The Challenge: In one day, create a garment incorporating at least one bow tie. (That description sounds pretty boring, but I assure you, while this episode was a hot disaster of unnecessary drama, boring it was not.)
Guest Judge: Jesse Tyler Ferguson, expert bow tie connoisseur and generally adorable person.
I know Ginger Dandy fancies himself some sort of couturier, but I have to say, I think his work is getting less impressive as the season progresses. This was barely a step up from student work, and he showed very little innovation in his use of the bow ties. Standard middle-of-the-road fare, but that’s not going to keep him in the competition for much longer.
ALEXANDRIA VAN BROMSSEN
This is the first thing Alexandria has made that I actually enjoyed. She used the bow ties subtly and made something at least remotely interesting and fashionable, which is more than I can say for most of her competitors. It has its flaws – it’s not particularly memorable or creative – but it’s got potential too.
I thought this was a great look – the woven top was cool, and the tweed jacket/shorts combo was pretty excellent. It wasn’t my favorite look of the episode – maybe because the model looks terrifyingly frail enough for her bones to simply disintegrate on the runway – but Brandon continues to prove that he’s a major frontrunner this season.
The clear winner, as far as I was concerned. I am a big fan of Dom’s style, and I thought she made the best use of the bow ties. Her looks are always more youthful and modern than everything else on the runway, and this was no exception.
Depressing and boring.
Jeremy was (understandably) distracted by the death of his grandmother, so I’m giving him a free pass for this terrible outfit. There wasn’t anything particularly fashionable about this, but I’m fairly sure it was a fluke. Here’s hoping Jeremy gets his groove back soon.
Justin’s work is always well-executed, but most of his looks have suffered from a lack of design. This was no exception – it was pretty and well-made, but not memorable or impressive enough to get him out of the “safe” pile.
It looked way worse on television than it does in pictures, though it’s still kind of a mish-mosh of ill-fitting polka dots. But since Karen’s personality isn’t memorable and neither is her work, I can’t imagine how she’s making it much further in this season.
Dear judges: Stop trying to make Kate happen. She’s not going to happen. Because she’s a completely mediocre designer and a totally boring person. I don’t know what the hell she put in the judges’ drinks to make them over-praise her during every single challenge, but it’s getting absurd.
A little bit trashy, a little bit cool. Ken’s got some personality, so I’m sure the judges will keep him around and squeeze some drama out of him, but he hasn’t really proven himself to be a great designer yet. Then again, he hasn’t proven himself to be a terrible designer either, so he’s still doing better than most of his competitors.
This is the third ill-fitting pencil skirt Miranda has made in four challenges. That’s completely unacceptable. Step it up or go the hell home, honey, because I’m not watching you make another dozen of the same crappy skirt.
Spontaneously Combusted, Disappeared, & Eliminated by Default
Sandro was in the safe pile, but in the most desperate grab for screen-time I’ve ever seen, he basically berated the judges until they would critique his look as well. Then he threw a temper tantrum when they didn’t like his look (don’t ask a question if you don’t want to hear the answer, darling), stormed off the set, punched a camera, and disappeared. I wish I were kidding, because it wasn’t the good kind of drama – I got no joy out of watching this sociopath melt down. Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled Sandro is gone, but this is not why I watch Project Runway.
So, Sue just can’t sew at all, can she? She’s getting worse and worse at hiding it as the season progresses. She in particular was very lucky that Sandro basically eliminated himself from the competition, because she easily could have gotten the auf.
Judges’ Top 3: Bradon, Dom, Kate
Diva’s Top 3: Dom, Bradon, Alexandria
Judges’ Bottom 3: Jeremy, Miranda, Sue
Diva’s Bottom 3: Sue, Sandro, Miranda