Tonight the designers competed in their very first group challenge, the Mary Kay challenge, where they worked on a mini-collection — and the ending almost left even Tim Gunn in tears.
It’s time for the team challenge, which is always so telling — and I cannot wait to see what happens on this week’s Project Runway as the designers compete in the Mary Kay challenge, where each designer on the winning team will get $5,000 EACH to put towards their own line — the steaks are obviously quite high! Normally the claws come out during the team challenge, so let’s see what happens.
Since Rik was the winner last week, he’s the first team captain. The second team captain is picked out of the button bag. Let’s see how this goes. My first impression is that Rik’s team totally has an advantage. Not only are the majority of the designers good friends, but they seem to really respect each other’s ideas and work well together, especially in the pitch meeting, where they elect Alex to lead the pitch.
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Before they can begin their collections, each team has to pitch their concept to three mystery investors, who each have $1,000 — but how will they allocate their money? That reamins to be seen! The designers are in for a real surprise when the investors are Heidi Klum, Zac Posen and Nina Garcia.
Watching Team Button Bag try to work together is concerning — but it isn’t the first time we’ve seen to many cooks in the kitchen on Project Runway! Dexter quickly emerges as the voice of reason and attempts to get his team back on track. At the pitch meeting, they seem may more cohesive than I expected.
Alex was quite convincing, but in the end, their bland collection didn’t impress the investors as much as the colorful looks in Team Button Bag did.
I love seeing Dexter embrace the role of team leader — he’s really rising to the occasion.
Leading up to the runway show, Alex’s team is cool, calm, and collected, finishing off every hem and trim with ease — and I have to say, their collection looks way better than I imagined when they first showed off their sketches. I’m also impressed with how cohesive it is. Team Button Bag is certainly in trouble! The day of the runway show, they were still running around trying to finish off looks, but I thought it was great how they really did work together. Rather than point fingers in the final moments, they had a true “make it work” moment.
Although it came down to the wire for Team Button Bag, they actually walked away with the win. Although the questionable mini was the judges least favorite look, they praised them for the way they worked together and dreamed up the collection. Honestly I was just as surprised as they were! Watching them rush to finish gave me so much anxiety so I can only imagine how they felt in the situation. They were the team with the bigger budget so I did expect the judges to be more critical of their designs. In the end, Dexter was named the winner of the winning team, which was so well deserved.
When Team Unity stepped out on the runway for their critique, it was hard to watch. Normally when it comes down to the wire we see designers begin to point fingers, but in this case they were all so supportive of one another. Alex admitted that his pitch failed to convey their mission and he deserves to go home — and in the end he was the one to go. It was even harder to watch him talk to Tim when he came in to send him to the workroom, where Tim acknowledged how noble his behavior was — this was definitely a first on Project Runway! Not only did all the teams get along while designing, but they even stuck together in the final hour.