I have been really, really slacking on my Project Runway recaps. I was travelling for work, and then I was catching up because I was travelling for work, and I know you don’t care but I’m telling you anyway, because I feel in my heart of hearts that I’ve disappointed Tim Gunn. I’m sorry, Tim! I couldn’t make it work! My point is, I’ve missed a few posts – two weeks have gone by without my usual recap, so allow me to catch you up from where I left off. Tim Gunn had an emotional moment and used his “Tim Gunn Save” to bring back Char Glover, who rejoined the designers on a very sparkly challenge. The contestants had to design a garment around some fancy gems and it wasn’t as exciting as it should’ve been, but whatever. The big surprise came from Korina, who went from being a completely unoriginal whiner to a really innovative designer. She made this:
Spoiler alert: she went back to being terrible again the following week – don’t worry, you can still be a Korina hater.
After that, Project Runway “made history” by introducing the very first “rainway,” which is basically a runway in the rain. Wow. As gimmicks go, it was pretty lame (I am almost positive that America’s Next Top Model has done something similar) but it inspired some really amazing designs. It was an avant garde challenge, so it showed some creativity from the designers that we haven’t seen before. Both Kini and Sean tied for the win. I was completely in love with Kini’s dress, which was an upside-down umbrella:
It must be said, though, that Sean Kelly really took my breath away. He took packets of dye and sewed them into a plain white dress. When the rain hit the fabric, it created a beautiful ombré color pattern. It was stunning. This is one of those Project Runway moments that will be remembered for years to come.
I mean, can you even deal with how awesome that is? I can’t. You know what else I can’t deal with? Sandhya. I’m not going to get into it, but she made a brightly-colored circus clown costume and covered it in little plastic pinwheels. It was ridiculous that she didn’t go home. RIDICULOUS. I honestly can’t even explain it.
WHAT IS THAT!??! I don’t even know. And the judges liked it? They said it “lacked sophistication,” but they liked its whimsy. WHAT. Sigh.
I had a great title for last week’s challenge, by the way. It was, “Blame It On The Rainway,” and I want you all to take a moment and appreciate that, even though I didn’t end up writing the recap. But let’s move on. With Samantha and Fade both gone, there are only eight designers left: Kini, Sean, Amanda, Korina, Sandhya, Char, Emily and Alexander. True story: I keep forgetting who Alexander is and have to look up his name repeatedly. Sorry, Alexander. The contestants really have a tough week, designing clothes for young girls and their American Girl dolls. Incidentally, I do not enjoy young girls or dolls, so this week was tough for me, too.
Even though I was the exact target demographic group for American Girl dolls when they first came out, I never read any of the books or owned an American Girl doll. I remember that my friends were very into Samantha, but it just wasn’t something that attracted me, I guess? Weird. For the most part, none of the designers have a connection with the dolls, either. Regardless, that’s the challenge: to design a garment for a young girl inspired by one of the American Girl dolls. The girls – who seem to be about 9-12 years old? – will also serve as the models.
It appears that Sandhya has finally worn out her welcome – if she even had a welcome in the first place. This week, errrrrbody is over it, even Tim Gunn and the judges. The designers are still pissed off over a comment she made the week before – some of the judges made references to McQueen and other designers in comparison to the contestants and she smugly stated that she’d never remind anyone of another designer because she is sooo original. Not terribly tactful – also, is it a bad thing to be reminicent of McQueen? Really? Shut up. This week, she’s really feeling the haters. She’s designing this pink…thing, which is just…I don’t even know, you guys, but it’s not good. Tim Gunn is like, “I don’t understand anything you do, ever, so I’m just going to leave you alone. Nothing I say will make any difference.” Sandhya has a crying fit because people don’t have compassion, or something. I don’t know. I’m really over Sandhya, you guys. There’s being true to yourself and then there’s just refusing to listen to critique. She’s so focused on her own point of view – something that’s helpful to an extent, but also a hindrance on a show like this. You need to be open to criticism and be willing to grow – the judges are looking for your ability to take notes and improve. Sandhya hasn’t grown a bit since day one and I think the judges finally felt it this week. Also, she’s kind of a brat.
The best looks
Despite Tim’s concern that Char is being a bit too literal with her fringe vest, her look makes the top three this week. The judges love the playful, modern take on her doll’s ensemble and everyone agrees that it is light, fun and age-appropriate. Elizabeth Moss, one of the guest judges, basically wants a copy of the vest in her size. Side note: I love Elizabeth Moss. Personally, I’m not over the moon for Char’s look, but it’s definitely appropriate for a cute little girl. I love the dress underneath, actually, but so much fringe this season, ya know?
Another top look that I am not super excited over is Korina’s. The panels on the skirt feel a little crafty to me – I love the idea of the peek-a-boo yellow panels, especially as a nod to her doll Josefina’s backstory (she always wears a yellow flower for her late mother) but I don’t like the execution of it. It feels like a game of Memory or something? I don’t know. Just not my favorite. I did, however, love the styling and her model was completely adorable in that red hat.
The best look of the week is definitely Kini’s. Kini has the good luck of choosing the Samantha doll, the one with lots of money and high-end taste. Perfect for his aesthetic! He pairs up a red plaid and a houndstooth fabric for a mismatched jacket and dress combo that plays off Samantha’s original ensemble. It’s classy and really well-tailored. It’s not terribly original, but it’s definitely the best thing to hit the runway this week. If I had a daughter, I’d want to dress her like this.
The worst looks
I feel like a broken record at this point, but we have to talk about Sandhya’s garment. It’s so bad, you guys. So bad. I never agree with Nina Garcia, but when she compares the look to a Teletubby or Yo Gabba Gabba character, I admit that I nodded like an idiot at my TV. This thing – is it a onesie? A jumpsuit? Footsie pajamas with the feet cut off? I just don’t know what it is. It has a tutu skirt situation happening around the middle and two comically large decorative buttons down the front, which make it look more cartoonish than ever. And what are those sleeves? I just don’t understand.
As bad as this is (IT’S REALLY BAD) the judges are willing to admit that it’s fun and playful…just not for a third grader. More like for an infant. Kids should be age appropriate and childlike, yes, but they should also try not to get beat up because their insane mother dresses them in a onesie with a tutu. Get a grip, Sandhya. When the judges give her feedback, she refuses to take any of it to heart. I think Zac Posen’s face says it all.
Emily and Sean are also in the bottom three. At first, I was pretty convinced that Emily would go home, but I think Sandhya sealed her fate by refusing to listen to the judges. Sean’s look isn’t exciting (and he manages to screw up the shape of a peace sign) but I don’t think they’d send a front-runner home over one mediocre look. Emily’s garment is perhaps too dark for a young girl, but Heidi doesn’t hate it, and I think that’s her saving grace. Even with that silly face mesh thing.
Farewell, Sandhya. I really, really wanted to like you. I appreciate your spirit. I love your feminist ideals and your purity of vision. I just don’t- DON’T – love your clothes. I think your stuff is whack. I’m sorry, but it’s true. No one wants their daughter to look like a teletubby, goodbye.