Project Runway Season 10: Stop! Emmy Time.
….and then there were 14. We’re treated to Raul saying the stupidiest thing, calling “pretty”a one trick pony. Does he not know of Badgley Mischka?
What the heck is Heidi wearing today? Did Seal get custody of the fashion sense when they divorced? Gunnar calls her “life size Barbie.” Life size Barbie needs to stop wearing PJs to work.
The contestants head to South Street Seaport for no discernible reason, except that out back there’s a nice bit spot where the show could park a bunch of expensive cars. Yes, expensive cars! No, this is not the Idol finale, this challenge is brand whored by Lexus! We are even treated to a Lexus commercial during this segment by some Lexus representative who Tim brought along for the occasion. Exactly how the cars fit in to the challenge is never really explained, but whatever. It is a Red Carpet Challenge for the Emmys. (Guess what Raul–pretty would help here.) It is immediately obvious this is a group challenge because there are half as many cars to be assigned as their are contestants. The color of the Lexus you get has to be included somehow in the red carpet look–other than that the cars, and their brand, are extraneous. The clients are past Project Runway contestants who are attending the Emmys. There is a $300 budget, and this is a one day challenge–the winner (not the winning team, just the winner) gets to accompany their client to the Emmys.
Groups: Car Color, Clients are as follows:
- Christopher&Andrea: Brown, Anya
- Nathan&Sonjia: Gold, Valerie
- Buffi&Elena: Black, Laura
- Ven&Fabio: Blue, Kenley
- Gunnar&Kooan: White, Irina
- Dmitry&Michelle: Silver, April
- Alicia&Raul: Red, Mila
Noted that Christopher calls Anya “my client” and not “our client.” Anya wants a more structured outfit than a flowy thing she’s known for. Fabio doesn’t like Kenley. His opinions are not going to matter, because Ven totally takes charge of their sketching and the project. Irina wants a black dress, and Gunnar suggests “white accents” since he has to incorporate the car color–noted that if he told her that was why the white accents, the show edited it out. Irina annoyedly tells him he’s not allowed to make her into a checker board. Alicia and Raul want to do menswear for Mila. Mila looks a bit ill and demands if they are uncomfortable making her a dress. Raul admits he’s never made an evening gown. (Neither has Alicia.) They are officially going to be a disaster. Melissa likes that April’s hair is purple, and she plans to keep it that way. Buffi and Laura hit it off, Elena seems left out.
On to Mood! Gunnar treats Kooan like an irritating assistant. Dmitry and Melissa can’t find silver jersey and have to buy silk charmeuse instead. Ven obediently buys tulle for Kenley. Buffi seems to have submitted to Elena’s enormous shoulder habit. And there’s Swatch the Puppy!
Let’s get to some team challenge drama. Christopher may spew words about being honored to work with Andrea and learn from her, but he’s totally trying to run her over. At least Gunnar is up front about running Kooan’s ideas out on a rail. Elena is totally treating Buffi like her assistant, giving her the bullshit busy work of ironing pleats, while Elena constructs the dress. Buffi is not pleased, while Elena is having a meltdown at how long Buffi is taking, which helps no one. Ven refers to himself as “stuck with Fabio” and makes fun of him for not having a formal education. Ugh.
Tim Time! The clients each join him for the critique.
- Gunnar lets Kooan do the talking in their presentation of a dummy covered in tape. Irina looks a bit confused. Gunnar says he wants to smack her for not liking his idea. Meanwhile Tim says what they are suggesting is borderline vulgar. (Not just Irina who thinks you’re awful, Gunnar!) Gunnar grumps that he wants Kenley. Oooookay.
- April loves the silk charmeuse that Dimtry and Melissa have on the dummy for her. Everyone agrees this stuff is going to be a bitch to work with.
- Mila’s face is hard and angry at the sight of the print Alicia and Raul have chosen for her, and snaps that prints look “daytime.” Tim backs her up. Raul is all about the print and a bit defensive when Tim says it’s a nice top but not for this event. It turns out Raul and Alicia do have a good quantity of black fabric, so this outfit could be saved.
- Cut to Kenley looking at Ven’s work and saying “Fabulous!” and saying he has great taste in fabric. Match made in heaven.
- Valerie is also very rah-rah-rah about the gold sequins Nathan and Sonjia have going and says it’s ok to cut her dress down to there, since she’s pretty flat chested.
- Anya likes Andrea’s ideas over Christopher’s. By the end of their session Christopher is totally lost and upset his ideas have been ignored. He claims to not understand what’s going on anymore now that things are no longer going his way, and starts pouting.
- Elena straight IGNORES Tim and Laura during their critique because she’s so frantic. Buffi tries to tell her to calm down and Elena starts lashing out at her as soon as they leave.
Buffi is just like “Oh hell no. This is not what I signed up for.” Elena has run off and is having a panic attack in a closet. The other designers tell Buffi to take over. Elena can’t get over that she has 24 hours and that the show gives them so little time. (Hello, did you never watch an episode of this show? Maybe you only watched the Bravo years?) They are officially the melt-down team. Buffi really needs a break to eat and Elena cannot hear her. In the end, Elena calms down and the dress seems to have come out. Buffi is just like “See? I could have eaten dinner after all!”
Christopher has turned on Andrea completely, bitching about her speed as soon as she’s out of the room, and acting like the fact that they’re dress is steadily going down the tubes is all her fault. Meanwhile Raul has decided since he sucks as making his first evening gown that he now hates red carpet wear for ever and ever. So positive!
Day of runway and Andrea is having merrow machine issues–Christopher doesn’t understand why she’s having a sense of humor about things. Meanwhile everyone in the room calls Kooan and Gunnar’s dress “Gunnar’s dress” and, currently, it looks godawful. Irina is horrified at how it fits her. Kooan is too depressed to fix it. Gunnar ends up sewing her into the dress as she berates him.
Let’s go to the runway!
Thank heavens Heidi is wearing something not from her pajama collection for runway day. Noted that the “winner” will go to the Emmys, not “winners.” The guest judge is some random actress from the badly named “Don’t Trust A Letter of The Alphabet To Live Next Door to You” named Krysten. I would have been more pleased if it had been a muppet letter of the alphabet from Sesame Street.
Elena&Buffi: Laura The dress came out! It’s not the worst, but it’s ok. This is what the mushy middle’s about. Elena blames Buffi being not on her level for their failure to make the Top Two. Um, no, Your meltdown is just as much to blame. Also, you should be thankful to get through this week.
Nathan&Sonjia: Valerie Damn that’s a lot of sequins. Yeah, I don’t think I have anything else to say here. Damn, that’s a lot of sequins.
Dmitry&Melissa: April It’s not what Badgley Mischka can do with charmeuse, but it’s good for what it is. I’m a little surprised it’s not in the top, but not that surprised.
Gunnar&Kooan: Irina Gunnar is praying for mushy middledom. Kooan hates it. They’re IN THE TOP? OMG, over April’s dress? Ok, Now I feel like Dmitry was robbed two weeks running. Kooan can’t believe they’re up there. Irina doesn’t even believe they’re up there. Gunnar is the only one who’s acting like he belongs up there, which tells you evenything you need to know about his mentality. He’s all acting like he’s proud of the dress now. Irina’s like “Well it’s a nice dress, but their sewing skills could use improvement.” (She’s not wrong. The dress, up close, was a complete mess!) She’s a bit surprised Heidi likes her in it, but takes the compliment. Heidi says this is the one she’d wear to the red carpet. Nina loves the necklace. Krysten says things that don’t matter. Michael says it worked because they understood their client. Kooan, when asked, says Gunnar should win. He is completely upfront that he could never make this dress on his own. Irina seems a bit shocked by this candid admission. Gunnar looks full of himself. Once they’re off the runway, Kors at least admits there were fabric issues. But Nina and Heidi loved the drama of it.
Ven&Fabio: Kenley Sonjia called it a church dress in the work room and I can see that. It’s very Ven. As a side note, ProjRun must hate Kenley–note that the lighting makes her look evil in this shot. During their presentation to the judges, Ven manages to name check Lexus, find ways to tie his design to the whole “car” concept and even gives credit to Fabio for making the bodice. Nina says “expensive” and loves that it’s a short dress. Krysten hates the lnegth, but then admits she’s never been to the Emmys, raising her “why is she here?” quotient even higher. Kenley LOVES it. Kors says isn’t the dress that will get the raves, but it’s in the top because they can see Ven’s aesthetic and Kenley’s personality balanced in perfect harmony. He does note that there isn’t much Fabio in here, but Fabio doesn’t really care. He knows he skated through safe this week on Ven’s coattails. Fabio says he should win because helping make this dress was a challenge for him. Ven is like “Um, honey–this is my dress. I should win.” Snort. Once they’re off the runway, Krysten admits she would wear the dress, proving her commentary even more worthless than previously thought. Thank god Ven is named the winner. I think I would have thrown up if they’d given it to Gunnar.
Christopher&Andrea: Anya It’s ok, but um…yeah. Christopher knows it’s no good. Backstage, Andrea admits if she went home this week it would be a relief. The others are appalled. Heidi says “Christopher–you look sad.” Christopher says he’s mortified. Andrea says they were just too ambitious, but it’s not that bad. Anya agrees that they were just too ambitious. Nina says it was dated. Krysten tries to pretend she’s Kors and says it looks like a Halloween costume you get at a drug store. I’d like to see her try to make a dress in ten hours out of that fabric. I’d also like to know who the fuck she thinks she is, and why the hell she’s sitting in that judge’s seat since she’s obviously useless. Kors sighs about the slit being pagaenty. He is very disappointed. Then the meltdown: Christopher tries to say Andrea doesn’t care if she goes home. Andrea corrects him that she’s just ok if she only gets this far. Christopher is practically in tears as he demands to know why it took her so long to make the skirt. Andrea points out his bodice isn’t exactly well made either, and sighs that this is very demeaning. Once they’re off the runway, Kors and Nina call it cheesey. Thankfully both Christopher and Andrea are safe, and I pray they are never in a group together again.
Raul&Alicia: Mila It’s not a complete disaster! And by “It’s not a complete disaster” I mean there’s something for Mila to wear on the runway! Mila doesn’t consider that the be the accomplishment that it is. She clearly hates it, and you can see it on her face. I think it’s sad that they didn’t end up using any of the original fabric. Raul tries to pretend that this black frumpy thing was somehow their plan all along, and bullshits about how they wanted to make a tailored dress since their background is in menswear. Mila’s having none of it. “There are fit issues…it’s not comfortable…I wish they had chosen a better fabric, since they claim to have tailoring skills.” Heidi is in agreement on the last point. “Why didn’t they do a suit?” The judges shake their heads, as Raul and Alicia admit they were peer pressured into making a dress instead of knowing who they were and playing to their strengths. Heidi calls it boring, sad and demands to know whose idea the horrendous hair extensions were. Raul admits that was his. Kors sneers that there’s a horse somewhere missing its tail. Krysten says useless things. Kors shakes his head: “You should have gone with your strengths.” Nina says “There should have been effort! Where was the effort?!” When asked who took the lead, Raul says “No we’re not doing that! 50/50! 50/50!” Alicia mumbles in agreement, but when pressed, she gratefully throws his sorry ass under the bus. Kors keeps trying to understand why the red belt (um, because their car was red.) Nina wants to know why Alicia didn’t try and stop him. But that’s not enough to get her sent home. Raul and his ugly hair and stank attitude are OUT!
Raul thanks them for the opportunity and talks about himself in the third person and gets mad that Alicia isn’t going home too. “Stupid red carpet.” What, is he Homer Simpson now? Good bye!
Next time–Andrea quits, Kooan wants to quit. Nathan wants to quit. And all because they have to design for Kors.