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Friday, August 28, 2009

'Project Runway' season 6, episode 2

click to enlarge Mitchell meet sewing machine. Sewing machine meet Mitchell.
  • Mitchell meet sewing machine. Sewing machine meet Mitchell.

THE CHALLENGE: Design a form-fitting pregnancy look for supermodel/actress Rebecca Romijn

Hold up, wait a minute. Is what I think is happening ... happening? Has "Project Runway's" move to Lifetime sanitized the series? Two episodes in and Heidi's already canned the show's best chances for catch phrases and hare-brained concept outfits. Halter diapers? Chicken-egg baby slings? C'mon! You'll find more offensive items on the Urban Outfitters sale rack any day. And at least Ari and Malvin's looks actually involved sewing. The fact that Mitchell managed to survive a second week without successfully merging fabric and thread is indefensible.

Let's consider the case against Mitchell:

Item #1: Episode 1's naked-model-moo-moo mishap

It was a catastrophe, but it was the first episode, pressure was high and his model lied about being a fatty. We had sympathy. Plus, Qristyl's shiny purple number was so offensive, we could justify sending someone else home.

Item #2: "I don't want to go out on a limb with this challenge. I want to be safe."

He gave up before he even started — the cardinal sin of "Project Runway" (or so we thought). Did he learn nothing from being in the bottom two last week?

Item #3: The Jolly Green Giant hot pants

"I heard you were having twins, so I made you the biggest damn shorts I could find," he joked. "She's a mess!" said Nina. "She's a pregnancy mess," elaborated Heidi.

I rest my case.

At least Rebecca, Heidi, Nina and guest judge Monique L'huillier made the right calls on the top three, and on the choice of Shirin as winner. Her jacket was so finely tailored and her dress so immaculately detailed, she made Mitchell's model look like the Bird Lady from Mary Poppins. How Epperson managed to sneak another monstrosity by the judges is a whole other story.

With a few obvious exceptions, it's evident that there's more talent this season than last. But where's the drama? Sorry Lifetime, but Georgia O'Keefe movie teasers just won't cut it. We want "letha" and dinners at Red Lobster!

NEXT WEEK: Team work

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