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Runway Recap: Pinstripes Will Get You Nowhere In Life

September 18, 2008 by Bryn
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This week’s Project Runway was – in a word – blah. Any excitement? Not really. Did the outfits “wow”? Not really. Did even the participants provide some excitement? Nope.     

The challenge was for the designers to create a “total makeover” – both outfit and hairstyle – for several recent college grads as they entered the work force. To provide a twist, they came with their mothers, who had lots of opinions for what their little dolls should be wearing. 


Let’s start with our favorite little narcissist, Kenley. She was paired up with Anna – a future fashion buyer — and her Mom Nancy. Kenley squealed with glee at her pairing with Anna, thinking she had scored a little “mini me”.  For Anna, she designed a floral dress with this odd vest/belt combination that certainly didn’t wow us. As Tim made his rounds, he suggested losing the tulle (and we quite frankly agreed). In the end, Anna ended up with a dress that looked (to us at least) like Minnie Mouse in a Disney Parade. The judges loved it. Us? Not so much.     
     
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We really LIKED Jerell’s design for Caitlin, an artists assistant – and so did the judges because he was this week's winner. Were we madly insanely in love like last week? Not so much. The skirt didn’t fit her right, but we did once again adore the mixed texture with the sweater and the satin.  One question though – what was that feathered hat on his head? 

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Third person speaking Suede was once again on the chopping block and barely made it. His coat was completely out of proportion with the dress. The print had no connection to the poorly constructed jacket. Did the ensemble belong on a future photographer? Not so much.   
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We really liked Korto’s iconic wrap dress for Megan, who will spend her career in a lab as an assistant. The dress was young and tailored and perfectly suited for a 20-something. Megan glowed as she strutted down the runway. Clap hands for Korto – who truly deserved the “runner up” position this week.
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When Leanne did her first fitting with Holly, there were lots of complaints – and it didn’t get better from there. Holly’s mother complained that the dress “flattened her out” (nice to have a Mom who is concerned about the positioning of your rack), and Holly felt it wasn’t flattering at all. Well, Holly – it wasn’t flattering or youthful and the outfit certainly wouldn’t be applicable for an elementary school teacher. Although the outfit was poorly designed, Leanne still gets to stay “in” for this week.

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And the big loser – Joe. We knew that Joe was done for when he thought a pocket square would be a great addition to his design. Oh, Joe, Joe, Joe. You created this mess for Laura, a graphic designer. And what was it about this design that was so bad? Was it the poor construction? The fact that it aged her by a decade and made her look like an unmade bed? That it completely missed the boat because no one wears suits anymore, let alone a graphic designer? That it was just, well, ugly?

So now we're down to five. Catch next week — it looks like Kenley may get what's coming to her….

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