Project Runway eliminated my favorite of the two contestants vying for a chance to compete at Bryant Park last night, costume and women’s wear fashion designer Chris March. While the judges don’t like work that looks too familiar, as last night’s episode shows, the commercial viability of the designer as seen in Rami Kashou, man of Greek drapery, as opposed to creative ability and innovative success, ultimately determines who moves on. Certainly, this year’s decision only reaffirms a bias most obviously revealed in Season 2’s win by banal designer Chloe Dao, who ultimately tipped the judges with her speech about her proven success in the market. While you can’t hold Season 2’s results against the judges — all the contestants sucked that year — their recent choice to eliminate Chris March is amongst the worst they’ve made, and notably without the standard guest panelist.
The Commercial Viability of Designers on Project Runway
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