Project Runway Recap: S12 E11

Pardon the late post, but my big sister got married this weekend, so maid of honor duties took precedence over another crack-fueled episode of Project Runway.  

The Challenge: It’s the HP & Intel textile challenge! The designers must take inspiration from a young innovator (from pastry chefs to teenage computer codes) and create their own textile. Whoever says the best things about HP’s technology wins! (Oh, was that not it?)

Guest Judge: Designer Peter Som. I’m not going to pretend I can even remember anything he said during this episode, because I did a lot of partying this weekend, dear readers. But I’m sure he was lovely.

Photo: Lifetime

Photo: Lifetime

I didn’t love the print, and I didn’t think Alexander used it particularly well. But the fact that something this interesting, vaguely innovative, and well-constructed lost, when Alexandria wasn’t even in the bottom three – that’s some complete crack-fueled BS right there, dear readers. So goodbye, Ginger Dandy. I will miss you and your straight-out-of-Panem’s-Capitol eyebrows.

Photo: Lifetime

Photo: Lifetime

Awkward, unwearable, faux-hipster garbage. And it got waved through without comment. I will never understand these judges.

Top 3
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Photo: Lifetime

I thought this jacket was pretty phenomenal, but the overall look was a little predictable for Bradon.

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Photo: Lifetime

Exactly what I was hoping she’d make, and yet utterly surprising. Fresh, modern, well-constructed, wearable – the clear winner.

Top 3
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Photo: Lifetime

First of all, no one wants a star-spangled vagina. This print is awful, and I just can’t imagine who the hell is wearing this outfit. And the styling is equally terrible.

Bottom 3
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Photo: Lifetime

Painfully boring. I would have saved it from elimination only because Alexandria and Kate’s looks were so much worse. But come on, this guy has been on this show for way too long.

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Photo: Lifetime

Hideous. I never in a million years thought the judges would actually eliminate Kate for this – I have half a mind that they’re bringing her back somehow, since they’ve been so inexplicably in love with her for so long. But I’m glad they did, because she designed the worst print by far, and the rest of the look was even more of a hot disaster. That top fits her about as well as a potato sack, and the skirt is just impossible to look at.

Judges’ Top 3: Dom, Bradon, Helen
Diva’s Top 3: Dom, Bradon, Alexander
Judges’ Bottom 3: Justin, Kate/Alexander
Diva’s Bottom 3: Justin, Alexandria/Kate

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7 responses to Project Runway Recap: S12 E11

  1. Braden’s bomber jacket was the clear win, for me. And the simple black dress contrasted perfectly and really highlighted the jacket.

    Helen’s Star Spangled Wonder (the wonder is how they liked it so much) was meh. There is nowhere that you could wear that look. Dom’s winning look reminded me strongly of Mondo’s long black dress with long sleeves and a polka-dot panel in front. Alexander’s I actually liked- I even liked the print- but no crucifixion is ever going to win. If only he had omitted the cross, I think he would have been a contender. Alexandra’s was ugly. Justin’s was ordinary. And Kate’s- damn, I think that may seriously be the ugliest dress ever to walk down the runway. I have no idea what she was thinking, or possibly drinking. It’s a PRINT challenge. They have one every season. And every year, somebody gets kicked off for not using the print to advantage. Frankly, I didn’t like her print to begin with, and it’s possible she felt covering it up was the best she could do. You KNOW they’re going to do the print challenge, and why these people don’t come up with three separate print designs before starting the competition, I will never know. If you have three basic print designs in the back of your head, you will be able to tweak one to make it suit the challenge. Dumb, dumb, dumb. And it was terribly badly sewn. This wasn’t loving hands at home so much as loving but incompetent hands at home.

    Actually, I cast my mind back over previous seasons. I think Angela’s low-cut hoochie-mama balloon skirt with fleurchons, describing her backstory as somebody in a music camp in France (I think that was it) actually was the Worst Ever. But Kate just ran her a close second.

  2. Sunny

    Thanks, DD! I though no one would ever come up with the framed vagina comment, it was the first thing that I noticed once the poor model came out…

  3. Marie

    Although I agrees with the judges on kate being sent home because that was definitely a bad dress…along with Alexandria’s…still don’t understand how that ended up in the safe pile…but back to Kate. It really got to sick for her to be eliminated again in a double elimation…last season she was eliminated with Tu for their prom dress which was a bad call for the reason that at the high school alone many of the girls were in love with it and said they all wanted a long dress for prom. To me what I couldn’t understand on that prom challenge is that both Nina and Heidi both said they never went to prom so then how can they judge prom dresses when they themselves have no idea what girls do go to prom dressed in…even Zac was saying that many girls wear long dresses to prom but both of them were looking at him like they knew better then him when he also said he designed many prom dresses himself. At least the right dress won because if it would have been Patricia who won with that ugly ass dress I wold very much want to know what they were smoking during that deliberation. By the way I have been enjoying your blog very much even when I don’t agree with you on certain designs but it’s certainly nice to read a real judging that is honest and show’s that even though we don’t get to see in person what the garments look like we the viewers are not fooled into believing every thing they say just because they are “fashion editor” or a “supermodel” who knowns everything about fashion because we the viewers who all most likely can’t aford to buy the clothes they are creating and talking about so we wouldn’t know what is a good design from a bad design.
    Also I do think that you might have missed your calling as a writer. You could easily work for any magazine or newspaper or even create your own fashion magazine that you could yourself do non-stop fashion reviews on new collections during fashion week around the world, reviewing what was worn on the red carpet to what stars wore during the day as so forth, and even throw in reviewing project runway…just a thought because you do have a really good eye that sees down to the littlest mistake on a garment that even I didn’t see until you pointed it out. It’s like I get to watch the show first and then again by reading your blog and seeing what I didn’t see the first time..sort of like “where’s waldo” which makes watching project runway more fun.

    • democracydiva – Author

      Just wanted to say thank you for all your amazing comments! Sorry I haven’t been responding to them individually – I just moved to a new apartment so things have been crazy. But I’m so glad you’re reading and enjoying! Project Runway makes me crazy sometimes but talking about it with the blogosphere is the best.

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