For the first time all season, I am in total agreement with the Project Runway judges. I do not care for Christian's personality or most of his designs, but this confection is jaw-droppingly gorgeous (and frankly, I don't think Christian would have been able to execute its cantilevered wing without Chris' crazy costume-building skills, so there). The ready-to-wear version went back to the typical 80s fug that seems to be Christian's thing, but to a lesser degree than usual. (Trust me, I pined for that blouse in the ninth grade.) It was nice to see teammates working well together; the other teams put the "fun" back in "dysfunctional."
I've changed my mind about Christian -- I'd like to see him go all the way to Bryant Park because I would like to see a complete collection of his work. I probably won't like it, but I want to see it. I'd also like to see Chris make it to the end, partly because he has amazing talent and partly because he seems like an all-around good guy. Rami seemed like a lock for a runway show but in recent weeks his star has dimmed -- it's the same stuff over and over, and he does not seem to want to learn from the judges' critiques, not even to make it to the end (he probably doesn't need a Project Runway-backed runway show as much as the others do, he'll make it to Fashion Week on his own if he hasn't already). So for my third choice for the finals, I guess I'd like to see what Jillian can do with plenty of time and resources.
But oh, my, back to Christian and Chris' creations last night (that dress on the left required 45 yards of organza, by the way -- no wonder the model is stooping, ha ha):
Am I the only one who sees "Winged Victory" here?
For me, Jillian and Victorya's punk trench coat did not catch my attention on my tv screen, but in this photo I think it rocks. Gosh, is Victorya just the biggest pain in the neck or what?
Still, personalities being what they are, I am so in awe of everyone on shows like these, where the participants have to serve up creative work on demand, day after day, or be sent home. Grueling hours, ridiculous creative constraints, personality conflicts, lack of sleep -- ugh! I would not last through one episode (even if I had the skill set!).