Project Runway Recap: S12 E4


Get your bow ties on, bitches – it’s Runway time!

The Challenge: In one day, create a garment incorporating at least one bow tie. (That description sounds pretty boring, but I assure you, while this episode was a hot disaster of unnecessary drama, boring it was not.)

Guest Judge: Jesse Tyler Ferguson, expert bow tie connoisseur and generally adorable person.

ALEXANDER POPE
Photo: Lifetime

Photo: Lifetime

I know Ginger Dandy fancies himself some sort of couturier, but I have to say, I think his work is getting less impressive as the season progresses. This was barely a step up from student work, and he showed very little innovation in his use of the bow ties. Standard middle-of-the-road fare, but that’s not going to keep him in the competition for much longer.

ALEXANDRIA VAN BROMSSEN
Photo: Lifetime

Photo: Lifetime

This is the first thing Alexandria has made that I actually enjoyed. She used the bow ties subtly and made something at least remotely interesting and fashionable, which is more than I can say for most of her competitors. It has its flaws – it’s not particularly memorable or creative – but it’s got potential too.

BRADON MCDONALD
Winner
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Photo: Lifetime

I thought this was a great look – the woven top was cool, and the tweed jacket/shorts combo was pretty excellent. It wasn’t my favorite look of the episode – maybe because the model looks terrifyingly frail enough for her bones to simply disintegrate on the runway – but Brandon continues to prove that he’s a major frontrunner this season.

DOM STREATER
Top 3
Photo: Lifetime

Photo: Lifetimex

The clear winner, as far as I was concerned. I am a big fan of Dom’s style, and I thought she made the best use of the bow ties. Her looks are always more youthful and modern than everything else on the runway, and this was no exception.

HELEN CASTILLO
Photo: Lifetime

Photo: Lifetime

Depressing and boring.

JEREMY BRANDRICK
Bottom 3
Photo: Lifetime

Photo: Lifetime

Jeremy was (understandably) distracted by the death of his grandmother, so I’m giving him a free pass for this terrible outfit. There wasn’t anything particularly fashionable about this, but I’m fairly sure it was a fluke. Here’s hoping Jeremy gets his groove back soon.

JUSTIN LEBLANC

Photo: Lifetime

Photo: Lifetime

Justin’s work is always well-executed, but most of his looks have suffered from a lack of design. This was no exception – it was pretty and well-made, but not memorable or impressive enough to get him out of the “safe” pile.

KAREN BATTS
Photo: Lifetime

Photo: Lifetime

It looked way worse on television than it does in pictures, though it’s still kind of a mish-mosh of ill-fitting polka dots. But since Karen’s personality isn’t memorable and neither is her work, I can’t imagine how she’s making it much further in this season.

KATE PANKOKE
Top 3
Photo: Lifetime

Photo: Lifetime

Dear judges: Stop trying to make Kate happen. She’s not going to happen. Because she’s a completely mediocre designer and a totally boring person. I don’t know what the hell she put in the judges’ drinks to make them over-praise her during every single challenge, but it’s getting absurd.

KEN LAURENCE
Photo: Lifetime

Photo: Lifetime

A little bit trashy, a little bit cool. Ken’s got some personality, so I’m sure the judges will keep him around and squeeze some drama out of him, but he hasn’t really proven himself to be a great designer yet. Then again, he hasn’t proven himself to be a terrible designer either, so he’s still doing better than most of his competitors.

MIRANDA LEVY
Bottom 3
Photo: Lifetime

Photo: Lifetime

This is the third ill-fitting pencil skirt Miranda has made in four challenges. That’s completely unacceptable. Step it up or go the hell home, honey, because I’m not watching you make another dozen of the same crappy skirt.

SANDRO MASMANIDI
Spontaneously Combusted, Disappeared, & Eliminated by Default
Photo: Lifetime

Photo: Lifetime

Sandro was in the safe pile, but in the most desperate grab for screen-time I’ve ever seen, he basically berated the judges until they would critique his look as well. Then he threw a temper tantrum when they didn’t like his look (don’t ask a question if you don’t want to hear the answer, darling), stormed off the set, punched a camera, and disappeared. I wish I were kidding, because it wasn’t the good kind of drama – I got no joy out of watching this sociopath melt down. Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled Sandro is gone, but this is not why I watch Project Runway.

SUE WALLER
Bottom 3
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Photo: Lifetime

So, Sue just can’t sew at all, can she? She’s getting worse and worse at hiding it as the season progresses. She in particular was very lucky that Sandro basically eliminated himself from the competition, because she easily could have gotten the auf.

Judges’ Top 3: Bradon, Dom, Kate
Diva’s Top 3: Dom, Bradon, Alexandria
Judges’ Bottom 3: Jeremy, Miranda, Sue
Diva’s Bottom 3: Sue, Sandro, Miranda


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6 responses to Project Runway Recap: S12 E4

  1. I used to sew once upon a time, and I still remember the dictum that you match prints or stripes at a seam, particularly one on the front or back of a garment. How on earth did Miranda think she could get a neat seam with that big houndstooth on that skirt??? It doesn’t even look to be straight, much less matched, either place.

    Matching stripes at multiple seams is what makes Dom’s dress so awesome.

  2. Interesting show, wasn’t it? I’m kind of glad that Bradon won, not that I liked his shorts and jacket- I thought the fabric was too heavy- but he used the ties creatively, and his geeky knowledge of fagoting was wonderful. He did the fagoting well, too, and that’s not easy. Yes, I am that much of a handsewing geek, too.

    Helen’s dress was boring but safe until she added that overdraping, which killed her underlying idea. I think her problem is she can’t step back and impartially assess what she’s doing.

    Sandro’s look was unfortunate. That soft shell pink is not a good look for any girl over the age of 18 months. The draping of the overskirt was heavy and uneven. I kind of liked the pseudo-garter look he did with the ties. I’m still glad he’s gone. I realize that Helen was having a moment but the way he was screaming at her raises a big ol’ red flag that says, “potential abuser” to me.

    Miranda strikes me as somebody who’s trying to find her place in a post-military life. She probably has done some attractive pieces; she made it through casting. But nothing she’s done so far is very interesting or very well made.

    Kate’s pants were a direct ripoff from the ones that Michelle made in season 11.

    Jeremy’s pants and top look skewed old. When the model walked, you could see they were beautifully cut and created an elegant line, but I can’t see anyone under the age of 40 wearing them. With a few tweaks, I could wear that outfit, and when your look appeals to a 60 year old, honey, you’re in the wrong competition. And that orangey-red was unattractive.

    Sue would have done better to create a jacket with woven ties, or just opened the ties up, stitched them together to create yardage, and then cut and sewn a jacket out of them. The dress was blah, but the dead seaweed draped around the model was terrible.

    Dom’s design needed a bit of pruning around the neck in front, but it was by far the youngest, most attractive look on the runway. And the closeup showed how brilliantly Dom had cut and matched the stripes. I’d like Dom for the win, but for some reason, I’m thinking that they’ll give it to Kate. Why else bring her back? Mondo only won his All-Stars season because viewers were outraged that Gretchen took the win.

    • I had bad vibes about Sandro from the beginning. Anyone who erupts the way he did is potentially a danger.

      I liked Jeremy’s outfit, but I’m 70 years old. Did not see the bow tie inspiration, howeve.r

      I don’t think Helen or Sue or Miranda will make it much longer unless things change. One of them would have gone last program if Sandro hadn’t pulled his meltdown.

      Think you may be right about Kate, though I’ve not been terribly impressed with anything she’s designed so far.

    • democracydiva – Author

      “Potential abuser” was exactly what I thought about Sandro too. The man has serious anger issues, and I didn’t enjoy any part of his meltdown. And you’re right about Kate’s look, those pants are very clearly derivative of Michelle’s work last season. Let’s hope the judges don’t disappoint us by inexplicably making Kate seem like a front-runner for the whole season and then giving her the win for no reason.

  3. Lasse

    I loved Dom’s dress, and I think it was the best thing on the runway. I must say that I did really like the top Brandon made. But I also do think that it might not have looked that good on a different model; the colours on the top looked beautiful on the model’s dark skin.

    I’m still speechless when it comes to the bow tie exoskeleton. Still, if not for Sandro, I think Miranda should be the one to go home. In four challenges she has made a pencil skirt with a crop top THREE times. And she probably would have done it for the other one as well if it wasn’t for the fact that it was a team challenge. It’s like Ven all over again…

    • democracydiva – Author

      I agree that Bradon’s model’s beautiful skin had a lot to do with why I liked that outfit so much. That’s why I thought Dom’s was better – it would have worked on a variety of women.

      I laughed out loud at your description of Sandro’s dress as a “bow tie exoskeleton.” Hilarious, and completely accurate. And while Ven has such a special hated place in the depths of my heart for being such a body-shaming misogynist that no one else can even compare to him (well, maybe Sandro…), Miranda making the same look over and over again is definitely Ven-like. I just can’t bring myself to hate her the way I hated him, at least until she starts complaining about how anyone over a size zero is too fat to dress.

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