Project Runway: Polly Want Some Fashion
The challenge was to make a high fashion outfit inspired by one of four birds shown. Do not be fooled, though. This was not a bird challenge. This is the makeup L’oreal Paris challenge–the birds were what inspired their new makeup line, and that makeup palette was what the designers were really supposed to be going off in their inspiration. The birds were just their for show. To sweeten the foul taste of product placement, L’oreal offers a $20grand cash prize for the winner. See Garnier? That’s how it’s done.
It’s a head-to-head challenge, but they don’t tell anyone that until the contestants are paired off. Everyone is all excited about their team mates…and then look horrified that they are going head to head.
Kimberly vs Viktor: Design based on the Cockatoo. Makeup palette is white, pale peach, light gold and cream.
Anya vs Laura: Design based on the Raven. Makeup palette is black, purple, silver and sparkly black.
Joshua vs Bert Design based on the Parrot. Makeup palette is violet, orange, green and silver.
TWIST! End of the first day, they’re thrown a second look, inspired the same bird. Two high fashion looks, models will be quick changing. So the day bookended with two Mood trips…
Let’s be blunt–out of those pairs, based on past performance, this places Josh, Laura and Kimberly at a disadvantage. The knowledge that she probably can’t beat Viktor one on one cracks Kimberly, and she has all manner of disasters from sewing through her finger with the machine and burning her first dress with a glue gun, forcing her to start one of her dresses over. Having to go one-on-one with Bert helps Josh focus enough to realise his first dress is a complete disaster and to restart before it’s too late. Laura just keeps telling herself that Anya’s lack of sewing skills will magically come to the fore (after all, Anya routinely sews her models into her outfits. A quickchange challenge is going to kill her.) Anyway, between Josh, Kim and herself, she’s safe.
…and then the DOUBLE TWIST! That whole quickchanging the models? Bupkis. They actually only will walk one outfit down the runway, so they have to not show one outfit they worked so hard on. For those who have a disaster outfit, there is relief. For those who managed to pull two out, there is sulking. For Josh, who hates editing, this is crisis.
Quote of the Week, contestant division:
Josh: “What’s a “Qu’est-ce que c’est?”
Let’s go to the runway!
Kimberly vs Viktor.
Kimberly: This was the dress shed made in three hours after she destroyed the first one by tossing it on a glue gun by accident. She didn’t have much of a choice, as her second outfit included a tutu and was just as much of a disaster as everything else she was turning out. I was really surprised how much the judges liked this, considering all the construction problems. The pearl trim feels old, and I’m not sure about the whole peekaboo aspect of the bodice. Nina calls it a bit beauty pageant. But despite all this, Kimberly beats the odds and wins her match up.
Viktor: I thought it looked like a Greecian Bird. Viktor’s is impeccably made, but the judges didn’t like the literalness. As they spoke, and Viktor realised that Kimberly’s dress (which could be viewed as a knock off of his one shoulder outfit) was going to beat his, despite all her construction problems, the death ray glare just kept turning itself higher and higher until I was amazed that Heidi didn’t spontaneously combust. It’s ok Viktor, you’re still the first of the bottom three sent to safety.
Anya vs Laura:
Anya: I liked her other look better. But I understood why she went with this one. It’s completely different from anything else she’s done so far. it’s highly structured, and very goth, but high fashion goth instead of costume. One can see the shape of the raven in the silhouette, but it’s not a literal translation. Heidi loved the edginess of it. Nina loved it, and dubbed it the best thing she’d seen from Anya to date. Anya wins her third challenge.
Laura: Poor Laura. She was one of those with a disaster for a second outfit, so her decision of which to send down the runway was a no brainer. Sadly, this one had no chance of beating anything Anya had made. The pants are leggings, but the fit is all wrong and the puckering is awful. The jacket is ok, but make me thinks of Edgar Allen Poe. This was another case of too-literal, and the judges shook their heads no. Heidi thought she’d seen it before. Kors appreciated how edgy Laura tried to go, but was sad that she resorted to feather-like ruffles. Laura’s odds of going home with Viktor in the bottom with her shot up significantly.
Josh vs Bert:
Josh: This outfit looked like orange bathing suit cover for the Bahamas. But considering some of the other choices he made that he could have sent down the runway, it was his best option. The judges loved that Josh went and edited himself and sent them something relatively simple. When he told them his second outfit was a million of the corsages that there’s one of on his gown there was much rejoicing at his decision to show restraint. His editing did the trick. Josh beats the odds and lands in the top. Considering how pissed he was when Anya won, I think he thought he’d get another win as pat-on-the-head for being a good boy. That’s not why we show restrain Josh. We show restraint because otherwise we hurt other people’s eyes.
Bert: Holy silver 80s Barbarella. Bert was blunt. he was not inspired by the bird, he was not inspired by the challenge. The dress is all wrong. he lost his way here and couldn’t figure out how to fix it. His second outfit would not have been better. Kors called it pagaenty, and name checked wonder woman. Nina is disappointed, but what really troubles her is the silhouette. Now that we’ve left Bert’s comfort zone of the 70s, he’s instantly reverted to 1988. Heidi liked the pop of green and blue underneath the silver, but otherwise finds it drab.
When Bert is sent home for this, he tells them he agrees with the decision. He goes out with class and style. I also think this is officially the longest the “token old” had lasted on this show. Let’s face it, Bert was never going to be top three, and making it to Top Six is an achievement. He’s done what he set out to do, and is good with it being over now.
Quote of the Week, Judge’s division:
Kors: “I am an orange kind of guy.” With one sentence, the king of the one liners makes bloggers everywhere fall in love with his self-depreciation. ALL BOW DOWN TO QUEEN TANGERINE.
Next week…we’re down to Top Five, and Josh’s claws are really going to start to come out. He and Kimberly are the weakest links left at this point in the competition, and if his behavior this week is any indication, it’s killing him that Anya’s walking away with this.
Monday, we’ll go through Bert’s line from fashion week and discuss 1988!