Runway Recap: A Cocktail Party Gone Bad

July 24, 2008 by Bryn
shefinds | Style

Here's the latest from SheFinds writer Casey: 

Let me say up front that I think this challenge had too many facets to it and one of them stacked the deck unfairly.

1. The models are your clients and the challenge is to create a cocktail dress.

2. The materials must be green (not the color, but the concept).

3. The models will be traipsing daintily (as I imagine models transport themselves) to Mood to select the fabrics.

I know, it's one of the classic PR twists, but it really leaves the designers whose models make bad choices at a distinct disadvantage. Mean!   
Many models made the unfortunate choice of satin and most of the designers opted for very short dresses (I think this might be because the models didn't purchase enough quantity). As Nina Garcia said, "Short, tight, and shiny is the easiest way to look cheap."  And boy oh boy do I think many of these gals ended up looking cheap. It was as if this was a figure-skating hooker challenge. Cases in point:
Stella's one-armed biker babe satin dress with tie-ups on the side.  One quick bend and it's a paparazzi bonanza!

Jennifer's was a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen.


That said, at least they weren't in the brown satin club.  Poor Wesley, Leanne and Joe were all saddled with some heinous fabric.  I think Joe made it into something wearable though with the sparkly straps and peek-a-boo keyhole. Wesley and Leanne were dragged into the bottom two with a brown satin hook. Wesley ended up going home.

However, not everything was bad this week. Like guest judge Natalie Portman, I fell in love with two of the dresses. Kenley (who is so stylish herself, like a dressed down Dita Von Teese) made a perfect cocktail dress with a modern Victorian ruff that looked spectacular on her model (though I fear would not look remotely close to spectacular on a normally shaped gal like myself).
And Suede… whose name is silly and pretentious… created a true masterpiece. Using bias-cut strips of his two fabrics in orange and cream, he created a low V-neck bodice and a floaty tulle skirt that resulted in a fabulous cocktail dress that I would love to wear myself. Wait! I can!  This week's prize is that the dress will be manufactured and sold on Bluefly! Yay! And, you can pre-order yours now by clicking here. This all makes me not only excuse his strange Bob Dole-ish habit of talking about himself in the third person — but I will even embrace it.  Casey watched Project Runway last night.  Casey liked Suede's dress the best!  Casey will buy Suede's dress on Bluefly.


And be sure to catch up on last week's coverage of Project Runway when the gang took over Gristede's à la Season 1.


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