Project Runway: Episode 5.9 Chic or Freak?
This week on Project Runway 5, we had a double elimination.  I was not particularly devastated to see two designers go home in one episode.  Not that I was out for Blayne Walsh or Terri Stevens in particular, just that the season needs to pick up the pace. 

And that's not just for the sake of not irritating my short attention span; as we've reported, the final six designers were showing this week at Bryant Park, so we had to boot a couple this week to bring it down to even that expanded level.  The fashions from this episode made it easy to find two designers to send home.


I was not immediately in love with much more about Jerell Scott's outfit than his absolutely gorgeous skirt, which is all kinds of Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen.  (He's also another designer fortunate to have a model who knows how to work it on the runway; she, in the words of Rachel Zoe, killed it on this episode.)  It's grown on me since then, although I wish the coat were a bit more flattering, and the mismatch fabrics have less impact to those of us who have seen his hodgepodge look several times before.  But of the outfits offered on this episode of Project Runway 5, I can understand why it won.

Sometimes fashion doesn't make sense, and I can't even articulate what it is about this outfit by Leanne Marshall that I love so much, but I do.  I had an immediate, visceral reaction of loving it when I saw it on the runway, and feel like it so embodied her sign of Scorpio.


Readers of this column know that Korto Momolu can do no wrong for me...but I look at this and I feel like I am looking at a costume for one of the animatronic dolls of the Disneyland "It's a Small World" ride.  Like one that would be spinning through a waterfall or something.  Too literal.

I am really really tempted to put Joe Faris in the worst column, but I know part of that reaction is because he's just not my cup of tea.  I can't help but look at this and think I am looking at the bunched-up curtains from Jersey mafia don's living room circa 1974.  Also: how ticked off does his model look to be in this outfit?


Kenley Collins' outfit is over the top, but as the judges pointed out, this isn't fresh or new enough to merit the ridiculous proportions.  Additionally, I don't feel her pattern mixing was as effective in this challenge.  She started off this season of Project Runway very strong for me, but I'm starting to wonder.

Suede: I Dream of Jeannie, The Midnight Collection.

Terri: Costume from small, underfunded "Waiting for Guffman"-esque local production of The Taming of the Shrew.

Blayne: I refuse to put together a sentence about this outfit.  I still like Blayne, I still think he has talent underneath all this silliness.  But this.  I have never before uttered this exclamation in reaction to anything, but all I can say is: "Oy."

- Leslie Seaton, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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