By CJ Bomb
Hello everyone and welcome to Project Runway week ELEVEN! Wow, I feel like this season went so went so fast. I would like to thank TT and the rest of you for letting me get my fashion Ya-yas out each week. Our awesome guest Leslie could not be with me tonight, but we texted back and forth and I will be sharing her take on this episode as well.
Mah-Jing tells Cornelius he is proud he won and that he deserved it, because he is a nice person. Cornelius says he was sad to see Nat go, but thrilled Dex left, because he is a wee bit less nice. Erin is thrilled she wasn’t in the bottom and ready to ride the momentum to the finals. Hopefully that momentum will not include a cocoon coat.
Heidi walks out onto the runway rocking a fabulous white jumpsuit and tells the designers they need to buckle up and be ready for a thrill of a ride. It’s time to stand out, be bold and go big or go home. Rik thinks they are possibly going to Rome, or Paris! I think they are getting shoved into another helicopter or roller coaster. But nope, they are sent to an industrial warehouse where a representative from Lexus announces that the next challenge will be…..UNCONVENTIONAL MEETS AVANT-GARDE! Wow! That’s quite a combo. It’s a two-day challenge (thank GOD). The designers have five minutes to collect as much metal wire, tubing, nuts and bolts…..etc they can grab. They frantically start grabbing as much crap as possible except for Laurence who calmly picks out what she will use, because A. She’s Laurence and she is too cool to rush and B. When she rushes she gets a lot of stuff she winds up not being able to use. She likes metal so she is inspired. Cornelius says he is not an “industrial designer” so he is worried. MJ is grabbing anything he can sculpt.
The wild and crazy ride is just a ride to the store in a Lexus. At Mood the designers have $150 to buy fabric. Watching Tim interact with Swatch made my night. Erin buys very bright yellow leather and yellow fabric. Leslie texts me a pic of Maggie Simpson. MJ is buying denim because he is the self-proclaimed “King of Denim.” Cornelius is buying lots and lots of colors because he thinks bold colors are avant-garde. Sigh.
Ok, after last week and the confusion over what an editorial look is, for all of you non-fashion nerds and/or future contestants I want you to google these names: Rei Kawakubo, Viktor and Rolf, Alexander McQueen, Thierry Mugler. These are designers who have produced amazing avant-garde fashion. Look at their work, soak it in….ok, got it? We are going for extreme fashion that is somehow not completely costumey. As Leslie points out, a very tricky thing to do.
Cornelius wants to do a butterfly design. He says that he is inspired by the fact that butterflies look very beautiful far away, but up close they are scary. I text Leslie that I don’t think Cornelius knows what the hell he’s talking about. MJ is weaving copper tubing into copper wire for a “galaxy queen in space.” Or if you prefer, a “galaxy bitch, space goddess.” Erin is creating metal flowers with glue for a “paper doll” dress. MJ tells her to be careful using that particular glue because it expands when it dries. She doesn’t listen. Rik appears to be tiling his model with a backsplash. Roberi is cutting large metal shapes. Perhaps a fashion suit of armor?
Rik: Rik is creating an A-line dress with multiple textures. I think it’s too simple. Leslie thinks it’s too simple. Tim tells him the safety pins he has applied cheapens the impact. Rick says he doesn’t want to go overboard.
Roberi: Roberi is doing a sexy dress! He says he is trying to “disrupt the body” with the metal shapes he’s created working them into the dress. Sexy Robocop! Tim is intrigued.
Mah-Jing: MJ starts talking about coral reefs and loses me. What happened to the space galaxy bitch? Tim points out how heavy copper is and that he should be careful it doesn’t come off too costumey. MJ is confused. He looks around the room and all he sees are costumes. I have a bad feeling about this. I love MJ and think he has grown tremendously, but he is in over his head here.
Erin: Erin’s flowers have bubbled glue, just like MJ told her they would, but she is soldiering on. She has a cage with flowers on it to wrap around her model’s torso. Tim and Leslie are worried for the model’s safety. Tim tells her she needs to recalibrate her ambition for her time frame. This is either going to be awesome, like the first yellow dress she did, or awful because she runs out of time. Embroidered hay shorts, remember those?
Laurence: Laurence is doing a LBD with her signature shoulder and a “stairway skirt”. I know TT is over Laurence and even Tim is worried she isn’t pushing herself far enough, but Les and I agree that even though this is safe-ish, it is exquisite. She is worried it’s too short, but that actually helps with the Avant-Garde aspect.
Cornelius: Tim points out that Cornelius has made a womb dress as the big pink circle on the front looks like “insert baby here”. He thinks the look is schizo and Cornelius, being Cornelius freaks out. Les texts me one word: Sucks.
Cornelius decides to change his butterfly into a parasite. He grabs tubing and starts placing it in very, um, odd places on the dress. Laurence says it’s on her “pom-pom” and I find myself googling french slang for the word vagina. I guess we are all learning new things today.
Cornelius points out the state of mind of all the designers and says it’s the same every week. He is a nervous wreck, Laurence is chill, Rick and Roberi are quiet, Erin is twiddling her thumbs and MJ is crying about something. What is find interesting is that each designer tells us who is their main competition. Rik, Laurence, Erin and Roberi are mentioned by each other. Cornelius and MJ are not mentioned by anyone. FORESHADOWING.
Heidi walks out in a simple, elegant dress. Who is this woman? What has she done with the Heidi that wore the Jolly Green hooker outfit a few short weeks ago? The guest judge is Cathy Horyn! Sigh, no, only in my dreams. The guest judge is Shiri Appleby. I had to google her. She was on Roswell, remember that show? Neither do I. She is now on a show called Unreal (on Lifetime!) about what goes on behind the scenes of a reality show. And now she’s judging one. That’s too meta for me right now, I’m still recovering from hosting Thanksgiving.
Cornelius: Leslie: Feeding tubes are not sexy. Me: Zak Posen’s look of abject horror pretty much sums up how I feel about this Borg dress.
Mah-Jing: Leslie: Dolly Parton’s boobs couldn’t hold that dress up. Me: It looks like he glued a bunch of stuff to one of his regular dresses. Not avant-garde and not good. Worried for sweet MJ.
Rik: Leslie: She’s looking for backsplash options and this dress is giving her ideas. Me: It’s got a lot of amazing contrasts, but it’s still a basic shaped dress.
Roberi: Leslie: Jetsons! Love it! Me: Robocop sexycool.
Erin: Leslie: Best one. She really blended the materials and pushed the edge. She also writes Star Wars. Me: She nailed it. The combo of hard and soft and the cage element work. The pants flow beautifully.
Laurence: Leslie: She wrote too basic, and then I can’t read her handwriting. Me: Incredible construction, top: too basic, bottom: amazing.
Leslie and I both agree this is a 4-2 decision with MJ and Cornelius being in the bottom. We both pick Erin to win and Cornelius to go home.
Roberi: Heidi loves the beautiful, futuristic shape. Zak says is has a cubist quality that reminds him of the artist Braque. Shiri said something but I tuned her out. Nina says it looks less like a costume and “more like you.” They love the veil he designed.
Mah-Jing: Zak says the tubing didn’t feel incorporated. Shiri liked the contrast of copper to denim. Nina says he used the material as a mere decoration. Heidi says it just looks “stuck on”.
Rik: Zak says he did so well with the blend of materials, especially the tiles. Shiri doesn’t think it’s exciting. Nina says it’s the most well-integrated and polished look. Heidi says it’s bold, but wearable. He wanted it to be wearable, so avant-garde off the rack works, I guess.
Cornelius: Nina says tubes are a cliche for something futuristic, but that this is disturbing. Zak says it’s not his strongest work. Shiri thinks it’s provocative. Heidi thinks the tube coming out of the womb is freaky.
Laurence: Heidi loves the look, but wishes Laurence would be more vocal about her work. So Laurence says what she says in English in French to make it sound more awesome. Zak loves it too. Shiri wished it had more color and starts talking about red carpets and standing out and she’s sucking up to Zak. I guess she wants him to dress her. Hopefully he’s a Roswell fan. Nina loves it, but tells Laurence she stayed in her safe zone.
Erin: Shiri, The Red Carpet Wonder Woman, loves it. Heidi thinks it’s sexy, sheer and bold. Zak thinks it’s futuristic Ziegfeld Follies. Nina thinks the effect is bold and it would photograph incredibly well. They welcome her back from her ride at the bottom of the PR roller coaster.
Erin wins. Cornelius’s Borg dress is safe? WHAT?? Mah-Jing is auf’ed. He is proud he made it to the final six. He is happy and gracious. He reconnected with his mom, rode in a helicopter and made amazing friends. His self-worth is more important than winning at the end of the day. I love you MJ. You are my pick for fan favorite. I hope you go on to great things.
Do you agree with the judges this week? Do you think there should have been a double elimination? The fashion share of the week: What is the most glamorous thing you have ever worn? Mine is a tie between a gold beaded Kaufmanfranco one shoulder dress and a Vera Wang bronze couture dress I wore in my friend’s wedding which was photographed for Martha Stewart’s magazine.
As always, have a fabulous weekend!