Project Runway Season 12: Alexandria’s Runway Show
Alexandria’s work is not my cup of tea. We should state that outright. But that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate it. There’s a market for her work, and a high level New York City gal market at that. Plus, even though I think it actually worked against her to state it outright like she did–Alexandria is bankable. She’s built two businesses from scratch. She’s driven.
I am not in any way saying I think her first runner up status was wrong. I think Dom deserved the win. But I would not be surprised to see Alexandria come back and take PR: All Stars by storm next year. I also would not be surprised if she’s someone who manages to fight her way out of the PR bubble and into the public eye by sheer force of will.
Exhibit A for that belief is her opening number, the unconventional challenge outfit. Yes, at the time we saw it being made by her campers, I made jokes about Child Labor Laws. But we should note two things about Alexandria’s use of this outfit. First of all, she understood that the producers were looking for it to be a wow piece, and on that front she delivered. But unlike the other contestants, she also used it to make a political statement. Yes it was sort of a narrow, silly, privileged white lady statement “Stop printing phonebooks! We don’t need them because we have phones and computers!” is so First World White People Problems I don’t even know where to begin. But think about her audience and her clientele. This is exactly who they are. More importantly, none of the other contestants thought to make their Unconventional Materials outfit a political statement piece. It shows she’s savvy.
I hate the handrest pocket. But I’ll admit–how many skinny white girls use their front pockets? A hand rest would do just as well for them. I do like the leather top. But the feathers headdress is silly.
The lowered crotch pants is a thing. I understand it’s a thing. But like peplums, its a thing that should die, yesterday. That being said, I know she’s more on trend than her counterparts with it. Also, with this outfit, I’m going to go with both Zac and Nina’s observation that Alexandria and Justin were aiming for the same audience–and Alexandria did it way better.
This is such a nothing of an outfit. The biggest visual interest is the chest chain accessory and that the shorts have a handrest non-pocket.
But this–for all that I hate the off center crotch tippy fastener, I could see walking down the streets of New York right now.
This was the “washable” outfit. As I said in my recap, it was so of her collection, I never would have known it was an original part of it.
The handrest pant in white. The upscale slouch blouse in grey. I could see Heidi wearing it. I could also see people not bothering to ask who made it when she did though, and assuming her more interesting outfits were all at the cleaners.
This was actually my favorite piece of the collection. The skirt is a bit too see thru to be practical. But the use of color, and heavier fabric did give more of an interesting look and suggested there were more places Alexandria could go with this style than she was showing us.
The outfit looks like it should have more to it than it does. It doesn’t. This frustrates me.
And this closer? I can hear a sad trombone playing. I know her one wow piece opened the show with a bang, but the fact that there was no good closing answer suggested that Alexandria, for all that she made so many pieces, did not have a good way to end her collection.