Hello All! Welcome to the Project Runway Recap. The Lovely Les and I and are texting tonight. Her lovely daughter wants to spend time watching with Mom. Awww. In my house of stinky teenage boys, I have Lucy the cockapoo watching with me. When Project Runway comes on for some reason everyone disappears in my house. Les and I are also getting input from Super C, said lovely daughter. Lucy barks when I yell, so I assume that means she’s agreeing with me input wise.
First of all. We shall not talk about last week. Agreed? Short review about last week. Done. Anyhoo…onwards and upwards. Karlie walks out looking like a goddess in red. Guess who else is here? CYNDI FREAKING LAUPER. Love her. Love love love. She has a Tony, Emmy AND Grammys…plural. Cyndi looks amazing. She and Debbie Harry were always idols of mine. She is an idol of Geoffrey’s as well. He’s actually quivering. He has done Cyndi in drag. Cyndi worked in a vintage store back in the 80’s. She used bits of everything to create her look. She was always trying to look larger than life, especially since she’s so tiny.
The Dreaded Team Challenge
The challenge this week is a TEAM CHALLENGE…dun dun dunnnnnnnn. Everyone groans. Since Victoria won last week, the teams will be chosen by fate. She gets to pick which one she wants to join. The two teams will have to put together a runway show inspired by the eighties (and also Cyndi’s pop punk aesthetic) but rooted in modernity. The button bag comes out. Geoffrey, Delvin, Dayoung, Brittney and Nancy are on one team. Which leaves Melanie, Marquise, Sergio, Shavi and Chelsey on the other team. In a surprise move (to us anyway) Victoria picks Team one.
Team one proceeds to bicker about who is going to what. Nancy tells Delvin to pick a print and everyone else can work from this color-wise. Sergio takes control of the other team, wisely suggesting everyone play to their strengths. Shavi will do a cocktail dress, Chelsey a romper and Marquise… He’s good at doing see-through shirts? Is that a skill-set? Sergio wants to do the dramatic last look. Shocker. Chelsey notes his idea isn’t very 80’s. Sergio knows with his leadership skills and talent, it will all be fabulous.
Remember that holier than thou friend in college? Save the whales? Eat vegan? Peace? Save the planet? You agree with them in principle, but you also want to punch them sometimes? That’s Sergio in a nutshell. Brittney interned for Betsey Johnson (Les texts: of COURSE) so she feels pretty confident. As they bicker about ideas, Geoffrey justs wants them to figure it out as they go along. The other team is done and ready to go to Mood. I text Les that Victoria picked the wrong team.
Madness At Mood
Christian awaits the designers at Mood. they have $300 each to spend and 2 days to complete the challenge. The winner will come from the winning team. The loser will come from the losing team. Team Chaos needs to find a print. This is not going well. Nancy knows that they have to be cohesive. Delvin is over it and ready to just grab what he feels will work best for him. Brittany is freaking out and Delvin tells her to calm down. The last time my husband told me to calm down, I turned to my 17 year old and asked what the three things are you NEVER say to a woman. He duly recited: Let it go, Relax and CALM DOWN. If you ever want to take a woman from zero to 100, just say that in a condescending manner. It will work beautifully.
Delvin is frustrated his team members keep shutting down his print ideas. Les says that’s a perfect meme. Shut Down Delvin. Geoff is too stressed to handle this crap. He wanders off to find what he wants. I text Les that this is not good. She hopes his accessory making will save him. Super C predicts team Nancy will not win even though Nancy is on the team. I text that this is ironic as she is really the only one who was alive/remembers the 80’s. Well…except for Geoffrey.
Delvin can’t deal with Nancy? Seriously? Team two has grabbed a print. A bold print. A bold STRIPED print. I’m not sure how I feel about this. Les texts: stripe-gate. Team one has everything on the floor and are frantically picking through it trying to make some sense of the pile. Christian tells them they have no idea what they are doing. The prints are crazy and NOT modern. With very little time to spare, Delvin sprints to get another option. This is stressful to watch.
We Want TO Hug Geoffrey
Geoffrey explains that he is the son of a military officer. His father taunted him about how he “wished he had a son”. He says the hardest thing is being young and thinking who you are is not ok. Cyndi Lauper taught him that it was ok to be himself. He’s very, very emotional about this challenge. Les and Super C text that they love his story and the connection to Cyndi. I hope this isn’t one of those kiss of death moments on Project Runway. It’s going to go one way or the other.
Geoffrey is worried about having to use pink because it is a color he doesn’t work with. He asks Victoria for help. She is lovely and assures him she has his back. I’m warming to Victoria. Team two is just cruising along. Now, I thought this would be an obvious win as the other team is all over the place. HOWEVER. The stripe. Say it with me people: Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice. I’m okay with a stripe.
I remember Malibu Sue from WLIR wearing pants with a thick stripe when she introduced Book of Love and Depeche Mode in concert in NYC in 1985. But it’s a LOT for a whole collection. Christian makes a snarky comment about how much they love it. Everyone but Sergio looks a little worried. He tells them there’s cohesive and then there’s matchy matchy.
Over in crazy town, Nancy is explaining the concept of organized chaos to Christian. Christian notes Delvin looks bored. Delvin thinks Nancy is taking this cohesion idea too far. Christian asks what the collection is. When they pull out the pink, he notes that the other team is doing black and white with a pop of pink. Geoffrey is trying to be a team player with the pink. He tells them to not worry about incorporating the exact same color. Make it more bandage-y and cool. Cyndi has to love it and the judges have to love it. Simple. I text Les that Christian saves the day yet again. Geoffrey looks immensely relieved. Les texts that is was a good therapy session and she and Super C are #teamchaos.
Accessories Are Everything
Christian announces that with the exception of shoes, the teams must make their own accessories. I have fond memories of doing this. I shopped at the hardware store. Christian walks around stealing away all of the belts, bands, baubles etc… They will have $200 dollars to spend at a “notions” store tomorrow. Team Calm is re-assessing the amount of stripes in their looks. Marquise decides to do a white short instead of a striped short. Les texts that white tight shorts are not good anywhere, let alone on a runway in bright lights. I love Chelsey, but that romper?
I hate that Delvin and I agree on something, i.e. Beetlejuice. I text Les and Super C that a lot of what is going on in this workroom looks like what Super C and her friends would be trying to copy what me and MY friends were wearing circa 1983-85. A costume version of “punk-pop”. And I hate that term anyway. That era was POST-punk and more new wave. Meh. Semantics. I tell Super C I will show her the pictures some day. Maybe.
At the end of the day Nancy is still trying to talk about cohesion. Her team doesn’t care. They are getting frustrated with Nancy. Team Calm is asking each other what they think about their outfits. What needs editing. It’s very grown-up. Even Sergio isn’t being an ass. I wonder if this is a red-herring. I thought they would win in the beginning…..but the stripe…..Melanie is not happy. She doesn’t do eighties.
Punk Is Just Expressing Yourself
The designers head to a store called Trim and Feathers. My husband, who has come downstairs to get water, asks if it is a S&M shop. Nope. Looks like a Clarie’s boutique threw up in there. Buckles, spikes and zippers galore are bought.
Back in the workroom the models come in for fittings. Geoffrey is INTO it now. Sergio makes a comment how easy his fitting are because he is such an expert craftsman. Vomit. He’s doing a train. Of course he is. Team Calm keeps asking each other how they feel. It’s like a group therapy session every five minutes. The only hiccup comes when everyone asks Melanie how she feels about her skirt. When they offer suggestions she ignores them. Not good. Shavi says she’s swiping everything left. That made me spit out wine.
Dayoung asks Brittany what she thinks of her ruffles. Brittany is worried it reads 80’s prom. Dayoung notes she has never been to a prom. She decides to go with zippers instead. Nancy is putting together her look as she figures it out. It is frustrating her teammates. For a woman who talks a lot about cohesion, your teammates not knowing what you are doing is a problem. The night before the runway show Nancy is upset because she feels as though she has been left out of group discussions. They assure her this isn’t the case. Les and Super C think she is being left out because she is too good for these people. I hate to see Nancy upset.
Everyone is accessorizing like mad. Christian is back to help. Melanie is doing a whole new look? I text Les and Super C I have a bad feeling about this. They text back they pick Team Chaos to win. We have both done a complete turn around. I guess Victoria was right. Christian tells Team Chaos to put their looks together as each is singular. He says if it doesn’t make sense they will be in the bottom. Lined up Delvin thinks this look gets lost. Christian tells Dayoung she needs help. Dayoung explains what else she is going to do.
When Brittany makes a suggestion about Nancy’s look, Nancy gets feisty. She walks away to fit her garment. I text Les: Damn. Team Calm is happy. Christian’s side-eye about the white short? Marquise looks nervous. He should be. He didn’t have a white zipper so he had to improvise. I now agree with Les and Super C. Team Chaos is in better shape.
Runway Time After Time
Heehee (see what I did there). Ok, whatever Cyndi Lauper’s regimen is? I want to know. She has what I call the Helen Mirren factor. She’s 66 and doesn’t look like she’s trying to reverse age (cough, Madonna, cough). I’m also loving Karlies’ bangs. Here we go….
We start with team two. Oh Marquise. The top of this look isn’t bad, but the white shorts? Les and Super C both HATE this. I love you Chelsey I do. But why did you not make the top of this black? Beetlejuice. Melanie has put carwash flappers over a pink tube dress. Shavi? I’m getting Lady Miss Kier. (not necessarily a bad thing). And the denouement? I text Les that I simply do not understand Sergio’s look. It makes no sense. And only Sergio could make punk-pop matronly. God-awful.
Next up, is Team Two AKA Team Chaos
Dayoung made an S&M dress for a Broadway production. Brittany made an S&M office look. I like the bottom of Delvin’s look. I had many a handkerchief skirt back in the day. Victoria made the same dress she has made four times but with ruffles. It is cool though. I am envisioning a Helmut Newton photo shoot when Geoffrey’s look hits the runway. That is a compliment. Nancy’s was technically the most punk. She did what she wanted. Didn’t give a shit in the end. Even though there was a Stevie Nicks factor, it made more sense than Sergio’s.
Both Les and Super C pick Marquise for the worst look. While those shorts are bad, Sergio’s look is nuts. We are worried about Melanie. Les picks Victoria for her top look. I pick Geoffrey. Les texts, “Of course you do. He is your guy.” He is right now!
Judging The 80’S
Team Chaos wins! Team Calm is stunned. Victoria, Geoffrey and Brittany are in the top. Sergio, Melanie and Marquise are in the bottom. Everyone else safe.
Cyndi thought Victoria’s look was very 1986. Black with a splash of color. She thinks the boots made it modern. Nina loves the contrast. She thinks it is a nod to the 80’s but very now. Brandon loves the sliver of skin in the back. He could totally see Cyndi wearing this. He also tells her he is in love with her.
Karlie asks Geoffrey if it is nerve-wracking to design for your idol. Uh…yeah? Cyndi loves it. She loves the 80’s reference but thinks it is modern and well made. She loves the pants. Karlie thinks the detail work is amazing. Nina seems to be rolling her eyes? Brandon thinks the hair and makeup are perfect. He tells Geoff his draping skills are incredible. Elaine echoes Cyndi’s opinion. Apparently NIna does like it because she gives her highest compliment: it looks expensive.
Elaine loves the corset Brittany did. Nina loves the details. It’s pop meets pink meets punk. Cyndi thinks young people would wear it. Brandon hates it, but appreciates her efforts.
Sergio In The Bottom Is Everything!
Nina tells Sergio his garment does not connect in any way shape or form. She doesn’t understand it at all. Cyndi thinks there is too much going on, even for her, and she would never wear it. Les texts: Tyler 2.0. It’s not quite THAT bad…..but… Sergio essentially tells them if they don’t like it, it’s their problem. He designs for a sophisticated woman over 40. You idiot, how old do you think Cyndi and Nina are?? Brandon tells him he willingly signed up for a show. If he’s not willing to learn anything and just make excuses what’s the point?
Elaine thinks Marquise’s look was too on the nose. The styling didn’t help. Karlie thought the jacket was the saving grace, but seeing it next to Geoff’s didn’t help. The shorts bothered Cyndi. Brandon says the zipper is a problem.
Poor Melanie. No one remembers anything she has done. This was NOT the challenge where she wants to be remembered. She nervously goes on a rant and essentially digs herself into a hole. These challenges don’t play to her aesthetic…blah blah blah. Cyndi shuts her down by telling her not to blame it on the 80’s.
Happy And Sad
Geoffrey wins!! And cries. We love that he won this challenge. He gets to hug Cyndi and his life is complete.
Melanie is sent home for being forgettable. She wishes she had been braver. Us too girl.
She is upset with herself vs Sergio who believes he is a misunderstood genius. We wish he had to pack his hubris and go. Alas…no.
Next week looks interesting, and Sergio cries! We hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! Your 80’s gals …CJ and Les.