Project Runway Review: Episode 1

So Project Runway is back with Season 14. I’m so excited after a great last season with my favorite, Sean Kelly, winning with his fringe collection. The designers all have great feisty personalities, but overall, I wasn’t that impressed with the designs. However, I’m stoked that the next episode is the unconventional challenge. That’s always where the best designs are.

  • PR yellow skirtAshley– I loved this look! The top reminds me of white eyelet to wear during the summer and spring. Nina was so on point about her design being the only one with texture. The back scalloped is modern and fresh, and she definitely has a point of view. I can’t wait to see more from her, and I’m so glad she got the confidence boost that she needed.
  • PR blue maxiDavid– I can’t believe he wasn’t in the top 3. He was  one of the few designers to successfully mix prints, and he made it sleek by making a very billowy maxi dress with oversized sleeves. I’m interested to see more of his design aesthetic.
  • edmond newtonEdmond– This was a much better look than it was earlier in the episode. It’s a basic tube dress with a nice neon pop to make the design original. It was a nice representation of his style. He seems like he’s going to have a street, edgy aesthetic.


  • Amanda– I thought this look had potential to be in the top three as well. The colors are great together and the fit is perfect. Amanda’s  style seems fun and flirty with bright colors.


  • Laurie– This was a well-constructed dress with a ridiculous slit, but it wasn’t terrible.


  • Merline– If this orange dress was in a chiffon or another lightweight fabric, then it would be great.


  • Swapnil– The top was so interesting and would look amazing with a maxi skirt. Instead, it was paired with a stiff skirt. It’s a shame because the top part is really modern and cool.


  • Lindsey– This wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t anything special. It looks like a safe dress/romper to make for the first challenge. Her aesthetic seems really quirky so hopefully we’ll see more of her design.


  • Joseph– I don’t even remember this one. But it’s okay.


  • Jake– Tim was right. The fabric is the only thing that makes this dress special.


  • Candice– This was another well-constructed dress with an interesting peplum top portion.


  • Blake– I think Blake is a sweetheart, but there’s too much in this dress.


  • Gabrielle– This was so boring and I thought this was ill fitting. And she wasn’t shown at all.


  • Duncan– This dress was badly draped, but I honestly think he left based on his answers to the judges. It’s never a good answer to say that you don’t know who you are as a designer. It’s a shame though because his portfolio looked awesome.


  • Hanmiao– I liked the idea of this dress. It just wasn’t executed right.


  • Kelly– This was my least favorite of the episode. I just thought the styling was not good, and the asymmetrical straps just looked sloppy.

Other Thoughts:

  • I loved that Tim didn’t sugarcoat how bad some of these outfits looked. This is a simple challenge, and a lot of people went way too simple, and relied on their fabric.
  • I can’t believe three designers didn’t bring their kits.
  • Ashley is my favorite so far. She’s got a great story and a clear voice. David is also someone to look out for.
  • Based on the edit, someone introduced in the beginning segment is going to win…Or they hide the winner like they did with both Dom and Sean.

Not sure if this is going to be the permanent format for my blog, but for now, I’ll share my thoughts on all designers after each episode. Hope you liked this quick review.


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