What would you do if one of the ‘Project Runway’ designers approached you in a park and asked you to be a model for one of their designs? Would you say yes or be hesitant? In this week’s challenge, the designers had to pick out complete strangers and completely revamp their entire look — however, some makeovers did nothing but bring negative reviews from the judges!
This week the designers met Tim Gunn in the workroom along with Mary Kay Global Makeup Artist Luis Casco. For this week’s challenge, Luis tol the designers to go to Washington Square Park in New York City to find a muse and create a complete makeover for them. They were instructed to not go after a typical runway model, but to dig deeper and find a woman who they think represents inner and outer beauty — this is a first for the show!
‘Project Runway’ Recap — Makeover Challenge For Season 13, Episode 10:
The designers were given 30 minutes to go through the park to find their muse, 30 minutes to sketch, and a budget of $200. They were also given two days to complete this challenge. Once they were in the park, the designers started doubting this challenge seeing as though everyone they asked was telling them no or completely ignoring them. They do know they are dealing with New Yorkers, right?
While a majority of the designers found someone within the first 15 minutes, Sean felt the time start to tick by quickly. Most of the designers were halfway through their sketches by the time Sean found his muse, who ended up being an actress and singer in the city. Finally the designers had their muses and their sketches and they were quickly sent off to Mood to get their fabric.
Back in the workroom, the designers quickly got to work creating their designs — but Kini found himself in the middle of a designer’s block. His muse was all about being boho chic, which is the furthest thing from what Kini usually creates. He sat at a sewing machine just sewing something together in hopes that an idea will pop into his head to get him out of his funk. Kini started to believe that if he didn’t come up with an idea quick, this was going to be the challenge that was going to send him home.
Two ‘Project Runwa’y Firsts:
You would think that in 13 seasons of Project Runway you have seen it all…but you clearly haven’t! During workroom evaluations, Tim took a long look at Alexander‘s design. Alexander’s muse was a petite girl who loves retro looks. He picked out two different fabrics with two completely different patterns: green plaid and black polka dots on yellow fabric. While Alexander believed that he was having a breakthrough, Tim flat out said: “I’ve never said this in the history of Project Runway , but this is one of the most hideous garnets I’ve ever seen.” Nearly every designer’s jaw dropped to the floor and Alexander was left with the advice to completely start over.
The two days are up and it was time for the runway show. After doing complete hair and makeup changes to their muses, (all done by Mary Kay, of course), the designers made some last minute alterations to their looks. We all know that these designers work down to the very last minute to perfect their designs for the runway and everyone is always in a rush. Char’s muse was quick to pull the zipper up in her design and the zipper ended up breaking two minutes before they were about to take the runway — this was yet another event that has never taken place on the show before!
Char panicked and went to Tim to ask him what do to. Tim told Char that he would like to give her 10 extra minutes to fix the zipper, but it has to go over well with the other designers. When Tim asked the other designers if they would be okay giving Char extra time and they all agreed, but once Tim left they all began second-guessing their decision. Korina summed it up the best saying, “We are all annoyed. Tim saved her once, does he need to save her again?”
Clear Winners & Losers On The Runway:
All of these women are not trained models, so when it came time to work the runway some designers were a little apprehensive that their designs would not come to life. To their surprise, each of their muses worked the runway and owned each of the pieces that were created for them. This week’s guest judges were actress Michelle Monaghan and model and TV host Asha Leo.
It is known that everyone is their own worst critic, and this week Amanda was doing just that. Throughout her whole design process she was worried that she overworked her dress. Sure enough, when her model took the runway Amanda commented that her hair and makeup were spot on but it looks like she doesn’t know how to make a dress. (Insert Amanda shoulder shrug here).
The judges had the most problems with Char and Alexander’s design. Heidi Klum told Char that there were so many things wrong with her design. Char’s muse was a middle-aged preschool teacher who’s husband was in a rock band so Char created a bright red romper with matching peplum jacket. Char was told that her look was not sophisticated or classy. Alexander’s crop top and skirt design got negative reviews across the board. Nina Garcia told him that he took the summer crop top silhouette and put it with a winter fabric and that it didn’t go together at all.
The designers who received the most praise were Kini, (for his perfectly polished denim dress design), and Korina, (for her blue leather bomber jacket and black dress). The biggest surprise was Emily, who for the first time in weeks received praise for her red ruffled dress. In the end Korina was crowned the winner for this week’s challenge. Everyone else was safe besides Alexander and Char who were put in the bottom two. So, who ended up leaving the runway?
Alexander’s design was not enough to keep him in the competition. The other designers were shocked that Char was not the one sent home, especially after her little episode before the runway show.
What do you think? Did Alexander leave the competition t0o early?
— Lauren Car