Project Runway Canada Season 2 – Something Old, Something New

I’d be very surprised if Sunny didn’t win this whole thing.

Winning back to back challenges is awesome he says, but he questions whether he should win the next challenge because he doesn’t want to be the focus of the house “evils.”

Jealousy can be a bitch, but the way I see it is: if you do good work, that’s all that matters. Don’t listen to what other people have to say — those who are insecure and not half as good tend to run their mouth off too much.

Case in point?

Kim is pissed that she was in the bottom and she bitches to Jason about how there were other garments that were “way worse.”

I really don’t get how designers like Kim and Genevieve can continue to be so confident in their own “talent” when they’ve sent shapeless pieces of garbage down the runway.

For this week, Iman announces that the designers will meet their mentor, Brian, at a party where they’ll learn more about their next challenge — which involves being “divorced” from their models and paired with someone new.

They head to the Velvet Room and are told to each grab one of the huge boxes lying on the table.

The challenge is about celebrating individuality and a new direction in life, Brian tells them.

A group of women arrive.

“I’m a size zero model designer,” Sunny admits, adding that, when he saw women of all “shapes and sizes”, he was a little worried.

You know, time and time again, we see stick thin models walking down the runway of fashion shows and we invariably get a rallying cry for designers to create garments that will cater to the “real woman” — which is precisely why I think designers should be continually pushed out of their comfort zones and forced to think creatively when designing quality work for “real women.”

We learn that the one thing in common with this group is that all the women are divorced. Each designer is to design a new garment out of the original wedding dresses.

Each woman has additional fabric to give the designers, which they throw over their shoulders like bouquets, causing a mad scramble…which I found vaguely degrading.

Jeff’s design initially looks sloppy and Brian tells him the word “sexy” needs to be in his vocabulary when designing a new outfit for his model.

Genevieve thinks Jeff’s outfit looks like a knock-off and is amazed that he hasn’t been booted out of the competition yet. She then goes on to say that she really thinks a win is around the corner for her.


Genevieve is like Kim — all talk. I don’t think she’s delivered anything yet that makes me think, “Wow. She’s got talent.”

“Genevieve gets a little holier than thou. She seems to think she’s ‘it’,” Jeff confides to the camera just as we cut to a shot of Genevieve assuring her model that she’s a “master draper”.

When Jeff says that he gets the sense that Genevieve thinks that she’s better than him and possibly better than everyone in the room, I think — right. Spot on.

“But, babe…get real,” he says.

Jeff’s another one who seems to be frustrating some of the other designers — mostly because he’s barely done anything to change the outfit that he’s currently working on.

Oh — and the laugh. The high-pitched laugh that Kim says makes her want to throw up every time she hears it.

Even though I can sort of see her point (about how little he did with his garment and not about his laugh), I don’t know…there’s just something about Kim that rubs me the wrong way.

For someone who’s super critical of others and super confident of her own abilities, I’m a little surprised that I haven’t really seen anything of her’s on the runway that has truly blown me away.

Kim’s outfit, in her own words, looked like an “ill-fitting garbage bag with silk taffeta.”

Canadian bridal wear designer, Justina McCaffrey, joins the panel as a guest judge for the runway show.

When Jeff is deemed safe — despite not having done much of anything to his garment — the shit really hits the fan.

Baylor’s outfit wasn’t great — but I didn’t think it was hideous the way Kim’s outfit was.

“You have very confident seams,” Justina tells Sunny.

It’s no surprise that he won — which worries him because he’s not sure how that “reads” to the other designers.

I think it’s a shame that he has to worry about that. I mean, if you do a good job and the judges recognize this fact, then just go with it. Don’t worry what the others think.

Despite the fact that all of the judges didn’t like Kim’s dress and had nothing good to say about the outfit, she prepares to argue for it, amongst tears.

“Give me a compelling reason why you should stay,” Iman says.

Kim then talks about how she’s a really great designer who’s very avante-garde…but you know what? I don’t see that. I don’t see a gifted designer who knows anything about fit, proportion or appropriateness.

She feels compelled to also add that Jeff didn’t do anything to deserve beign safe.

“I disagree and I saw the picture of what it was before and what he’s done with it,” Iman says.

The cold look on her face as she rebuked Kim was priceless. I loved how that just shut Kim right up — well, on the runway, anyway.

Kim continues to rag on Jeff when they’re sent backstage to wait for the judges to come to their decision.

“If you’re disappointed in yourself, that’s one thing, but to lash out at another designer is another thing…” Rita says.

I guess this is why it’s a complete surprise that they decided to boot Baylor instead of Kim.

Iman says that she sees potential in Kim, but I don’t see it. What talent? Baylor won one challenge. Kim hasn’t — she’s simply designed one despicable outfit after another down the runway while going on and on ad nauseum about how great she is.

If you’re so great, bloody prove it next time.

~ by justj on February 27, 2009.

One Response to “Project Runway Canada Season 2 – Something Old, Something New”

  1. […] models, all decked out in wedding gowns. It’s the wedding dress challenge — from the Canadian version of Project […]

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