Hello everyone and welcome to Project Runway Jr., the magnificent 7. Leslie and I have a bottle of wine, a notebook and our opinions ready to go. It’s getting harder and harder to let these kiddos go, so we also have tissues at the ready.
The designers are waiting patiently, possibly wondering why there is a set from a bad Italian movie sitting on the runway before them. Hannah and Tim come out and explain that they are doing a challenge sponsored by Carrabba’s Italian Grill. Leslie and I are confused by these somewhat random sponsors, but placated when Tim explains that they are doing a runway look inspired by the high fashion of Italy. When Tim thinks of Italy, he doesn’t immediately think of Valentino or Ferragamo, he thinks of Italian food. Leslie says the odds of Tim having been to a Carrabba’s for Italian food are about as high as him hitting Red Lobster. So…slim. The better news is that the winner of this challenge gets a trip to Italy! Now this is fabulous, especially considering the regular season contestants got to go to a Best Western and theme parks to ride on roller coasters. Nothing says high fashion like Six Flags.
Chris is Italian and says his mom is going to kill him if he doesn’t win. Les and I agree we would punish him as well. The designers have one day and a $300 budget. We wish there were two days for this. Izzy is inspired by the Italian architecture. Chelsea thinks of Dior suits (which is a French house of design) and Swiss cheese and military uniforms. Um, ok. Cartier is inspired by the pictures of a sunrise over Italy and is doing an ombre gown. Molly wants to embrace her personal style, yet make something innovative at the same time. Chris wants to do a jumpsuit at which point Leslie openly declares her love for Chris as she is a mom and he obviously loves his mom, she adores a jumpsuit and she wants to go to Italy. Awesome Tieler wins my heart with a sketch of a tailored coat and cigarette pant. Leslie agrees as after a jumpsuit, her go to is a cigarette pant.
Chris has picked a print that is very literal in its representation of Italian architecture. He’s going to have to match his seams and patterns perfectly. Izzy is way over budget and confused by this as she got an A- in math. Leslie mutters…Erin 2.0.
Hawwaa is doing a whimsical look of shorts with suspenders. It’s a cute and fun idea, but I worry if it’s appropriate for this challenge. Izzy borrows fabric paint from Cartier to create the colored fabrics she couldn’t afford and it’s going to be awesome and she’s going to win and go to Italy so take that haters! Cartier is painting satin for her dress and Les thinks Izzy has stolen her idea. Karma bites her in the ass when Izzy gets a grease stain on her garment. Perhaps it was the Carrabba’s that was left in the break room? She is rescued by a stain stick. I tell Les I keep one of those in my purse. She asks, “For when you hit Carrabbas?”
Hawwaa is using the dream machine to create leaf appliques. I’m still having PTSD typing that word. Chris is VERY happy with the way the pattern of his print has lined up in his garment. Leslie and I are happy too.
Tieler’s look is very polished and cool, but VERY low-cut. Tim is concerned. We hope he can fix this. Izzy is making a very weird crafty gown and Tim tells her to own the craftiness. He also tells her she has a lot of work to do. Tim is crazy about Hawwaa’s look and tells her it steps up and out without being wacky or a joke. Hawwaa beams. Tim tells Molly she has a lot of detail work to do, but is very impressed with what she has done so far. He thinks it is beautiful and Leslie and I agree. Our man Chris gets a “stunning” for his jumpsuit and Leslie is beaming like a proud Italian mama. Chris wants to add a scarf and Tim asks why? He tells him to keep it clean.
Chelsea explains her Swiss cheese/military uniform inspiration and God bless Tim and his poker face as he takes this weirdness in. She has designed a sack dress with multiple pockets, including a “kangaroo pouch” pocket out of a pinstripe. Tim tells her it’s a “pocket potpourri” and she has no idea what the hell he’s talking about. Leslie says, “It means you have too many damn pockets.”
Cartier did an ombre satin skirt and then made an ombre top out of cotton. She realized that the top cotton fabric didn’t match the same colors of the bottom satin fabric so she ditches the top and dyes more satin. Tim inverts the original top with the paint splotches and tells her she should do what she did last week…..you know, when she did what he suggested and WON? Chris pipes up that he told her the same thing. I point out to Les that not only does Chris do an awesome Tim Gunn impression, he gives good advice as well. Tim tells her that she has gone back to her comfort zone of dressmaking vs designing. He says she has more to offer. She tells Tim, much to his, mine AND Leslie’s chagrin, that last week was a one-off and not something she would ever do again. Tim walks away disappointed and I turn to Leslie, raise my glass of wine and wish Cartier Godspeed. She is on her way out. Leslie says the dress is pretty, but not Milan worthy. Tieler says the dress looks like the color pattern of a broken TV.
Tieler is having his own problems as his model’s boobs are literally falling out of her top. This is a model, so I can only imagine what would happen to a real set of ta-tas. Les wants to give him a hug. Molly has to sew a panel into her pants because she made them too small to fit the model. Everyone is freaking out and panicking. Tieler resorts to taping his models boobs, but Tim tells him this isn’t allowed. He asks for Cartier’s help with last minute alterations and she graciously jumps in to assist.
We pause, take a breath and pour another glass of wine because we have seen a LOT of tears in the previews of the judging. Leslie declares she hates what Hannah is wearing and she is annoyed by her in general. I pat her knee and tell her it is okay to have these feelings. She says she misses Heidi. I tell her it’s going to be okay.
Izzy’s look comes out and Leslie says it looks like scraps from a pre-school project glued to a dress. She likes the styling though. This is WAY too crafty for me. I hate it.
When Chelsea’s look walks the runway Les says, Don’t you own those dominatrix shoes? I respond Yeah? So? I LOVE this look. It’s cool and fashion forward. Leslie hates lining. I tell her she’s wrong.
Leslie initially thinks Hawwaa’s look is fashion forward, then backtracks. I tell her it’s cool but too junior for me. She points out the name of the show is Project Runway Jr. I tell her to shut up.
Leslie is getting a Calvin Klein/Armani vibe from Tieler’s ensemble. I love it, but am worried for Awesome Tieler as the front it VERY low cut.
Leslie thinks that Molly’s look is a deconstructed wedding dress. I’m ok with it, but it doesn’t wow me.
Cartier’s model walks out and Leslie pauses and says, well it’s pretty? I say: It’s prom. In Idaho. Before I get hate mail from Idaho, there is nothing wrong with this, but the challenge was runway in Milan, not decorated gym in Boise.
Chris’s model inspires Leslie to call it “literal good construction walking.” I think it is fabulous. He nailed it.
Leslie’s picks for the top are Chris, Chelsea and Hawwaa with Chris for the win. Mine are Chelsea, Chris and Molly with Chelsea for the win. Leslie picks Cartier, Izzy and Molly for the bottom with Cartier to go. I pick Cartier and Izzy with Cartier to go.
Aya tells Chelsea she did an amazing job with a look that was a great mix of masculine and feminine. Hannah loves the neckline. Christian thinks this feels like real fashion, but hates lining. Kelly tells him he is wrong (see!) and the gold of the lining picks up the gold of the buttons. She is thrilled Chelsea made her excited about a sack dress.
Christian loves Cartier’s technique, but wishes it was more innovative. Aya says she would put this in a story about Prom and Leslie punches me and tells me I called it. (She claims she “lightly tapped me” She did not.) Kelly wishes she hadn’t gone right back into her comfort zone.
Christian wrote one word for Chris’s look: Expensive. Good word. Kelly thinks there is a wow factor from every angle. Aya tells Chris he is a mad scientist and made it work.
Christian tells Tieler there are so many wonderful elements about his work, but the coat was not cut properly. Aya is worried about the appropriateness factor. Tieler is crying. Leslie is holding my hand, telling me it will be ok.
They think Izzy’s look is weird, but great. Leslie and I look at each other dumbfounded. There are no words. Fortunately there is wine.
Kelly loves Hawwaa’s shorts and Christina is ok with it, but Aya thinks it’s fun but not high fashion. Now Hawwaa is crying and claiming she doesn’t know who she is anymore as a designer. Kelly interjects and tells her she is wonderful and unique and that’s what we love about you. She also tells her she wants to hang out with the girl who wears her clothes.
Leslie and I LOVE Kelly Osborne. They all obviously care about these kids, AND REMEMBER THEY ARE KIDS, but Kelly really is their cheerleader. We adore her for this.
To our great surprise, Chelsea is headed to Italy instead of Chris. And to no one’s surprise, Cartier is auf’ed. She cries. Kelly cries. We are all sad. No one is safe anymore. There are six designers left. Three for the top and three for the bottom. Les and I will get through it together.
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!! As always, please share your thoughts, we love hearing from you. xxoo.