Y’all I am so excited and so ready for this Project Runway Recap! Elaine Welteroth was on Kelly Clarkston today and showed as much enthusiasm and said that this is the best group ever. And that after being in quarantine forever made them primed to get back to their craft. If you are new to the site, and my Project Runway recaps, they work a bit differently. I do not publish until the final designs are posted on the NBCU media site. This is because you need to see the fashions. It’s kind of the point. So bear with me. I won’t be posting until I get all the photos together.
Sadly, I must reiterate the COMMENTING RULES. Specifically, we do not bash people’s looks or body shame or use insulting nicknames for people on this site. Last season some people decided it was appropriate to blame plus sized models for their favorite designers loss. In 2021 designers are expected to and are completely capable of designing clothes for all women. Furthermore, this is not a housewives recap. A higher level of decorum is expected. We are talking about clothes, people. You can love or hate the clothes. But there will be no body shaming. I can’t believe I have to say this, but after last season, and all the commenters I kicked off the site I want you to be forewarned. Be nice, have fun, enjoy the fashion.
The First Challenge!!!
I am excited and kind of nervous for this recap! Here we go! (I know I say that a lot.) I’m just so happy to watch this! I missed this so much. The first challenge is all about color. There will be two teams who must make a cohesive collection using one mono chromatic color. That seems repetitive, sorry. And I have sort of seen a few photos that now have me confused. They divide the teams between warm colors and cool colors. Now that makes sense. They each pick a color for their fashion. HOWEVER, the warm team works during the day and the cool team works in the evening. Well, that is a new twist already.
I love all of these people already. The warm team seems to be butting heads. The cool team has Meg who is plus sized and I loved her the minute I saw her publicity photos last night. Caycee volunteers to take the other plus sized model. It annoys me that this is even a thing. Zayden is the ONLY male on the cool team, bless his heart. So despite his clear annoyance with the flower concept for continuity, he is smart enough to keep his mouth shut. FOR NOW. lol. I love Zayden already.
Let’s Go To Mood!
I’m not going to lie this is happiest I have been in months if not longer. We are going to Mood! I want to see Swatch! Um part of my brain is telling me he died. Hopefully I am misremembering. The warm team shops first. They lack the cohesive planning that the cool team did and Christian wastes no time in pointing that out. Bones is pissed because people are already cutting fabric and in line when they were supposed to meet up before that to find their cohesion. Sweetie. The cohesion conversation needed to take place LONG before going to Mood. Y’all are fucked. In the workroom, they decide their theme is dinner and a show.
We learn more about the team members. Kenneth Barlis has dressed people for some major runways. Octavio Aguilar also has a big following. He has a signature red mustache. He does avant garde streetwear. Shantall Lacayo was a finalist on Project Runway Latino America when she was 27. Bones has worked with Beyoncé and on Broadway. He’s a dancer. Christian is once again unimpressed with this team. If you watch the show, you know that whether it is your own collection or a group collection, the collection MUST BE COHESIVE! Bones tries to over explain himself to Christian. No baby, NOE! Listen to what he is saying. Bones is selected to do the speaking for the team.
The Cool Team Heads To Mood
There is a bit of confusion on this team since they decided to all focus on a flower theme for cohesion. But, one of them suggested a bow and that really made no sense since the decision was already made. So the warm team arrives for their work time and Meg immediately wants to see the warm teams designs. Did I mention I love her? I hope this show is 90 minutes but I suspect it is just Andy fucking Cohen disrupting my DVR again. Apparently, the cohesiveness is adding a bow. Oh, Lord. Anyway Chasity is a stand out in this group she makes wedding dresses and ball gowns and they are STUNNING. She is definitely one to watch out for! Again, Christian is unimpressed.
Y’all I feel like I need to hunt down CJ Bomb. She is so much better at this than I am. The Cool Team meets to discuss cohesion again. That is a good start. But they have already worked on their looks for a day. What’s that saying? It too late to turn back now. I love, love, love that Sabrina is an Afghani refugee. I am quite sure her birth name is not Sabrina. It’s sad to me that she doesn’t use her real name. She has a strong need to fit in. I want her to celebrate her real self and not try to be some “American designer.” She’s amazing. One of the girls on this team is already a bitch but I don’t know them well enough to tell you who it is.
The Warm Team
The Warm Team returns for day two. Their models arrive. Christian is there to advise them and the guy with the gold color’s look is NOT impressing Christian. He tells the designer that it looks cheap. It is truly hideous. Guys, I promise you am going to get CJ Bomb back ASAP if she is available. Her recaps take a bit longer but it is way worth it in the long run. I’m far from a fashionista. Bones says to Christian, as the models all line up. “I love everything in this room.” Oh baby, I love you but you need to learn to shut your mouth and listen to Christian Fucking Siriano. He is there to HELP YOU. OMG! Then he tells the group not to listen to “outside opinions.” Christian FUCKING SIRIANO asks, “Do you mean mine?” AND HE SAY YES!
I’m Dead. I’m literally DEAD ON THE FLOOR.
This is like if you were on a singing show and Barbara Streisand came in to coach you and you were all like, no thanks, I’m good. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS GUY? Christian says, fine if you don’t want feedback, I’ll leave. And he does. Rightly so. Everyone is furious with Bones. And they SHOULD BE. I am angry and I have no skin in this game!
Christian Siriano Visits The Cool Team
Let’s hope the cool team is a bit more chill and receptive to feedback. And they are but Christian is worried that there are tons of unfinished pieces. Also they are not really cohesive at all. Episode one is turning into a shit show. He urges them to make it more of a cohesive collection. At least they listened. I also stopped mid recap to beg CJ Bomb an Les to come back. This recap is above my paygrade. 🙁 It’s been a long hard Covid so we have not talked. Meg doesn’t want a bow on her design. Le sigh. Not even a tiny one, Meg?
I am not buying Elaine Wentworth’s hype anymore. I haven’t seen anything on any team that rises to the bar of that Century 21 store where Sonja Morgan repurposed Target over stock.
Before The Runway
Five hours before the runway Bones tells his team he is not the leader of the team. WTF? You summarily dismissed CHRISTIAN FUCKING SIRANAO from your presence! WTF IS THIS NOW? With four hours before runway, everyone is together and Christian once again comes in to advise as a whole group. Bones tells Christian that he wasn’t coming at him. /eyeroll Christian shoots him a “Bitch PLEASE” look. Never in the history of Project Runway told CHRISTIAN FUCKING SIRIANO, “We don’t need your advice.”
I have the show paused and I am now going to see how he makes this even worse. Bones has a big head from working with Beyoncé. Allegedly. For five minutes. Bones is the biggest idiot EVER ON THIS SHOW. But there is not even an apology, he just said he was “looking out for his team.” You know the one he doesn’t want to lead. Everyone stresses. I wish I could be more specific. But I have no idea who most of these people are. Oh praise Jesus we actually get a 90 minute show. I hope Bones goes home.
The warm team leads off with Darren and a stunning gold dress. Wait what? Darren says he didn’t make his own dress? How did I miss that part? Apparently, when Bones, who is not the team leader, reviewed everyone’s fashions, went to measure the model and redid his dress? I that even allowed? Meanwhile, the looks all look amazing. I have to say Team Bones is looking amazing. On the other hand, he claims he made three looks for this runway. God I hate him so much now. Who in the history of life makes other people let him design their looks
The “cool team ” looks amazing there are no missteps on either team so far. Oh Meg. I HATE your look. Although, I appreciate you taking the plus sized model, you did her no favors at all. I would send you home. It’s matronly and not something I would wear on a bet. Caycee’s plus sized model looks slightly better but is is clear these people have NO CLUE when it comes to plus sized models. Anna’s look is AMAZING. She should have won but she was on the cool team. She is a brilliant designer.
The Judges Response
I really hope Christian walks out and says that the “warm team” refused his advice. Instead, the warm team won. Then, Brandon Maxwell asks if they had a leader (production) and suddenly Bones raises his hand. God I hate him and I liked him coming in. He’s a fair weather friend who would never have raised his hand if they lost. Then they annouce the three. First is Octavio (with the red mustache). Then Bone’s model is brought out. They loved it. GAG. Apparently, she is a plus sized model. She is MAYBE a size 8. Darren, the sort of quiet Asian guy is the third person in the top and dick head Bones looks visibly nervous. I won’t say angry, but he’s angry. As fuck. And what we do not need on this season is an angry black man and we are going to get one. I expect him to act a fool.
Darren says his entire look was made in the last 30 minutes. And mostly by Bones. Oh fuck. What is happening here? Team Cool comes out and the bottom three are Sabrina, Caycee and Chasity. Sabrina cries and says she hopes she can come back and better express herself. I love Sabrina and support her for being an Afghani refugee in America and hope she goes far. The last designer is Caycee. And she gave her plus sized model a bulky coat. She needs to go for that alone. Chasity gets slammed for her bow. But I don’t hate her dress.
And The Winner Is ..,
Bones it seems. What is wrong with these people? I guess they do not know what a dick he is. Darren admits that Bones made his dress. Bones wins with his actual dress. And I am pissed. And he has immunity next week. Sabrina, Caycee and Chasity are the bottom three. Caycee is out. We didn’t even get to know her. Christian tells the remaining contestants that when he is buzzing around bugging them it is to save them from elimination. Something that Bones is apparently trying to clock block. I hate Bones and his stupid head diapers. I didn’t like his winning look at all. The one he supposedly made in 30 minutes was much better. I liked Octavio’s look. But I am not seeing “best group ever” work so far. Nothing was a real stand out. I was disappointed in the looks over all. What did you think?