Season Premiere July 24 at 9/8c
Laura Bennett Blog
Category: "Nina Garcia"
Yeah! For the first time in the history of "Project Runway," the designers are going to design a garment for Nina Garcia. For the first time in "Project Runway" history, the garment needs to transition from a day at the office to a nighttime industry event. For the first time in "Project Runway" history, the winning garment will be featured in an ad on New York City taxicabs and in an editorial in Marie Claire magazine. Despite all the "first time in histories," this season is feeling really stale to me.
Nina starts out by giving the designers a list of her likes and dislikes. She likes tailored clothes. She doesn't like volume, muted colors, bright colors, pattern, short, long, tight, loose, flashy, boring or "Dynasty." After 30 minutes of sketching, each designer has an individual consultation with Nina to present their ideas and get valuable feedback. Nina did appear open to some of their ideas, but she asked for Plan B so many times I started to think the whole episode was a commercial for the morning-after pill.
The designers head off to Mood, where Anya chooses mustard yellow, Cecilia chooses what she thinks is purple, and Becky and Anthony choose the same fabric. Fabricgate is a non-happening. Yes, Mood is a big store with a lot of fabric to choose from, but they do display some rolls of fabric standing in the aisles, and these are much easier to see. It is perfectly possible that two designers grab the same fabric, especially if it screams "Nina Garcia" the way their fabric did. No drama here, citizens; go back to your lives.
It's off to Parsons, where the designers get to work. Any amount of encouragement or hope Nina gave the designers during their individual consultations was snatched away from them in an instant when she came to the workroom. She slammed the fabric choices, the silhouettes, and the general idea of just about every designer in the room.
"Do you like this fabric?"
"What if I did this?"
"Is this better?"
"What if I change that?"
"I could try it this way."
The designers now fall into two camps: those who can come up with Plan B and respond to Nina's critique, and those who at this point in the competition don't have the energy or the wherewithal or the dye to do anything about it.
For the first time in "Project Runway" history (there it is again), Tim comes to the sewing room to remind the designers that they have two hours left to send their models to the L'Oreal makeup room and the Garnier hair salon. For the first time in "Project Runway" history, he forgets to tell them to use the Piperlime accessory wall thoughtfully!
Anya and Julie are running out of time, so Laura and Cecilia (respectively) decide to help them finish their garments. Despite Viktor's horror, Assistancegate is also a non-happening. It is not against the rules for one designer to help another. Whether you see it or not, it happens all the time.
Joshua makes a dress with a built-in apron all it is missing is big patch pockets. Bryce doesn't like the hem on his dress, but it is by far his best entry to date, and for the first time this season he actually earns himself a place in the middle. Bert makes a little black dress nothing wrong with it, but nothing right either. Olivier surprises no one with a neutral color-block jacket and cropped pant. Becky and Anthony are both safe because neither of them made use of the fabulous fabric they shared. Laura narrowly escapes the bottom with a Christmas number that is mysteriously unwrapping itself.
Anya makes it to the top with a brown jumpsuit that looks to me like a high school sewing-class project. It's backless, so it can't be worn to the office during the day, and it's the color of poo-poo, so it can't be worn by anyone fashionable at night. Nina is impressed by how she came up with a Plan B and saved herself from mustard-yellow hell. Let's give a shout-out to Joshua, who gave Anya the idea to dye the fabric. Viktor makes it to the top with a modern black top and skirt. Seen before, but modern. Kimberly successfully takes in all of Nina's critique and wins the challenge with a sparkling gold brocade asymmetrical top and navy blue pants (so I'm told they looked black on my screen). We are informed by the experts that this top is transformative and great things will happen when one wears this to work. It looks more evening than office to me, but I do admit it looks like Nina.
Danielle is in trouble because she made another chiffon church-lady blouse. This is the same church-lady blouse that got her in the top three last week, so go figure. Cecilia is in the bottom with a classic potato sack. We all now know that the expression "You are so pretty you could wear a potato sack and look good" is not true. The model looked awful, and I think Cecilia should have been the one to go home and so, incidentally, did she. Julie is sent home with an asymmetrical coatdress of muted grays and orange. I actually liked the garment. It may have looked much worse in person than it did on TV, but I think there was some impressive tailoring and interesting seaming. I'm sorry to see Julie go. I had picked her as one to watch.
So for the third week in a row, I agree with the judges' pick for the win, but totally have issues with their choice for the auf. Stay tuned: I got a hot tip that next week features some serious drama, for the first time in "Project Runway" history.