Twizzler Tits!

January 11, 2008

Ah, Project Runway, this is why we watch you. This is why we love you.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the reason Project Runway is such a great reality show is because the contestants are actually talented and creative, and are asked to perform tasks that require, well, talent and creativity. It seems like such a no-brainer formula. No eating grubs or exposing yourself to malaria required!

This week’s Hershey’s challenge was fantastic. Sure, the premise was made a bit clunky by the in-your-face-ness of the BROUGHT TO YOU BY HERSHEY’S sponsorship, but whatever. If the designers had been forced into a nameless candy shop we wouldn’t have been treated to meeting the awkward HERSHEY’S corporate mucky-muck.

It’s nothing short of painful every time a big corporation sends some executive to go represent their brand. Everyone waits politely while “Sheila from Marketing” or whoever gets her 10 seconds of fame. Except no one really cares what Sheila’s blabbing about, and Sheila herself looks painfully awkward in her hairsprayed perm and ill-fitting corporate uniform as she stands there, sandwiched between hip designers, the impeccable Tim, and supermodels. It doesn’t make the big corporation seem more human, it makes the big corporation seem like they have dorky staff.

Anyway.

The designers’ challenge was to flee at break-neck speed through the HERSHEY’S store to pick up anything and everything they could (in 5 minutes) that would be the basis for their garment. No planning ahead, just grab what you can and do what you do.

Most of the designers chose actual, you know, textiles, since there was no limit as to what products from the store they could use. Only Jillian went the all-edible route.

In hindsight, this was a very smart decision (though at the time, she looked like she’d made a horrible, horrible mistake). I say this because if every other designer had gone the edible route, hers certainly would have been one of the best — it was creative and well made. But because NO other designer did this, she appeared to be a risk-taker. And because her garment stood up to the challenge, she was golden.

This is not to say she should have been the winner. I think her garment was creative and put together well (uh, you know, as far as Twizzlers go). I do not think her garment was attractive.

Twizzler Tits

Sexy, perhaps. If you’re into that edible pleather look.

Quite frankly, this looks like what they’d find if — instead of the witch’s old cottage — Hansel & Gretel had stumbled upon the witch’s Parisian whorehouse. Tres Moulin Rouge, but with a hint of Willy Wonka.

Who’s that nibbling at my couture?

 

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