"I want something fresh, simple but interesting, short but kind of long, sexy but prim, something to show my body but that covers me up, tight but loose, feminine but macho, and most of all, I only look good in dark colors, so make sure it's nice and bright."
Aahh, models. Don't ever change, girls.
Kudos to him for recognizing that he needed to take the wheel on this one.
He put together something that's totally him while at the same time giving her something that she loved to wear. That's a designer.
We really loved this piece. About the only criticism we have for it (and we suspect it's the reason he didn't win) is that it didn't look very modern. Maybe this is because we've been holding our own private Sex and the City marathon this weekend, but it looks like something Carrie Bradshaw would have worn in seasons 1 or 2.
That back is gorgeous and very much in that deconstructed style of his.
And of course, we loved all the strips laid across the front. As Marc Bouwer pointed out, that couldn't have been easy to do without a lot of puckering and rippling. Heidi may have had a point about the bust, but we think that had less to do with any fit or design issues and more to do with the fact that Matar isn't big-boobed.
Still, it was nice to see him get some recognition and take his place in the top where we felt all along he belonged. As a designer, he's thoughtful in his approach and masterful in his technique.
And a big round of applause for Dr. Whitfield! She's been overworking her designs since week one but we have to admit she's more of a designer than we originally assumed.
This week's look sealed the deal. It's still perhaps a little overworked - there are an awful lot of elements for such a relatively simple look - but she toned it down considerably.
Let's start with the only criticisms we have: the skirt fabric isn't what we would call sophisticated and that thing around her waist makes her boobs look droopy. If it didn't curve out at the top and bottom like that, it would have been more flattering.
But that's it. The rest of it is as close to perfect gets on Project Runway. We really love the work she did on that top. We like the sort of incongruous strap on her right. It gives a simple Wilma top some interest.
And we like the effect on the back of the skirt. Also gives what could have been a really simple silhouette some interest.
All in all, it's a chic, stylish and most importantly, interesting look. She probably should have won it. Good job, C.H.
[Photos: Mike Yarish/myLifetime.com - Videos: myLifetime.com - Screencaps: Projectrungay.blogspot.com]
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