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I love the menswear challenges when they make an appearance on the show, mostly because they freak everyone out. As I've readily admitted before, I don't sew. I have no technical knowledge as to whether constructing a garment for a man to wear is the most difficult thing on the planet or not. And I really couldn't tell you whether male designers have a distinct advantage in this challenge solely because they wear the garments being made. All I know is everyone loses their cool, and it shows the true strengths (and weaknesses) of the designers remaining in the competition.
One of the bigger problems for the designers may not have been the fact that it was menswear, but that the 1970s came up as a not-so-subtle inspiration for The Sheepdogs' vibe. Almost every outfit up there on that runway had the elements of a literal Halloween costume checklist:
- Flared pants
- Puzzlingly feminine floral pattern top
-Native American-esque beaded accessories
* Guitar not included
However, the Most Ridiculous Excuse of All Time Award must go to Olivier a.k.a. the Veruca Salt of Parsons.
Maybe it's the Surrey-via-Cincinnati accent. Maybe it's all the tension built up from never unbuttoning his top button. All I know is that Olivier dislikes unfit models, boobs and 6'3" men who play in bands.
He's going to have a difficult time marketing his clothing to the masses when he will only allow 5'10" AA cup supermodels to be his muse, which is sad, because the potential is certainly there. But, if you're coming into a design competition as a, quote, menswear designer and you go home on a menswear challenge, that leaves a lot of people scratching their heads.
Viktor took home another well-deserved win thanks to a pleather jacket that was truly the saving grace of the night. That and the guest-judging of Adam Lambert. Although he couldn't take credit for coining the genius that is "Reggae Jesus" (bless you, Michael Kors), he was on the money about every single look on the stage. Come back next season, will ya?
Only one more episode until the two-part finale begins on October 21 and concludes with the finale collections on October 28!
As the final five prepare for their next challenge, Heidi sends them to a posh penthouse for a night of relaxation before they receive their next task from New York's Mayor Michael Bloomberg, where they must find their inspiration for the city.
Watch an Episode 12 preview now, and tune in Thursday at 9 pm et/pt to see who make it one step closer to Fashion Week:
Check out two sneak peek photos of actress Selma Blair in action as guest judge during "Project Runway" Season 8's premiere episode, airing Thursday, July 29 at 9 pm et/pt:
Keep checking back here on the blog for more inside info on the upcoming season!
Read more about Nicole Richie's appearance on "Project Runway" Season 7 now.
Does the "Feather Prince of New York" have us seeing double? In his best "Runway" moments, his work is meticulous; beautifully and painstakingly handcrafted — and usually silver — but is Nicolas giving us only one note? Check out his designs for Episode 6 side by side with his designs for Episode 9:
That's two pieces from a collection right there! Done! Alas, somewhere an ostrich is a bit colder tonight, for naught. But as much as Nicolas hates ruffles, I love his outspoken, expletive-filled weekly video blogs. (Watch Nicolas declare his [unofficial] win for this challenge now.)
Were the designers at a disadvantage because they did not have an opportunity to consult with Christina herself before the challenge? With Christina Aguilera's versatile looks over the years, who but her alone is to say what the judges wanted to see? Was she getting "Dirrty" again, or is she going "Back to Basics" in her future stage look? Or perhaps she wanted to open a new chapter in her lookbook? Knowing her expectations might have brought a whole different aspect to this challenge.
Watch this "Project Runway" Season 6, Episode 9 preview video, and start placing your bets on which designer is up to the challenge of impressing guest judge, designer (and Sultan of Sequins!) Bob Mackie, with a design for Grammy Award-winning Christina Aguilera. (A return to the "Dirrty" Xtina circa 2002 look, anyone?)
It's a very "Project Runway" 100th episode of "How I Met Your Mother"! Tim Gunn will make a guest appearance on the hit show alongside "Project Runway" guest judge Rachel Bilson.
Watch a clip from Tim Gunn's Workroom where he critiques Irina Shabayeva and Gordana Gehlhausen's Episode 7 designs now:
Another episode, another designer sent home. Models were swapped, Rebecca judged and Mitchell stopped smocking.
Play judge and "Rate the Runway." Flip through photos of the designers' creations. Zoom in for a closer look at that hemline, and check out back and side views for all the details before you make your final decision.
Watch Tim's full critiques of the designers' concepts in the workroom to see if they subscribed to the fashion guru's advice, or view extended judging on the runway to hear everything the judges had to say, including comments not seen on the show. Go now!