Project Runway Season 5 – Transformation

When matronly ladies come out onto the catwalk, you can almost hear the inward groans of our designers.

“Oh God! The mom challenge!” Korto says, while Jerrell looks over the line-up of women and decides that they can’t possibly be the designers’ mothers because nobody looks even remotely like his or Korto’s mothers.

Heidi informs the designers that the women will play an important part in the next challenge — but that they will not be designing for them. And right away, you see the smiles start to emerge as Leanne admits, “None of us wants to design an old lady outfit, to be honest.”

Younger women come out to join their mothers — the challenge is this: to create a head-to-toe makeover for the younger women, who are all recent college graduates, to help them transition into their new lives as independent professional women.

Heidi pairs people up by drawing names out of the velvet bag, going down the line. Fair is fair, you know?

I have to say this: Jerrell is really growing on me.

When he’s paired with Caitlin, he says, “We’re both kind of tall and lanky and kinda awkward.”

They decide on a high-waist pencil skirt with a blousy top and a cardigan that covers her up a little bit “but is still flirty and sexy in its own awkward way just like her — and me!”

He’s no Leigh from Project Runway Australia, but I’m really starting to dig Jerrell.

In this episode, the designers talk about their own first jobs and Jerrell says he used to work at McDonald’s where he got bad skin from standing over a fryer.

He says this with a smile and I can’t help laughing.

Kenley, however, grates on my nerves. Her high-pitched, nasally squeak and overconfidence irritates the hell out of me.

She talks about how, when she first moved to New York City, she arrived with absolutely nothing and that she has battled a lot of obstacles to get to where she is now and that this has formed her work ethic.

When Jerrell looks over at Kenley’s outfit, he says, “Kenley can make one hell of a 50s, 60s dress — but that’s all.”

You can’t help but start to think that she’s a one-trick pony.

Tim writes in his blog: “I couldn’t get over how much Anna looked like Kenley’s mini-me.”

Kenley completely dismisses Tim’s suggestions and flatout says that she never changes anything for him — which boggles my mind. Tim’s a mentor for a reason, you know? I mean, arguably, you’re on the show because you haven’t made it big yet…which might mean that you should be more open to suggestions and tweaks that might help make your garments look stronger.

Instead, a lot of the designers — not just Kenley — seem to think they know better and completely disregard what Tim have to say…which is just over-the-top irritating.

Leanne is designing for Holly, who is an elementary school teacher, and who wants something that will make people respect her as an adult and take her seriously.

Leanne thinks that Holly is a lot more easy going than her mother and I think Holly’s mother causes Leanne a cringe-worthy moment when she asks Leanne if she ever uses animal print.

The mother initially dislikes the design when she takes a look at what Leanne has come up with — she nags and criticizes, telling her daughter that the garment makes her look flat-chested.

The mother annoys me beyond belief.

Jerrell says the designers were waiting around to see who’d get the “Hedda Lettuce” of this challenge — and it looks like it was Leanne.

You know what I really wonder? I wonder how that mother feels, seeing herself on TV and hearing what other people have to say about her naggy attitude and reading about what Tim had to say in his blog.

Tim opines: “Frankly, I thought the unhappiness was coming from an over-opinionated mother rather than an unhappy daughter. Typical of these bad client/designer relationships, the mother didn’t know what she wanted; she just knew what she didn’t want.”

Back at the apartment, Kenley flatout says Suede is a poser and that his design asthetic is just “horrible.”

See, this is the problem I have with the US version of Project Runway — it’s not like Project Runway Australia, where the designers were (for the most part), all class.

If you want to see the opposite of class, just look to Kenley.

Cynthia Rowley joins the judges this week as a guest judge.

Jerrell wins for the second week in a row.

Tim writes: “I found the skirt and top to look very “cocktail,” rather than professional, but perhaps Caitlin is going to a gallery opening? Thankfully, a long, but slim-fitted cardigan with oversized croc buttons dressed down the look, allow for an easy transition form day to night.”

Cynthia says that, for Caitlin’s body type, the look is great.

Joe is out:

This look is hideous — it’s not flattering on her at all and makes her larger than she really is. Plus, it made her look older than she really is.

I couldn’t believe it when Joe said he didn’t really feel all that concerned about what Tim said about the outfit not really fitting into the girl’s profession.

Tim writes: “Ho hum: a navy blazer with an exaggerated rear peplum and brass buttons over a candy cane wrap-top and charcoal chalk-striped skirt. This look says banker or lawyer, not graphic designer. Joe insisted that this dowdy, humdrum look personified “professional,” but what about Laura’s field of graphic design?”

Cynthia Rowley also said that it’s interesting that Joe thinks that, to be professional, it has to be a suit — which isn’t the case. She reminds him that there are so many other options.

“It’s like a 60-year-old’s idea of what looks professional — so I’ve got to put her in a pinstripe and a jacket with a pocket square,” Michael Kors says.

This illicits an immature giggle from Kenley, who, in turn, makes her client laugh as well.

“It’s a total cliche of what the work outfit should be,” Nina tells him.

A part of me wishes they’d gotten rid of Kenley just because I find her so irritating, but I think the judges made the right decision in getting rid of Joe.

~ by justj on September 21, 2008.

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