Project Runway: High Fashion to High Street
April 12, 2019 12:14 PM - Season 17, Episode 5 - Subscribe

This week the designers get a once in a lifetime experience when they visit the atelier of the legendary Dapper Dan. Dap is the trailblazer who introduced high fashion to the hip-hop world by creating luxury streetwear. The designers are asked to create their own take on the future of streetwear, and are given just one day to complete the challenge and impress a fashion legend.

Tom and Lorenzo review.

*thanks to those who pointed out where I could find resources to links and Tom and Lorenzo - I just really got into this show a few seasons ago so hadn't really followed them before*
posted by kanata (8 comments total)
 
*sigh* The strobe effects for the runway are back. At least they're not as flashy, but they're SO unnecessary and really just bad for a lot of viewers.

That said, I found this episode unfortunately boring. I enjoy that they gave them fabric rather than ending up with a TON Of what would have probably been boring all black looks. I also personally find "luxury streetwear" to be a vague style term that I don't fully understand. It seems to include a ton of cultures like hip-hop to skater styles with a tie-though being often baggy, oversized, slouchy, looks with layering, hats, and sneakers. And I guess, overall just isn't in my favorite aesthetic or something I know a ton about.

I'm glad Bishme won because it was the only look I found actually interesting. His use of color was really good and the style was really cool and fun. I'm upset that the collection you can buy seems to use a MUCH more dull and dark blue than the electric blue he used. To me the electric shimmer blue really makes the piece with the contrast of that bright yellow. And especially for the price ($300-$400) you would think they could use something closer to what was shown. Though you can get it in XS-5X as well as have it customized with your hometown on the back.

Although I like Kovid I'm glad he went home. I don't think he was ready for the competition. He doesn't seem to have a super clear design idea yet. But at the same time I really didn't enjoy Jamall's look. It was a mess and it looked like the poor girl got tangled in unfinished drapes. It felt really stuffy at the neck. (Coming from someone who LOVES wearing a high-neck Edwardian style!) And Rakan's look and attitude weren't great. It didn't seem like he cared all that much and didn't take Christian's advice to do more.

Overall though I still like this group and the setup of the season. It feels a bit more chill, less drama-edited, the workroom scenes (and design of the workroom) feels warmer and more supportive. I hope that continues and we see some interesting looks and challenges.
posted by Crystalinne at 4:13 PM on April 12


Love that the inspiration was Dapper Dan in a beautiful Harlem brownstone.

Having one basic element like a corset be your signature is actually pretty boring, Garo Baro Boom-Karo.

If Hester says "A.F." one more time like she invented it, I'm going to ... do something.

But it's nitpicking, they're mostly pretty nice.
posted by praemunire at 4:32 PM on April 12


Ugh, the proportions on that available to buy jacket look all wrong.

I'm with you, Crystalinne, this episode was boring. I don't know if it's all the shots of the designers asking each other what they are doing and encouraging each other, or if something else is missing. I'd really rather longer mentor critiques and less back-stage chitchat.

What bugs me about the shots on the runway is that they spend so much time on the shoes. I don't care about the shoes. The designers don't make the shoes. Fine, they get rewarded or dinged based on how well the judges think the designers accessorize, but, for the most part I don't care about that aspect very much. I want longer looks at the clothes themselves.

I'm glad to see Kovid go--I just couldn't cope with much more of him--even though his outfit was not the worst by far. We all know that title went to Jamall this week. I think they should have sent two designers home.
posted by sardonyx at 6:57 PM on April 12


Yes, not the most exciting episode (although I did go off into an exciting little fantasy of my own in that scene where Bishme and Venny were sitting on their beds ... such handsome men. Be still my beating heart!)

I loved Bishme's winning look, and Venny did a great job in putting his inspiration into a garment that looked great on his model. Garo Sparo's look was okay - I think he was very lucky to have Mimi as his model because she really enhanced the design.

It was time for Kovid to go, for sure. The judges were right that he's not ready for this type of competition. He was beginning to unravel. Rakan's look was terrible and Jamall dodged a bazooka shell this week, only because Kovid and Rakan were in the bottom again. Jamall's dress was hideous, atrociously made and had no connection whatsoever to the theme of the task.
posted by essexjan at 2:32 AM on April 13


Baltimore represent!

I’m glad Kovid went too, and honestly I loved Garo’s, although I wouldn’t call it streetwear. He did crazy good things with that pattern.
posted by chainsofreedom at 6:13 AM on April 13


Garo's was my favorite but as a high fashion version of streetwear, I knew it would not win. Especially when they announced that the winning design would be produced for sale. I also thought bomber/athletic jackets would be dinged as too cliched. Bishme did an excellent job with the embroidered letters on the back, getting those balanced, spaced and centered could not have been easy in the short time they had. He was smart to do separates for a production challenge, they always sell better than dresses.

Wish all three designers at the bottom had been eliminated but at least Kovid finally went. It was only whim and circumstance that he made it this far.
posted by TWinbrook8 at 11:19 AM on April 13 [1 favorite]


If I wasn't knitting I doubt I would have gotten through this episode. A wee bit slow. And i agree they aren't spending enough time with the clothes. I love the new drama free format so give over more time to the clothes.

How in the world did Jamall not go all in on making a puffer coat on a streetwear challenge? All that time on the dress would have been better put in even just a small vest. And how did Elizabethan feel like something that would fit in with it either is still confusing.

I'm glad Kovid is gone even though I liked his sunny spirit. He just wasn't right for the competition. Rakan seems destined to go next too though I do think he has a slight point in that communities exist everywhere and streetwear in Syria is going to be different than American views but I don't think he actually was doing that farmer dress with that in mind. He just wants to make what he makes.
posted by kanata at 8:25 AM on April 14


I was also confused when Rakan told Sebastian that his outfit looked like Aladdin because when Rakan's own look came out, I thought, "Wait, HE told SEBASTIAN that his look was Aladdin?!?!?!"
posted by chainsofreedom at 4:00 PM on April 14 [1 favorite]


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