She's gone, but certainly not forgotten. Elisa Jimenez, made famous on 'Project Runway' for using saliva to measure her polymorphic clothing, showed off her Fall 2008 collection at Manhattan venue Touch early Sunday morning.
Newsday scored a seat and also an interview with the designer, combined into a video, below:
Outside of the roughly two and a half minutes of posted video, some, let's just call it, very interesting (if not totally wacky) stuff went down at the show.
You want the highlights?
- Fellow 'Runway' designer Victorya Hong sat in the front row. It should be noted, in spite of her icy exterior on the show, she was the ONLY fellow designer in attendance. Maybe 9 a.m. was just too early for the rest...
- There wasn't a proper runway. The audience was arranged in semi-circles, the "models" walked in the center, most posing and doing some sort of improv performance or dance, before heading back out. Most likely a fashion week first.
- Each chair had a blown up surgical glove on it with 'bless' written on it.... backwards. Turns out, Elisa only writes backwards. Each glove was meant to be a 'touch' from the designer to the audience. Hmmm.
- The show was a theatrical representation of 'The Hunger World,' which Jimenez called a pseudo-fictitious world she started working on some 18 years ago. I still haven't figured out what this Hunger World is, but from looking at the program and speaking to Jimenez, I know that her models were meant to be 'marionettes' and 'puppeteers,' ranging from a 'Little Worm-Thing' to a 'Honey-Giver' to a 'Mistress of Tenderness.' See if you can figure out who's who in the video.
- As a final note, Jimenez has NOT watched any 'Runway' yet, so she isn't sure if the way in which she's portrayed is accurate. Talented designer? Check. Sweet, yet a bit spacey? Check. Still hand sewing and using oils, herbs and saliva on the designs? Check. I'm going to go with.... YEA!