Our designers met Angela at the United Nations Headquarters to “solve the tremendous problems weighing on the earth,” in Austin Scarlett’s words. Angela had difficulty controlling THE VOLUME OF HER VOICE — seriously, why was she yelling? — as she gave a lecture on global politics and explained the challenge: to create outfits inspired by flags and the countries they represent. Chile, Greece, India, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea, and Seychelles. It’s fun to say “Seychelles,” which the designers quickly discovered.
Most of the designers chose their flags based on colors, but Michael chose Greece mostly because he’s Greek and knows how to drape a mean toga. For some reason Austin Scarlett picked the Seychelles flags, which posed a problematic color palette of blue, yellow, red, and green.
Fast forward to Joanna Coles’ arrival in the workroom. All I can say is YES TO THE YELLOW PANTS! Those yellow pants were my fashion moment of 2012. The whole outfit reminded me of something my very stylish fourth grade teacher would wear. She enjoyed golf and mahjong. Anyway, the yellow pants were fabulous on Joanna.
Joanna forged ahead on her warpath through the workroom and noted an unusual trend: Many of the male designers were making dresses that women wouldn’t be able to wear a bra with. “You designers, you try to torture women!” she exclaimed, waving a flag for the practical woman. Other than the underwear-unfriendly items, Joanna also had a problem with Jerell’s “national doll”-like sari, Kenley’s love affair with polka dots (Mondo and Mila correctly pointed out that she really can’t skate by on 1950s silhouettes forever), and Michael’s pageant-y Grecian dress. Joanna remained cautiously optimistic about Mila’s idea for a complicated, extremely asymmetrical dress. The story behind Mila’s dress was so complicated that she seriously could have drafted a treatise about it, which she believed could bring about world peace. Before she left, Joanna declared that this was the most talented room in the history of Project Runway. I was about to write a joke just now about how the room really is talented, containing all these people and things so well, but then all the life force drained out of my body and this sentence happened.
NEXT: Catherine Malandrino — thick accent, fabulous guest judge…