Thursday, January 03, 2008

Let's talk Runway!

Project Runway remains my favorite show, and I was very excited last night to have it back after its inexplicable three week absence. Heidi is still hot, though...you don't need to worry about that.

Short side-bar...ask around, and you will be amazed at how many straight guys love this show. They will admit it if you prod them a bit, although none can explain exactly why. I think maybe it is the combination of incredibly entertaining gay men, lots of models in various states of disrobe, and the whole idea of building and making stuff. Guys like hammers and nails, and maybe fabric and stitching as well. Anyway...

I feel like this season has the strongest set of designers yet. Definitely the deepest talent pool. There seem to be about five people...Kevin, Rami, Kit, Christian and Jillian...have been consistently pretty good from day one. There was one challenge that Christian was in the bottom three, but basically those five have been consistently near the top and nowhere near the bottom. Everything they have made has been pretty interesting, and more importantly, very well made.

Both Christian and Jillian have a clear style and a definite sense of what they like to do (the "point of view" that the judges harp on) but I am not sure I love their clothes. His are a little too trendy and hers a little too...I dunno..."girly-playful"? At least from the limited sample we have seen so far.

I think Rami is my favorite...I feel like I have liked everything he has done, and his candy-wrapper dress last night was awesome (although I loved Jillian's Twizzler-Flapper-Corset thing). Ella reports that he designed the uniforms for the wait staff in a restaurant near her and they are really good...just thought I would throw that out.

I also like Kevin a lot, but I am not sure he is as creative as the others. Or maybe less daring? I dunno...I would have said the same about Chloe in Season 2, but it turned out that she just had a more subtle form of innovation (like really clever seam placement). Maybe he is the same way. I think he makes great clothes, though, and I wouldn't be shocked if he won or came close to winning. Also, not sure if you have heard him mention this (like three times every episode!!!)...but he is straight... You heard it here first, I always sense some sexual tension between him and Jillian. I think they are gonna hook up.

I love Sweet P, but she is a little over her head. Ricky is a disaster...last night was the first episode he didn't cry in, and lo and behold, in the "scenes from next week", he is crying again. Victorya seemed better in the beginning but has been sort of uninspiring for a while now. Chris already got kicked out once (although I thought his top last night was brilliant...he managed to take slices of Twizzler and Hershey Bar wrappers and make a really cool pattern. At first glance you would never notice the lettering, but it was also unmistakable).

Another observation...I think the men on the show are getting gayer. Michael Kors seems a little bit gayer this year, and Zac Posen was back as a guest judge and seemed even gayer than last year (although if I recall, he wore like and ascot scarf last year, which is pretty gay). And Tim Gunn is...well...he is just himself in all of his splendor.

So, who else has some thoughts? I know some of you watch, and I imagine some others do, too. And guys...watching a show about gay men making women's clothes does NOT actually make you gay, although I can see where you would be worried. You will be surprised at how many of your friends watch, too!

8 comments:

anne said...

Rami's presence bothers me. I don't really think he deserves to be on the show - he seems to already have "made it", so I expect him to put out high quality designs and clothes as well.

Accidentally Me said...

That's a good point...he is definitely more of a pro than the others (although all of the other favorites I noted are somewhat "established" in one sense or another). The guy who won last year had his own line already, too, and you would obviously expect those people to do better. Actually, only the season one winner was a real unknown.

But I don't see that as a problem. You have to take a lot of time off from working to be on the show, and devote a ton of effort to it. If someone who already has a budding career thinks that the exposure is worth it, I don't have a problem with them being on the show.

anne said...

I guess it is not so much the fact that he has a line, but that he has already designed dresses and such for celebrities. I get the feeling more that he wants to show off rather than learn more and break into the industry. I guess he is not my pick for a winner!

Accidentally Me said...

I think it just goes to what the "ideals" of the show should be. Should it be to find someone who is totally unknown? Or someone who is more ready to really advance to a new career stage. I can see wanting it both ways.

I think I actually like that some of them are a little more experienced. It makes their chances of ultimate success a little bit higher. It is a really tough jump to go from dressing celebs in one-off dresses to having a commercially viable line, so I can see where he might really want to do this, despite already having a good business.

DeadMansHonda said...

Well where the heck is this show, anyway?! Now I want to watch it...you piqued my interest....

Accidentally Me said...

It's on Bravo, Wednesdays at 10:00pm. And like 30 other times during the week...lol.

ella said...

I didn't read this post yesterday because I didn't watch the episode yet. I am bummed Elisa got voted off. I liked her quirkiness - and I guess the accident explains a lot!!!

Shocked that Ricky didn't cry.

And what was up with Jillian's clown-like rainbow suspenders. Can you say FUGLY? I guess they came in handy when she was able to strap some pillows under them.

Loving Rami.

anne said...

Okay I know this is so random - but I was thinking about this more and I am not sure why the PR "pros" bother me so much, when all the Top Chefs are pros too. A lot of them have worked at some of the top resturants. So I take back my above comments!