Project Accessory: Finale
It’s the FINAL COUNTDOWN!
Oh sorry. Consider that a hold over from the XFactor blog I just wrote, with my abject apologies. ProjAcess doesn’t go in for those sort of theatrics, just a few shots of the final three eating breakfast in their respective suites, before sitting down with Molly at the empty runway for our episode introduction. At least this week, they give Molly something to do so this segment doesn’t feel like such a hold over. She gives the rules of our last challenge. They have to produce a collection of nine items, and show them with three different looks. They have two days, and a $1000 budget. The previously eliminated designers are brought in to audition for slots to aid the three finalists. Rich picks Diego. Nina picks Kelly. Brian picks James. Each of them has chosen someone who is strong where they are weak, Rich with handbags, Nina with larger items, Brian with shoes.
Nina calls her line “grownup bohemian girl tomboy” Rich says his is the “balance between wickedness and elegance.” Brian is going in an ’80s direction, thinking Miami and swimwear. There’s a lot of time at Mood spent in the leather section, blowing money on skins. This is what happens when you have $1000. Diego pushes Rich to make things that aren’t black. Whoa, being pushed out of your comfort zone, Rich! I thought he was going to fight Deigo at first, but no, he goes with it. Hopefully this won’t hurt him. Most of what he’s doing seems to be metalwork anyway. But Deigo is definitely pushing Rich to go in a direction that is Not Rich. This becomes abundantly clear, especially when we see the first purse he churns out, which is totally what Deigo wants to make, instead of what Rich wants him to make. Hopefully Rich will push back and we can land somewhere in the middle? I’m starting to worry. Brian and Nina are worrying how slow their assistants are working in comparison to Deigo, especially since their assistants are making things they’re not comfortable making. But considering that Deigo is sneering at what he’s being made to work on when it’s not something he likes, I’m not sure Rich made the right choice. (Point of Order: Christna made damn fine handbags. Why didn’t Rich pick her?)
Eva arrives, accompanied on her walk-through by some dude from the Name Dropping Hair Salon. He doesn’t seem to be helping them with styling, like they billed him as doing, as much as just fretting over hair. Why am I not surprised? The clothes the models will be wearing come by from a “stylist” who gives no style advice, just rolls in a rack of clothes and runs. At least the clothes help give a clearer picture of what’s going on. Meanwhile, in actual useful information, Eva’s opinion of Nina’s work is that she’s not giving enough variety to her looks. Omg, Brian’s stuff is costume-y and godawful. Eva blinks at it, and then tells him “more is not more” and insinuates he’s been lucky in his successes so far. As for Rich, Eva calls out that Deigo is asserting himself too much into this collection. Deigo tells Rich to stop asking him what he thinks, because he really hates Rich’s style. It is not pretty.
Day of runway show: Kelly is having her own drama over Nina’s collection. She needs to stop crying and having an anxiety attack and work. At least Nina didn’t bring back Shea? Small mercies. James made the snakeskin pumps WAY too big, so Brian has to swap all his outfits around so the model with the biggest feet ends up in those shoes. Across the workroom, Deigo has a bad attitude, and won’t help Rich. Instead, since Kelly still hasn’t finished any of the purses for Nina, Deigo has wandered over to help her. I think Rich’s head might just have exploded when he realised what happened. Oy.
To the runway!
The runner-up gets a seven-day trip to Paris to study the crafting of Accessories! Not to shabby.
For our picture breakdown, outfits will be grouped together with their accessories with my comments after each, followed by the judge’s opinions after the full set.
Rich is worried his first look is too subtle. I think it’s ok, but not in your face, and it doesn’t feel “Rich.” The boots help, but they’re not his. I feel like the accessories are lost against the outfit, which is a bad sign. Also, aprpos of nothing, I really hate the top the model is wearing. Ugly.
The second look is better, especially with the necklace that look like a hatchet head. I really love the clutch with the hammered copper, Deigo was an idiot to sneer at it. The belt…meh. The belt is the only miss here in this outfit. I like the metal “threads” but the color is off somehow…it’s like it’s the wrong shade of brown. it should have been more coppery to go with the other pieces.
The third look is the most cohesive, but the pieces don’t feel as “Rich” as the second one. Also, I hate that the dress is see-thru, but that’s not Rich’s fault. The purse is just too Deigo, and the only thing that stands out in the accessory department is the cuff…but it’s just a cuff. there’s nothing “dangerous” or “edgy” about it. I’m really sad about this.
The guest judge loves the cuff on the third model. Molly loves his second necklace. Ariel calls the clutch on the second look (the one Deigo sneered at) genius. He says he loves Rich’s edginess. Kenneth says Rich’s signature doesn’t carry through, though, and he’s right. There was too much Deigo influence. Sad! Rich is out third. He is absolutely gracious to everyone, talking about what a fabulous opportunity this has been, and how much he learned and grew from the experience. Considering that he just got a huge boost in exposure due to this show, I think he really got what he came for. Winning would have been nice, but it wasn’t necessary for him.
Nina: The first look is so her, with the big necklace and the flats. I want the bucket bag. The cuff is a fabulous compliment to the necklace. I love everything here, even the flats. The only thing I don’t like? The godawful thin grey jersey skirt. It’s as awful as the top on Rich’s first outfit. I don’t know whose line this is they’re designing for, but somehow I’;m not surprised the name isn’t being mentioned. Awful cheap stuff.
The second look is a more subtle. The necklace doesn’t stand out on the runway. It’s lost behind the black velvet jacket on the distractingly emaciated model. The bag is really cute. I love the detailing that makes it look like it was crafted from men’s expensive leather shoes. I guess that might even suggest its a gender neutral bag, and those metrosexuals who might be daring enough to carry a clutch can have a bag to match their shoes. As an aside, I just love the metal work on the ring. Love. I’m not a big ring girl, but I want that.
The necklace on the third model looks is fabulous. I love the intricate architectural styling of the pendant. The chain detailing on the bottom of the clutch is unexpected and playful, though since it has no handle, I wonder about the practicality. The cuffs go really well as a pop of wow on the black gothy dress.
Ariel likes the third necklace and calls it a signature piece. He points out the second necklace doesn’t stand out. Kenneth calls her jewelry extraordinary, and says she’s showing consistency. Molly LOVES her flats, and her purse with the chain edging. I have high hopes they’ll give her the win.
Oh, Brian. I feel a bit like Deigo here. I hate everything about this outfit. Everything. The necklace looks like a costume piece, like someone took the eggs that the Green pigs steal in Angry Birds and strung them up. They look like styrofoam meteorite balls, or something a kid would wear at Halloween and say they were dressing up like Native Americans. Are they from his Bedrock and Wilma Flintstone collection that the horrid purse came from a couple of weeks ago? The judges are down with Bedrock fashion, so perhaps they’ll like it. The oversized bag is a horrendously ugly shade of yellow. The shoes (which are the only shoes James didn’t make) are just hideous. And that’s not even getting into the horror that is the bathing suit. Gah.
The second look is too much. Too much! The mismatched earrings are just horrible. The metalwork on them is ghastly, and the mismatched chains are just dumb, like he screwed up making them, and just decided to call them mismatched, because his clients would be too stupid to know they weren’t supposed to look like that. The boots are ok, but I hate the slouch. I’d like them better if they stood up…but then you’d be able to tell that they’re not only ugly, but don’t match the ugly short olive romper the model is sporting. The belt is alright, and I might even have liked the cuff under other circumstances, but here, it’s just pudding on top of jelly on top of icing on top of cheesecake. Also, the closure makes it look inelegant, like it’s meant for a five-year-old to wear.
The third look is the best of the three for him, but I can’t tell if I just think that because I like the purple cocktail dress. If we look at the individual pieces… Hey, they almost hold up. I like the mix chain necklace. I actually do. It’s visually interesting without feeling horrendously overdone. The snakeskin purse and shoes look great with the evening gown, but on their own…well the purse is good. The shoes are why i think James was horribly overrated as a shoemaker this season. Shoes are what he does, and these look…ratty.
Ariel says the costume necklace looks like it’s hatching. Thank you Ariel! He likes parts of the second outfit, but not as a whole. Kenneth loves the purse and shoes on the third look, but hates the earrings on the second, saying they look like they were a mistake. Thank you Kenneth! He doesn’t think Brian brings his looks together. Ariel worries that he doesn’t know the line between costume and fashion. The guest judge says the reason the third outfit works because of the necklace. Molly is obsessed with the slouchy boots, making me question her taste level.
BOOOOOO. Brian is the winner. BOO HISS. At least Nina gets to go to Paris and study her craft. But no, just no, I think Brian’s stuff was costume and crap and I do NOT approve of this decision. Bedrock bags and hatching eggs necklaces are not jewelry. They are overpriced ugly things that liberals are fooled into buying with a phony story of how they tell the story of saving the earth. Yuck. Brian says he’s so happy to have won, because he’s been hustling and now he doesn’t have to anymore. Oh, hustling? Really? Like you just bullshitted and hustled these judges into giving you the win? No wonder I don’t like you or your odious personality. I am not fooled by your obsequious, smarmy used car salesman crap. Michael Kors would have laughed you off of this runway. I am not impressed, Project Accessory judges. Not Impressed at all.
But soon, we’ll have Project Runway All Stars. Coming in January! I don’t know about the rest of you, but as much of a fun diversion as ProjAccess has been (along with being a 10 week long lesson in picture HTML), I can’t wait to get back to the real thing.