Project Runway Recap: S11 E2

Welcome back to the never-ending Runway, dear readers.

The Challenge: Design a uniform for the employees of SPiN, an NYC ping pong club/bar very randomly owned by Susan Sarandon. The teams must create looks for servers and ballboys, and thus, an hour and a half of ball-related punning begins.

Guest Judge: Noted ball-lover Susan Sarandon.

Winning Team: Keeping it Real


A strong opening look for Team Keeping it Real, who proved again that less ego and more teamwork are the key to success on this season. Perhaps a tad on the simple side, but the pants were expertly made and the uniform was practical and realistic.


Unless the SPiN waitresses are also college freshmen stopping by a yoga class before a frat party, I don’t think this outfit is going to work. Also, the construction on the back of that blouse is a serious problem.


The shirt was stupidly tight, but the graphic logo on the pants pockets looked cool. And though the ball-retrieving harness looks ridiculous on the runway, it was one of the most practical and thoughtful ideas on the runway.


I honestly thought Amanda was going to get eliminated for this. She ignored the challenge completely and made an incredibly basic black babydoll dress – for a WAITRESS. Tell me how a woman is supposed to bend over in that, would you, Amanda? And I don’t know why the judges thought it was so genius that it was made of swimsuit material – who wants a work uniform that you can’t put in the dryer? Nothing at all distinguishes this as a waitress, or a ping pong club, and there’s no practicality to it whatsoever.


Daniel and Layana had an effortless, wonderful working relationship together, so it was no surprise that they churned out the judges’ favorite look. That skort/apron hybrid was brilliant, and though the idea of the bouncing ping pong balls in the vest was a little better than the execution, it was still a terrific look. It very clearly reflected the challenge and the practical needs of the person wearing this uniform, it incorporated a logo (hard to see in this photo, but it’s on the back over her shoulderblade), and it looked fashionable. Since Daniel had immunity from last week’s win, he graciously told the judges Layana should get the win for their joint creation. The man with the handlebar mustache continues to win me over, and Layana’s growing on me as well.

Losing Team: Dream Team


I loved the kilt, and though I thought the placement of the logo was a little too obvious, I thought the judges were being awfully prissy about it. Anyway, I respect Matthew for refusing to be boxed into a boring design he’d never be able to support, and stepping outside the box to make something beautiful and interesting, if a step over the top. But that shirt Benjamin designed looks absolutely terrible. He really did get too busy micromanaging his team to focus on his own work, and that will be the death of him before long.


The skirt is fine, but this vest-shirt thing is terrible, at least from the front. The back is pretty, but you’d never know she was a waitress from that angle. I was disappointed, because Tu’s work last week was fantastic, and Samantha has a great personal style (and a fabulous first name, because we have the same one). So I thought they’d be capable of something a bit better; perhaps in a more supportive team environment, they could have made something great.


This was all kinds of ill-fitting and terrible, but I’d still have given Amanda the auf for her “I’ll make a little black dress no matter WHAT the damn challenge is” attitude rather than James.


I liked the jacket, but the shorts are ill-fitting and poorly constructed, and there was nothing unique or remarkable about it. I’m almost positive Cindy’s next on the auf list.


A wrinkled sack of a dress in a sad, muddy color. Get your act together, Portland.

Judges’ Winner: Layana
Diva’s Winner: Layana
Judges’ Bottom 2: Cindy and James
Diva’s Bottom 2: James and Amanda

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5 responses to Project Runway Recap: S11 E2

  1. Kitty

    I thought Amanda should be auf-ed too for creating a LBT? Swim suit fabric is hot and can smell pretty funky after a wearing or two. This challenge was boring, as all uniform challenges are. Why is it that black and grey are considered modern? Why did no one chose the color of the ping pong table as an accent? I would have used this color in piping or some other way. The coolest idea this week was the kilt, which got shot down.

    • democracydiva – Author

      The uniform challenges definitely tend to result in boring designs, but you’re so right that there could have been way more creativity on that runway. But I can’t really blame the designers for playing it safe when the one innovative idea – the kilt – was basically mocked by the judging panel. Thanks for commenting!

  2. Amanda would have been auf if her team was on the bottom. Thus the vagaries of the team format. It may be more egregious in later episodes but now it’s hard to get too bothered by it.

  3. Lisa

    I am with Kitty…why all the black and grey? A nice bright ping pong table green accent is a great idea. Benjamen….those who can, do. Those who can’t annoy everyone else by trying to manage without being asked! Looking forward to seeing what Patricia does. I am from New Mexico and Taos is a combo of artist hippy dippy with a lot of beautiful Native American and Hispanic influences. Not really a fashion mecca but certainly a lot of cultural influences and free flowing ideas

    • democracydiva – Author

      I’m excited to see what else Patricia has up her sleeve too. And I totally agree about Benjamin – he needed to spend his time honing and showing off his own skills, not worrying about everybody else! Thanks for commenting.

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