Friday, April 23, 2010
Project Runway Finale
I just watched last night's Project Runway finale (while recording it to DVD to send to my friend Jane in Germany). I was sorely underwhelmed by all three finalists--Mila should never have been there (arguaby never belonged on the show with her Talbots-does-Maria Cornejo aesthetic), Seth Aaron's designs looked straight out of a bad taste 80s retro, over-influenced by whoever actually designs Gwen Stefani's Lamb line (snore) and Emilio's looked like Michael Kors. All were boring, dated and derivative. Emilio was the biggest disappointment as he had shown some originality, made some pretty dresses and had a way with prints which he jettisoned completely. I'd seen this season as between him and Jay (who had the best collection, albeit with flaws), but producers clearly wanted Seth Aaron and Mila there for reasons that mystify me. It's no secret that there are many more talented designers out there than the market can withstand. I'd like to see them showcase more design, more sewing--as well as sharpen the casting. Judging by the responses in the blogosphere, I sense PR won't last much longer unless they return to their roots.