Project Runway Season 10: Top 10 Overlooked Outfits
With the lack of anyone auff’ed this week, I thought I’d take our usual slot for the eliminated contestant and use it to do a retrospective of the 10 outfits that were overlooked this season by the judges. Half the fun of ProjRun is yelling at your TV when the best outfit gets lumped in the mushy middle and dismissed as neither good nor bad enough to warrant attention–or worse, there’s a final two of the outfit you love and the outfit you think is quite overrated…and then they hand the win to the overrated designer.
But what can you do? This is the team that accidentally handed an entire season to Wretched Gretchen. So without further ado, I would like to go back and mark the ten outfits this season that should have made their top three–or won the week–because they were so much more awesome than the winning outfit.
Let us naturally start with Episode one:
Episode 1: Let us go back to July, when the season started and we knew nothing about these designers. Let us go back to Times Square where we found ourselves confronted by bubble shaped stripes and outfits that five-years olds would want to wear to kindergarten every day. Out of that mess stepped the most perfectly sculpted rose bodice and the most flattering white pant suit ever. We didn’t know it was all Ven could do yet, or that by the time it came to his runway show we’d be staring in horror as it was all he sent down. But that first time–it was classic. And it was far more interesting that Christopher’s grey sheath of nothingness and unflattering black cocktail dress. Ven didn’t deserve to make the finals–it’s even questionable that he went to fashion week, considering what he showed. But that first day, he was robbed.
Episode 2: Speaking of robbed–how was this not the winning outfit in the candy challenge? So many weeks Dmitry turned out beautiful outfits with colors and movement–and this didn’t even make the top three that week. We know why–the guest judge didn’t care a whit for fashion, she just wanted her candy advertised and the more the better. That this was not head to toe candy is why it didn’t make the top three (which all were.) But this was so much better than that. So much so, Nina even named checked it in considering whether to send Dmitry to the finale. Robbed!
Episode 3: Melissa&Dmitry You’re going to see Dmitry’s name here a lot. The Emmy Challenge was sort of a no brainer–Kenley’s direction helped Ven (who was peaking with his Origami Rose work at the time) and it was obvious when they hit the runway that week he was going to win. But that this creation–which made gothy April look fantastically statuesque and showed off her hair wonderfully–was not even in the Top three, when it forced both Dmitry and Melissa out of their respectable comfort zones, was a crime.
Episode 4: Gunnar wasn’t the strongest designer, and his insistence of trying to fit himself into the “Lifetime Lady Designer” mold for the show might not have been his best choice. But I thought this outfit was far more deserving of the top slot than, say Christopher’s outfit that week. The skirt is a knock out. I would seriously buy the hell out of that Lord&Taylor. Get on it.
Episode 4: The other outfit painfully overlooked that week was Nathan. The poor man never quite found his groove in the show and wound up eliminated two weeks later. But this was the one moment where he really shone. And I hate yellow. But the mustard shade is flattering, and that golden sleeveless cape jacket really makes the outfit.
Episode 5: Elena and Dmitry’s fight during the Working Girl Challenge guaranteed them a bottom slot, but I thought the editing focus being in a group did good things to Elena’s tendency towards shoulders that you could store your luggage in, as to not pay checked bag charges. And Alicia really did make a mean pair of pants. Too bad the rest of the looks really did not go with this outfit. In a better team, it could have taken top prize.
Episode 5: Speaking of robbed, I thought Christopher went to the ribbon well one to many times, but this skirt was the best example of his work he produced during the entire challenge. Again, a stronger team would’ve have changed this result. I think there was a point after this were it took Christopher a bit to refind his way after losing his crutch. Certainly the print challenge that followed two weeks later was his nadir. But this peak should have been recognized and handed the win.
Episode 7: The Lord&Taylor challenge was really frustrating. Dmitry turned out this show stopper, only to have it utterly ignored and thrown to the middle. It should have at least made top three.
Episode 7: Meanwhile that week, the best outfit from the top three was Melissa, and she lost to Christopher’s once-too-many ribbon top during his downhill slide just because the skirt was long and it was easier to manufacture. Fashion isn’t supposed to be easy to manufacture, and it’s not supposed to be easy to sell to just anyone. This outfit was mega robbed, especially because only a week later Melissa hit her own nadir of failure to design.
Episode 10: And finally we reach the pinnacle of Robbed. I hated Christopher’s skyline dress! Do you hear me? HATED. IT. It was tacky. It was gimmicky. It had no movement. The skirt was awful. If it were up to me that week, that dress would not have even made the top three. Dmitry’s dress on the other hand was 21st century Rockette. Too bad the judges were too scared to of upsetting the Rockettes by forcing them into the millennium. It would have done them a favor–this is after all about fashion and the whole concept behind the challenge was to update them. So they gave the win to the ugly awful tacky one note throwback? Robbed I tell you! Robbed!
So there you have it–the ten outfits that the ProjRun judges overlooked. Did I miss anything? Feel free to holler back and tell me what outfits you think should have won in the comments!