Hello Project Runway Recap peeps! We are supposed to be down to six designers, but Christian used his Siriano Save to keep Brittany from going home. Was It worth it? We shall see…. I’m flying solo (well I’m with Lucky Lucy the dog) as is Les over at her place. Super C had schoolwork to do. I know that it is inconceivable that this is not more important, but these young people have their priorities all wrong! Oh and can Alan come back for color commentary? Please?
Brittany needs to show everyone she deserves to be here. Marquise welcomes her to the “resurrection club”. Today we have a TIE-DYE challenge. Apparently the designers get “hippies” and “summer camp” when tie-dye is mentioned. I got late eighties/early nineties dead shows when I was pretending to like them to make my future husband happy. And the smell of patchouli. Blech.
Nina comes out wearing a Prada tie dye shirt dress. She can rock it because she’s Nina. And it’s Prada. I personally put tie-dye with acid wash in the realm of things I never need to see again, but that’s me. They have to create their own tie-dye. Two tie-dye experts (who knew?) are helping them. The designers get to work day into ALL night for this challenge. They are having a “sleepover”. I guess the camp analogy works. Les says we will be seeing some cray cray. I agree.
Model cards are dispersed and the designers head to the workroom to learn tie dye techniques. Geoffrey is not happy. He’s worried. When is he not? Delvin is overwhelmed by all the information. Brittany is taking notes. Victoria is surprisingly okay with this so far. There are lots of fabrics to choose from. Sergio is choosing silk because cotton can be dull. He never wants to be considered a “dull and dated” designer. I snort my tea on that one.
Who is In the Mood To Dye?
Geoffrey isn’t going to “over design” as this is essentially a print challenge. It looks like he’s doing a maxi dress. I’m getting Anya vibes. Marquise is doing a “girly girl” look. Nancy decides not to practice dyeing her fabrics and drape her fabric instead. Victoria’s look? I’m getting commedia dell’arte. Delvin is going simple and letting the print do the talking. It is a phoenix reference of some sort. When Victoria tells him to make sure it looks different from what he has been doing I snort my tea AGAIN. She says she is changing it up this challenge. We shall see.
Is Victoria wearing jean bikini bottoms? At Mood they have $175 to spend on supplemental fabrics. Christian is trying to guide Geoffrey before Geoffrey has a nervous breakdown. He tracks down Brittany and she shows him her prairie dress sketch. He tells her it needs to be sewn perfectly.
Old Habits Dye Hard
Back in the workroom Nancy is doing pants and hasn’t started her tie dye? Nancy is fucked. Sergio thinks the judges are afraid of him. Tea snort. Christian comes in and Brittany gives him a tie-dye shirt as a thank you for saving her. Nancy is doing a specific technique where you use ice? She was teaching refugee women how to do this in Philadelphia. That’s lovely Nancy, but Christian is FREAKING out she hasn’t dyed ONE THING. She says she wants to fit first then dye. He tells her to “get to dyeing”. Hopefully she listens. I have a bad feeling about this.
Christian is not getting fresh and exciting from Marquise’s pattern. Christian guides Geoffrey get back to his military vibe. Embrace the fabric as a “new camouflage”. He tells Brittany her to keep her shape modern. And that she owes him a heck. Snort.
Christian is hoping the juxtaposition of the two patterns Sergio has created will work together. Victoria is creating some bleached was denim and Christain is getting Brittany and Justin on the red carpet circa 2002. Christain tells Delvin to play around with his look a little bit so he doesn’t do something similar to his older looks.
Moldovian Melt Down
The models come in and everyone is not really ready. Delvin’s dye didn’t set. It is announced Lesley Jones is the judge. Love her. OMG! the designers all have sleeper onesies. Only Marquise, Brittany and Delvin are rocking them. Delvin asks Brittany for some silk so he can start over. Nancy’s actually came out SUPER cool. Victoria’s now asking for extra silk. Her dye didn’t set either. Les texts: Moldovan Meltdown. Geoffrey’s is DARK. He panics and Nancy rescues him. She tells him it will dry lighter and it does. It looks cool.
The designers are getting slap happy. At least everyone is laughing instead of crying. It’s nice to see them like this. Especially after the snark fest that happened last week. Victoria and Delvin redeem themselves in the fabric department with a new dye. Les texts that Nancy is worrying her.
Runway Day: It’s Do or Dye!
Victoria has gone outside of her lane and steered herself into a Hot Topic circa 2003. This pretty much sums up what I have thought of Victoria’s taste level all along. Seriously, what is this? Christian comes in to tell the designers it’s a flash sale challenge.
He tells Marquise he’s made an ice skater costume. Marquise doesn’t see it. I see it. Not only is it an ice skating outfit, it’s a JUNIOR ice skating outfit. Nancy bites Christian’s head off when he tells her she has made the same pair of pants and has no top. She doesn’t see it. Les and I see it. And the judges will as well.
Sergio has no message so the judges “will have no excuse not to love this look”. Yup, that’s why they have hated stuff in the past Sergio. The politics. He tells Delvin to make his a-line dress less boring. Nancy thinks her Dad’s sarcasm prepared her for dealing with Christian. She still has no top. She listened to her gut. Again. She should have listened to Christain. Again. She is draping and pinning fabric around her models torso so the model doesn’t go down the runway half naked.
Les picks Geoffrey and Sergio for the top with Geoffrey for the win. Delvin and Brittany to be safe and the rest in the bottom. She will be pissed if Nancy is sent home over Victoria. I pick Geoffrey and Sergio in the top with Geoffrey to win also. I pick Delvin, Marquise and Victoria for the bottom with Victoria to go.
I love Nancy Volpe Berrienger’s print. Hopefully judges don’t crucify her on construction or the fact that she made the same pants. Again. Getting Ibiza.
Nina thinks the tie- dye technique is impressive but wishes she had gone simpler on the top to make the look shine. Elaine thinks it is modern and elegant. She thinks Nancy reinvented her pants and it moved beautifully.The designers get closer. Uh oh. Leslie says once the headband came off the look went from basic to beautiful.
I think Sergio Guaddarrama’s fifties dress is beautifully made. It could work for an older or younger woman. Les loves this.
Leslie Jones says would have never thought it was tie-dye. She thought it looked like a beautiful fabric he picked at Mood. Elaine wants to understand his technique. I love that he explained Ombre to the former editor of a fashion magazine. She can see Meghan Makle or Michelle Obama in this dress. Sergio beams. Karlie thinks it’s a refreshing smart take on tie-dye. Brandon thinks it is chic. Nina likes the combination of the ombre and the tie-dye. She throws out the term godets to hopefully shut Sergio up before he explains what that means to her.
Geoffrey Mac for the win.
Leslie says if Geoffrey doesn’t win, he wins with her.Leslie Jones is demanding the model take off the dress and give it to her. She wants to die and come back as this dress and have the model wear her. Everyone is dying. This is effortless and fabulous. I want it. Nina loves the simplicity and the sleeves. Brandon says that so many women could wear that dress.
Victoria Cocoieru Supper hippie to the rescue! And a jean diaper. Les doesn’t even know where to begin. She says the model is wearing a valence as a shirt. Like a bad modern Gone with the Wind reference.
The Denim Diaper
Victoria tells the judges she doesn’t care for tie dye. She doesn’t care for anything. She always makes an excuses. Brandon whispers to Nina that Victoria has made a denim diaper. But to her face he says that he understands where she was going, she just didn’t get there but at least she took a risk. In Brandon’s first season he didn’t know his microphone was on when the designers were on stage. I think sometimes he just forgets. Nina says it is a mess even without the “flounce.”
Elaine thinks the model looks like she was holding a baby who puked on her. She thinks it is not Victoria. When Karlie tells her she thought she made Marquise’s look Victoria angrily exclaims that Marquise’s dress “isn’t her style.” In a moment which sums up everything I love about Leslie Jones she says “Marquise safe.”Brittany and Marquise lose it backstage. Nina tells her it is a mess. Brandon says it is a denim diaper. TASTE LEVEL. Brandon gets where she was going with pants, but it didn’t work. At least she took a risk?
Delvin McCray I just fell asleep. Les is also bored.
The judges had a lot to say about Delvin and none of it was good. Leslie Jones wanted to like it. She thought the tie dye was well done but she hated the colors. Leslie thought it made it look like a very cheap church dress. (OW!) Karlie said it was everything about tie dye that the didn’t want to see. She too hated the colors.
Poor, Delvin he really liked his tie dye colors. Brandon’s issue is the silhouette. Elaine gave the look the kiss of death when she says it looks dated. Production chimes in with a montage of all the times a judge has said that to him. OUCH! Nina says did have a grand idea.
In the end it was down to Geoffrey or Sergio. Geoffrey wins over the judges for the win. The judges decide to send Delvin home because the show is rigged of the brown buttons he used on his last minute closure. He over tailored the dress to fit and then had to do something to fix it.
Geoffrey Mac for the win. Leslie Jones is demanding the model take off the dress and give it to her. She wants to die and come back as this dress and have the model wear her. Everyone is dying. This is effortless and fabulous. I want it.
Leslie Jones said, “Those buttons made me go, Delvin! That belongs on a brown coat with a dog in it. You know the dog that Inspector Dog with the coat? That’s what where those buttons belong.” Elaine said he needed to turn up the drama and he didn’t. Nina said he was too safe and you’ve got to get to the edge where you’re scared.”
The judges said it boiled down to who they want to see a collection from. NOE IT DOES NOT! It is not the final five. It is who made the worst damn look! Delvin says he was eliminated because he was afraid to take a risk because he thought the judges might not like it. He regrets playing it safe. He says the garment is not a reflection of him or his design skills.
Note from TT: Apparently, CJ and the lovely Les had nothing to say about Delvin so that part of the recap was mine and I am NOT happy about the outcome.
Also once again we got no runway photos. I found a video on youtube where I was able to grab photos for this episode.