On this week’s Project Runway, the designers were split into two gigantic teams, prompting exasperation, outrage, and a whole host of other juvenile emotions from the group. It’s becoming increasingly apparent that none of the designers’ parents taught their children how to play well with others. A sample quip from Ven reflected the general attitude in the workroom: “Honestly, I want to kill myself.” With that kind of positive attitude, how could the designers possibly go wrong?
The Challenge: Heidi and Nina tasked the designers with creating a cohesive collection targeted at “the working woman.” Each team also had to style a photo shoot featuring their looks; the winning team’s photo spread would appear in Marie Claire. While I thought this challenge produced good results, I was still bored by its premise. Can’t we get some crazier challenges up in here?
My Top Three:
- Dmitry: My current front runner; I think Dmitry has been criminally underrated all season. His stuff is understated but always impeccable, which is perfect for a “wear to work” challenge. Loved the black and navy combo, and how he color-blocked it in a cool way. The little cap sleeves were also cute.
- Melissa: I liked this, albeit in a “Judy Jetson goes to work” sort of way. I adored the stark blue color and thought the shape of the dress was nice. The collar and zipper were a bit cray cray, but I liked how inventive this piece was. Overall, I agreed with Nina – this look was a showstopper. It was also good to see Melissa (finally!) embrace color.
- Ven: I know he always does the same thing, but I love Ven’s aesthetic nonetheless. The top was just perfect and I loved the stark black and white combo.
My Bottom Three:
- Elena: This look was too drab, and I hated how the jacket’s sleeves were tight but the rest of the jacket was billowy – what an odd fit! This did not look like something anyone I know would wear to work.
- Fabio: An utterly boring garment. I’m channeling Nina Garcia here, but what about this piece was exciting or innovative? Michael called this his favorite garment of Team 5 and to that I can only say, “Ummmm, what?!?”
- Elena/Alicia: The pants (made by Alicia) were nice; I love a good wide-leg trouser. But the blouse was hideous, making it Elena’s second strike of the week. I hated the billowing sleeves, which seem to be an Elena trademark. If Melissa can embrace color, Elena can sure as heck find a way to escape her oppressive, bulky jacket fascination.
Bitchy Lines of the Night:
- “Oh my god. I’d rather eat dirt than work with Elena.” (Gunnar. I would bet my life she feels the same way about you, honey).
- “Raul is the last person sitting there, like the schoolyard reject.” (Nathan. That was way harsh, Tai).
- “I just hope he can deliver…for a change.” (Dmitry, with some stealth bitchiness there at the end of that sentence).
- “I feel like Elena just escaped from the woods. She is an animal right now.” (Christopher on Elena. When your fellow designers repeatedly liken you to a wild animal, you might want to reconsider your behavior).
- “I’m going to be candid with you. I was very, very worried about you because I was anticipating walking in to a hot mess.” (Oh, Tim. Never change).
- “It looks like a f&$%ing drag queen cocktail hour on our side of the room.” (Gunnar, in a hilarious assessment of his team).
- “Everybody hates Elena. Even if they say they like her, they hate her.” (Dmitry. Come on, dour Eastern Europeans! Don’t turn on each other now!)
- “I think Ven is one-way monkey. Oh no…he’s one-trick pony, that’s what I meant.” (Dmitry, delivering a delightfully adorable insult. And, no, I did not forget articles in that quotation – that’s exactly what our favorite Belorussian said).
- “Her boobs were kind of all over the place. It was kind of like a souffle that went down.” (Heidi on Gunnar’s dress).
- “And I don’t hate a lot of things at all. That I hated.” (Heidi on Elena’s jacket sleeves. Tell us how you really feel, Frau Klum).
- “When that dress came down the runway, I thought it looked like two puppies wrestling in a sack.” (Joanna on Gunnar’s dress. Line of the night, by far).
Random Bits + Pieces:
- As you may have noticed above, I found more bitchy lines for this week’s episode than ever before. These team challenges bring out the worst (and by worst, I actually mean best/most entertaining) in these designers. What a train wreck.
- The producers actually showed Nathan tonight! After getting zero screentime the first four weeks, he was all over the place this episode. Naturally, I assumed this meant he would be eliminated – but the producers fooled me. Perhaps this signals the beginning of an upswing for Nathan?
- Raul deserves a major party foul for his lack of teamwork. At one point he said, “I’m not going to change my direction just because they want me to.” I get the self-preservation thing, but he seemed hell bent against working with his team from the start.
- Tonight’s guest judge was Joanna Coles, aka the only part of PR All-Stars I miss. I wish she could be on every episode.
- If my personal Top Three for this week (Dmitry, Ven, and Melissa) were the final three of the season, I would be really happy. Of course, knowing PR, that will never happen and someone egregiously undeserving will sneak in there.
The Result: Melissa got the win (hear, hear!) and Raul got sent home, though not before hurling a steam of insults at Elena (ummm, what was that about??). I am more than okay with this week’s outcome; Raul consistently created tacky garments and needs a major attitude adjustment.
What did you think of this week’s episode? Did the right designer get sent home? And why can’t everyone just get along?