Category: Project Runway

Duct tape prom dresses. I disagree with the judges on just about everything. Michelle (ugh) wins and Tu is out. So is Kate! Wow. Did not see that coming.

Thunder From Down Under as clients and models! No winner. Heidi says it’s a PR first. I was going to argue, but eventually remembered I was thinking of Top Chef. Amanda’s out, finally.

The Lord and Taylor Challenge. The judges love Michelle’s look so much that Daniel is on the winning team by default, which becomes painfully obvious to those of us who love him when the all female judging panel is careful not to actually say anything truly horrible, but their looks and tones speak way more loudly. And surprisingly, Samantha is out.


Episode Four:

They source materials at a flower shop and a hardware store to make a cohesive line of six looks. Since the teams are now so uneven, the DTs get to choose two designers from Team KIR. So then they’ll have seven and Team KIR will have six. Why don’t they just pick one? Do the producers think two will give them an advantage? After much discussion, wherein Ben says he’d rather have Stanley than Daniel and Michelle expresses how much she hates Patricia, they pick Stanley and Layana. And now the twist. Of course there’s a twist. Tim tells Team KIR they can pick one of the original DTs. They’re already unanimous in their choice and don’t even need to talk about it. Daniel counts three and they all shout, “Michelle.” Hee. I think she’s the strongest designer on the DTs, so I’m not surprised. They have two days and $2500.

Team KIR worries about the overall cohesion of their look, and Tim voices this concern on his visit. They decide they’re doing decades. The DTs picked a color range and 1950s Dior.  The same color range is really going to help keep it together. Leandra Medine and Bette Midler are the guest judges. Team KIR goes first. I’m not seeing the whole “decades” thing. There’s one dress that looks 60’s and another that kinda looks 80’s to me but is supposed to be 90’s? Heidi claims that they loved all the looks so much there are no losers, there’s a winning team and a second place team. And the DTs have their first win. They all praise each other. Team KIR turns on Amanda, again unanimously. The top three are Ben (finally! Although they don’t bother to tell him so), Layana, and Samantha, who wins. The bottom two are Amanda and Joe, and Joe’s out. I’m not surprised. It was time.


Episode Five. At the end of last week’s show, Tim told the designers they’d have to meet Heidi back on the runway in ten minutes. When he and Heidi pause behind the scrim, we see the dreaded button bag. They’re finally reducing the two teams down to pairs. As the previous winner, Samantha gets to pick her partner, and she picks Daniel. The rest are called randomly by button to pick. Richard chooses Stanley. Patricia chooses Layana. Matt picks Michelle. Kate picks Tu, which leaves Ben with Amanda. They’re going to be designing two looks for Miranda Lambert, a performance look and a red carpet look. Everyone seems excited about that. They have 30 minutes to discuss who will do what and sketch, then they’ll have 30 minutes at Mood with a budget of $400.

Amanda reveals that her brother is a member of Maroon 5, so she kinda feels like an underachiever. Her look is great, but I think Ben’s sucks. We’re back to Heidi calling designers to step forward. Patricia and Layana, Kate and Tu. They’re safe.

Richard and Stanley and Amanda and Ben are the top two. I liked Richard and Stanley’s the best.

Daniel and Samantha and Matt and Michelle are the bottom two. I think either Matt or Michelle is in trouble. I wouldn’t miss Michelle. The producers have cast her in the role of bitch, and she’s taken to it like a fly to shit. But as the judges talk, I start worrying for Daniel, especially since Samantha has immunity. When I do my positive/negative comment count, it really looks like he’s gone, which sucks. The winner will be either Amanda or Richard. Miranda gets to announce it’s Richard, and she says she really wants to wear his design. I wonder if she’ll also wear Stanley or Ben’s red carpet look? The top designers and Samantha leave. Heidi tells Matt he’s out. That’s too bad. He really lost confidence this challenge, though, and that’s almost always the kiss of doom. But there are two designers still left. Is someone else leaving? No, thank goodness.


Episode Six. Michelle is now without a partner, and she puts it out there that she doesn’t want to be on Patricia’s team, because she hates Patricia. Patricia sucks and only her other team members have gotten her this far. You know, Michelle, you’re the only designer left who’s been on a team that’s always been on the bottom. Shut it.

At the runway, Heidi brings out the dreaded button bag. Whoever she picks, that’s whose team Michelle’s going to join. She pulls out Patricia. Neener neener. They head out to meet up with Tim, and find several ladies enjoying a jazz dance class. All of their new clients (and models) are eligible to join the AARP. Each team is randomly assigned two (or three) clients and they can figure out who’ll work with whom on their own. They have one day and $200 per client.

Amanda starts to lose confidence. That’s what sent Matt home, girlfriend. Buck up. At least no-one’s bitching about having to design for a “real” woman. Tim calls Layana, Michelle, and Patricia “Team Threesome” and they all crack up. The client-models come in. Amanda has nothing. Ben’s client pats Stanley on the ass. Layana and Tim joined Michelle in criticizing Patricia’s garment, and when she gets it on the client, she realizes they were right. She says she listened too much to the client and plans to start over the next day. Um, that’s runway day, Patricia. You’d better sew like a fiend!

Amanda’s crashing and burning. Tim encouraged Richard to put wide black strips of cloth down the side of his turquoise dress as well as around the collar and, it looks like, down the sleeves. It looks 80s to me. Ben’s client comes on to the make up guy, but I’m not sure I blame her. Of course, she’s got to compete with Kate’s client, who told her to be a slut while she was young. Kate declined to tell her she’s engaged to her high-school sweetheart. Tu’s look is so bad, Kate has to rescue him. Ben discovers his bodice fits too tightly with five minutes to runway.

Joan and Melissa Rivers are the guest judges. Rachel Roy is filling in for Zac Posen. Michelle’s look is first. It’s a bit Christmas for me, but her client seems to love it.

Layana – It’s a one piece dress but has a weird double-seamed waist for a self-waist-band look and I think it’s fugly, emphasizing her client’s waist in a bad way. Heidi seems to like it, though.

Patricia – Yikes. The poncho looks like something she’d wear herself. I think it’s ugly.

Stanley – It’s an indigo tailored strapless jumpsuit with matching jacket and his client looks gorgeous in it.

Richard – The dress looks worse on the client than it did on the mannequin, and it looked pretty bad there. It’s pulled to one side and that makes the sleeves fall weirdly. When she turns around, I can see that the back is all black. He’s done this before, and I’m sorry, but it’s 80s, and ugly 80s at that.

Tu – Forest green wrap shirtdress with diagonal pleats across the bust. It’s ugly. Kate lies that his client looks great. He acknowledges that the bad sewing makes it look confused. The handkerchief hem isn’t helping.

Kate’s look is next and Tim was right to be concerned about the different weights to the fabric. It’s a long sleeved, jewel necked dark blue top that’s fit very close, and a flowy skirt made out of a pretty white fabric with red and blue flowers on it. Gag. I think it’s frumpy and catalog, but Nina Garcia’s smling.

Samantha’s look is smokin’. It’s a chartreuse top with a scooped neck and puffy cap sleeves, and a knee-length leopard print pencil skirt with a black bow belt separating the two in front. The belt kinda reminds me of an obi. In the back, the two materials meet in a V. It’s fitted with princess seams and the back is low enough it shows off the client’s tattoo, which is what she wanted.

Daniel’s back! He made a nice tailored suit that’s very reminiscent of his first look. It’s black and the jacket nips in at the waist in a funky way and the collar is only on one side. It has a turquoise top showing through. But Tim had asked him what made it special and I initially didn’t think anything did, because I hadn’t seen the collar or the structure of the waist and detailing of the sleeves, which end at the elbow. Disadvantages of not being able to get as close as the judges.

Amanda’s dress is as fugly as Layana’s. And when the client turns around, you can see she screwed up the back. She’s in serious trouble.

Ben’s dress, along with the too-tight bodice, has an inverted pleat at the skirt’s center front. The color is great on the client but I think the dress itself is frumpy.

The trio is safe. I can’t argue with Michelle’s earlier statement about Patricia’s teammates getting her to this point, because Heidi reveals that she gave Layana and Michelle the two highest scores of the evening, but Patricia pulled them down. Well, judging from how the others fell, she’s the only one that did, though, otherwise two high scorers would surely outweigh one poor one. And this is why I don’t like teams. Or at least, one of the many reasons.

For the high scores we have repeats in Richard and Stanley, and an upset with Samantha and Daniel. Yay, Daniel! This means Kate and Tu as well as Amanda and Ben are in the bootom. Not sure I’d really miss any of them, but I’d still kinda like Ben around for awhile. He’s really grown on me.

The judges love Daniel’s look but hate Samantha’s. See what I meant about the two high scorers should’ve outweighed the one? Because the way they’re talking, she would’ve been in the bottom if it hadn’t been for Daniel. And Stanley’s pants aren’t the best, but everything else is good. The judges also love Richard’s look and that the skirt is above the knees.

They really hate Amanda’s look and Ben’s construction. They tell Amanda that the back of her dress looks like her client sat on a hot glue gun and the skirt got accidentally stuck together. It does. Tu owns up to his bad sewing to the judges, and it turns out that the belt is the only thing holding the client’s dress on. Yikes. They like Kate’s dress, though. I think Ben and Tu are in trouble, and Tu might be going home. I think Stanley will win.

After the judges discussion, I think Tu might be safe. C’mon, you do have to be able to sew on this show. I thought his construction was worse than Ben’s. Ben’s client didn’t need a belt to keep her dress on. Stanley wins and Ben’s out. Sucks. I wonder if they’ll put Amanda with Michelle or if she’ll make another triad? Or if Patricia or Layana will get to choose who they want to work with. Or if Stanley, as winner, will get to choose a new partner. I guess we’ll see next time.

Nina Lisa

Today Michelle appears to want to be on her team. The interview with Kate makes me think she’s going home.

The designers have to design two outfits for the launch of Heidi’s newest perfume, one for the press conference and one for the commercial. She wants a total of six options: two press and four ad campaign. She wants feminine yet hard, sexy but not slutty, and in the packaging colors: pink, black, and gold. It has to look good from every angle. They have one day and $1200.

On Team KIR, Daniel kinda takes charge of coordinating efforts. Some of them will have to team up. Kate and Layana volunteer.  So do Joe and Amanda. They’re doing one of the PR outfits, Patricia’s doing the other.

On the DTs, it sounds like Ben’s taking over again. Matt and Michelle team up to do the two press looks; everyone else has an ad look. Since there are six members, they can each do their own thing. That’s not a good idea for a team presentation.

Amanda and Joe are talking about their wildly different design aesthetics. Amanda’s designs are closer to what Heidi usually wears, and she doesn’t hesitate to tell him so. She offers to let him go crazy with textiles. They all head off to Mood. Patricia describes how she’s going to make her own textile, and it sounds cool. Daniel’s idea of a Bond girl also sounds great. Matt’s not feeling inspired again. Maybe he should be in a different line of work?

Joe and Amanda are freaking out at the register because they’re about $100 over budget. Behind them, Layana assures them that she and Kate only have about $100 worth of stuff, so the other two can have the rest. Not only are they covered, they get change back. But what hasn’t changed is their non-consensus on a design, with 12 hours left until the end of the day.  Over on the DTs, Cindy’s culturally aware enough to drop a piece of material like a hot potato when Ben tells her it looks like Madonna’s “Material Girl” dress color. It appears she trusts him this week.

Kate and Layana’s only disagreement appears to be the color scheme, but Layana’s so busy pressing corset seams she doesn’t hear Kate ask her a question, which makes Kate think Layana’s being complacent since she has immunity.  Richard has joined the discussion of Joe and Amanda’s design differences. Richard tells Joe he doesn’t want to be on “What Not to Wear”. Joe says he’d be proud to be on that show. Oh, honey. Also: Listen to your client! She said, “NOT slutty”! Amanda says she respects his ideas but she’ll have to rein him in a little bit more.

With 8 hours left, Patricia’s worried she won’t have time to finish the fabric she’s created, and Ben’s confidence has been shaken by last week’s loss. He still hasn’t started on his look. Stanley and Tu have formed a non-partisan friendship and Tu proves he can bust a move. Finally, Amanda and Joe have a design and Joe gets to play around and make his own fabric, which thrills Amanda because he’s really good at it.

Tim comes in and consults with the DTs first. He seems happy with all their designs. He also seems happy with Team KIR’s, but maybe they’re starting to crack under pressure? Patricia’s running out of material to finish her look and time to make it look good anyway. Layana starts to freak out over her and Kate’s look. Kate is not amused. After the commercial break, she manages to calm Layana down and feel better about where they’re going, so now it’s Daniel’s turn to panic. Evidently he didn’t purchase enough or the right kind of material, so when he spots some he likes on Patricia’s station, he asks if he can use it. She tells him to go ahead.

Model fittings! The DTs don’t seem to have a lot to put on them, but for some reason Matt thinks it’s time for them to win. Ben has a confessional about a past emotionally abusive relationship and starts crying. I just want to reach through the screen and hug him and tell him he’s a wonderful designer and a lovely human being and it will be all right. I’m sorry I called you a douche, Ben. I feel like crying myself.

Kate and Layana are in accord again. One hour left. Michelle’s punching holes in something and it’s making her team nuts. Then time is up and Patricia’s not finished with her textile.

The next day, the models come in and both teams have fit issues. Designers on both sides are freaking out and/or taking pot shots at the other team. There still appears to be no team consensus in the product placement make-up room. Ben is panicking and Cindy is trying to help him, but he can’t let go enough to trust her to cut leather strips for him. His bodice doesn’t look very good. His teammates interview his dress is a trainwreck, and it certainly looks it. Oh, dear. I’m worried for him now. He needs to stay in the competition a few weeks longer and get some of his self-confidence back.

Kristen Davis is the guest judge. Team KIR is up first. Daniel’s look is nice, but I don’t like the material. It’s a nude jersey evening gown with a halter top trimmed in black leather. Then the model poses and turns at the end, and it’s really flowy. I wish it were closer to the pink of Heidi’s packaging. Patricia’s awesome leather mesh is up next. I think she pulled off a miracle. It looks very fresh. But on close-up and when the model turns around, you can see that the gold leather squares on the skirt don’t cover the see-through nude mesh. I thought the look on Heidi’s face meant she hated it. I will no longer try to figure out what her face means unless she’s smiling.

Joe and Amanda’s look is cute and I could totally see Heidi wearing it. The lattice effect Joe created seems to mimic Patricia’s leather mesh. It’s a short black dress with grey lattice-work on either side of a front panel. I love Richard’s look, but when the model turns around both he and I see that Matt was right when he made a derogatory comment about the ruffle.

When Layana and Kate’s look hit the runway, I like it. They love it. The black net or taffeta or whatever over the pink really cuts the feminity without losing it completely, and the corsetted top is great. Finally, Stanley’s look comes out, and I like it, too, even though I don’t care for gold. But the touch of black on this one makes it interesting. The model’s wearing too many necklaces, though. Zac is smiling and Kristen Davis looks like she likes it. Again, I’m wrong. When all the models come back out, it does look like a collection, which I think has been Team KIR’s strong suit.

DTs. Michelle’s look is up first and it’s a fabulous LBD. It has a gold polka-dotted top in a shinier material starting at the chest in front and running around into a deep scoop at the back. Matt’s look is next. For some reason, he heard bondage while Heidi was talking, and although Tim tried to get him to class it up a bit, this looks ugly and boring to me. He says he hates it and Zac Posen looks like he just threw up in his mouth a little bit. It’s also black.

When Cindy’s look comes out, I find it a bit of a shock. It’s a cocktail dress, and the iridescent gold and pink material looks fantastic with the model’s coloring and AFAIC, this is not a catalog dress. I think it’s a subtle sexy. I had in my notes that Nina Garcia liked it, too, but again, I’m completely wrong. Samantha offers us an asymmetrical pink and black evening gown. She’s not happy with it, and I’m not sure I like it, either.

Ben’s mess of a dress is coming out, and we may be headed for a wardrobe malfunction with that unstructured bodice. Even though they showed us wrapping the leather straps on the model backstage, and they were so tight she actually had back fat. I think the skirt part is supposed to be long and flowing, but the way the straps are bunching material between them at the top detracts from anything else. But I don’t think any of the other looks were much stronger, except Cindy’s. I think it looks more like a bondage dress than Matt’s did. The back is just awful.

Tu’s look is last. It’s a long, black gown. I don’t like it. Tu loves it. Ben compliments him on it. When all the models come out, IMO they look like they had an overall style. Even Ben’s dress fits. Team KIR is worried. Since Heidi needs two outfits, there will be two winners. Team KIR makes it a trifecta. Poor Ben. I don’t think anything can save him now. If he’s sent home, I’m going to try to reach out to him. I’m afraid I’m going to read that he’s killed himself. But to my surprise, Cindy joins him and Matt in the bottom. That’s two for the guys, but three might be the unlucky charm for Cindy. But I liked it, Cindy, I really liked it!

Zac tells Matt his look is trashy, not sexy. Matt explains his mental block, which I seem to recall he did last time, and I totally expected one of the judges to bring that up during the discussion. If they did, we didn’t see it. I’d rather see him go than Ben, now. Heidi thinks Cindy’s look is too loose. I can see that, but I still like the color, and again, I’m not a big fan of gold. But the judges say it looks cheap and won’t photograph well, showing every bump and wrinkle. Her team defends the fabric choice, but I admit I wouldn’t mind too much if she went home, either.

Kristen points out that Cindy’s dress looks like something her character would’ve worn on SATC ten or fifteen years ago. But unlike with Matt’s design, she says she can at least see what Cindy was dreaming of. The Nina Garcia comment of “It’s a shipwreck” is directed at Ben. Ouch. It gets worse when he says it was a time management issue on his part and Zac tells him he needs to own what he’s done and stop making excuses for it. Ouch again, but he’s right. Last week he sold himself out as a designer, this week it’s time management.

Before Team KIR’s critique, Heide addresses Richard andStanley. It turns out if their team hadn’t won, they’d’ve been in danger of going home. This, to me, contrasts with Michelle’s firm belief that only the fact that her team keeps losing is what’s kept her out of the top three. I’d think if that were even remotely true, the judges would’ve said something to her about it. Shut up, Michelle. I can understand how the judges feel about Richard’s design, but not Stanley’s. The top three are Pat, Kate and Layana, and Daniel. Yay, Daniel! And yay, Patricia’s amazing textiles! Nina G thinks Patricia’s look is interesting and Heidi says they haven’t seen it before. It turns out that in this case, she likes that it’s boxy-looking and not close-fitting. Poor Cindy. Pat’s teammates rave about her technique.

Kate says she’s glad she can finally show the judges her, but Layana says it’s totally fifty-fify and Kate agrees it was a total collaboration. Heidi thinks it’s got the soft yet hard look she was going for as well as looking great from every angle. She also says it’s luxurious. She asks who should win if it’s the winning look, and I expect Layana will do for Kate what Daniel did for her, and offer immunity up, but she doesn’t. I think she knows she’s the weakest link and she’s been pulled along these last two weeks. Kate starts to break down and says that just being chosen is enough for her.

Daniel gives a shout out to Patricia for her leather, and it turns out Kate and Layana used it, too. Nina Garcia doesn’t like the fabric anymore than I do, and Zac’s not fond of the color, again like me, but the shape and construction are beautiful. Heidi says it’s sophisticated.

Discussion time. I like to keep track of the number of positive and negative statements the judges make during this, and try to figure out who the winner and loser is based on that. My picks are Kate and Ben. Since Patricia was the one with the ad look, and since she has six positive and no negative comments to Daniels six and one, I pick her as the second winner. While I’m right about Kate, I’m not done being wrong. Heidi wants to wear Dan’s look for the commercial, even though he designed for the ad campaign. He breaks down in confessional about coming from nothing and now he’s something. They’re determined to make me cry this season, aren’t they?

Patricia and Matt are in. I cross my fingers for Ben, and I was right again, about three times not being the charm for Cindy. I still like her dress, though, and I thought it was sexy! When Tim comes in to tell her to pack up her space, she tells him he’s the one who inspired her to make fashion her new career. Aaawwwwwww.

Nina Lisa

I already watched this episode and know how it’s all going to go down. The designer interviews were a bit of a mish-mosh, and I wasn’t thinking to take notes then, so I tried to fast-forward through the online video to get designer info and give you my first impressions. It didn’t work too well. I’ll take them in talking head order, which works for about 9 of the sixteen.

First, I have to say that I’m sooo not a fan of this team twist. Fine, so you have to work with teams in the real world of design. But do those teams all consist of other designers who are your direct competition? Yes, there will be other designers on the team, but while they may want recognition and their own line some day, they know they’re not the lead designer and they won’t wind up pulling the antics the judges are evidently looking forward to. I’ve always hated the team challenges and that’s just one of the reasons why. Thank Goddess for people like Daniel, who is definitely going to make this season tolerable for me. On with the show!

Layana Aguilar, 28, from NYC. She seems nice enough.

Richard Hallmarq, 39, Sacramento. “The other fashion capitol”. Heh. He says his menswear is like drag wear, so he’s a women’s wear designer. I like him, and I like the two tops we’re shown.

Kate Pankoke, 23, Chicago. Self-described “lone wolf”, due to her Type A personality. Yeah, she’s going to hate the team twist. Why do the skirts of her bridal gowns all look the same?

Michelle Lesniak Franklin, 34, Portland, OR. She’s the second person I’ve ever seen with progressive forearm tattoos like that, and I just don’t get it. Geek chic, huh? I’m not wowed by what we’re shown. But I’m a nerd, not a geek.

Daniel Esquivel, 48, Austin. Self-taught. Oh dear. This could be very, very good, or very, very bad. I hope he can sew; I adore him already, despite the mustache. Not sure I like the actual designs we’re shown, but I do like how he describes his aesthetic.

James Martinez, 29, Dallas. What a klutz. Oh, and he lifts his leg to pretend to pee on the stage and mark his territory. Ugh. I hate you now, James. You’re a douche.

Emily Pollard, 24, Falls Church, VA. She’s used to not sleeping. That might come in handy on this show. She says she’s going to win, so everybody else can just pack their bags and go home now. Uh huh.

Benjamin Mach, 35, Sydney. Moved to London with 300 pounds (the currency) in his pocket to pursue his dream career. Geez, I hope his went better than mine. Well, it must’ve, he’s on a show to further it, and I’m not. Wait, did he just say he’s drawn to “matador romanticism”? Whatthehell is that? Judging from the sketches we’re seeing, I’m not drawn to it. Aha, now the “faded glamour” sketches I do like. I suspect he’ll go far, either way.

Cindy Marlatt, 59, Kent, WA. She and her husband own a funeral home, and she wants a different creative outlet. She just got out of design school. Oh, I don’t think this is going to end well. I think the designs they show us are like what I already see in catalogs, and you need to be innovative to make it in this world.

At this point, Heidi and Tim come out to break the designers up into teams. I’ll tell you who’s where when their designs come down the runway. Yeah, I knew Kate wasn’t going to be down with the teams idea.  Or is it up with that again? IDK. And don’t care.

Samantha Black, 28, Brooklyn. She has a nose ring, which is very distracting. She’s not happy about the teams, either. No surprise here, who would be? If you’ve watched this show enough, you know what a crappy idea this is. Guess the producers wanted more drama, though. Yay, Daniel. He’s going to be the sunshine of my season. I hope he wins.

Emily and Cindy are on the same team. Emily doesn’t think she’s going to like Cindy or her designs. Wait and see, grasshopper, wait and see.

The designers go out to get inspiration from different viewpoints of New York. One team’s on the roof of their hotel, the Atlas, and the other team’s going for a boat ride. Michelle, you’re an idiot. If they’re at sea level, they can, indeed get higher. And I could tell before you said that that your team was going to lose, so . . .

Team Keeping it Real! Love it! Much better than “Dream Team”. So original, that. Not.

Now they’re showing James’ designs, and I like them, although I see he’s not too good at picking up on social cues. That’ll go over well.

Patricia Michaels, 46, Taos, NM. Her Native American name is Water Lily. I hope she’s good. I didn’t like the designs we were shown.

Amanda Valentine, 31, Nashville. She’s rooming with Michelle of the DTs. Yes, I am going to call them that due to the medical terminology association.

Tim tells them they’re going to Mood and have $1,200 per team to spend, or $150 per designer, but they can split it up any way they want. Team KIR immediately agrees to spend what they want and if there’s left overs, they’ll give it to whoever needs it. Kate, who proposed this, makes a nasty comment in her talking head about how she knew she’d wind up “babysitting”. No-one needs you to, sweetheart.

I like what Richard and  Daniel are describing. Ha! After they get back from Mood, Benjamin says now is when they look at what they got, and say, “That’s totally not what I meant to get.” So true. He must watch this show a lot. (Or rather, Project Runway Australia).

Emily says she doesn’t know what any of the other designers are like, but she thinks she’s one of the better designers there and will be in the Top 3. Pride goeth before a fall. (Oops. Spoiler alert.)

I like what Patricia’s doing to emulate the windows of the building, but her team-mate Layana thinks she’s too “arts and crafts”. Shut up, Layana. This type of stuff has won challenges. When they were all on the boat, she also didn’t like Patricia’s ululation off the back of the boat. I guess she and Kate are going to be shown to be the bitches this season. Despite those two, some of the designers on Team KIR are helping the rest of their team out. That’s going to help them win. Michelle notes that her team is more individual, and thinks it’ll bite them in the ass. She’s not wrong.

Tim comes in for consultations and starts with the DTs. Emily, after seeing everyone else’s designs, is starting to get intimidated. I didn’t really notice the first time, but upon rewatch, I realize that she has NOTHING on the mannequin, and they’ve been at it for eight hours. Her team suggests she cut the jacket, since she can’t send the model down the runway in nothing but a jacket. (She doesn’t listen.) Michelle and Brian do start to offer their team advice, but I suspect it’s too little, too late.

Team KIR is very supportive of each other. Stanley Hudson, 44, from West Hollywood, thinks Daniel’s design is strong and on trend. He’s a costume designer out here, so he should know. Michelle, OTOH, thinks she saw it 30 years ago. OK, now I hate her, too.

Emily now says she only needs to beat one person to stay in the competition. Too bad she can’t. (Oops. Spoiler alert.)

More designers: Tu Suthiwat Nakchat, 26, Springfield, VA.  Matthew Arthur, 30, New Orleans. Quick recount back and I’m still missing one. Well, I’ll figure it out when I name the teams, which is coming up next.

Heidi, the 80’s called and they want their see-through shirt back.

Team KIR is up first:

Stanley sends out a jumpsuit, which I like, except for the crotch.

Kate sends out a dress, which I don’t like.

Richard sends out an asymmetrical gray and black dress, and oh, dear. I hate it. It’s ugly. I really hate the sleeve on the left arm.

Patricia’s “building windows” dress. I know she put a blue material underneath, and cut the hand-printed/painted fabric so it’d show through, but the only blue I can see is at the armhole and it’s a bit distracting. I like it otherwise, though.

Amanda sends out a top and pants. I like the blue and the asymmetry of the top, but not the patches on the pants.

Layana made an LBD. Very safe, and she knows it. I guess it’s not too bad. Not as dramatic a back as I thought.

Joseph Aaron Segal, Providence. There he is. Ugh. He sends out a dress? consisting of pleated strips of varying lengths of fabric sewn together. It’s ugly. Looks like a first-grader made it.

I love Daniel’s pantsuit! He made it in one day, and it has exquisite tailoring. He so deserves the win.


Mathew has a patterned bubble skirt and a white, sleeveless button-down top with a black string tie. Cute top, but aren’t bubble skirts out? Then she turns around and I see a sheer strip down the center back, to emphasize the spine like he was talking about, and that I don’t like.

Samantha’s sent out a navy blue dress with an excess of black tulle over it. I think it’s ugly. Judging from Heidi’s smile, she disagrees. Hey, I tossed my 80s clothes before the turn of the century.

Speaking of the 80’s, Tu’s outfit is next. It’s a crop top and skirt, white in front and black in back. The top has a noticeable zipper up the front. Again, I threw out the top I had that looked like that in the 90’s. Judging from the look on Nina Garcia’s face, it might be coming back.  In fact, later he and Benjamin are given a shout out as the two from the DTs the judges liked.

James sends down a dress.  He went against his gut and listened to his team, and I can see he at least listened to Tim in making the top fuller, which I like, but this isn’t the first time (and won’t be the last) where my taste is 180 degrees out from the judges’. When the camera shows a close-up of the top, though, I can see what they’re saying about the pleating by the neckline.

Emily’s hot mess is next. The jacket, as her team and even Christian later say, does seem to show a modicum of design potential, but the edges are ragged from where they were cut, and the hot glue mess over the shoulder just makes the whole outfit look like a three year old made it. I can kinda see the design potential in the jacket, too, but when you have one day and a few hours for a challenge, and by the end of the one day you still haven’t made anything, you should go home. When they take the jacket off, you can see the top is really more of a piece of fabric thrown on and tied together to cover the model’s boobs. The only thing that looks vaguely finished is the skirt.

Benjamin’s dress looks like Joseph Aaron’s (god, am I going to have to call him that all season, like Jeff did for Seth Aaron?), except that it has layers of varying lengths, including a train, and it doesn’t look as messy. I like it better. So do the judges, as previously mentioned.

Cindy also followed her team’s advice, and maybe that’s not such a good thing for this team, since she winds up being the third person in the bottom three. Besides, the gown is ugly and represents neither her design aesthetic nor NYC. I think only the fact that it’s actually finished is what keeps her from going home over Emily, because the judges said they didn’t see any real design in it.

Michelle’s dress is just fugly. She’s using waxed denim and it has this ugly brown harness over the top that looks like she’s letting her dominatrix through. And whatever the hell she’s got on top of her head is awful, too. But once the losing team is back in the greenroom, she makes a salient point: Because their team lost, someone might be going home who actually had a fairly decent score. Now, that’s not true in this instance, in fact, IIRC, they’re later told it was the plethora of low scores that pulled their team down, but that very point is the second reason I hate teams on this show, sooo much.

So, the top three are Daniel, Richard, and Patricia. Daniel wins. I guess the team concept eliminates immunity.

The bottom three are Emily, James, and Cindy, and as previously mentioned, Emily’s gone.

I may not get to Episode 2 before Episode 3 airs, but hopefully, I’ll see you soon.

Nina Lisa

Project Runway

This is the “original” version. I’ll miss Michael Kors, but it should be interesting to see what Zac Posen has to say. I have to agree with the editors at Television Without Pity about the teams twist. I *hate* seeing people’s creativity stifled (which is why I hate that one Keurig commercial where the mom does so to the little girl), and this has not been beneficial to some of the more quiet personalities in the past. (Peach Carr, I’m looking at you). Returns Jan 24 on Lifetime; I’ll be watching online.

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