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I Need A BREW-ster!

By laurareineke Fri., Apr. 5, 2013 ,10:33 am EDT

It's that time of the season. Some call it spring cleaning, while we on "Project Runway Teams" call it "Reorganizing and Reconstructing!" With Richard gone it's down to the Top 5, and honestly probably the point of the season in which the show is just beginning. Would it really be a complete season without bringing back some familiar faces to the show? Never! What always alarms me about this point is that they come back as "sewing assistants." Now doesn't that just sound demeaning? I mean we did cast them as designers, so wouldn't it be more appropriate and politically correct to call them "design assistants?" I'm just saying!

Speaking of politically correct, Tim tells the designers it's time to utilize the communication and management skills they have developed throughout the season thus far. WHAT!? The only thing that has developed for the designers this season is their tolerance for insanity! With the five that remain, I think there are some of the WORST communicators of the cast, e.g. Patricia. She doesn't even comprehend what she is saying half the time, and the wide-eyed facial expression that seems to own her face, should be an indication that she's lost herself. As a viewer it's hard to understand what she is trying to say if it doesn’t have to do with complaining about someone else.

Daniel has me singing "Oh Happy Day" from "Sister Act 2" while he is describing what a relief it is to finally have to chance to design alone and be 100 percent him. I think he has really summed up that feeling for the other 4 as well. It’s the moment they have all been waiting for, to develop and carry out their own ideas as a solo force. I would like to reference back to the very first episode when on set, on hot cameras, and in front of the viewers the designers learned that they were on a brand new format of "Project Runway" -- TEAMS! I personally applaud each and every one of them for sticking it out; they are all troopers in my eyes.

We descend upon 57th Street and 8th Avenue on the gorgeous architecture of the Hearst Corporation building, home to Marie Claire and numerous other affluent publications and businesses. The camera pans onto the impeccable Nina Garcia and ever-so-handsome Tim Gunn waiting to deliver the news that this week's challenge is all about creating a Spring/Summer high fashion editorial look that will be worn by Jordana Brewster and run in the May issue of Marie Claire! What a fabulous challenge, a fabulous prize, and a FABULOUS opportunity for the designers to expand their EDITORIAL wings.

Nina design note: No red carpet looks, no t-shirts and pants, think BOLD in terms color, shape, silhouette and print.

Back at 1407, the designers learn who will be their sewing assistants, and for some the reveal is dreadful. Most, if not all, fear the possibility of having to work with Richard, but as the universe states the law of attraction nailed Patricia her fate. She's paired with Richard once again, while things work out in favor for Michelle. Stanley goes to left field in most people's eyes with his choice of Tu, while I see it as the perfect opportunity for him to be completely in charge. He always had something harassing to say about Kate's overbearing and controlling personality while working with Tu, and now after a good Windex to the specks you can clearly see the twinkle of Hannibal Lector in his eyes.

Opinions are flying about opposing teams throughout the day while Tim stops in for his weekly visit with an overall message for the room to be designing "what's next, NOT what's now!" Daniel has definitely honed in on the "fantasy" of high-fashion editorial that Nina spoke of, and Michelle had me rolling with probably the best line of this entire season: "If you don't know how to get to 'Sesame Street,' Daniel can tell you how to get there!" There definitely has been a lack of comedy this season, but I imagine that's because we have been focusing on such great work. NOT! I have yet to be BLOWN away by something, and I think Layana is definitely serving up something fabulous this week. Rihanna says it best that "Chains and whips excite me!" and Layana is delivering on her leather and chain look. Patricia, however, seems envious that she hasn't used the technique yet, so instead of giving compliments she chooses to take the low road and bash Layana's technique. All the while, Patricia has a disaster happening in front of her that she would rather complain about than change. With all the attitude and negativity spewing from her mouth, I would have just watched her crumble hearing all the excuses. There is no doubt she has unbelievable talent, however I don't think she knows as much about construction and sewing. Perhaps she and Richard should take a class together?

Side note: Even having a sewing assistant, you should plan to finish everything yourself. You are still in the competition with a huge prize at stake, and I imagine you don't plan to share your winnings with your helper.

In most factories around the world, there is a standard of treatment for the employees even if the minimum wage is unfathomable to most, but the way Stanley is treating Tu would call for a government inspection! At points it is truly unbearable to watch and honestly just sad. It's one thing to tell someone to "take a nap," but to attack their skills as a designer is so belittling. I'm extremely sad for Tu, but ultimately the jacket that Stanley is harping on him for "f*cking up" turns out to be the piece the judges love the most!

While Nina had forewarned the designers to "do your BEST work," she, along with the other judges, is disappointed in some. They all really come down hard on Michelle for the t-shirt and pants, but Michelle does not waver from her idea of "a b*tchin' giant pair of linen pants and the weirdest little t-shirt you have ever seen!" It was a risk that at this point might or might not pay off, because we now have a cliffhanger until next week!I am on the edge of my seat. Tell me what your predictions are!

To Be Continued...