Extravagant eveningwear can be gorgeous all on its own, but it’s even better with diamonds! This week the designers were given the task of designing a standout look around the Chopard jewelry of their choosing — but not everyone can stay in the game!
It is hard to truly stand out on the red carpet and to show off a look that people have never seen before. What better way to draw people in than by adding a little bit of million dollar sparkle? Caroline Scheufele, the Artistic Director and Co-President of Chopard, greeted the designers and explained to them just how exquisite the jewelry line is, while also informing them that she will be the guest judge this week. After each of the designers picked the piece they wanted to work with, they were quickly back to the workroom to sketch out their designs.
‘Project Runway’ Recap, Season 13 Episode 7:
When the designers returned to the workroom they were greeted by a very emotional Tim Gunn. Tim explained to the designers that something was, “Weighing very heavy on my heart.” While the designers looked at eachother confused, Tim brought back Char who was eliminated last week. Tim believes that she still has what it takes to win this competition, and Char turns emotional upon hearing the news of her second chance. While the designers are happy to see Char back in the workroom, they have difficulty letting go of the fact that “The Tim Gunn Save” has now been used. There are no more second chances.
In order to give the designers some extra inspiration, Tim takes them to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where the Charles James exhibit is on display. Charles James was a famous designer who was known for pushing the boundaries when it came to formalwear. Some of the designers borrowed a few ideas from the famous designer, while others decided to stick to their original plan.
Negative Reviews In The Workroom:
Once the designers had their sketches, they were then sent to the garment shop where they were given a $250 budget and 30 minutes to collect their fabric. While many designers had their own creative ideas, Sean and Samantha seemed to be on the same page. Both of them picked the color blue and the same fabric — so much for standing out on the runway.
Back in the workroom, the designers begin to put the pieces of their work together. Korina decides to chose upholstery fabric for her design, which shows nothing but red flags for Tim. He fears that the pattern of the fabric is going to be a distraction from the jewelry, which makes Korina worry that maybe she went too outside the box for this project.
Sean won last week’s competition, which means that no matter what the reviews are this week he has immunity. Tim give him praise for his simple, blue silhouette design. Tim continues to tell Sean that the flare off the back of the dress gives the whole look a “wow moment.”
As for Samantha, even though she used the same color and same fabric as Sean, she does not receive the same accolades from Tim. According to Tim, her dress has everything but that so-called “wow factor.” Sam continues to work on her dress in hopes that the judges will think differently.
Big Praise On The Runway:
When it came time for the designers to show off their final design on the runway, the judges were pleased with the looks that they created. It was obvious by their reactions which ones were going to make it through, and which designers were about to make their way out!
Even with Tim’s negative review in the workroom, Korina ended up winning this challenge with her floor-length upholstery coat design. She received extra praise for the floor-length black dress that was underneath the coat. The piece of jewelry that she worked with was a long, statement black diamond necklace — and when the whole look came together, judge Zac Posen summed up her entire design as simply, “Delicious!”
Korina may have nailed her look, but there were two designers that completely missed the purpose of this challenge all together. Alexander created a grey dress that judge Nina Garcia summed up as, “Looking like Princess Grace got stuck in the spin cycle of the washing machine.” As for Samantha, her look was told to be too safe, thus putting Samantha and Alexander in the bottom two.
While the judges seemed to have more problems with Alexander’s design than Samantha’s, it was Samantha who was sent to clean out her space in the workroom and leave the competition. With this being the second week that Alexander escaped elimination in the bottom two, this definitely served as a wakeup call to the designer.
What do you think? Did the right designer go home or did the judges make a big mistake?
— Lauren Carr