Season 15 Premieres September 15 at 9/8c

Project Runway Blog

Good Girl Gone Bad

By Tracy_Goldenberg 08/13/2010 06:00AM GMT
Saluting Andy South!

I don't even know where to begin with this episode. This looms large in the legend of "Runway" unconventional challenges, like Austin Scarlett's corn-husk dress in Season 1 and Jillian Lewis' Twizzler outfit in Season 4. Who would have thought that ribbons could be that, well, badass? Andy, I salute you. Even his balloon-glove accessory was so surprisingly surprising, it brought back the wow-factor innovation of Season 7's Jay Nicolas Sario's garbage-bag pleather pants.

Now let's just talk about what everyone wants to talk about (besides Wooly Balls and Plush Puppies — that's later): Gretchen's "good girl gone bad" attitude.

Sister, I realize you've won two challenges back to back, but that does not give you the Tim Gunn Junior Design Critique Badge for your Girl Scout sash, too. "Takes the class out of what you're doing"? Wow.

Giving fellow designers your two cents has traditionally backfired in many an episode, and I'm sure fellow blogger Nick Verreos can preach about his own showdown with Lupe in Season 2 — and he's an instructor!

If you've already made frenemies by Episode 3, you're forgetting about those TEAM challenges. But, OK. Fine. I'll give it to her. The girl can put together a solid look.

Tim Gunn has a giggle fit.

Now on to Tim's giggle fit over wooly balls. Whoever branded those things with THAT name is a comedic genius whose talents are simply suffocating at suburban arts-and-crafts stores. The mere presence of them out on tables would make it a party! Kristin should have just stapled unopened bags all over her garment. Winner.

In eight seasons I have never seen Tim Gunn laugh that hard, ever. Even during "Tim and Andrae at Red Lobster" moments. I may need to watch it all over again to see if he actually gave Kristin workroom feedback or just cried all over her fabric in hysterics. Either way, an epic moment in "Runway" history.

As for plush puppies, I can't even handle it. From the macabre gutting and skinning of their little Made in China synthetic hides that could give that "Nip/Tuck" episode a run for its money (you know which one I'm talking about!), to his "Poor Unfortunate Souls" Ursula final creation, what is this man's deal?! I am waiting for him to bust out of left field some genius garment that will leave us all even more perplexed, 'cause this guy is all over the place.

Poor Sarah. Her voice is so calm and soothing, I will miss listening to her video blogs. She's like audio Xanax or something. She will also miss the moment she subscribed to Gretchen's "stick to one color" advice. Womp.

Other thoughts:
- How was Michael Drummond safe? Just, HOW?

- Who knew napkins were so ... multipurpose?

- A.J.'s garment was a like a Highlights magazine dress — filled with fun hidden stuff you had to find. I wouldn't be surprised if there was a plush puppy stashed away in there for good measure. Betsey Johnson would have LOVED it!