Project Runway: Is Avant-Garde Synonymous With Fugly? And what's wrong with this season?

Results of last night's episode revealed at the end


I've refrained from writing about Project Runway since this season's premiere, mainly because I've been pretty underwhelmed.


Everyone has been trying too hard to be the next Christian Siriano (complete with far too many blatant attempts at spawning the next new catch-phrase) and in the process have become wholly unlikable. Suede and the third-person bit? Blayne and all of the -liciouses? Kenley's voice!


Seriously...during a commercial last night asking me to vote for a Fan Favorite...I had to think long and hard about which current designer wasn't insufferable, let alone likable; for me, that leaves Jerell and Leanne (I can deal with Korto too).


The challenges as well - while as usual there are always standouts - I feel like there have also been more disasters (umm...never have I seen more designers more off-base than in the Olympics challenge).


Last night was no exception. Check out some of these hideous avant-garde Zodiac sign outfits:



Don't get me wrong. The good ones were still good; Leanne is establishing herself as a front runner and I loved Jerell's winning look (why was Tim Gunn so skeptical about it?)!


I just think the show missed the mark with the casting this season and it has made it far less enjoyable for me.


What do you all think?

And while we are at it...who do you peg for the final three?


Also...incase you were wondering - Blayne and all of his liciousness are OUT, as well as Terri and her whining - in a surprising double elimination.


Images courtesy of bravotv.com

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Sep 11, 2008 10:42PM EDT

not only are the designers just meh this season... what on earth is up with the ridiculous challenges?

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Sep 12, 2008 1:38AM EDT

i love leanne! :D

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Sep 12, 2008 3:31AM EDT

ur so right the designers suck this seasonits hard to watch the boring show. u expect something great and then u get ugly dresses

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Sep 12, 2008 10:06PM EDT

I'm a french student in fashion and i quite do the same things at school so i can say that the problem is clearly not about challenges. The problem is the bad taste of some of the designers. You can always make great clothes for any challenge.... if you have good taste! What's wrong with Blayne and his "pooping fabrics costume"? He has to reconsider the fact that we LEARN taste, that's not innate.Kenley decieved me so much in the last episodes, i really liked her style but she became pretentious and stubborn. Tim Gunn gives really good advices (about Jerell's dress i think he was more skeptical about the "prince de Galles" fabrics normally for men clothes and not enough avant-garde) so they have to listen to him! That's why she made that trop moche dress.I think Leanne, Korto and Jerell will be the top 3 (unless Kenley become again smart and "good tasted").

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Sep 25, 2008 6:52AM EDT

I thought that they were all trying to be the next Christian Siriano too. With Blayne it was painfully obvious, wasn't even remotely funny either. No taste and no innovation to anything he did, I was incredibly surprised he lasted as long as he did to be honest. Suede is the same, he makes himself look like a complete idiot with his '3rd person' malarky, and he doesn't have the talent to live up to it at all...another one that should have gone home earlier.
I think Kenley is a childish and stubborn girl who has been told again and again how wonderful she is, and can't deal with the judges not giving her a gold star at every opportunity. HOWEVER, she is one of the most talented and consistent contestants. She should be in the final three with Kartow and either Leanne or Jerrell.
People have issues with Kenley only producing a 'cute 50's inspired dress', but at least she has a style and a vision of her designs. You know exactly what she would bring out, and theres a market for that. She's the only similarity to Christian this series in that respect.
I think people need to remember that this isn't a personality competition, nobody cares what Donatella Versace or Vivianne Westwood are like as people because its about what they bring to the table. Plus, you get the impression that you have to be incredibly strong willed to be in this business...Leanne wouldn't survive for example. Kartow may be silent but violent, who knows!
Lets hope next series will be better.

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Sep 26, 2008 3:21PM EDT

I agree that this season is really boring, I thought it would be so much more exciting.
I hated the Zodiac Challenge. I was so excited to see what they would make had HIGH expectations for the Avant Garde looks But they fell SO short. I mean, Season 4's Avant Garde challenge brought so much to the table. All we got this time were evening gowns, minus Leanne's which I feel should have won instead of Jerell's.
My top three is Jerell, Leanne and Korto.Korto has been a favorite of mine since the beginning, and Leanne made a late second favorite. Jerell takes the third spot only b/c everyone else sucks so bad!! He's good, just not amazing to me.

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