'Project Runway' season 1 episode 3: New mentor Christian Siriano has some harsh words for an "old lady" outfit
In a promo for the upcoming episode, designer Rakan Shams Aldeen's jumpsuit raises Siriano's eyebrows and for good reason.
In the world of 'Project Runway', one day you're in and the next you're out, especially if you make blah outfits. In the next episode of 'Project Runway,' it looks like one of the contestants is actually going to make that huge mistake. So much so that new mentor and former 'Project Runway' winner Christian Siriano had to go all out and say, you're making a huge mistake. In a promo for the upcoming episode, designer Rakan Shams Aldeen's jumpsuit raises Siriano's eyebrows and for good reason.
"What is happening?" says the mentor in the clip walking to Aldeen's workstation as he shows his plaid jumpsuit to Siriano. "How tall is your model?!" exclaims the mentor, looking at the extremely long jumpsuit, "this is my whole body, just the leg!" The designer explains that it was a design aesthetic that he wanted to create for the runway and that the jumpsuit also came with a jacket. This oversized jacket idea also doesn't seem to impress Siriano, who says, "I just hope it really comes across with this look because it could go 'old lady' so you want it to look modern and cool."
Aldeen, however, isn't fazed by this critique and seems to keep at the jumpsuit that he thinks will look "very different" on the model. From what we know from watching the last 17 seasons of the show, when mentors give you advice, generally, you should listen. Siriano was a contestant on the show too, so he knows what works and what doesn't but Aldeen seems to be extremely confident of his design.
In the last two episodes, we haven't really seen him shine and neither have we seen him fail miserably. He hasn't won a challenge or been in the bottom three, a yard away from elimination. To be honest, it was only his first look from the premiere that was smashing. The architectural white jacket adorned with geometrical lines was a crowd favorite and at the time, it felt like this Syrian designer would win literally every challenge out there.
Unfortunately, that hasn't been the case. The silver satin jumpsuit he made after that may have gotten him through the round, but it definitely didn't show his finesse or talent as a designer. To be honest, that jumpsuit was blah and it only went over the average because of how poorly constructed the outfits from the bottom designers were. In the last episode, he made a long organza pleated gown for the A. Human challenge and their team did not excel - but, neither did they get eliminated.
However, a jumpsuit is clearly a comfort zone for Aldeen so it is possible that he may wow us with this plaid creation or totally go out! We'll have to see.
Catch 'Project Runway' episode 3 on March 28, at 8/7c on Bravo.