Hello Project Runway Recap peeps! I am flying solo tonight (well I am with the dog). Lovely Les and hopefully Super C will be chiming in with valuable insight and commentary. How cool were those looks Christin Siriano did for the Grammy’s? Anyhoo..This looks to be a dramatic one so let’s dive right in, shall we? Are we going to lose one designer to attitude and one to illness tonight?? We live through losing Marquise again as a reminder that it’s getting down to the wire.
Dayoung is still not doing well. She is exhausted. Victoria is freaking out because she was on the bottom. Les tells me it is a pity party for one. Pull it together Moldova. Karlie comes out with Brandon in a stunning sheer trench. She points out that few people understand how a woman wants to dress more than Brandon Maxwell the CFDA designer of the year. Maybe Sergio, since he’s on Brandon’s level. There is nothing more important than making the client feel good.
The designers are asked to create an editorial look using sheer fabrics. Vat ees sheer? Victoria wants to know. Brandon tells them there is a TASTEFUL way to do sheer. Be sexy without being obvious. The button box comes out and models are chosen. The models get a say in what they are comfortable showing. Nancy picks her same model from last week. She wants to redeem herself. This is the last time immunity will be given and it is a one day challenge.
Dayoung leaves the runway and passes out? Everyone is worried. How is this woman making it through? The associate director comes out and tells her they are worried about her safety. OMG she’s leaving .She is gracious and kind and everyone is going to miss her. We are losing one of the strongest competitors. I hope she comes back for another season. Les and Super C think Marquise is returning??? A la Chris March?
A Big Surprise At Mood!
Nancy is doing a dress inspired by her model DD Smith, the first non-binary model in Project Runway history. DD never got to go to prom so they want a prom dress. Sergio wants to know how his model met her husband. Apparently she married a badass Chinese-American martial artist. Sergio is of course taking this opportunity to celebrate a model of German descent marrying into a Chinese culture. Because what is a challenge if it doesn’t have social commentary behind it? And he’s going to win. Chelsey is trying to push herself back into the top with a trapeze dress. Geoffrey is worried because he only has a pair of earrings as inspiration.
At mood MARQUISE IS BACK!!!! WOO HOO! He is ready to prove the judges wrong. The Christian Siriano save is also still intact. The designers have $300 and 30 minutes. Christian is yelling at them to spread out. Victoria is upset because she is making the same damn thing she always makes. Apparently this won’t work with sheer fabric. So maybe….DO SOMETHING ELSE? Christian is trying to help her. Oh Victoria. Geoffrey is crying over losing Dayong. He feels responsible. Oh Chelsea. Orange feathers? Christian is horrified.
Back in the workroom Marquise gets to consult with his model. She’s cool showing everything but her butt. Girl, we hear you. Sergio tells Nancy sheer shows everything. Christian comes in and announces a twist. Everyone has a heart attack. He is kidding. He is not that evil. He’s just there to give critiques. Brittany is doing a pink poofy shouldered top. (my nightmare). Christian suggests shorts because she is worried about the timing of doing pants. Geoffrey says he wants to go so sheer it reads naked. Delvin tells him this is a bad idea. Geoffrey listens to Delvin. Delvin is worried about his look reading old. Christian tells Nancy to add some more elements to her dress. After last week’s fit disaster she is listening to his advice.
Chelsey is doing a nighty/baby doll look. She’s making her look solid by adding too many layers. Christian explains she is missing the point. They are supposed to be highlighting the body, not covering it up completely. Hopefully she listens. Christian points out to Victoria she is doing the same dress. Les texts: And you are surprised? She is so stubborn or maybe a bit talentless. He tells her she can’t do the same dress over and over. She protests that it is totally different. He tells her it is decidedly NOT. She begins to cry. Les texts: “We have a complete Moldova meltdown.”
Lost In Translation? I Don’t Think So!
Chelsey is changing everything up. Unlike Victoria, she knows life can be tough, but one has to push through. At 14 years old she basically took over raising her three brothers when her mother was dealing with personal issues. Note that she isn’t crying. Sergio is yammering about being on a different level again. I will spare everyone the details. The models come in and Geoffrey is going “sheer sheer sheer”. There will be pasties.
Christian points out Victoria’s dress isn’t sheer. She claims she doesn’t understand what sheer means. Chelsey doesn’t buy it. Les and I don’t buy it. Christian tries to help again. She doesn’t care. Les thinks she is resigned to go home. Christian makes fun of Geoffreys’ never ending smoke breaks. I tell Les if she is going to adopt Geoffrey she needs to get him to quit.
The models leave and Victoria is packing to go home? She would rather leave than be on the bottom? Oh my. Everyone tells her to pull it together. Brittany points out that a lot of talented people have left and this is not fair. Victoria says she is just too tired at which point Chelsey tells her they are all tired and that is not an excuse. Her station looks like a tweety bird blew up. She finally comes back in and says she is doing this for her husband who believes in her.
Everyone is exhausted and in a crap mood. Christian tries to talk to Victoria. She is sulky and ignores him. Nancy gets help from Sergio. She is the only person who likes him at this point. Victoria has finally made a dress. Karlie comes out wearing a look that exemplifies what the designers should have been attempting to do. Paloma Elsesser is the guest judge.She is a model who has been in every single important publication. Karlie welcomes Marquise back.
Sergio Guadarrama. Super C gives a thumbs up to Sergio. Les and I aren’t loving the fringe. I have fringe issues. I just know he’s going to be on the top and freaking talk about the “message” behind the look. At least it’s not a circle skirt.
Brittany Allen. This is a youthful take on a sheer look without reading junior. Les thinks the romper is great form but she can’t stand the color choice. Super C is a thumbs up.
Marquise Foster Les says: Great job Marquise! Another thumbs up from Super C. I like the skirt.
Geoffrey Mac. I like the contrast of the hard and the soft. Les and I both think this is editorial. Les says: It’s a dash for me at this point. Super C said thumbs down.
Chelsey Carter Les and Cuper C both think this looks like a sheer apron. That is not a compliment. I don’t think it’s that horrible, but it’s probably because I love Chelsey. It’s pretty bad.
Nancy Volpe-Beringer Nancy has redeemed herself. This is fabulous. Les thinks it is superb, but Super C is worried about the nipple exposure factor.
Victoria Cocieru. We all think this is terrible. Victoria KNOWS it is terrible. Tight, ill-fitting canary dress.
Delvin McCray I LOVE the bottom of Delvin’s look. I wish there was a little more coverage on the top. Les thinks he did a great job. Super C not into this one.
Tops And Bottoms
Les says: My top are Nancy, Delvin and Sergio. Delvin to win. Bottom are Victoria, Chelsey and Brittany. Chelsey to go as much as I hate to say it. As much as I hate to say it, I pick Sergio (blech) Fancy Nancy and Brittany for the top. Chelsey and Victoria for the bottom. Victoria to go.
Brittany and Delvin are safe?? WTF? I’m so confused.
Nina wants to know why Chelsey went with a nude slip instead of using the blue color to match the bra. Brandon wants to know why she considers her bra a bra. He was waiting for a nip slip. Elaine thinks the fabric choice was wrong. It didn’t move well. Paloma thinks she missed the point of nuances of celebrating a woman’s body.
Geoffrey is on the bottom? Those boobs are bouncing around just as much as Marquise’s model! Karlie hated the sheerness of the top. Brandon thinks he did so much of a waist and shoulder the rest got lost. Elaine wants to know who his clients are. She loves the fact that he designs for a confident strong woman.
Victoria explains she was going to quit she once again blames her language skills. Karlie tells her it is disheartening to hear she was going to quit. Brandon tells her that everyone on the panel has had a public failure. He tells her “This industry is not for babies”.
The difference between a good designer and a great designer is someone who will pick themselves up and fight for it. Nina doesn’t want to hear any more excuses from her. Paloma tells her to put her big girl panties on and make lemons out of lemonade with her lemon colored dress. Elaine praises the model’s body? Nina thinks there is something there? WHAT THE HELL IS HAPPENING?
Nina loves the drama of the shoulder on Nancy’s look and says it’s very editorial. She could see it on the pages of Elle Magazine. Paloma thinks it looks expensive and loves the zero waist element. Elaine is very impressed. She’s happy to see her model’s body after the oversized fiasco last week. She loves the old-world glamour with an edge aspect.
Brandon gives Marquise credit for coming back fighting. Paloma thinks the model looks beautiful and she loves what he did with the top. Am I taking crazy pills? Nina asks if he made his own t-shirt. When he says yes, she commends him on incorporating himself into the design.
Oh fuck. Here we go. Brandon tells Sergio his model looks perfect. He can’t believe he did this in one day. Nina thinks his construction is genius. Paloma thinks this dress could be worn by every model in the show.
And The Winner Is…
Victoria hated her criticism. She is acting like a spoiled brat. Oh my God if Kelsey goes home instead of Victoria I’m going to be PISSED. Sergio is the winner (and insufferable). Chelsey is OUT?? AND CHRISTIAN DOESN’T SAVE HER?? I FUCKING HATE THIS EPISODE!!!
Next week Sebastian is back. I hope to have recovered from my rage. I understand that this isn’t Project Nice Person but if Sergio or Victoria win this? Ugh. At least next week we get to see Sebastian Gray! What did you guys think about this episode????