Down and Out in Denver

Project Runway Confusion

Posted in fashion, tv by Blake on March 12, 2010

Alastair and I are confirmed addicts of the ever watchable Project Runway.  And we’ve been enjoying this season much more than the predictable snoozefest that was Season 6.  We’ve even gotten used to the movie advertisements that invite us to head “on over to LMN” to check out “Amish Grace” or “The Pregnancy Pact.”  Oh, Lifetime….

Seth Aaron Henderson. Need I say more?

What we can’t get used to, however, is Seth Aaron Henderson’s continued appearance in the Top Three. What is up with this?  He clearly styles himself some sort of rocker and continually designs in black and leather.  And it just doesn’t work.  Alastair and I are no stranger to muted colors; I’m sure I wear more black and gray than anything else.  But this just looks so terribly dated.  And forced. And like he’s attempting — both in his own ensembles and bad hair, as well as what he designs — to be something that he is not.

Stella B. Zotis at a confused moment

He reminds me just a teeny tiny bit of one of my very favorites from seasons past, Stella B. Zotis. Except that with her, you believed it.  She had the accent and rode a Harley and had a boyfriend named Ratbones.  Seth Aaron (yes, with the perpetual two names), not so much…

Over on Models of the Runway, however, we are thrilled, thrilled I tell you, that Alexis (the crazy witch — her claim, not ours — from Denver) was kicked off and that the ever lovely Cerri has finally hit her stride and found a designer (in the talented and funny Jonathan) who knows how to treat her right.  We’re ready for next week.  And we’re still awaiting the moment — included in the season’s opening teaser — when one of the models refuses to work with the designer who selects her.  Stay tuned…


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  1. squadratomagico said, on March 13, 2010 at 10:36 am

    I must say, I love Cerri, too. Her translucent skin is so lovely, and she seems sweet-tempered, too. I’m sensing some resentment towards the other girl (can’t remember her name) who gets lots of praise each week from Heidi, though. Will she take Alexis’ place as the one everyone hates?
    I actually can understand the Seth-Aron appeal: he knows how to tailor and to sew. That leather jacket, while a bit strange, fit her like a dream ~ the seams over the chest lay perfectly flat; he made nice, tight sleeves with a difficult setting into a high armhole (it’s a construction with little room for error — I have a sleeve fetish, so I always look at them). I completely agree that there’s something a little contrived about his look; and I also have to say that it’s not particularly “modern” — a word the judges always use. But he makes difficult garments look just right.
    My problem this season is with Mila. One-trick-pony Courreges-wannabe. She does one thing, and it’s not particularly innovative,

  2. Blake said, on March 13, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Lorena is the one that they might all start to hate. At least with Lorena she’s actually good. Alexis was not great AND she was crazy AND thought she was fantastic and believed herself capable of irritating everyone so much they would become distracted and lose. Guess that didn’t work out…
    I agree about Seth Aaron’s craftsmanship, which is clearly superior to many others’. I don’t know as much about sleeves as you, but I do see what you mean. I just find the design of the clothes really dated, though Nina and Michael seem to like them. Je ne comprends pas.
    And Mila, yes, not so good. She DID avoid the color blocking this time around but instead just went very boring. And Brandise, her model, couldn’t make much out of it.

  3. squadratomagico said, on March 14, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Yes, I had to laugh at Alexis’ “Evil Mastermind” moments. She seemed to think of herself as an incredibly cunning strategist.

  4. mamamonroe said, on March 16, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Sounds like I should be watching the models show… i’ll be honest though I’m not hating seth aaron… oops

    • Blake said, on March 16, 2010 at 2:38 pm

      Say it ain’t so, Mama! Have you fallen under the spell of Seth Aaron Henderson?!?

  5. mamamonroe said, on March 17, 2010 at 11:25 am

    I like me a little leather! I mean I can totally WHY you DON’T like him… but just sayin I don’t HATE what he is doing… and, am I the only one that thinks Amy is the sleeper that could take it all?

    • Blake said, on March 17, 2010 at 3:48 pm

      I do hope you’re right about Amy! That thing with the hair was pretty atrocious but she’s been good in past weeks.

  6. Alastair said, on March 17, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    I thought the same about Amy, and then you had those terrible orange and aqua petal pants… my eyes were exhausted. Just when I thought she recovered… hairy boobs! I’m not so sure… but perhaps it’s all part of her strategy.

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