Last night's episode of Project Runway though, brought BOTH Magic and utter mayhem so I thought it appropriate to bring a review here.
I have been watching Project Runway for YEARS and you see good and bad all the time. Last night though was like the best and worst all at once.
Team challenges are often chaos - creative people have their own strong aesthetics and often don't do well when they have to compromise and blend with others in a team. So that often means DRAMA - and of course this is no exception. That said, conflict can lead to creation or destruction and last night, we had both.
|Gunn and Heid|
Then a chasm split down the middle of the teams.
The one team got together and formed a cohesive theme and plan and started working. Not only that, they communicated, helped each other, created paint designs to weave throughout their designs. You could feel their synergy. It was amazing. Nina Garcia said it was the best teamwork she had seen in all of the seasons - I agreed.
Then there was the other team.
Finally after having nothing for the models to try on for the fittings they decided to use their purple accessory fabric as the thing to make the looks cohesive and then proceeded to do their own thing. Teamwork = NONE.
The result was horrible. The thing is these pictures from the website do NOT look like the looks actually looked like on the Runway. Maybe they were airbrushed. Regardless, if you saw this collection on the show (watch from link above) you would realize how utterly bad they were. These pics do not tell the story.
Seeing the full collections side by side, the contrast was even greater.
The thing is, as I watched Team Mayhem struggle, all I could think was how it could have gone.
If someone had taken charge and said, okay our fabric is horrible, we are chaotic, WHY NOT WORK WITH IT???
Instead of giving up, they could have said, let's push it all the way. Take the fabric and go Avant Garde, or Post-Apocalyptic chic - Call it Easter Egg Apocalypse. Then think outside the bocx and make MAGIC OUT OF THE MAYHEM? or maybe MAGICKAL MAYHEM?
To me - that could have opened amazing creative places to go to. Go wacky, go ironic, go post-punk, go over-the-top, embrace chaos... All I could see was dozens of options. None were taken.
The worst part is that when Kelly Osborne actually called them out as Mean Girls as they were throwing one under the bus, calling it a "Bitch-fest", they stood shaking their heads in denial? Really? The most embarrassing thing was when they tried to say they were inspired by San Francisco as a throwaway desperate attempt to come up with SOMETHING as a theme. At least own it - say we were completely lost and clueless.
To me this episode should be a life-lesson. Creativity is not finite. Inspiration can come from anything if you open your minds. If you get caught up in an obstacle and give up, mayhem ensues and it is not pretty.