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"Boo Boo, That's What You're Going to Show the Judges?!"
Big props to Joshua for providing this week's quote of the episode and now subsequent title of this blog! Way to go, girlfriend!
The episode started out with the designers walking the tracks at the High Line in NYC. (Fun Fact: The High Line is where "Project Runway" celebrated its 10 year anniversary back in September. If you're ever in NYC, you must check it outthe view is awesome, especially at sunset!) Host Carolyn Murphy told the designers that for this challenge they'd be going green to create a red carpet look using fabric from AirDye fabrics, which are made using virtually no water or power. Easier said than done, right?
I thought the designers passing around the ring of fabric samples was a nice change from the chaos that is known as Mood. However, I was completely befuddled by the fabric that Althea chose. I do realize that she was the last designer to pick, so her options were limited. But, she said that she would have rather chosen a "bolder color choice" and there was definitely a bold blue/purple fabric hanging on that ring that she could have picked instead. I feel like she sealed her fate in that moment. To me, that pink and blue chiffon looked so lackluster that even the nicest and most stylish red carpet gown couldn't bring it to life.
I was also loving Ivy's reason for picking her gold fabric. "The reason why I chose the sun as the inspiration for my design is because I feel like a woman should feel like a star at a red carpet event." Thanks, Captain Obvious. I die.
Workroom Shocker: Uli stocked up on feathers, trim and embellishments! ::insert sarcasm::
I was freaking out for Ivy as the day progressed. The models came in for the fitting and she was still working on her patterns! Just like she said, I was really scared that like in Season 8, this red carpet challenge would be the one that would give her the boot. Her sketch was gorgeous, but by the end of the day, I was just really hoping that she'd be able to walk something down the runway.
On runway day, it was like Emilio went from hero to zero. He started off this challenge with such a clear vision of what he wanted and got rave reviews for Joanna Coles during her visit. What happened?! His looks are always so polished and in those few hours that the designers have to finalize everything, Emilio's entire gown went down the drain. It could have been a top contender!
dvf. Dvf. DVF. D. V. F. Diane von Furstenberg was the guest judge! (I should have worn my wrap dress today in honor of this episode!) Talk about pressure! If I was one of the designers, I would hang on every word of her criticism and recite her critique every night before I went to bed as an affirmation. Between Diane and Karl Lagerfeld in episode 2, I think it's safe to to say the designers can now ascend to happy fashion heaven.
I am really happy that Laura Kathleen won this challenge. It obviously meant a lot to her and she was so focused in the workroom. This was the first challenge where she didn't seem to have any doubts about her design and stuck to her guns. And I also like that it wasn't a "typical" red carpet look. I can't wait to see Carolyn rock it. (But can someone help me figure out what DVF was saying to LK about the pajama palazzo?! I didn't catch a word of it, but I also can listen to her speak for days and not care. She's preaching the fashion bible as far as I'm concerned.)
I also really loved Anthony Ryan's dress. He honestly does no wrong. He just gets it. Every. Single. Time. Gorgeous.
I predicted Althea's departure the second she picked that fabric. The design didn't help. There was way too much going on with the exposed shoulders, draping, etc…
Do you agree with me? Did Laura Kathleen have this week's strongest look?
PS: Also, a huge congrats to Georgina Chapman, who recently announced that she's expecting her second child with husband Harvey Weinstein. Check out her teeny (and fashionable!) bump:
Non-Runway Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images