It’s only week two of Project Runway, and Facebook has already been overrun with comments pre-, during and post-show.
I’ve tried to abstain.
But the judges’ decision to give Olivier the win over Anthony Ryan was the first travesty of the new season. The finger must be pointed.
In the ‘My Pet Project’ Challenge, the designers had to use items found in Petland Discounts to create their garments. Tim Gunn warned them that the use of ready-made fabrics would be penalized.
Anthony Ryan created his dress completely out of birdseed, fashioning an inspired collar out of larger, darker seeds. Olivier used existing fabric from a dog bed to fashion the top of his dress, and then finished the skirt with tie-dyed hamster bedding.
Olivier’s fit and styling were both called into question, and there was the little issue of the dog bed material in the bodice.
Heidi loved Anthony’s dress. So did the guest judge. But loud, obnoxious Nina Garcia whined about the length of Anthony’s dress.
And so Olivier was declared the winner.
I know it’s early yet, but I had an immediate flashback to last year’s finale — the judges’ stand-off over the Project Runway winner. I questioned Nina’s judgment then, and I question it now.
I think it’s time for Nina to be ‘out.’