As many of you know the second episode of Project Catwalk aired about a week and a half ago on Skyone. It took quite a while for it to show up on the torrent sites but it finally appeared earlier this week.
This episode the designers were given a lesson in fashion by the Sadie Frost and Jemima French of the FrostFrench designer duo. Sadie and Jemima wasted no time getting into the thick of it with the contestants challenging them to describe themselves in a ‘word’. Everyone was able to respond pretty quickly except for Zoe who decided to have some sort of fit about being put on the spot, a sure foreshadowing of troubles to come.
*Spoiler Warning* (Winner and Loser Revealed)
An interesting addition to this episode was a 10 minute mini-challenge judged by FrostFrench where everyone was given the three yards of pink fabric, some pins and a stapler to create something that showed off their creative individuality. This segue was obviously for the TV viewing audience, the closest parallel I can think of is a figure drawing class where the model only poses for ten minutes each and over the course of several hours the students draw a dozen or so rough charcoal drawings. I think that it is rather unfair for all of these designers to be placed in a situation where they only get one chance to do this and be critiqued.
The real challenge for this week was to design a dress based on the word ‘Frisky’. As the designers started to design they were again consulted by Ben Delisi the Project Catwalk version of Tim Gunn. When we were watching the show Amy mentioned that Ben appears to be a ‘fake’ designer created just for the show, personally he reminds me of Ben Stiller in Zoolander.
For the second episode Ben gives Zoe complete direction in the garment design; needless to say the others were none to thrilled and Debi even ‘called Ben out’ confronting him about being biased towards Zoe. All in all in this episode the 10 hour design marathon was edited down to 8 minutes of footage.
As has happened in the past on Project Runway, the fashionistas were challenged to present their designs at Pangea, a smoky nightclub, trying to appeal to a Daily Media gossip columnist. Unlike this year’s comparable episode on PR this wasn’t a tame, well lit, party, it was dark and people got pissed. They all presented their pieces and then each of them talked to the columnist trying to make an impression, while Sadie and Jemima watched on from a corner. I vote Debi for having been the most drunk, which was later confirmed in her spat back at the pad.
On the catwalk, the designs weren’t much to look at, except, of course, for Debi’s horrendous rendering of sorority girl joke shorts. Ass cleavage is so out. The judges having recognized that plumber’s ass is not cool really tore into her and when she was the runner up to the loser she lashed back at them for accusing her of making an unfinished design, and we thought Santino was snippy…
And what’s up with Gemma and Andre’s use of black masks? Kind of weird, right?
This week’s winner, and current blogosphere-voted most cute designer, Mathew was voted winner this week. His dress was ok, but I felt like there were a few who had comparable quality designs.
The loser, and rightfully so, was Zoe, the top her model came out wearing looked like something that Mike Tyson might have worn out before a match. It was pretty obvious when she came down the runway that she was none too pleased with it. During the questioning she even blamed Ben D for telling her what to do, come on now, she knows that she’s the one ultimately responsible. I wish Zoe all the best, the environment of this competition was definitely not where she could have shown off her talent of draping and working a garment over a period of time.