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No Shirt, No Shoes, We’re in Business!

By kim_messina Tue., Apr. 2, 2013 ,12:19 pm EDT

After cleaning up their workspaces from last week the latest updates to hit the "Project Runway" obituaries are that Tu has picked up Rosetta Stone and a fly swatter while Kate picked up a "Teen Cosmo" and reality check! It’s sad to see both them go…well actually, who am I kidding, and it was a blessing! I never really had any emotional attachment to Tu, because we never really got to know or understand who he was as a designer and Kate had some pretty solid skills and was quite entertaining, but it just became too much of her complaining and focusing on everyone else and their designs, when she should have just focused on what was right in front of her.

It’s the challenge I have been waiting for all season, and clearly not because of the drama or the fashion, but the beautiful Australian men! I share in Heidi’s misery of not being able to attend the pre-show of "Thunder from Down Under!" It was quite the show, but I was sad to see no tip action or "Magic Mike" moves! Then again, I realize this is a family show, or I least it still is somewhere across this great country of America.

I have to admit, I was so close to turning off my television as soon as all the "I don’t do menswear" statements started to fly! Hello designers, we are in the 11th season on "Project Runway" and if you have not noticed, there always seems to be one menswear challenge! I think automatically people’s minds go directly to "suiting" and here is the definition for your future references:

Suiting – noun
1. A set of clothing, armor, or the like, intended for wear together.
2. A set of men's garments of the same color and fabric, consisting of trousers, a jacket and sometimes a vest.
3. A similarly matched set consisting of a skirt and jacket, and sometimes a topcoat or blouse, worn by women.

This of course is a very in-depth definition and quite intimidating, but there are so many other areas within the design field of menswear. I always say, if you can sew, you can tackle anything! Then again we did just come off a duct tape challenge so I can imagine it’s odd for the designers to once again have to use the amazing Brother sewing equipment and use it well!

I really felt for Richard and Michelle collectively trying to get there respective teams to think outside the box on this challenge, even if for a moment of fresh air! Both however faced the Union and the Rebels and neither team were receptive to hearing what they had to say. Michelle took the "You FOOLS, and decided to go along with them for the time being," while Richard was rightfully hurt and thought, "I’m trying to be creative and help," and he saw the Regina George in each of his teammates. I feel bad because he immediately shut down and really had no interest in enjoying the challenge after that and he DEFINITELY wanted nothing to do with Layana, who apparently thinks everything she does in not "tacky" because she feels confident enough to use the word enough to describe Richard's design aesthetic.

It’s sad when the other designers can appreciate what you bring to the table even if is not their taste. I personally think it just shows the insecurities of what society is telling them think and or believe about something or someone. It’s a sad state of living in a world with too many followers and not enough leaders and it think it parallels this season flawlessly. There are truly a few standouts as great designers, yet most have just merely filled a place within the workroom while slaughtering good fabric along the way!

It’s a disaster in the workroom by the time the hunks make their way in for fittings. Nothing fits, nothings exciting, expect for the tan and beautiful bodies, and nobody seems to grasp the fact that these guys need to look HOT! It’s just a chaos of crap and the designer’s faces let us know that. The whining ensues especially from Layana, and if is have to sit here and hear Patricia discuss how she feels bad and wishes she could be helping her team out more, I’m going to have to throw my cell phone at her head in true Naomi Campbell style! I mean woman, finish the Wal-Mart button up, or in this case Velcro button-up and HELP!

Joshua note: I can stand someone who complains but refuses to fix the problem or do anything to make it better! Ex: "IF YOU’RE TIRED, TAKE A NAP!"

It was no surprise to me following the show that there was clearly no actual winner of the challenge as a whole. I do however think Michelle and Daniel both did a nice job on their looks, but like the panel of judges, I think it was a reality check to not let anyone walk away with the win!

The most entertaining portion of the whole episode was watching Nina laugh uncontrollably! I swear she had me in tears just watching her… Now that’s good television! I was of course sadden to see the beautiful and talented Amanda leave us on Velcro pants, but like Heidi says, "One day you’re in, the next day you’re out," and today was all about, "No Shoes, no shirt, we’re in Business!" Now on with the show!