Project Runway Season 10: Working Girl
I am sure this week, Andrea will be sitting at home thanking her lucky stars she is out of this competition. For this (should be) Top 12 week, where–since moving to Lifetime–the show does the sadistic ritual of “Two Teams making mini lines.” Most seasons there is a “More Mature Team” and a “Less Mature Team,” and the less mature team usually loses. This year, I don’t think we can count on things being so cut and dried, unless by some miracle the show engineers things so that Gunnar, Christopher, Elena and Raul all end up in some sort of Meltdown Supergroup.
The challenge–Create a “Fashion Capsule” for the new magazine spin-off “Marie Claire@Work” that is both editorial and works in the real world. Each team will direct their own photoshoot, and the photos will be part of judging on the runway. The winning team’s photoshoot will end up in the magazine. There is only one day–the morning of the second day will be a straight-to-the-photoshoot affair. Let’s get to the Teams.
- Team 6: Sonjia, Elena, Melissa, Dmitry, Alicia, Raul
- Team 5: Nathan, Ven, Christopher, Fabio, Gunnar
Gunnar and Raul are picked last, and faced with the choice of Raul, or Gunnar and Christopher on the same team, it speaks volumes that Team 5 goes with Gunnar. One can only hope that with the cooler heads of Ven, Nathan and Fabio, Christopher and Gunnar will be kept relatively in line. Meanwhile, I think everyone is breathing a sigh of relief for Sonjia that she has immunity. (Really–she picked Elena? Is she that unaware of what’s happening in the workroom?) Due to the uneven nature of the teams (no, no one is being brought back this week) Team 6 will make six outfits and Team 5 will make five. Therefore Team 5 has $1000 budget and Team 6 has $1200.
Let’s get through this as quickly as possible to save on the drama. Team 6 doesn’t make full outfits, they are assigned two pieces that they are strongest at making–two tops, two bottoms, etc. Raul proves to be the worthless teammate who whines at everything the team wants to do. In the end he ignores everything they want and does his own thing, which is awful. By the time they get back from Mood, Elena’s having her first meltdown over a missing bag. Why did Sonjia choose her?
Team 5 has a Gunnar problem where Christopher instantly sides with Nathan and Ven in order to come out on top in all arguments. Gunnar hates everything they choose, but recognizes he’s being outvoted at every turn. The rest of the team totally treat him like the weakest link.
Tim’s check in
- Team 6–Elena’s depressed attitude pervades the entire team. Tim has positive things to say about everything he sees, and even has positive things to say about Raul. What he doesn’t get is why Elena hates what she’s making–she calls her top “plain” and “matronly. Tim is just like “This is as far from plain as you can get, and I don’t see the matronly thing at all.” With Tim on the side of the rest of the team, Elena is for the moment, beaten into submission. He says he’s glad to see their team isn’t the hot mess he feared they would be.
- Team 5–There’s nothing on their forms. They are so behind the other team. Tim is surprised at all the silk fabrics they’re showing him, and the prints. He says he’s worried that this is coming off “clownish.” Gunnar’s rage is obvious to Tim, but since Gunnar won’t admit it, it makes it difficult for Tim to help him.
Once Tim leaves, Gunnar scraps everything he was making under orders and makes what he wanted to make. Meanwhile we learn that Team 5’s nickname is “Silk Chiffonsees.” These “silk chiffonees” decide to scrape most of the color except as accent pieces. maybe it’s a good thing they weren’t so far along after all.
Quote of the day: “What woman would wear Navy Blue?”–Elena, while wearing Navy Blue.
On to the photoshoot: Team 5 might have the problem with the clothes looking like silk clowns, but Team 6 has the problem of Elena. She even pisses off the hair and makeup people by yelling at them go faster. She tries to cut all the props because she doesn’t like them, and the rest of the team has to run her over in order to get anything included. Meanwhile Team 5, for good or ill, are working as a team, even though once the photos are taken, they have trouble picking three to show on the runway because they’re nitpicking over their own outfits.
Let’s go to the runway.
Heidi is wearing chains and black leather pants. Not bad today. When she asks if they liked working in teams, Team 6’s expression of disgust makes Kors laugh. The guest judge is Joanna Coles! Oh Joanna, you’re the thing I miss from Project Runway All Stars the most!
So! There was no top or bottom team today. Heidi claimed that this was because their scores “tied.” I am much more of the opinion that they decided that the bottom two needed to come from each team, and they did not want to tie a loser to a team just because that team was stronger. So we’ll take the teams in order of judging.
Team 5: Nina felt this was a cohesive collection, and that the team obviously collaborated well.
- Christopher–The hit here is the silk pleated skirt. The white top is nothing, and the jacket, well even he admits it’s a bit bulky. Kors and Nina love the skirt. Heidi loves the whole outfit, not just the skirt. Even the bulky jacket! They love how it looked in the photograph as well.
- Fabio–What the hell? The swinging 60s in London called, and requested you send that back. The head-piece only worsens the look. This is Kor’s favorite (seriously?!?)–though he hates the headwrap. Surprisingly, everyone loves this little 60s number. Joanna calls it “flexible and useful.” She even loved the headwrap. OK, Joanna. They also love how the photographed.
- Ven–There is something horribly wrong with the blouse–the folds make it look way too full. Joanna, not having since his stuff before, loves this outfit, and calls it a modern take on the suit.
- Nathan–I really like the white pants, even with their funny crotch. The silk chiffon top, less so. This is Nina’s least favorite outfit. She hates the crotch pleat on the pants. Heidi thought it was an older age group represented, and Joanna agrees.
- Gunnar–He didn’t use much of the silk chiffon. The outfit is not much to look at on its own, but it makes a nice counter point to the other outfits. The model desperately needs a bra with it though. I don’t like where he did use the chiffon in the stripes on the sides of the skirt, nor the way the blouse puckers at the waist. Heidi doesn’t love this at all. Kors calls it a “soufflé that flopped” Heidi say his dress looks cheap next to the others. Kors calls it unfortunate. Both he and Heidi note the boobs were disaster. Joanna says they were “two puppies wrestling in a sack.” BRAS, people BRAS!
When it comes time to pick the weakest link on the team, Gunnar is chosen all around, except by Fabio who tries to weasel out of having to pick by “picking Ven as the strongest.” Utter crap. Hell, even Gunnar chose Gunnar.
Team 6: Nina says it is modern and it had editorial touches. Kors points out that it’s not a cohesive line, and that for them it obviously wasn’t a team challenge–these are six separate looks.
- Melissa–Um…that neckline. Is she a turtle? The zipper up the back is fug. Nina calls it a showstopper. Heidi also loves the color. They love how it photographed, they loved how it walked, they even love the ridiculous neck and the silly zipper.
- Dmitry-I hate the color blocking. Hate. I think she looks like a checkerboard. Heidi likes it and calls it clever. Joanna disagrees that this dress can’t transfer to financial or legal, especially with the cut outs in the back. Heidi’s like “but it’s just a little bit of skin!” Proof, in case we needed it, that she would never make it in either of those professions.
- Alicia–Those are great pants! Alicia–Those are great pants! Yes, I wrote that twice, as each outfit came down the runway. The top on the left is SO Elena, it hurts. Nina loves Alicia’s pants. Both pairs. Heidi hates the lefthand top. Joanna says, now this a fashionable lawyer would wear! Heidi says if her lawyer wore that, it would scare her. She adds that she doesn’t hate a lot of things, but this top, she hates.
- Elena–The pants are Alicia’s, and again, Nina singles them out as being a great pair of pants. The top is a toned down version of the “Elena” look, and it’s so much better than what Elena would produce on her own. Kors calls her “obsessed with the shoulder.” Nina is completely on board with me that the toned down version of the jacket shoulders are so much better than the over the top ones.
- Sonjia–Love the skirt. So does Joanna. The top is nothing…oh, because Raul made it. Of the top, Kors says: “Terrible.” Heidi agrees: “Horrible.”
- Raul–The top is awful, but the skirt is fantastic. That’s because Sonjia made it. Heidi hates the ruffled top, and Kors also singles it out as overwhelming. Joanna hates the top as well, but loves the skirt. Kors boils it down–“Raul made two tops, one was boring and the other we hated.”
This is a divided group on who the weakest link was. Sonjia, Melissa and Elena pick Raul–Elena is very forceful in how useless Raul is. Meanwhile Raul picks Elena, because he hates her–he has to admit she’s a great designer, and she’s not the weakest link at all. To my surprise, so does Dmitry, who says she has a bad work ethic. I don’t think Dmitry’s quite right. Yes, she’s hard to work with, and yes, her shoulders need editing, but she does have a good eye, and though she’s not “group material” I wouldn’t say she was the weakest link.
The problem with not choosing a winning team like this is now they have to decide who gets the Marie Claire shoot.
Team 6 Photos
They like how strong Team 6 looks are, but Team 5’s feel like the photos are actually at work. The problem is, the “at work” pose hides the clothes.
Team 5’s Photos
Nina suggests cropping out Gunnar’s outfit from their photos, which causes Heidi to suggest that means Gunnar should go home. The looks across the faces of the judges suggest that’s not really the option they want.
In the end the photo spread goes to Team 6, and Melissa is named the winner. So you would think that Team 5 are the losers here. But everyone from Team 5 is safe. So this is why they decided to semi-cut the whole “group” aspect. Because they couldn’t name Team 6 the winner, because that would make Raul safe, and they didn’t want to eliminate anyone from Team 5–because as bad as Gunnar’s outfit was, it was still miles better than either of Raul’s tops.
So Raul (thank heavens) is gone again. Now this time, no one else drop out so his terrible attitude and moronic behavior are gone for good.
Next week: a real women challenge. The editing makes it sound like Ven makes his plus sized lady cry. Lovely.