Project Runway: Episode 5.11 Chic or Freak?
Much like in the drag challenge on Project Runway 5, last night's musical genre challenge requires a temporary suspension of the normal set of standards for Chic and Freak. When you are talking about modern music, a little bit of freak might be required in order to achieve an authentic look.

Nevertheless, even with some revised standards, I didn't really fall in love with any of the looks offered up by the designers on last night's episode, so my picks for Chic are rather half-hearted, and I don't have an actual Freak for this week. The worst I could muster up was an “Eh” for my least favorites from this episode of Project Runway.


Korto Momolu's punk rock look for Suede worked, but…I don't know, it just wasn't particularly exciting to me. Jerell Scott's pop outfit for Kenley Collins was right on the money, but I felt like he could have still accomplished the same sort of pop sexiness with just a little bit of a higher-end feel. This felt very girl-at-the-mall to me.



Okay, the near-universal response to Kenley's outfit for Leanne Marshall seems to be absolute disdain. I didn't like the outfit, but I have to say I didn't think she missed the hip-hop mark by the widest of margins. It's not hip-hop, but it's not the least hip-hop thing I could imagine. I feel like this outfit – done properly – is at least a silhouette that Mary J. Blige would wear and the styling (hair and jewelry) made it more so. Both she and Alicia Keys have been sporting high-waisted pants in recent years. While both are, in fact, technically R&B artists, Mary J., especially, has a lot of crossover with the hip-hop world.

Anyway, I still don't like it, and it's not as hip-hop as it could be, but I just felt like saying there was nothing hip-hop about it wasn't being entirely fair.


Heidi Klum said it best: in Suede's outfit, Jerell looked like…Jerell. And as to Leanne's, it showed some thought and Leanne has enough innate style to not make something that is a total disaster. But no, LL Cool J, there isn't a fine line, as he said, between the look of a theme park waitress and a recording artist. At least there shouldn't be; if there is, fire your stylist. Leanne's outfit for Korto wasn't was still too costumey and the gold against the purple hurt my eyeballs. The silhouette mainly looked cute because Korto is so cute.

Despite the annoying third-person affectation, Suede wasn't a bad guy, so I take no pleasure in his heading home, but I am glad that the designers I've felt to be stronger throughout the season get to stick around for another episode of Project Runway.

- Leslie Seaton, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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