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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Last Night’s Project Runway (SPOILER ALERT!)

posted by on August 21 at 13:00 PM

runwaydrag.jpgFirst off: Last night’s episode was awesome, not least because the divine Varla Jean Merman—star of the classic Girls Will Be Girls—triumphed in the above outfit by the typically drippy contestant Joe. (But mostly because the divine Varla Jean Merman—star of the classic Girls Will Be Girls—triumphed in the above outfit by the typically drippy contestant Joe.)

Getting away with sartorial murder for another week (spoiler alert!): cute-but-stupid rag-ripper Keith and local-boy-turned-national-embarassment Blayne.

No longer getting away with murder, despite his “impeccable taste”: Daniel, who’s happily shacked up with another Runway reject.

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It so irked me that Joe won after his whole sort of "AS A STRAIGHT MAN, this is SO not my THING" approach.

Posted by leek | August 21, 2008 1:09 PM

1: I'm with you, but it must be said that Joe totally rose to the occasion. (The doofy straight guy is the only one who thought to borrow his drag-queen model's boobs for fitting purposes?)

Posted by David Schmader | August 21, 2008 1:14 PM

Oh, I dunno, #1, I took it as "as a straight man, I don't really get how this is supposed to work" sort of thing. I mean, if you look at Mr. "Impeccable Taste", he made a nice woman's dress--but it wasn't a drag queen's dress. Joe had to be guided (by Miss Varla, I do believe) into taking it over the top and making it drag-queeny. And hiding the "candy". So I thought it was pretty cool that he won.

Posted by Nora | August 21, 2008 1:14 PM

the tiny, tiny hat is what makes it.

Posted by boxofbirds | August 21, 2008 1:21 PM

the show seems intent on purging itself of the hipster designers in the early rounds. it's nice to hear that Short Shorts and Impeccable Taste got something out of their time together in sewing camp.

Posted by josh | August 21, 2008 1:27 PM

It was definitely one of the best episodes ever.

And lousy-dumb mormon boy need to leave. UGH.

Posted by Original Monique | August 21, 2008 1:30 PM

Nora: I totally agree, he got good guidance. But every week has had at least a soupcon (usually more) of "AS A STRAIGHT MAN," which is probably why it's getting to me.

Posted by leek | August 21, 2008 1:32 PM

I'm proud of my straight-boy schlub Joe, beating off all the hapless, clueless queens. There's something hysterically funny about gay men who demonstrate such a zero understanding of drag. Both Keith and Daniel should have been aufed; Keith's was much worse, but the judges obviously felt that Daniel's "high end taste" baloney and his total inability to listen to them, to Tim, or to his clients meant that he had to go.

Keith's going next week. If he starts shredding fabric again I'm going to throw my TV into the street.

Posted by Fnarf | August 21, 2008 1:56 PM

Leave Keith alone. All he needs is one of Uncle Marks' special Grown Up Hugs from behind. That would straighten him right out.

Posted by it'smarkmitchell | August 21, 2008 1:59 PM

Wow you guys are getting fancy with the right-floating images today. nice work!

Posted by Non | August 21, 2008 2:00 PM

Best challange EVER!! I've been waiting for this since last season when they did the female wrestlers and Chris March said he wished they were doing drag queens. I couldn't believe thefolks who were so not getting drag. And Varla looked amazing. The only thing that would have made it better is a live-slog!

Posted by Mary T | August 21, 2008 2:06 PM

@9 IMM: Feel free to make use of every hole Keith has available, just please ensure that when you are done with him he no longer has the ability to thread a sewing machine.

The main reason that Joe and Terri proved most successful (I was rooting for Terri and Acid Betty myself) was that they listened to and worked with their clients without sacrificing the ideas they were bringing to the garments as designers.

Posted by djgirth | August 21, 2008 2:23 PM

At least it's not boring. Although it makes me want to gouge out my eyes with a shrimp fork.

Posted by Vince | August 21, 2008 2:29 PM

Let's don't forget Koto also did great dress. Terry and Koto are my favorites so far.

Keith just needs to stand there and look pretty. The more I get to know him the more he bugs me.

Daniel... Daniel Daniel Daniel. He's awfully cute but was in over his head.

Posted by monkey | August 21, 2008 2:41 PM

Keith is hot, but the ego drives me bat-shit crazy... that and the fucking rat-tail. I really hope someone shaves it off in his sleep.

On a related note, on Tuesday night I saw Blaine sulking at the Madison Pub (so I naturally assumed he'd be Auf'd this week)

Posted by UNPAID BLOGGER | August 21, 2008 3:11 PM

Terri's samurai drag outfit knocked it clear out of the park for me. One thing that may have worked against her is that Acid Betty is a newer breed of queen than many of the other models this week.

I'll also add that it was refreshing to see professional performers rocking the walk and putting the extra oomph behind those looks. The regular models on the show would do well to take notes...

Posted by Jimmy Jackhammer | August 21, 2008 4:10 PM

I was behind Terry for the win too. Acid Betty is GLAMOROUS.

Posted by it'smarkmitchell | August 21, 2008 4:39 PM

As a straight man, I don't watch this shit.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 21, 2008 11:15 PM

Best PR EVER.... hands down. Blayne remains!!!

Posted by M | August 22, 2008 6:05 PM

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