By CJ Bomb
Welcome to Project Runway week 8! I know this week has been an emotional roller coaster ride for all of us. I hope that we can treat each other with respect and kindness whatever our differences of opinion and/or backgrounds. We are all connected. Sooooo I bought a good bottle of wine, some handmade baklava and I’m ready to do this! If you have had too much heavy in your life, I am HAPPY to be the frothy counterpart! And, as always, feel free to agree/disagree. Unlike some of our politicians, I can take it!
Cornelius is happy he survived last week and is still pissed he was thrown under the bus. Dax seems to think Cornelius was trying to throw him and Erin under the bus. Erin says she’s happy no one went home. Dex wants to know why the hell Cornelius is still there. Ugh, I don’t want this sort of drama in the workroom this week, it’s been hard enough breathing in and out.
Tim comes in with a rep from AARP. She says that the theme of the challenge is for those who are starting a new chapter in their lives. They are going to have very special clients. The doors open and in walks…..loved ones! Moms! Friends! Daughters! Everyone is hugging and crying. The designers are then told not ONLY do they have two days for this challenge, the winner AND the client are each to receive $25,000. WOW. Tim used the word “titillated” and I giggled like a little kid. Perhaps it was the baklava…or the vino. They are even allowed to go out to a nice lunch to collaborate and catch up.
Mah-Jing’s mom is a hip-hop artist starting her own label. MJ wants to design something for her that embodies her power. She likes the idea of Japanese origami; her second act unfolding, if you will. MJ makes a comment that he wishes that they were closer and he really wants to please her. I’m now starting to understand MJ a bit better.
Laurence’s daughter wants to open French boutiques in the US to spread effortless, Laurence-chic clothing to the masses.
Rik’s mom is going back to college. She put it on hold to raise her children as a single mom. Rik obviously adores her and I even want to reach into the screen to hug her.
Roberi’s best friend has come from Panama City where she is trying to get her graphic design business off the ground.
Cornelius’s mom is excited to travel. So is Natalia’s mom. Dexter’s cool best friend just wants to be cool. Erin’s Mormon mom wants something sexy/modest, which Erin says is a good name for a store in Utah. Is Erin wearing a Dexter shirt?
And then there is Jenni’s mom. Jenni’s mom is listing all the things she has coming up in her life, weddings, that school thing, etc… She then says, maybe a nice exercise outfit? (eek) I don’t know, do whatever you want! Mom. I love you. If you are reading this please skip over the next few sentences or forgive me. My mom would do the exact same thing. Instead of giving Jenni a direction she just wants her to do whatever she wants to do. This will not end well as “whatever you want sweetie, don’t worry about me!” is not going to help Jenni with anything specific to latch onto design-wise. So mom, if you ARE reading this, please just tell me what you want for Christmas instead of telling me you don’t need anything and to save my money. Because it’s annoying. And I’m going to get you something anyways. Love u!!
Cornelius: Tim says he is still angry at the judges for their decision last week and he is very happy Cornelius is still there. Cornelius is designing a jacket and asymmetrical skirt for casual sportswear in which to travel. He has this rope patterned fabric that feels like Ralph Lauren gone wrong. Tim seems ok with it. I am confused as to why.
Mah-Jing: Mj’s mom, Bahamadie, is something of a sphinx. It’s a bit painful watching sweet MJ be so earnest with her. He obviously wants her approval. He is doing drop-crotch (chill people!!) denim pants and the origami inspired coat. Tim is worried as it is an ambitious amount of work. I just want MJ’s mom to validate how kind and awesome he is.
Jenni: Jenni’s lack of direction is showing in her work. Tim said her sweater with embellishments and pants that look like they were made for a different outfit are “confusing”. Jenni doesn’t care and says she is keeping it the way it is. Sigh.
Laurence: Laurence is doing a jacket with an elegant top and pencil skirt. Tim asks if Victoria can go out and buy that jacket anywhere. Laurence is like, oh Tim, you silly man, we do this dance every week. I will Laurence it. That is now something I say when I try to make something more exciting. Example: I’m going to Laurence the hell out of these potatoes. Duck fat and Gruyere, et voila! Laurenced!
Roberi: Roberi is doing an elegant dress out of several fabrics with a fitted top and an overlay on the skirt. He has put two very graphic patterns together and Tim is worried about him “over-designing”.
Nat: Nat is doing a massive black and white jacket with a wide leg pant. Her mom is this tiny thing, so this better fit perfectly. Tim tells her her fabric choices are so graphic, her jacket has to be superbly executed.
Erin: Erin has been complimenting herself as usual. She says her coat is inspired by a cocoon revealing a butterfly. I think it is gray blanket revealing a tablecloth. Tim pokes a hole in her confidence as she shows of a gray cocoon coat over a powder blue dress with a lace overlay. Tim looks over his glasses at her and says, “Errrrrrrrin…..how many times have we seen this coat?” Erin is confused. Her coats are AWESOME. Why wouldn’t the judges want to see another one? He also hates the overlay on the dress. He thinks it looks very “kids clothing”. Erin thinks it looks Mormon-chic and she is not changing a thing. Without even seeing the runway show I have already picked Erin and Jenni for the bottom for the cardinal sin of not listening to Tim. Erin says she feels it in her bones that this isn’t junior. Sigh.
Dexter: Dex is designing a sweater dress with boning he is going to embellish. Tim tells him and his BFF that they are the two coolest kids in the room and the dress doesn’t reflect that. He tells him to “Dexterize” it.
Rik: Riks mom, Delia is getting a degree in Organizational Management. Rik is designing her a elegant yet cool dress with a tweed jacket. I’m getting a very Moschino vibe. It’s elegant but cute, just like his mom. It’s got a heart with a cute white stitch….awwwww!
Even though the designers have had two days, they are behind. Nat’s fit has her worried and Cornelius’s mom tells him to “pull it together”. Erin is frantic. Only MJ and, of course, the unflappable Laurence seem calm.
Heidi comes out in a hot pink suit. The guest judges are Olivia Culpo, former Miss USA (had to google her, am I old?) and Katia Beauchamp, founder of Birchbox.
Roberi: beautiful silhouette and the fabrics mesh well. Jenni: WTF. The pants, just no. Dexter: Ok, this came out super-cool. THIS is want I want to see from Dex. Rik: classy and cute. Erin: voluminous coat over ill-fitting tablecloth dress. Cornelius: Ill-fitting suit made of a print I hate. Did Tim waste save? Laurence: Daughter is cute, but looks nervous. Suit is ok, but not as Laurenced as I would like it to be. Mah-Jing: MJ’s mom walks and looks like a BOSS. He gave her EXACTLY what she wanted and it shows. Well done. Nathalia: I think this would be cool if it was fitted properly, but she is swallowed up by it. She should be wearing the suit Heidi has on.
My top 3: Dexter, MJ and Rik with MJ for the win. My bottom 3: Erin, Jenni and Cornelius. Jenni or Erin to go home.
Roberi: They love it. Miss USA compliments him on his fabric mixing ability. Heidi loves the details. Zak loves the textiles. Nina says it suits her beautifully. They all agree that this is a beautiful dress that would look lovely on many different women. (which is no easy feat).
Rik: Nina thinks the proportions are perfect and she looks lovely and dignified. Zak is impressed he made a tweed jacket look modern. Katia thinks it looks very classy and they all agree it looks expensive.
Mah-Jing: Nina says she looks like a BADASS. Heidi says it looked like “you”. Zak was impressed how she came out with such a force and they all want to know more about her. She says the clothes on the outside reflects how she feels on the inside and MJ is weeping with happiness. I adore Rik, but I don’t care, I want MJ for the win.
Erin: The judges hated the dress. They said the coat was minimal and the dress did not match. It sent mixed messages. Olivia says it’s two stories that don’t go together. Erin’s mom says she loves it.
Jenni: Jenni’s mom did what my mom would have done and defended her till the bitter end. She insisted that she wanted this particular outfit. Heidi says it’s sloppy and juvenile. Zak tells Jenni’s mom that he feels as though she’s more powerful than this outfit. It does look like her mom went to the mall in mid-life crisis mode and asked for an outfit “like the kids are wearing!”
Nat: They liked idea but the outfit was sloppy and unfinished with pins in it. It was also WAY too big. Heidi says the jacket looks too hard and Olivia says the shape is wrong. Nat loses it to the point of Heidi asking if she is okay. Her mom says she loves the outfit and holds her daughter.
Rik is the winner! And Jenni is auf’ed! Wow, thought it would be Erin. Were YOU surprised?
I thought it would be fun to throw out a survey question each week! Who are some of your favorite CURRENT designers? Tell us in the comments. Mine are Rick Owens, Joseph Altuzarra, and Isabel Marant. I also love the houses of Saint Laurent, Givenchy and Alexander McQueen. Have a wonderful weekend!