Project Runway 2008 Recap: Rock ‘N Runway

We quickly learn that the designers will be dressing each other based on a music genre. A season 5 twist on a season 3 challenge. Suede has to make Jerell a rock and roll ensemble, Kendley has to hip-hopify Leanne, Korto has to punk out Suede (punk not punch), Jerell has to pop Kendly and Leanne has to color Korto country! WHEW! Off to the races. Kendley mentions pop is cheesy. I guess she should know. I love pop music. I’m listening to The Pussycat dolls as I type. “When I grow up I wanna be famous.. I wanna have boobies” Oh—I already have those.   Anyway.  Leanne gives us a gift when she “raps” (I use the term loosely) about Kendley and relays that she hopes it her outfit doesn’t look fifties like everything else Kendly does. Hilare on many levels. Basically they should have just called this the “Make Kendley Look Like a Brat” episode. They do it well.

Off to mood and back to the workroom. Snap.

Everyone starts working and Korto uses the term ‘jank‘ which I adore. It means jacked up. Like, ” when faced with designing a hip-hop outfit, Kendly is lost, sarcastic and altogether janky.” I think Tim should incorporate it into his multifarious vocabulary.

Suede notes that he is a trained cellist and pianist so he has a keen knowledge of music. This challenge should be a breeze. All I heard in that mention is that Suede has another career to fall back on just in case. Note to readers: Whenever someone on a reality show mentions they are going to “rock it” or they are the sure winner get ready for the “AUF”. It’s the harbinger of reality death. Jerrel turns Kendly into a hoochie and she looks kinda hot. I think she secretly likes it. She sure don’t mind the attention.

Tim comes in and gives everyone the once over. He likes Jerell’s silhouette which I thought was hysterical because it is the polar opposite of Tim’s personal style. But Tim has vision. Kendley take note. Tim likes Leanne’s country look OK and thinks Korto needs to amp it up. Then we get to Suede. Tim is silent but insists he is just “taking it all in.” Translation: eww. We move on to the delusion that is Kendley. OK we need a moment of silence for the “mom jeans”. I live in Harlem which is heavily influenced by hip hop and I have never, ever seen anyone in high waisted jeans. Actually the guys usually have their pants belted around their thighs which is equally upsetting. Regardless–It’s all OK because “What does Tim know about hip-hop anyway?” Maybe he doesn’t but I bet LL Cool J might. OUCH. Sorry pop-tart.

As usual they are all working up to the last minute trying to fit garments and trying outfits on themselves. It’s a hot pocket up in the work room. Once again Kendley and Suede both mention they think they might win. GONG.

Back to LL. Wow he is hot. Smokin’ hot. Did I say hot? Unfortunately a teeny bit of his hotness wore off when I discovered he is doing a hip-hop clothing line for Sears. So in case you need a shower curtain, a dishwasher and a hoodie all in one place you’re all set. Buzzkill.

Leanne looks like a hooker but Kendley blames Leanne for not understanding the hip-hop attitude. How ironic. It doesn’t help that they cue the sad ogre music when Leanne walks onto the runway. Poor Kendley. Bless her heart.
Suede is a hot, punk, clown, tranny mess. Korto’s outfit for him was well designed and innovative but take it from a former club kid–that was all costume. No real punk would ever wear that. ‘A-‘ for effort however. Kendley looks like a vixen all made up. I could have done without the purple vest. B+.for Jerrel. Basically they are all just OK. I’m busy staring at LL Cool J.  I might have to go to Sears and buy a jumpsuit.

Anyway Korto wins and Suede is sent home a sad, sad clown. Suede needs to touch up his lipliner. Suede needs his colors done. Suede needs Avon. Oh well, At least he has his cello.

Jack Mackenroth is a Project Runway Season 4 designer based out of Harlem New York. He Is currently working on a “redesign” TV show with fellow alum Kevin Christiana. They are working with Monument TV and Film and Hearst Entertainment. They hope to begin shooting this winter. Jack has also just launched an HIV education campaign called Living Positive By Design which aims to combat the stigma associated with HIV.
He is also working on a bunch of crazy design projects like making a Wonder Woman costume out of chocolate and a couture wedding gown out of 4000 condoms for a charity event. Check out this website for updates.

Here’s the US Weekly edited version.


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