For this week’s “Project Runway” challenge, birds served as the inspiration for the designer’s looks. Tim Gunn informed the remaining designers that they would be paired up. Naturally, they groaned thinking it was yet another team challenge. Insert twist. Instead of working together, they had to compete against each other, with one designer being on top and the other being in the bottom and in jeopardy of going home. They were instructed to create two designs, but in the end they only had to show one look on the runway. Did anyone else think this twist was fishy? Was this created at the 11th hour because some of the designer’s second looks looked like tragic trainwrecks? I think so.
Anya and Laura competed against each and received a raven as their inspiration. A cockatoo was Kimberly and Viktor’s muse, while Bert and Joshua were left with an Amazon parrot as their source of inspiration. The winning look would not only be featured in a Marie Claire advertorial, but the designer would also receive a cash prize of $20,000. Ka-ching. Designer Francisco Costa joined the judging panel this week to critique the looks.
Before I get to this week’s designs, I have to quickly comment on last night’s fabric-gate scandal. Anya, who has been a lightening rod for controversy this season due to limited sewing skills, was at the center of last night’s drama. In previous weeks, she had been the recipient of help from her fellow designers. In turn, she returned the favor by giving extra fabric to designers and gave them valuable input. This week a new Anya arose. When asked by Joshua for extra fabric, she refused. Was our former Miss Trinidad & Tobago becoming cutthroat?
Personally, I would’ve given Joshua my extra fabric if he was my friend. Definitely not bueno on Anya’s part, considering Joshua had helped her in previous episodes. Too boot, last week Anya received much-needed fabric from Anthony Ryan when she lost her money at Mood. She should’ve definitely paid it forward. Anyhoo, just my two cents. In the end, it worked out for Joshua who was forced to work with the fabric he had and turned out a beautiful clean look. Onto this week’s designs. Check them out below.
Anya had two great looks this week and it was like Sophie’s Choice trying to decide which one to show off. In the end, I’m glad she picked this urban structured design. It’s very different from her usual flowy patterned dresses. Definitely deserved the win. That being said, bratty Joshua did make some valid, if not whiny, points. The fact you have to sew your model in and out of the dress isn’t a good thing. In they end, they’re looking for a great designer and not a seamstress. If that was the case Becky would still be in. With that in mind, Anya was the rightful winner.
Definitely too literal. The judges hit the nail on the head. With the skinny legs, feathered top and long tail at the back of the jacket, the model looked like a life-sized raven. Had Bert’s design not been so heinous, Legally Blonde would’ve been auf’d for sure.
Poor Kimberly. She burns her fabric, sews a needle through her finger and has an emotional breakdown. I thought for sure she was a goner. But out of nowhere she created an effortlessly beautiful gown of out polyester lining fabric. Even the other models marveled and commented on her design. I’m glad the judges overlooked some of the execution problems to reward Kimberly. It’s a design show and not a sewing one. Congrats Kimberly.
When Viktor and Kimberly were initially matched up, I thought I was going to lose my Kimberly. Viktor hadn’t shown any weaknesses the past few weeks and was the judge’s golden child… next to Anya of course. Though, his dress is unbalanced and a bit too literal, I thought the fraying of the fabric was genius. He’s still a lock for Final 3 if you ask me.
Once again Joshua went simple and once again he was rewarded with praise. I didn’t mind the corsage looking embellishment, but the judges hated it. Thankfully, Joshua went for this orange frock instead of the more over-the-top green second look. That had tons more corsage-looking attachments.
Poor Bert was on a bit of a streak the past few weeks. Too bad he wasn’t inspired by his bird. His lack of inspiration definitely showed in his final product. Considering he had the most colorful bird, his dress was the dreariest. At least Bert went out on a good edit. He was far more jovial in this episode and got along with his fellow designers… even Joshua.
With one more challenge left, who do you think will make it to Fashion Week. Technically they all made it since Fashion Week took place a month ago, but which three designers will have their collection shown on air? Post all your predictions below.