Last day of vacation and your blogger is so happy to be returning home to a familiar cable system and reliable wifi.
|It's a promotional challenge!|
|"Promotional challenge...yay...so much fun..."|
|There are still too many of you....|
|We'll never see someone make a garment out of Hallmark's Star Trek 2015 Ornament collection.|
|"Blake, I don't understand 'Indian' any better than you do, but your comment makes me wonder if you understand the difference between a language and an accent."|
|"Are you not going to understand my accent, either?"|
Anyway, this silly dust up was a distraction from the real feel-good story of the week....
|Swapnil has scissors!!!|
|"Designers, the glue gun is your friend. Use it thoughtfully."|
But we all know who should have been the guest judge this week....
The Looks we Liked
|Lindsay Creek captured Heidi's length of the moment. But if you're going to feature jewelry on the back of the outfit, style the model's hair up.|
|Suburban mom chic!|
|See the square hanging from the collar? IT'S AN ENVELOPE! How cute is that? Thank you, Hanmaio, for being so playful! Your shoe choices, however...are beyond weird.|
|Edmund Newton was inspired by a bridal card and went for broke creating an iconic look fit for a Hallmark card. Where did he get those large sheets of paper?|
|Here's Edmund opening up Hallmark bags.|
The Looks We Didn't Love....
Take it away, Maxine!
|I don't know if it's lighting or execution, but the back of Laurie Underwood's outfit looks better than the front. She shape is too much like a lampshade and the bodice looks like a mess of compromises with an unforgiving material.|
|What the hell is this? The model looks like Joseph Poli stuffed her into a paper bag. No, you don't get points for an unconventional shape...not when it's clear that you are letting the material master the design instead of the other way around.|
|When Ashley Tipton said she wanted to make a poncho, I got the shivers. Those never work out on Project Runway.|
|"They worked out for me!"|
Why, yes, Amanda, they did. But back to Ashley. The judges said that had she not had immunity, her outfit would have been disqualified because all she did was glue a pattern of cards onto a muslin outfit. She did not USE the materials as a textile-like overlay. That is different from using the materials like an embellishment. And for all this use of muslin, what did she get? A garment so stiff the model could barely walk. A real miss.
David's story really touched me and I wanted to save some blog space for that, before I close. The United States has made huge progress this year in securing the right to marry for all regardless of sexual orientation. Part of this has lead to increased acceptance in the general community of differences in orientation. The military and even the Boy Scouts now accept gay people.
But that doesn't mean that families still accept them. As a parent, I can tell you that children are the biggest challenge to one's belief system. You have a child and you have certain expectations of what that child is going to be. If you aren't careful, those expectations can easily develop into an extension of your own identity. Parents are always in danger of feeling like a failure if their child does not meet their expectations.
Parents are driven to instill a moral code and sense of compassion in our children. We want them to be good citizens and team players...but that line is sometimes so subtle and sometimes we fixate on a behavioral detail instead of the big picture. It's not unlike using a part of a card instead of the whole card in a design contest... That's the sort of thing that can move a parent to "disowning" a child. Allowing children to question your world view is one of the most humbling and daunting aspects of parenting. It can also be the most rewarding, if you let it.
Replace the word "gay" with "depressed" or "autistic" or any other word you wish and you'll see that parents everywhere with children who are different all struggle with their challenges in "Project Parenthood." Before we go beating everyone up for falling short, let us remember that the enterprise we call "childhood" is really less than 200 years old--in the Western world, anyway. Prior to that, children were considered "little adults." The whole notion of "child development" is still brand new, as is the whole consideration of mental health and so many other things. We're collectively toddling around in this new world of the inner person, so cut people some slack as they're busy evolving.
Which brings us back to the greeting card, doesn't it? Isn't that a weird custom? Letting someone else's words and pictures express your feelings? As a company, Hallmark has been evolving just like the rest of us. Remember a few years ago when Hallmark released this Christmas ornament?
Ellen DeGeneres and Jon Stewart had a field day. Has definition of "gay" become exclusively about sexual orientation? It was a big whiff for Hallmark and threatened their standing with the gay community...a huge and growing market for them.
But they figured it out.
|Hallmark's first gay Father's Day card.|
Remember, the challenge to INTEGRATE the unconventional material into the ENTIRE DESIGN.
It's a silly, reality TV design show, but Project Runway is always at its best when it makes you think about the struggles that creative people have in the real world because we have those struggles too.
I'm stepping off my soapbox to tell you that next week's challenge is IN TEAMS!
|"Team challenge....yay...so much fun...."|
It's on a cruise ship so the Project Runway promotional juggernaut marches on!
See you next week for more blog fun and check out the Blogging Project Runway chatroom on Thursday at 9 pm EDT for live chat during the show!