I more than a little bit baffled as to why Kenley was not sent home over Suade on last night’s episode of Project Runway. Yes, Suade has been in the bottom two twice, but then Kelli was sent home (in my opinion, too early) without having been the bottom two before the night she was “outed.” OK Suade’s outfit was “boring,” for a “Rock and Roll” aesthetic, but it was well sewn, and an outfit that is “well executed” (in Nina Garcia’s words) usually wins over the poorly sewn garment. Remember when Angela kessler’s “streetwalker” (according to guest judge, Ivanka Trump) creation beat out Katherine Gerdes’s simple green dress during the man’s best friend challenge on Season Three? If Vera Wang hadn’t raved about Angela’s skirt being “beautifully sewn,” I think Angela would have been out that evening. And then there was Santino Rice’s dog-doo brown jump suit he had made for Kara Janx. Although the sleeve fell apart at the shoulder on stage, the guest judge thought the
outfit was original. But last night, guest judge L L Cool J didn’t get Kenley’s idea of hip-hop at all, so what saved her? Kenley showed that she can not sew a pair of pants; she even said in her interview that her line is “dresses.” Kenley does Kenley-type clothes well, but the same could be said for the signature looks of several eliminated designers: Stella and her “leatha,” Terri and her pant-suit separates, Keith and his “shredded wear.” A finalist on Project Runway should be able to versify his or her signature look in a runway collection. I don’t think Kenley is headed in that direction–and being the first designer on Project Runway to make Tim Gunn feel “snarky” doesn’t help, either. I can hear Blayne shouting from a tanning booth in Yakima, WA: “Kenley’s just snarklishous!” Kenely did look amazing as a pop-star last night; her outfit overshadowed her defensive attitude. Maybe that’s why she still sewing.