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Episode 7: "Bottom 10"

By CaitlinBergmann Fri., Mar. 5, 2010 ,4:02 am EST

I thought it was funny that at the halfway point of this challenge, some of the designers surmised that for the first time in “Project Runway” history, EVERYONE would be in the bottom. Why, you ask? Because it’s time for that perennial favorite, the unconventional materials challenge. In the past, we’ve ripped up cars, melted candy, raided the supermarket and mowed the lawn to get enough stuff to make an outfit. This time, they visit Michael Kors at his Soho store, and he tells them they must make a look with materials from ... a hardware store (!). They must also make one of the main features of the outfit be a fabulous accessory. Fun! I love it — but then again, this is basically what I do for a living. Just the other day, someone asked me to make a dress out of a television set. I’m not kidding. But I guess these guys didn’t fare so well.

Project Runway Emilio Sosa Episode 7 Washer String DressEmilio is especially whiny about the fact that he doesn’t get to make a sophisticated garment out of luxurious materials. Too bad, dude ... this isn’t “Project I-Want-What-I Want.” Everyone else is in the same boat, so why not give it a try instead of complaining? But he had nothing but trouble, from not having nearly enough money ($50) for the outfit he planned, to not having enough time to cover his model’s private parts. Whoops. They do only have until midnight, but others are plowing through. Jay is making “leather look” pants out of trash bags, Mila is making a black and white checkerboard ’60s-inspired outfit (again) and Jonathan is working on a pretty copper bodice. Not so good? Jesse is making something that Tim thinks is ugly enough to get booted from an elementary school play, and Emilio justs keeps up the whining — especially after his model is basically naked. Or, as Anthony referred to it, “... not in the best of taste.”

My favorite had to be Maya’s Gaultier-inspired black cage jacket with a super-dramatic collar, with the most fabulous accessory — a necklace made of keys and chains. Amy’s also looked very cool, with a sandpaper-fan-decorated bodice. Tim is not really amused at anything in this whole episode, and is having a hard time not letting it show behind his pinstriped veneer. The frenzy of runway day is upon us, and Jesse, everyone’s favorite Disney pirate, says, “Screw sewing! Use tape!” Well, desperate measures ... And speaking of desperate, Emilio’s washer-and-cord “dress” turns into a bikini, then turns into a micro-bikini, then goes all the way down the drain to end up as basically three washers and a couple of feet of cord. You figure it out.

On the runway, there’s a crowd of judges, including the freshly Shake ‘n Baked Michael Kors, the lovely if not venomous-tongued Nina Garcia, the deliciously dark and fabulous Isabel Toledo (a friend of mine, and one of my all-time favorite designers) and jewelry designer Stephen Webster. Here we go ...

Mila: Cool, chunky black and white version of Cher’s “Half-Breed” outfit. The model doesn’t look too bad, considering she is basically wearing a lawn chair.

Jesse: Balloon boy is hiding up inside this completely ridiculous skirt with its own silver armored bodice. Proportion, taste and wearability are nowhere to be found. Just like balloon boy.

Jonathan: Bloody, rusty-colored bodice that took a wrong turn somewhere and ended up as a stiff cocktail dress for Judy Jetson.

Anthony: The judges didn’t like his restraint in making this simple, purple halter cocktail dress overlaid with screen. If one of the girls had done this, they would have applauded its prettiness and sophistication. But for Miss Anthony, they called it boring.

Ben: He basically painted glue on his model and rolled her in a pile of old, dirty pennies. Actually, that would have been prettier.

Project Runway Maya Luz Key Necklace Episode 7Emilio: It just goes to prove that some people are safe inside their box. This outfit goes down as one of the WORST EVER in “Project Runway” history. Emilio pleaded ignorance and threw himself on the judges’ mercy. He also showed some less than attractive personal traits on this episode, proving that he’s not that gracious under stress, either.

Jay: Very Tim Burton–esque (Gothy-costumey) outfit of pants and a weird bubble corset top. I was under-impressed. The judges were so excited, they needed diapers. Or to change the ones they already had on.

Seth: Luckily, he had immunity, because this tacky Mrs. Tin Man outfit made of Reynolds Wrap would not have made it.

Amy: Interesting fans of sandpaper on a well-fitted bodice, with a simple black sandpaper circle skirt. Not the wildest thing on the runway, but I really liked this effort.

Maya: Fabulous cage coat — fabulous collar — fabulous key necklace — fabulous cocktail dress made out of screen ... FABULOUS.

Obviously, we know that Emilio and Jesse the pirate would be in the bottom, but poor Anthony ends up there, too. They let him be safe to quip another day, and Jesse gets blindsided and sent home. Everyone is pretty shocked. The judges give the win to Jay, who was in the top with Mila and Maya. When Jay won, let’s just say Mila, was, well, pissed. If looks could kill ...

So shocked was Tim by Jesse’s aufing that he even expressed his own personal shock and dismay at the judges’ decision. Another sign that those pinstripes can’t hold him in forever ... I guess Jesse will go back to Disney World, and back to his pirate costume, where he is probably more comfortable anyway.

See ya soon,
Chris