Wiebke (wiebke) wrote,

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Things I've Learned From Project Runway

This post is NOT about tonight's finale episode -- that's right, no spoilers -- but it is about what I've learned, especially about my own personal sense of fashion. This was the first season of the show I've watched pretty much all the way through, and from it I've learned more about what I like and what I don't like, plus what things I like to wear myself versus what things I like on other people but would never wear myself (e.g. put mein white and I look like death warmed over, and no satin, never satin).

Probably the #1 thing I learned is that apparently I have bad taste, or at least different taste than fashion experts, because just about every outfit that was declared "trashy" or supposedly made a model "look like a streetwalker" was one I really liked and totally would wear. (I know, HUGE surprise, huh?) For example, Angela's "dog challenge" outfit (see pic) got laughed off the show as streetwalker-esque, but to me it looked totally funky. I don't think I could pull off a bubbleskirt, but I like the concept! Another example was Jeffrey's black and white cocktail dress, while perhaps not good as a cocktail dress, was totally cool. I really liked the black pleather (?) leggings, which I'm sure lost points in the judging. To me, there's nothing wrong with looking like a hooker, because if the clothes are fun, if you are or aren't, so what? I've hardly ever seen a real hooker who had nice clothes out on the street, have you?

Another type of fashion challenged I liked was ones where the designers had to use non-traditional material, although I also discovered that my favorite outfits differed from a lot of people's. My favorite was the recycling challenge and out of that, I actually liked Kayne's a lot. He got a lot of ridicule over that and I don't know why. There were comments on the makeup being all wrong, on the model looking like she'd rolled around in the trash, but I liked how garish and crazy it was. Too bad most people wouldn't actually wear that look out -- unlike me. I would wear it! I admired Jeffry's blue and yellow paper dress too and was happy it was chosen as the winner. I think I might be the only person out there who kind of liked that crazy ass yellow paper dress that got the designer voted off. I mean, sure, it made the model look kind of chunky, but I love the whole concept, the styling, this origami dress. I'd like to see a rework of that. Anyway, the whole recycling thing sparked some creative ideas in me and I'd like to try making up some outfits for myself that are along those lines -- things I can make without having to sew, but instead can do with duct tape, safety pins, etc. I have an idea for a skirt involving "DO NOT CROSS POLICE LINE" tape and a whole bunch more with things from a hardware store. I might try that for Dragon*Con next year.

I also found myself liking outfits that were sort of "messy," with asymetrical elements, crumpled fabric, intersting layers. I definitely enjoy a sort of factory feel at times, with stuff being sort of an artistic mess -- tailored, with a lot of work put into it, but with a look that's not so square, sleek, etc. I guess some of the stuff I like is kind of punk or industrial, deliberately going against traditional fashion models and being sort of "ugly beautiful." I know I've gone for that look a lot in my own clothes choices, like that hideous dress I bought the other day just because it's wearable and yet will call attention to itself by being such a fashion mistake. I swear, once I lose a bit more weight and fix the zipper in back, I'll post pictures. It's very much like some kind of leftover Star Trek costume.

Then there were some general things I noticed I just don't like. I definitely am not into the ultra-plunging V-necklines. I mean, I'm sorry, but that just isn't a good look, plus you can't wear a bra (certainly not a normal one!) with it, plus there has to be all this space between your tits.. or it just doesn't work. A couple of times designers made it work (I liked Laura's cocktail dress) but overall, no. I love outfits that draw attention to the chest, but not with the V going down to the bellybutton. I also am not a big fan of any dress that looks like a regular, run-of-the-mill prown gown. Several designers produced stuff over the course of the season, including Michael, whose "couture" gown is now available at J.C. Penny, or could be. I mean, why bother designing something like that which has been totally done and is totally normal? I feel the same about a few outfits I saw which reminded me of casual wear you'd find at a big discount store, just sort of dresses made out of jersey with some sparkles on it. Just: no.

P.S. For anybody who's ever wondered, yes, I think that outfit in my icon is a bit much, and I'm too big for it, but f' it, I like it way too much :)
Tags: clothes, project runway, television

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