Another season of Project Runway kicked off in Times Square and we’re now in the tenth season. I’ve been loyally following the show since season two and been hooked ever since! It’s refreshing to see a new set of designers and based on what I’ve seen thus far within the first episode, I’m mildly impressed with the talent that has been presented and hoping to see progression as the season unfolds.
The Challenge: Create a companion piece for your original look. (Designers were able to create a first look to show who they are as a designer and given a full day with $100 budget to create a second look that compliments their first look).
Guest Judges: Lauren Graham (actress) and Patricia Field (costume designer and stylist)
My Runway Review: (My brief notes taken while watching each designer’s look come down the runway in the order they walked in)
1- Ven: Absolutely LOVE the hot pink rose top, the construction and attention to detail is on point, sort of didn’t like the overall styling of that look but the hot pink dress compliments very nicely. Great set!
2- Beatrice: NO STYLE, boring designs, ugly colors, where’s the fashion behind either of these looks??? This girl is not going to last!
3- Lantie: Love the lace in the first look, the second look is a disaster…bad fabric choice, bad silhouette, does nothing to enhance the model
4- Andrea: Bad silhouettes, boring designs, not very tasteful
5- Christopher: Black dress a little boring, could have used a fun color but the second look…AMAZING! Unique, current, and well executed! Not crazy about the red lip with this dress, the styling could have been tweaked but the dress is fabulous!
6- Alicia: Not my aesthetic but definitely innovative
7- Elena: So avant garde and mysterious, definitely caught my eye!
8- Buffi: Kinda trashy, lacks taste
9- Dmitry: OMG! [a GOOD omg] Beautiful looks, love the modern elegance within his work!
10- Kooan: A little too futuristic and cartoonish for my taste but I’ll give him credit for being unique and limitless
11- Gunnar: Very cohesive and HOT! Love both looks, especially the first one
12- Nathan: Mediocre designs, great choice of solid colors
13- Sonjia: Interesting pieces, great second look…edgy, chic, and fashion forward
14- Melissa: Not a fan of two back to back black looks, they were sharp but nothing too out of the box
15- Raul: Not the most tasteful/fashionable looks, execution is questionable
16- Fabio: Interesting to a small degree but not memorable
My Final Thoughts:
- Based on immediate first impressions, I’m a huge fan of Ven’s work. He has great technical skills, a nice design aesthetic, attention to detail, and point of view in fashion. I also really liked Dmitry, Christopher, Gunnar, and Elena. They all had very memorable designs.
- In terms of least favorite designers, I am not a fan of Beatrice, Alicia, Buffi, Kooan, and Andrea. This is based on my first impressions from this episode.
- Although I had mentioned that Ven left me the strongest first impression, based on all the designs I saw, my FAVORITE looks were designed by Dmitry. (How did he NOT make the top 3 is beyond me!!)
- I thought it was pretty funny how Kooan’s responses were always so gracious and he would even reply, “Thank you very much” even when completely canned by the judges! I think his work may just be a little too out there, so I can’t see him lasting too far in the competition, although I’m intrigued with what he will come up with next!
In the middle of the episode, there was a scene in the workroom where Beatrice expressed, “Sewing is harder than I thought.” The moment I heard her say that, I was thinking there is no way she is going to last (how are you in a fashion designing competition and can’t sew? Hmm, not sure how she overlooked that one!) and sure enough she was the first to go!
[On top of that, Beatrice's designs were definitely my LEAST favorite before I even heard her say that. Her designs had NO taste whatsoever, it was just a complete mess.]
[Your thoughts on the premiere episode?]