The Challenge: In teams of two, the designers are tasked with creating updated Bonnie and Clyde-inspired looks for a young, modern couple. The looks must complement each other, but will be critiqued individually, which is how every team challenge should work, so that great designs aren’t stuck in the bottom because of their counterparts, and vice versa.
Guest Judges: PRAS alum Austin Scarlett, designer Elie Tahari, and model Bar Refaeli. It was a packed house of glamour and beauty and attitude, and that’s before you add Tahari and Refaeli!
The belt and whatever you’d like to call that back-harness thing were spectacular. The rest of the gown was pretty, but not particularly innovative. I love the color and the draping in the bust, but it seems sheer in very random places. I think the hard-and-soft combination makes for an excellent reference point to the Bonnie and Clyde inspiration. Definitely worthy of the top three, but not my personal choice for the win.
The shoulders and lapels were a problem. I like the idea of changing up the texture in those areas, but the fabrics didn’t work well enough together, stretching and pulling and creating an awkward silhouette. And since Viktor dresses so much like this every day, but he has time to actually make/buy those looks, the model looked a little shabby standing next to him. And that should never be the case.
Cool, chic, but not particularly memorable. Thus, appropriate to kept in the safe pile.
I thought this was some of the best work Korto has done so far this season. The jacket is undeniable cool, and not like anything I’ve seen before. I loved the suspenders hanging down from the sides of those pants, which seem a bit high-waisted but otherwise very well-executed. Jeffrey got all the praise for his menswear coat, which was very nice, but I think if a menswear look was going to win, it should easily have been this one over Jeffrey’s.
This seemed like a random combination of garments that didn’t actually add up to an outfit. It felt a bit sloppy and very predictable coming from Irina. The judges seem happy to overpraise her or ignore her entirely, but I’d have tossed this look in the bottom three.
Oof. I love Mychael, but this was a mess, and his elimination was fair. I could not stop seeing this as a Chippendale’s costume – I was convinced these were tearaway clothes that the model was mere moments away from, well, tearing away. There was no way to make that gold fabric work, especially when the jacket ended up so tight on the model.
SETH AARON HENDERSON
By far my favorite look on the runway. I thought this was brilliant, perfectly executed, fabulously styled, incredibly wearable yet high fashion, and true to the inspiration. I don’t know why the judges hated on the leather embellishments – maybe he could have nixed the ones at the elbows, but other than that, I think they’re stunning elements and necessary to the gritty-meets-pretty aesthetic Seth Aaron was going for.
The coat is very nice, I’ll give Jeffrey that much. But the pants underneath it seem like pajamas at best, and the length is absolutely insane. Of course, the judges happily ignored that in order to tell a Jeffrey redemption story and therefore keep one of their loose-cannon-drama-queen-ratings-booster characters in the competition longer. I’d be angry, if I hadn’t seen it coming a mile away. Oh, Project Runway. You’re always so reliable.
Judges’ Top 3: Jeffrey, Christopher, Irina
Diva’s Top 3: Seth Aaron, Korto, Christopher
Judges’ Bottom 3: Seth Aaron, Viktor, Mychael
Diva’s Bottom 3: Irina, Viktor, Mychael