Saturday, August 25, 2012

Project Runway Season 10 Episode 6- Fix My Friend!


Fix My Friend!

I’m baaaack! First of all, sorry I’ve been gone for the last 2 episodes. Everything has been CRAZY trying to get moved into my dorm and start my college classes.

Anyway, on to this HUUUUGE episode… sorry, I couldn’t help myself. Be prepared for a lot of Gunnar praising and overenthusiastic Ven bashing!

Dmitry says he really wants to win a challenge. Usually, when an episode begins this way, it’s a strong indication that this designer will be in the top, or perhaps even win.

Heidi tells them that they have new clients for them. Before Heidi even says “Well…” I can tell that they will not be designing for the people standing on the runway. There are both men and women on the runway, and since the designers always *HATE* designing menswear, they wouldn’t make it unevenly difficult for the designers. That would cause a plus-sized problem. But I am a bit confused as to why these people were out on the runway. Generally, they try to trick the designers into thinking that they are designing for the people on the runway, have them pick, and then, SURPRISE! they’re not actually designing for them. But they didn’t even get to choose who they designed for. So the people on the runway were actually kinda pointless until the actual judging.

The designers meet with their clients about what they want to look like. Right off the bat, Ven the shapeless seems to be very rude to his client. He asks good questions, but then talks about how shocked and disappointed he is. Ut oh… Even if he’s really friendly to his client while talking to her, I’m not sure it will stay this formal.
It seems like Nathan is in trouble right off the bat too, because his client is very opinionated and wants something very outside of his comfort zone. Fabio’s client doesn’t like wearing dresses, but Fabio is pretty edgy so he should be able to give her a dress she will like.

Gunnar is a total sweetie pie to his client and her friend. He realizes how realistic this challenge is and knows how important it is to design for real women. And when his client starts crying he hugs her and is totally nice to her. I can tell this is going to go well. Yay Gunnar! Nathan’s client wants a sexy, not overly sexed up dress. Oh no.

The designers go to mood and Tim reminds them how important it is to choose great fabrics. Ut oh… I can totally see this being brought up later in judging! Fabio is going for 4 shades of grey. I wonder if that was alluding to the book Shades of Grey that has suddenly become really popular recently. Dmitry understands that they have real clients and have to tone themselves down. Ven disses fabrics and his client’s figure. Here we go…

 Ven is very blunt and rude, even when talking to the hair stylist about his client’s hair. And immediately after the hair consultations, Ven talks about something that I actually think is a bit of a good point, although somewhat rude. He asks why some designers get models with figures that aren’t too far off from the models they usually use, while other designers have women with fuller figures and much different proportions. To be extremely honest, I have to agree with him somewhat. These designers make outfits every day for women who could wear almost anything. But when they have to make designs for women that don’t have the “modelesque” figures, they have to figure out how to make an outfit look really flattering on a woman, because it’s much easier to make them look heavier and shorter than they really are. When designing for a woman with a slimmer and taller form, they have a much easier task. I’m not at all saying that Ven handed ANYTHING in this episode correctly, but I think he (and some other designers) were given harder tasks, and he decided not to rise to the occasion. He decided to sit in the corner and pout and whine and make his client feel bad.

ANYWAY! Back to the challenge.

Gunnar opens up a bit about the fact that his brother is in the army, and how he misses him so much. Fabio catches up with his boyfriend on the computer (btw, why are all the cute guys gay?!)

Tim: “How is her figure?” Nathan: “A pear shape, but she’s a shapely pear shape.” 
Nathan: “And it’s not like your old regular hooker mesh” Tim: “We hate that regular hooker mesh.”

And now, the size 30 Ven is attacking my Gunnar, saying he's not ready for this competition. Shut up, you plus-sized, talentless douche nugget! Anyway... Sonjia’s dress looks really pretty on the mannequin but looks a bit short.
And now Tim meets with Ven. He talks about how he was in shock when he met with his model, saying she’s a size 14 *cut to Christopher shaking his head* He says his client has no shape, she isn’t fashion forward, and has no fashion sense whatsoever. He calls her before picture a nightmare. Every other designer seems horrified at the way Ven is talking about his model. Every season, there’s that one designer that doesn’t want to give their “real woman” what she really wants. And this season, it was Ven’s client. Tim reminds Ven that, as a designer, he should be able to make something flattering on her body, and at the very least, make her look like she has a great figure. AND THEN, Ven goes after her age! He complains that she’s ALMOST 40. Is there anything good about this woman in his mind? News flash, people get older!

Fabio’s client looks awesome and the dress seems to be going really great. I see good things in their future.

“This is the first time I see Elena is actually being nice to someone. So, it’s about time.”- Dmitry

Gunnar is still being super nice to his client. He’s doing a great job at this challenge, and I can tell that he really likes this challenge.

When Ven’s client comes in, he says how great her hair looked. When it cuts to his interview and he says “Her hair looked…” I was dead sure he was going to say that it looked terrible (Regina George style) but he actually does say that her hair looked good! Yay he found a good thing about her! And then comes “black is very slimming” to her. Oh no… And then the belt is too small… and Christopher send him the “cut it out” signal but Ven ignores him, saying he can ask for a bigger belt. Then Gunnar says how rude Ven is being, especially since this woman is his client! Ven just won’t drop the “you’re too big” thing!

Ven, who has no fashion sense, complains to his roommates about his woman. I mean, holy crap, does he ever stop?

They get to the workroom and I got a laugh out of them asking why nothing was done and saying: “Where were those elves last night?!”

Ven, the fashion backward, is talking about the outfit being slimming, and saying she WILL look beautiful and goes back to talking about wanting a bigger belt. She says it’s embarrassing, and he pretends like he’s not trying to make her seem fat. WHAT. A. JERK. Of course mister plus-sized designer was trying to make his client feel fat! Obviously his client is upset. And every other designer is saying how inappropriate he’s acting. Ven gives a half-hearted apology and says he wants her to feel special. Oh, sorry, did I say half- hearted? Oops. There was NO heart in his apology. And then, when he’s ‘trying’ to make his model feel better, he says he was surprised how beautiful she looked with the new hair. OUCH! Completely insensitive and RUDE. Her friend says she would wear it to a funeral! Haha way to fight back, friend!

“Treat her like a queen”- Gunnar (To the hair/makeup people). See, he is really nice!!!

RUNWAY TIME!

Nathan: oh dear! short, tight, and shiny. Not a good combo!
Elena: model looks happy, design looks pretty boring!

Melissa: I don’t think it looks that great, and the model’s walk doesn’t help!

Gunnar: his model was hilarious and the dress looked great!
Alicia: good color for the model, but not extremely well done, and totally not her!

Christopher: The dress was really pretty, but I’m sad you couldn’t see the jacket more! Poor Chris!
Plus-sized Ven: She does NOT look polished and sophisticated! It makes it look like she’s trying to hide her body!

Dmitry: The dress is cute, but I’m not a fan of the hair. I liked it better before!
Fabio: She looks GREAT! It totally fits her personality and is really cute!

Sonjia: makes her look a little chubby… it’s too short!

JUDGING TIME!

Melissa, Christopher, Elena, and Alicia are declared in.

“I literally wanna do a toe touch cartwheel round-off back handspring. I’m happy!”- Christopher

Heidi announces that the top 3 are Gunnar, Dmitry, and Fabio, and the bottom 3 are Sonjia, Nathan, and Ven. Hey, Ven! Remember how you were saying Gunnar wasn’t ready for this competition? Well look where you are, and look where he is, Mister plus-sized bottom 3 resident! (Sorry, I’m really mad at him.)

Oh wait, here he goes dogging his model even when he was told he was in the bottom. Douche Nugget.

TOP 3

Dmitry: They think it is sexy, not slutty, and a great color. They think the styling is great as well.
Fabio: They think the client is really cool, and they think the dress is really edgy and cool and perfect for an artist. Tonight’s Korsism: “It took a boy in a dress to get you into a dress!”

Gunnar: Personally, I think the chest looks a little wonky (the seam under the chest looks a tad lopsided, and the boobs look a little lopsided as well). However, she had a lot of fun with it, and the dress looks really good on her.

BOTTOM 3

Sonjia: They think the knot didn’t work, and that the skirt was too short. They say that the proportions are off and it’s too far away from who she was.
Ven, the fashion senseless: And here we go, dogging real-sized women. Terri says she was not happy at all.  And here Ven goes talking about ‘real women’ and Heidi can’t see this woman wearing this. Terri’s friend talks about how special Terri is, and I feel really sorry for them, because Ven is so rude. The judges like Terri, say it’s Ven’s fault, and don’t like his outfit.

Nathan: The client wants it tighter. Heidi thinks it looks cheap and that the client looks like a hoochi mama. It looks like a mess, doesn’t fit, is too short, etc. And Nina asks if the client chose the fabric. AHA! See, it did pop up in judging!

THE RESULTS
The winner of the challenge is… FABIO! I think he did a good job. I just still wish my Dmitry and Gunnar would win a challenge already.

Heidi says that one OR MORE of you may be out. Nathan is quickly declared to be OUT. Which leaves us to sit here and wonder whether or not he is gay. Sonjia is in, leaving only Ven on the runway. He is declared IN. I really wish they would’ve just eliminated him, but I guess he’s a good enough designer that they let him hang around a bit longer. Obviously they did this just to scare him but it didn’t work too well because immediately after returning to the other designers, he says there were other people who deserved to be in the bottom.

I also loved Tim’s little jab about character, obviously a jab at Ven's plus-sized poor character that needs to get its fat butt sent home.
So, did you enjoy this episode? How did you like my big, fat, jabs at Ven? I'll be back next week (hopefully) with a normal, model-sized review!

6 comments:

  1. Ven's attitude and behavior was absolutely horrible. However, there's a difference between pointing out his hypocrisy in his comments about her size and making "fat" jokes all the way through your post. IMHO, the jokes and comments you made, although directed at Ven, still contribute to the root problem, have the potential to make readers who are of the same build as Ven feel bad, and bring you down to his level.

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    1. Thanks for your comment! My point was to be over the top rude like he was, because his model is not that large and honestly, neither is he. My goal was to humorously make a point. I'm sorry you don't find it funny, but I know people who were very offended by Ven, and found my blog post extremely funny. Which was the point: to get people to laugh at an extremely offensive person.

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    2. I was very offended, I have blogged about it myself (http://journeythroughppd.blogspot.com/2012/08/project-runway-made-me-want-to-run-away.html), have posted several times on PR's wall, have posted on Lifetime and L'Oreal's walls, and have Tweeted multiple times, including tweeting @ PR and Ven. That doesn't change the fact that by mocking Ven through making fun of his size, you are doing the same thing as him and it has the potential to make people who share his shape/size feel badly.

      Two wrongs don't make a right and when we turn around and mock someone for the very thing we are upset about them doing, we sink to their level.

      You can get people to laugh at Ven without making it about his size. But part of the whole problem with the Ven kerfuffle is that it demonstrates the problematic attitude people have today towards anyone who isn't shaped exactly like a model, and it kind of negates fighting that if we indulge in it ourselves at the same time.

      You asked for feedback and I gave it. Now the question is, are you sincere in wanting peoples feedback or not.

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    3. I am sincere in wanting feedback. I thanked you for your comment, did I not? I just wanted to explain why I approached my humor the way I did- to make his hypocrisy obvious and humorous. My sense of humor is not for everyone. I understand that. All humor is subjective, and may be offensive to some people. My intent was not to offend anyone, but I'm sorry if that was how you percieved it.

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  2. Thank you for your kind words of saying Ven's apology had no heart. It didn't.
    Please come join Terri on her "fan page" called Terri's Redemption on Facebook. Or email: TerrisRedemption@gmail.com
    Terri still have received NO genuine apology or even a thank you for doing the show from Project Runway, or any of its affiliates.

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  3. Okokok, so I'm DEFINITELY not the smallest person ever, and honestly the post that Kristen made, made me laugh so hard, I was practically choking on my lunch. (Yes, I do see the irony in this) But, she was just joking around like I've known her to, and yes I do see how this entire blog post can have the potential of making readers upset that are around Ven's build, but honestly, I don't see how this brings her down to his level since it was just a JOKE.

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