BY CJ BOMB, With Help From The Lovely Les & Super C!
Y’ALL I AM SO SORRY FOR THE DELAY. NBCu STILL HAS NOT PUT UP THE RUNWAY PHOTOS. WHEN/IF THEY DO I WILL ADD THEM IN. I SENT A REQUEST THAT THEY GO BACK TO POSTING THEM AT MIDNIGHT PT. WE SHALL SEE IF THEY WILL.
Well Project Runway Recap peeps, this has been SUCH a fun evening. The weather is all over the place here in the Atl and as soon as I sit down to watch and recap, the power starts going off and on….and off….and on….etc….Les texts me CRAP (she lives down the road) and Super C is at a concert because she is young and cool. We will do this to the best of our abilities…because we love you guys.
Brittany thinks today there’s a curve ball coming. Delvin says they are going to have to sketch hanging off of the side of a building. Victoria feels better now even though she has no idea how she went off the rails so badly in the last challenge. Geoffrey, our resident psychologist, tells her it’s okay. Everyone goes through it. She promises she won’t pull that shit again.
At the studio Karlie and Christian come out looking like a British school boy and/or Angus Young. It’s tuxedo week people. Christian gives a brief history of the tuxedo. Christian shows his tuxedo Oscar gown design for Billy Porter as an example of what a modern tuxedo can be. Sergio smirks. Apparently he designed a look for Billy Porter as well. Further evidence in his mind he is on par with Christian. No.
Karlie references her cute school boy suit done by Thom Browne as another example of how to switch it up. They want the designers to do their own modern take on this classic look. I personally love this challenge. My mother has a Rena Lange tuxedo that I am waiting patiently for her to give me. (Hi Mom!). And Yves Saint Laurent’s take on a tuxedo one of my all time historical fashion moments. Les texts she wants a tuxedo jumpsuit. She would crush that look.
Guess Who Is Back?
Anyhoo, Christian points out that satin is what makes a tuxedo a tuxedo. It has to be incorporated somewhere on the garment. They have two days as a tuxedo ALSO needs to be impeccable tailored. This is definitely one where sewing skills count. Since it’s next to impossible to achieve that level of perfection in two days……the designers are getting help in the form of an eliminated contestant assistant.
The eliminated designers come out wearing….tuxedos! Alan in baby blue of course. God I missed Alan. He may not be the best designer, but he is pure comic relief. The eliminated designers get to choose who THEY want to work with? This is interesting… and I’m sure terrifying for the current contestants.
The Magic Pixie Design Elf, That’s Who!
Models are chosen sans drama. Brittany decides to choose a male model to show some range. Nancy wants to do a tuxedo corset. Sergio is going Celine Dion and designing a backwards tuxedo look. Victoria is doing a variation of what she always does but also backwards. Alan asks what she wants him to do and she tells him to just relax. He tells the camera she is definitely a solo designer and sometimes doesn’t even work well with herself. I missed our manic pixie design elf. Geoffrey wants to go classic in the details. He’s worried about going too loud. He’s going jumpsuit. Les is happy.
The designers have $600 and 30 minutes to shop. When everyone heads off Christian announces: Everyone is headed to suiting?? How BORING. He’s not wrong. Alan steers Victoria away from the “cheap crap”. Delvin has picked a powder blue and every bad tuxedo stereotype runs through my brain. Tyler is worried about this choice. Christian gives him a “Powder blue? Interesting.” That’s never a good sign. He asks Delvin if he noticed Alan’s powder blue tuxedo and then tells him, “I’m just saying, but you do you.” Don’t do you Delvin. Delvin changes to emerald green.
The Project Runway Pied Piper
Nancy wants to pick a beautiful print. Christian is excited someone is using a print. Marquise is making a men’s pleated blazer with a skirt over the pant. Geoffrey is sticking with classic black for his jumpsuit. Sergio asks Veronica if she heard about his border dress. When she asks if they can protest her elimination he laughs. Delvin is doing an asymmetrical look. He is talking about how good he. That is usually a prelude to disaster on this show. Victoria is doing an evening gown. It looks like everything else she’s done so far. Brittany is freaked out about her fabric choices and opting to do menswear.
Alan has become the Project Runway Pied Piper and drags everyone out for drinks before they go home. He demands Tyler teach him to play “cornhusk.” Super C s at a concert so Les sends a screenshot to her. She LOVES Alan. We all do Super C. Geoffrey tells Melanie it is hard to find the money and time to do a full collection. He’s 42 and has been doing this for over 20 years. If he doesn’t do well here he doesn’t know what he’s going to do. We want to hug him.
MMMMMMMM Sebastian Grey…
The next day SEBASTIAN GREY walks in with breakfast. He tells them about the CFDA helping him with his first collection. They are bringing in buyers which is HUGE. He tells them never to look around at what others are making. Also, the first idea they have is usually the right one. Geoffrey is revived by this. We LOVE Sebastian. His winning was definitely a sign that this show was back on track.
The helpers come in and everyone is motivated. Brittany decided after sleeping on it that she should be doing a print as she is a print designer. She is now making the lining fabric her primary fabric. This will either end up great or a total disaster. Alan is still doing nothing. Victoria tells him to make a garter belt and then has a hard time letting him do it.
Can We Just Outlaw Asymmetrical Looks?
Christian tells Geoffrey to take a way a few of his elements that are dating his jumpsuit. He listens to Christian and is now focused on streamlining the look. Sergio tells Christian his backwards tuxedo dress represents us going backwards in this country right now. Veronica is inwardly rolling her eyes. Christian tells him to use hints of black in the look rather than letting it dominate.
Nancy is refining her oversized look the judges hated into a refined tuxedo. With a print that looks like it came off a couch in Vegas circa 1977. He tells her to make sure it doesn’t read heavy. He also hopes the judges love a print. What that means is he hopes the judges love THIS print. Christian thinks Delvin’s asymmetrical tuxedo with one double lapel is young and cool, but Tyler is still worried about the fabric choice looking old.
Will Siriano Save The Day?
Brittany explains her change of heart to Christian. He says the fabric she originally chose was beautiful, but wasn’t tuxedo fabric. She doesn’t have enough fabric to do the bottom. So he tells her to use the satin. She doesn’t have to do a full pant. She could do a short. He tells her using the satin makes it evening. Hopefully, Siriano saves the day.
Delvin is annoyed that Nancy is using Tyler as a fit model. Make that simmering rage. Nancy is of course clueless to this. Marquise’s model. My lord. That’s a 12 pack. I’m having a hot flash. Shavi is having a hot flash.EVERYONE is having a hot flash. Victoria saying Nancy does the same thing over and over is laughable. Christian loves Nancy’s look without the sleeves. So she promptly rips them off.
Delvin, Victoria and Brittany are talking about Nancy’s look in the apartment. It is not nice. And she can hear them.In a moment where I like Sergio, he says something that makes total sense. They can’t see what she has to offer because they can’t get past her age. He says she has a distinct point of view which is what the judges are looking for. Sergio, you have earned a temporary hall pass from me. Les and I REALLY don’t like this side of the other three. I’m back to hating Delvin as he says “oops”, when he realizes Nancy heard everything.
Brittany’s shorts are BAD. When Shavi says Marquise’s model is looking more like a Chippendales stripper in his tight white shirt than a fashion model I lose it. Alan steps in to help Brittany since Victoria isn’t using him. Melanie shows Nancy how to load up a button hole machine and it breaks. Delvin freaks. He screams “SHE BROKE IT! and throws up his arms. Christian notes there was no button hole machine in his day and he did just fine. Geoffrey is quietly freaking out. Sergio is impressed with his own non-innovation. Brittany also notes it is a rip-off of the Celine Dion Oscar de la Renta dress.
Karlie walks out in a schoolgirl-esque suit that my husband says should be illegal. Heidi Klum is committing hari-kari somewhere right now. Thom Browne is the guest judge. Pretty much doesn’t get better than that in the menswear department.
Geoffrey Mac. I actually like Geoffrey’s jumpsuit. It is very him. I hate the bowtie. Too literal. Les says: so Geoffrey made a jumpsuit for a male figure….go figure.
Delvin McCray Les texts: Delvin sucks. I don’t know if she is talking about Delvin or the outfit or both. I think this looks like an Ann Taylor designer tried to step outside their comfort zone and get funky. They didn’t succeed. At least it’s not baby blue.
Victoria Cocieru This is a different version of the same thing she always does. Thijin basically makes the look, not the other way around.
Wild Prints And Disco Shorts Do Not A Tuxedo Make
Nancy Berringer Volpe. We both like this look but I am worried about the print.
Brittany Allen. Les types: Bye Brittany. Little house on the Prairie print with a satin disco short? Nope.
Sergio Guadarrama Les likes it a lot. Is it well made? Yes. Has it been done before in a VERY famous fashion moment? Yes. His Heart Will Go On. Now it’s in your heads. You are welcome.
Marquise Foster. This is COOL. Les types: Go Marquise! This is cool in a way that Delvin’s is decidedly not. Welcome back sir.
Everyone is getting a critique. This is also the last time someone is getting immunity.
The Judges Feedback
Nina loves Geoffrey’s look from the start! She notes how minimalist it is for him (Thank you CS) Thom said it hit everything and stayed true to the challenge. Geoffrey praises Melanie for her help. Nina says she would have gone with a skinnier bowtie. Me too Nina. Brandon thought the tailoring was beautiful and he has a lot to be proud of.
Nina wants to know why Delvin used double wool crepe. She’s not getting tuxedo. Brandon days the green suit with the patent leather black shoes? It’s a leprechaun in a corset. OUCH. He says all the crazy details took away from his tailoring which is Delvin’s strongest suit. Tyler mutters: so now I’ve been in the bottom four times. Sergio leans over to Nancy and says: KARMA. Thom tells him he didn’t really try to think outside of the box.
The judges all want to know who Victoria worked with. Brandon says he really misses Alan’s “shoe game” and Alan loses it backstage. Nina likes that this represents a powerful woman who is sexy and chic but embracing her femininity. Brandon likes the satin line down the back. Elaine loves a woman who knows how to design for a woman’s body. Thom says she’s not really moving the tuxedo “forward” but the look is beautiful.
The judges have hot flashes over Marquise’s model. Elaine cannot believe he did this in two days. Nina says the drama, power and odes to gender fluidity of this look is so “right on”. Brandon says this is a great example of what happens when you let your ideas fly and work with someone who can help “anchor, it, land it and execute it”. Thom says it looks amazing and masculine. He loves seeing male cleavage. He has to explain to everyone this means the ankle.
Make America “Great Again?”
Elaine says Brittany’s look hard to look at. She was shocked that this was her look. She says it looked like a “douchey Hamptons party” look. Brandon couldn’t believe it was her look either. Karlie wants to know what happens with the shorts. Thom says the proportions are off. Nina says it is hard to see her here because she has dazzled them before.
Mother of God. America was great in the fifties? Is Sergio really saying this to Latina woman, a black woman and two gay guys who are working icons in this industry? Women didn’t have to work? Elaine tells him his messaging is offensive and to stick to fashion. Things weren’t all that great for people of color. Nina brings up the Celine Dion John Galliano Oscar look. Which apparently shook Brandon to his core. Sergio claims he doesn’t know the look. He asks what year was it done. Nina’s expression could freeze time. Thom says it’s beautiful but not original.
The judges are amused by Fancy Nancy’s story. Brandon wishes he could get that excited about his process. Delvin smirks. Nina didn’t love the wobbly lapel and Thom thought it was safe. Elaine wants to know what attracted her to the fabric. She didn’t love the print and has seen the pant before. Victoria smirks. Elaine wants to see what else Nancy can do.
A Winner Is Crowned!
THANK YOU BABY JESUS MARQUISE WINS! He deserves it. That was amazing. Brittany couldn’t convince the judges to keep her. Will Christian save her??? HE SAVES HER! They show the judges endorsing this. She promises him she won’t let him down.
Next week…tie dye? But at least Leslie Jones will be a guest judge! Hopefully this sinks Moldova Barbie. We LOVED all the comments last week. Please keep them coming! Sorry so disjointed this week. I promise well will be back on track! Have a wonderful Weekend xoxo CJ and Les.