Project Catwalk 2: Week 1 - and so it begins...
After much waiting, we finally have the next Project Catwalk on our screens! We can now go back to scoffing at hideous outfits, gasping at amazing creations and giggling at bitchy comments from the judges. Part one aired on Monday night (Sky One at 8pm - spoilers after the jump so don't read if you're waiting to watch it), and I was really looking forward to finding out about the new budding designers and seeing what they'd come up with...
Well, they were definitely thrown in at the deep end, being asked to design a headline-grabbing evening dress for Tara Palmer Tompkinson that wasn't 'boring black tie'. If that wasn't difficult enough, they had to make the outfit out of eveningwear they'd been given to wear the night before.
The results were, predictably, mixed, but most were pretty below par. The winner was 32-year-old club host Wayne Aveline who's black and white one-shoulder dress (left and close-ups below) was certainly the most well made, and met the brief much better than the others. As they didn't have a lot of fabric to work with, Wayne's dress was rather bum-skimming and most of the garments were quite short.
To watch the catwalk show and see all the outfits, visit Sky One's Project Catwalk video site.
Of course, each week also has a loser, and this week's was one of the less-experienced contestants, 22-year-old student Christine Newman. Her blue and white dress was pronounced by the judges to be 'more of a day dress', not well made and didn't meet the brief. In the cab after leaving, Christine herself admitted, 'I was out of my depth'.
Speaking of the judges, this week we had the wonderfully harsh Julien Macdonald ('it looks like something a character behind the bar in Coronation Street would wear'), style director of Grazia UK Paula Reed, and guest judge TPT herself of course. Back again as mentor to the designer-wannabes this season is Ben de Lisi, oh he of the incredibly gorgeous evening dresses.
This season we have the fabulous Kelly Osbourne as presenter and I was so looking forward to a more exciting style after Liz Hurley last year. I know it was only the first episode, but we didn't seem to get much of that Kelly personality shining through. I'm not sure if that was the editing, the scripting or something else - though I did find the script was quite 'dum dum dum daaaaaaaaaa' overly dramatic in some areas. Kel, we love you and your style - so let's see more of your great personality please!
So what did you think? Let us know in the comments here and carry on the chat over in our fabulous Shiny Fashion Forums.
Next week: a swimwear challenge, frayed tempers, more hilarious comments from Julien and Kelly trying to keep a straight face when he says them.