Just when you think you know who the front-runners are in this competition, that’s when things really change! As the designers have to work together the pressure is on, with the thought of staying in the game slipping away for some — the steaks are high and the DRAMA is at a whole new level.
An early morning for the designers started with a Samsung tablet that held a video from the one and only Heidi Klum. Heidi explained to the designers, via video, that they were to meet Tim Gunn at the Brooklyn Navy Yard to learn what their challenge would be. Right away the designers began to speculate what they could be walking into while ultimately discussing just how close they all are to getting to Fashion Week.
‘Project Runway’ Recap – Season 13, Episode 11:
When the designers arrived at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, they were greeted by Tim, who was standing in front of five storage units. He explained to the designers that for this week’s challenge they were to work in teams of two to create two cohesive looks from the materials found in the storage unit. The teams were chosen by pulling names out of the button bag. They were to have two days to do this challenge and a budget of $500 to bid on the units. The teams were Amanda and Kini, Sean and Char and Emily and Korina.
With there being five storage units, more than one team ended up with more than one storage unit. The first unit up for bid was nothing but couches. Korina and Emily won the unit for just $25. The second unit they showed was filled with a ton of children’s toys and it was very limited with no real fabric. Amanda’s eye, however, was immediately drawn to a colorful psychedelic poster on the back wall and she felt that she had to have it. Her and Kini got the unit for $190. The third unit had nothing besides a table with a moving blanket and a dresser. Sean and Char bought it for $65. The fourth unit was full of fabric, textiles, and even a wedding dress. Korina and Emily scooped that up for $305. The last unit was full of leather and ultimately Sean and Char got it for $325. The designers were then given 30 minutes to retrieve whatever they wanted from the units.
Once they got their materials, the designers returned to the workroom with their findings and began to design their looks. Char decided to create a bomber jacket while Sean opted to create a trench coat. Amanda chose to design super high-waisted wide-leg pants from a table cloth while Kini continued to think outside the box by designing a soccer ball skirt. Korina decided to create a cape coat with a shirt and a skirt while Emily pulled inspiration from a couch to create vest.
Major Twists In The Workroom:
While the designers were quickly working to pull together their designs, Tim came into the workroom and announced that they were to create a third look with fabric they were to buy at Mood. Each team was given a budget of $100 and 30 minutes to shop. One designer went to shop while the other continued to work on the designs — this is when they all started to sweat a little bit. Can you blame them?
When it came time for Tim’s critiques, Amanda and Kini were told that they had waaaaaaay too much going on with their designs. When Tim saw Kini’s soccer ball skirt with a fur coat he said the model would “look like a teenage hooker.” He feared that the judges will tell them that they came from amateur hour and encouraged them to rework their entire look. They worked quickly and ended up making the soccer ball skirt into a dress and the high-waisted pants into one big floor-length skirt.
Korina and Emily felt extremely confident in their designs, while Char and Sean struggled a little with their looks. Korina deemed them boring and not wearable and she continued to talk about how Char is the weakest link in the competition, basically reiterating the same thing she says every week — we get it, Korina!
Serious Tension On The Runway:
After two days of twists and turns, it was finally time for the designers to show the judges their creations. This week’s guest judge was the one and only Christian Siriano!
Amanda and Kini were deemed the most creative group by the judges for their colorful and abstract designs. Kini received extra praise for his soccer ball dress that Zac Posen simply called, “sensational.” Seriously, were can we purchase that dress? It truly was amazing. Sean received praise for his long trench coat that he made out of a blue moving jacket in the storage unit, but got knocked down for his lampshade dress. The dress, a long black sheer dress with an actual lampshade at the bottom, made it practically impossible for the model to walk in. Char’s dress with a matching cropped jacket was called, “hoochie” by all the judges, which put Char on the chopping block automatically.
Tensions really began to rise when Emily was praised for her design as Korina was torn to shreds for her cape jacket with a vinyl shirt and red, western-looking skirt. Nina Garcia had the strongest opinions about this look saying that it was dated and that the cape jacket was downright awful. Ouch! She then told Korina that she continues to be unoriginal, saying that this is the fourth time she has seen her use a south-western theme for her designs. Korina immediately snapped back saying that she doesn’t hate her design and that she likes designing that style. (Insert Nina Garcia eye roll here).
Heidi asked Korina that if her and Emily were the losing team in question, who should go home? Korina snapped at Heidi and told her that if she were to go home for making a design that she loved and was proud of that she would feel awful. Then to make matters worse for her, she turned to Sean and Char and told the judges that everything in her and Emily’s collection was wearable, unlike the lampshade dress that the model couldn’t even walk in. Sean and Char simply laughed it off, but Korina’s bitch face was strong. She clearly meant every word.
When it all came down to it Amanda and Kini were the winning team, but Kini won overall for his soccer ball dress. Emily and Sean were also saved, leaving Korina and Char in the bottom two. It is a known fact that Korina can’t stand Char. While Char knows that, she doesn’t really care about what Korina thinks about her. You could feel the tension on the runway waiting for Heidi to say who would be going home…but it was not as simple as that.
Challenges Make Champions — And Make Some People Sore Losers:
Heidi told the two designers that in order to keep their spot in the competition they must create a design in one hour using only the materials in the workroom. They are able to use the help of their partner from this challenge to create a look of their choosing. While Char was grateful for basically getting a third chance, Korina continued to bitch about how ridiculous the whole thing was. “Our work was not equal enough for a tie breaker. The fact that I still have to compete is a little shocking!” Well, alright then Korina.
The clock was ticking in the workroom as both Sean and Emily helped to keep their competition escape elimination. Both designers opted to create a dress. While Char stayed cool, calm, and collected when rushing to create her look, Korina was the one who was loosing her cool. As she frantically sewed her dress together she complained to Emily, saying: “I’m such a better designer, I can’t believe I’m doing this. She’s already been eliminated for Christ sake!” The comments Korina was making made Emily not want to help her — and what made it worse was when Korina’s model started to complain about Char as well. Korina began turning into a ticking time bomb waiting to go off…
When the hour is up, Char’s dress is runway ready while Korina had to pin her model into the dress. Char was happy about her bright blue dress, while Korina absolutely hated her two-toned modern look — and it showed on the runway. Heidi called Korina out for looking sad and that is when the tears began to fall. Korina cried to the judges that she hated her design and then proceeded to tell Nina that she really only used the south western style for one challenge, not four. If only we could all know what Nina was thinking in that moment! Her face was priceless when Korina continued to defend her designs.
In the end Char ended up winning the challenge, sending Korina home — and she did not bow out gracefully. This loss was hard on Korina, especially since she just won last week’s challenge — but she was taking it out on the wrong people. When she returned to join the group she took her anger out on Char, telling her that she was already eliminated and that the whole thing was ridiculous. Char handled herself the best anyone could and told her, “Yeah but Tim brought me back and I’m still here.” Tim sent Korina to pack up her workroom and that was the end of that.
What do you think? Did Char get really lucky in this challenge and do you think Korina’s attitude toward the judges had something to do with her elimination? Was it really her time to go?
— Lauren Carr