By CJ Bomb
Hello all and welcome to Project Runway Week 6! Sorry I am little late with the recap, family duties called, but better late than never……right Nathalia? Everyone is recovering from last week, except Laurence, of course, because she makes everything she does look effortless whether it be making an insane dress in 8 hours or just standing there being fabulous and cool. I want to be her.
Heidi comes out and tells the designers they look tired. Thanks Heidi. So she is sending them on……..A VACATION! Everyone is sort of happy, but they also know something is coming down the pipe challenge wise. They are going to ORLANDO! In the weirdest promo/challenge ever, the designers are going to Universal Studios to design an outfit influenced by the “multidimensional experience” ride Skull Island, Reign of Kong. They will be designing fashion forward street wear for the urban jungle. Why not take ten exhausted people, throw them on two planes in less than 24 hours, make them ride roller coasters (Mah-Jing is unhappy about this part, Roberi is thrilled) and then make them design an outfit in one day?? Makes perfect sense.
At Mood, Brik is picking out some very loud fabrics. He got grilled for doing weird pants with tops twice, so he’s going to do them again, and this time do them right. Now look, I like Brik, he seems like a lovely sweet guy, but somehow I don’t think the third time will be the charm with this zebra pant ensemble. Laurence is doing another leather jacket and says that people consider her a leather designer, but she’s really not, leather is just awesome. Jenni makes a snide comment about Laurence perhaps being a one-trick pony. I yell at Jenni to shut up and my son comes downstairs, rolls his eyes and says, Project Runway? He then tells me to try to keep it down. I tell him I can’t make any promises. Erin is going back to making fabric because who doesn’t think of embroidery when they think of urban street wear? Nathalia was influenced by the bats in the ride so she is doing a coat with dolman sleeves and fake Kong fur lining. Cornelius, who doesn’t really do street wear, thinks it’s too literal. Cornelius is right. Dex has decided to unshackle himself from the conventional looks he’s been producing and let his freak flag fly. This should be interesting.
Cornelius is doing patched drop crotch jeans and a crop top. Tim tells him to make sure he doesn’t do “A Broadway version of street wear.” Which would be bad. He tells him to channel Heidi.
Dex is doing avant-garde street wear. Tim tells him to be himself 1000% percent. Dex says he would rather be sent home for something he’s proud of than something that isn’t him.
Tim says Brik’s outfit has potential but he’s concerned about the fabric and it looking like a costume. Me too Tim. Those fabrics, ugh.
Roberi doesn’t like street wear because the women in Caracas dress like hootchies in their street wear. Tim tells him not to be too polished.
Rik is doing a denim vest and pants with raw edges. Tim’s cool with it.
Oh Erin. Remember way back when in the first post when I said Erin will be the girl who runs out of time and over-thinks things? She has become that girl. Tim thinks her embroidery looks like a 21st century design version of a Rousseau painting. He is very concerned about her time management though. She says if she pulls off what’s in her head she will definitely be in the top three. I think she will be in a group of three, but not the one she’s thinking of.
Tim has Nathalia edit her heavy coat by cropping it and ditching the Kong fur. Saint Tim just saved Nat’s ass.
MJ is doing a strapless denim dress with an overlay. He and Tim are both happy that the critique finally goes well. I don’t think MJ is much longer for this competition, but he is such a sweet guy.
Laurence is doing a cool bomber jacket and drop crotch pants. Her red bomber is fab in an early Michael Jackson way, not in a weird Corey Feldman way. (seriously, what is up with that guy?) Tim loves them but wants to know how she’s going to make them stand out. Laurence says she will add Laurence touches. Laurence touches make everything insta-chic.
Tim leaves and everyone is freaking out except Laurence. All the other designers admire her work. Cornelius sighs and just says, “Bitch”. Cornelius also says what I have been thinking all along about Brik. He does great design and he’s a good tailor but is fabric choices are terrible.
Heidi looks really good this week. Simple sexy black dress and I love her jewelry. The guest judges are Rebecca Minkoff the designer and Carly Chaikin, an actress on the show Mr. Robot. This is a cool series that I plan to binge watch at some point. The designers are informed there is no more immunity.
Brik: weird and mis-matched. Rik: She looks like she’s off to kick some ass. He says he channeled his “inner chola”. Nathalia: This look came together beautifully. Love the coat and the pockets. Laurence: She is bothered by the crotch on her pants, but the look is soooo cool. Roberi: Refined street style. Mah-Jing: Dude, why didn’t you make this for the last challenge?? Erin: Erin knows she is fucked. She spent so much time on her embroidered fabric she had to throw together her garment. Her shorts look like the model was rolling in a hay bale. Dexter: Well Dex certainly went avant-garde. Cornelius: Boobies hanging out and Broadway street wear. Not good. Jenni: Junior pajamas.
My Top 3: MJ, Laurence and Nathalia with Laurence for the win. My bottom 3: Erin, Cornelius and Brik.
Judges Top 3
Laurence: No shocker here. Nina wants the look and Heidi says she wants to BE this girl. It is street, smart and elevated. Zak calls it Kong-tastic. Nina says she is very smart in that she is showing them her brand. (Suck on that Jenni) Nathalia: The judges are very happy she turned it around after being in the bottom. Zak tells her it is perfect and impeccable. Nina tells her she did a good job, but methinks Miss Garcia is still not truly impressed with Nat’s taste level. Dexter: WHAT? Well that came out of left field. Nina tells him it’s editorial and that he’s a disruptor and the fashion world needs more of those. But in a twist Heidi and Zak hate it. She doesn’t know who this girl is and he thinks it’s derivative of better designers. Rebecca says if you are going to do avant-garde it needs to be perfectly constructed.
Judges Bottom 3
Cornelius: Heidi says it looks like a school project made by someone who doesn’t know how to sew. Zak says it’s sloppy. Nina said he had an idea but it was poorly executed. Erin: The judges are freaked out Erin would put something out there like this. Zak appreciates her thought process, but Heidi cannot believe she spent a whole day making this embroidered fabric. Mom is disappointed. I mean Nina. Tim tells them her original sketch was awesome but she ran out of time. Brik: Poor Brik. He basically admits he was winging it. Rebecca says that the model looks like she got dressed in the dark and asks if Brik is color blind. Nina says no one wants an expanding butt. Tim tells the judges that the wheels seem to fall off the bus the minute Brik steps in Mood.
Laurence wins!! All is right with the world. Laurence reacts in her very cool Laurence way. Brik is auf’ed to the surprise of no one. Here’s the thing. Erin and Cornelius are very lucky Brik was still in the competition. With the exception of MJ (sorry MJ!) everyone left is pretty strong. No more room for mistakes. Get it together people.
So Laurence has two wins and Brik is off to make weird clothing for the masses. Share your thoughts and have a great weekend!