'Project Runway' season 17: Why Frankie should have been eliminated instead of Cavanagh Baker
While it's true that she did come across as someone who needed a little attitude adjustment, her all-black dress was undoubtedly better constructed than Frankie Lewis' blue bodysuit.
'Project Runway's season 17 made its much-awaited debut last week and it was, in many ways, everything we imagined it to be. Yes, it lived up to the hype - there was diversity, some amazing creations, new judges and a lot going on with the contestants but there's one thing that I just can't agree with - Cavanagh Baker's elimination. While it's true that she did come across as someone who needed a little attitude adjustment, her all-black dress was undoubtedly better constructed than Frankie Lewis' blue bodysuit.
Project Runway S17E1: Tired Sob Story Girl vs Annoying Entitled Luxury Girl pic.twitter.com/C7KpPeheKD— jurie (@shttycharmander) March 15, 2019
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that Baker's dress, that featured a thigh-high slit in the front, custom made for her plus-size model, styled with a casual black belt, hat and a pair of killer stilettos, was a smash hit. But at least, it wasn't falling apart when touched. It was boring yes, even though Baker kept saying that it "was flattering and had detail" and claimed it was put together after a lot of thought, unlike the other garments. We're still looking for the details she's talking about along with the rest of the internet but yes, it was flattering and well made.
The model carried off the dress beautifully, sashaying down the runway looking confident and comfortable. On the other hand, Frankie's model didn't look like she was comfortable at all. The blue bodysuit would have made her look like she got blue TP'd had it not shown enough skin, which thankfully it did. But the moment she touched the outfit, one of the bandage-looking strips fell off.
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Now the judges definitely chose "poor construction" over "boring" but, doesn't that negate the whole point of a designer outfit? Boring is definitely frowned upon but if an outfit falls apart when you wear it, just how bad is that? Judges had questions about Frankie's "taste level" and rightly so. She may have had just two hours to get that look done (mostly) but to put up work that is barely finished is unacceptable anywhere, especially not in a place like 'Project Runway', methinks. Frankie panicked but she didn't pay the price for it.
But what's done is done and the judges are the last word in this competition. Let's hope we get a whole lot better runway and some more creativity from Frankie as the 15 remaining contestants take on the highly anticipated Elton John special challenge. They will be designing garments inspired by the different looks of the fashion and music icon. The winner of the last challenge Tessa Clark has immunity this episode so it will be interesting to see what she produces with no pressure. Who will be in, and who will be out?
Catch episode 2 of 'Project Runway' season 17 on Thursday, March 21 at 8/7c on Bravo.