'Project Runway' recap: Massive Dudes Need Fashion, Too

After a bunch of fake-outs, it's finally here: the dreaded Menswear Challenge! This recurringProject Runway staple is more feared than the Unconventional Challenge, although maybe on par with the Real People Challenge. But what happens when the designers have to cut clothes for people who are both real and male? Olivier-bot's head explodes, that's what.

Olivier-bot is a fashion cyborg — programmed to speak in a fabulous Madonna/Hannibal Lecter accent — sent to belittle those among us who weigh over 120 pounds. When Tim announces that the challenge is to create designs for an up-and-coming rock stars, Olivier no doubt hoped they'd be the skinny-legged, eyelinered, entirely boobless kind of rock stars who can slip into androgynous couture. But no. They're the Sheepdogs — the unsigned band that was, surreally, voted to grace the cover ofRolling Stone — and, as bearded, Jesus-y musicians of hairy decolletage and beer hips, they kind of fit their name. Even their music threatens to scramble Olivier's wiring, causing his face to twitch uncontrollably. I have to admit, even though Olivier is almost inhumanly snooty, I think he enriches this show. It's fun to see him forced to interact with hot-breathed humanity, on the level of an alien learning to fit into society. (For some reason, I keep imagining how funny it'd be if he played Precious' case worker in the film Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire.) Read More...



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