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Project Runway Season 5, Episode 6 - Fashion Queens
There are some things that are new and different about this season's cast of Project Runway design-heads.Most notably that they actually help each other in both finishing tasks and in giving opinion. But really, other than that, they are a pretty boring bunch, to say the least. Which, I guess, is different in itself.Perhaps to make up for the yawn-inducing cast, the folks behind Project Runway decided on a challenge that would be difficult, fun and definitely qualify as a challenge - design an outfit for a professional drag queen. It is New York, after all, and these big and beautiful ladies easily added all the color and humor that had been missing from the entire cast this fifth season - if only for one precious episode.!Most of these folks have never designed for men, let alone men dressed up as women, so this was a true challenge of proportion, taste and creativity to say the least. The designers had to please their clients, while creating something that wouldn't have Michael Kors pronouncing it hideous.Sounds extra difficult, but really, if you have a sense of humor and true creativity, it shouldn't be all that hard.And the top three of Joe, Korto and Terri certainly made it look like they had fun with the challenge, even if they didn't. I love Korto, but the girl is kind of a sourpuss. Terri concocted a kimono/corset combination that, though I thought it looked like something out of an over-conceptualized samurai flick, did fit her chosen queen quite well. Korto came up with a fire-eating dragon ensemble for her dress, and it gave a fuller-figure queen just the right look. But Joe ended up winning for doing the near impossible: making a drag queen look feminine in pants. A pink-panted, sailor's catsuit no less, complete with a low-slung belt to keep the "candy" hidden as guest judge, and drag queen's drag queen, RuPaul pointed out.Of course, for everyone else, it turned out to be a garish nightmare of a challenge.In the bottom were two folks who missed the mark back in Episode 4, Jerrel and Daniel, when they both woefully misunderstood what would be appropriate for an Olympic athlete. Jerrel's wasn't bad, just not in the drag queen aesthetic. Daniel too missed his chance to go over the top with flare and gusto and all of those other creative adjectives, and instead he went for something more "aging flamenco dancer at sunset" than flamboyant fun.!The other bottom dweller was Keith, the man of a thousand shades of toilet paper. Last week he managed to avoid his toilet paper motif (thank goodness for Kenley) and win a challenge, but he didn't gain immunity or pick up any lessons from winning (like stop using strips of stuff, you dolt!), and went running right back to his safe place. Which isn't a place where I'd like to shop.Keith's outfit managed to combine his patented toilet paper strips intermingled with Halloween streamers into something made for an underage [Cruella de Vil]. If I stand close enough to the TV, I can almost hear those poor whimpering puppies as I watch his chosen queen sashay down the runway. Yuck. Michael Kors' description of it as a "sad chicken" was pitch perfect.I thought for sure we'd finally be ready to send Keith and his rolls of Charmin back to Utah. See ya and your bandanna later. Unfortunately, Daniel had to open his big, snide mouth. Daniel argued with the judges, showing off shades of supreme defensiveness and the demeanor of a sullen teenager. And in the end, it was that mouth that turned out uglier than his dress, and Daniel went home for being too safe with his choice.Too boring? Maybe. But just think of what "surrealist" Jennifer would have done ... drag queen does Hamlet, anyone? : http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/photos/2008/08/21/Keith.png : http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/photos/2008/08/21/Daniel.png : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cruella_...