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Project Runway 5 – Episode 3
Posted on August 1st, 2008

Bright Lights, Big City

The Challenge

P
erhaps running out of new project ideas, this episode’s challenge borrowed once again from a challenge used in a previous season. The designers were each given cameras and dropped off at various NYC tourist destinations. They had to design an outfit for a night out on the town using a photo as their inspiration.

The Design Room

Stella, finally free to work with leather, annoyed just about everyone in the design room by hammering grommets into her beloved fabric of choice. Honestly, her “in your face” rock ‘n’ roll attitude is getting quite tiring – we get the point already. Remember the winner of Season 3? Jeffrey Sebelia was a rocker too – but he didn’t shove it in our faces all the time. His designs were unique and versatile and innovative every time, and still conveyed his rock aesthetic.

Kenley, armed with a brightly colored print and iridescent organza to match, received strange looks from all directions, including Tim Gunn, who expressed some concerns with her design concept. I admire that Kenley was confident enough in her design to continue onward as planned.

The Runway

Project Runway 5 - Episode 3
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The Good: Jerell’s floor sweeping ruffled gown was stunning, Joe and Daniel’s adorable cocktail dresses completely captured their photographs, and I would wear Korto’s sophisticated jumpsuit in a heartbeat. Stella’s rocker outfit was edgy, girly, and wearable, but it was also predictable. Leanne’s skirt was one of my favorites this week- the design and construction were flawless. What a dramatic improvement from last week!

Project Runway 5 - Episode 3

The Bad: Keith thought it was a good idea to cover his dress with hundreds of pieces of fabric to resemble his image of a beat-up magazine. This could have worked in theory, however, his decision to use mostly white fabric squares made his model look like she had little sheets of toilet paper hanging off her.

The Ugly: I don’t even know where to start with Jennifer’s dress. She had taken a cool photo of a clock, which she said reminded her of “the city that never sleeps”, and yet her dress was so boring, no New Yorker would be caught dead in it.

Project Runway 5 - Episode 3

The Elimination

This week, the judges were way off with their decisions for both winner and loser. Emily’s dress wasn’t nearly as hideous as Jennifer’s. The concept of brightly colored ruffles traveling across a black cocktail dress successfully portrayed the streaking lights from her photograph. If the ruffles were placed more attractively, the dress could have been saved. Jennifer should have been aufed in this round. There was just no hope for her boring design – and it wasn’t even sewn well!

While I love Kenley’s vintage design aesthetic, I don’t think her dress was the best one out there this week. Yes it was cute, and expressed her style, but I just can’t picture it for a night out in New York. Terri definitely should have won this challenge: her sexy backless tunic dress totally personified a fierce city girl, ready for a night of fun – and not afraid of a fight.

Project Runway 5 - Episode 3

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