Happy Thursday everyone! Project Runway Recap day! The Lovely Les and Super C will be chiming in via text. We are down to the top ten! Seeing Sergio’s clown outfit again is freaking me out. Les and I are part of his target audience? No. Whoever said that in the comments section last week made us die laughing. At the designer’s penthouse, Victoria feels a little guilty about being on the top so many times. She’s starting to think she has a shot at winning. She lists Brittany, Geoffrey and Delvin as her main competitors. Just as I’m getting a bit annoyed with Victoria, the producer asks her if she considers Sergio competition. I text Les her reaction is EVERYTHING. She doesn’t consider him competition. At all.
Karlie walks out with Christian. Karlie wants the designers to draw from their cultural history and their own history. They will be reflecting on themselves as well as their backgrounds. They can make whatever the heck they want to make. This always sounds awesome, but as Delvin points out sometimes it’s better to have direction. Designers on this show have had mixed results when allowed to wander off the reservation. It’s another one day challenge. Shavi is laughing a bit hysterically. I mean that in a literal sense.
Delvin is not crystal clear on who he is. Delvin lost his dad at a young age to violence. He feels it is a loss of identity. Everyone gets facetime with their families. Chelsey is going to channel her Nana. Her mother thinks this is a wonderful idea and tells her to win. Shavi and his mom (who is awesome) think picking great-aunt Ella (who danced at the Cotton Club!) would be a great inspiration for a gown. Sergio talks to both his parents. They talk about how cotton was grown where they grew up on his grandfather’s farm. Victoria and her husband agree she should celebrate the beauty of the women of Moldova. Marquise’s parents want him to incorporate his grandmother’s love of quilting.
Brittany tells her mom she wants to use her country background without designing overalls. That made me laugh. Geoffrey is so excited to tell his mom he won the last challenge but his mom is having a hard time using FaceTime. I’m reminded of the scene in the movie Mother with Debbie Reynolds and the video phone.
Fancy Nancy’s sister invokes food as an influence. Specifically meatballs, pizza and mozzarella. Now I’m really laughing. Nancy explains this is a fashion challenge. Perhaps her sister thinks Nancy went on Top Chef? Dayoung is crying. She hasn’t seen her mother very much. Apparently she has lived all over the world. Her mother tells her to take care of herself. It is very very sweet. They are so happy to talk to each other the challenge doesn’t seem to be mentioned. Delvin finds out he is part Latino! And Native American! He’s overwhelmed.
Please Listen To Christian
At Mood everyone has $300 and 30 minutes. Christian questions Victoria’s choice of baby blue. Apparently in Moldova baby blue is huge. Women get VERY dressed up and wear it everywhere. Christian did his signature mmmmmhmmmm. Which basically means, what you picked is stupid. Geoffrey is freaking out. Chelsey has picked a lot of colors. Christian points out no one asked his advice last time and look what happened. #Stripegate.
Shavi is doing a sexy sheer dress. It will require a lining. Which requires time. This worries me considering Shavi’s issues with things being too tight in the past. I actually like Delvin’s idea of a high/low low connecting French Creole with French Couture. He listens to Christian regarding color, and comes back with magenta??
Back in the workroom, Dayoung is covering her mouth because she feels as though she is getting sick. Marquise’s sketch is a cool urban quilted jumpsuit-y look, or a hot mess. Fancy Nancy is making what she WISHED she could have worn in her suburban 70’s upbringing. I think she has missed the point. I KNOW she has missed the point.
Politics Seep Into To Fashion
Sergio is referencing his grandparent’s cotton farm in an evening look. He’s also referencing the six migrant children who died recently on the border. I know Sergio wants his work to be socially conscious and aware, but he gets so damn literal and preachy. Mondo’s pants in this challenge years ago were a perfect example of how something so personal and yet socially relevant can be done well. He did the positive symbol on fabric referencing his positive HIV diagnosis. It was POWERFUL. You want to create dialogue, not beat someone over the head with a message. Geoffrey is going dark. He comes from a military family. I’m going to leave this one alone for now…
Christian comes in and goes to Dayoung first. She is referencing the north/south Korean conflict in which her grandfather was a prisoner. Christian says to pay homage to the past, but make the look strong so it is relevant now. Shavi explains to Christian about his aunt “passing” in the 40’s because her father was Cuban. You couldn’t perform in certain clubs if you were black. Christian is blown away by the story. He is NOT happy however with Shavi using muslin as a lining fabric. If this dress isn’t made perfectly it will show EVERY imperfection. This worries Leslie and I as much as it worries Christian. I love most of Shavi’s ideas. His execution is always the problem.
Please Listen To Christian Part Deux
Oh Sergio. He doesn’t want to show Christian anything. Les points out this is a PR first. He flat out refuses. Sergio. You are SO HIGH ON THAT HORSE. You are fucked my friend. Chelsey is making a Varsity jacket. She wants to highlight her family’s background in education. Again with the literal interpretation. Christian tells her to make it more fashion forward. She listens. Because she is smart. Delvin is freaked out. He still doesn’t know where he is going. Brittany did barrel racing and her husband was cowboy of the year. Christian proclaims he WOULD LOVE to be cowboy of the year. I choke on my tea picturing that. Rhinestones would be involved. He loves the idea of a cool country look. He gives her sleeve advice.
Sergio calls Christian over. He explains his concept. Christian says the power of the look needs to represent the power of the story. Sergio deigns to listen to his advice. Victoria wisely says that you can have powerful ideas, but at the end of the day this competition is about fashion. So far his technical skills have saved him. Delvin is starting over? And designing a whole new dress?? With muslin showing??
The models arrive. Delvin’s model is perplexed. He has nothing ready. Les says all the “time karma” he wasted is now catching up with him. Perhaps someone will help him at some point? (hah) Christian does not know what to do with Victoria’s look. I’m getting Star Trek. He’s getting alien. Alien on Star Trek? He tells Shavi to make the fit PERFECT. Shavi assures Christian he’s working on it.
It’s a flash sale challenge! The fan favorite and the judges favorite will be sold on the Bravo website. Sergio is now changing his dress to make it more accessible for everyone. He wants everyone to start a dialogue. Oh Sergio. I want to like you. I agree with you a lot. Yes we should be horrified by this…But dude. You are the guy at the party people run away from. Victoria is now less confident. Oh Shavi …”passable” is not good. Delvin is asking Victoria for advice? And she thinks the color is not modern? Two words Victoria. BABY BLUE.
Desperation Begins To Set In…
I love Brittany’s hat. Did Sergio just tell his model she’s going to help him embroider the names??? His model goes from looking happy to looking shocked. Major side eye. And he’s using the other models to help him sew? Ummmmm. Delvin is worried his “work in progress dress” is going to blow up in his face. It will. This is just freaking bad. Shavi is also in MAJOR trouble. He knows he’s screwed. Christian tells him to push through. I freaking KNEW this was going to be an issue. Oh Shavi.
I want Karlie’s dress. The guest judge this week is Fernando Garcia from Oscar de la Renta!! DAMN!!! That’s a serious person to have view your work! Delvin is probably committing hari-kari on the inside. Les had the day from hell, so she and Super C are sending me their thoughts as they snuggle at home together. I am, of course, with the dog. #boymom
Chelsey Carter Les thinks this looks lost it’s drama when the jacket came off. She’s getting drum major. She also points out that Brandon doesn’t love a reveal. I love the swing and the shape of the coat. She made it fun and modern with that shape.
Geoffrey Mac. Super C loves the look but thinks he should have styled it with combat boots (I like to think that’s Auntie CJ’s influence lol). I love this. It fits and moves beautifully. Could have done without the salute. Moves nicely.
Dayoung Kim This jacket is stunning. Les and Super C agree. Fernando points out the shirt and jacket belong on different customers. Lovely Les also called that one before he said it.
Sergio Guadarrama Super C and Leslie think “it just does not look good”. I think it looks like a cheap cocktail dress with wings. It should have just had the lace overlay without the names.
Shavi Lewis. Les texts that it’s better than she thought it would be. The problem is he’s had fit issues before. I feel sick.
Nancy Volpe-Beringer We love the Funky Brady Bunch look, but have no idea what the heritage link is?
Brittany Allen. We all love this. I will even forgive he cowboy boots (just kidding/sort of). This is modern cool country. Love the neckline.
Delvin McRae Les mentions Time Karma again. I don’t see Delvin in this AT ALL. This is seriously bad. It is an unfinished, ill-fitting weird concept. The color? 80’s Bridesmaids gone wrong.
Victoria Cocieru Les and Super C are getting Jetsons hit Moldova. I’m getting cocktail waitress on Star Trek Deep Space 9. Nina looks like she’s trying not to laugh.
Marquise Foster Les thinks he nailed it. She also thinks it is a very sweet message. I think it’s cute. A little junior for me.
Les top 3: Marquise, Brittany and Dayoung with Brittany to win. Super C: Nancy Geoffrey and Brittany CJ: Dayoung, Nancy and Brittany. Dayoung to win.
Les Bottom 3: Sergio, Delvin and Victoria with Delvin to go. Super C: Delvin, Shavi and Victoria. Me: Sergio, Shavi and Delvin with Shavi to go. I think this is going to be a toss up between Shavi and Sergio. Delvin will be saved by his consistency in design and construction. It will either be Sergio’s bad design or Shavi’s bad construction.
Victoria Cocieru Brandon says this isn’t timeless or ageless but he wasn’t bored and Victoria knows how to sew. Fernando wants to know what the inspiration was. Elaine doesn’t buy Victoria’s non-explanation that the color highlights her heritage. She thinks she just wanted to make it. She thinks it was a missed opportunity. Karlie loved her bold choice. VICTORIA IS IN THE TOP?? Nina loved being surprised by it?? WT actual F?
Delvin McRae Fernando tells him he should have gone with the construction idea being the whole concept. The other ideas killed it. Elaine was getting Dynasty. Brandon points out that a bold color will always draw attention to the mistakes. He can’t get over the zipper in the back. Nina thinks it was ambitious rather than organic and not him at all.
Chelsey Carter Karlie thought the impact was striking and the silhouette was awesome. Fernando loves the simplicity of it. And he went to Notre Dame, so the colors are on point for him. They all love it.
Shavi Lewis Ferando says that he should have listened to the fabric. He should have left the lining out. Nina loves the story, but thinks it is a basic dress and not his best work. Oh Shavi. He apologizes. Brandon assures him he didn’t disrespect them. Had he had more time he knows he would have gotten it. Shavi is crying. Please fashion gods let me be wrong. Don’t send him home.
Sergio Guadarrama Nina’s face as he explains his look and bursts into tears? I can’t. Elaine says they all have a heart for this issue, HOWEVER…..the design looks cheap. She can’t get over that. Fernando tells him he has a great concept but this is not modern and he needs to push himself more as a designer. If there is ANYONE who hits the target audience you are aiming for Sergio? It’s this dude. You cannot have anything to say. Nina is here to judge him based on his fashion. She hates the skirt/mullet and thinks he could have done MUCH better. Les and Super C lost it when Geoffrey heralded Nina’s judgment on Sergio.
Dayoung Kim Nina loves Dayoung’s outfit. She thinks that she is a quiet designer, but a designer where the work speaks for her. Sergio looks peeved. She says it is polished and elegant and her highest compliment …say it with me …EXPENSIVE. Fernando thinks it could be worn many ways. He would like to see it with a trouser. Brandon said it was the only look that really nailed the challenge for him. It reflects who she is and where she is from. But any woman, from any culture in any size would want to wear that jacket.
And The Winner is….
Chelsey is the winner! I know this challenge meant a lot to her. I’m happy she won even though I thought Dayoung was robbed.
Shavi …NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. We are heartbroken. Fucking Sergio ruins EVERYTHING. I’m so sad right now. He is gracious.
Christian is saving his save. Shavi is going home. Next week Dayoung is back in an ambulance? And based on what Nina says it looks like maybe Victoria finally hits the bottom? We shall see! Have a lovely weekend everyone!!! Xoxo CJ, Les and SUPER C.
On a sad note…RIP Scott Patric. From 2012 to 2019, Patrick served as a makeup consultant and glamour lead on either Project Runway or one of the competition series’ spin-offs. He was always kind, patient and funny. Our condolences to his family and friends. He was a bright spot during that time frame on the show.