I think the best way to sum up Project Runway
so far this season is that, six episodes in, not one person is standing out as a designer.
Many of them have done individual looks that I liked, and, if pressed, I could name a couple of people who I think have what it takes to go to Bryant Park (Terri, for one), but I'm still hard-pressed to point to any one person and say that, yeah, he or she has a strong point of view.
And I don't think that's ever happened before. Six episodes in, I've always been able to pick out at least one or two people who are stepping up and distinguishing themselves. Jillian, Rami, Chris, Christian; Jeffrey, Uli, Michael; Santino, Chloe, Andre, Daniel V; Austin, Jay...whether you like these people or not, all of them had a clearly-defined design aesthetic.
I've always rooted for people (or not) based partly on that design aesthetic and partly on who I like on a personality level, but this season, I've fallen back on rooting for someone solely because I like them. ( Collapse )