Project Runway Season 16: Michael’s NYFW Collection
Our first decoy collection of Project Runway Season 16 belong to Michael, and boy was it more trash and flash.
I debated long and hard about which one was Michael’s collection, but his Instagram clinched it. He was the only one who used tons of silver metallics, and over the top, sexual, see-thru looks.
The problem is, those looks were interesting. These…. not so much.
Michael originally auditioned with the idea of introducing the concept of “gender fluidity” to Project Runway‘s world. Much like the drama he caused with Claire, whining that the show wasn’t fair, this was another suggestion that Michael did not watch the show. Or if he did, he did so with a surface level understanding of what he was seeing, and not the mind of a true competitor. Project Runway airs on Lifetime, for christ sake and is owned by Disney. Gender fluidity, if it ever makes it to this show, will lag a good five years behind the cutting edge. Right now I’d say 2020 at the very earliest.
Still, Michael’s dream of introducing the cutting edge to ProjRun would have been forgiven if he’d taken his decoy slot and used it to blow away the crowd, as certain savvy designers have done the last few years. (Never forget Amanda got three turns on Project Runway, and a finalist slot in Season 13 because her Season 11 decoy runway collection was so startling. Alexander’s collection was the talk of the Season 12 runway, eclipsing the real finalists that year, as was Swapnil’s in Season 14.
Instead, Michael turned in the following.
Nipples and ankles.
A glamping tent.
Lion King Shoulders and Hi Here’s My Crotch zippers.
A Lion King Hoodie Costume.
A vague wave at the plus-size look, with a side of middle finger.
Tree trimming tinsel.
Dull and done.
Christmas wrapping paper.
And a dust mop bikini on netting.