First Impression: Caribbean version of Project Runway. I just watched the first episode in YouTube, and if Tom and Lorenzo watched it, I think they would proclaim it miles above their original Project Runway All Stars, in terms of production at least.
Host: Keneea Linton-George
She’s okay, next.
Currently drama free. I just hope that they have good sewing skills and good innovative perspective. Though it is quite strange that the show never really focus on whether any of the contestants have some kind of technical issue.
Challenge: In 8 hours, design a garment inspired by a piece from a past challenge that defines your style and that will show your growth as a designer.
For my interpretation: Of course I would give it surprises, but I would also want to make it felt that it can be a collection with my past deisgn.
Since I basically jumped from this series to All Stars, I have absolutely no opinion about who the contestants are (aside the assumption that 60% of them would use beautiful lazy fabric like Anya did in Project Runway Season 9).
Still, at least it is not an unconventional material challenge. And it is a nice memory lane about these All Stars.
Mentor: Mercedez Gonzalez
Well she’s no Tim Gunn, and she is unapologetically more about the retail side of fashion (marketing, trend, mass production and of course, making money), having her talk with almost all the contestants (which is most of the clothing design part) and let her talk about the business side of fashion makes her quite knowledgeable and legitimate. Still, from a fashion ‘designer’ perspective, I’m quite vary of her input because she might bring down the runway from a designer perspective, in the name of business.
Though for this challenge at least, I’m okay with her for now since the time limit of 8 hours screams lazy retail.
First off, I’m surprised that none of the contestants get a voiceover like the usual Project Runway format, and the vocal-accompanied music is sometimes distracting when watching the runway.
But for 8 hours, I didn’t really see any obvious clunkers in the designs (albeit the designs are mostly safe and pretty), and having all the models do a final walk (you know, the finale where the models walk together like queueing for another paycheck) is quite nice.
Main Judges: Novia McDonald-Whyte, Carlton Brown (a menswear designer, why is he here?)
Guest Judge: Cindy Breakspeare (Miss Wold 1976)
My favourite part of the episode, given how everybody gave constructive criticism towards the 6 designers to the point, and even judges politely disagreeing to one another viewpoint, although some critique is quite short, and you can already know who is going to be eliminated when the judging is on.
Really grabs my attention for now.
To watch the show: