Project Runway is down to the last three designers – and it will be an all female finale! Just like S&C predicted (well, sort-of — until our anti-Kenley raid had us hoping Jerell would knock her off). But, Kenley brought it this week and Jerell didn’t. So, hooray for the ladies!
This last episode before Bryant Park had Tim Gunn making home visits and giving us glimpses of the designers’ lives. Korto’s family was the sweetest (did you see that spread they laid out for him?), and what a lovely woodsy studio she has. Tim visited Leanimal in Portland; they went on a bike ride, and he was so awkward and cute. Jerell showed us more of his sensitive side when Tim visited his family in LA. Kenley, the last visit, didn’t exactly lay out the welcome mat, but seemed happy to see him nonetheless.
We didn’t see too much of the designers’ collections because this show was all about the wedding dresses and the surprise bridesmaid design challenge. Both Jerell and Korto had over-worked wedding gowns and uninspired bridesmaid dresses. Jerell went too far with the grunge-glam look, so it was the end of the road for him. We wish you the best, Jerell! Kenley and Leanne had the top designs.
Kenley’s feathery gown is awesome, and we love the whimsical hat (reminds us of SJP at the SATC premier in London). For extra whimsy, we’re pairing these green Christian Louboutin satin slingbacks with the oversized bow.
Leanne’s wedding dress, and collection, was inspired by water and movement. Nina Garcia was right on when she described it as “modern and dreamy.” We’re pairing these gold Valentino’s because the bow reminds us of the sculptural elements in her designs. They’re not the same Valentino’s as last week, but similiar. In case you haven’t noticed, we LOVE bows.
We are getting close to crowning the next Project Runway winner. The last episode challenged the designers to create an evening gown inspired by flowers found in the New York Botanical Garden.
Let’s start with the winners:
Jerell – The only guy remaining so he plays with fruit and bobble head dolls back at the hotel to keep himself company. He also leads the let’s-throw-Kenley-to-the-wolves-pack. He wins the challenge, but his dress is not without its problems (the bust, hemline, wrinkles). I do like that it is a kind-of funky eveningwear look. Most of his clothes seem wearable, but still have an edge. So, we’re pairing these Christian Louboutin pewter pumps – aptly named “Scissor Girl,” for the cross-band and stud detail.
Leanimal – She loses a bit of her confidence this week. Maybe it was repercussions from that near bee sting. She still manages to pull off the next best dress. Her soft, flowy, lavender gown is quite lovely. Also lovely are these shimmery Valentino pumps with the side bow. I heart bows.
And, the losers:
Korto – She designs a super-flattering silhouette (she always does), but goes overboard with the bright fabrics, and why oh why did she use that lace?
Kenley – It is too exhausting to continue with the Kenley-attitude-bashing. We’re done with that. And her reptilian dress.
Episode concludes with tears galore – everyone is an emotional wreck – but, it is all for not because no one gets auf’d.
We all need something to aspire to. This Christian Louboutin python print is wicked cool. And wicked expensive. Sigh. S&C knows we have been heavy on the CL lately. We’re moving on. Grab the Perrier-Jouët.
Project Runway brought us a perfectly timed Olympic design challenge. The cynic in me was initially worried that this blatant NBC-affiliated, cross-marketing contest would turn out lame, but instead, I was pleasantly surprised.
I salute the top two designs. Korto’s high-waisted, floor-skimming linen pants are perfection and define cool. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times – linen, especially white linen, is the fabric for summer. As for the shoes, I think these firey red Gucci’s are a great match. The classic design and gold crest detail represent prestige and good taste.
I also love Terri’s multi-textured ensemble. The blazer and scarf patterns combined with the tuxedo-style pants are part of a winning red, white, and blue collection. And it is one that I can’t resist pairing with the signature red soles of Christian Louboutin. These satin, strappy, peep-toe, halter slingbacks bring yet another textured element into the mix.
What should the ladies drink in these shoes? Albeit a tad unrefined, I can’t think of anything more appropriate than a classic American lager given the occasion.
Project Runway brings us more adventures in fashion design with the New York City nightlife inspired challenge. Also known as the I’m-not sure-the-right-person-won-or-the-right-person-went-home-and-what-the-heck-does-Sandra-Bernhard-have-to-do-with-fashion episode.
Anyway, let’s get to the designs, and more importantly, the shoe pairings! I liked Kenley’s dress and shoe pairing over in the PR photo gallery. The bright green peep-toes are a good match with her bold printed fabric. Because I’m still digging Miss Portman’s eco-friendly shoe collection, I’ll also suggest these purple beauties with the chiffon pompom. Adorable.
My favorite design was Leanne’s layered skirt. I’m not crazy about the shoe pairing in the gallery photo, so I’m offering up these replacements. You may see them again in a future post titled “shoes I can’t afford, but would die for.” If she is going to insist on wearing the large gold necklace with this outfit, how about pairing these gold Jimmy Choo’s? High shine, high style, and just plain high (with a 4 ¾ inch heel!). Or, if you want a pair of shoes more beautiful, more perfect than anything else in the entire world, go for these Christian Louboutin’s. These high-fashion picks deserve an equally glamorous drink. A Bellini perhaps?
posted by Ms. S&C