By CJ Bomb
Hey everyone and welcome to Project Runway week 7! Last week produced some interesting discussion in the comments regarding your favorites and some people thought I was nuts for my faves. Love the opinions, even though we may not agree, so keep them coming! I have two pre-teen and teenage boys, NOTHING hurts my feelings. It is always interesting to hear other points of view. I once spent an evening I can never get back arguing with someone on whether Kim Kardashian is a fashion icon. Daphne Guinness and Isabella Blow are fashion icons. Kim is not and never will be. My opinion. But……I digress…
Last week really unsettled Cornelius. He called it a “mishap” and he’s ready to begin anew. In Project Runway world I call a statement like this “foreshadowing”. The Sally Beauty rep shows up on the runway to help explain the challenge. The designers are going to be divided into teams not of their choosing and create mini collections with will be displayed in a storefront on live models. The storefront is in Soho and people on the street will get the chance to vote for their favorite collection with that vote counting towards 20 percent of the final decision for the win. Sally Beauty wants to highlight three color palettes, Red-Violets, Hues of Blues and Nude-Neutrals.
Tim pulls out the dreaded button bag. The first two designers he picks for the Red-Violet palette are Erin and Dexter. They squeal like little girls who got picked to play kickball together on the playground. The third team member is……..Cornelius. Cornelius is (rightly) thinking OH FUCK. Being paired with two friends is never a good thing as you know exactly who will be thrown under the bus if things go off the rails. Especially these two. Mah-Jing is thinking the exact same thing as he gets paired with Jenni and Nathalia for the Nude-Natural palette team. The three mature adults, Laurence, Roberi and Rik get the Hues of Blues palette. I immediately pick them for the win, mainly because I think they will be the only team with no drama.
During the sketching Team Red-Violet is working just how I expected. No one is listening to Cornelius and Dex and Erin want to do a punk rock vibe. Oh, and Erin is designing an oversize take on a moto coat. Because she’s Erin. Cornelius is worried that there is too much red and that they should break it up. The two-headed monster doesn’t care what he has to say. Over on team Neutral-Nude MJ is feeling just as left out as Nat and Jenni are planning a “trendy yet professional” collection. MJ is worried about the lack of “fun” in the collection. Nat actually call Jenni AWAY from MJ to talk about an idea she has. BITCH! I shout at the TV. Jenni redeems herself by saying they should include MJ in these discussions because he’s part of the team. Nat pretty much rolls her eyes and I say bitch again. Softly this time because I don’t want my kids coming downstairs. Team Blue Hues is working quietly together creating a cohesive collection while listening to each other’s ideas. Like the grownups they are.
Team Blue Hues
Roberi says they are trying to do something for a woman who is “strange”. He means unique. Tim tells him to say “different” instead of strange. Tim is worried that there isn’t enough design in the collection especially in a dress that Rik has created and a skirt Roberi is working on. He loves the palettes and the patterns though. He loves Laurence’s work as much as I love Laurence’s work (sorry Tamara, I can’t help myself).
He asks them if they feel good as a team. They say good, very half-heartedly. Tim’s not buying it. Dex is making a red denim “vest dress”. It has no shirt underneath. He notes that Erin has nothing to go with her coat and suggests starting to incorporate each other’s amongst the three looks. Cornelius suggests taking the skirt he made to go with his jacket and pairing it with Erin’s coat. He also repeats he thinks they should be breaking up the reds. Tim says he has chills as he now thinks they are working together and going to pull off and awesome collection. The team shares a group hug. Is it too good to last? Is my foreshadowing wrong??? Hmmmmmm
Tim thinks that their collection is basic. Basic is probably one of the worst words one can hear during a critique. He tells them to pull it together. The girls actually start listening to MJ and re-configuring their outfits. There is no big group hug, however, everyone seems to recognize the need to work together and get it done in a timely and mature fashion.
The Workroom Drama
Roberi is freaking out over doing a new skirt. Rik tells him to re-cut it and make it sexy. Roberi wails that he HATES sexy and then says one of the best things I have ever heard on Project Runway: Sexy shouldn’t be the answer to everything design-wise. Somewhere Porsha, Erika Jayne and countless other Real Housewives are confused and they don’t know why. Now everyone knows that Cornelius is a bit, shall we say, high-strung? To say the very least? But every single designer in the room except those on his team can’t help but notice that he is doing the lion’s share of the grunt work while Erin and Dex are AGAIN hanging out, eating, complimenting each other and doing a lot of nothing in general that has anything to do with the challenge. I don’t know if they are just assuming Tim’s critique meant everything was groovy so that they relax and snack? Cornelius is justifiably pissed off.
The Pop-Up Shops
The live models are in storefronts somewhere in Soho. People are given tokens to put into boxes for their favorite collections. Tim is on the street encouraging them to vote. Most of them are just thrilled to meet Tim. I confess I would have a total fan girl moment myself. The nude/neutral group and blue hues group have styled their outfits subtly to complement the clothing. The Red-Violet team has gone in a “punk rock” direction. Unfortunately it looks more like me and my friends ideas about punk rock when that was our Halloween costume in 6th grade. (In other words, not very punk rock.) The Neutral/Nude group seems to be getting the most votes and Dex snarks that it’s because red is a harder color. THEN WHY DIDN’T YOU LISTEN TO CORNELIUS TO BREAK IT UP TO SOFTEN IT!?!?! Again, foreshadowing…
Heidi looks nice again this week. Kelly Osbourne is the guest judge. I like her for judging. She is very articulate, has a good eye and knows what she likes. She is the reality version of Cathy Horyn, who I have dreams about being on this show. That is about as likely as Kim K becoming a fashion icon. Before the show Heidi announces the results from the pop-up shop. Team Nude-Neutral for the win. They each get $500 from Sally Beauty. Heidi makes a note that Dex looks pissed. He denies it. I’m already worried for Cornelius.
Team Neutral-Nude: I love Nat’s pants with Jenni’s “popcorn” sweater. I also love her leggings with the cut in the knee. I would have to wear a huge sweater over them to cover my ass, but I still love them. I think MJ’s dress looks sack-like.
Team Blue Hues: LOVE Roberi’s skirt and sweater. Very cool and much more punk than the team calling themselves punk. Rik’s dress is simple and beautiful and the coat has lots of interesting details without being too busy. I’m getting a Chanel vibe. I’m also loving Laurence’s louche tuxedo look.
Team Red-Violet: I know red is a hard color to appreciate on TV, but there is simply too much of it in this collection. It’s overwhelming. I’m now officially over Erin with the funky coat and Cornelius is going to be screwed because they broke up his cute little suit and put an ill-fitted pleated skirt on his model. Dex thinks he’s soooo avant-garde, but his vest-dress is not all that interesting or daring in my eyes.
My Picks Top: Team Blue with Rik for the win. Bottom: Team Red-Violet with Dex to go.
The judges say that there is no clear loser this week as all the collections were well done. HOWEVER, team neutral-nude is safe, and Team Blue Hue is the winner! Uh oh. I don’t think there is going to be a kumbaya moment here like the last team challenge. They love the Blue team and think it was very smart to break up all the blue with patterns and whites. Heidi adores every outfit and Nina points out that in using other colors it makes the blue pop. Cornelius looks like he’s about to implode. Zak says it’s cohesive and perfect, Kelly says the SAME THING I thought about Roberi’s outfit, in that it was more punk rock than the other team’s whole collection. They do the PR question where Heidi asks each contestant who should be the winner. Rik says himself. Laurence, ever gracious and awesome, says Roberi and Roberi who is overwhelmed by everything at this point says Rik.
The red-violet team is told that they used too much red and the styling was not good. Since Dex did the styling he should be speaking up. He isn’t. Kelly wants to be clear that they know she doesn’t hate it, she just thinks it didn’t go far enough. Zak says it didn’t transport him. Heidi asks the dreaded question, Who should go home? Cornelius says Dex. Dex came up with the concept and styled it. And then to NO ONE’s surprise Erin and Dex say Cornelius, because of the skirt HE HAD TO MAKE BECAUSE ERIN DIDN’T HAVE ONE AND SHE TOOK HIS. When Heidi tells them this makes no sense they say that Cornelius just isn’t on their wavelength. Now I am full-blown screaming at the TV. WHAT? WHAT? I now remember the last time Kelly was a judge. There was a mean girl issue then too. Kelly wonders why Dex thinks he’s so punk rock if he designed a basic samurai dress? They love Erin’s coat, so she is obviously safe. Tim tells the judges that Dex and Erin didn’t give Cornelius’s ideas a chance. In the waiting room Cornelius sits down and says he’s not going to say anything. Then he UNLOADS. He did the bulk of the work, his ideas were ignored, he fixed everyone else’s mistakes……Dex freaks out on him and it gets so intense MJ gets up to sit between them before a slap-fight can ensue. Erin looks confused. I hated her in that moment.
The Winner: Roberi for the win! His reaction is lovely. Aufe’d Cornelius. The judges tell him he should have stood up for himself. I am now yelling at the TV that there was no way to do that faced with Dexetrin, the two-headed design beast from pseudo-punk hell!
Back in the waiting room Cornelius is hugging everyone goodbye (expect Dex and Erin)…but wait!! Saint Tim is in the room. Cornelius is NOT going home! Tim thinks he has more to show them, so he is using his Tim Gunn save! Everyone starts to cheer except Dexter. Erin runs up to hug Cornelius and tells him how happy she is. Right.
Well that was an emotional rollercoaster, to say the least. Do you agree with the judges this week? Are you happy that Tim used his save for Cornelius? Is Kim K a fashion Icon? (no.). As always, have a wonderful weekend!