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Duck! It’s Prom Season!

By kim_messina Tue., Apr. 2, 2013 ,11:12 am EDT

After last week’s shock of Benjamin going home over Amanda, its clear most don’t think Amanda will be able to rise to the occasion, but I have faith she’s still in the competition because we have yet to see what she is truly capable of. Plus, seeing how she is so articulate she’s the main reason I understand the premise of the challenges through her interviews. I mean hello, she’s pulling the weight for half the cast in being clear, audible and helping the viewer to comprehend the mess unfolding before our eyes each week. Thank you Amanda!

Heidi has truly taken the idea of wild animals on leashes and as pets to a new level, and introducing the challenge with her pet duck, seems even something Paris Hilton hasn’t attempted to tame. Like the designers I was lost on where we were headed with this challenge, but I should have guessed it was down sticky lane with Duct Tape! I truly think the first thing that came out of my mouth was, "Wow, what a fabulous challenge!" While most designers are "fingers-crossed" in hopes to not be paired with Patricia or Amanda, Kate is merely focused on pointing out all the "b*tches" of the group, and praying she has Tu to put on a leash again just like Heidi’s pet duck!

Side note: Notice how Kate has seemed to only like to work with Tu? Ding dong folks, he doesn’t say much and it’s terribly hard to understand him when he does but still he always seems to be stuck with "It’s my way or the highway Kate!"

The wild thing is, I was so touched by her a few weeks ago, no seriously, I had a tears in my eye during her deliberation speak and then as the smoke lifted I wanted to shake Tu and say, "Boo, move on, your talent is being obscured and overridden!"

Always confident Stanley has no worries for this challenge of course, he has designed prom dresses for his nieces many times before…but I thought he and Richard were the only "high fashion" designers? I imagine he just meant the latter of that statement! And seeing how after he overlooked working with Richard, he’s clearly taken that statement back! Babes over bros clearly!

It’s the Gold Rush of 1849 with Richard and Daniel, and it’s for Beyoncé of course! But Layana is not happy with the boys claiming their stake on the lot of gold duct tape! She immediately takes it to the appropriate level of the challenge of "high school" and claims it to be Richard's jealously of her being chosen by Stanley! Wake up 6, it’s not that deep! Speaking of whining, my ears are bleeding listening to Kate! She has such a strong opinion about EVERYONE in the room, but is failing to see the horror on her dress form! She won’t let Tu have a say until Tim comes over and blows the lid off her confidence can and at that point it’s so condescending I would have duct taped her mouth shut for the rest of the challenge!

I think having a live show with actual high school students added a great element to the challenge; however it’s imperative as the designer to stand behind your look and not waiver your design based on such a subjective group of individuals. As I have said many times before this design competition is about displaying who you are as a designer and creating a voice for your esthetic. We need a hero, not someone that is going to serve everyone because even while sticking to what feels right chances are you are going to be criticized anyway, so why not be criticized for something you love.

The runway show is a hit with the students and I applaud how quickly the looks have come together! I know the time constraints and even I was pretty blown away with them! I of course am in love with Michelle and Amanda’s hounds tooth manipulation, its spot on! Speaking of manipulation, I have to raise both hands and clap obnoxiously for Patricia’s work on the skirt. I think it’s absolutely fabulous and even though it seems the consensus to work with her is rather taxing, I am sure each person, if they open themselves up to her, could learn a lot. Textile artists are some of the most creative people I have met, because they see things in a completely different way than most designers and in this case Patricia is able to apply those new and interesting techniques to her designs! So instead of being scared to work with Patricia, I would be volunteering myself!

Interesting enough, Patricia and Samantha won over the 20 percent vote of the students and I would imagine half would be the easy and fun silhouette and the other half would be the divine duct tape textile manipulation! While the petrified 80s baked potato falls flat along with Tu and Kate’s gala dress.

Congratulations FINALLY to Michelle first and foremost on her rightfully deserved win, the dress was EVERYTHING, and the lovely Amanda for making it out of her rut! Work it out girls!!

It’s always an uncomfortable moment when they ask each team who was the weakest link and should be sent home. In the case of Tu and Kate, it shows a lot of character to own the leadership role, and I applaud Kate for doing so. Ultimately I had the shock of my life when BOTH were sent home! I literally gasped at the television, and that I rarely do unless I find a Swarovski encrusted blazer!

In the end however, I do think it was the appropriate choice on the judges to make the double elimination, this is "Project Runway 'Teams'"if you have forgotten. And it seems as though Kate must have "forgotten" high school seeing how hot pink, zebra, gold and a "queens of hearts costume" trumped her dress. You may not be seeing any prom dresses from Tu and Kate in the near future, however you would most likely see that dress at a funeral…IN THE COFFIN!