Thanks in part to Pacific Rim, we are all about Japanese style influences around here lately. On last night’s episode of Project Runway, designers had to create a look that embodied some of the words people used to describe a brand of fro-yo (yeah it was blatant product placement) and the looks had to be created from materials won from games at a Coney Island fair. Sounds easy enough, right? At least they didn’t have to make a dress out of candy.
What absolutely caught our eye was the adorable look made by the designer team of Alexandria von Bromssen and Dom Streater. A blue street-wear Domo look? With a bonus scale fabric looking skirt to go beneath it? No seriously: can you get any more adorable Japanese street style than that? Plus, their styling was spot on!
The outfit landed in the Top Two but didn’t win this week even though all the judges seemed to love how cute and fun it was!
Last night’s episode of Project Runway featured an androgynous challenge where the designers had to come up with looks for both a male and female model. As one might expect, there was a nice broad spectrum of ‘success’ and ‘failure’. When designers fail at this sort of challenge, they really fail. (Emilio, on the other hand, basically created runway magic but more on that below.) The biggest take away of the night, however, was how last night’s runway was basically a fashion show meant for the Glitterati. The Glitterati, aka twins Jaryn and Kerith, are two playable characters in the popular Xbox game ‘Dance Central’ and wear some pretty outrageous outfits that also read totally fabulous on them.
Even though Casanova ended up in the bottom three, I instantly sat up and shouted ‘GLITTERATI!’ the moment his looks appeared on the runway. Sure Casanova’s looks might not have embodied androgyny but the construction was flawless and absolutely everything about them read Glitterati from the cutouts to the strange bits around the girl’s knees.
And now we get to Emilio and his two FABULOUS looks. I don’t think there was any doubt that he absolutely deserved to win this challenge because WOW. The collar on the guy’s look is incredibly reminiscent of Kerith’s Haute Blooded look from Dance Central 3. These might not be the best outfits to dance in but I could definitely see the twins rocking these while drinking wine. Especially with the hats.
Uli’s garments also gave me a bit of a Glitterati vibe mostly because of the leggings. I’m pretty sure that both Jaryn and Kerith are already plotting how to steal these from the workroom. Of course, if they’re already going through the effort, they might as well go for the tops too. I personally loved the girl’s top without the jacket. It’s just a great piece. Both looks read as a high fashion mixture of their Crew outfits and the Street Style outfits.
Warning! There are absolutely spoilers in this post for the Project Runway Season 10 finale!
Project Runway finished up its tenth season on Thursday, and boy did this finale actually leave me grinning from ear to ear because my favourites tend to have really bad luck when it comes to crowning the winner. Dmitry Sholokhov was crowned the newest Project Runway champion and wow did a fair number of his designs read superhero chic to me! (Although I would totally love to see the show do a challenge where the designers have to make designs that are actually inspired by superhero costumes.)
Tell me that this dress doesn’t scream ‘THOR’ at you. It’s chic, adorably asymmetrical, and that silver fabric looks fabulous. It could have come off as looking cheap or costume-y but Dmitry totally made it work.
White leather? Architectural designs? Yep, these both definitely made me think that Emma Frost might be looking to put these pieces in her closet, especially the jacket. For those who watch the show, you probably recall Dmitry’s winning look for the print challenge. No one does cutouts like he does, especially because he manages to do them without making the design verge on tasteless.
Although this light green colour is rather different from the usual shade associated with Polaris, this dress could definitely work for Lorna. The metal sleeves even give off hints of her powers of magnetism. The colour! The neckline! The side cutouts! Get in my closet now please!
This final looks gives off a Black Cat vibe to me. While the black and white colour scheme is the most obvious connection, the embellishment on the top gives the impression of a v-neckline while the blouse itself is see-through. The layered sleeves also are reminiscent of her costume’s trademarked fur accents.
These are only a few of the designs from his winning final collection, but you can check out the rest of the collection and the other designs he made throughout the show on the official Project Runway site.