Project Runway Power Rankings

After the last episode of Project Runway, I think it’s safe to say it’s anyone’s game. I really like seeing the designers have a comeback, and Nathalia did that this week. Here are my power rankings after last night’s episode.

  1. Nathalia– Nathalia had such a great comeback. The only thing that would’ve made it better was if she won the challenge. Her coat and pants were so impressive and I thought her styling with the slicked back hair screamed street style. She should’ve won hands down.Nathalia JMag’s Season 15, Episode 7 Final Look
  2. Lawrence– I loved Lawrence’s jacket. Everything she does is so tailored and well thought out. The color was bold, and I definitely think she stepped away from the all black that she’s been doing. The drop crotch pants were the only piece that didn’t work.Laurence Basse’s Season 15, Episode 7 Final Look
  3. Jenni– Jenni pulled out a really pretty two piece that I can see tons of girls wanting. It’s wearable, and I can see why so many people wanting it. I’m surprised it was just safe. Actually, the next few looks below Jenni were also equally surprising to see safe.Jenni Riccetti’s Season 15, Episode 7 Final Look
  4. Roberi– Roberi had three pieces that worked so well together. I loved the draping with it too. His style is romantic and I thought he did a great job of translating that to street wear.Roberi Parra’s Season 15, Episode 7 Final Look
  5. Rik– Rik also had a very strong piece that I liked a lot. It was definitely a nice play on textures. The ripped textures and braided hair really worked here, and the fit was awesome too.Rik Villa’s Season 15, Episode 7 Final Look
  6. Dexter– OK, so here’s why I’m confused. How did Dexter end up on the top if so many of the judges hated it? I mean, I thought it wasn’t as good as Roberi’s or Jenni’s, but then the judges don’t love it? I’m confused. I did like the color, but it just didn’t seem like a top three look for me.Dexter Simmons' Season 15, Episode 7 Final Look
  7. Mah-Jing- Mah-Jing’s dress was just okay for me. I didn’t love it, but it was also a pretty safe look. I didn’t like the jacket paired with the dress. They were both nice pieces, but not together. Mah-Jing Wong’s Season 15, Episode 7 Final Look
  8. Erin– Erin brought another yellow piece. I understood what she was trying to go for, but the execution was off. Putting playful embellishments has to be done right. In the first few challenges, she nailed it with fashion forward designs. She’s slipping a little, so hopefully she comes back to the top.Erin Richardson’s Season 15, Episode 7 Final Look
  9. Brik- Oh Brik. I’m going to miss him. He just has such a fun personality, and I want to be friends with him. Anyway, I didn’t think his outfit was that bad. The fabric choices were not good at all, but I liked the idea. Brik Allen’s Season 15, Episode 7 Final Look
  10. Cornelius– Cornelius was by far the worst. The jeans looked like jeggings and the top was so poorly made, it actually made me uncomfortable for the model. But he’s proven his designs to be somewhat strong in the past, so he was saved since Brik has been in the bottom twice. Cornelius Ortiz’s Season 15, Episode 7 Final LookStay tuned for next week’s recap.
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Project Runway Power Rankings

So I’ve been MIA with my Project Runway recaps because of my busy schedule. I did, however, finally catch up, so I’m going to do a little power rankings post.

By the way, this recap is based off of both design and personality, so some designers might be ranked a little higher purely because they’re entertaining. I also included my favorite look from each designer.

  1. Laurence– Laurence is such a badass on the show. After the first episode, I was a little disapointed, but I love her sleek, edgy aesthetic. Her looks are always chic and expensive looking, and honestly, I just love her personality too. Her leather jacket and dress from the last challenge have been my favorites so far.House of Bouton: Laurence Basse & Tasha Henderson
  2. Rik– Rik is also someone whose personality I really like. He just seems so humble about all the success he’s gotten so far. His designs are really sleek as well, and his swimsuit was one of my favorite pieces from this season so far.Rik Villa's Project Runway Season 15, Episode 4 Final Look
  3. Erin- Erin is clearly a force to be reckon with. Her aesthetic is really quirky and her emebellishments are super unique. I really liked the black light challenge because she used this concept of turning something pretty into something sexy.Erin Richardson's Project Runway Season 15, Episode 3 Final Look
  4. Jenni– Jenni is another person whose style is really refreshing and modern. Her dress from the last challenge was stunning and the color and embellishment made it look super expensive.Jenni Riccetti’s Season 15, Episode 6 Final Look
  5. Dexter– Sure Dexter got a little carried away with Erin, but I didn’t think his fringe dress was that bad. I really started liking Dexter after the team challenge. He was authoritative but still kept his fun personality alive. He’s definitely someone I can see going far.House of Bouton: Dexter Simmons
  6. Roberi– Roberi’s swimsuit was awesome in the fourth episode. It was such a playful print. Personally,  I like how whimsical and imaginative his designs are. Roberi Parra's Project Runway Season 15, Episode 4 Final Look
  7. Mah-Jing– Mah-Jing is so high because I love his personality. His vest was the one piece I liked of the collection, and I thought his tears over Tasha was so sweet.Team Unity: Mah-Jing Wong
  8. Brik- Brik should technically be at the bottom based on his first few designs, but I like Brik’s personality and energy on the show. He has a lot of funny sound bites, and it’d be cool if he made a comeback. Brik Allen’s Season 15, Episode 6 Final Look
  9. Cornelius- Cornelius is such a character. He’s so snarky, but I love the drama he brings. His designs aren’t my favorite, but the emoji dress he made was so amazing. He should’ve won that challenge.Cornelius Ortiz's Project Runway Season 15, Episode 3 Final Look
  10. Nathalia- Nathalia is on the bottom because she just isn’t that memorable. I love this look below. It was definitely a standout. The fact that she’s on my bottom shows how talented the designers are this year.Nathalia JMag's Project Runway Season 15, Episode 3 Final Look

Project Runway Premiere Review

I’m so pumped that Project Runway is back! It’s been gone for a while, and I’ve missed doing reviews. Here are my thoughts after the first episode. I’ve ranked them based on who I felt should be on the top first.

erin

Let’s start with Erin, who was the winner of the challenge. How cool and calm was Erin, right? Everyone including Tim was freaking out on her behalf, and she knew what she was doing the whole time. The color and textures are so fun, but she manages to make it sleek. I 100% agree with the judges that she deserved to win.

jenni

I really thought Jenni was going to be in the top. I love the styling of the braids and slides. The fur coat and painted two piece was so playful, and I thought this was something girls would want to wear.

tasha

Tasha has a very cool street style, and I loved the metallic pants she made. It was different from anything we’ve seen in a while, and I liked the simple top with the strappy back. The little purse was also adorable.alex

This was a little safe, but I thought this was one of the most well-executed and sleek of the looks. I like the different layers and textures going on here. dexter

I liked the styling here a lot. The concept is amazing, but I didn’t love the top portion of the dress. It was an unconventional challenge, and this was a runway piece so I’ll give it a pass. Plus, the long hair and earrings give off a boho chic vibe.

cornelius

People said this belonged in the bottom? This was so pretty and it was made with plates! It definitely was one of my favorite pieces. I don’t care how literal it may be. It was executed perfectly.

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I loved the minimalism here. It’s sleek, well-designed and the back is so beautiful. This is a cocktail dress I would totally wear.

mah-jing

This was a safer look. It’s good enough because it’s made with a mashup of materials and it works.

nathalia

The more I actually look at Nathalia’s look, the more I actually like it. The silver material is gorgeous and the fur sleeves and sleek ponytail make it a solid look.

kimber

This was an okay dress, but it had the effect Kimber was going for. It’s a cute little New Year’s Eve dress, but it’s a little too plain and boxy for my taste.

sarah

Sarah needs to chill because this little two piece she put out actually worked out pretty well. laurence

I had such high expectations for Lawrence, and I was disappointed that she didn’t make anything that great. At least she admitted it though.roberi

This really shouldn’t have been on the bottom. It was a safe piece as well, but there were plenty of other safes ones that has way less creativity than this one. I’m on Heidi’s side.rick

If Brik just made the top into a black crop top and did a little top knot instead, this look would be fine. But the romantic top and hairdo doesn’t work with these pants. I like Brik, so I hope he pulls it together.

ken

Ian deserved to go home. The fringe is pretty, but when I saw the Polaroids, I was instantly thinking it would be amazing and creative. This was so disappointing and it did deserve to go. But good for Ian for standing by it.

linda

This was my least favorite look. It was so plain and basic. I personally thought this one had the least amount of design, and it was paired with those flats that didn’t really match.

Project Runway Review: Episode 3

Last night’s episode was the group challenge where designers took inspiration from countries and a cruise. And again, I wasn’t on the same page as the judges. Oh, and I miss David, and wish he was still on the show. 😦

blake and kelly greek isles

Blake and Kelly: This was by far my favorite, and I honestly thought this should’ve won. How were they safe? This screams Greece to me with the white and blue tones. I also like how the fabric peeked at the sides, and when the model turned around, the print was more prominent. I think the judges are crazy for putting this as a safe look, when it was the most chic to me.

swapnil and laurie india

Swapnil and Laurie: These two made a great team with Swapnil focusing on the sari, and Laurie making it modern and fresh. The crop top and high-waisted pant look was great on its own, but I also loved the mix of patterns. If Blake and Kelly couldn’t win, I would’ve had Swapnil and Laurie for the win.

Ashley and candice venice

Candice and Ashley: I’m really surprised that this look won. To me, the main problem is that this doesn’t say Venice to me. I like the mix of the floral print and the stripes, but the pants threw me off. They were way too short and I wasn’t crazy about the proportions. It’s a strong look, but I think it needs to be edited a little bit.

jake and lindsey hong kong

Lindsey and Jake: These two made me uncomfortable with how poorly they worked together. On one hand, Lindsey sometimes undermines Jake, especially with Tim’s critique ( I like you Jake, but I would sooner die) . On the other hand, Jake was making Lindsey do everything. They were in the top. He didn’t have to be so passive aggressive on the runway. Anyway, I liked the red dress, but I wasn’t crazy about the green vest.

amanda and gabby

Amanda and Gabrielle: This wasn’t that great, but it wasn’t terrible. The proportions are off, and this doesn’t read South of France to me at all. I did like the lining of the top though.

Joseph and merline st.peterburg

Joseph and Merline: If I were Merline, I would’ve pulled a Jake and said this was all Joe’s look. He completely shut her down from expressing her point of view, which is much more fun and fresh than Joe’s aesthetic. The little bib part was made of a nice fabric, but like I said, it looked like a weird bib. This was too old, and I would’ve liked to see Merline put some of her styling into this. She’s been on the top, while Joe made that really bad paper skirt last week. I’m not sure why he was so cocky in this episode.

hanmiao and edmond caribbean

Edmond and Hanmiao: Wow, this was so bad. I laughed when Gabrielle said it was good, and Hanmiao said “Really?” I can’t believe they used their differences in design aesthetics as an excuse. They could’ve split up the look. She could’ve made a structured crop top, and Edmond could’ve made a proper flowy skirt, and it would’ve worked for the challenge. I felt so bad for Edmond because Hanmiao couldn’t voice any of her opinions, and then she went crazy and sewed the model into the bathing suit.

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.

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  • 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

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

merlona

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

swapnil

  • 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

  • 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

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

jake

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

candice

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

blake

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

gabriela

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

duncan

  • 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

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

kelly

  • 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.

Best Dressed For the 2015 Golden Globes

I’m sharing my thoughts on some of my favorite looks of the Golden Globes! For some reason, I wasn’t loving a lot of the dresses but there were definitely a handful that I absolutely adored. I know some people might have different opinions but this is just my own personal view!

Emma Stone

Emma Stone: Her Lanvin jumpsuit was bold and yet she came off looking so effortless and relaxed. Her tousled hair and heels were perfect touches. I loved the glamour of the top bodice and the sleekness of the bottom pant and over sized bow.

Emily Blunt

Emily Blunt: Emily’s braided hairdo ultimately elevated the overall look but I also loved her dress. The cross body ruching was by Michael Kors and the color popped beautifully. The real showstopper was the Lorraine Schwartz jewels she paired with her gown.

Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore: Not everyone agrees with this Givenchy gown. I personally love this shimmery gown. I love the shape and the feathery bottom wasn’t too over the top. With minimal styling and her hair down, I thought this look was perfect for the golden globe winner.

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Heidi Klum: This was a winner for Heidi. The dress has a bold color, ruching, sequins and an asymmetrical neckline and yet, it looks so effortless. The hair screams Hollywood glamour.

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Quvenzhane Wallis: Little Quvenzhane looks absolutely darling in this Armani gown. It is super adorable and I love the blush color against her skin.

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Allison Williams: The Girl’s star looked radiant in this Armani Prive dress. The layered dress was risky and could have been a train wreck but the glam hairstyle and makeup made the look a winner for Williams.

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Naomi Watts: I’m a sucker for a bright yellow and loved this Gucci look! The Bulgari snake necklace was the standout of this look and really elevated my love for this entire ensemble.