What an intense week! The closer we get to the finale, the more nerve-racking this show is!
The final five contestants got an awesome surprise on the Oct. 14 episode of Project Runway: A mini vaca in a huge presidential suite in NYC — complete with champagne and all! But the spoils didn’t last for long, as the competition is getting tougher!
Mayor Bloomberg was this week’s surprise guest, serving as the ambassador for the challenge. The task: Make a design inspired by NYC. Seems simple enough, right? Nope! With so many possible inspirations, from the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge to taxi cabs and a million skyscrapers, it’s impossible to pick just one to draw inspiration from and turn into a dress; now that’s a challenge!
Guide Tim Gunn isn’t holding anything back this late in the game, as he dropped remarks like “Be careful that it doesn’t go slutty and she doesn’t look like one of The Real Housewives of New Jersey” to remaining contestant Andy South. Now that one was a zinger!
In the end, the contestants showed off their designs on the runway. Here’s where the final five drew their inspirations:
Michael Costello: Statue of Liberty
Mondo Guerra: Brooklyn Bridge
Gretchen Jones: Lower East Side
Andy: Central Park
April Johnston: Brooklyn Bridge
The judges called upon Mondo first, and they were thrilled with his creation. But not all of the judges loved Andy’s creation: In the words of Michael Kors, the dress was more “warrior woman” than Central Park. Still, the judges overall agreed it was very well constructed. Then, Gretchen had to justify her confusing Lower East Side inspiration, prompting Nina Garcia to ask: “What happened?” and Gretchen to have a break down. “I’m sick of the challenges,” she cried. “The challenges are crazy!” April also prodced some water works when Michael related her piece to a “pregnant witch.” Now that’s harsh!
Michael Costello may not have gotten misty, but he was probably crying for joy behind his smile. Not one judge had a single negative comment about his dress — and the one that came out of their mouths were: “L-O-V-E it!”
Now, only four are left standing: Michael Costello, Mondo Guerra, Andy South and Gretchen Jones. April Johnston, 21, the youngest of the group didn’t make the cut and was sent home. We can’t wait to see what the last few will bring — and who will take home the big surprise. Until next week… make it work, BFFs!