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Was It Fair That Jack Used His Shorts as a Pattern on Project Runway Last Night?

It's only episode three, but things on Project Runway are starting to heat up both on and off the runway. This week's challenge? Menswear for Today Show correspondent and former NY Giants running back Tiki Barber. Needless to say, the designers freaked! But menswear means male models — and I'm never one to argue with that. Elisa continued in the eccentric vein, refusing to touch her model even though he told her he wants to do ethno botany, a subject you'd think she'd be into. Christian's self-assurance continues to amuse, and Heidi Klum speaks of David Beckham with more than a little disdain.

For a full run-down of the "Fashion Giant" episode, be sure to check out what Buzz has to say. And don't forget to ask Nina Garcia your burning questions!

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leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
I loved Jack's outfit and I don't see anything wrong w/ what he did.
amber_castaldo amber_castaldo 9 years
I think it is totally different to use something off your body than to pull up an actual pattern. He asked too and that makes a world of difference. I have tried to remake a favorite shirt using it as a pattern and it's not as easy as buying a pattern and using it and I love to sew.
hollitosway hollitosway 9 years
He asked Tim and shared the pattern (which was so cute) and anyway, the pants weren't the problem for the designers. The shirts and jackets were the real problem.
beram1220 beram1220 9 years
If stripes look bad on TV maybe that's why we all thought Jack's looked weird! I guess to them it looked ok...
CoronaLove CoronaLove 9 years
I am so confused with this episode. I think I missed a part. Where were half of the designers at the end of the episode???? Half of them were missing??I didnt get to see the hipee chick, the cute little guy with the glasses, etc...?????? Where were they I didnt see their outfits?? CAN SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME OUT WHERE DID THEY ALL DISAPPEAR TO??
vinnie vinnie 9 years
If he had just studied it for fit or inspiration I would be ok with it. However he used it as a direct pattern which is unfair in my eyes. You don't see any other designers ripping apart their own clothes during other challenges. Why is this one different?
spygirl658 spygirl658 9 years
I understand that what Jack did was not against the rules and he made a point to ask about it. I just think this "permitted method" goes against the spirit of the show.
spygirl658 spygirl658 9 years
My thoughts: 1) I agree with rivrchild about clothes-as-patterns=OK, while pattern books=DISQUALIFICATION (didn't some guy get booted for that early last season?). While it was nice of Jack to share, what's to stop others from using this as a crutch later on this season? 2) While Jack's outfit was well-made, it was B-O-R-I-N-G. I'm surprised Nina didn't comment on that. I watch the "Today" show sometimes and I would not recognize Jack's outfit unless they made a big deal of it being from PR. Kit absolutely should have won! Her jacket was really innovative. 3) I hope there aren't too many more episodes where the guest judge picks the winner.
jsknutson jsknutson 9 years
He asked doesn't matter.
RoyalBlueMoss RoyalBlueMoss 9 years
I thought kit was going to win and knew Carmen was going to leave.
RoyalBlueMoss RoyalBlueMoss 9 years
I don't even know what channel or when The Today is on. I don't know anyone who watches it. I know I don't. It was fair for him to use the shorts. I agree with everyone else on this one.
ashleylynne ashleylynne 9 years
I think Kit should have won - it looked better and was a more complete outfit. But does anyone know if in the real world (not TV) if you took another designer's work, traced it and then passed it off as your own, could you get sued by the original designer if they found out? Maybe it's because it doesn't look exactly like the original in the end...who knows. So when do we get to see the winning outfit on the Today show?
tigerbunny27 tigerbunny27 9 years
I think that if he was nice enough to give up his shorts and then share the pattern, it was okay. If he didnt share them I would be saying something different!
duchess208 duchess208 9 years
this season is off to a very slow start.
mommie mommie 9 years
Kit should have won that one. I thought for sure her navy fleece was great. I caught that remark about Beckham, whats up with that?
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 9 years
The only reason it didn't bother me is because he shared.
bedmik042 bedmik042 9 years
I agree with everyone; this challenge should've been Kit's! isn't it a rule of thumb that busy stripes aren't supposed to be worn on camera?
Rachel419 Rachel419 9 years
I love this show! But I agree with fashionhore, I liked Kit's much better. And it was TV friendly unlike Jack's whose was full of stripes, stripes look weird on camera.
rivrchild rivrchild 9 years
I won't hold it against him though, Tim did say it was okay, and Jack was nice enough to let others borrow the pattern so that he didn't have an unfair advantage. But I agree with the first post, Kit should have won.
rivrchild rivrchild 9 years
I'm just surprised that it is allowed. If pattern books aren't allowed, how is tracing the pattern of a pair of pants (that you bought and didn't make yourself), any different????
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 9 years
i agree with krenelk. didn't vincent do something similar for the jet-setter challenge last season? (although his was no way as nice as jack's.) plus, you gotta use what you have.
krEnElk krEnElk 9 years
if he hadn't asked tim, i think it would've been different, but he didn't do anything wrong!
sugarbecky sugarbecky 9 years
Really, any one of them could've used their pants for patterns, so I don't consider it unfair. Yes, Jack's happened to be the perfect size for the challenge, but they could've all dropped trou and worn muslin if they'd wanted.
fashionhore fashionhore 9 years
I was irritated not that he used the pattern, because Tim said it was fair game, but that he won! Yes, he had two fully designed pieces, but the blonde chick's (Kit?) outfit was much more T.V. friendly, fully completed, and had a third piece. Her navy fleece sweater was to-die-for. And as much as I don't like Carmen, the cry-baby, hat wearing guy should've left. His was beyond terrible, even my bf could see that!
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