It’s time for another Project Runway Recap. It’s been a long day for me. I went down the Court TV rabbit hole for a bit and then read lots about the Jussie Smollett retrial. So whatever functioning parts of my brain that are left are sort of mentally exhausted. Also, I’m kind of irritated that someone sent me an email that had a sentence in there that started with “I’m not going to spoil you on Project Runway but…ACK DELETE DELETE DELETE! Did not read any further. I am not going to spoil you but means, delete immediately do not read any further. It’s kind of like, “I hope what I am about to say doesn’t offend anyone..” DELETE DELETE DELETE! Okay let’s do this.
To be honest I hate the Avant Garde challenge, and fake fur, and PETA. And I’m mentally exhausted and easily agitated. And Banjo has to go out every five minutes tonight. UGH. Okay, let’s do this.
The Avant Garde Challenge
All whining aside, this is my favorite show, so I like to take my time with the recaps. Oh I am already happy to see Zayden Skipper, my ATL homeboy on the screen talking about going to SCAD, so that’s to the “not spoiler” I am hoping he wins. He needs to make top three after being on the bottom last week. He’s getting winners edit. Or perhaps I am reading too much into it. The designers meet with Christian who tells them their next challenge is using faux fur. Aaron seems to be the first to have used it. He recently made 16 monkey costumes for The Wizard of OZ. You go, my Mississippi Queen! Prajje hates fur. lol. I love him too. I’m totally shocked Bones has never made an Avant Garde look before Or at least he thinks he hasn’t. I think many of he previous looks were Avant Garde. Or maybe just bad. It’s a fine line.
OH FUCK NOE! They have to work in teams of two??? FOR THE AVANT GARDE CHALLENGE? This is blasphemy. Since Kristina won last week, she gets to pick her partner. She choose Shantall. The rest are randomly assigned via a button bag draw. Of course Aaron gets stuck with fucking Bones. He could have won this challenge. Damn the fates. Anna and Octavio are a force to be reckoned with. Christian Siriano apparently cannot pronounce Octavio. Zayden is matched with Coral. Do I like Coral? I don’t remember much about her. Chasity and Prajje could also knock it out of the park. Aaron is fucked. They drew a random pick for models. Since Christina won, she gets first choice of fur. They choose leopard and coyote.
Let’s Get To Mood, People
It seems like Kristina is sort of regretting choosing Shantall. Shantall wants to do the coat and Kristina agrees to do the dress underneath. Whatever, you are safe Kristina and just got 99 advantages. Oh Aaron. You and Bones are creating a Fred Flintstone wedding dress? NOE! He seems to know it is a bad idea. Zayden and Coral seem to work well together with their pink and cranberry fur designs. So it is off to Mood. They have 30 minutes to shop and a budget of $500 per team. Oh my. Prajje is buying a lot of paints that he plans to put on the fur. Yikes. I guess it could work. Chasity is worried that they didn’t buy any supplemental fabrics because Prajje bought a shit ton of paint and and she got some zippers. Yikes.
OMG! I just remembered as they were getting on the van to head back there is going to be a terrible accident! 🙁 I really don’t want to watch, I already have enough material for my nightmares/anxiety dreams. Some were napping when it happened because they were all exhausted. Their van took a corner and got to close to some scaffolding that busted out one of the windows sending glass flying all over Anna. NOT ANNA! It looks like the ambulance takes Anna to the hospital to get all of the glass taken out of her. I’m so sad! Christian comes in and tells the remaining designers to take the rest of the day off. That was wise. It will push back production a bit, but it is necessary. Anna is already headed back to the house. WAIT WHAT? Not production is making it a one day challenge? Is the schedule really that tight?
The Next Day
We get to see the designers in their own group therapy circle when Anna comes homes. Octavio is the first to hug her. Anna says she is very lucky and she is fine. Just a few tiny cuts and bruising. But she is very shaken. The next day, Bones is not very supportive of Aaron. He feels like a seamstress, not a codesigner. Just do what you are told Bones, and be happy you won’t be on the bottom this week. I’m not going to recap a lot of the sewing room details. I’m getting sleepy. Plus, I want to actually look at the TV instead of the laptop. Anna’s “skirt” looks like a giant overfilled black Hefty bag. Oh Prajje! He has covered is fur skirt with so much paint you can’t even tell it was fur. I don’t hate it, but it’s sort of a departure from the challenge. Chasity is concerned. I am too, but I could see it working sort of. I mean, it’s avant garde! Just say is an anti fur statement or something. PETA spray paints people in fur all the time.
Christian comes in to give advice. And he does! YAY! He tells Zayden and Coral that they look really isn’t Avant Garde enough. They need to put a mask over the models face, or place a cage around their look or something more unexpected. The cage idea really resonates with Zayden. Christian is not a fan of Anna’s hefty bag or Octavio’s puffy sleeves. And that is literally all they have. Sleeves and a fugly skirt. What is happening to this dream team? Christian says it’s more like a monster costume. OUCH. Anna trashes the hefty bag in favor of a leopard corset dress. Christian basically hates Kristina and Shantall’s look and points out to Kristina that while she has immunity, it’s Shantall’s butt on the line for this monstrosity.
Some Of The Best Designers Appear To Be In The Bottom!
Prajje’s skirt is gorgeous but it isn’t really cohesive with Chasity’s fur top. So he suggest incorporating the pink fur into the skirt somehow. Kristina has refused to listen to Christian at all. Shantall knows her ass is on the line for this look and there is nothing she can do about it. Kristina reminds us that she went to a very prestigious design school and was taught to trust her instincts. Did she miss the class about LISTENING TO CHRISTIAN FUCKING SIRIANO when you are a in a competition show that he won? My boy Aaron is still making a monkey costume for The Wizard of Oz and needs to listen to Bones, who actually listened to Christian for a change! If Bones goes home over Aaron, I’ll be pissed and I love Aaron and Bones is not my favorite. OMG! Aaron stormed out leaving Bones with 15 minutes until runway! Wow!
Later at the designer’s townhouse, everyone is exhausted. They are trying to blow off some steam and have some wine. And Fucking Aaron ruins the whole thing by trashing Bones. I began this episode feeling sorry for Aaron being stuck with Bones. But, after all the utter disrespect he has shown Bones while making his monkey costume that failed, I’m team Bones on this one all the way baby. Aaron trashes all of Bones looks. I’ve done that most weeks. But, he starts belittling Bones in a way I would never do. I have a commenting rule that reminds people that these people actually read this site, and ask for respect in the comments regarding person attacks on looks. Aaron would be in the WLS for being a giant asshole.
One of the girls, Anna? Is pissed that Bones said fucking in regard to something after Aaron calls him a bitch a million times. Bones RIGHTLY for once plays the race card well pointing out no one said a word about him being called a bitch. I see ALL THE MISSISSIPPI in Aaron when he storms off mutter about white privilege. I need him off the show IMMEDIATELY. I’ve been ready for Bones to go home all season but if he goes home this week, I’m out. Aaron and his monkey suit needs to go and never show his fucking face again. Right is right. This is why I hate assigned partner challenges.
The Morning After
I am so hyped up. This recap is taking for fucking ever. As if it isn’t sad enough already, I have to see my my homebody Zayden facetiming his mama. He’s feeling unworthy. They are both crying. He doesn’t feel seen. More editing for a Zayden win. I am still agitated by the “spoiler not spoiler” email. Then, fucking Aaron has the nerve to ask Bones for a hair dryer? Apparently, he wants to use it to peel the fur off of his failed headdress. Once again, Aaron acts like Bones is his assistant. He needs to figure his own shit out after multiple abusive meltdowns against Bones. If Bones would have punched this asshole in the face until he went to the hospital, I’d be fine with it. That’s how pissed I am at the moment.
Back in the sewing room, I am loving Prajje and Chasity’s look. They work well together. Then we get to Bones and Aaron. I have all the respect in the world for Bones at this point. He is working with Aaron and telling him that if he is ever feeling some type of way, all he has to do is talk to him in a respectful manner. Aaron apologizes. Bones is so… I mean, I just can’t with this. He explains that white people get to react first and apologize later and he doesn’t. I’m not crying you are. I could never have dealt with this situation with the grace that Bones has displayed. I have so much respect for him.
Please, Lord, let’s just get me to Billy Porter. I need me some Billy Porter more than usual tonight. Amen. Oh my! Brandon is not there, he is at his brother’s wedding. So, Esteban Cortazar. Billy Porter is here finally. He is the king of Avant Garde. The first look is Chasity and Prajje’s look. I’m not even going to guess this week because I am so agitated by whatever spoilage I received. But Mimi is rocking this look and she will likely be in the top. OMG! Mimi WORKED THAT DRESS! Mimi just won this episode for Chasity and Prajje. Zayden and Coral’s model DD is also incredible. There look is sort of in the middle for me though.
Kristina and Shantall’s look is … um gigantic? But it’s good. I guess. It seems like a lot of work and maybe something Billy would like? I’m not a huge fan though. The whole “fur coat” thing might work against them. Anna and Octavio’s look will be in the bottom. I would never have predicted this. It’s just what is happening on my TV right now. It’s bad. Aaron and Bones piece, will be safe. Thanks to Bones fixing the headdress. So, there were only five looks. Since there are only five looks, there will be three top teams and two on the bottom
Tops And Bottoms
I’m emotionally exhausted before we ever start. I don’t think I’ve cried so much during a recap EVER. Kristina and Shantall are the first to be in the bottom. Obviously. No shocker there. That means Shantall will go home if they are in the final bottom. Because Kristina has immunity. But, Kristina drove the show and this would be unfair to Shantall. But, life is unfair. Kristina TOTALLY throws Shantall under the bus. Shantell did the coat and Kristina did the quilted pink dress. The judges are not a fan of Kristina’s quilting. Ha! Billy likes the coat but not the dress as well.
Just as I suspected from the fucking “not spoiler” Zayden is in the top. I think they will win. Billy Porter says he would wear it tomorrow. The judges raved. I just wish I had not known in advance. Oh Fuck, Aaron and Bones are in the top. If Aaron wins for this after Bones saved his dumbass, I will be pissed. Billy Porter said this was one of his highest scores of the night. Some of the judges think it was over accessorized. I am on the struggle bus and very quick to get angry and it this wins, I will be pissed as hell. Octavio and Anna are in the bottom. I get why, but their pairing I thought was a sure win. This is why I hate paired challenges. One of them is likely going home. Prajje and Chasity are on the top. I think they will win. Billy Porter says he can’t strut in that outfit. Mimi literally proves she can strut in it and Billy Porter takes it back. lol. You WERK IT, Mimi!
The Judges Deliberate
I’m down with anything Billy Porter decides. I think Shantell is going home. That sucks. They really want to send Kristina home but she has immunity. That leaves Octavio and Anna though. Two of the strongest designers on the show. On the other hand, “One day you are in and the next day you are out.” Chasity and Prajje won! Well, Chasity was the winner and has immunity next week. I so wanted a Zayden win. But, I did like the look from them, I just wanted a Zayden win. Homeboy doesn’t know how good he really is.
The judges tell Kristina that she is lucky she had immunity because she could have gone home this week. Since Kristina gets a free pass to exit stage right it is down to Shantell, Octavio and Anna. This is ridiculously too soon for whoever goes home. I’d go with Shantall overall, but she is great. And I am kind of over Octavio at this point. He believes he is better than he is. Shantll kind of got the shaft though. But she took it well. I have a lot of respect for Shantall. OMG! CHRISTIAN PLAYED HIS SAVE ON SHANTELL! YES! I LOVE THIS MAN! It’s not fair for someone to go home on a team challenge when their partner was calling all the shots. Thanks, Christian. But, at least let her give you a hug!
Next Week: Cyndi Lauper is a judge!