Last night's episode of Project Runway, "Grass is Always Greener" showcased the remaining designers ability to work with eco-friendly fabrics. The challenge seemed simple enough: create a cocktail dress designed for your model. The twist? The models went fabric shopping alone without any time to caucus with their designer! This led to a fairly disastrous runway show featuring many very short, very shiny monstrosities.
The guest judge for this episode was Oscar nominated actress and environmental activist, Natalie Portman.
Florida based designer, Kenley and Ohio based designer, Suede claimed the top two spots in the challenge with their cocktail numbers. Suede was the ultimate winner, but instead of immunity, his ballerina-inspired design will be sold on Bluefly.com!
While one of our beloved FIDM Grads, Kelli, made it through the challenge unscathed, the other wasn't so lucky. Lovely Leanne landed herself in the bottom two with a dress that the judges remarked was reminiscent of Peter Pan. But, it was fellow hideous brown fabric designer, Wesley, who was Auf'd. There was nothing salvageable about his design.
Two of my personal favorite designs belonged to New York designer, Jennifer and Washington designer, Blayne. I feel that Jennifer's Grecian style a-line dress and Blayne's super chic pink number were definitely underrated. I also feel there was a whole lotta hideous that slid by the judges watchful eyes. (You know who you are!)
Let's just hope next week's episode "Bright Lights, Big City" is somewhat less of a train wreck. The episode boasts guest judge Sandra Bernhard, noted stand-up comedian, actress, singer, and author. This episode will challenge the remaining designers to use New York City as their inspiration.
Until Then, Stay Tuned and Stay Fashionable!