There’s something so satisfying about watching a nasty person get sent home on a reality TV show. It’s nice when they get sent packing for bad behavior – say, like Romeo on America’s Next Top Model earlier this season – but it’s even better when the decision is independent of their personality. It’s just because, in some way, they didn’t live up to the judges’ expectations. They failed. Then we, the viewers, are no longer forced to watch whoever this villain may be – and even more, there’s a sort of karmic satisfaction behind it. It’s a rare thing in life, to see people receive some sort of immediate retribution for their sins against others. Nasty people succeed all the time, right? And it pisses us off. And sure, maybe this isn’t the result of real life, but the skills of an editing department who knows that the audience craves this sort of ending. But regardless…damn, was it nice to see Korina go home on Project Runway or WHAT?
Project Runway does its own version of Storage Wars this week. The final six are teamed up into pairs: Char and Sean; Emily and Korina; Amanda and Kini. There are five storage units and each team is given $500 to bid on the unseen contents of each unit. The units turn out to be stuffed with just about everything – kids’ toys, old furniture, blankets, wrapping paper, sporting equipment – you name it. The teams must create two cohesive looks from the contents of the storage units they win, which leave some with more to work with than others. Once they’re back in the workroom, Tim Gunn shows up with a twist: the teams must create a third look using fabric from Mood. This look must also be cohesive to the final collection.
Let me sum it up for you in one word: KORINA. This girl has been vying for Worst Person Ever all season, but this week she really goes above and beyond. She is vile. VILE. I’m sure some of this can be blamed on “getting the villain edit,” but honestly, you can’t fabricate all the things she’s said about everyone. She’s endlessly cruel about Char, someone who is supposed to be her friend, calling out her lack of technical skill at every given opportunity. Did you know that Char was eliminated and shouldn’t even be there? WELL, KORINA WANTS TO TELL YOU ABOUT THAT. I would like to take this moment to remind everyone of Anya, who couldn’t even make a pattern and sewed her model into every look, week after week. She won season 9, by the way. Just saying. It’s not that Korina is entirely wrong here – it’s just that Char’s not some idiot who doesn’t know what she’s doing. Besides, Korina’s arrogance and self-entitlement really overshadow any valid point she may have and I honestly looked up her age while watching this episode, because surely she was younger than I thought. NOPE – she’s 28 years old. She behaves like a sullen teenager and it’s gross.
Most of what happens this week is better explained as the action unfolds, but here’s the short version: Korina is a huge jerk and then she’s a bigger jerk.
The best looks
It’s unfortunate that the best looks this week get lost in the drama. For the first time all season, I really like what Amanda puts together. After being inspired by a painting in the back of one of the storage units – a painting Amanda calls “the psychedelic yeti,” she and Kini create a collection with the theme, “American popstar in Tokyo.” It sounds really weird, but the end result is so dead on that I have to love it. Plus, they incorporate the psychedelic yeti into two of their looks. Oh, and Kini makes a dress entirely out of soccer balls. It’s INCREDIBLE. This is the top collection by a landslide and Kini receives another win. Because soccer balls, you guys. The dress is made from effing soccer balls.
Emily’s look gets some kind words from the judges, even though it’s sandwiched between Korina’s Crappy Look #1 and Korina’s Crappy Look #2. Emily’s jacket is basically the only thing the judges like – it’s also the only modern piece in the collection. Sean receives high praise for his blue coat, made from an old quilted blanket. It’s stylish and cute and Nina Garcia particularly loves how chic it looks – since, you know, it’s made from an old quilted blanket.
The worst looks
Unfortunately for Sean, the rest of the collection he creates with Char doesn’t really wow the judges. Guest judge Christian Siriano is particularly critical of the ‘mesh cut-out’ style, which he says can be found in every retailer right now. He’s not wrong. The gown gets some kudos for the pop of color on the racerback, but the fact that the model can barely even walk puts a damper on the whole thing. Yes, okay, she’s basically wearing a lamp, but still. The poor girl cannot walk. Char’s look gets deemed “hoochie,” which is a word I hate, but again – not entirely wrong. It looks cheap next to the other pieces. The collection is the most cohesive of the three, but Char’s look is one of the worst of the entire runway show.
Then we have Korina. Oh, Korina. Almost everything about her look is wrong. Honestly, everything about the collection is wrong. Emily describes their theme as “A Peruvian fashion photographer who’s traveling to Helsinki to do a street style fashion shoot,” which is absurdly specific, right? I mean, WTF. Korina’s high-necked cape hides the rest of her look, which isn’t totally a bad thing, since I think the dress is awful. There is just so much going on. The hats! The high-legged boots! The thick, bulky materials! God, it’s a lot. Nina thinks there’s nothing modern or new about Korina’s look – they’ve seen the Southwestern inspired thing from her before – and everything looks dated. Nina is especially horrified by the sweater made from Mood fabric – since, you know, it’s hideous. She legitimately thought it was an old couch or something, but no – this is a fabric Korina actually chose from a fabric store.
Korina solidifies her role as Worst Person Ever by making some really stellar comments during the critique. She interrupts Zac Posen – who was complimenting her look, actually – to add how she also thought her look was wearable. Classy. She goes on, throwing Sean and Char under the bus with things like, “I would never wear a dress that I couldn’t walk in,” and then, “Or, two dresses, actually.” Because hey, why stop with just one snide comment?
The judges are really torn between sending Char home, or sending Korina home. I guess they can’t hear all the viewers screaming from their couches, “Koooorinaaaaaaaah! Send Koooorinaaah hoooooome!” or something. Heidi – who loves a twist – decides that the two designers will each make a final look. They get the help of their partners, Sean and Emily, but they only have one hour. They have to use whatever fabric or material is left in the workroom.
Sean helps Char make something loose and flowy – nothing hoochie about this dress! Meanwhile, Korina storms around the workroom in a rage. She’s livid that she’s even being forced to compete against someone so beneath her, someone she doesn’t even respect as a designer. It’s “f*cking bullsh*t” because she’s “so much better of a f*cking designer* blah blah. I mean, did you know that Char has already been eliminated? DID YOU? Emily gets mad props this week for keeping neutral and doing her job – even when her job is to help this wretched excuse for a human.
During final critiques, the judges are nice about both looks, but I personally think Korina’s is baaaad. It’s puckered and the graphic elements don’t even line up. Give me a break. Korina really seals her fate by acting like a child. She’s openly crying and shaking on stage, but in a way similar to when a kid skins her knee and keeps blubbering for attention. She unnecessarily reminds Nina that they’ve only seen the Southwestern inspired look from her once, and “[she] won that challenge.” Well, at least you’re not being snotty about it, Korina. This is a thing you should never do: think of a comeback and then actually say the comeback hours later. It makes you look petty.
Well, if you haven’t been paying attention to anything I’ve said, let me tell you that Korina is sent home. She’s such a tremendous sh*t about the whole thing. When she goes back to the lounge, she laughs bitterly while everyone just stares at her. “Who called that one? Anybody?” she asks and it’s so rude that Char can only chuckle at her behavior. But oh, Korina is not finished. “You were sent home!” she says for the six millionth time. Char reminds her that she was also saved and that was five challenges ago. She’s still around. Korina is like, “CHAR, THIS ISN’T ABOUT YOU!” and thank God for Tim, who pretty much makes her leave after that. He tells Char that her final look was “cool, calm, sophisticated and elegant,” and he’s supposedly talking about the clothes, but everyone knows that he’s basically commending Char’s behavior after witnessing that temper tantrum.
This would be the moment that we all celebrate never having to see Korina again, but apparently next week both she and Sandhya are back. UGH WHY DOES THIS SHOW HATE ME?