Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Project Runway - Season 3 - Episode 9 - Couture du Jour

Here we Paris! I love trips around the world. But it seems like Bravo wants to keep all the fun to themselves!! This week they didn't share any fun screencaps of Paris except one:

So I guess you will all just have to watch the episode or go to Bravo's website to see the designers and Tim in Paris. And I apologize in advance for not being able to break up the text with more pictures from this episode.

For all of you looking for a full play by play this week - check out the Live Blog I did on Blogging Project Runway. Those folks at BPR are really amazing - bringing you all the best info, gossip, interviews and exclusives to get you through the days between PR episodes.

OK I know you are all just wanting to know already - what happened this week???

This week we got it all!!! An Angela complaint from Jeffrey. Laura's ribcage. Vincent getting off on everything. Michael being his "make it work" self. Kayne hamming it up for the camera. And Uli reminding us that she still kicks ass!

We start this week in Parson's Paris. Catherine Malandrino is back. Her and Tim announce this week's challenge. The designers have 2 impossible days to make a "Couture" gown.

Tim informs us that "couture" is actually something that can only be called "couture" if the designer has some special couture license in France. But I guess the designers got some fancy day pass to be able to use the word ad nausium for these 2 days. Maybe couture by association to Catherine Malandrino?

But really Tim says couture and means that the dresses must be handmade, using hand sewing techniques and beading. The designers already know they are in for a tough 2 days. And when things get tough Vincent strips down to his underwear.

The designers are taken back to the fancy shmance hotel over looking Paris - and Jeffrey takes his last chance to say how happy he is to see Angela gone (god forbid he moves on). They all then head off to a lovely dinner at a cafe that could be on a movie set for Paris. On the corner of a small side street, dining al fresco with wine glasses and uncomfortable looking chairs.

(any old Paris corner cafe)

And before I knew it I saw a Laura rib cage shot. I have a feeling this week we better get out the BBQ sauce because Laura is bringing the ribs back.

(She just can't get enough)

The next day Tim takes the designers to the top of Paris - Montmartre - where the designers get an amazing view of Paris and plenty of inspiration.

(Take it in because soon you will be back in that stuffy NYC workroom)

And while I am enjoying this view of Paris I have to be reminded how sleazy Vincent is by him telling us how couture gets him off. I guess he couldn't contain himself anymore because for the past 2 weeks he was able to keep his mouth shut and act somewhat sane. And suddenly I remember why I want him to be cut every single week.

The designers now go to a French fabric store - are given 300 Euros (that is 375 bucks for us ethnocentric Americans) - and we are told that this is throwing off the designers a bit because Mood was within their comfort zone - but now a new store, new fabrics, and weird money is just confusing them.

(You mean they have their own currency in Europe?)

But even with being thrown off, the designers still find fabrics that fit their style. Jeffrey gets freaky with plaid. Michael soothes us with blue. Laura bores us with black. Kayne makes us shake our heads with gold mesh. Vincent creeps us out by just being around. And Uli surprises us by picking only one color.

Back at the workroom the designers start to "Debrouillez-vous" which may mean make it work (or does it mean "unwind yourself?). Tim can say anything and it is like a God speaking to me.

Jeffrey is talking about how no designer has ever won a challenge while they have immunity and he hopes to be the first. I think Paris is Jeffrey's lucky charm!

Meanwhile - Laura is worried for Kayne, but really she should be more worried about herself. I see a baby bump in full effect designing a rib cager. I guess she can't step away from that cut for more than one week at a time. And doesn't her current design remind you of other outfits she made on the show?

Vincent is in his own world - slowly removing layers of clothing. Laura says Vincent is a legend in his own mind. Oh girl I couldn't have said it better myself. I knew that insanity can't be blamed strictly on editing.

The episode goes on with Laura talking about Kayne - Jeffrey talking about Laura - Vincent talking about Michael - Uli talking about Vincent - Jeffrey talking about everyone. Just a bunch of game day talk and everyone hoping to come out on top.

Finally we are taken to the "Couture Party" which is a riverboat party with Catherine Malandrino and plenty of champagne. The designers were given French models to use at the party. They were only given model cards and so they had to guess how the dress would fit - which means a lot of last minute "make it work" all around.

And poor Michael - - first his model shows up and she is 4 sizes smaller than he thought she would be - and his dress just isn't coming together as he hoped it would - and then some snot nosed kid threw eggs at the designers and made a mess of Michael's dress. This just isnt his day.

The runway is on the boat and Catherine Malandrino scores the dresses. And just for fun, the dresses are sent back to NYC to be walked again by the NYC models (yes that means a new fitting and has to hold up with traveling) - and then it will all be judged again by Michael Kors, Nina Garcia and Richard Tyler. Would you expect less from the same producers who made the designers sleep on torn up mattress frames?

(You call that couture?)

And finally - here are some Paris runway and NYC runway - Each of these designs really looks different on each model - it amazes me.

WINNER - Jeffrey



His wish is Catherine Malandrino's command. He is the winner while having immunity. This gown was wild and interesting - and dare I say - beautiful? And not in that ugly beautiful way that Jeffrey always pulls. This is actually very Jeffrey and very couture. Good job!

2nd Place - Uli



THANK YOU ULI!!! You finally listened to the judges and made something that doesn't scream leopard print and flip flops (not that I don't love your designs) . And the details all say Uli - yet couture for sure. You are totally going to fashion week!!

Safe - Kayne



Oooooh Kayne - you really cut it close this time. You really are asking to be sent home. When Nina questions your taste level you should just start packing up your Kayne belt while the rhinestones still shine. I have a feeling next week you are out.

Safe - Michael



I think this week Michael got his get out of jail free card thanks to his prior ass kicking. The dress was a good effort but the execution wasn't there. Luckily he is still in the game and we are given a chance to let us love him once again next week.

Safe - Laura



The dramatic effect of the collar was there in Paris - but the dress just didn't hold up during travel. By the time it got to NY it looks like she mistakenly pulled out one of her own outfits from her suitcase. It looks like the judges are getting tired of Laura's one track style and if she doesn't change it up she will soon be a stay at home mommy.




What can I say? I have been waiting for Vincent to be auf'd week after week - and finally it is here. Of course not without grossing me out one last time. The dress was a Laura reject. The challenge was couture and you glue gunned it. You deserved to go and I am just so happy you didn't sneak your way into fashion week.


Final 3 - Uli, Michael, Jeffrey
Next out - Kayne then Laura

Wow we are down to 5!!! Where did this season go? Soon we will get that great little reunion special - and then FASHION WEEK!!! Can't wait to see what happens next...



Blogger Danya said...

I actually liked Kayne's dress ... I think couture is often over-the-top and stretches the limits of good taste. Most importantly, most couture is never going to be actually worn by anyone. But I could see starlets and pop stars wearing Kayne's dress. Of anything that came down the runway, I thought it was the most "couture".

September 07, 2006 12:06 PM  
Blogger Elad said...

Kayne's been very inconsistent the last few weeks, but I agree with Danya, his work yesterday was better than I expected. Vincent created his worst outfit, completely blowing off the guidelines of this challenge, and I - like you, Shawn - am glad to see him AUF'D!

It's great to see the dresses on the two models to compare. Jeffrey's NY model REALLY sold the dress. And Michael's and Laura's are night/day different.

Great episode (and great recap as usual!). The producers seem to be really trying to change it up into the home stretch of the third season. A trip to Paris, two runway shows in one episode, the designers designing for themselves. I wonder what's next??

September 07, 2006 12:44 PM  
Blogger Sassy said...

i was actually nervous near the end...skerred those crack-smokin judges would keep "gets me off" vincent around just a little bit longer & auf loveable/talented/sane michael instead...but i'm glad they finally put vincent in his rightful place - A STRAIGHT JACKET!!

September 07, 2006 1:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with everything except your final 3. I think Uli is going this week because her drawing on the promo is the same old thing! Halter top with print!!! I think Kayne will be the fourth and Jeffery, Michael and Laura the final 3.

September 08, 2006 10:13 AM  
Blogger Shawn said...

Kayne's dress was nice -- i think the flow on the NYC runway was great - but he does touch on gaudy sometimes with the shimmer and structure. and he has been inconsistent -- he has a style that might not work as a fashion line

And well Uli stays in my final 3 because I have been rooting for her from day 1 - and I can't drop her now --- go Uli!!! And I actually really like her style. I think if we learned anything from other seasons - the designers have to play it safe during challenges so many styles are immitated - but then when it comes to fashion week you see things you never expected from them - and if i like what i see from Uli know I can only hope she puts out even more amazing stuff for fashion week

September 08, 2006 10:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with your final 3. They've been setting Kayne up for the auf for the last couple of weeks. I think he goes next week, then it will be either Laura or Uli. They're starting to complain about Uli's designs all looking the same, and I think Laura's having a meltdown from stress and hormones, so it will certainly be one of them. It kills me to see Jeffrey in the finals because he's such a jerk. People compare him to Santino, but there's no comparison. Santino at least had a sense of humor and made them laugh in the workroom. Jeffrey has no personality at all.

September 08, 2006 1:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that Michael's dress looks a lot better on the French model. The "rabbit ears" aren't as pointy

September 08, 2006 2:21 PM  
Blogger Shawn said...

yea michael's dress did work better in paris --- but after he tucked in the rabbit ears it actually looked waaaaaaaaaaay better

September 08, 2006 2:26 PM  
Blogger Shawn said...

i miss the fun of season 2 - the songs and the tim-pressions

September 08, 2006 2:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why,why,why didnt uli win the friggin coutoure chalenge,jefferys looked like some kids plaid uniform got dyed yellow for petes sake!

September 16, 2006 4:41 PM  
Blogger Shawn said...

hehehe i feel your pain anonymous - i ask myself every week why didnt uli win...she rocks!

September 16, 2006 5:30 PM  
Blogger Jessica Lynn said...

I was so happy to see Vincent "get off" the show. He reminded me of a 1st year pattern maker who just learned a french seam, or how to sew. It just wasn't the same level as the rest. Give him a few years.. maybe.. but I was glad to see him go.

RIP Vincent.


September 18, 2006 1:00 PM  
Blogger Shawn said...

Jess - the funny part about him acting like he is new at it is that he has probably been doing design longer than anyone on the show - he used to be a full time designer in the 80s i think and now is trying to get back in the game - so i guess he is more of a born again :)

September 18, 2006 1:03 PM  

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