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Category: "episode 9"
The girls talk about how unfair it is that Samantha is gone, but as Heidi always says, "In fashion, one day you're in and the next you're out." I disagree with the judges choice, but they decide the future and no one else.
The designers meet Tim at the Guggenheim, which is just gorgeous. The judges rework the teams and we have Stanley and Michelle, Layana and Daniel and Richard and Patricia. Uh…Richard and Patricia? I am a bit worried about how these two will collaborate.
The designers get to be inspired by art in this challenge, which is so COOL. What a fun challenge! I hope no one really chokes with the broad expectations of this challenge.
Back in the workroom, Michelle and Stnaley make the creepiest weirdest print I have ever seen on "Project Runway." Am I watching "Project Runway" or American Horror Story"? Layana gets stuck as she is designing but doesn’t feel Daniel is helping her pull herself out of it. They seem like they are having some designer differences and when their print comes I think, "I can’t wait to see you turn that into modern art."
Richard spends half of the work day making a bracelet that apparently made "fashion born today." Uh wow. When Tim comes to the workroom he calls Richard out because he thinks that Richard is getting them into the bottom so he can put it all on Patricia’s head.
Layana gets a harsh critique from Tim and then goes into the hallway to cry herself to sleep. She comes in the next day and finally pulls it out. Richard thinks his piece is well fitted and beautiful, but honestly I haven’t seen so ugly since…that pink and black maxi dress from last episode.
Layana - could tell you were having an off day.
Daniel – young and hip. Very YSL meets DKNY. Loved it.
Patricia – corpse mod bride?
Richard – WTF…are those bloomers?
Michelle – super cool, very different and wild.
Stanley – very cool but I wonder what girl could pull that off.
Out: Richard! Finally!!!! Actually I kind of liked him. We met briefly at h&m in NYC. Sorry Richard I am sure well see more from you.
The Lord & Taylor challenge should be called the Pink challenge. Richard talks about how he survived the last challenge and how he is ready to take on Layana and Samantha. But Amanda at least had vision. Richard, as Layana puts it, is tacky and over the top. Personally, I think not in a good way.
Uh-oh. Tim Gunn comes in with some news. The judges re-constructed some teams in order to show the designers what they don't know about themselves. Michelle and Daniel are paired together. Watch out for these two, I think. Michelle is spunky and Daniel is more tailored so we will see! The third team is Samantha, Layana and Richard. "Layana, play nice" is Richard's quote of the episode, because he knows that playing well together is the real challenge in this challenge.
The challenge is to design for Lord & Taylor while keeping in mind the concept of the iconic Lord & Taylor style.
Michelle talks about how every designer's dream is to see someone walk down the street in your design and she is right. It is every designer's dream. Now, we all dream it's Heidi Klum walking down the street in our design...but I mean, I won't be picky.
As the teams start out it is all about Spring 2013. Samanatha thinks about the younger generation while Richard is not talking to Layana. Team what? Team Frenemies. But I can feel tension happening everywhere. Did the judges design teams for overall success or teams for all-out war?
Michelle is mad at Daniel for using pink...and Daniel is letting it roll off his back like a duck? What?
When Tim shows up, Richard gets his claws out, and Tim agrees. Layana notes that it's not about the story, it's about the dress. And even Tim says, "Um, Richard, have you done this dress before?" The answer is yes! Tim leaves the designers reluctantly because, well, he doesn't really have much to say that is positive.
The Michelle/Daniel fight is the most boring fight I have seen in years. You said this! No I didn't! Yes you did! Shut up and start designing. Their fight keeps going into the night, and I just keep thinking, yawn, yawn. Can we get some real drama in the building? Richard? Layana? Don’t you have anything to say?
When the models come in I am loving Samantha's look. It looks cute and young. When I see Layana's dress on the model I think, “Glad you kept that leather, girl." Mmm, gorgeous.
Runway day! Filling in for Zac Posen we have Rachel Roy. And ooh designers, you better work it in front of the president of a major retailer! Hello Bonnie, how are you?
As Patricia's look comes down the runway I wonder if the seam on the pant supposed to look like some sort of vagina line, because to me it looks very awkwardly placed. To put it simply: Not cute. Stanley? Yawn. Richard: We've all seen this dress from him in other challenges. Samantha: Adorable, fresh and young. Layana: Killed it! Daniel: Wow, boring and old. Michele: Fabulous! I know hundreds of girls who would go buy that right now.
I can't believe Patricia and Stanley get to leave the runway. I mean, wow.
Michelle and Daniel win. Congrats! Let's say they were a good pair, but Michelle definitely carried this one home. It's clear the judges like Daniel's look but Michelle's is the one Heidi would wear so obviously it will probably win.
Heidi doesn't like Samantha's look because it's too short and junior. Rachel enjoys the youthful design elements and totally gets what Samantha is going for. Rachel sees a unique thought in this and gets it. Seems like only Heidi hates it.
Heidi loves Richard's dress, which is surprising. I am on the same page with Nina on this one. The dress is generic.
Layana's look is a flowy dress with an edge and I get it. So does Nina (except she doesn't care for the print). Rachel loves the back, as do I; the lines are modern and with the feminine edge that I see a lot of twenty-somethings liking.
Samantha says Richard should go home and Richard says Samantha should go home. Layana says Richard should go home, as well, and I think it's very clear that we all know what is going to happen.
Winner: Michelle, OBVIOUSLY!
Out: Samantha. This is a shocker. I didn’t think it was that bad. But let's see what the judges have in store for next week. Anyone else feel a Layana-and-Richard twosome challenge coming on?