+ More

Thursdays at 9/8c

The official site for "Project Runway" Season 13 offers video, designer portfolios, Rate the Runway photos, blogs and more.


Michael Costello Blog

Blog Home

Category: "episode 4"


How Amanda Got Her Groove Back

Posted By laurareineke 12:55pm GMT

On this week's episode Heidi comes out with the button bag. Everyone dreads the button bag. The designers got to choose their own partner to work with, and since Samantha was the winner of last week's challenge she got to choose first. She was very overwhelmed and decided to go with Daniel -- he would have been my first pick, too! -- and of course, after last week poor Amanda was the last one standing and had to be Benjamin’s partner. Richard, with no hesitation, knew that he wanted Stanley to be his partner because of their great chemistry, but Layana on the other hand was skeptical about Patricia picking her. In the commentary she let us know that she doesn't really get along with Patricia. I wonder why? I really like Patricia. Matthew and Michelle seemed to be an interesting combination.

The designers found out that they would be designing performance and red-carpet looks for one of the biggest names in country music today, Miranda Lambert! Everyone was excited. She's not your traditional country gal. (I'm so jealous she gets to come hone to Blake Shelton every night.) The designers headed off to Mood, and while everyone else automatically went for the navy leather material, Michelle wasn't going to be anyone's copy cat and decided to go a different route. Benjamin and Amanda already were having a rough start when they realized that they had $130 left over to spend with no time left. Oops. With mistakes like that it isn’t looking good for the underdog Amanda. With all the drama from last week she needs to be on her A-game. I'm nervous to see how they will pull this one off.

Happy to learn that Amanda is from Nashville, Benjamin let her take the lead and listened to some of her ideas. She didn’t want to go with traditional country look, with denim jackets and leather. She didn’t want to go all Wild Wild West on us. (How cool is it that Amanda's brother is in Maroon 5?)

Matthew wanted to prove himself with this challenge by giving a lot of layers and uniqueness, but it's going to be hard to top his design in the unconventional challenge. He found himself not knowing what to do with his design. Richard started making a leather cover-up to hide Miranda's main parts, layered over a net fabric. In Richard's words it is "Rock Goddess." I am a little nervous about Richard's design but I am sure that it will all come together.

Tim Gun seemed to be unsure of the deep-V-neck soutache top and a middle-split skirt from Daniel. Two different arrows pointing in toward the center brings focus to the wrong lady part. Layana was working on a ruched fitted dress with a keyhole in the back, and her partner Patricia was doing bullet hoisters for straps with twisted leather. It was very intricate concept but again, nothing Patricia does is right; Layana says it's just a princess-cut dress. Everyone's always hating on Patricia.

Kate turned her corset dress idea to a lower corset with a mermaid bottom but Amanda seemed to be worried for her with a bright red dress on a red carpet and that type of silhouette on Miranda’s curvy body. Miranda loves her curves, as should every woman, but Tu's concept of making those curves even bigger? Bad idea. It left Tim shocked and speechless. He had to take off his glasses and think about this Gaga-ish creation for Miranda.

Kate hoped Michelle’s leather bodice and denim mermaid skirt would go wrong. Looks like someone's scared of a little competition. I loved Daniel's approach and technique. Hey, if Ariel from "The Little Mermaid" can comb her hair with a fork, why can't he use one for his skirt? Stanley's dress was nice.

I was surprised at the judges. They had a lot of positive things to say about the looks for this challenge. Miranda Lambert herself was on the judges panel this week. Patricia, Layana, Tu, and Kate were safe. While Daniel, Samantha, Matthew and Michelle found themselves at the bottom. The underdog Amanda climbed her way to the top along with Ben, Stanley, and Richard. As risky as Richard's outfit was at first he found himself this weeks winner. Unfortunately for Matthew his time was up. Luckily, Richard gets to see the lovely Miranda perform in his design on her tour. Who wouldn't love that?

Next week: Joan Rivers? Woah. Hope this batch of designers has tough skin!


Barbie vs. The Geeky Kid

Posted By kim_messina 5:02am GMT

On this week's episode it's everyone's favorite, the Unconventional Challenge, and guess where the designers will be sourcing materials? At a flower shop. Yup, that's right—a flower shop! The designers seem a little worried, especially Amanda. She didn’t even have flowers at her wedding! I guess Barbie isn’t as girly as we thought, but i have to admit, I am curious to see what she can do. Along with the flowers, the designers learn that there is something more to the challenge. Heidi Klum tells them they will also get materials from the hardware store so it will be a 2-in-1 challenge with flowers and hardware. Still trying to figure out how this ties in the Glade candles and scents. I would have loved a challenge inspired by melting wax. It could have been fun. Each team is creating six looks.

Due to the unfortunate events of the Dream Team, they get to choose two people from team Keeping It Real to join their team. They choose Stanley and Layana. Layana is flattered, but you can tell she is worried about joining Dream Team. I would be too with their track record.

Now team Keeping It Real gets to choose one person from the Dream Team. The team immediately chooses Michelle who does NOT, I repeat NOT, want to work with Patricia. It seems like she really has something against Patricia. I love Patricia and all that she brings to the table. It's so sad—we see a quick shot of Michelle saying she don't like Patricia or wants to be in a team with her and then we see a split screen to sweet Patricia saying she likes Michelle! So sad.

Stanley immediately takes the leadership role on the Dream Team and thinks of the theme 1950s Dior for his team. I love their concept. Both teams come up with some cool ideas, so let’s see who executes better.

Michelle and Richard’s blind dress isn’t turning out how they thought it would, but thank god the light bulb turns on for them to get going. Let’s just hope Michelle won’t always be on a losing team. Samantha is struggling with her very intricate dress. It looks like it could be beautiful. Does anyone remember Andre Gonzalo's moss dress? He set himself up for a disaster. Come on Amanda! Know your "Runway"! She needs to hustle to get this done and make it happen! It looks like someone put adhesive all over a dress and rolled down a hill. I wouldn't even let my lawn mower next to it! Or maybe I would! Hmm..

Tim is worried about the cohesion of Team Keeping It Real’s collection, but the team thinks of a decades theme. I hope both teams can pull this one together.

The guest judges are the "Man Repeller" herself, Leandra Medine, and Bette Midler. I am so excited. The Man Repeller is one of my favorite bloggers! But I have to say, I was not thrilled with her outfit or her personal style. Sorry Man Repeller, but it's "Project Runway," and you looked like you were ready to eat a bowl of ice cream on a sofa, watch "Beaches" and cry your self to sleep! Okay…that's a little harsh. (Huge "Beaches" fan though.) Are you all not thrilled to see the Devine Miss M.?! Wow, what great guest judge! Bette Midler is amazing/ I would have traded my All Star title just to be on Season 11 and have the chance to meet her!

Both team’s collections looked great, but Dream Team’s definitely looked more cohesive. I was so impressed. It’s about time!

It happened—the Dream Team FINALLY WON! They must have all felt like Lebron James after he won his first championship last year. Took long enough!

Unfortunately someone from Team Keeping It Real had to go home Poor Amanda, the Barbie herself got thrown under the bus by all her teammates talking about her being the weakest link. Leave the girl alone.

The winner of the challenge is Samantha! I am so glad we are seeing her talent and designs shine in this competition. I thought her dress was beautiful and I can’t wait to see more! I really thought Layana had this one. I can't lie, it was a fantastic dress.

For the losing team, it comes down to the geeky kid Joe and Barbie. The geeky kid designed an oversized "coat" that no one understood, but I happen to love it! i want to wear it now! Unfortunately, Joe is out I adore Joe’s positivity and how sweet he is. I wish him the best!

I have to bring up Cindy for a minute. I wonder because of the funeral home she and her husband own, I can't stop to think if she gets inspiration from the arrangements she must see on a daily basis ? What would Cindy have made?