Project Runway Season 10: Everyone Learns A Lesson
For those who might not be tapped into the Fashion Show world, tomorrow morning, bright and early the remaining contestants will be showing lines in Lincoln Center for fashion week.
Yes, the whole Top 8 will show at fashion week. That means whoever goes home tonight will literally miss showing at Fashion Week by the narrowest of margins. It will remain unspoken on the episode because the show likes to pretend that only the top three get to show at Fashion Week, but every last contestant will have done the math and know this episode is the last to air before fashion week, so the stress and tension is going to be ratcheted up higher than normal. As if being forced into groups of three and doing humiliating things on the streets of NYC wasn’t bad enough on its own.
Heidi is wearing a dress made of aluminum foil. She asks who’s a good negotiator in the group? Everyone raises their hands. She is dubious, and dismisses them. Onward to Tim and the workroom where it is (in the words of Melissa) “Arts and Crafts time.” Why am I not surprised that Elena hates glue and glitter? She obviously failed Kindergarten.
There is no budget. They have to fund raise by creating tee shirts and selling them to people on the street. Tim also suggests they can do alterations, sell their fashion advice–anything to raise money. Then he drops the bomb–they’ll be doing it in teams of three.
Teams are (via the button bag):
- Christopher, Sonjia, Gunnar
- Dmitry, Elena, Alicia
- Ven, Melissa, Fabio
Three hours to work to make things to sell. Did I mention they don’t actually know what the main challenge is?
I almost feel the urge to skip the glitter infused workroom and the selling on the streets of NYC. Elena literally goes up to people and says “Please buy our crappy tee shirts!” I think that sums it all up, don’t you? In the end the totals are:
- Ven/Melissa/Fabio- $800.48
- Sonjia/Gunnar/Christopher- $684
The challenge is (in their teams) to create two looks for fall, and one of the outfits must include outerwear. After 30minutes of sketching, it is off to Mood, where they are instructed to spend every last cent they made.
Back at the workroom and Christopher is comparing Elena and Dmitry to Boris and Natasha. Rocky and Bullwinkle fans are insulted. Everyone feels very sorry for Alicia, as do I. She and Gunnar are the weakest links at this point, and (unless somehow miraculously the “Dream Team” of Ven, Fabio and Melissa fall flat), which ever one of their teams are int he bottom determines which of them goes home.
Tim’s walk through–
- Elena, Alicia and Dmitry: the wave of negative energy is overwhelming. Elena is making the coat, no surprise. Alicia is making pants that are concerning Tim. Dmitry is making a dress that hurts Tim’s soul. Dmitry says “exposed darts” which Tim compares to buttresses. He then throws up his hands and says “Well, it’s a point of view!” which sounds to me like the fashion version of the theater insult “It’s a choice!”
- Fabio, Melissa, Ven: Ven’s doing his origami skirt again. Fabio’s got a coat. Tim is concerned that the woman who would wear ven’s skirt and top wouldn’t go with the jacket Fabio is making, or the stuff Melissa is making. Tim agrees with Fabio and Melissa that it’s the origami skirt that doesn’t fit, rather than Fabio remake the coat to fit the skirt. Ven now needs to check his ego at the door and find a way to make something that fits the group.
- Christopher, Gunnar, Sonjia: Gunnar did the underdresses, Sonjia did a short jacket, Christopher is doing a trench. Tim questions Sonjia’s sleeves saying she might look like she’s trying to hard. Christopher’s trench is being done in non-trench material, and currently does not look like a good idea.
Ven is very mad that his skirt is being rejected. Elena is hyper and laughing at Dmitry, who is considering a wooden stake and a silver bullet to take her down. Gunnar is terrified that Christopher’s horribly unfinished trench is going to take their team down and (as one of the two weakest links) send him home. It’s not a good sign that Alicia’s pants are not fitting right. Alicia’s strong suit is supposed to be pants. I wonder if she’s given up? Or if it doesn’t occur to her that she is the one who is out of here if these three land in the bottom.
Day of runway and the cattiness and backbiting is ratcheted up to 11. I cannot wait until next week when they all know they’re making lines for fashion week and everyone will bloody relax.
Let’s go to the runway.
Heidi is wearing something with zebra stripes and flowers. After this week there will be no immunity, but since after this week everyone will have gotten what they want, that’s not important. This week’s judge is Anna Sui! Sweeeet!
Sonjia–the jacket is really cool, but I’m not sure I’d buy it in a store. I like the points in the back. This is Heidi’s favorite piece. She calls it exquisite and says she hasn’t seen it before. Nina says “expensive” and “well made.”
Christopher–The neckline is interesting, but the belt is too high and the front wrap looks like an apron. Then she opens it, and the dress underneath is fabulous. It looks a lot better when open. Kors remarks that camel hair is a very difficult fabric to work with, which sounds to me like they are rationalizing that the coat is the weakest link here. Nina loves the collar.
Gunnar–somehow magically turned out two really good looking dresses. Sonjia’s coat never opens, but what we can see looks good. Meanwhile, the dress under Christopher’s coat is actually what saves the outfit. Kors LOVES the dress under Christopher’s coat.
Anna Sui’s Lesson of the Day: How did they work together? They worked together well! She says that’s really the lesson they should take away from this. When asked who should win, Christopher picks Gunnar, Gunnar picks Gunnar and Sonjia picks Sonjia. Kors loves that they gave two pieces to Gunnar to help him stand out this week. But in the end they give the win to Sonjia’s jacket.
Dmitry–The dress is ok, but I hate the outer darts. I think the shawl is ok, but it doesn’t seem to have much to do with the dress, and it is certainly not the showstopper he mistakes it for. The argument on the runway once they receive the news they are in the bottom is ugly. Elena doesn’t want to talk, and when she does she yells at Dmitry for taking over and doing an entire outfit without input and that they had to build everything around his dress because “you don’t know how to make anything else.” She also declares that she was a team player this time, so don’t even say she’s the one who is impossible to work with. Nina points out that they keep seeing dresses from Dmitry and even though he makes them well, she suggests she’s getting bored. She calls the shawl “old lady.” Kors says it was obvious Dmitry was hellbent on doing head-to-toe and it didn’t come out.
Elena–the coat is a disaster, and it doesn’t even have Romulan shoulders. The collar is supposed to be stiff, but it wobbles. and then the model opens it and it just collapses every which way. Nina points out that while Dmitry may only make dresses, Elena only makes oversized coats, and unlike some of the others, the oversizing here looks like a mistake and is a disaster when opened. Nina calls it “an experiment” rather than a finished project. Kors says if he saw that in a store no one would think that it was made by a coat expert. Nina called it tortured. Anna says “she’s angry and it’s an angry coat.”
Alicia–those pants crotch are less than good. The shirt underneath is a blob of fabric nothing. Kors makes a raspberry noise. Heidi calls it “throwaway.” Kors calls the pants “so what.” Nina is amazed at how nothing Alicia ended up turning in: “At least Dmitry and Elena were fighting for attention!”
Anna Sui’s Lesson of the Day: Anna is appalled. She says the anger that they are hearing on the runway is what is is reflected in the clothes and that’s the lesson these should learn here. They’re not up for learning anything, sorry Anna. When it’s time to say who should go home they scratch at each other like angry cats. Dmitry naturally picks Elena to go home. Elena and Alicia pick Dmitry, Elena because (duh) and Alicia because she felt he shunted her to the side.
Ven–The skirt he remade looks like shit. It looks like he made it in 2.5 seconds and he was angry at having to produce it. The pants are no better, especially when the shirt is pulled up to expose the waist. Heidi hates the pants and calls them “horrible.” Kors demands to know where he is in this collection. Ven accuses the others of not using his original skirt. Nina says “sloppy sloppy sloppy.” Kors calls the skirt a dirndl Heidi could wear to a beer hall. It’s a bit sad that they don’t recognize that the pant and skirt are as angry as Elena’s coat
Melissa–She worries her shirt doesn’t sit right, but I would be more interested in her jacket with the implausibly high neck. Nina loves the white jacket. Heidi says the white jacket is the only think in the collection that she likes.
Fabio–The coat looks unfinished. The top looks like it’s been over stretched. Nina says the top is too sheer, too tight, and when they swap the jackets, the issues with the clothes underneath become more apparent. Heidi can’t stand the see thru top and calls the collection sad. Kors calls is a “grandma house coat.” Kors says “Well he can talk a good game, but look at the clothes!”
Anna Sui’s Lesson of the Day: Anna says this is another lesson that should be learned–they are all too nice to each other, and their inability to push each other is why their garments failed. Kors says the worst thing that can happen is for people to sit around and admire each other for being fabulous. They try really hard not to answer the who should go home question. Fabio ends up picking Ven apologising all the while, and Ven picks Fabio, without returning the favor. Melissa chooses Fabio, but looks ill while doing so.
Is it really a question here of which of these six isn’t going to make it to fashion week tomorrow? There’s no way Melissa or Ven are going anywhere. They are sent to safety first I would also assume that for all that they are down on Dmitry and Elena this week, Kors and Nina aren’t about to not have a line from either of them on the runway. They are sent to safety second. And between Alicia’s sad pieces and Fabio’s ability to talk himself out of things, there’s no question.
Next week–the make your own fabric print challenge!