Greetings my fellow “Project Runway” fans. Apologies for not recapping last week. Once again, I was out of town and in Las Vegas for a debacherous weekend with a few friends. Three days at home and I’m still recovering. That’s how good it was.
Surprisingly, with me away Lifetime still decided to air a new PR episode. LOL. At least, the one I missed was a menswear challenge. Viktor definitely deserved the win and Oliver without a doubt, needed to go home. That being said, both Anya and Kimberly were extremely lucky that Oliver sucked more because both their garments were not-so-fabulous. But enough of last week, let’s start with last night’s “That ’70s Show” Project Runway edition.
The designers were instructed to create two garments- one being a one-piece- that referenced the 70s but without being to literal. If you watched last week’s episode, you know a few of them went down the literal route. The winning design would be manufactured and sold on PiperLime.com. They were given $100 and $50 for each of the outfits. Speaking of money, Anya lost hers at Mood and was limited to leftover change and scraps of fabric donated by the other designers. Proving my girl has it when it comes to women’s clothes (cuz she sucks with men), she not only managed to create two fantastic garments but won the challenge too. Anya FTW.
Joining the panel this week was Olivia Palermo of “The City” fame. Apparently, this snooty biznatch is working at PiperLime.com now. Erin Kaplan (The City) must be ecstatic that Olivia isn’t tormenting her at Elle anymore and someone else’s nightmare. In true Olivia fashion, she didn’t hold back on her critiques but dare I say it… she wasn’t as bitchy as I thought she would be. Maybe her most cutting comments were left on the editing floor. That being said, I hope they bring back Olivia as a guest judge. Unlike other guest judges, Olivia has no problem being unlikeable to the masses. Check out this week’s designs below.
Since I didn’t recap last week’s show, I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a shout out to Viktor’s gorgeous pleather jacket last week. That braiding detail on the shoulders was amazing. Craftsmanship at its best. This week he shows off his tailoring skills once more. The blazer in the first look is cut perfectly. Also loved the snakeskin t-shirt underneath the jacket. I, like the judges, marveled at it. Wasn’t a fan of the one-piece look but certainly complemented his first one. If he doesn’t make it to Fashion Week, I’ll be shocked.
After a string of heinous outfits for several weeks, Bert is coming on strong the past two episodes. To be fair, they both have been retro-themed challenges and according to Joshua McKinley that’s an unfair advantage since Bert lived during those eras. Man, what a whiny bitch Josh is becoming lately. Bert didn’t win this week, but Piperlime.com is still going to make and sell his one-piece look. They would’ve been fools if they hadn’t. It’s elegant, simple and would flatter various body types. I kinda liked the sheer glittery fabric he used in his first look. As a top it worked, but as the bottom… not so much. Speaking of bottom, those booty shorts were something else. Talk about hooker shorts.
Anya was on an emotional roller coaster ride this week. First she loses her money and has to scrounge up loose change from the other designers, then ends up winning the challenge. I didn’t mind the color of dyed top, but there’s no denying those pants were stunning. Loved the pattern and the high waist. Definitely hit the task of creating a 70s look for modern times. Her one-piece jumper won the challenge, but I wasn’t as ga-ga as the judges. Still, a well-deserved win for my Anya.
Kimberly was the only one not in the bottom nor top three this week. From the editing in the episode, I thought for sure she was landing in the bottom three. Somehow my glam urban goddess slid through. Both Anya and Laura thought her fabric choices were a bit too JC Pennys (totes agree), but she managed to make it work for the one-piece look. The vest/pant combo was a great idea. The first look was…. ummm… errr… umm. WTF was that. She’s lucky she wasn’t chastised for that.
All the judges ripped Laura a new hole this week. While the bashing for the one-piece look was well-deserved, I sorta liked the first look. Sure, it’s not a combination we would normally see, but I would wear it, if I was a girl. The detailing on the top was fantastic. The way she created her own chevron pattern should be commended. I fear Legally Blonde won’t last much longer. Especially considering Nina Garcia is not a fan. You should see some of the stank faces Garcia gives Laura’s look. Not pretty.
I hope it’s the stress of the competition that’s making Josh into a raging cow, and not showing his true self because he’s turning into the biggest whiny beyotch. While I commend him for standing by his work, surely he has to admit the styling and design of the first look was atrocious. As Olivia put it, why on earth would you mix table cloth fabric with animal printed accessories? I thought it was Anthony Ryan that was color blind and not him. Michael Kors even said it went against every fashion law in the land. OUCH. I won’t even get started on the butt. Even Josh knew it sucked and told his model not to turn around and show the judges.
At the beginning of the competition, I thought Anthony Ryan was a shoo-in. That being said, he deserved to go home a few weeks ago with those tragic camel-toe shorts. He managed to escape the axe that time, but not this week. After a one-two punch of ill-conceived designs, he was rightly auf’d. The first look was depressing and the second looked like a tent. Scratch that, a wigwam. I can’t believe he thought his two models looked like trendy girls walking down the street. Nina Garcia’s comparison to them belonging to a Charles Mason cult was more spot on.
What did you think of this week’s episode? Did the right designer go home? Who do you think will end up in the Final 3? I’m hoping it’s a Viktor, Anya and Kimberly/Bert combo. Post your thoughts below.