Labels: Chris March, Fall 2008 Collections, Finale Collections, Project Runway Season 4, Project Runway Season 4 - Finale Part 2, Season 4 Finale Collections
Get your tomatoes and warm up your pitching arms, girls!
In the end, we have to go with the term the judges may have over-applied to him: costumey. In this instance, they were exactly right. In many cases, these clothes simply didn't make the wearers look better; they made them look heavier and older. All the interest was generated in the materials he used. When your strong points are safety pins and human hair, then yes, you're making costumes.
With its Catholic iconography and references to blood and body parts, this was a surprisingly goth collection, which means that it's extremely limited in terms of its appeal and in the end, pretty dated. We reiterate: there simply wasn't anything new or fresh-looking here. It was a lot of old-looking styles and silhouettes made more interesting by his choice of materials.
This isn't to say that we don't think Chris is talented. We do. He's enormously talented. He has a gift for making astonishingly dramatic looks utilizing a wide range of techniques and materials. It's just that this collection really hammered home the point that he should remain a costume designer and not a fashion designer. He has the potential to be a world class costumer but sadly, in our opinion, doesn't have the potential to be a world class designer.
[Photos: WireImage/Getty Images/Elle.com - Slideshow: Projectrungay.blogspot.com]
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