Hello all! Welcome to the ultimate Project Runway Recap! I say that because I am sitting next to the Lovely Les AND Super C! We will do our best to satisfy all of your Project Runway needs…. If we can stop laughing long enough to do so. We like everyone who is left (with one exception) so unless he goes, this is going to be a heartbreaker.
We have to live through the heartbreak of Shavi going home again in the opening scene. And THEN we have to listen to Sergio complain that things aren’t going the way he had anticipated they would. At the end of the day it’s not about the judges because he is living his truth? Super C asks where he is from and I respond “A country called Pretentia”. Les spits out her tea. I had an old boss who used to say “I must speak my truth” after every time she would say something pretentious. After a couple of drinks one night I told her that’s why no one wants to hang out with her (I was quitting anyways). And right now? No one wants to hang out with Sergio.
A Field Trip To Bergdorf Goodman
There is a knock at the door. The designers are headed to fashion mecca Bergdorf Goodman to meet some very fashionable people. I tell Super C that Bergdorfs has the best shoe department in the universe. It’s important to teach the young people these things. It’s a number one happy place now that Barney’s is gone. Still hard to talk about that. Anyhoo, at Bergdorf’s Christian Siriano is waiting in the artist in residence pop-up cafe with ASHLEY LONGSHORE. Ashley is a pop artist from New Orleans. She is about the biggest most awesome personality there is. She does empowering work that is also vibrant, message oriented and FUN. Take a note Sergio.
Linda Fargo is also there. She is the fashion director of Bergdorf’s. So basically she is a Fashion God. Everyone is rightfully freaking out. Linda points out that Ashley’s work is like eye candy. Ashley declares that this about being authentic, being yourself and giving “them everything you’ve fucking got”. Christian notes that this is Ashley at only a level four and we are all laughing. This is a woman you want to hang out with.
Yes We Have No Bananas
Each designer gets to pick a fabric designed by Ashley AND do a collaboration with her. Nancy loves to collaborate with artists so she is thrilled. Brittany is just fangirling to be in the same room as Ashley. Because Chelsey won last week she gets to pick her print first AND decide who gets to go next. She picks a print with lots of cut up pieces, but she loves the color story. Next, Brittany chooses a print with butterflies AND bananas. Les and I side eye each other. Fancy Nancy gets to go next and picks a print with swear words all over it. She notices after the fact there are also dildos all over it. Les asks Super C if she knows what that is and gets an eye roll in response.
Marquise picks my favorite print. Lots of beautiful birds, which apparently eat bees? Delvin picks the happiest print up there which shocks everyone. Victoria announces she “hates flowers” as she picks a print with flowers. Christian swoons in disbelief Ashley is wondering who the stick insect with the accent thinks she is. It is probably not a good idea to announce you hate something to the woman who designed it. She tries to backpedal. Too late. Our friend from Louisiana who we have named Weezer in honor of Steel Magnolias texts: I hate the woman who hates flowers. We will get her over here to watch with us at some point.
Dayoung picks something we can’t see and then Geoffrey steps up. We had to pause because we were laughing so hard. He asks if the object on the print is a pancake? Ashley says, um no, definitely not. Oh it’s balloons! he says. Wrong again. “Free the NIPS!” yells Ashley. Yes it is a happy face/nipple pattern. Sergio is picked last. In his talking head Delvin says it doesn’t really need to be explained why Sergio is chosen last. Sergio probably thinks it is because everyone is intimidated by him. Actually replace probably with definitely.
What Color Are Your Nipples?
The designers have two days for this challenge and may use other fabrics. They also have access to the Longshore “bling”. They have 30 minutes to sketch and speak with Ashley. Geoffrey (who Les wants to adopt) points out that simple silhouettes always work best with prints. He’s doing something oversize so the print doesn’t get cut-up. Brittany is doing an “in your face” dress and Ashley is on board. Marquise is doing a bomber coat with a wrap skirt and simple top. He mentions sequins and Ashley LOVES sequins. Nancy is doing an oversize coat with surprise pockets….and pants with legs shaped like dildos? We are not sure about this. As outrageous as she is, Ashley doesn’t look that sure either.
In Mood Christian notices Nancy has her fabric on. She wants to know how it moves. Super C thinks Nancy was a hippie in a former life. The designers have 30 minutes and 175 dollars. Christian helps Marquise pick a reversible sequin fabric I recognize from a past season. Victoria is hiding from Christian. He literally chases her around the store. He tells her to make sure she highlights the print. She declares she hates prints. Again. She wants to be on top again, but she wants to be true to herself. I turn to Les and say “FORESHADOWING”. We can already put her in the bottom three. Geoffrey is searching for nipple colored fabric.
In the workroom Chelsey is asking Delvin a technical question regarding the boning in her outfit. Sergio wants to help SO BAD. He is literally HOVERING. Delvin and Chelsea are ignoring him. He gives it anyways. Delvin points out that not only is his advice wrong, all he does is circle skirts, so how would he even know.
Ashley comes in to begin collaborating. She tells Nancy as much as she loves the idea of “dildo pants” it’s not a good idea for high fashion. Nancy tells her not to worry, she’s dropped that idea and focusing on the coat. Geoffrey wants to do giant 3D nipples on the sleeves of his dress. Ashley tells him he’s gone too literal. She tells him the great thing about the fabric is how it’s not obvious right away what is on it. Geoffrey says he’s going to do “quiet nips” which has us howling again. Ashley calls Dayoung’s look very chic.
I tell Les I have fallen in love with Delvin. He explains to Ashley that the print reminds him of depression in the sense that there is a lot going on in the brain. He has dealt with depression throughout his life, but designing is his outlet now. He’s beaming now, even as Ashley tells him she is going to be worried about him completing his ambitious look.
Rules Are Rules
She does compliment Victoria’s look but points out she’s not doing the challenge. She encourages her to push herself. Victoria doesn’t care, she’s going with her idea and going to be on top. Right. The designers run to grab trimmings. Brittany is explaining her butterfly appliques and Les and I began to twitch. Les assures me it’s not going to be like when she who must not be named…..nevermind. Geoffrey tells Victoria when her hair is small she sucks. More laughter. Ashley has left the designers a full buffet and drinks outside. We can tell that with one exception, these people really like each other. They eat, laugh and do a runway walk off. It’s a lovely thing to watch.
The next day, Dayoung looks terrible. Les says she’s wilting. We are worried. We are now okay with Brittany’s butterflies. Christian comes in and is blown away by all the color. Christian tells Dayoung he wants to see something different from her. He suggests a dramatic sleeve. He tells her to take little breaks and gives her good energy.
Marquise has dropped the idea of doing sequins and taken fabric from Geoffrey to do a simpler top underneath. The fabric has NO give. Christian is rightfully concerned about the fit. He calls Brittany’s look DIVINE. He tells her to do more with the sleeves. When she shows him what she’s doing he gives the most definite positive response we have ever seen from him.
Christian is also worried about the size of Nancy’s coat. Nancy says she loves Christian’s advice, but she always listens to her gut. Oh dear. Victoria is struggling. She doesn’t want to incorporate more of the print. Christian gives her several different ideas. She is sulky. And going to be on the bottom. Everyone is now worried about Dayoung. Geoffrey’s concern is especially sweet. Without spending too much time on this, everyone is concerned. Everyone reaches out to help. She will push through. End of story.
Victoria is officially struggling. Christian keeps trying to help. This looks like a caricature of her earlier work. Sergio is telling his model she is starting off in a cocoon and turning into a butterfly. Oh, and this represents the struggle transgender people face on a daily basis.Caroline points out that Sergio had every right to talk about his cause last week as it directly relates to him and his family. But he’s not trans. He adopts every cause out there and somehow tries to make it about himself in a weird way. Christian “hmmms” his look. It’s another pretty matron dress. With a circle skirt.
He tells Geoffrey his dress looks like an “oven mitt”. Geoffrey is making us laugh so much this episode. He’s making Christian laugh as well. Christian tells him it’s too “block-y” and to edit more. He’s taking his advice. Because he’s smart.
Delvin is also smart. When Christian tells him he’s getting “Golden Girls pajamas’ ‘ he knows he’s in trouble. Les was getting real Housewives. Not good. Christian tells him to tailor it and make it more fitted. He shortens everything up all around and it looks a thousand times better. Christian saved his butt. He tells us how happy this print makes him. It’s a direct result of how happy Ashley’s work makes everyone. It’s nice to see this side of Delvin. Victoria knows what the judges want. She tells him to keep the ruffle. Chelsey thinks it’s a lot. Delvin! Listen to Chelsey!
Omg, Brittany made the cutest skirt for runway day. When the hell did she have time to do that? Les points out that Brittany and Chelsea are very good friends in real life now. We have decided we want to go to Chicago and watch with them. Dayoung is also looking better. She is very behind. Victoria steps up to help and makes a skirt for her. Nancy has made pockets in her coat. One for wine, one for a phone and SHE’S MAKING ONE FOR A DILDO. Christian loves it. Brittany has done Ashley’s hashtag phrases (in a subtle way) on her dress. Christian approves.
Marquise has given his model a dreaded uniboob. He hopes the judges won’t see it. Oh Marquise. They see EVERYTHING. He gets a CS hmmmmm. Twice. He tells Delvin his style is “Housewifey”. Les nailed that one. Brittany points out she has been on a roller coaster from the top to the bottom. Super C thinks she is on her way back up to the top. When Geoffrey asks Christian is he knew he was gay we lose it AGAIN. The man is on fire tonight.
I thought that Linda Fargo would be there, but it’s just Ashley as the guest judge rocking some Shades Elton John is wishing he owned.
Brittany Allen. Somehow the dress doesn’t wow Super C as much on the runway as she thought it would. It did look better in the showroom. It moves nicely. Ashley gives it a wow.
Geoffrey Mac. Les reiterates that she wants to adopt Geoffrey. She and Super C both love this look. I think it is Betsey Johnson on steroids. It’s certainly fun. Les says: he NIPPED it! Super C rolls her eyes.
Delvin McCray did what Victoria SHOULD have done. He took a vibrant print and let it stand out on a perfectly tailored silhouette. Les definitely approves that he went for it. Karlie is getting Versace.
Marquise Foster is going to get crucified for this top. I hate the sleeves. Les and Super C don’t hate it, but they don’t love it.
Nancy Volpe Berringer. Les likes it. I don’t until the coat comes off. There’s oversize and there’s too big. This is too big.
Chelsey Carter. Les thinks this look is too contained. For some reason the tailored look on Delvin’s looks more exciting than this tailored look.
Victoria Cocieru. Les and Super C both ask where the print is. This is a PR no-no. Better to go down in flames than ignore the challenge. Les points out this is the second time she has done this.
Dayoung Kim. I think this is beautiful. She did what Victoria ALSO should have done. She kept it classy, but highlighted the print. The sleeves are great.
Sergio Guadarrama. It’s a pretty dress but that slit is HIGH. Super and Les are bored. Minus the slit it’s still matronly.
Super C picks Fancy Nancy and Geoffrey for the top. She picks Victoria and Marquise for the bottom. Les picks Delvin, Fancy Nancy and Geoffrey for the top, Victoria, Marquise and Dayoung for the bottom. I pick Brittany, Dayoung and Delvin for the top and Marquise, Victoria and Fancy Nancy for the bottom. Delvin for the win.
Sergio is safe and Super C points out that he is more pissed he didn’t get to lecture everyone on the runway than he is about not winning. Ashley is blown away. Chelsey and Geoffrey are also safe.
Delvin McCray. Ashley LOVED what he did. She says that his joy shone through in what he did. Elaine says that it’s obvious Ashley’s joy is contagious because she has never seen Delvin smile so much. She loves it. Karlie loves that it had incredible detail and his signature touches, but it highlighted the print. Nina thinks his model looks incredible and prints are his friend. Brandon tells him his signature look is tailoring and to stay in his lane because it will make him recognizable in a sea of crap. Wow.
Victoria Brandon wants to know if she finished early. Karlie tells her she’s in the bottom and wants to know why she didn’t use the print more. Ashley reminds her she told her to go for it. Nina tells her sometimes you have to go outside your comfort zone. She’s disappointed. Nina saying that is like hearing it from a parent. Elaine and Brandon point out the accessories don’t work. Elaine points out this is the second time she’s ignored the challenge, totally validating Les.
Dayoung Kim Nina loves it. She loves the silhouette and thought the fabric placement was well done. Ashley loves how the color-blocking breaks up the print and draws more attention to it. Karelie loves the little touches like the sleeves and the bow tie. But, Brandon hates the bow-tie and cannot get past it. Dayoung gives Victoria complete credit for the skirt and calls her Wonder Woman.
Nancy Brandon wants to know if they can say dildo on TV. Ashley loves her enthusiasm but thinks the fit is off. Elaine tells her that her model is getting swallowed up by the fabric. They like the pants and think it is so much better without the coat. Brandon points out it says orgasm on it. Ashley says the pants “Flood her basement”. Brandon is half laughing and hals horrified. We are dying. He says he resigns from the show.
Marquise Nina thinks the tent coat is terrible. She wants the model to take it off. Uh oh. Ashley is confused as to why he didn’t stick with the original plan. Brandon says that they are at the point in the competition where things have to be perfect and the top is a disaster. Nina says she doesn’t see him in this at all.
Brittany Allen. This looks a hell of a lot better up close and still. Ashley tells her “You get me”. She loves it all. It was Elaine’s favorite look. She loved the movement. Brandon says she did an incredible job, but maybe should have picked a lighter fabric for the pleating. He points out he is nit-picking. Karlie days that this is the most passionate she has seen Brittany. Nina says this is what a successful collaboration looks like. The artist is celebrated but you see the designer in the look as well.
So the designers in the bottom didn’t listen to Christian. Victoria is very upset. Brittany WINS. We forgive her the banana earrings. We hold our breath. Marquise is sent home for poor construction and a poofy coat. The designers cry. We are sad, but at this point, these are the things that are going to send you home. It’s getting real. Christian doesn’t use his save for Marquise.
NEXT week editorial looks with sheer fabrics, Dayoung is sick and Victoria considers quitting! Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
Note From TT. Bravo did not give any runway looks this week. Photos come in two batches, workroom photos before the show and then runway photos after the show airs on the west coast or the next day. They just didn’t some this week. Sorry.