Project Runway: Episode 7 Recap
Meltdowns seem to be the theme of this 10th season of Project Runway. No one can seem to keep themselves together, and next week’s episode seems to show more.
But, in this week’s episode entitled “Oh My Lord & Taylor,” the designers had to design a dress that would compliment Lord & Taylor’s Project Runway capsule collection. The collection was to celebrate the show’s 10th season, and would feature 10 dresses, one designed by a designer from each season. Whoever won this week’s challenge would have their dress be the representative for the 10th season.
Most of the male designer’s seemed to know immediately what they wanted to do. Ven went for his good ol’ standby of his flower/fanning technique, Christopher decided to be a little bit different and design a evening dress instead of cocktail one (since there were only 2 evening dresses in the collection), while Gunnar went with designing a dress that seemed perfect for the Lord & Taylor market.
The girl’s seemed to struggle. Sonjia had a complete meltdown right before the runway because she couldn’t get her dress to go over her model. And she was super upset over the possibility of being in the bottom again. Her meltdown was so notable that Tim Gunn had to give her some kind words of advice to calm her down. Elena was freaking out too (as always) because she believes she doesn’t do marketable clothes, but rather high fashion clothes.
This week’s runway was one of my least favorites. I thought the judges choices for the top, safe, and bottom were all over the place. And on hand as guest judge was CEO of Lord & Taylor Bonnie Brooks.
Safe this week were Dmitry’s beautiful silver-esque gown (which should have been in the top!), Sonjia’s peplum 80’s dress, and Ven’s well fitted but boring dress.
In the bottom 2 this week was Gunnar and Alicia. Gunnar’s lace dress (which should’ve been deemed safe) was mostly liked by the judges, but everyone noted that it was something Lord & Taylor already sold and that is why it was in the bottom 2. Alicia’s Chanel inspired look fell super flat with the judges. Nina thought the dropwaist was dowdy, and Bonnie didn’t like that the dress seemed to be caught between an office dress and a cocktail one. In the end, no one was eliminated. The judges felt everyone completed the challenge adequately enough.
In the top 4 this week were Christopher’s evening gown, Elena’s garbage bag dress (which should have either been safe or in the bottom), Fabio’s safe little black dress, and Melissa’s interesting strapless dress. The judge’s loved Christopher’s evening gown, with Nina noting that it was elegant and sophisticated. Elena’s dress was praised for it’s girly silhouette by Heidi, while Fabio’s dress was deemed versatile by almost all the judges. Melissa’s dress was perhaps the most interesting, since it was strapless but had a weird structure up top. Regardless, Michael loved the neckline and its dark glamour. In the end, Christopher was named the winner.
Overall, I was indifferent to the episode. I thought the challenge was a great one, however I thought the judging was completely off. Elena’s dress looked like a garbage bag and thus should not have been in the top, and the reasoning for Gunnar’s return to the bottom was silly.
Next week’s episode, the designers are put into groups of 3 and seem tasked with raising money to buy fabric. Also, it seems as if lots of meltdowns and drama matches will arise.
So, what’s your opinion on the show? Do you think the right designer was eliminated and the right designer won the challenge? Tweet us your thoughts @TheFashionFoot.
Written By: Joanelle Navarro