I'm a bit curious about the people at this forum making critiques. Would you consider yourself to be a fashionista? Do you have people in real life copy your look or turn to you for fashion advice? Do you get fashion magazines or browse through them at the library, hairdresser, or doctor's office? Have you done any sewing yourself?
On the surface, I seem like a strange person to have taken an interest in Project Runway because I never have been into fashion or been considered a trendsitter. I absolutely hate clothes shopping, which seems rare for a girl. I'm not the type that squeals over how cute a pair of shoes or a handbag is. Accessories are not a big part of my world. I might carry an umbrella with me if it looks like it's going to rain but I use the same umbrella no matter what I'm wearing, not coordinating it with the shoes, belt, or earrings I have on that day.
My sister showed some interest in fashion when we were younger. She started with an interest in dolls and by middle school, she was making her own clothes. I only learned enough to sew buttons on, repair a torn seam, hem the leg of my pants, etc. I did make a shirt for Halloween one year with my mom's help.
I may not be an expert on fashion or design, but I know what I like to wear and I feel like that alone qualifies me to comment on fashion. One of the things I like about this show is it makes me more aware of the technical terms of sewing (I never knew what "rousching" was before watching Project Runway) and I've learned more about WHY I do or don't like a certain look. Before, I never really thought about what I didn't like when I'd try clothes on or see them in the window at a store.
Sometimes when I see a dreadful design on the show, I'll think "I could do better than that!", or when I see something I like, I feel inspired to try making a similar outfit myself. However, the reality is I doubt I'll ever be a fashion designer, I know I'll never appear on Project Runway, and there's no chance my garments would ever appear in any retail stores. I enjoy being a couch critic, though, and sharing my opinions with the people on this forum.
And excuse the long post. If you've learned anything about me by now, you'll know I'm a talker when I get going on a subject.