'Project Runway' recap: Avant-Hard

Well now. This was a rather disappointing episode, right? The avant-garde challenges in past seasons have produced some bold, forward-thinking designs and some spectacular failures. And as hilariously ridiculous as Bert's sponge-magnet jumpsuit and Josh C.'s terrible, terrible cocktail waitress look inspired by a community theater production of True Bloodwere...the rest of the designs were just so uninspiring this week. I wasn't wowed by any of the top three, and the winning dress had an unfinished hem. You know it's an off week -- possibly an off season altogether -- when the most compelling moment in a 90-minute episode involves Tim Gunn listlessly chasing after a canine fabric store mascot named Swatch.

Some of the designers seem so afraid to fail that they're not putting their best ideas out there, but I'm beginning to wonder by now if there are really that many forward-thinkers in this bunch. I no longer suspect that some brilliant idea is about to burst out of Olivier at any moment. (And I'm realizing that even if Nina Garcia decides a future design of his is "what's next," chances are I will personally hate it.) Anya seems fun -- and thank God she and gay Ryan Reynolds are around to keep things colorful and light -- but I don't want to get too attached to her before the inevitable episode down the line where she completely flakes out. I like Becky and Kimberly's work, but unless the challenge involves ready-to-wear garments and the everyday modern women, I'm not sure they'll get a chance to shine. Anthony Ryan and Viktor (he of the semi-long ruler) are both very hit-or-miss for me. Laura knows what she's doing; I just usually don't like looking at it. Read More...


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