Project Runway Australia – Episode 6

You know, at this stage in the game, I have to say that, if I was a betting woman, I’d say that Leigh and Lui are definitely going to be in the final three.

The third spot, however, is a complete mystery.

If you’d asked me this in the beginning, I would have pegged Mark, but he’s been in the bottom quite a few times and while he was amusing at first, sometimes, it really does feel like he’s carefully thought out what he’s going to say — and it often comes off a tad pretentious and…well…mean.

And then you have robotic Kristy, whose frozen features were particularly fitting when she strut down the aisle clad all in wintry white.

There’s no doubt that she’s stunning — but she seems cold and…well…mean.

I have to admit, I was a little surprised when I saw the designers with jackets and scarves. Does it get cold in Australia? I mean, being from Canada, I know what cold is — you don’t have the mayor send in for the army to help dig your city out of a major ice storm for nothing and not know a thing or two about extreme weather.

Seriously, though — half the designers wer ewearing coats and scarves and then you’ve got Brent wearing shorts…so…seriously, is it cold in Australia — like, ever?

The designers arrive at the Whitehouse to find a faux winter wonderland and Henry clad in a jacket.

Interesting side note here — I found this tid bit in the Sydney Morning Herald:

Henry Roth, the designer who will mentor contestants on the new reality TV series Project Runway Australia, is expecting to cop some flak from budding designers over his effusive personality. But the new recruit had a warning for those who would mock him.

“We’re all subject to ridicule. I’m a very emotive person. I am full of energy. I’m kind of like an Eveready battery bunny. But if they want to put their energy into ridiculing me rather than learning what I have to try and offer them, then they are going to be the losers,” he said.

 You know, at first, I really did think Henry would be over-the-top as a mentor, but from day one, I’ve loved him as a Project Runway mentor because he’s so bloody good at it. He’s constructive and he’s very fair – you never get a sense with him that he picks favourites. He simply offers things for the designers to think about and you can tell he’s greatly respected as a result.

Okay. End digression.

To be a designer, Henry says, you have to know how to design for all seasons. The challenge is to create a tailored winter look in shades of white…and here’s the catch: the models this week will be the designers who were eliminated in previous weeks.

The ousted designers are not only serving as models, but also helping to create the outfit…because what’s at stake is a return ticket into the competition.

It’s funny how the remaining designers freak out, jumping up and down, really excited, whereas the ousted designers just stood at the top of the stairs, arms folded across their chests, staring unsmilingly back at them.


The designers are sent scrambling like rats through the lobby of the Whitehouse, where the raw materials were scattered and they had one minute to choose what they wanted.

Deborah, who was the second designer to leave the competition, noted that she and Lui went for the same cashmere, but she managed to “yank harder” and grab it for her team.

You know, I’m getting really sick of hearing Brent talking about how he’s a menswear designer. He picked Oren and was delighted over the chance to “design for a bloke.”

We’ve seen Brent do some really competent work with womenswear, so he should really just start thinking of himself as a designer. Period.

Meanwhile, you see a lot of shots of Petrova, who has obviously been watching “The Secret” with all her talk of how she’s thinking positive and how she’s definitely going to be coming back to the competition.

I think, being the last one ousted, she’s got more of a drive to get back into the competition than some of the others.

Petrova is paired with Helen — and I have to say, I was impressed with the way Helen gently reigned in Petrova…because it really did seem like Petrova was trying to design everything altogether.

I liked how firm Helen was, reaffirming the fact that Petrova was there to assist. Helen was more than happy to give Petrova a voice and take her thoughts into consideration, but ultimately, Helen was the designer that was still in the competition while Petrova was the designer who was out trying to get in again.

Petrova, however, tells the camera with a sweet smile that she was the one who designed the whole thing and that she merely let Helen believe that she helped.

I have to say…I’m not sure about that. When it comes down to it, Helen’s still in the competition for a reason, you know? I think she might actually have a stronger voice as a designer — whether you like her or not, that just seems to be a fact.

Nothing that Petrova has designed has ever really stuck with me, you know? So…I’m worried about her chances of getting back in as a result, if the design really is her’s.

Juli and Deborah, on the other hand, seem to have more obvious problems — Deborah is concerned that Juli isn’t taking into account Deborah’s curvy figure.

From what Juli is saying as she throws out ideas, it seems like Deborah’s right — it sounds like what Juli has in mind will make Deborah look fat.

When Henry comes around to take a look at the garments, it looked like that was the least of their worries. Between taking too much time to figure out what they were going to do and starting to create the outfit, it seems they’ve simply got a really boring outfit.

Deborah reminds me of one of my cousins — agonizingly slow and indecisive and yet unwilling to see the fact that she’s the main reason they’re being held up.

Skipping over to another workstation, you have Mark and Shane.

Mark is concerned because he’s never done menswear before and thinks that the outfit they’re designing isn’t particularly fashion forward.

“Let’s be honest…Shane’s a bit of a dag,” he tells the camera.

I had to actually look up “dag” to see what it meant.

It’s Australian slang for people who don’t have a neat, cultured appearance.


Mark just comes across as mean — a mean little boy — sometimes and it’s getting a bit tiring.

The other designers seem to be working well together. It’s obvious from the state of the workroom the next day that they’re all hard at work.

Leigh comments that it looks like a thousand chickens have combusted — there’s crap everywhere.

In the above picture, you have Leigh working on Sophie’s outfit. You can’t really tell from this picture, but trust me, the end result was divine.

Judge Jayson Brundson said it was very retro and glamourous and those are the two words I would have used to describe the look as well.

However, it’s clear that there’s friction between a few of the designers — namely Juli and Deborah, whose attitude is just really annoying.

I’ve worked with people like Deborah before and I think the reason I find her attitude doubly annoying is because she’s Asian and I feel like she’s giving our people a bad name.

When she throws the jacket that she and Juli have worked on onto the floor and snarkily announces she’s going for a smoke, Leigh comments that if someone had thrown something he’d made onto the floor, he would have been pissed…which is to put it lightly.

I would have probably stabbed her.

Designer Arthur Galan is the guest judge this week and it’s decided that the winner is Helen and Petrova with Helen’s fabulous suit:

Mark is out.

Thank you to ProjectRunwayAus:

~ by justj on August 13, 2008.

5 Responses to “Project Runway Australia – Episode 6”

  1. i don’t understand why helen and petrova won – that was not a winter outfit and it didn’t fit the brief.
    Poor Mark – bye bye! He is so gracious with the judges’ criticism.
    Brent was so lucky to get Oren
    Juli should have gone – she’s getting very moany.

  2. It does get cold in Australia. It’s a big country so there are a variety of climates. Right now it’s 10 degrees celsius (50 fahrenheit) in Melbourne. I’m not sure when they filmed the series. It’s currently winter so they probably filmed in Autumn.

  3. Oh my God. 10C is nothing. It’s not like in Toronto where, with the windchill factor, it can feel like it’s -35C.

  4. Hehe true true. But it is cold enough to be wearing the clothes they are. We have ski slopes and everything in Australia. Don’t let the advertising fool you! 🙂

  5. The reason Brent gets around in shorts when the others wear coats is because he’s a Kiwi.. they don’t seem to be as affected by the cold as Aussies are…

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