After Amy had her world turned up-side down by the realization that there are two fashion reality TV shows going on at once, I decided that I would try to see if I could download this knockoff for us to take a gander at. For those of you familiar with BitTorrent, it can be had here. It’s pretty well seeded so by the time Sunday morn’ came around we perched ourselves infront of the computer and took a look at the Skyone production. The first thing we (I) noticed was Liz Hurley’s tits, they’re out in the open in almost every shot she’s in. Casting wise, the Brits’ took a less controversial approach, that is to say that there aren’t any particular cast members that scream ‘douchebag’ (ahem, Santino, ahem). On average they’re much more lovable than the US cast.
*Spoiler Warning Winner and Loser revealed*
The first challenge was introduced by Isabella Blow, who was wearing an Alexander McQueen piece that really ought to have been left on the runway. The designers had to buy their materials for this dress from the British equivalent of Home Depot ( a take on the grocery store challenge from last years Project Runway). They ran around like wild picking up everything from copper pipe to pieces of sod.
Unlike their American counterparts they had two days to work on their garment and as a result weren’t as crazily pressured as PR’s designers are. Just as in the US the quality of the work varied from bizarre and unwarable, to something that is somewhat flattering and would probably be worn. I thought the grass skirt pictured here, from a polaroid taken before the presentation, was one of my favorites at least in terms of execution, however the judges picked her as the second worst.
This week the one “to be asked to leave the Catwalk” was Rami, who had the best facial hair in the contest, who made a very conceptual and unwearable dress that looked like a pleated tarp with copper pipe running through it. The winner (below) used some grommets (how original) and made a more conventional dress that was indeed wearable, but nothing special (I did like the wrench necklace though).
Overall, I think the show is worth watching because the designers as a group are more personable than those on this season’s PR, even though we still don’t have a clear favorite yet.
Oh, and as you can tell by the title of the post Liz Hurley’s ‘auf wiedersehen’ is ‘fashion has no mercy’.