This week we found out which designers play well with others, (and which ones don’t!), as they teamed up for an exotic challenge — but who will be in and who will be out? Don’t read on unless you want to know who was sent home!
In episode three of Project Runway, the 14 designers meet Tim Gunn onboard Celebrity Cruises, where there’s 7 suitcases, each with an exotic location on it — 7 suitcases, 14 designers…that means it is time for teamwork! “We all know, the best people can go down in flames because of their team,” Amanda says — how’s that for a team player? All joking aside, the girl has a point — there’s nothing like working with others to stir up some drama, and that always seems to get in the way of the task — which is staying in the game.
Tim tells the designers they’ll be creating a look for their location that can go from day-to-night — something exotic that’s perfect for the location but just as chic for an evening onboard a Celebrity Cruise.
Here’s how the pairing goes down:
Amanda and Gabrielle – South of France
Ashley and Candice — Venice
Lindsey and Jake — Hong Kong
Laurie and Swapnil — India
Kelly and Blake — Greek Isles
Edmond and Hanmiao — Caribbean
Joseph and Marlene — St. Petersburg
Inside the suitcases, the designers have the fabric to inspire them for the challenge, and they dine upon the ship while they sketch. The designers only have eight hours for the challenge. Back in the workroom, it’s a mad dash to grab fabric from the mini Mood set-up. Communication is an issue very early on with many of the teams.
I feel bad for Edmond — Hanmiao is not the best at communicating, and he literally tries to get through to her, time and time again — even Tim Gunn can feel the frustration! One of the funniest parts of the season was definitely when Hanmiao hopped on top of the mannequin and refused Edmond’s help designing a swimsuit, even though she had virtually no idea what she was doing. Stubborn much?
Joseph is more concerned with bossing around Marlene, but what he really should be concerned with is the matronly feel of their lackluster look — even Tim tells them they better check it. Lindsey and Jake are also facing communication issues, and Jake’s behavior is so passive-aggressive it has me pulling out my hair — I can only imagine how Lindsey felt in this situation, as she was stuck designing virtually everything on her own with little input from her partner. Ugh.
The morning of the big show, the swimsuit Hanmiao created is a total MESS — so Edmond comes along and creates a chic style with literally no time — his hands have been touched by an angel, I swear. Instead of using this new look, Hanmiao literally hijacks the model, locks her in a closet and begins to sew her into her bathing suit — um, aren’t they supposed to be working together? This is totally self-sabotaging.
While many teams seem to be at each other’s throats, Amanda and Gabrielle and Kelly and Blake seem to be working best together — hey, teamwork makes the dreamwork — or does it?
Kelly and Blake are the only safe team — the rest have the highest and the lowest scores. I must admit I couldn’t visualize their jumpsuit when they first described it, but it looked beyond chic. Despite the fact that Amanda and Gabrielle were feeling so good about themselves, they were totally let down by the fact that their busy look landed them in the bottom three, along with Edmond and Hanmiao and Marlene and Joseph.
Although Joseph created the entire look, he was quick to throw Marlene under the bus — and that wasn’t cool. Zac Posen calls the outfit “oversexed grandma.”
In the least surprising look of the night, Edmond and Hanmiao are in the bottom three. “This is HIDEOUS,” Nina Garcia exclaims — my thoughts exactly!
Now, on to the top three: Candice and Ashley: “Wow, it took my breath away,” Nina Garcia said of their Venice outfit. “I thought it was risky, and the risk paid off,” Zac Posen said.
Laurie and Swapnil tell the judges they worked together “wonderfully” — and it totally showed. Nina Garcia calls it “very modern” and the construction was just divine.
Lindsey and Jake wind up in the top, and she is quick to point out how much work she did — Jake has a major attitude and is quick to argue on the runway — that’s never a good look.
Candice and Ashley are winners of the challenge — their teamwork and their design was impeccable, and the judges made an exception and gave them both the win. I love that!
Hanmiao is sent home — and rightfully so. From her lack of communication to her inability to construct a swimsuit, I’m not surprised to see her go. Do you agree?