Project Runway Season 4, episode 4 "Trendsetter"
Well kids, after tonight's episode I definitely feel as though I'm okay with not having the blog published on Bravotv.com this year because I don't think they'd like what I have to say nor do I think they would publish it. This is without a doubt the dullest season of Project Runway ever. I mean these designers don't even know how to fight interestingly. What's more everyone on the show seems to need a B12 shot. You know it's bad when the only time I got excited was when I watched the coming attractions of next week and saw that the Jack breakdown is going to be on next week. Be that as it may, to the episode...
The challenge was to create a collection of 3 looks that incorporate 3 outdated trends. And to keep the number 3 going, the designers broke up into teams of 3. Now normally this is where we get to hear the fabulous catty voiceovers from the designers like, "Ugh there's no chance in hell I'm going to be on his team, he couldn't create something if they gave him the Butterick pattern!" But no, this doesn't happen. The designers all go to the middle it seems and then easily choose their teammates. I particularly loved the whole, "we were standing next to each other" as a way to pick your teammates, great strategy.
Chris' team hits a dull note by choosing a color that may look camel on the runway but for those of us at home, just looks like butcher paper. Steven is quick to distance himself from his teammates and his look shows it. His imitation of Tim just leaves me longing for Santino and his fabulous impersonation, "Andre, Andre!" (And I never really cared for Santino or his creations so what does that tell you?)
Christian is his usual cocky self for no apparent reason, naming his team, "Team Star" and while the team's looks are interesting, Kit's is the only one worth mentioning. I have no idea what Jack was thinking but I know what I'm thinking, "Hang in there Scott, he has the breakdown next week."
Ricky's team gets aboard The Partridge Family bus with color blocks and some of the most puckering sewing I've seen in a long time. The execution of their garments is awful, even with Ricky speaking Martha Graham to Elisa. Victorya is as Ricky calls her, "passive aggressive" trying to lead without being the leader. So of course, Ricky and Vera Wrong disagree but it's more like that whole nineties thing when they told us not to fight but to have "discussions" - discuss how boring the discussions are and let's move on.
As if we're not all sleepy enough, enter Jillian who is so monotone in her delivery of everything she says that you can't tell if she's on drugs or just the dullest person ever. She wines continually to Rami but there's never any confrontation with Kevin. Although as hard pressed as it was to find it, Kevin gets my quote of the week with his, "I have to pull like a magic rabbit out of my ass right now to make it work."
There's definitely frustration in the workroom (and on my sofa as I stare at the television hoping for a seam to rip or something to happen) but the frustration doesn't make for interesting television or fashion.
Jillian's team wins it but the creations look like a collection of denim Barbie clothes. While I get that hers was the most cohesive I'm not sure about it being the most modern. No surprise that Ricky and Chris are in the bottom (and probably are bottoms) this week. Although I was surprised that Ricky didn't cry and didn't get auf'd considering I've yet to see him construct anything of any quality. So Chris gets auf'd and while I had high hopes for the drag costume designer, he wasn't even all that "fun" in the workroom as he supposedly aspired to be.
I'm trying, honestly I am, to like this bunch and be excited about the show but without an Austin Scarlett, Chloe, Uli, Michael or any of the other interesting characters we've seen in previous seasons, I just feel like Peggy Lee, "Is that all there is?"
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