Sabotage! [Project Runway Australia]
Pictured: Petrova’s losing design; Juli’s not-that-disastrous disaster; Lui’s winning gown
Tip: if you’re ever on a reality show, never ever boast about your skillz – even if you do so modestly, a higher power will intervene to ensure your swift elimination.
Early in this week’s instalment Petrova let slip that she knows more about ’60s fashion than any other designer. At that moment I knew she was doomed. Oh, Petrova – I’ll miss your weird muu-muu clothes and Lindy Chamberlain-meets-Princess Leia hairdo.
Shameless product placement is a Project Runway tradition: Because the well-known cosmetics brand that sponsors the show has an ad campaign inspired by glamorous 1960s Italian films, the theme of this week’s challenge was also glamorous 1960s Italian films. The designers were tasked with creating a “cohesive collection”, so everything on the runway ended up looking kind of… same-y:
Sabotage! Poor adorable Juli had a shocker this week after entrusting Mark and his devious quiff to buy her fabric. The silk she’d requested was out of stock, so instead he returned with… polyester. My knowledge of fashion is slim, but even I know that you don’t downgrade someone to polyester when they ask for silk. Innocent-eyed Mark objected to Juli’s allegations of sabotage, but of course he returned from the store with gorgeous fabric for himself. Hmmm.
The comedy of errors continues: After Juli spent hours fretting over her hideous polyester dress (which really wasn’t that awful), her model tripped on the runway. Embarrassing.
Sarah Gale is a bitch: Juli explained that her dress didn’t turn out the way she wanted because she didn’t have her intended fabric… prompting sourpuss judge Sarah Gale to bitch that Juli should “take responsibility” for the polyester. WTF? It’s not like Juli was too lazy to go to the store – she wasn’t allowed to. If Mark fucked up and bought the wrong fabric, how is Juli meant to take responsibility? Go back to Myer, Sarah.
Brint’s vuctory: In a dumb twist, the designers were given a shot at immunity in a mini-challenge. What is this, Survivor? Anyway, Brent and his awful Kiwi accent somehow charmed columnist Sophie Faulkner, who awarded him immunity. Not that he needed it –
the judges are still falling for his boring “I’m a minswear disigner” thing.
Lui’s victory: When he won the challenge, the ever-monotone Lui claimed he was “overjoyed”. That’s how he does overjoyed? I’ve seen bigger smiles on office drones who’ve just found out that their favourite biscuit is in the kitchen. (I bet Lui prefers Milk Arrowroots: sweet, but bland.)