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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

PRTCNJ: Challenge 1 Results

Sorry I was away for so long and have been hiding the results of the first challenge of Project Runway: TCNJ. First, I went to Minneapolis for an STD convention!

STD stands for Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society at my school. I sent in a paper to the convention and actually got accepted. So I flew out to Minneapolis to read my paper in front of an audience, who then questioned me. But don't worry, they didn't ask any tough questions and it went really well. I really enjoyed my time in Minneapolis (especially the skyway!) and would love to go back some day.

Except I had no internet while there! So that inhibited posting.
Then, a certain judge took til the end of the week to vote :P
But it was OK since I wasn't able to post anyway.

So anyway, here we go with the votes....


First, I have to share a tragic story.

The other day, PRTCNJ ex-contestant Nicole stopped by to see how the work was coming along. While she was here, she gave contestant Katrina a sandwich, which she eagerly consumed.

Well, about an hour later, we found this:

Now we're not sure how this happened, and we can't really point fingers here....

But fortunately, her younger sister Yaris has taken over for her and will design for Katrina in hopes that her sister's brutal attack can be avenged through sweet Project Runway victory!

On to elimination!

The contestants lined up to hear their fates.

Our lovely host Heidi Klum Kristen read the results. As you guys all know, in the world of fashion, one day you're in, and the next you're out.

Kristen revealed that Christie, Delisa, Ross, and Katraris were safe.

That left Enrico, Richard Parker, Stevenson and Dana as the final four. Two were in the top and two were in the bottom....

Kristen read the results:

"Richard Parker, you had the model Fat Britney. The vertical stripe slims her fuller figure and the bathing suit shows a good use of color. The hat is a nice touch.

Stevenson, your model was Kandi. Although the aluminum foil looks decent, the outfit is falling apart, the left strap looks like it is about to tear, it has jagged edges, and overall the outfit looks like it was thrown together between a statistics test and a kegger. Maybe after the kegger.

Enrico, Maddie was your model. Your outfit looked too much like the Green Lantern or possibly a porny superhero. However, it had a nice, simple 60s vibe and is well-constructed. It looks like a lot of hard work went into making the suit. One male judge said, 'If I were a girl, or ever participated in a drag swimsut competition, I would ask the designer to design for me.'

Dana, your model was Bald Britney. The back of your swimsuit doesn't look finished and is too revealing. It looks more suited for a Playmate than the average woman - it isn't made for real girls, but sluts. The overall consensus is that the front of the dress is good while the back is a disaster."

The safe contestants embraced in the back room, wondering who would go home.

On the Runway, Kristen revealed the winner:

Despite ONE judge voting my design in the bottom 2, I still got the most votes and won the challenge! Thanks to everyone who voted for me!! E>E>

Richard Parker was also safe, leaving Dana and Stevenson as the bottom two.

And finally, the loser was revealed.....



Dana was safe.

So the first eliminated contestant is Stevenson. Perhaps you do have to know a little something about fashion in order to survive in the industry!

If you want to see which contestant had which model, check back to the previous entry as I have replaced the ?????s with names!
I should be posting the new challenge tomorrow!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

PRTCNJ: Challenge 1


Time for the first Project Runway TCNJ challenge!

On the first day of the competition, the nervous contestants gathered at the runway for the first time to find out what their challenge would be. But where was Nicole??

The challenge for this week is:

"Create swimwear using only aluminum foil and Saran wrap."

The contestants sighed and groaned then picked their models for the challenge. The models lined up on the runway.

From left to right: Bald Britney, Consuela, Maddie, Shaquandatifah, Fat Britney, Kimora, Zoloft, Chloe and Kandi.
And of course, the model paired with the winning contestant gets a spread in Elle magazine or something.

One by one, the designers' names were picked from a bag and the designers chose their models.

In the end, only two models were left.
But all the contestants were chosen.... Suddenly, Enrico got a text:

"I'm 2 good 4 dis show"

It was from Nicole! Without a contestant, how could the show go on??

A new contestant was added to the competition!

Dana never thought she would see the day when she'd be designing couture clothing. She grew up in cardboard box just outside Philadelphia, where she lived with her parents, two brothers, and her beloved cat named J.R. Dana had bigger dreams than the ones usually afforded to those who live in cardboard boxes. She snuck out at night and went to the design hotspots around Philly where she learned how to sew.
"Some people say, 'hey, that chick used to live in a box, she'll never make it,'" reflects Dana. "But fashion is all about thinking outside of the box. And no one knows that better than I do."

Once the conestants had their models, they were off to Mood to collect their materials.

Samples of Saran wrap and aluminum foil were hidden throughout the room. Contestants had to run inside and grab the materials they wanted before someone else did!

(Note: My friend Kristen's camera is missing and she took the photos for this part... so no photos of the gathering of materials!)

After collecting materials, designers ran to their stations and began sketching.

And then, the designs were created.

Stevenson lived up to his expectations by making Katrina cry before the contestants even entered the workroom.

And making Enrico cry and run away, threatening to quit the show!

But Delisa brought him some herbal tea and all was right.
The designers quickly got to work to make up for lost time!
Since the contestants and their designs are posted anonymously, you can just imagine that part.


Getting ready for the Runway show, the contestants sent their models into hair and makeup.
One designer took a risk and had their model's hair braided, hoping it would come out curly.

When the braids were undone, would the hair be a curled masterpiece or a bushy mess??

Finally, it was time for the runway show!
(click to enlarge model pics)

Model: Shaquandatifah
Designer: Christie
Materials: Bathing suit - blue Saran wrap with wrap-around strip of aluminum foil
Slippers - aluminum foil with blue Saran wrap strips

Model: Consuela
Designer: Ross
Materials: Bathing suit - half blue Saran wrap, half aluminum foil
Shoes - aluminum foil with blue Saran wrap stripes
Bracelet - aluminum foil

Model: Zoloft
Designer: Katrina
Materials: Bathing suit - aluminum foil with red Saran wrap trim on top
Belt/Bow - red Saran wrap
Hair tie - red Saran wrap
Strappy sandals - red Saran wrap

Model: Chloe
Designer: Delisa
Materials: Main body - blue Saran wrap
'Protective' covering around breast and groin area - aluminum foil wrapped in blue Saran wrap
Shoes - blue Saran wrap

Model: Fat Britney
Designer: Richard Parker
Materials: Bathing suit - purple Saran wrap with aluminum foil strip down center
Hat: aluminum foil with purple stripe around crown
T-strap sandals - purple Saran wrap

Model: Kandi
Designer: Stevenson
Materials: Bikini top - purple Saran wrap with aluminum foil stud in center
Bikini bottom - purple Saran wrap with aluminum foil belt
Leg bracelet - aluminum foil

Model: Maddie
Designer: Enrico
Materials: Bikini - green Saran wrap, all with aluminum foil trim
Beach bag - aluminum foil
Towel - green Saran wrap and aluminum foil
Bracelet - green Saran wrap and aluminum foil
Sandals - green Sarah wrap

Model: Bald Britney
Designer: Dana
Materials: Bathing suit - aluminum foil covered with blue Saran wrap
Headband - blue Saran wrap

And that's the end of round 1. I hope you guys like the designs.... While I think all of the designers did a great job, in the fashion industry, one day you're in, and the next you're out. One contestant will be going home based on YOUR votes.

Respond to my e-mail in the following format:
#1 Favorite Design:
#2 Favorite Design:
#1 Least Favorite Design:
#2 Least Favorite Design:

Since you don't have the designer's names, use the model's name to indicate your favorites and least favorites.

Feel free to leave any comments about designs you loved or hated as well!

As always, judges or non-judges can feel free to leave GENERAL comments on this entry, like, "That bathing suit looked great on Consuela!" or "Maddie's hair was too bushy!" but DO NOT post your votes for favorite and least favorite in the comments section!

Results will be out as soon as I get all the votes!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Grounds for Sculpture

During spring break, I didn't really do much. However, I did go to Grounds for Sculpture one day. GFS is a 'sculpture park,' or a collection of sculptures scattered throughout a large outdoor environment. It was my first time going and I had a great time looking at all the sculptures!

Here are a few pics.

This next one was called "Nude Descending a Stare Case." How clever!

You were even allowed to touch some of the sculptures, which made the visit even better.

This woman's arms seemed pretty inviting....

But not as inviting as this woman's smooth lips!

This next one was called "Depression Bread Line."


"Nine Muses"

This was Nicole's favorite sculpture for some reason....

I think this one was called "First Love" and it was one of my favorites.

And for some reason this next one was called "Garden State."

I saw on the list of sculptures that one piece was called "Shiva." That excited me because I started hoping that the sculpture would look like the Final Fantasy summon named Shiva!

Instead, it looked like this:

Nicole joined these nice people who were chatting with a naked lady.

The next one was called "Kate Winslet in The Reader."

This one was freaky.

I really liked "Birth of the Messenger," which had a pregnant woman on the front

And what I took to be 'the messenger in the womb' on the back.

Oh, and did I mention there were peacocks running about?

I took a moment to dance with "Dancers."

This was one of the last sculptures I saw.....

Yeah, I have no idea.

Besides from that last one, I liked a lot of the art I saw there. It was a pretty cool place and I definitely want to go back when it's nicer out. As it got darker, it got kinda cold so we left before seeing everything.

Which sculptures interested you??