By CJ BOMB ( & Les)
Hey everyone! I hope wherever you are tonight you are warm and safe. Les and I are huddled on our respective couches in front of fires and hopefully this can take everyone’s mind off the fact that half the country is frozen solid. Among other things we have to worry about….so let’s just let Project Runway take us away from all that, even if it’s just for a little while. Alyssa comes out on the runway wearing a very large snake. A literal snake. Sean Kelly almost faints. I have to say, love Alyssa or hate her, I was impressed how calm she was throughout this entire segment. Quietly telling the designers about their next challenge, pick an animal at the zoo to inspire a look for a wild night out, while a ginormous python is crawling all over you is professionalism at its best. The thing even started hissing at which point she just asked “if that was normal?”. When assured that it was totally fine, she just carried on. I would have been in the fetal position, much like Sean at this point. The designers have their standard one day and the winner designer gets $5K from Southwest Airlines. Les loves this challenge because she has been known to rock an animal print or two and look fabulous while doing so.
The designers head to the Turtle Back Zoo which I think is in New Jersey. There is a mad dash for the jaguar and Cynthia beats Dmitry and Christina to the punch. Christina immediately sprints to grab the alligator. Anthony Ryan beats Django to the owl. Biddlell (which is what we now call Evan) gets the antelope. Sean gets the giraffe. Michelle gets the porcupine and she seems happy. Irina is entranced by a baby wallaby and Anya gets these beautiful multi-colored birds called budgies. This is the perfect choice for Anya. Colors are right in her wheelhouse. Dmitry gets the leftovers AKA the Rhea which looks like a petite ostrich, or as Dmitry calls it, an elegant bird, before bursting into laughter. Django goes for the lion because “The Lion has no competition.” Just like Django. So in the most obvious foreshadowing ever, Django will be in the bottom. Juli takes the gibbon, a black and white monkey. She says “Cheeky Monkey” and I keep hearing Mike Myers in my head. She wants to put white fur on the ass of a black dress? So I’m guessing Juli will also be in the bottom this week. Les types that she is also worried. Furry butt cheeks are causing universal concern. Les is happy there were some good animals to use as inspiration and I agree. This is a good challenge. Anthony loves the textures of the owl. Sean wants to do a jumpsuit (!!!) emphasizing the giraffe’s majestic height. He says something about hooves.
In Mood everyone is trying to pick a print that isn’t literal. I’m loving the fabric Anthony is choosing. Dmitry’s sketch looks exactly like the first dress he made. Love his fabric though. Michelle is doing a twenties inspired dress with appliques and cutouts. Oh Django……a bodycon dress with a crop top and leather straps? Just don’t pick green this week dude. The designers have been shifting around as more people have been eliminated and everyone is happy with their new neighbor. Juli is cutting LOTS of bias strips. Django bought mint green. For the lion. Mmmmkay. Juli has a very successful business but apparently hasn’t been hands on in awhile. Biddell explains that she’s successful and people love her clothes, but it’s not going to get her very far in this competition. Les is worried and apparently so is everyone else. She does a funny story about her boob popping out. MIchelle says her girl is best friends with Juli’s girl, and thinks she’s hysterical in a hot mess kind of way, but they don’t go to the same clubs.
Anne comes in to give “advice”. Juli explains her LITERAL cheeky monkey dress. Anne is not sure, as is every woman EVERYWHERE that this is not the part of the body to over emphasize. Michelle’s dress looks already done. Anne is getting curtains in weird seventies hotel, but somehow Michelle has made it cool. Michelle is very happy. Anne is worried that Sean Kelly’s check is too strong. Irina points out that it looks like “slutty pyjamas”. Les points out that Irina did slutty pyjamas last week. Anne encourages him to rethink his fabric choice. Anne is happy that Anya is going with a colorful fun outfit instead of being inspired by Alfred Hitchcock. She asks Biddell if he has won a challenge knowing full well he hasn’t. She’s worried his garment doesn’t have enough wow factor. She call Christina’s a party in the front and an alligator in the back. Christina laughs nervously. Anne just doesn’t want the front looking trashy. Anne loves the two fabrics that Anthony has chosen for his look, she just wants to make sure it makes an impact coming down the runway.
She Dmitry’s dress but thinks the girl is headed out to a renaissance fair. Les points out that the sleeves are a hindrance. She tells him to go more modern. She thinks Irina’s makes a statement. She doesn’t think the top and the bottom of
Cynthia’s go together and supports her decision to change it to a dress. Django pulls out the green (!!!) and Anne tells him she is concerned. She thinks his top looks like a basic cocktail dress and the cut out skin and the leather looks like a gimmick. A flustered Django doesn’t agree. Anne just doesn’t get Django. He thinks if it were Chanel she would freak out. Biddell wants him to snap out of it and be happy with it. He’s going with the green. Sean is changing to black mesh and layering it. The model’s come in and editing commences. Sean decides to GO BACK to his check. Django pulls the green fabric through his model’s legs…et VOILA! Inspiration for puffy pants! Sweet Lord.
The next morning Juli is just trying to get her dress DONE. Irina notices that the Michelle’s dress looks similar to Dmitry’s dress from when he won his season of Project Runway All-Stars. She feels the need to point it out to Dmitry. Dmitry makes a snarky comment. Irina makes a snarky comment about Michelle’s’ desperation. Now I like Dmitry. I understand that they are in a pressure cooker, but that technique is not unique to him. Anthony is upset by the commenting and tells Michelle. Les thinks that Dmitry and Irina are completely off and catty. She thinks Seth Aaron passed them his attitude before he left to design more ipad covers. Michelle rightly stands up for herself and says that she would rather him say things to her face than behind her back. She considers him a good friend and can’t understand why he would be mean behind her back. He says that everyone is talking about it. Everyone? He says he’s not saying it, it’s everyone else. She rightly says that he didn’t create that technique and points out that she has been doing it for years. I can name 5 blue chip designers who have used that technique in the past ten years. Biddell at first annoys me by saying it’s a Dmitry dress and then wins my respect by saying, if your going to take a note from someone he doesn’t have a problem with it, you just better do it better. And he then points out that she has done a better job with it…so BAM. Evan is still talking about it in sewing room and ANYA wins my respect by saying, say it to her face. Biddell points out that this isn’t really a say to your face kind of environment, thus summing up the entirety of the idiocy of reality television. What you say will be ON CAMERA. I’m loving Anya more, I just wish she could sew.
Oh Alyssa…why. She’s wearing a prom dress with animal print accents. The two guest judges are a girl/woman (?) from Disney? Peyton List? Okay, don’t care anymore because they have actual SUPERMODEL JOAN SMALLS. This is good. Very good. Les and I are content.
Michelle’s dress is amazing. It is cool and I love the details and Irina can suck it. Les thinks it is a genre dress for a great
Oscar movie. She doesn’t get the inspiration as much, but thinks it works for a wild night out. Les thinks Cynthia’s is also not obvious, jaguar wise, but beautifully designed and executed. I think the metal-head in my high school would have fought over it. I wish the model had big hair… From Les: Seems like designers listened to the night out attire vs animal inspiration. Another set of crosshairs to our repeated opinions of previous episodes….. Totally agree. Les got Sean’s animal inspiration immediately and says Good on Ya mate! I’m worried about the plaid lining up. We both can tell this is another Anya no-sew flowy dress. Les types that the flow of the birds match the no sew of Anya’s dress. Les doesn’t understand why Christina would attempt an armor looking garment when Irina has that down cold. I actually like the party in the front, alligator in the back. At least you get her inspiration. Unlike….oh Django. It was nice knowing you.
Les is done with Dmitry’s arm bands. I liked this dress the first time. Les says that Irina’s dress is not wallaby look and I burst into a fit of giggles. Irina says it’s a NYC look. An urban wallaby if you will…. Oh Juli. Les says that this a cheap looking dress that high school girls (with no hips) would want to buy. I think Django may have just gotten lucky this is headed down the runway. Les thinks Evan nailed it, animal inspiration AND night out and types BRAVO! (or LIFETIME!). Is that LUREX? Counting the days Les….. We both get Anthony’s owl reference but Les is not as impressed as I am. I love it. Les picks Michelle, Evan and Cynthia for the top three with MIchelle for the win. I pick Michelle, Anthony Ryan and Christina for the top and Michelle for the win. Les picks Juli, Django and Dmitry for the bottom with Juli to go. For me it’s a toss-up between Juli or Django. Both a terrible for different reasons.
Georgina gets the quiet elegance of the owl in Anthony’s Ryan’s look. Isaac thinks the proportions and the geometry are gorgeous. Peyton gets owl…on both the model and designer. Joan thought it was simple but very well thought out. Alyssa thinks it is beautiful. Isaac thinks it was a great idea but the fabric killed it. Georgina thinks the shiny check looks cheap. Joan and Peyton both like it with Joan even liking the fabric, but Alyssa doesn’t understand the long piece of fabric hanging down in the front because there is no purpose to it. Right. Peyton loves the movement of Dmitry’s dress and the criss-cross element at the top. Georgina points out the similarity of the dress to the first look he made when he won and wondered if he went back to it because he thought they would respond to it. He points out that some designers do the same silhouette over and over, but that the construction on this dress is totally different.
Issac points out that he thought Michelle’s dress was Dmitry’s dress. Dmitry looks like he has eaten a lemon until Joan tells him it was beautiful and unexpected. Alyssa loves Michelle’s dress and thinks she perfectly incorporated the porcupine aspect into it. Isaac thinks it is beautiful and wants to wear it. Georgina loves the graphic elements and how it conceals yet reveals the woman’s body. Joan loves the placement of all the elements. Dmitry looks less happy. Juli tries to defend her cheeky monkey dress and Isaac thinks it’s not flattering. Georgina thinks the proportions are strange. Alyssa points out that she is drawing attention to all of the wrong spots on a woman’s body. Peyton does get what she was going for. Joan thinks it is playful but basic.
Georgina thinks that this isn’t the most successful look that Django has ever given them and it is ill-fitting and looks like a sheet was draped over the model and tied between her legs. Isaac thinks the green makes it feel disjointed. Peyton and Isaac love the bracelet he made. Joan got praying mantis. Alyssa doesn’t get the bottom, even after he tries to explain it. Michelle wins!! Anthony Ryan and Dmitry are also in. The other designers ask if things are ok between the two of them. Dmitry says in his talking head that she did a great job ad she won so he has nothing else to say. Well done sir for not taking whatever producer’s bait right there. I also notice Irina isn’t in the room. DJANGO is ok? WTF?? I would have put him in the bottom two over Sean Kelly. Juli gets sent home and Django lives to prove his genius to these people another day. Do you agree with the judges decisions?? Stay warm people and please share your opinions in the comments! We love reading them. xoxoxo