This season Project Runway has had the unfortunate luck of airing on Thursday nights, an evening that is already jammed with enough quality programming to make a DVR sweat. Add in the fact that in its first season on Lifetime the production quality as arguably slipped (the additional switch or production companies from Magical Elves to Bunim-Murray perhaps having something to do with that), the questionable talent of this season’s designers (no one has demonstrated any real mastery or vision yet), the presence of an overwhelming number of tampon and birth control commercials (thank you, Lifetime), and that DirectTV does not offer Lifetime in HD, I have not been as excited to watch Runway as I had been in seasons past, and thus viewing has often slipped until the weekend or even the following week. That was the case with latest episode, which I finally got around to watching last night. Again, the designs and execution were rather disappointing, with a surprising number of hideous messes, and the judges again overlooking an appealing offering from Carol Hannah (girl still has not been in the top 3!). But, what was more interesting than the offensive fashion was what I realized after show when doing my customary post-viewing research.
In this episode designer Logan Neitzel turned in a truly atrocious outfit: impossibly ill-fitting wool trousers and a detailed but unappealing ruffled vest. His model (or, as Tim insisted on calling them, divorcee) said she didn’t want a dress. Okay. Fair. But no excuse for this monstrosity. However, Logan was spared, probably more due to his good looks than Epperson‘s failure to understand the challenge, as the judges might have you believe. But when I looked back at the outfits from the previous week I was struck by two things: 1) Logan completely ripped off his own sketch, and 2) he managed to completely botch the construction, even though he had basically made the same exact outfit only days before.
Take a look:
It’s hard to tell what’s worse, his lack of creativity or the lack of execution. Now my fashion acumen is limited, so I’ll stop my criticism there (because if I tried to make an outfit, any outfit, I’m pretty sure no matter what it would turn out looking like a ghost costume), but one has to wonder what he’ll put together next week if he continues this trend. Maybe something like this:
Or maybe something like this:
(which does beg the question, why hasn’t Paula Poundstone been a celebrity guest judge yet? Way overdue.)