the show and that makes me wonder. April's dress did miss the mark, no doubt. There is always a good, justifiable reason for the designer they sent home, but the odds that every week it's always a women is off the charts weird. This begs the question, "Did they just pick a weaker group of female designers or is there a bias either in the judges minds or in the challenges presented." I have no idea.
Second - they only gave the designer 6 hours to complete the challenge this week - the shortest ever in Project Runway history. Ridiculous! All it does is favour the designers who can work with lightening speed and for the most part, those who chose super simple designs. They chastised those who didn't meet the mark for being over ambitious and alternately for not being creative enough. Overall it created a group of designers who, for the most part, were unable to show what they could really do. The show has to find a balance between good TV and what is realistic to ask of these artists. In this episode they failed.
Enough said. Here is a brief recap with all placements the judges' as I just didn't feel the designers were given enough time.. The challenge was to create a tasteful outfit inspired by the coour and flavour of gelato. The designers were given a sample of their choice to taste. Guest judges were Diane von Furstenberg and Miranda Kerr and the winning design would be worn by Kerr to an industry event. When you look at the designs below - you'll be surprised how many forgot this last fact. While interesting, some of them would have been disasters to be photographed in.
|Michael - Front and Back|
|Mondo - Mila|
|Rami - Austin - Jerrell - Kenley|
|April - Kara - Anthony|
Well, there you have it. A controversial show where many people disagreed on the outcome. In my mind, a show that skewed the results right from the start. I knew as soon as they gave the time limit which designers had the best chance of succeeding. Let's hope future episodes allow a little more focus back on who is truly skilled and original instead of who can do it the fastest.