I also don't get "athleisure," a portmanteau of "athletic" and "leisure." Ok, I do. It's the inevitable next step in the devolution of American fashion. It's a celebration of complete and utter laziness, coupled with a bit of arrested development, stemming from people thinking that it's perfectly fine to wear sweat pants and yoga pants (yes, and pajama bottoms) when they go out in public. Like college students on an afternoon Doritos and beer run. Now, a show about fashion is encouraging people to wear their yoga pants (which of course they have never used for actual yoga) not only to the grocery store, but also out to dinner. Over the years, dress codes have relaxed, and nobody blinks an eye at women wearing baby pink Juicy Couture sweatsuits, or leggings with PINK! emblazoned across their ample asses, paired with UGGs. It's shameful. It's not even ok to dress this way at Applebee's, much less any place with cachet, like a public sidewalk or insane asylum.
It is ironic that a show like Downton Abbey, which depicts an age when the wealthy changed into task-specific outfits several times a day and wore formal wear to dinner every night, was so popular in this country of people who can barely be bothered to take off their sleep wear during the day. [/rant]
The designers spend some time in the stands at Municipal Credit Union Park sketching. Asha tells us that she thinks both Sam and Layana have an advantage in this challenge since "athleisure" is their thing. A portent, perhaps, that both are going to end up on the bottom?
At Mood the designers have the customary $200 budget and 30 minutes in which to spend it. We see several of them clustered in the neoprene aisle, because thick, sweaty polyester is sooo comfortable to lounge in, especially after an exhilarating scuba dive. Kini and Sam find that they have both purchased the same mesh fabric that Sam used last week, which while slightly unimaginative, is a sight better than that hideous blue and silver lace from two weeks ago.
It seems that everyone has bought blue fabric. Dom is concerned that everyone's work will end up looking the same. This is something that has come up regularly over the many seasons of Project Runway. When two designers have the same or similar fabric, someone has to pipe up that they worry that there will be similar looks. How is that possible? Each designer has his or her own style and way of doing things. There's no way that similar fabric will turn out similar clothing from different people, except by freakish chance. In fact, I'd like to see a challenge to address this. Every designer must use the same exact fabrics. I guarantee, that given no other challenge parameters (like create "athleisure" wear, or a flight attendant uniform) that no two looks will be similar.
Zanna pops in for a critique. She's wearing lace. Is this considered "athleisure?"
Sam is working on a blue neoprene dress with an overlay of white mesh. He also has some black lace that he's attempting to make work. (I'm beginning to think he suffered a mild stroke in the fabric choosing portion of his brain.) At the moment, he has the lace all down the back of the dress, which prompts Zanna to call the front "ath" and the back, "leisure." Which causes my own small stroke because the word "leisure" conjures up images of polyester suits with wide collars and contrasting topstitching and Las Vegas tourists in ugly shorts with dark socks and sneakers. Not lace.
I am so confused. Even more confused when Zanna tells Emily that the subtle cowl neck she plans to put on her top is "too lady who lunches." I love a good cowlneck, but I am not a lady who lunches. Some might claim that I'm not particularly ladylike, either. Zanna does seem to like Ken's lace hoodie though, which looks better close up than it does from a distance.
But poor Ken is having issues. He ends up sewing the shoulder seams wrong and starts to get, as he says, "fustrated." So fustrated, in fact, that he puts everything down and walks out. We see him hailing a cab while the remaining designers wonder what the hell just happened.
The designers scramble to finish. Layana drapes a top with Ken's white leather, then decides it's too casual. She drapes another with a dark fabric and adds a bit of leather to it before pronouncing it perfect. Ken decides his outfit needs more of the black lace and quickly sews on a pocket. He throws some shade Sam's way, suggesting that his simple a-line dress is what a "10-year-old would make with her first pink sewing machine." Ouch. And that he puts flats on his model because he knows Isaac favors flats. Sam is not dumb, Ken.
Time for the runway!
The guest judge this week is Kristin Cavallari, former star of reality shows Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County and The Hills, and wife of Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (that's quarterback, for you non-sports fans). I guess the fact that she was on shows that also starred Lauren Conrad (who attended FIDM and has designed for Kohl's) and is married to an athlete gives her enough fashion clout to judge a competition. (She has designed a shoe line with Chinese Laundry, but um, who cares? It never will be quite the same as actual designer Christian Siriano doing a line for Payless.) Also, fellow football wife who might actually know something about fashion, Gisele Bundchen, wanted too much money. They didn't bother asking Elizabeth Hasselbeck (who is also a football wife).
There are only seven designers left, so I will talk about all seven looks, including Emily's.
Now for the top looks:
Now for the bottom three. It was actually hard to tell who was on the bottom, since apart from Dom and Kini, the judges feedback for four of the looks (including Asha's) was pretty mixed.
Back in the green room, the tops and bottoms give Emily the rundown of criticism. Sam seems proud that even though he's on the bottom, Georgina would wear his dress. That comment got us the best facial expressions of the show.
Layana, after spending several of the last weeks on the bottom, is released from her design duties and sent home. I am relieved.
Next week: More Kini vs. Sam and Alyssa vs. Her Wardrobe.
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