Project Runway Season 4 – What A Girl Wants


The prom.

I have to say, though, that Christian is slowly, slowly growing on me.

When he said, “The other designers seemed pretty excited by it, but I think prom is horrible, tacky and gross”, I thought, “Amen, brutha.”

In an interesting twist, the high school students got to pick their designers based on their portfolios.

Even more interesting was how Victorya, the designer who won the challenge, got a student who admitted that she didn’t really choose Victorya — that she got stuck with her because she chose last.

As she was putting the dress together, she confesses to the camera that it’s not “her” and that it looks like something “an older, Italian divorcee would wear.”

She decided to make the decision to change the silhouette and go with what she wanted rather than what her client wanted.

Luckily, her client loved it.

Tim, interestingly, didn’t like it and writes in his blog:
Victorya’s win was especially noteworthy in light of the fact that her client, Jessica, told her that she didn’t choose her to be her designer; rather, she was the last client standing and Victorya was the last designer remaining. Interesting. Regarding the judging, I have a refrain this season: it’s a matter of taste. Chacon a son gout. With the level of execution being at an all-time high, it’s the design content and presentation that tips the scales for or against a designer. Frankly, the decision to toss Victorya this win eluded me. In my view, the electric blue textile said “superhero” not prom. Furthermore, the jewel emblazoned panel on the front of the halter made the dress look more appropriate for a hostess at a Vegas cocktail lounge than a teenager attending a suburban prom. C’est la vie. The judges loved it and Victorya enters into the next challenge with immunity. Congratulations!

He’s right: it’s a matter of taste and I didn’t particularly care for this dress, either.

You then flash to Sweet P, who tells the camera that her client wants her dress to have not only a plunging neckline but also a very low back — “like, below the waist.”

Sweet P then crosses her fingers and says, “Hopefully she doesn’t lose her virginity.”

I liked Kit’s philosophy about how they should be approaching the prom dress challenge — that their dresses should be on the more modest side.

Sweet P moans about how she really wants to win because she’s been in the bottom.

Chris shrugs and replies, “I’ve been kicked out” — and then lets loose a loud laugh.

I loved (as in, I found it entertaining) the interaction between Christian and his client, who claimed she was also an aspiring designer, and who proceeded to take the pencil away from him and add a few elements of her own on the design.

He didn’t say it outright, but I have a feeling a part of him wanted to scratch her eyes out. (Especially later, when Sweet P tries to help out and assure the girl that she’s in capable hands because Christian’s the wunderkind of the group, the girl automatically says that she, actually, helped design the dress. Whatever. If I were Christian, I would have wanted to stab her right then and there.)

“She wanted so much tacky stuff — she wanted gold, she wanted black, white and lace, and ugh,” he said to the camera.

You then cut to him limply rolling onto the ground and moaning, “I want to cry.”

That sealed it.

I am now a Christian-fan.

He admits that he’s never worked with a client with so many specific requests — and that he didn’t feel particularly “fierce” at the moment.

He even admits that he was at a loss as to what to do and that he literally wanted to rip the dress off and call it quits.

Rami was spot-on when he opined that Christian should have been a little more firm about the design and not given in so much to his 17-year-old client because, ultimately, at the end of the day, it’s his name that’s going onto that dress.

I was midly disappointed — but understood — Christian’s desire to give up (especially since the tasteless 17-year-old he was working with was nitpicking what was actually an interesting dress), but this was where Tim was at his best.

As Tim went over Christian’s work station and picked up bits of fabric and made suggestions, it was clear all over again the whole philosophy behind Tim’s motto, “Make it work.”

Yes, sometimes things don’t go the way you want them to, but that’s when you’re forced to challenge yourself by being truly creative.

Speaking of creativity…let’s talk about Chris.

Chris puzzled over why his client chose him — his portfolio was pretty over-the-top with pictures of him in drag in outrageous costumes. (I loved them.)

When he tells his client and her mom that all of the “models” in his portfolio were actually him, the mother gasps and goes, “No!” like it’s the biggest shock of her life.

Chris cracks up and says, “I thought, for sure, that you’d know it was me.”

He tells the camera that he didn’t go to his prom — that he stayed home, watched old movies and got drunk…and that this was his life in high school.

(My heart broke a little when he said this.)

Loved, loved, loved his finished product. I would have worn this.

I have to say…Chris is very understated and not at all over-the-top.

Would an episode be complete without Ricky breaking down in tears?

Granted, it was sort of sad for him to talk about how poor he was growing up and how, if he won, it would open up so many doors for him…blah blah blah.

I had to laugh, though, when he says, “When I had a girlfriend, I actually made her prom dress.” He paused and then said, “That should have been a clue, eh?”

Rami surprised me — the dress wasn’t appropriate for a teenager and was completely unflattering. The gathering around the butt? OMG — horrible.

Another unflattering dress was Kevin’s — it didn’t suit his client’s body at all.

And when you had Chris continually asking him if he hemmed the dress, you just knew that the judges were going to skewer Kevin for it.

I was pretty disappointed that Kevin was booted off, because I really loved most of his designs.

That being said, I thought the judges should have been a lot more careful about their criticims in front of the model — I mean, this is a 17-year-old and it’s bound to sting. She’s not going to be thinking so much about how it’s a criticism of Kevin’s design, but that she looks matronly.

If I had to choose among all of the designs, I would have actually picked Jillian’s. It was actually really very pretty.

~ by justj on January 13, 2008.

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