TIM GUNN HAS SNAPPED.
The Challenge: It all started off just fine, with a two-day challenge in which the designers had to make over a “real woman” – a woman on the Project Runway crew. I loved this idea at first – techie girls hamming it up in front of the camera, how fun! – but it meant the clients already knew a lot about their designers’ skills and based their desires on that. And I always hate the producer manipulation when the button bag doesn’t make its appearance – of course Tim paired the plus-size woman with Ashley and the “difficult” (read: instructed by producers to bring some drama) one with Swapnil.
Swapnil decided his client was a “bombshell” and never looked back – or bothered to listen to her much at all. He made some critical mistake – standing around doing nothing while waiting for Tim, having nothing for his client to try on, ignoring the client – and Tim Gunn ABSOLUTELY LOST IT, demanding to know why Swapnil even wants to be here. Here, a gif is worth a thousand words:
And the audience reacted thusly:
Did Tim lose control in an unprofessional way? Yes. Absolutely. But I think this was the problem with casting the crew members as a client – those are Tim’s coworkers. They’ve probably been with him much longer than any Project Runway contestant ever has. This was Swapnil coming into Tim’s house and fucking with one of his own. I think Tim was sensitive to that, and Swapnil was not, and then Tim’s brain exploded.
Guest Judges: Two Unreal stars who I couldn’t pick out of a police lineup if my life depended on it.
ASHLEY NELL TIPTON
Client: Nicole Plascencia, challenge assistant
It’s a good thing Tim Gunn cursed – TWICE – in this episode, because the fashion is barely worth discussing. This print was awful, and this silhouette is pretty much all Ashley does. Also: I know we’ve discussed this before, but peplums are so the new exposed zippers in terms of Project Runway trends that have gone on for years and need to finally die.
Client: Monique Stout, model wrangler
I love the job title “model wrangler.” What a fabulous thing to have on your resume. Unfortunately, the “Sexy Witch” Halloween costume Candice dressed her in was somewhat less fabulous.
Client: Desiree Ortiz, sound mixer
Edmond really listened to his client – he made her a fucking raincoat, for God’s sake – but the clothes didn’t really work with the coat at all.
Client: Ashleigh Hocking, talent manager
I’ll forgive the lack of a button bag just this once, because the producers were right to pair Kelly with the overalls-wearing Boston girl. Kelly never quite managed to remove the “ten foot tall vulva” problem, but otherwise, this was a very adorable, client-centric transformation that still read as Kelly’s work. I’m not saying it’s the most brilliant design in the world, but pickings were slim this week.
Client: Katie Harris, camera assistant
I think this was in the top three because the model werqed the SHIT out of her new haircut. Go on and get it, Katie. This doesn’t look like much of an outfit to me, but at least Katie’s happy.
Client: Jennifer Cohen, production coordinator
Congrats, Swapnil – you had the worst look – falling apart at the seams, I might add – and the worst personality of the episode. Good riddance.
Judges’ Top 3: Kelly, Edmond, Merline
Judges’ Bottom 3: Ashley, Candice,
Diva’s Top 3: Kelly, and Edmond and Merline by default
Diva’s Bottom 3: Candice, Ashley, Swapnil