Friday, April 01, 2016

PR All-St★rs 5, Ep 8: Drama! Or Not ...

We start this week with the designtestants strolling the streets of New York looking for the Drama Book Shop — a bookstore all about Broadway … pinch me, I must be dreaming! I started thinking, though, Drama? Is it going to be drama on the show or on the runway?

Alyssa meets the designers alongside Laura Michelle Kelly, who is currently starring in "Finding Neverland" on Broadway. She tells the designers that their challenge will be to create a modern runway look for a classic female character from literature.

And they have $200 and one day, so let’s rip …
THE SAFES
KEN — Snow White.
Now, I’m not saying the look should have been white, but since when does a red suit say Snow White? I got Red Dragon Lady.

EMILY — Snow Queen
It was Glitter Rock Icicle.
THE BOTTOMS
SAM
The Little Mermaid
He goes literal, choosing a netting fabric—because she used to be a mermaid, y’all—and patch-working some glittering fabrics onto the look in the colors of the sea. Oh, and it’s a crop top and a pencil skirt.

Zanna told Sam she expected to see a sense of freedom in the look, as when the Little Mermaid leaves the sea … or Sam leaves the competition.

WHAT HE SAID
I do notice that there is some weirdness going on.

WHAT I SAID
It’s a hodge-podge quilt that isn’t quite finished.

WHAT THE JUDGES SAID
The Beautiful Georgina Chapman™ liked the modernity of it, but called Sam out on the execution, and pointed out the “weirdness going on” that Sam pretended not to see. Alyssa called the netting too stark and said it cheapened the look; she then said Sam phoned it in and she found that insulting. Isaac called the top “junior,” and not All-Stars; then he struck deeper, calling it “kindergarten arts-and-crafts.” Guest Judge Brad Goreski liked the skirt, and the panels, but said the top was bad. The other Guest Judge, Kesha, liked it. Oy.
LAYANA
Belle
Again Layana has this one, though every time she says that she’s in the Bottom. But this time she has Belle who moved from a farm to a mansion, and Layana moved from a farm to a city so she’s got this. Yawn.

She creates a story that The Beast is taking Belle to a polo match in Brazil — I know, WTF? — and Zanna looks at it and says she’s seen it before, and it wasn’t good. But Layana loves it all the more after the fitting so … Bottom here she comes.

WHAT SHE SAID
My favorite part is when she’s spinning.

WHAT I SAID
It’s ladies who lunch … at Sears.

WHAT THE JUDGES SAID
Kesha said she was getting a vintage vibe — as in “seen it before,” perhaps — but also called it super boring. Alyssa thought there was too much fabric and pattern and color goi9ng on in the skirt. Isaac simply said this doesn’t look “polo in Brazil,” while Brad Goreski simply said it could have been better. The Beautiful Georgina Chapman™ called the colors too jarring and said there was a lack of taste. When Brad added that it was a “pretty dress,” Isaac snapped back, “It’s a pretty dress for a sale rack.” At Sears.
ALEXANDER
Cinderella
Alexander went too literal, I think, in creating a gown for Cindy; I mean, a couple of field mice made her a gown in the story and Alexander thinks he can top that? Bibbety-bobbity. Boo-Hoo. His fabrics are dark and dated and Zanna warned him that it was too safe and not at all modern.

WHAT HE SAID
I love that you can see it shimmer.

WHAT I SAID
Asha called it when she said it was Evil Stepsister.

WHAT THE JUDGES SAID
The Beautiful Georgina Chapman™ reminded Alexander that Cindy was young and fresh and this look was sophisticated and old; she added that it was depressing. Brad Goreski said this is the Year of the Booty — I hadn’t gotten that memo — and then said Alexander’s booty was not so good; Alyssa said it looked safety-pinned together and kina beauty pageant. Isaac called the back off-putting and the neckline tacky. Kesha then asked Isaac to be nice while she called it a bridesmaid look. How is that nice?
THE TOPS
KINI
Alice in Wonderland
Alice makes his think denim and ruffles and makes me think Kini thinks Alice is a country singer. But he soldiers on and it’s a look … simple in the front and drama bringing up the rear. Zanna loves the look but worries about the proportions of the back, which Sam says is Lady Bug; it’s not, it’s butterfly.

WHAT HE SAID
The shift dress is cool, but the ruffle is the dramatic piece.

WHAT I SAID
I’m really getting butterfly as it walks, not Alice in Wonderland. But it’s cool and modern.

WHAT THE JUDGES SAID
Isaac loved the denim pieces but called the ruffle a costume piece; he does say this look screams “fashion,” and he lovedlovedloved the white collar The Beautiful Georgina Chapman™ begs to differ, loving the strict front and the playful back; fun, witty and smart. Brad Goreski brings up the obvious: business in the front, party in the back; Kesha runs with that, calling it a fashion mullet, but like a whimsical gift, too. Alyssa loved the fantasy adventure the dress inspired.
DOM
Tinkerbell
I like Dom because Dom thinks about the challenge; she’s making Tink a riff on a mod 60s London vibe; a girl who hangs out with the boys. And she’s using every single print in Mood to create her own textile for a shirtdress and pants.
Zanna likes it, but wonders how much Tinkerbell is in the look.

WHAT SHE SAID
I love my look … it’s sophisticated … chic … fun.

WHAT I SAID
The prints are crazy, but it’s very cool and the back is fabulous.

WHAT THE JUDGES SAID
Brad Goreski loves the midriff — perhaps it’s the Year of the Midriff, too? And he loves that there was skin in the front and skin in the back … which sounds a little Hannibal Lecter to me. Kesha was obsessed with the look and thought she was the coolest girl. The Beautiful Georgina Chapman™ said the pants were exceptional and called it bold, modern and fresh. Both Alyssa and Isaac loved the little details, like the striped hem on the inside of the long shirt, though Isaac thought it a bit sportswear.
ASHA
Rapunzel
She sees Rapunzel as a rebel, wearing pants as she’s racing down that tower, but then with an over-skirt to look more “princess.” It’s an interesting take, but Asha has but one fabric and that worries me. Zanna, on the other hand, likes the idea but warns Asha to finish it properly.

WHAT SHE SAID
I think she looks like a cool, modern take on Rapunzel.

WHAT I SAID
The overskirt became a tail, and that model slouch does it no justice.

WHAT THE JUDGES SAID
Alyssa loved the duality of the pants and the skirt, while the Beautiful Georgina Chapman™ called it fresh and regal; she was not a fan of the sheen and the print on the fabric, though, Isaac disagreed; he loved the fabric and loved that the model wore flats. Brad Goreski wishes the flat had been dressier and Isaac said he wants to wrestle Brad to the ground over a flat show. I think maybe he wanted to wrestle for other reasons but I digress. Isaac did say that he loved that the messy brad was reflected in the tail which fell to the ground and I got it; it worked now.
Sam gets saved … and for that? So, it’s down to Layana’s Lack of taste, or Alexander’s Old Lady Look. And, well, Old Lady goes home.

As for the Top Spot, it comes down to Asha’s Rapunzel and Dom’s Tinkerbell and, much to my shock, Asha gets the nod this week.
I would have given the win to Dom, again, because her look was really great and Asha’s was too simple for my taste, but then I am only a blog-o-sphere judge. On the losing side? After Sam’s nudist d-i-saster and this week’s patchwork mess, he should have gone home. Alexander’s wasn’t awful — it wasn’t good — but it was better than Sam’s.

The Kini-Sam fight continues, with Ken stirring the pot about Kini making the top of Sam’s look in the group challenge and not getting credit for it. I want these two bitches to Dynasty-style cat-fight in a lily pond and get over this mess.

I did like when Sam said, “I won two challenges. How many have you won?” And Kini replied, “I own three challenges on Project Runway and went to Fashion Week.”

Now …Sam’s own runway look … that nerdy tween Twi-hard … was ridiculous.

LINE OF THE NIGHT
Alexander Pope, on getting Cinderella:
“I can totally relate to Cinderella because we are both princesses and I am a gorgeous tall blond.”
Note to Brad Goreski, from one gay to another: Saying "OMG" out loud is over. M’kay?

Next week? Ken storms out! Is he off the show??!? I doubt it because the next scene in the preview showed his look on the runway. Unless he stormed out after the runway. Stay tuned.

What did YOU think?




3 comments:

the dogs' mother said...

Agree with your assessment.
Probably the dramas that Sam brings keeps him on.
But Ken storming out... well, yah, that is par for
the course.
Was an interesting challenge but again a lot of them
missed the point of it all.

Susan said...

What I think is Dom got robbed.

jawhite21 said...

Excellent review, as always.

Two points:
1. How did Ken not know that Kini made Sam's top? Is he that clueless? Did he have no idea why they have been sniping at each other for days?
2. WTF was Zanna wearing the critiques?