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Project Runway 5 – Episode 12
Posted on October 5th, 2008

Nature Calls

The Challenge

The final four designers took a trip out to the New York Botanical Garden to gather inspiration for their next challenge: to design an evening gown inspired by nature.

The Design Room

This is the final runway show that will determine which three designers get to compete at Bryant Park, so of course all the designers were nervous and anxious to wow the judges. Given past events, it wasn’t surprising that Leanne, Jerell, and Korto chose to work on the complete opposite side of the design room as Kenley. However, Kenley didn’t understand why she was left out, despite the fact that she constantly put down the other designers’ work, laughed during their critiques, and was rude to Tim and the judges on numerous occasions. This week, she refused to even speak to Leanne, still blaming her for the judges’ harsh criticisms of her Hip Hop design last week.

It’s quite clear that the other designers have no desire to converse with Kenley either, let alone lend a helping hand when Kenley finds herself missing tulle for her garment. She’s totally on her own, with no one to blame but herself; but as you’ll find with most close-minded individuals, she sees herself as the victim, who is fighting her way through life.

The Runway

I have to disagree with the judges’ opinions of Korto’s gown. I actually like the gown, I love that she chose bright colors and I don’t think it looked like a pageant gown. Leanne’s dress was beautiful. I loved the soft, yet structure rouching, and the fit was great, but it could have done without the extra piece of blue fabric that she shoved in the bustle at the last minute.

Project Runway 5 - Episode 12
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I agree with the judges’ criticism of Kenley’s design; it wasn’t elegant or youthful. The literal translation of flower petals looked more like dragon scales, which completely misses the nature inspired focus of the challenge. Michael Kors brought up a very valid point about Kenley’s attitude. If she can’t handle constructive critiques from the judges, how would she be able to deal with picky buyers in the real world??

Project Runway 5 - Episode 12

The Elimination

I’m glad that Jerell won this challenge; his design was intriguing, fresh and youthful. Despite the fact that his construction and finishing left something to be desired, it was apparent that he put a lot of thought into the way the layers of fabrics and colors would interact with one another.

Project Runway 5 - Episode 12

In a “surprise” decision, the judges couldn’t decide who to auf based on this week’s challenge (although I could have told them quite easily who should go home). Instead, they opted to let all four designers create a collection which would determine which three designers would compete at Fashion Week. Unlike last year, instead of choosing between the bottom two designers, this time all four designers will be up for elimination. I can’t wait to see what they come up with.

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