You would think a cocktail dress challenge would be a dream for the designers on ‘Project Runway,’ but unfortunately that wasn’t the case — and a major favorite throughout the competition fails, much to the other contestants enjoyment.
The episode kicks off with the designers at a cocktail party and they are loving the chance to interact with Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia and Zac Posen, along with other attendees — but in true fashion there’s no time to relax! Everything comes with a twist, and on this occasion the designers are told to begin their challenge and start sketching! Erin sums it up perfectly when she said there’s no chill on Project Runway. The task? To create a cocktail dress. I also have to admit I LOLed at Brik when he said that on the show a trip to the bathroom could turn into a challenge — he’s definitely growing on me, (at least personality-wise).
The next day they head to Mood and then to the workroom — and I am so happy that they are going for it with the glam. While I’m all about fashion-meets-function, it’s way more fun to see them finally get creative with a more dressed up vibe, especially since we’ve seen them do so many “working woman” styles.
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Nathalia’s overlay is gorgeous, but the pink she’s using underneath seems super cheap — and Tim thinks it looks like an ice skating costume. While he thinks the overlay is busy, I think if she had layered it over a cream fabric it could’ve been cool. A very simple color and impeccable tailoring is crucial if she wants to make this work.
Drama seems to be brewing as Jenni totally copied Erin’s technique from last week. Not only did Erin take notice, but so did Dexter. I’m really loving their friendship.
You can never go wrong with Laurence and leather — and her cocktail dress is so creative. She drew inspiration from the chesterfield couch and created intricate detailing on the neckline and shoulders — I didn’t even realize it was leather at first.
After their critiques, Tim says he’s concerned and wasn’t expecting to walk into a situation where HALF the designers basically have to start over with only four hours left in the day. Talk about making it work. Jenni is seriously a lifesaver, offering up extra fabric to those in need.
It’s runway time and even Tim seems to raise an eyebrow as the models walk out in their dresses. Ugh, I am really nervous about this show and I totally expected better. Let’s see what happens! Mah-Jing definitely managed to pull it together, as did Roberi.
Rik’s dress is so edgy and cool — I love what he dreamed up. The judges agree!
Laurence’s dress was also a major hit with the judges and I agree with Heidi, the edgy and sweet vibes worked so well together. Nina calls it the “perfect” little black dress.
I wish Nathalia didn’t keep the top baggy, it seems a bit messy — and when she turns around it’s even worse. Ugh, she took an expensive fabric and made it look cheap. I’m sure it is difficult to work with but I think she could’ve really made it look way better.
Although Dexter was so confident throughout the episode, the judges told him that he was lucky he had immunity cause his look was not good. It’s funny because Dexter and Erin were feeling so good about their looks heading into the competition.
I agree with Zac — all in all, the creativity was lacking and it was a challenge that they totally could’ve went for it.
While Erin was really feeling herself, the judges totally hated it — and Nathalia seems thrilled to watch her get her first bad critique.
When Jenni’s dress comes out, Heidi and Zac call her out for copying Erin, even saying that when it came down the runway they thought it was Erin’s dress.
I completely agree with Nina and Zac about Nathalia, she’s just not there yet and needs to refine her vision, but Tasha’s dress is terrible and it’s time for her to go home, (at least in my opinion). After all, it isn’t the first time she was on the chopping block — and it looks like the judges agreed.
Jenni’s “Erin-inspired” dress is the winner. I personally think Laurence should’ve won for her intricate tailoring, fit, and most importantly, creativity.
What did you think of this week’s episode?