I started to watch Project Runway Season 1, Episode 1. Obviously I was attracted to the concept of a fashion competition, and I appreciate the entertainment value of some drama. But this season, for whatever reason, the producers changed the balance of fashion and drama, with much more focus on the drama. In the previous season the show increased the run time to 1 1/2 hours per episode, which I thought would be great because I would see more of the designers' processes and how they make decisions and edit and all that. Nope. It's all dedicated to the absolute drama of, well, Josh M. I don't know what I can say about him except that he is a mega-diva and a ultra-mega bully. And that's all the time I wish to dedicate to him.
Surprisingly, even though there was so much over-the-top drama, this episode produced some of my favorite fashion of the season. Two teams of 5 had to create a concept, their own fabric, and their own fashion show video backdrop. It's a tall order for two days. Of course, one team (Nuts & Bolts) spiraled into...not good. When Tim Gunn came in to critique, he made them all join hands to try and foster unity. Of course it was futile. (Also, I love Tim Gunn so much. So much.) The other team (Chaos) met the challenge with cooperation and grace. I won't bother even talking about the losing team's garments, you can view their hot mess (as well as the winning team's styles) here.
Team Chaos' inspiration came from psychological chaos, which they chose to represent with Rorschach ink blot inspired prints. Anya's bore-fest technically won overall. Barf. I will say that I do like the surprising mix of pattern in her dress, but it was overall a snoozer. I mean, it kind of looks like a jumper with a t-shirt under it.
I loved Anthony Ryan's sweet and sophisticated sportswear outfit. It's so durned polished, yet so playful, and again it mixes patterns so well. Personally, if I were to wear this, I'd make the tie from a softer fabric (and maybe a softer color) to play hard and soft against each other a little more.
But I loved Viktor's dress the most. It is simple yet fresh, and totally red carpet ready. Viktor was completely off my radar at the start of the season, but he has really impressed me the past couple of episodes. I may even hope for him to be in the final three. I'll ruminate and let you know.
(Sorry about the grainy pics, I couldn't get them to work right.)