Project Runway: Did the Correct 3 Designers Make the Cut?


Ah, Project Runway...


I've criticized you this season for being sub-par, but at the same time I am still so invested in you!


So...last night's episode was kind of a shocker.


Spoilers included


As we learned at the end of last episode, all 4 designers were to be competing for the 3 slots at fashion week this season. As usual, Tim Gunn goes to visit everyone in a Saturn (got that everyone? Project Runway wants you to buy a Saturn) and checks on how their collections are doing.


Leanne has done what she does best - her architectural pleating, this time inspired by waves - and it's all very pretty, but as is I don't know if I see enough diversity for a win (didn't all of those pieces kind of look the same?).


Korto also does what she does best - ethnic influenced, big-sleeved clothing made in earthy colors. Tim thinks that one of the outfits looks a little too sexual. Why Tim? Because there's practically a giant vagina in the middle of it? However, I think Korto's collection is nice-looking as a whole, too, with the exception of her fugly wedding dress.


Oh Jerell. I was totally pulling for Jerell all season long, but after a glimpse at his collection I had a bad feeling that it was one of his few "misses" of the season (and a bad time for a miss, at that). My gut-reaction to Jerell's collection - from the color palate to the designs - was...this is not cute. And not "this isn't cute but it looks soo high-fashion" not-cute (which was my reaction after the first glimpse of Siriano's collection last season), but straight up ugly. Sigh.


And lastly, Kenley. Kenley seemed like one of the most talented designers at the beginning of this season, and then slowly deteriorated (or was edited as such) into one of the most hated contestants in Runway history. That insufferable voice! Her collection, however, looks pretty promising; I'd venture to say as much if not more so than Leanne's. Kenley seems to finally done something beyond making a 50s style dress, including hand-painted silk, which really looked exquisite (to use a Tim Gunn favorite word).


Of course, Heidi and crew will not be seeing everyone's entire collections. They just want to see those wedding dresses...and...a bridesmaid dress crafted then and there. Surprise! Actually, I feel like they should have seen that one coming.


So getting right to it...as expected, Jerell and Korto make butt-ugly bridesmaid dresses to go along with their butt-ugly wedding dresses. Leanne's wedding dress is the closest thing to a traditional wedding dress, yet remaining what seems to be high-fashion. I don't even think Kenley's dress is all that great, but the judges do. In fact, the reason why it is so great is because it resembles this:

Kenley's is on the right. Alexander McQueen's is on the left. Holy wow...they do look the same (though Kenley denies it)!


Luckily, because there are these:


Kenley's questionable knockoff is safe. Leanne, of course, is also safe. That girl is certainly consistent!


Down to Jerell and Korto...it's close, but ultimately the judges boot my dear sweet Jerell.


While it pains my heart (because I loved Jerell and because in any other season he would have already had a guaranteed slot at Fashion Week), Jerell's collection (which the judges never even saw...so they claim...though I have my doubts) would not have cut it at fashion week. Auf wiedersehen, Jerell.


So...did the right 3 designers make the cut? Who will win it all next week? Anybody else notice how Kenley had no friends and a picture of her dead grandmother when Tim Gunn visited her?


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Oct 9, 2008 9:31PM EDT

omg..i atcually read this review before seeing the show..so after i found out jerrell was out i felt so deflated that i just kept fast fowarding the show. he definetly deserved to go to bryant park.. i think the judges made a terrible mistake.. although his dress wasn't the best it wasn't hideous either. i think they should have taking into account that he has been consistently strong through the show whereas some of the others have been weak and always use the same sillouetes etc i.e kenley (although i loved her vedding dress) leannes bridesmaids dress was stunning, i wanna wear it soo badly. i think you were right when u said that jerrell would have been top two in any other season. loove korto thats all i have to say...

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Oct 10, 2008 1:28PM EDT

I actually said WOW when I saw Kenley's dress. I love that dress but would never wear it LOL I can appreciate the idea though.
I'm a bit surprised that they did let Kenley compete at fashion week though. I thought Jerell would make it but hey....Bravo just LOVES to put in at least ONE unfavorable contestant in the finales (i.e. Top Chef and other Project Runway seasons)
I'm hoping that Korto takes it all next week!!!

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Oct 11, 2008 6:57AM EDT

I think its so annoying how the loser was not chosen from one of the two losers (who they could not decide from) from the original final challenge - it must have been a HUGE blow for Jerrell seen as he was so sure he was safe and going to Bryant Park in the so-called deciding challenge and simply because the judges could not make a decision as to who out of two others would leave he had to go home.Isn't that just a bit harsh?

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Oct 12, 2008 10:28PM EDT

I've been supporting Kenley from the very beginning and I'm so proud that she managed to make it to Fashion Week despite everyone putting her down. I think she that her attitude aside, she is a very talented designer and has her own unique style which I adore.
I think Jerrell might have just made some bad choices for his dress. He is a very talented designer, but unfortunately, only three can go to Bryant Park.

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Oct 14, 2008 10:42PM EDT

I agree with eunichick about Kenley. I have always supported her from day one. I think (as well as my entire family) that the producers of the show just told her to suddenly become a bitch to boost their ratings. Well, as always, it works.
I do, after reading everything, think that Jerrell had a hard heart breaker but he shouldn't have gone too over the top or too safe but stay in the mid-ground to remain inside.
But seriously...I though Korto was going home that week. I am normally correct in my assumptions (proven because I've predicted the other contestants going home) but this time I was wrong...who would've thunk!

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