Even though the designers went to Universal Studios last week, it was this week that really felt like a roller coaster ride as the designers experience the first-ever ‘Project Runway’ pop-up shop during the Sally Beauty challenge and Tim Gunn uses his save in an emotional, shocking twist. What did you think of this week’s episode? Read on for our recap!
The group continues to shrink and it is even more apparent as the designers wait for Heidi Klum to introduce their next challenge. This week it’s the Sally Beauty challenge! Gregory Patterson and Tim Gunn deliver the news — it is another group challenge. This week the designers are treated to a Project Runway first: their looks will go on display in the first-ever Project Runway pop-up shop in NYC, where the public will vote for which collection they liked the best — and the vote will account for 20% of their final score. Each group will create a collection inspired by the color they are assigned. Erin, Dexter and Cornelius are on team red-violet. Laurence, Rik, and Roberi are on team blue and Nathalia, Jenni and Mah-Jing will represent the new neutrals.
From the start, it is clear that Erin and Dexter’s friendship is going to be an issue for Cornelius. Although they want to embrace the red hue, he wants them to break it up and thinks it might be too much — honestly, as much as I love their friendship, sometimes they can get carried away when they work together. Tensions run high from the very beginning, but the same appears to be the case in the neutral group — Nathalia is really rising to the mean girl role. Not only is she dismissive, but she’s organizing private little meetings behind Mah-Jing’s back, (and he is not here for it). Nathalia can roll her eyes at Dexter and Erin all she wants, but you know what they say about people in glass houses…
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When Tim comes around and critiques the groups, he is totally loving the red team. He offers up great advice for the blue and neutral groups. As the day continues, Cornelius feels like he is shouldering the majority of the work — and the way the episode is edited does make it seem like he’s doing more than Erin and Dexter. I don’t understand why he didn’t ask them for help.
I love the way Rik and Laurence worked with Roberi when they weren’t feeling his skirt. They encouraged him while still having faith in him and he came up with a gorgeous design — teamwork makes the dreamwork for Team Blue!
While I do appreciate what the neutral team did with their collection, none of it really blew me away — I wish one of the outfits was a sleek and chic tonal ensemble.
When it is time to head to the Sally Beauty lounge I love the way the designers incorporated their colors into the hair of the models — especially how the blue team pulled it together. It looks amazing! Once the day of the pop-up shop comes the designers get to watch as the public votes on their looks — and the neutral team is the big winner! The day of the runway show, Heidi greets the teams and delivers the news — they are also in for another treat: each designer on the neutral team is gifted $500!
After the show, the neutral team is safe. The red team is in the bottom and the blue team wins. During the critique, it is clear that the judges didn’t like all of the red-on-red. They love Erin’s coat and didn’t think the pleated skirt was made well. Let’s be honest– construction was an issue for Cornelius on the last challenge, and it appears to be an issue here, again. I don’t know why Erin and Dexter didn’t help Cornelius with the skirt, especially since Cornelius gave up his skirt to go with Erin’s coat. When they are asked who should go home it gets BEYOND HEATED. It was so awkward — and the uncomfortable vibes continued as they headed off the runway. Nathalia, (of course!), didn’t miss a chance to hate on Dexter and Erin — but considering the way she first treated Mah-Jing she should mind her own business. Dexter and Cornelius totally get into it — this fight is hard to watch.
This was a tough challenge because all three teams really did a great job and sent great looks down the runway. Roberi is the winner for the blue team and is so excited. The judges begin to deliberate between Dexter and Cornelius. Although there were some mean girl vibes, at the end of the day Cornelius is just not a strong competitor and basic construction is still a problem — and that proved to be the case with the pleated skirt. It was obviously an issue last week and became an issue here, again. Enough with the workroom drama — at the end of the day, this is about designing clothes. The judges decide to send Cornelius home.
As Cornelius heads off the runway to say goodbye to the designers, Tim Gunn comes in and decides to overturn the decision — he isn’t going anywhere! Tim uses his ‘Tim Gunn Save’ to give Cornelius another chance in the challenge. Tim seemed very upset by the way Cornelius was bullied and couldn’t bear to see him get sent home when the situation seemed to be out of his control. While I don’t think he’s a strong designer, I’m interested in seeing what happens as the competition continues. Part of me wished Tim saved it, especially since there’s no more immunity, but I do understand why he decided to use it when he did.