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Designing for Real People!

By Antonia L. Thu., Sep. 15, 2011 ,11:33 am EDT

Challenge 8 was one of those challenges I always like to see designers on “Project Runway” get: DESIGNING FOR REAL PEOPLE! Lol. When Heidi presented the challenge, she introduced them to nine average Joes. Most of the designers freaked to be doing menswear. But as Tim Gunn later revealed, the designers would actually be designing a look for their male client’s wife or girlfriend.

SIDEBAR: Poor Olivier. He is terrified and confused about designing for a woman — and a woman with “BOOBS.” HI-LA-RIOUS!!!

 As expected, the designers’ consultations with their male clients were all over the place. Many of them (the men) wanted to make sure that the breasts were accentuated. Totally expected. There were a few of the men who were pretty knowledgeable in the direction the designers should go. Javon (Bryce), Josh (Josh M.) and Brian (Anthony Ryan) gave great direction on what their female counterparts should wear.

SIDEBAR: If you haven’t noticed, I RARELY speak about the trips to Mood. To be honest, they are quite boring. No one ever chooses exciting fabric. I just choose to think this part of the episode never happens. Sorry. #KanyeShrug

Back in the workroom, the designers get to meet the other half of their client duo. Surprisingly, all the women weren’t as opinionated as I thought they would be! Laura got her wish — Rebecca! She had a great body, and was receptive of the glam Laura is so great at creating. Ariana agreed with her hubby: more boob! Lol. Bert was happy to oblige. Anya was right on track with her look for her client, Raylene. When Viktor’s client, Victoria, (the irony of their names) arrived, it looked as if he had already dressed her! The piece was spot-on, and Victoria had no complaints. It was a win-win for Anthony Ryan’s client, Caitlin, as he designed a referential look of a long-lost piece of hers. Kimberly’s client, Kenya, was literally petting her garment! She loved! Bryce’s client, Janine, was easy; she likes pink! And pink is what Bryce gave her.

Josh M.’s client, Charlene, and Olivier’s client, Suzanne, definitely had some things to say. They both were almost designing the pieces themselves. Both designers were being accommodating, but it’s a tightrope you have to walk. They must make sure that their (the designers’) DNA is in the design.

 Tim’s walk-through went as usual. He absolutely raved over Viktor’s (Victoria) and Josh M.’s (Charlene) looks! With everyone else (with the exception of Kimberly; he just stared), he gave a few small critiques.

The day of the runway has arrived. My favorites on the runway:
Laura Kathleen: Super glam, great color.
Josh M.: Extremely classic and clean. Great fit
Viktor: Really smart, hip and wearable.

My not-so-favorites on the runway:
Anthony Ryan: Way too retro.
Bert: Looked extremely pedestrian.
Bryce: The fit, NO BUENO.

SIDEBAR: Viktor dubbed Anya’s look a “student’s pattern,” and Laura said Josh M.’s design looked as if his client was going to a funeral. THE GOTCHA, GOTCHA: Both Anya AND Josh’s looks were in the top! BOOYOW.

In the end, Josh M. was the winner of the challenge. This was a well-deserved win! The design, cut and fit were immaculate! Bryce, FINALLY, was sent home. The fit was just godawful!!! I’m sure there is some great design in him; it just didn’t come out while he was on the show.


“… in the end, we’re left with all these fat people, and fat is fine, but not when I’m making clothes” ([SIGH] a DAMN shame)
“Her breasts are like GIANORMOUS, is that correct?”
“I don’t like women having boobs, I just like them to be flat.”
“Those boobs are trouble.”
—Olivier (I have NEVER heard anyone so frightened of breasts! Lmao!)


Olivier: “Am I allowed toask you what double D means?”
Tim G.: “What do I know about it? I just know it’s a bra size; I don’t have any personal experience with them, Olivier.”

“Big boobs, big hips, just … BIG ALL OVER.” —Josh M.

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