Project Runway Season 13: In the Year 2034
Tim meets the designers on the runway. He has a group of Marie Clare Magazine covers, blown up to poster size behind him. Hmmm, who is sponsoring today’s sponsored challenge, I wonder? He brings out Anne Fulenwider, the EIC of Marie Clare who is here to tell us it’s MCM’s 20th anniversary. (We are then treated to Heidi, Tim, Nina and Zac telling us what they were doing in 1994. This is when I realize Zac Posen is my age.) Today’s challenge–to go back to your past 20 years in order to inspire what you’d be wearing 20 years in the future: in 2034.
One day challenge, 30 minutes to sketch and then (finally) the first trip to Mood this season. The Go Cards are gone. We’re back to cash allotments–$200 for this week. Swatch is not impressed by the flurry of activity.
Back in the workroom, there are pictures on the walls of all the designers in 1994. Most of them are elementary school pictures. The teenagers of the group are all grunged out (except Fäde who looks majorly German.) Emily is the oldest with a picture of herself at 21.
Let’s get to Tim’s walk through.
- Sean: Minimalist Futurist. Black dress, navy coat. Tim worries about the coat.
- Angela: Tears, idle tears. Her idea of pulling inspiration from Wall Streets sounds good. Tim also worries about her jacket.
- Mitchell: His future is wet because Miami will be underwater. Tim says the skirt looks like a tutu.
- Kristine: She’s taking her inspiration from Clueless. It’s very prep meets grunge. Tim frets that its prim.
- Emily: She’s remaking her favorite piece of clothing from 1994 for the future. Tim *loves* this concept.
- Sandhya: She’s got a plastic 3D treatments she’s planning, plus using safety pins as embellishments. Tim calls the pins gimmicky.
- Amanda: She’s doing a uniform because people won’t have time to think about clothes. Tim likes that it’s separates.
- Fäde: He’s going sporty. Tim says don’t be subtle.
- Char: Futuristic Pantsuit with Motorcycle vest. Tim responses positively.
- Alexander: Denim and knitwear. It looks Mad Maxish. Tim says make it separates.
The models come and go. Alexander freaks out because his model had the nerve to have boobs. He restarts from scratch. Hernan’s look is so trashy the model’s tits are popping out. He doesn’t restart from scratch.
Day of runway and Alexander is panicking over finishing. We montage through the Name Dropping Hair Salon and Product Displaying Make Up People. Sean makes a hat out of a Mood bag because that’s what people do when they finish early. Angela makes whimpering noises.
Let’s go down to the runway.
Heidi is wearing an outfit I’ve sworn we’ve seen her in before. Zac showed up for work. So did Nina, but I assume that’s because when your EIC is showing up as a guest judge, you don’t get to make excuses. Our other guest judge is fashion photographer Amanda De Cadenet, who apparently has a show to push. The Tim Gunn Save and the Anthony Ryan Rule are both still in effect.
Char: I love her pants. The top is a mess.
Hernan: Trashy when down. Trashy when up.
Mitchell: It’s a wet suit.
Samantha: I like the vest, the knit top, the grey skirt. Together it’s too much.
Kini: I like the cape, but I like the outfit better when the cape is gone.
Fäde: Is it wrong to say “That’s so Berlin?”
Korina: The only thing that’s not boring here is the blouse color.
Amanda: Love the pants. Heidi says the only reason she’s not in the bottom is because she has immunity.
Emily: The hoodie is divine. The jumpsuit when she removes it is futuristic yet seems wearable. Heidi loves the way the outfit was revealed when the hoodie comes down. She gives extra praise for the back. Anne says she wishes Emily hadn’t called it an Ewok hoodie, because that detracts from an otherwise high fashion look. Zac calls it her best work so far. Nina wasn’t in love with it, but she does like the simple design. She just feels like she’s seen the jumpsuit 100 times. This should have won. Emily was Robbed!
Kristine: I like the coat. The outfit is not as interesting without it, though I like the back. Nina loves the army color against the white, and says it would photograph wonderfully. Heidi calls it her favorite look of the three. When she learns the white non sheer fabric is in fact leather, she is over the moon. Zac says it’s too “today” for his taste and she needed to push farther. Amanda is also not in love with it. Anne likes that it’s separates, so it’s complex while looking simple.
Sandhya: Bollywood Robot Girl! OMG hilarious. She’s the only one who had the nerve to do the robot look. Good for her. Nina loves the bright colors, and compares it to all the depressing grays and browns saying to see someone go bright is refreshing. She calls the fantasy elements “editorial.” Anne says it grew on her. Amanda says it’s brave and bold, but asks how she sits down. Zac points out there are no drainpipes on the bum. He also points out that he knew it was Sandhya’s the moment it stepped out. Heidi says she hated it, but it will be the one everyone remembers. They give her the win (that’s twice now!) The deciding factor is how fearless she was.
Sean: I hate the coat, and the hat is distracting. Heidi calls it disappointing. She points out how the slit on the skirt in the back is awful and uneven. Anne hates the hat. Zac claims to like the hat, but then calls it “Mary Poppins Went Shopping At Prada” which doesn’t sound much like a complement. He insists he can see the sophistication. Nina makes sure to enforce that Mary Poppins is not a complement, and that there’s nothing about this outfit that feels like fashion forward design. When she takes off the coat they’re all surprised to discover the dress is open backed.
Alexander: At least his model is wearing something. It’s so boring. Heidi calls it an old rag and a potato sack. Zac says “harness muumuu shape” and “apocalyptic maternity mom.” Nina calls it a Chilling Portrait of Things To Come before snapping “Planet of the Apes.” Anne tries to find nice things to say about it, which boil down to “if it were made completely differently out of something else.” When he explains he scraped his first idea and made this is the last three hours, the panel pulls back on the snark.
Angela: I like the idea of the vest. But the skirt is way too short. Zac calls it an airplane stewardess from the future, or perhaps Obi-Wan Kenobi’s manicurist. He says she needed more time to do the clean tailoring she was aiming for. Anne says the problem for her is the skirt is too short. Everyone hates the skirt detail, which look like a mistake. Heidi says the suit feels sad, as does weepy Angela. Tim says she and her dress needs to be euthanized. The judges listen to him, and blessedly her weepy personality and awful stressball self is out.
Tim announces to all and sundry this was not the right environment for her to thrive in, which is his way of explaining to the audience why he openly encouraged the judges to send someone home. It’s ok Tim. I thought it was the right decision too.
Next week: A high fashion look made out of embarrassing 1970s suits.
(pics via lifetime.com)