I think this was one of those challenges that was better in theory than practice.
Despite Joanna Coles insisting that designing for Miss Piggy was one of the best challenges they’ve ever had on “Project Runway” — and Georgina Chapman saying when you design on commission you have to focus on the client — it never seemed to occur to anyone to explain what the client wanted. The word “flamboyant” seemed to be all that was required.
The 11 designers had to create a cocktail dress for Miss Piggy to wear to promote her movie “The Muppets.” I was thinking along the same lines as Mila — since Miss Piggy had designs made for her by Prada and other major designers, they probably wanted something stylish and classy rather than a costume.
I still don’t understand why they went to the fashion designers of “Project Runway: All Stars” for a challenge where it looks like what they wanted was something they could’ve gotten at a party store. No one could love Rami more than I do (except maybe his friends and family) but I gasped and cringed when I saw his polka-dot garment — especially with that necklace on top. I thought for sure he would be in the bottom, with Mila, Anthony and maybe even Gordana’s looks in the top.
Once again, Anthony impressed me while by boy Rami disappointed. The judges didn’t see it that way, but I still don’t know what were they looking for. Rami’s over-the-top look and Kenley’s pink giraffe print at least looked similar, but then … Michael won. Why? They said they didn’t want black because it wasn’t fun and flamboyant and just wasn’t right for Miss Piggy, then they picked one of the darker, more “sophisticated” outfits.
At least the judges (including good sport Eric Daman and, thankfully, no Isaac Mizrahi) and I agreed that what Austin made was horrific. Austin should’ve been in the bottom two with … I don’t know who, but not Mila. Miss Piggy would look adorable in that ’60s mod cocktail dress. And maybe Gordana‘s simple pink dress wasn’t right for Miss “Moi” but at least they all thought it was pretty. I can’t imagine any circumstance where anyone would want to wear Austin’s garment. Those wings!
Having said that, it was probably Gordana’s time to go. Austin is one of PR’s major stars and there was no way they were letting him go this early in the game. Mila made an awesome cocktail dress, it just happened to be the opposite of what they wanted (without ever making it clear in advance what they wanted!)
Here are the 10 remaining all-stars, ranked in order of my personal preference after the third episode (big changes from last week!):
• Rami Kashou (Season 4)
• Mila Hermanovski (Season 7)
• Anthony Williams (Season 7)
• Michael Costello (Season 8)
• Mondo Guerra (Season 8 )
• Jerell Scott (Season 5)
• Austin Scarlett (Season 1)
• Kenley Collins (Season 5)
• Kara Janx (Season 2)
• April Johnston (Season 8)