By CJ Bomb
Happy almost end of the week everyone! It’s time for a Project Runway Recap. The lovely Les and I are just trying to keep the wheels on the bus before school ends. It’s exam week. Last week my son told the head of the design department at his school his design class was “pointless.” Let’s just say we are ready for the end of the school year.
We begin this Project Runway Recap where we left off last episode. Tessa is in tears over Lela leaving. They are all exhausted and emotional. Sooooooo….let’s immediately throw another challenge at them! Christian comes in and ushers them back to the stage. Karlie and Elaine head onto the runway wearing statement t-shirts. Then A LOT of people come on the runway wearing statement slogan t-shirts.
The designers have to pick a cause they care about and turn it into a statement look. Les thinks the more open designers, like Hester, always have a leg up on these challenges. The designers who don’t usually share a lot about themselves may be in the hot seat. The designers have two days and $250. Elaine is going to help them. This is an area where Elaine shines, as she took Teen Vogue and turned it into an incredible platform for modern activism.
The Personal Stories
Y’all PLEASE. I BEG OF YOU. PLEASE DO NO SHARE YOUR PERSONAL TRAGEDIES IN COMMENTS. It’s not that I do not love and care about you. It’s just I’ve had full on daily panic attacks to the point of thinking I may need to to go the ER for over a week now. This all started with a post and a string of comments in another post about everyone’s personal traumas. Please. I beg of you. Don’t turn comments into a group therapy session. It’s not because I don’t love you. It’s because I do. Oh and SHUT THE FUCK UP. THIS EDIT NEVER HAPPENED. WE SHALL NOT SPEAK OF IT. JUST TALK ABOUT THE GODDAMN EPISODE YOU MORONS! xo ~tt
In the workroom everyone. contemplates what matters the most to them. Jamall is emotional thinking about his brother. When Jamal’s father passed away he was removed from the household and grew up with his grandparents. His brother didn’t make it out of the situation well and wound up in prison. Jamall’s cause is Black Lives Matter and the undoing of the stereotypes surrounding young black males. He is going to do a elegant puffer gown as the puffy jacket is “sort of like armor” in the black community. Elaine loves the idea.
Tessa is doing a black dress honoring women’s rights and highlighting sexual, physical and mental abuse. She says every woman she knows has faced one or all of those things. She doesn’t like to share a lot and get personal but this means a lot to her. Elaine loves her idea of creating a woman’s figure on a dress with a boxy element. Women breaking out of boxes we are so often shoved into so to speak. I text Les that as much as Tessa can annoy me I forget how young she is. How young all of them are.
To Bee Or Not To Bee?
Hester is doing a faux-fur coat celebrating LGBT marriage equality. She says she didn’t come out until her late 20’s. She dated men because “it seemed like the thing to do” until she met her now wife, Honey T. Honey brought out all the things Hester had been waiting to express. She wants to help start an LGBT center for youth in Santa Fe. Elaine makes her promise she won’t veer off track. Hester protests that her turkey jacket was at least well made. Let’s not ever speak of the turkey again Hester.
Garo wants to save the bees. He knows it sounds trivial but no pollinators=no food. I love this cause. We don’t spray our yard for mosquitoes or use Round-Up at our house because it kills pollinators. Elaine doesn’t know a lot about the cause she just doesn’t want him to do a bee costume. And who knew city boy Garo has a place upstate where he gardens? Huh!
Venny explains his ideas regarding the stereotypes of people of color. He had a co-worker he would talk to on the phone and when she finally met him she told him that he sounded so proper on the phone she thought he was white. Lovely. That happened to a friend of mine in freaking CT. A woman told her at a cocktail party that her husband (who is black) was so “well spoken”. Casual racism. The mind boggles. He’s doing a puffer coat with a hoodie over a elegant dress. What you see on the outside vs what is going on on the inside.
The Faces of Youth
Bishme wants to help the youth in Baltimore. He has volunteered at the design center there for the past two years teaching young kids. Elaine loves his concept but makes him promise his elegant cocktail dress will somehow convey what he’s trying to promote.
Sebastian has gone through several racist experiences since coming to the US. He was told by a clothing store owner to get out because he wouldn’t hire Latinos. Elaine tells him to be vulnerable and starts to say “For every kid in Columbia who is watching you…for every gay kid…..” and Sebastian starts to tear up. She tells him it’s okay to cry and be vulnerable, the best design comes from the heart not the head. Jeez this is intense.
Not In The Mood…
At Mood they get 45 minutes to shop instead of their normal half hour. Venny is grabbing net fabric for both his jacket and dress. I text Les that I’m worried about Venny’s look going cheap again because of fabric choices. Bishme knows when he has too many options he gets in trouble. There is a hilarious moment when he shares his whole inner monologue with a Mood employee. Garo is going for yellow neon. He’s making a corset dress. Shocker. Hester has bought a LOT of tulle. Sebastian is trying to get skin tone colors to represent the beauty of the entire human race in his column dress.
The Work Room
Les notes the amount of puffers being made. Jamall explains the significance of the puffer to Sebastian. Sebastian is doing his graduated skin tone element with layers of fabric. He is worried he doesn’t have enough. Tessa helps out by telling him to use the pale fabric as well while pointing to her own face. He asks if she wants to be on his dress. Sweet moment. Everyone is slap happy. Hester has created A LOT of work for herself. It’s an important challenge for her as she wants everyone out there to know that it’s okay to let your freak flag fly. Throw some glitter on it!
Christian Saves the Day…..Again
Speaking of throwing some glitter on it, Christian points out that Bishme’s elegant dress has nothing to do with his cause. Les texts: YIKES. Christian tells him to add some fun elements to it instead of pulling way back. Christian thinks Venny’s idea is powerful, he just hopes it comes across in the actual garments. He also tells him to get going on the jacket as it is the most important part.
Les thinks that some of the designers are not going to be able to disconnect from their style which could hurt the representation of their cause. Christian is worried about Jamall’s time management. Jamall is worried about Jamall’s time management. Tessa explains how she’s not going safe. Christian thinks all the details she doing on the dress will be fabulous if they work. Christian is worried Garo is doing the same look again and again. Garo knows he’s right. Christian tells him to pollinate on it. Christian tells Sebastian to use more tones because “we all want to be in there”.
We Are NOT Going To Mexico?
Christian asks the designers to congregate as he has news. Everyone is terrified. Bishme asks if they are going to Mexico. Nope. They are going to have to dress a second model in the challenge. Everyone is despondent and Bishme says “So we are not going to Mexico?” The second model is……the designers! They have to make a statement T-Shirt reflecting their cause. The shirts will be made by 19th amendment and sold on bravotv.com. The proceeds with be donated to a charity that supports their cause. Everyone is relieved and happy. Les and I agree that this is a lovely idea. The designers will also have to walk the runway.
The designers meet with graphic designers for their t-shirts and then go back to edit after the critique. Bishme has decided to use purple sequined fabric to do faces on his dress. The models arrive and Les points out that whoever gets which model doesn’t seem like a big deal anymore.
Christian is very concerned about Garo’s look. There’s not a lot there, and what IS there looks like a bee costume. I keep thinking of the bee girl in the Blind Melon video. Christian says it needs something else. Tessa hopes her model feels powerful in her dress. Venny is overdoing it. Bishme does his walk for Tessa. Hester is telling Sebastian his dress is beautiful. Again, love it when everyone is being nice and getting along. Hester is worried she’s veering in the wrong direction.
Runway Day Panic
Christian arrives with the T-Shirts . They have to take a selfie with their model for the runway. Venny has no hood for his hoodie. He knows he’s screwed, but he’s just trying to get through it. This is certainly a pattern with Venny. Jamall’s model is stuffing her dress. Hester is reassured by Christian that her look is good, but she’s not buying it. She’s worried it going to read craft store instead of high fashion. Garo is not getting his extra element on the dress. Venny sewed his zipper in incorrectly and the model can’t take the jacket off. The whole point of his look was to have a hoodie which now has no hood and a reveal, which now can’t happen. Oh Venny. Only Garo’s bee costume can save you now. This is looking very Torrid.
Walk The Walk
Karlie Kloss comes out on the runway and Les thinks she looks like she’s wearing a 50’s poodle-esque ensemble. Aurora James, the creative director and founder of Brother Vellies is the guest judge. Brother Vellies is a company that does sustainable fashion while supporting local communities and workers mostly in Africa. It’s an amazing company doing great things. Check them out.
Les doesn’t think Sebastian went far enough with his look but his T-shirt is awesome. I think this is one of those looks that probably looks insane in person. I love the skin-tone ombre effect he created.
Les texts that Venny didn’t get his statement across at all in this look. She thinks it’s a hot mess. I like his t-shirt, but I think Venny is finally going to go home.
From Les: This just sucks. It’s a dominatrix bee costume. I like his shirt?
You Bettah WERK
Les thinks Bishme’s look is a total miss. I don’t love it, but as you all know I have a ruffle allergy. I like the faces on the dress. It’s just so purple. And ruffle-y Love the T-shirt
Les thinks that Hester needs to open a new age Hello Kitty store. I’m getting 80’s Betsey Johnson. Love the font and flowers on the T-shirt
Les wonders if Jamall’s story is clearly heard? But she thinks Elaine is definitely behind it and the judges are biased.
Okay, don’t hate me, but this is a Moncler gown. It is like that time way back when Kenley Collins did a dress that looked a LOT like an Alexander McQueen. She had never even looked at a McQueen show, but there it was.
Michael Kors chastised her for not knowing other designers. If you google Moncler gown, this EXACT dress will pop up. It’s awesome and I love Jamall, but he needs to see it. T-shirt is meh.
Werk It Gurl!
Les thinks Tessa Rocked it. I think this is definitely bold and certainly not safe.
Les picks Bishme, Garo and Venny for the bottom with Garo to go. Her top three are Hester, Tessa and Sebastian with Tessa to win. I pick Venny or Garo to go. I pick Jamall, Tessa and Sebastian for the top with Sebastian to win. For the message, the garment AND the T-shirt.
When Sebastian explains how he layered the fabric, Brandon butts in and says it’s not the same fabric, then Nina cuts him off and says yes it IS- he created the tone by layering it. Pretty amazing. Elaine thinks his DNA concept is very smart. Karlie asks if it was difficult for him to do this challenge. He says he usually uses fashion to create fantasy. So, to tap into something personal was challenging. Nina thinks it is beautiful and impressive.
Elaine thinks Venny’s message got muddled in the delivery. Nina tells him she’s seen him on the top and bottom, but this look has a problem with proportion. He has hidden his model. Venny starts to cry. Aurora tells him her heart is breaking for him as she knows this is so much more than a jacket. He will nail it another time, he just needs to keep working from his heart.
Brandon tells Garo Sparo that the exaggerated shoulder and hemline of the dress makes the look costumey. Nina tells him he’s here because he’s technically very good, but at some point he needs to step up or he’s not going to make it. Ouch.
Aurora loves Bishme’s dress. She has an emotional connection to it and wants to wear it. Nina loves the shoulder aspect and the ruffles. She also loves the connection of the faces to the t-shirt. She thinks the connection and the message is very clear.
Hester breaks down on runway. She wanted more time because this means so much to her. Elaine loves the message and how she made a faux fur tulle rainbow coat celebrating who she is. Brandon says that some young kid is going to turn on the TV and see somebody like themselves and that is more important than ANYTHING else. Nina got the message and the look is full of positivity.
Elaine loves the edge Jamall incorporated into the styling. Karlie loves that he took a decidedly non-royal fabric and made a beautiful gown. Brandon thinks he did a good job.
Nina loves that Tessa kept to her minimal aesthetic but that there was a reveal. She calls it very beautiful. Aurora doesn’t get the message. Why is there a need to cover a woman’s body? What is she saying by having it be open? Now Tessa is crying. She explains her story. Elaine tells her she is brave and that she showed her a piece of herself on her own terms.
This was an emotional roller coaster. Les and I are both shocked Bishme gets the win. Les wants to know if Elaine has the final decision. I think Sebastian was ROBBED. I’m VERY happy Nina BROUGHT UP MONCLER. Garo gets a pass and Venny is sent packing. Everyone cries.
I have to say, I hope next week is light and fluffy. We need a little light and fluffy right now. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!! See you next week for another Project Runway Recap! XOXOXO CJ and Les
PLEASE KEEP COMMENTS RELATED TO THE RECAP AND SHOW AND NOT YOUR PERSONAL TRAUMA! THANKS! xo~tt #HappyPlace